Pinnell: This platform should be the final straw that breaks the donkey's back in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma City) - From social issues to the economy, the 2012 National Democratic Platform (unveiled yesterday in Charlotte) highlights the clear fact that today’s Democrat Party is out of step with the average Oklahoma voter. As a result, the Republican Party is at an all-time high in voter registration in Oklahoma - while the Democrat Party continues its historic slide.
"This platform should be the final straw that breaks the donkey's back in Oklahoma,” said OKGOP Chairman Matt Pinnell. “Enough is enough. They aren't even trying anymore; they have chosen to double-down on extreme liberal policies that are completely out of touch with a majority of Oklahoma voters."
Among the most striking instances of the growing alienation of the Democrat Party towards Oklahomans, Democrat State Representative Rebecca Hamilton noted the removal of the word “God” from the Platform. Said Representative Hamilton, “A one word change could mean anything, but when it is grouped alongside the HHS Mandate and party positions on abortion and marriage, it becomes part of a pattern. That pattern says a lot.”
"It was Ronald Reagan who said he didn't leave the Democrat Party, but that the Democrat Party left him,” continued Chairman Pinnell. “The modern Democrat Party has made a hard left hand turn, it's not coming back, and it's time for conservative Democrats across Oklahoma to say enough is enough."
The Democrat Platform stakes positions wholly at odds with Oklahoma voters: the removal of the word "God" when referring to our God-given potential, the removal of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, support for broader access to abortions including taxpayer-funded abortions, support of gay marriage, further gun restrictions, attacks on the energy sector, and support for raising taxes in the midst of an economic crisis.
"Our message to Oklahoma Democrats is simple: If you believe in lower taxes, less government intervention and traditional values, then welcome to the Republican Party...we have voter registration forms waiting for you and your family,” concluded Pinnell.