The Legislature has adjourned, thanks be to God. The stench of its activities — and the wreckage of its inactivities — has been worse than usual. There has been way too much Public Ideological Masturbation, and very little good governance. I’m thinking all these legislators who make so much of their “conservative” ideology are effectively traitors to the common good of the people of the state. They are the Oklahoma equivalent of the commissars of the old Soviet Union — so blinded by their ideology they can’t see the realities of these times. The Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma reads:
Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
“Mutual welfare and happiness” — a/k/a in the federal Constitution as “the general welfare” — promoting and protecting the common good is among the most primary and fundamental purposes of government! Yet, these legislators crudely and without any shame put their personal political ideologies ahead of their sworn constitutional duty. The Founding Fathers of the United States warned us against these kinds of politicians. From Washington’s Farewell Address —
. . . I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State. . . Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. . . the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. . . It serves always to distract the public councils, and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection.
John Adams said:
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
For my money, the most telling incident of the entire session was the passage of the bond proposal to fix up the state capitol, while turning down a bond proposal to fund storm shelters in schools.
One hundred twenty million dollars to spiff up and repair their politicians palace?
And Not One Cent for storm shelters for schools.
Jesus said,”For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.