To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Insanity, Defined


The lawmakers pictured here appear to be normal. They’re not.

Normal people, with common sense, would not file 60 or so bills to make it harder for people to protect themselves from the deadliest pandemic in history.

Nor would common folks purposely file about 50 proposals, most of which are patently unconstitutional concerning the subject of abortion, just to say they have done so when campaigning this summer.

Oh, and this same bunch spouts off about constitutional carry but have never read the United States Constitution but, I admit, may have had it read to them.

I’m talking about the 80-plus Republican members of the House and the 39 elephants that occupy seats in the Senate.

As Gov. Kevin “Clueless” Stitt prattles on about being a Top 10 state in the size of our state’s Rainy Day Fund and the improvement of bridges, our citizens are more unhealthy than all other states save three. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, smoking, alcoholism and so many more maladies all cry out for attention and searches for solutions while nearly $2 billion of your tax money sits idly by as our folks become sicker, older and more sedentary than ever.

Younger people abandon rural counties in record numbers, ending up either out of state or in the two major metropolitan areas where they will now cast their votes more frequently for candidates who realize we live in the 21st century, not the 19th.

And, of course, teachers, support personnel and state employees find themselves, again, in the bottom five states when it comes to salaries and benefits but way up the rung when measuring just lip service.

Politically speaking, these devotees of Trumpism, book banning and vaccination avoiding not only talk the talk but walk the walk when it comes to spending your tax money on dead-end proposals designed to appear in a press release; however, not in the laws that govern our state.

They know it, I know it and now you know it.

What I don’t know is why the hell so many Okies vote not just once, but over and over again for them expecting different results but receiving only the same.

Of course, there is that definition of insanity …

Photo: Screenshot of state House video from Feb. 7’s session opener.

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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.