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Oklahoma Republican Party At It Again

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I had an experience this last weekend that affirmed my concern for the future of this nation.  The Oklahoma State Republican Party had a special State Committee Meeting concerning charges of corruption and voting irregularities at the 1st District Convention in Tulsa back in April.  The Ron Paul delegation felt they were disenfranchised by the way the convention was administered.  This has been in contention since then and has not been resolved yet.  At our regularly scheduled meeting in May, on the day before the state convention, this issue was brought up and discussed ad nauseum.  When time came to vote to affirm the 1st District results, or tell them to reconvene, the matter was tabled to be brought up at the convention the next day. 

The issue was never addressed at the convention as problems with certifying delegates sent everything into a tail spin of controversy with rules being ignored and general chaos ensuing, resulting in the Ron Paul delegation convening their own convention in the parking lot at the end of the day.  My weekend of May 11-12, 2012 (Oklahoma State Committee Meeting and Convention) would have been more productive if I had stayed at home and hit myself with a hammer all weekend.  It was the most despicable example of political maneuvering that I have ever witnessed.  It was very apparent to me that rules did not matter, parliamentary procedures did not matter, and the general attitude of those running the convention was that Romney is the nominee and nothing else matters.  Romney was not the nominee in spite of Governor Mary Fallin claiming he was, a statement which was greeted with loud boos and only made things worse.  It was all down hill from there as chaos reigned and nothing got done.

Move forward to the June 9, 2012 State Committee meeting.  It was called to resolve the 1st District Convention issue and became more of the same.  Both sides presented their cases before a vote was taken by the assembled committee members.  The State Committee consists of the party chairmen and vice-chairman from each of the 77 counties plus a state committee man and woman from each county.   I don’t know how many were actually there but I know many were not attending.  I might as well have stayed home also the way things turned out.

The issue of concern to me is how the process finished up after both sides had given their two cents worth.  During the question and answer period that went on for way too long, I asked if I could present a motion.  I was told “not yet” by Chairman Matt Pinnell.  When the time for questions was up and Pinnell called for motions I raised my hand to present my motion.  Although I was within 30 feet of the chairman he called on Carolyn McCarty, the National Committee Woman, who was standing in the very back of the room.  She presented the same motion I intended to present 15 minutes or so before.  The vote was taken and it was decided to accept the 1st District results.  Jake Peters, the representative of the Paul contingency, stated that he would take this to the National Committee and bring it up at the convention if necessary.

I was told after the meeting that Mrs. McCarty had been asked in advance to propose a motion in support of the 1st District results.  This shows me that everything was worked out in advance and the meeting was a slam dunk for keeping the establishment intact and preventing any semblance of conservatism from gaining a foothold in the party in Oklahoma.  It was apparent to me that no one outside of the establishment would be given any place in this circus.

I believe I was ignored because I am a frequent critic of the activities of the Republican Party, at both state and national levels, and  they did not want to take the chance that I might make a motion to stand with the Paulbots although I have made it widely known that I don’t support their candidate or their tactics.

This is the problem I see with the Republican Party.  They are not responsive to We the People unless we stand with the establishment.  Conservatism was run out of the party many years ago and will not be allowed back in without a fight to the death.  New World Order globalists own the party at the national level and anyone wanting to gain ground at the state level must follow the dictates of the RNC. 

Our nation is in critical condition and fading fast.  The elections in November, if they are allowed to occur, will be a farce of the highest order.  Both parties are likely to do everything, fair or fowl, to win.  With the current leadership of the Republican Party we can look forward to more of the New World Order agenda should Romney win.  New World Order globalism will be the order of the day and those who stand for freedom and the Constitution will not have a voice in the future of this once great nation, regardless of which party wins.  Sadly, I see the demise of liberty perpetrated by both political parties in their quest for personal power over We the People.  Neither party represents the citizens of this nation, nor will either allow the citizens any voice in government short of another Revolutionary War.  Only those willing to bow before politicians and sell their freedom need apply.  Obama, Reid, and Pelosi or Romney, McConnell, and Boehner; either way We the People lose.  Dictatorship and tyranny are on the doorstep, prepare for the worst.

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma

June 11, 2012

Oklahoma’s Republican Party: How Do We Stop The Corruption?

I have been actively involved in the political spectrum for about 3 years now. Thirty-five years ago I tried to get involved, but when I saw how corrupt and self-serving the process was, I gave up. I registered as an Independent with the hopes that being an Independent would insulate me from the corruption, self-serving politicians, and the evil that pervades both parties. I was sadly mistaken. In that 35 years nothing has improved. Now, 35 years later, I find our Republic in the death throes of dictatorship and people in both political parties working together to enslave We the People. Sadly, much of this is my fault because I chose to ignore it in the hope it would go away. It didn’t go away, but instead has become much more of a problem and much more of a danger. I re-registered as a Republican just after the 2008 elections that saw John McCain, and the Republican Party machine, surrender my nation to the most radical thing that has ever sat in the White House.

I have seen the Republican Party sacrifice my freedoms on the altar of the party machine interests time and again. I have seen congressional Republicans cave on issue after issue and “go along to get along”, be “bi-partisan, civil, and agreeable” , and “reach across the aisle” to work with their “friends in the Democrat Party” until they no longer stand for the ideals our founding fathers espoused in the Constitution. Republicans have done this in spite of the promises they made to get elected in record numbers. I have found the Republican Party does not represent me any better than the Democrat Party.

In 2010, voters in the State of Oklahoma swept Republicans into office in unprecedented fashion, much as was done in the national elections. We also passed state referendums opposing Sharia Law and Obamacare. The first thing the newly elected Republican governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House did upon taking office was begin a plot to implement Obamacare in the State of Oklahoma. They tried 3 different stealth approaches to slip this into law in spite of the overwhelming, and by overwhelming I mean 70% of the voters, opposition to Obamacare. They were looking at the $54.5 million that would come from the federal government for them to spend, particularly with their allies in the insurance business.

Governor Mary Fallin, State Sen. Brian Bingman, and State House Speaker Kris Steele were the authors of this dastardly plot to subvert the wishes of 70% of We the People of the State of Oklahoma. All of their attempts were thwarted due to the dogged work of OKSAFE, an organization dedicated to defeating Obamacare, and dedicated to being a watch-dog on Oklahoma politicians. I have been told, but cannot verify at this moment, that they are hatching new plots to implement Obamacare in the next legislative session. They seem to be determined to sneak this through when they think We the People aren’t looking. They want that $54.5 million for their cronies, not for We the People.

I was astounded that Republicans would behave in this fashion. I don’t know why it surprised me, but it did. Maybe it is because I have followed the TEA Party movement and seen how Republicans have seemed to step right into what We the People want done in government. Once again, I have seen the duplicity and self-serving nature of politicians rear its ugly head and have begun to realize none of them can be trusted. I have seen the “tell voters what they want to hear and do as we please once elected” attitude alive and well within the Republican Party.

In 2009, I got involved in a campaign for the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma. Dr. Charles Thompson nearly upset a long time Democrat, coming close enough that Rep. Dan Boren has decided he won’t run again. Since that time I have become actively involved in my local county party group with the intent of cleaning the corruption and “insider trading” out of the system. I have been elected, by my county peers, as the State Committeeman representing Rogers County in the Oklahoma Republican Party.

Everything was rolling along fine until we began the primary race for the 2nd Congressional District. I won’t go into details, as the details will be very plainly evident in this letter that I sent to the state chairman, district chairman, and the county chairwoman responsible for the issue at the district meeting held in October 2011 in McAlester, Oklahoma. The last 3 names on the list of recipients are there because I discussed it with them to get their input on how I should approach this matter. We were working together to organize a candidate forum and I felt I owed them the courtesy of letting them know how I wound up handling this matter. The e-mail I sent follows:

November 1, 2011
Mr. Montgomery,

I am writing about the fiasco involving the straw pole at the McAlester meeting of the Oklahoma 2nd District Republican Party. It has come to my attention that Holly Gerard and the other people running the straw pole were wearing George Faught t-shirts and stickers. The rules were changed several times and some people who were in line to vote were told the voting was over at the specified time in spite of your announcement that those in line at the cut-off time would be allowed to vote.

I find this troubling on several points. My first problem is with having partisan campaign workers running what is supposed to be an objective voting process. Another issue is the changing of the rules as it went along. You can’t have an objective voting process when one candidate’s operatives are running the vote. You also can’t have a fair and balanced vote if the rules change to suit one candidate or the other. This is what is done in Third World banana republics, not in The United States of America. Whether this was the reason or not is immaterial, the appearance of impropriety is enough to call the entire process, and the people administering it, into question.

Those looking potential straw voters up in voter vault seemed to be totally incompetent and/or the records woefully incomplete. They could not find the name of Linda Lepak, the Rogers County Chairperson. I am sure Linda is a Republican yet she was nearly denied the right to vote over a failure to find her in Voter Vault. She was only allowed to vote after she argued vigorously. I have also been told by some of the candidates that they were not notified that the straw poll was going to be held. Once again, whether that is an oversight or a direct omission is beside the point.

I find the involvement of Holly Gerard in George Faught’s campaign to be in conflict with her duties as an officer of the 2nd Congressional District. I submit that she and any other party official should immediately resign their position to clear up any conflict of interest, or the appearance thereof.

Their involvement in a campaign when they are supposed to be working for the good of the entire district is a conflict of interest that cannot be resolved by them suddenly stating they are not a part of that campaign any longer. Their objectivity has been tarnished and they must step down from any state, district, or county position immediately.

I became involved in the Republican Party two years ago because of my disgust at the graft and corruption I have seen in politics. I realize that I am new here and not terribly aware of “how things are done” but I am aware enough to know that the current system is corrupt. One of the reasons I became involved with the party is to remove these tactics and the people that employ them, those as candidates, those as elected officials, and those as party officials. The American public is totally disgusted with the way politics is handled in this country and the only way to regain the confidence of We the People is to remove the corruption and be totally above board. That is my goal, to clean up a process so vile and corrupt that it needs a good disinfecting by honest and fair people.

Ms. Gerard and the others involved in this may be wonderful, honest people but these circumstances bring into question their judgment at the very least, and their ethics as well. We can no longer afford to tolerate this kind of behavior, innocent or not. The only way to regain the confidence of the American people is to remove those with questionable ethics or judgment from the process and to ensure that everything is done properly and with the utmost propriety.

We are on the verge of losing our Republic and it is partially because of this kind of activity. American citizens have lost their confidence in the political parties and see them as only looking out for the best interests of party insiders and not the well-being of the citizenry as a whole. This must be reversed if we are to have any hope of restoring the confidence needed to preserve our nation and our freedom.

I am not casting aspersions on any of those involved because I don’t know them. I don’t know what their motives were but I do know that their actions, even if totally innocent, were unacceptable. I am saying that the perception of impropriety is enough to bring the ethics and character of those involved into question and that cannot be allowed to fester. If we are to continue on as a free and prosperous nation we must take the steps necessary to restore the confidence of the American people.
I hope to be a part of leading the Republican Party back to being a party of the people, a party that the average American citizen can depend on to look out for the best interests of all not just party insiders. I hope you will be a part of this goal. It is imperative that we succeed in regaining the trust of the citizens of America.

Copies of this letter are going to: Matt Pinnell, Tom Montgomery, Holly Gerard, Linda Lepak, Jo Rainbolt, and Bob Brown.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty god To honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

In God We Trust,
Bob Russell
Rogers County State Committeeman

To date, I have received one response to this e-mail. Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma State GOP Chairman, called me one afternoon and told me that Ms. Gerard was contemplating stepping down from her county president position and that this is behind us. I don’t know that anyone has stepped down and the problem wasn’t addressed, only swept under the rug. It might be behind him but it isn’t behind me.

I subsequently made a request that I be allowed to speak at the next Republican Party District 2 meeting and at the next state committee meeting. So far, Mr. Montgomery e-mailed me that Ms. Gerard was doing the planning for the District meeting and that he would get back with me on the matter. That was November 16, today is December 27. I have yet to hear any response at all from the state level. My purpose in speaking at these meetings is to make others aware that this happened and remind them that We the People must step up to tell the political operatives who they represent, and who they work for. I also desire to let others as appalled as I am know that they aren’t alone and need not fear standing up for what is right and just.

State Representative George Faught is playing the old game of self-serving political opportunism. I believe that if he is our next congressman he will do whatever he is told to do by party leadership. He will do what he has to do to improve his own position, power, and benefits in Congress. In addition to this little game, he has his campaign staff, one of which is the Vice-Chair of Rogers County, going around to speaking engagements of the other 5 candidates and recording everything they say. This might be good politics, but to this voter, it is unethical and shows a lack of confidence in his own message. I don’t need to know what others are saying about issues, I can make the case for my views. A good candidate should be able to make the same statement.

Bringing this to the public is painful, as I have no desire to hurt the Republican Party. My desire, or more accurately my responsibility, is to stop the corruption and turn the party back into “the party of the people”. It is up to citizens to get involved and have the courage to take whatever steps are necessary to save our nation for future generations. The only way to defeat evil is to fight it, to bring the back room deals into the light and under the table bargaining above the table. The only way to stop the party insider dealing is to get outsiders involved, outsiders who value the Constitution more than the party.

Bob Russell
Rogers County Oklahoma State Committeeman
December 27, 2011