To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, August 19, 2022


How Does The Following Craziness Happen?


The craziness I refer to is the banning of certain books from a particular public school. Books such as To Kill A Mockingbird, among many others.

When I heard this I presumed it must have originated in some rural district still worshipping the Scopes Monkey Trial results and dominated on the controlling school board by a bunch of rightwing nuts. But, no.

It is the esteemed and respected Edmond system led by some of the finest citizens, administrators and teachers not just in Oklahoma but our entire country.

This whole SNAFU [Situation Normal All F%&#@D Up] was triggered by the passage last session of HB 1775, a silly and most likely unconstitutional new law authored by that lawmaking genius from Moore, Republican Rep. Kevin West.

Yes, this doofus ding-a-ling, who completed all of one year of college majoring in construction management, is now responsible for the construction, or should I say, destruction of curriculum offered to thousands of children in Oklahoma all under the guise of something called Critical Race Theory. CRT itself is beyond clear definition; rather, by most conjecture, it is just a mixture of mushy manipulation causing mayhem in school districts throughout America.

As one might expect, Gov. Kevin Stitt has endorsed this book-censuring and thought-deflating approach to public education and commended Moore’s moron for his counter-productive proposal, now the subject of a lawsuit.

Oklahoma’s Chamber of Commerce frets about why it is so hard to recruit new businesses to our state. For the answer look no further than West, his like-minded lawmakers and that other Clueless Kevin who somehow became governor of this state.

In summary the law is under legal challenge; schools are censoring otherwise valued and treasured works of art; teachers are not allowed to say certain, otherwise commonly-used words in class; and, above all, student learning is being stifled and made more difficult for no good reason at all.

Some of you may think it doesn’t matter who gets elected to public office but the only thing sadder than that vacuous theory is Kevin West’s empty head.

And P.S. As taxpayers you get to not only pay for West’s large salary of over $48,000 for four months work but also now for another expensive, protracted and sure-to-lose lawsuit, just one of many on this topic and so many more.

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.