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Tuesday Talk with Congressman James Lankford

ON TUESDAY, September 4, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) hosted a town hall meeting at Oklahoma City Community College.

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK)Congressman Lankford is hosting a series of “Tuesday Talks,” or town hall type question and answer sessions, within his congressional district. Last week, Lankford was at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Local residents in attendance submitted questions on paper which were drawn from a bucket during the meeting. The President of OCCC introduced Congressman Lankford who then thanked OCCC for allowing us to be here.

To start things off, Congressman Lankford gave four people to choose a topic of discussion. – the oldest veteran, farthest drive to get to the meeting, youngest in attendance, and the person with the oldest running vehicle. The first topic chosen was the national debt, which yesterday passed $16 trillion. Lankford said that government cannot go from spending like it has done for years to balanced budget instantly. He stated that the yearly deficit has been above $1 trillion since 2009, and even the most aggressive budget, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), would not balance for five years. Continue reading

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Open Letter to All Republicans

I am, and have been a Republican since I turned 18 and registered to vote. In 2009 I began to get involved in my party at the state level, understanding that the party represents me, an American citizen, and that it is individuals who decide the direction of the party.

Oklahoma State GOP Convention

2012 Oklahoma Republican State Convention, held in Norman, OK

 

I am now 26 years old, and was honored to be a delegate to my state convention this year. I worked hard, investing time and money to do this, so that I might, alongside my fellow men and women, make my voice known and help shape the course of this nation. However, throughout this process, all the way up to the Republican National Convention, time after time I witnessed (either personally, or by watching firsthand video and reading firsthand accounts) the party leadership usurp the people and break its own rules in order to achieve its agenda.

Then at the very end, a select few committee members choose to change rules so that the vote of the people is bypassed. Every member of the party ought to be outraged and demand justice in this matter.

The very nature of the United States tells us that governments are instituted in order to protect the rights of governed. If the leadership of a political party representing nearly half of this nation is not accountable to its members, there is no end to damage that could be done. It’s not just the Ron Paul supporters who are disenfranchised; it’s the TEA Party, and any other American who would wish to exercise his or her rights.

If you, too, are concerned by all of this, I strongly encourage you to contact every Republican leader you can, from the county level up, and inform them of what has taken place if they do not already know. If they do know, ask what they have done to reverse this, or if not why not? If they do not see this as a problem, then find someone to take their place. The rule changes and blatant disregard for existing rules in multiple states and ultimately the RNC affects all of us. It affects the country our children will inherit. We must not let this slide.

Some people I know are upset to the point of leaving the party and going independent or joining another party. I have no intention to tell anyone else what to do – I believe in personal liberty – but may I submit that it is in our best interest to remain in the GOP. If we leave now, more power goes to those who would use it for their own gain. Our nominee is now officially Mitt Romney, and I do not advocate abandoning him at the ballot box in November. The consequences of doing such would be far more powerful and destructive than any message it might send. I believe our battle will be won from the ground up, not the top down.

To the Republican establishment, I have one thing to say: My name is Ryan Hill, I am a Ron Paul Republican, and I am here to stay.

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Labor Day Pace Car

It’s actually more like the “Labor Day Peace Car.” But I thought it said “Pace” at first, and that sounds like a good pseudonym to me. So there I was, washing my truck on a hot September Labor day in 2012, and all of the sudden a truck is in front of me, bearing the US, Gadsden, and a POW-MIA Flag.

A man named Jobby drives his patriotic truck around Oklahoma City

I followed this truck around for a few minutes, knowing that I wanted to write at least a quick article on whatever he was doing. The driver of the truck went around a large parking lot that spanned big stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Lots of people were taking note, but I didn’t know exactly what the message was supposed to be. So I asked him, like any self-respecting independent journalist would do!

The man told me his name was Dennis Jobby, pronounced jobe-ey, from Tennessee. He is supporting America’s armed forces, stating that Labor Day isn’t just about having a job, but is made possible by those who fight for our country’s freedoms. He told me that he is “out there in cyberspace,” but when I searched for him I couldn’t find anything, with variable spellings and all, so if he wasn’t out there before, he is now.

On the front window of the truck is a reference to Revelation 12:10-12, which says that the devil knows he has a short time, and that he will be overcome by the blood of the Lamb of God. Also note that on the back window is written “Love” and “Peace.”

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, but whatever you think, Happy Labor Day!

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Before You Decide How to Vote

Before you decide how to vote this November, please consider the following.

With the convention still being fresh on everyone’s mind, I’m sure some of our ideas may change or solidify over the next couple of weeks concerning how or if to vote in November.

I can’t tell anyone how to vote — and by the way, neither does Dr. Paul. He doesn’t tell people NOT to vote for Romney, nor does he tell them TO vote for him or anyone else — but I would submit that other Republican Liberty candidates will suffer in the wake of a Romney defeat.

That’s not to say anything at all about the Romney-Ryan ticket, but just a mere reminder that historically, the entire party suffers in a presidential year when their presidential candidate loses. The question we must all answer individually is, do we want to cause other Liberty candidates to lose as a result of our actions? I can’t answer that for you, and you can’t answer that for me.

We must each decide for ourselves how we will vote. It’s what Ron Paul would have us to do. It’s what we ought to do. May we all spend time in prayer and/or deliberation before coming to a final decision. Then may we continue to work TOGETHER as a group for the cause of Liberty.

Peace, Love, and Revolution from Oklahoma.

(Originally posted on the Daily Paul website.)
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