Poor CAIR…. a victim of racism and bigotry we are told after CAIR created a media firestorm over Facebook remarks of Rep. John Bennett. Liberals quickly sided with CAIR but the majority of main stream Americans are rapidly beginning to see through the liberal media’s portrayal of Islam as a peaceful religion.
CAIR might have unwittingly given Bennett a national following after the Oklahoma Republican Party and the Speaker of the House publicly stood by Bennett’s right to free speech.
And is CAIR a maligned organization or are they neck deep in promoting terrorism, the destruction of Israel, and turning America into a Muslim caliphate? It seems this has been established in court already.
There were five Holy Land Foundation officials convicted of 108 counts of aiding terrorists by laundering money to providing direct support for terrorists.
You Can Hear the Mighty Apes Growl and Pound their Chest
By Ms PM
As always it’s how you spell it out with words and the interpretation. In this article the discussion of fixing the State Capitol is drawing a constitutional challenge.
Attorney Jerry Fent is once again looking at the Oklahoma Constitution for clarity. Fent said “the measure authorizing the expenditure (for the Capitol repair, House Joint Resolution 1033, is a special law that requires lawmakers to give notice of its intended introduction through publication, something that he said was not done.”
It could be said that lawmakers would save valuable time to get things done if they followed the Oklahoma Constitution. Their grandiose idea to spend money is once again tied up in the bureaucracy of the court system due to the simple fact that they rarely get it right the first time around. Just as rare do people have the time to follow laws closely enough to step in and start the action needed to stop the ones that are supposed to uphold the Constitution and don’t. Is there any excuse for lawmakers making the same mistakes time and time again? Or is it not a mistake, just their attempt to sneak something through? Fortunately attorney Fent caught those naughty legislatures with their hand in the cookie jar trying once again to usurp the Constitution.
Article 5 Section 32 of the Oklahoma Constitution reads as follows:
§ 32. Special and local laws - Notice of intended introduction.
No special or local law shall be considered by the Legislature until notice of the intended introduction of such bill or bills shall first have been published for four consecutive weeks in some weekly newspaper published or of general circulation in the city or county affected by such law, stating in substance the contents thereof, and verified proof of such publication filed with the Secretary of State.
Jim Joseph, the state bond advisor, justifies lawmakers not following the Constitution by saying, “the advertising process Fent is describing has not been done before. In the past, the state has sold bonds to build a building for the Attorney General and renovate the old Historical Society for the courts.” Now that we know Joseph believes it is okay to ignore our Constitution, it is clear that he also believes lawmakers have that option. Continuing to shove his foot in his mouth he says, “I am optimistic the court will find it was done properly”.
Let’s delve deeper into Joseph’s warped mind…it’s okay to ignore the Constitution as we’ve done in the past, and because we’ve done it in the past that makes it okay to do it now, and it’s okay for the court to say it’s all good because it’s all been done before. Considering he holds the job as “state bond advisor” is there any doubt that Oklahoma could get rid of this job?
There is also another misguided tinker bell, Alex Weintz, and he’s none other than Missy Fallin’s spokesman. He says, “We believe this law is constitutional and proper and the state will defend it in court. Furthermore, the Capitol repair project is an important and long-overdue undertaking.”
We concur with the importance and overdue part. It’s a real shame that incompetence has missed the mark on regular maintenance. The bigger shame is that the folks are on the hook for the extra money it will take for the overhaul. Not to worry, the people pay the interest but the crony’s lending the money don’t have to pay taxes on the interest. Could it be that the politicians get that free tax money returned in campaign contributions? Just a thought and it all starts over in the next battle of corruption.
The Finance Secretary, Preston Doerflinger, says “the protest is without merit, adding that he expects the Oklahoma Supreme Court to act quickly in upholding the law. Mr. Fent earned my respect for some of his past efforts to hold government accountable, but baseless complaints like this are a pure waste of taxpayers’ time and resources all for Mr. Fent’s own amusement and publicity.” Have you noticed that wasting taxpayer time and money is only a concern when they are caught and called on it?
Well, it does seem that the good Doer-of-nothing thinks it is okay to ignore the Constitution as well. He goes as far to say that Fent is a government saboteur. With all of these “boots on the ground” stomping the hell out of the Constitution the folks are pretty dang lucky to have a Jerry Fent and could no doubt use a few more.
There is one other small thing to leave our elected know it all’s with. The preamble to the Oklahoma Constitution could be read daily while at the breakfast table; it may counter the two scoops of stupid and offer up a moment of clarity:
“Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
It isn’t to be interpreted as the “guidance of almighty legislatures and their minions.” To secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty doesn’t mean ruling over the citizens as if you were king. To secure just and rightful government doesn’t mean you can ignore our Constitution, it was written to protect the people from what you have done and continue to do. To promote our mutual welfare and happiness doesn’t mean going to battle on most issues because we have to constantly fight your corruption. We, the people, establish this Constitution just as we, the people, are the only ones that can hold you accountable.
Fent says, “bills affecting state revenue need to originate in the House, and this bill started in the Senate, and the approval of this bill did not reach that threshold.”
The story said “last year, acting on a lawsuit filed by Fent, the court found that law, which also included provisions creating a fund for Capitol repairs, violated a constitutional prohibition against including more than one subject in a single bill.” This was another clear case of log rolling. Lawmakers are fully aware they can’t do this under our Constitution but they wanted passage for Capitol funds. How better to get Capitol funding than to throw it in with lowering taxes?
Jerry Fent is highly respected and has been mostly successful with his court challenges but he has been a good citizen and has donated his time and money for costs in dozens of legal challenges against unconstitutional legislation. However the legislature and Mary Fallin keep allowing unconstitutional bills to be passed so it is only a matter of time before Fent hits an homerun on one of these Qui Tam suits and hits their pocketbooks.
Lastly the multiple choice question: Why do lawmakers continue to stomp on our Constitution?
- they truly are this incompetent
- they don’t have a code of conduct so they fully think unconstitutionality is perfectly okay
- pandering to campaign contributors is a necessary greed to gain re-election
- people voting are only good for their vote and revenue
- the good guys aren’t really that good when they do nothing about the evil
- unlike Ukraine, citizens don’t have the balls to literally toss rotten legislatures into a dumpster
- all of the above