A Winter of Discontent?
We’re in trouble, folks. Real trouble. If you don’t believe me, take a few minutes to sit down and completely read this Washington Post Opinion column. Our constitutional crisis is already here by the esteemed Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. It is guaranteed to cause you quite a bit of indigestion. To further add to your distress, listen as he goes on to discuss this piece in more detail on James Hohmann’s podcast “Please, Go On.”
Election 2022 is Already Heating Up
News media blew up last week when Joy Hoffmeister announced her switch to the Dem party to challenge Stitt for the Governor’s Mansion. Hoffmeister will be filling the Moderate space, hoping to peel away Retrumplicans who are dissatisfied with Stitt and tired of our State Government being perverted by Trumpian loyalists. Reactions to her party switch are wildly varying across the state with Dems being generally welcoming while Retrumplicans are poo-pooing her move. What with Connie Johnson’s Progressive candidacy, we will have a choice in the primary which will occur on June 28, 2022.
Calling all Dem Veterans!
Hey, Veterans! Did you know that OK Dems has a Veterans Committee that is fighting to advance and protect our common interests by electing vet-friendly Democrats to office?Check it out, both on the Web and on Facebook. On the Web: OK Dem Veterans Website and on Facebook: OK Dems Veterans Facebook Page
As an officially recognized federation within the Oklahoma Democratic Party, the ODPVC is focused on the election of Democratic candidates in all local, state, and national offices serving the Oklahoma community. They pay special attention to our veterans and people who support our veterans and active-duty military. Please visit their website and/or Facebook page and consider joining or renewing your membership. (Its just $10 bucks!) You can contact Mike Coucke: firstname.lastname@example.org / 580-291-8392 (voice or text) to obtain a membership application form or from ODPVC: email@example.com / 405-496-5621
PO Box 54804, Oklahoma City, OK 73154
Trying to Get to a New Normal
Just because social distancing is a pipe dream when it comes to our Trumpian neighbors doesn’t mean the rest of us should abandon it. The virus, and especially the Delta Variant, is still out there, and will still be out there for many months to come. Its going to take some time for the effects of the vaccine to really kick in. Other states that were even more derelict than Oklahoma in addressing the issue are still paying for their neglect. Stay safe and keep wearing masks where you feel at risk and obsessively washing your hands. Avoid other people if you don’t know their vaccination status as if your life depends on it, because it just might. Yes, things are getting better and a sort of normalcy is slowly returning. No, the virus didn’t magically disappear when mask mandates began to disappear. Biden isn’t some kind of miracle worker! It took a lot of incompetence and corruption to put us in the situation we are in now, so don’t expect him to fix everything overnight. If we all stick together and do what the scientists tell us we’ll likely be the only ones still alive come this time next year.
We are actually doing a lot better than most other states in rolling out the Covid-19 Vaccine, in spite of our imbecilic plague rat Governor and his minions. Vaccines are available at most pharmacies across the state as well as Urgent Care Clinics and all doctor offices that meet the storage requirements. Just remember, getting a vaccine is your ticket to a new normal.
In the face of the Delta Variant invasion, our illustrious Wannabe-a-Trump Governor has proven that he’s still a total incompetent over his response to this pandemic. Regardless of what our Trumpian Plague Rat Stitt says, you do need to pay attention to what is changing and what you need to do to continue to keep you and your loved ones safe. Just because our State Retrumplican politicians all seem to be in denial about the whole pandemic they haven’t convinced anyone without a death wish. People are still dying across the nation. Keeping on doing what you know will keep you and yours as safe as possible is the smart thing to do. And if you don’t feel safe going to any particular place, just stay home.
Lots of places to go for good information. OK State Dept of Health has the latest SITREP on what’s happening. OK Gov Department of Health
They’re at OK Gov Department of Health on Facebook, too!
For the best and up to date info for your particular county, please check with your local County Department of Health. Most have Facebook pages and many have their own websites.
Track how the country is faring compared to the rest of the world: Global Coronavirus Maps
If you are worried about blowback from people in your orbit over having chosen to protect yourself and those you love, take a lunch hour to slip away to get to a pharmacy in another neighborhood to get your vaccine. You have the right to keep your status as private as you like.
****** Note to Party Members******
The majority of Precincts are still without Precinct Chairs at this time. Anyone interested in becoming the chair of their precinct should contact Gary Edmondson. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get involved in our Great Democracy at the local level to stand up and raise your hand. Take heart, if Georgia can turn Blue, so can Oklahoma, but we need you to help us make it happen.
Don’t wait. Have you made your plan to vote in the 2022 Midterms?
Yes, the General Election is over, once and for all, but you can bet the voter suppression tactics are goingto be creative and widespread come the Midterms in 2022. The Retrumplicans are desperate to win back the House even more than they were this last time around. Be ready to go to work. Head on over to Make a Plan! to ensure your voice is heard. Included are all the links that will help you get you to the polls.
OK Voting Made Easy:
The Oklahoma Voter Portal (OVP) provides a “one-stop-shop” for your most requested voting needs. With a name AND date of birth (DOB), voters can:
- Verify Voter Registration Information
- View Voting Districts
- Find Polling Place Information
- View a Sample Ballot
- Check the Status of Absentee Ballots
- Respond to an Address Confirmation Notice – What is this?
By entering your name, date of birth (DOB), Oklahoma driver license number OR state ID number, AND the last four digits of your Social Security number, you can access additional features such as:
- Request absentee Ballots (includes Uniformed Services and Overseas Citizens)
- Change Political Affiliation
- Change a Residence Address or Mailing Address (Residence change must be within the county where you are currently registered.)
Due to the magic of advanced communication technology, one easy phone number allows you to reach your Senator or your Representative in the U.S. Congress. Use the number well and use it often! The number is 202-224-3121.
Stephens County Democrats News
When we don’t have a pandemic raging, the Stephens County Democratic Party meets at 7:00 p.m, every second Thursday of the month in Room 112, at the Red River Vo-Tech, Jerry B. Morris building, western-most building on the Duncan campus, 3300 W Bois D’Arc Ave, Duncan, OK. Come and see democracy in action. Join the discussion and learn about what we do. We’re on indefinite hold with the in-person meetings, but you can come join discussion and check for important announcements on our Facebook page as well as reading up on a constant stream of postings about the strange and alarming activities of our Republican minority rulers. However, postings have been a bits slower since Biden took office. Seems there’s a definite lack of sleezeballs and crooks in his administration. Things will surely pick up as 2022 election cycle gets a full head of steam built up.
Comanche County Democrats News
Our Comanche County neighbors meet every third Monday in Lawton. Visit http://comanchecountydemocrats.org for info on their recent and upcoming events. This event will be held at the Great Plains Area Technology Center, 4500 NW Lee Blvd. in Lawton, Ok. 6PM to 8 PM.
WUFA, Women United for Action
For those not familiar with WUFA, it is a Lawton-based non-partisan group of concerned women who have banded together to pursue effective activism in opposition to the current Presidential and Congressional agendas. They organize activities to directly confront our elected officials through marches and protests as well as organized phone, email, and postcard campaigns. Its one more way to take action and be involved in the coming war for the soul of Democracy. Please contact marlenej <@> sbcglobal <dot> net to sign up for newsletters and calls to action.
We want to know what is on your mind! Please share concerns and joys with us as we work at staying attentive and not giving into the urge to turn off everything and zone out. WE CANNOT DO THAT!
What are your questions?
Yes, there are Democrats in Stephens County, we are here and trying our darndest to get through to the citizens of Oklahoma that they do not have to settle for the second rate government they get from Republicans.
Cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.