Executive Committee Member Removed by GOP County Vice Chair

Another shot has been fired in the war between the establishment Republicans in Oklahoma and their libertarian-leaning counterparts.

Last year, the advocates of liberty in Oklahoma County thought that they had won a battle with the election of Cheryl Williams as its GOP Vice-Chair. These activists further thought they were gaining strides when Mrs. Williams appointed many of them to the county executive committee. This is the same executive committee, by the way, that I resigned from in November (see Elephant Off My Back). One of the reasons that I resigned from this committee was because I did not feel like the executive committee was helping to mend the poor relationships between the establishment that have held the positions of powers in the GOP for decades and the libertarian-leaning Republicans.

The fact is that the election of Mrs. Williams was not the major victory for the Republican liberty caucus folks that they thought it would be and that she is just as much a part of the establishment as the liberty-confused state GOP chair himself, Dave Weston.

Why is that? What caused this new rift between the establishment and the libertarians? What shot am I talking about that has been fired?

Former County Executive Committee member, advocate of liberty and economic professor Craig Dawkins was removed from the committee recently by Vice Chair Williams because she did not “tolerate the kind of liberty” he was “pushing.”

Mr. Dawkins recently requested that a resolution be passed by the committee to condemn Governor Mary Fallin for her recent executive orders that banned the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices without first seeking approval from the legislature and for her executive order to deny benefits to same-sex couples in the Oklahoma National Guard which clearly violated these service members’ constitutional and civil rights. The resolution simply asked that Governor Fallin withdraw her executive order in regards to the e-cigarettes and that she allow the processing of benefits to all National Guard members.

His request to have this resolution passed resulted in his removal from the county executive committee.

This is a warning to all libertarian-leaning political activists that have chosen to align themselves with the Republican Party here in Oklahoma. If you do not tow the line and stay in lockstep with the establishment, you will be, for lack of a better term, black-balled. If you advocate for things that the establishment does not like, they will get rid of you. They do not want you in their little club if you are not their to grow their party and help advocate their “conservative” ideals. They do not want you if you want to build a libertarian movement within “their” party. They want you to move on and concentrate your libertarian efforts elsewhere. If you are unwilling to work with them, that is, if you are unwilling to submit to their authority and assimilate into their social conservative ideology, you will be asked to leave as Mr. Dawkins was.

I cannot stress this point enough. A statist is statist. You cannot be an advocate of individual liberty and a statist at the same time. It just doesn’t fit. You can not be an advocate of tyrannical authoritarian-style politics and be a libertarian. These ideals are contradictory.

There is a war brewing in the Oklahoma Republican Party and it might be a good time to choose sides.

9 comments

  1. I very much disagree with your rendition of events, and your characterization of Cheryl. You are way off base on this.

  2. As the one who removed Craig from the Executive Committee, please let me respond.

    It was not about “liberty” but about Craig constantly bashing Christians and pushing a position that is in direct opposition to our State Constitution. Liberty does not exist when one person continues to bash another group of people. The one bashing may “think” they are defending liberty when in fact they are squelching liberty for everyone else. It became clear that Craig simply likes to hear himself crow without regard to the reality or truth of the situation.

    It’s much harder to govern than it is to complain and blame everyone else. So instead of having to constantly deal with someone who despises my nation and the very principles given to us by our Founding Fathers, I prefer to get something accomplished that will restore freedoms to our citizens.

  3. RESOLUTION CONDEMNING EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN

    Recalling the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the unanimous voice of the original thirteen states who proclaimed:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

    Remembering that Governor Mary Fallin recently issued an executive order, without approval of the legislature, banning the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state properties citing nanny-state, paternalistic, big-government knows best propaganda. Issuing executive orders of this nature is abuse of office and violates the public trust.

    Bearing in mind the actions of Governor Mary Fallin who recently ordered National Guard facilities to deny lawfully married U.S. military men and women marital benefits provided under federal law, in violation of Article VI of the US Constitution that declares:

    This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land…

    Using brave and honorable service men and women and their family members as pawns and applying questionable legal foundation, based on Oklahoma’s same sex marriage ban, was unnecessary and a breach of respect for our uniformed men and women.

    Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Republican Party Executive Committee of Oklahoma County condemns Governor Fallin for issuing executive orders which violate liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and additionally, seek the following:

    1. Withdraw her executive order on electronic cigarettes and vapor devices so that the elected representatives of the people can take up the issue in the next legislative session.
    2. Process lawful marriage benefits to all people, including military men and women and their families.

  4. I, personally, have never heard Craig “bash” anybody, let alone have ever heard him bash Christians. With this in mind, the “constantly bashing Christians” remarks (which seem to be the basis for your entire argument here) hold no water.

    I’m curious as to what position he is pushing that violates the State Constitution? Nevertheless, if it is a liberty issue, perhaps a change to the State Constitution is in order. This issue aside, I certainly believe that the State Constitution needs to be changed drastically.

    The reality of this situation is that Craig wanted to introduce a resolution in the executive committee that you didn’t like. You told him that you would not allow it to be introduced. He pushed back and his “termination” from the committee is how you responded. It is politics at its very worst.

    I think the idea of liberty is getting confused more and more lately, especially within the Republican Party. So let me ask: What is liberty? Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life or behavior.

    So, with that definition in mind, when a person of authority, in this particular case the governor of Oklahoma, side-steps the political process in order to take away the liberty of certain groups of people, and that is what she is doing with the aforementioned executive orders that were listed in the resolution above, THEY are the ones that are “squelching” liberty. She is like a lot of other people in the GOP. They want liberty but only for those groups of people that they approve of.

    Just because something is “the law” does not make it right. It is our right and quite frankly our obligation to fight against laws that are unjust which is exactly what Mr. Dawkins here is trying to do.

    It’s sickening and I’m glad I’m no longer a part of it. I am disappointed that you would silence a member of the committee because they did not agree with your version of liberty.

  5. The truth is Cheryl seems to be stating that “majority rules” and the God-given rights and constitutionally protected freedoms of the individual be damned.

  6. To put it more clearly.
    The truth is Cheryl Williams seems to be stating in her comments that the “majority rules” (socialist democracy) and the God-given rights and constitutionally (constitutional Republic) protected freedoms of the individual be damned.

  7. The truth is Cheryl Williams seems to be stating in her comments that the “majority rules” (socialist democracy) and the God-given rights and constitutionally (constitutional Republic) protected freedoms of the individual be damned.

  8. To put this more clearly.
    The truth is Cheryl Williams seems to be stating in her comments that the “majority rules” (socialist democracy) and the God-given rights and constitutionally (constitutional Republic) protected freedoms of the individual be damned.

  9. I wonder… did you talk to Cheryl before you wrote this? It seems to be pretty one sided (Craig’s version). Maybe a real blogger or journalist would try to get all the information before trying to write an article. Sounds like there is more to this story than Craig’s side. Just saying!

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