To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Saturday, May 18, 2024


The Real Search For ‘Personal Freedom’


The three biggest lies in America:

1. Anything Trump says.

2. “I’ll still love you in the morning.”

3. “I support local control.”

Leaving 1 and 2 for your own imagination I want to put the lie to Lie No. 3, the one about governors, federal and state lawmakers who say on a regular basis local control is perfectly fine with them … until it isn’t.

Examples of this arrogance by those we elect are displayed daily and have been for years but, under the current circumstances, some directives from above most certainly carry with them possible death sentences.

For example, down in Baja Oklahoma a case was decided in favor of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who by executive order declared local elected officials could not mandate the wearing of masks as schools opened this week. The ruling came from that state’s Supreme Court and there was little doubt what their decision would be because, unlike Supreme Court judges in Oklahoma, the ones down south are elected directly by voters.

Observers also had another hint about what the outcome would be: All the judges are registered Republicans.

And while Americans scream at each other, or worse, about the legality or lack thereof concerning youngsters donning masks, across the Atlantic to Afghanistan, we see on TV the Taliban walk into Kabul, a city of six million souls [about two million more than the entire population of our state], plop down in the Presidential Palace, take a few photos, then move on back to the streets.

Meanwhile, as Stephen Colbert would say, thousands of terrified Afghanis overran the airport, supposedly secured by some of the 6,000 American army and marine personnel deployed there by President Biden. Things got so out of control that video shows what appears to be human beings falling off large United States Air Force transport aircraft as they rose into the sunlit sky.

Americans bitterly arguing over whether or not six-year-olds should wear masks to protect against the COVID-19 virus.

Afghanis so desperate to escape the horrors of a Taliban government they would rather risk almost certain death during takeoff.

Which do you think is a real search for “personal freedom” and all the responsibilities that accompany such an emotion-laden phrase?

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.
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September 5, 2022
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