Regan Is The Clear Choice
If you want to counter the Republicans’ ideological agenda here in Oklahoma, then voting for Pete Regan in the lieutenant governor’s Democratic runoff race on Tuesday is an absolute necessity.
Unlike his opponent, the wealthy Jari Askins, Regan actually has a decent chance to beat either House Speaker Todd Hiett or state Senator Scott Pruitt in the general election. He has support from former Governor George Nigh and University of Oklahoma football legend Barry Switzer. Political veteran Cal Hobson, who was defeated in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, also supports Regan.
Regan possesses poise and intelligence. He handles the media well. He has great ideas about alternative energy programs. He favors raising the minimum wage. He is approachable.
Some people argue the lieutenant governor does a little bit of nothing. They even argue the position should be eliminated. But Democrats should keep this in mind: The lieutenant governor casts the deciding vote on any tie votes in the Oklahoma Senate. That could be especially important next legislative session because Republicans could pick up more seats in the senate. There could be tie votes.
Askins has made contributions to Oklahoma in the past, and she will continue to do. (Speaking of contributions, she also recently gave $500,000 of her own money to her campaign. It must be nice to be able to outright buy a position in government. We will see if it works.) But now is the time for decisive change, for something new.
Regan represents the new and growing progressive movement in the state. The Republicans find themselves down this year because of President George Bush’s dismal approval ratings, the Iraq debacle, and the party’s complete breakdown over the illegal immigrant issue. Regan can beat the Republicans this year. Askins has less of a chance to do so.
I also believe Regan can unite Democrats in a way that Askins cannot do. A Regan/Henry team at the Capitol could go a long way in stemming the conservative juggernaut here in the state.
Where’s The Evidence?
Where’s the evidence from the British government that people were getting ready to blow up planes bound for America?
So far, the Brits have not offered one shred of convincing evidence that anyone was in imminent danger. Some of the suspects do not even have passports. No one had even bought an airline ticket.
It has become increasingly clear in the past few days that the British government has used this foiled “plot” (if there really was as a plot) for political gain to help the Blair government rescue some credibility in terms of his botched foreign policy. The Bush administration has obviously jumped on the bandwagon as well in an attempt to instill fear in people so they can manipulate them.
Today, the British government announced it was charging 11 people in the plot, yet the only real evidence it offered was that those accused possessed hyrdogen peroxide and chemical components. (Hydrogen peroxide? Regular household hydrogen peroxide?) Is that even true? You are a fool if do not question each and every statement either the American or British government makes about terrorism.
The ironic thing is this: Everyone should be afraid. We should be afraid of how the American and British governments lie and lie to their people. The lies of the Bush administration, in particular, have created a new immoral framework for the American presidency.
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