With the election of November 4, 2008, Republicans took control of the Oklahoma Legislature for the first time in the state’s history. So what does this mean?
Personally, I think it means that Governor Henry is going to be a busy man. He is going to see bills crossing his desk for tort reform, criminalization of abortion, irresponsible tax cuts, faith-based initiatives, Kernesque anti-gay legislation above and beyond what the people already voted in, and who knows what else.
However, Oklahoma is full of Republicans and bi-polar Democrats who just love the conservative Republican “God, Guns and Gays” platform. Now is their chance to see some of it enacted. Think of it as another Great Experiment. How long will they approve of its outcome? That remains to be seen.
Some less conservative people like myself have expressed a desire to leave the state. I however refuse to do so. I hope to enact change from within the state, to bring it forward or at least more towards the center.