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January 15, 2014

An island of blue in a sea of red

Ada — A thought brings to mind a lonely desert island. It is easy to envision this for a liberal living in Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma has been described as one of the reddest states in the union. I don’t believe this entirely. I have seen and heard some very disparaging and ugly remarks about our president and other progressive or liberal political leaders in newsprint and on television. It seems to be all the rage to make sexist, racist, or crude remarks about political leaders.  

This seems to have taken an abrupt rise in the past five years. The long-standing advice never to argue religion or politics has always been a good one but of late I have decided that if the opportunity arises I’ll say something positive about our political leadership. What really surprises and encourages me is the number of positive responses this has produced. Someone told me a few months ago that there are more Democrats registered in Pontotoc County than Republicans. With only one source I cannot say that is factual but the county has not voted Democratic in many years.

When I consider continuing subsidies to very profitable oil companies versus cutting huge amounts from (SNAP) food stamps the answer is easy for me. 

Since the defense budget has doubled and then doubled again in the past 12 years, and we seem to be spending huge amounts of money on politically correct cosmetic measures such as the TSA or providing tanks to domestic law enforcement, then it is not entirely a liberal meme to cut defense spending and corporate hand-outs and be financially prudent. Supporting education, supporting the increase in minimum wage, and immigration reform have varying amounts of bipartisan support and therefore are not strictly liberal issues. So why do I feel like a little small blue Island in a sea of red?

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