To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, July 18, 2024


Grand Old Busybodies


Ladies of Oklahoma, I have got some personal questions for you.

For starters, when did you finish your last period? Are your periods “regular” or a bit unpredictable? Who is your doctor?

Before you start cursing me for being completely out of line inquiring about your personal business, let me recommend you direct your anger, or glee, toward Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, Republican from Oklahoma City.

Why him and not me?

Simple. He thinks it is his business – and the state government’s – to know when your last period ended because 30 days after that his proposed new law will trigger.

Trigger? Proposed new law? About what?

About whether you might be pregnant or not, because Treat and every other Republican man and woman currently serving in the Legislature not only thinks it is their business to know but also to determine, based on Leader Treat’s pending legislation, to decide for you whether you can have an abortion, or not, under what circumstances, perhaps where the procedure might occur, if at all, etc., etc.

One would think that since The Party of Lincoln supposedly stands for limited government, lower taxes and personal freedom, Treat’s intrusion would be dead on arrival in committee, but think again. It will be a flyer all the way to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk for signature, which he has promised to affix.

His application of ink to paper will trigger something else the governor is very familiar with … a lawsuit by any number of individuals or groups who still support Roe v. Wade, which is and has been the law of the land for the last 49 years.

For me, it is none of my damn business what any of you do in your bedrooms, as long as it is legal, and I shouldn’t decide, just because I got elected to the Legislature, what women in this state do concerning their own bodies, their reproductive rights, when to have children or not, how many, who they marry, what training or education they have to have before marrying, and a myriad of other things Republicans think they are entitled to know about their constituents.

Of course, for you folks, all you really need to know about your overseers at the Capitol is one thing and one thing only … well, actually two. They are a bunch of busybodies, and even worse, hypocrites who write the laws for you to comply with … not them.

If you don’t know that you haven’t kept up with what’s been going on at NE 23rd and Lincoln Blvd., and that’s your fault, not mine or even theirs.

Do you know the names of your senator and representative? Do you know when the next election is? Are you even registered to vote? If not, get registered, but if you don’t, please do one other thing for me.

Don’t complain about the government you get.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.