Oklahoma Republicans Ready to Blame the Recession on ‘Debauchery’

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

Jonathan Turley points to a resolution introduced by State Rep. Sally Kern (R) in Oklahoma, into a state legislature that flipped to the Republicans in 2008 and has become a petri dish for wingnuttery.

The “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” includes this language about the Democrats and the president:

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and

WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;

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Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

Actually, the recession happened because of the TREA.SON of DeBUSHery. The crime family has been committin TRE.ASON since the 1930's with Graddaddy Pres.cott launder.ing Hi.tler.'s money.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

What a joke, coming from the state that is always at the top of the list when it comes to meth use, gambling, divorce, alcholism, rates of incararation, and abortion. Their school test scores are at the bottom of the heap and the parents have bigger problems just trying to keep food on the table. I fled this state years ago for all of these reasons and more. This is just another example of elected officials desparate to keep the spotlight off their own pathetic records of public service. But given that they just keep electing James Inhofe by wide margins, it is a given that they have just surrendered to ignorance and stupidity.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

I'd suggest the GOP practices what it preaches. It's own moral codes long held by members of their party making believe they are morally superior to the rest of us, seem to be falling as fast as flies in a bug zapper.

I'd suggest y'all clean up your own glass house before throwing stones.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:40 pm


Is this really America?

WHEREAS, people within our state governments absolutely don't think?!

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:42 pm


Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

Of course this is absurd. What I struggle with, though, is how best to deal with such things. Should we ignore it or rail against it? I'm not sure what gives them more legitimacy and passion to continue.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

This just proves how queer Okies are. Now I understand the joke line, the only thing that separates a Texan from a queer is the Red River.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

President Obama IS clean living. Scandal-free family life, no vices except a cigarette now and then….he is not supposed to be the Preacher-in-chief.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

Lord Almighty: I pray the good people of Oklahoma will stop sniffing the weed as it is causing them to lose the 1 marble they still have left in their brain. Amen.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

What a bunch of circus freaks

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

Simultaneously promoting abortion and illegitimate births, eh?

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

Pass the popcorn.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

Aren't wingnuts used to tighten loose screws? Just to many loose screws…don't blame the wingnuts.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

And all this time I thought it was due to the 8 years of ultra conservative George W Bush's miss-management of our country. My bad, its the gays fault.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

Oh boy. Just when you thought it was safe.

FU Father Eisenman
Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

“I'm proud to be a Skokie from Muscogee”. Idiots all.

FU Father Eisenman
Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

Sorry, “Okie from Muscoggee”

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

Boy, I wish those jerks at the capitol would wuit making me apologize to the rest of the world. I wish I could say that we are not all like that, but the last election results would out – (the reddest state in the nation). Sorry for the morons, sorry for Inhofe (you ahve no idea how sorry I am), sorry for the hypocritical, ignorant, backwards people in my home state. At least our Cost of Living is low and some places are good to raise children (as long as you don't let them go to the churches)

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

I'm from Oklahoma. These people embarrass us daily.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

I grew up during the depression, barefoot, hungry, and ragged just like the Okie kids I went to school with. I respected those kids, and their parents, often ignorant, but seldom stupid. The
political and religious climate now extant in Oklahoma would have made those hard-working
and honest people flee their homes, just as the dust bowl did in the 1930's. What a shame.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

Check out a book: “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism” by Michelle Goldberg (2006). There is a cult-evangelism right-wing extremist group founded by Michael Farris, founder and president of Patrick Henry College in rural Virginia.

This cult homeschools children from infancy on through teens to believe they have a right and duty to overthrow the American government in a “culture war” and establish “dominion” over all “nonbelievers” and over each and every aspect of the American government. Bush had eight of these people working as aides in his White House (one in Karl Rove's office and one in his un-Constitutional “Office of Faith-Based Initiatives” whose job was funneling millions of federal dollars to charities of the White House's choosing (Farris?). This is domestic terrorism. Farris is responsible for pushing homeschooling for all 50 states using this extremist curriculum only, and he calls the young people “Generation Joshua” (seeing himself as Moses). A very REAL threat to America, as you can see from the nuttiness of this posted memorandum.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

So where's the Bill? It's not on the OK legislature website. Does it really exist?

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 10:26 pm


Personally speaking, I will take the media at arm's length. Unless and until I can download the document from a reputable source (*) I cannot accept the media. Too many times we have seen articles that lampoon an issue and aggrieve the situation further.

*the term 'Reputable' understood to be very volatile in this technologically-aligned (and vulnerable) medium.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

What a bunch of knuckle-draggers. Yes, it's all the fault of gays and those who won't pray to your imaginary friend. Yeah, it was those gays and heathens who brokeinto Wall Street and rippied up the markets. The gays and non-blievers (or at least those that don't believe the way the Oklahoma Republicans believe, who base their every statement and action on a time proven 2,000 year old big book of desert herder's fairy tales) who sent all thoe manufacturing jobs over-seas, who helped deregulate the banking and energy industries, who allowed insurance companies total freedom to jack up the costs of health care, who supported invasions of a country that didn't ever have anything to do with 9-11, who black bagged and tortured people in secret prisons, who chose to sit back and ignore sscientific evidence that abstinence only programs didn't work to curtail unwanted pregnancy and subsequent abortions because of them. Yep, all those damned gays and heathens sure did a number while they were in charge of the government tha last 8 years.
Oh, and just in case you are a Republican from Oklahoma, this is what those of us with an IQ over 90 call sarcasm.

Comment posted June 30, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

The text of the proposed resolution is up at http://repsallykern.com/html/news_details.php?i…

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Comment posted July 1, 2009 @ 4:52 am

Sally Kern makes me ashamed that I once lived in Oklahoma.

Here comes Sally again …
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Comment posted July 1, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

This is absolutely devoid of intelligence and information based on reality. We have got to put an end to these religious fanatics fantasy land antics. Since they believe that “God”, is giving them the power, it is time for Oklahoman's to stand up and stop this ridiculous charade of loss of reality. She, Sally Kern, is obviously not fit mentally to be involved in making decisions for Oklahoma (or even her own family members, maybe even her own life). This has gone past a matter of opinion about God or morality. She is teetering on the ledge of insanity, and I would hate for Oklahoma too fall off the ledge with her and her cohorts.

Stephanie Syvlester
Comment posted July 2, 2009 @ 1:04 am

So once again you dismiss someone(the Oklahoma Republicans) you disagree with as being insane. that's a pretty dangerous posture, isn't it? “wingnuttery”? where do you live, the petri dish for obsessive/compulsive political correctness? I'm so tired of ad hominem attacks because you don't want to deal with the issues. argue the issues, that's all you get to do.

Stephanie Syvlester
Comment posted July 2, 2009 @ 1:06 am

Sally Kern makes me proud that I have lived here since I moved here from Texas years ago.

Comment posted July 4, 2009 @ 3:54 am

Blaming our economic woes on “our greater national moral crisis” or our president actually doing something instead of praying in the correct way to your security blanket, while totaly ignoring the more obvious lack of over site and unfettered greed acrossed most levels of society sounds pretty insane to me and a lot of people both christian and self responsible people. While the issues mentioned in the resolution may in some cases lead to problems, our current economic woes are not one of them. “There has been a lot of tornadoes in Oklahoma lately; I wonder what they are doing to piss of god so much” Sounds kind of insane, doesn't it?

Comment posted July 4, 2009 @ 3:55 am

What's sad is that our media is too stupid to realize that these Republicans are absolutely right. I personally couldn't care less about the religion aspect (yes, a right winger without god), but without morality we will be left with nothing. Just because you don't agree with religion doesn't mean you can't take the good from it. Being ignorant to the good ideals religion can bring makes you just as bad as the people who try to push it on you. We have people commenting here that are so brainwashed they actually think Democrats and Mr. Obama want you to be peace loving and free, when in reality they want nothing more than to control you (more and more regulation). I could go on, or you could just go read Atlas Shrugged, unless you're too scared… Think for yourself, be an individual, not a sheep

Comment posted July 4, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

I sware the Christian fundamentalists are just as scary as the extreme Islamists. Thank God these people are losing power fast in our country… I'll be damned if this nation ever turns into a Theocracy. And has the author of this legislation ever studied US history? Every undergrad college student knows that 80% of our founding fathers were Deists, NOT Christians. Look it up.

Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

Listen, Tim, go re-read the excerpt, and then reformulate your argument to actually address what the “Proclamation” is saying. Go re-read Atlas Shrugged, while you're at it, because you've clearly misinterpreted it, too – it's all about rationality and responsibility, dear Tim, two of the things most blatantly ignored by blaming economic problems on a “moral crisis.” There's nothing here saying anything about Obama, Left-Wingers, Democrats, Government Regulation, Liberal Whiners, Left-Wing Sheep, or anything else you address. What it does proclaim is religious dogma, and the behaviors religious dogma defines to be “debauchery” (same-sex marriage, abortion, and divorce, among other more legitimately classified immoral behaviors).

Allow me to introduce myself… I am a libertarian (which is the political leaning that true intellectual absorption of Ayn Rand will lead you to, not right-wingerism or whatever it is you subscribe to), an atheist, and a Good Person. I am a moral, upstanding, tax-paying member of society, who contributes to our economy and whose lifestyle hurts no one and helps many. There are many, many more people just like me. We do NOT need religion to have a moral society. We do NOT need Christianity (or Christians) to have a stable economy. The author of this logically appalling piece of intolerance believes that our recent economic decline is caused by a lack of observation of the Christian faith; it is stated plainly.

It is repulsive to those of us who base our upstanding, moral lives on the logical values of respect for our planet and our fellow humans, that someone with any degree of lawmaking power can actually bring these assumptions and accusations to the political table. Religious dogma, clearly demonstrated here by referring to Prayer, biblical admonitions, and some imagined “rich Christian heritage,” has no place whatsoever in the public policy of a rational nation, whose people are constitutionally protected from being governed by religion (that's in the first Amendment, in case you need to read that one again, too).

Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

Too late.

Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

Why not? These good Christian folks are on the same mental level with the Mullah who blamed the immodesty of Muslim women who abjured the burka, for causing earthquakes.

Religion is an irrational experience; politics becomes and irrational experience when a significant portion of a population mixes religion into it. Irrational politics is bad politics.

When Jesse Helms showed Ronald Reagan that religion was a path to political power, American politics took a serious turn for the worse. The political paralysis that comes from these “culture wars,” may ultimate cause the failure of the American experiment.

Joey Tranchina

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