At a recent Comanche County Republican Meeting, an Oklahoma Gubernatorial forum was held between candidates Randy Brogdon & Mary Fallin.
Mary Fallin was asked about her family connections to trial lawyers and lobbyists. (Hey, there's one in every family, right?)
CLICK HERE to listen to Part 1 of the debate.
Randy Brogdon and Mary Fallin were both asked if they would be "tough enough" against the Washington D.C. federal machine. This brought about the issue of the TARP Act (AKA: The Bank Bailouts). CLICK HERE to listen to Part 2 of the debate.
Fallin defended her vote FOR the bailouts. Her excuse? Tom Coburn did it!
Brogdon simply replied, "It was unconstitutional. I would support the Constitution." This statement was well received among the cheering crowd.
To that, Fallin quipped, "That's the easy way out." Several in the crowd vocally objected to her dismissal of Brogdon's stand. Not a popular response with the crowd of Conservatives, and it certainly doesn't sit well with me.
Let's analyze Fallin's response: "That's the easy way out!", along with her justification for voting for the TARP Bailouts.
Mary Fallin can say she is tough enough to stand against the Obama Machine, and I want to believe her. She can make campaign promises to stand up to Big Government legislation by liberals in both parties, and to keep her Oath of Office to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
But these 3 things we know:
1. She didn't oppose TARP when she had the chance, thus violating her oath of office.
2. She continues to justify her unconstitutional vote FOR the Bailouts.
3. If elected Governor of Oklahoma, she will not have Tom Coburn to blame when she
makes a mistake. She would have to lead.
I have some questions for the Congresswoman:
1-A. Didn't you take an Oath of Office to uphold and defend the Constitution?
1-B. At the time, did you hesitate and explain that there may be special exceptions that make the authority of the Constitution null and void?
2. Can you please explain to us, any and every case, where upholding the Constitution FIRST, then debating the issues and facts DO NOT APPLY?
3. Exactly which rights, guaranteed in the Constitution, are or are not protected by your Oath of Office?
4. Is my Freedom of Speech, under the 1st Amendment, protected ONLY when things are "EASY"?
5-A. Is my Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms a temporary, or permanent Liberty under your watch?
5-B. If the Oklahoma State Legislature passes a bill to protect the 2nd and 10th Amendment Rights of Oklahoma Gun Owners...
yet it contradicts an unconstitutional federal or U.N. law approved by Congress in Washington D.C. to ban, register, limit, or restrict the sale and/or possession of firearms and/or ammunition in any way...
would you, if elected Governor, automatically side with the Constitution?
5-C. Are there any circumstances where that stand would be considered "the easy way out", and you may feel the need to make an unconstitutional decision during hard times?
6. Who is qualified and authorized to determine which articles of the Constitution are off limits to violate, and which ones are expendable based on special circumstances?
7. If it is ever deemed necessary by politicians to violate a single portion of the U.S. Constitution for any reason, does this not set a precedent that de-values and endangers it's every article? (In other words, where does this end?)
Brogdon explained correctly that the TARP Bailouts would never have been considered under his watch, because this Big Government takeover was unconstitutional ... therefore illegal for Congress to intervene. It never should have made it out of committee. Before any bill can be debated or voted on, it should first pass the test of constitutionality. If it does not, (regardless of the consequences) it cannot legally become law.
This concept doesn't make anything easy. It proposes a challenge that requires true leadership to overcome adversity with sound solutions. Simply put, "How can we solve this crisis without violating the Constitution?" This frame of mind understands that the Constitution is not an obstacle for legislation to evade, circumvent or ignore. It is the foundation for all legislation is to be built upon, securing it's long-term standing and success.
Randy Brogdon insists, "Following the Constitution is not always the easy way out, but it is the ONLY way out."
These are 2 good Republicans who have served Oklahoma well. But beyond the possible culture clashes between the world of small business owners, and that of trial lawyers, lobbyists and career politicians... the views of these two candidates on the constitutionality of federal legislation are the most relevant of differences between them. And never before has this issue been more critical and relevant than RIGHT NOW!
We are in the wake of ObamaCare. We have just witnessed a blatant, unpopular takeover of the Health Care and Health Insurance industries. In addition, over the last 18 months the U.S. Government has also seized control of the Banking industry, the Auto industry, and the Student Loan industry. And the Leftist agenda of this administration and congress is just getting started.
Their sights are still set on the radical unionization of all commercial industries. Pending "Cap and Trade" legislation is nothing more than excessive federal restrictions and taxation against the American Energy industries, and the millions of us who depend on their services. And there are dangerous proposals gaining momentum in Washington to enact gun control measures and give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Now more than ever, Oklahoma needs a governor who will defend Liberty from this radical, Neo-Socialist agenda.
Senator Brogdon's recent HEALTHCARE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT is yet another example of how he will lead the fight to preserve our state's rights. He has already proven himself to be "tough enough" by opposing federal intrusion on Oklahoma's sovereignty.
Now more than ever... Randy Brogdon is Oklahoma's clear choice as our next Governor.
For more info on Oklahoma's HEALTHCARE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT (CLICK HERE) . Visit www.randybrogdon.com to find out more about Randy Brogdon.