Oklahoma Dumbed Down


Oklahoma dumbed down– Oklahoma, a state which once had the most progressive of state constitutions and which one of the writers of the Oklahoma Constitution, Peter Hanratty, was a Union Organizer. Oklahoma produced 5 of the greatest ballerinas in our history. It produced William Penn Adair Rogers one of the most beloved common sense philosophers in our nation’s history. Some of the best and brightest in our core of space travelers. It has produced some of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses and actors, like James Garner and Jennifer Jones. Some great liberal and progressive politicians like Carl Albert a former Speaker of the House and one of the U S Senate’s leading thinkers and movers Robert S. Kerr. Henry Bellmon who lead the charge to reshape our state schools into places of learning.

One of this nation’s most revered and well-known newspaper men Frosty Troy. Oklahoma has been a place of learning for the likes of our nation’s most respected news anchor ever Walter Cronkite. The list of great thinkers, doers and progressive people is almost endless. So how did we end up with ignoramuses the like of Todd Russ and Sally Kern and Mary the Failing? What happened to Oklahoma’s gene pool?

Somewhere along the way the good old progressive thinker gene the like of Will Rogers and Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steed, Carl Albert and James Garner (who helped organize Dr. King’s March on Washington in 1963) was stunted or someone dropped some dumb down pills into the mix. Because now we are becoming known (vying with Texas of course) as the dumbest state in the Union. And the crazy part is we have a lot of state legislators and elected officials who are proud of the fact that they are that way. Scary to think that we have people who want to take us back to the days when the world was flat and people who were different were burned at the stake or hanged from a tree.

We have a US Senator who has been voted by his own colleagues as one of the 2 worst senators in the Senate. We had another U S Senator who deliberately held up a bill that would have helped reduce the number of suicides of our returning veterans for no good reason. Each year over the past 5 or 6 years we have a growing crop of state legislators who introduce bills designed to discriminate against certain members of our state that they don’t like. And for no good reason other than they believe that it is okay to discriminate against people they don’t like or agree with.

While all the polls (including a majority of Oklahomans) say gay marriage is something whose time has come we still have ignorant lawmakers who introduce bills that seek to stop gays from having the right to marry. Todd Russ may be the king of all state lawmakers when it comes to being ignorant surpassing Silly Sally Kern who has held that title proudly over the past several years.

Todd well he has introduced a bill that will allow Oklahoma’s Clergy to issue marriage licenses to couple wanting to marry and it will also allow preachers to decide if they want to or not as the case may be issue a license to same-sex couples. This bill (assuming it will be enacted into law) will take the ability away from Court Clerks to issue marriage licenses and give over to members of the cloth. Sounds like a plan right?

But like the old TV Ad Pitchman used to say, “Wait there’s more!” A lot more! Emily Virgin a normal sane state representative who has a real head on her shoulders pointed out that if this bill passes then it could also allow for someone to marry more than one wife or husband at a time. Stand back Arizona and Utah! What’s up Brigham Young and Joseph Smith? Say what? Oklahoma likely to become a hot bed (and I use that term derisively) of polygamy. Wow!

Forest Gump once again you have nailed it. “Stupid is as stupid does!” And Todd Russ gets my vote for idiot of the year. Where in God’s name do these people spring from? Apparently from a gene pool that has been so stunted for so long that it has drained all of the common sense from its progeny.

You know you can dislike the gay life style if you want to and you don’t have to be apart of that lifestyle or even be around someone who is gay (if you know they are) if you don’t want to. You can argue the ups and downs of abortion all day and all night and there are good arguments on both sides of that issue. You can believe all illegals should be deported back to where they and even their ancestors came from (although that would empty our nation out pretty fast).

You can believe in the face of all the evidence to the contrary that there is no such thing as global warming or climate change and that man hasn’t had anything to do with it. You can even bring a snowball into the U S Senate to back up your claim. You can even believe Christ wrote the entire Bible if you want to. But at some point when you argue all these things as facts then you first need to have some common sense arguments that will hold water and next you need to be able to back up your words with facts not just feelings and what some holy roller minister says he believes.

Otherwise you don’t have a snowball’s chance in the U S Senate of being right. Faith goes only so far in real life. Believing up is down or right is wrong is nothing unless you can actually back up your faith and your belief with concrete truths and facts. Just wanting something because you don’t like someone’s lifestyle or because you don’t like the color of one’s skin isn’t proof of anything other that you are infused with ignorance, stupidity, bigotry and hate.

Bigotry and hate are emotions that are fueled by ignorance and fear. When we walk into the light we learn the real truths about our world. That we are all together on this big blue orb and that if we don’t learn to quit being ignorant and sticking our heads in the sand (and for some up their behinds) we won’t have this planet to kick around any longer.

Todd Russ’s bill like all of Silly Sally’s are about hate and fear. But as Dr. King said, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that!” Todd Russ’s bill is hateful in content and in its character. And Todd Russ is to be pitied because of all the hate and fear in his heart and soul.

Bob Bearden

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2 Responses to Oklahoma Dumbed Down

  1. I happen to meet the Asst. News Director of KSWO two days ago. He asked what I felt turned Oklahoma from a state with great Democrats leaders that help lead the nation to a right wing GOP state. I stated two things happen. First, the Koch’s John Birch Society infiltrated our church’s, local governments and schools. Second, the people failed to take and active part in their own states government and I made this quote. “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you eventually end up being ruled by your Inferiors”.

  2. Barneysday says:

    Peter’s second point is the germaine one. Not only in Oklahoma, but think Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Virginia, Kentucky etc have all got the politicians they not only voted for, but more importantly, the ones they deserve. The idiots in office, such as Governor Walker, would not be able to reign down the destruction they have without the full support of the voters who put them in office.

    In conversations with others on similar topics, the first question I ask is, “Did you vote?” If they haven’t, then I tell them they haven’t a right to make a comment.

    Although this is a great post, I fear that you could make a similar one about all the state’s I mentioned, and more.

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