By Chairman Matt Pinnell
Living in one of the most conservative states in the country we often forget how quickly things can change. We may be common sense conservative today, but a contemporary liberalism is waiting patiently for their chance to pounce.
George Will, on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” explained contemporary liberalism when discussing Mayor Bloomberg’s boneheaded move to ban 16 ounce sugary drinks in NYC:
“Let me read what Michael Bloomberg said because in one sentence he’s got the essence of contemporary liberalism — that is something preposterous and something sinister,” Will said. “Listen to this: ‘We’re not taking away anyone’s right to do things.’ Could have fooled me. 'We’re simply forcing you to understand.’ Now, that’s modern liberalism — the like of bossing people around, the kind of irritable gesture.”
The bigger the government gets the smaller the people become
What Bloomberg and other liberals believe is that the government is responsible for our health, therefore they own us, they believe they are smarter than us, and continue to pass laws that make decisions about our health because of it. They are using the same heavy hand on the issue of climate change. The government--i.e. liberals--now can control our daily lives even in the area of what light bulbs we can buy.
You saw this same line of thinking in the recent income tax debate in our very own state legislature this session.
Taxes continue to be one of the defining differences between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have long fought to reduce the tax burden of Oklahomans, while Democrats have fought to impose higher taxes on citizens. Republicans know taxes are the people’s money, while Democrats think citizens’ salaries are the government’s money. Democrat leaders Scott Inman and Sean Burrage truly believe the government--again liberals--know how to spend taxpayer dollars better than the taxpayer themselves, and there is not a more dangerous example of bossing people around than when it deals with taxpayers' pocket books.
The bigger the government gets the smaller the people become, Democrats know this. So when the debate over reducing taxes and the size of government is broached, even Oklahoma Democrat legislators show their true colors over that debate!
Yes, we have super majorities in the state legislature and have common sense conservatives in every statewide office. However, as we've seen, contemporary liberalism lurks, and it's not just in 16 ounce sizes in New York City.