PRYOR, OK —
Former state senator Randy Brogdon doesn’t want to run for U.S. Senate, but he’s doing it anyway.
“Washington has never been on my bucket list, it’s not something I want to do,” Brogdon said at a meeting of the Mayes County Republicans and Conservatives Thursday. “I don’t want to do this. I feel compelled, I have to do it.”
Brogdon said he sees the state “crumbling around him” and that he refuses to sit back and collect a pay check all the while ignoring an opportunity to repair his state.
He said Sen. Tom Coburn’s leaving “caused a political earthquake” and that he will be a “U.S. Senator unlike any they have ever seen.”
“We need to take care of Oklahoma,” Brogdon said. “I don’t give a hoot about Maine or New York, I picked Oklahoma.”
Brogdon, a self-proclaimed Oklahoma success story, said he has been on the receiving end of bad government.
“I’m running for U.S. Senate for a particular reason, because the biggest threat to our liberty is coming from Washington D.C.,” said Brogdon. “We have grown our national debt from $1 trillion to over $17 trillion, people don’t even know how much $17 trillion is. We are in a full-fledged spending crisis.”
He said the U.S. government is one that spends too much, regulates too much and snoops too much.
He added that his goal is to protect the sovereignty of the individuals in the state of Oklahoma, before tackling his main issue of the night, liberty.
He said the definition of liberty includes individuals having control over their own actions.
“We aren’t in control of their own actions. We aren’t in control, the government has their hand on the back of my neck guiding our every move,” Brogdon said.
He outlined four main steps to regain individual liberty.
“First, we need to remember that liberty is God-given. It is not D.C. or even Oklahoma that gives us our freedom. Second is free association,” said Brogdon. “The third thing is taking responsibility. The mantle of liberty has fallen on our shoulders, it’s our time.
“Your liberty cannot interfere with mine. We all have to live in the moral boundaries set by society,” said Brogdon.
Due to government abuse, he said, liberty is almost unrecognizable.
“We wake up afraid of what the government might do to us that day. Unconstitutional actions by Congress have been going on for years and have stripped generations of our liberty,” Brogdon said.
Brogdon discussed the difference between a republic and a nation, and between a democracy and tyranny.
“The most terrifying moment for me as a state senator was the realization that my colleagues didn’t understand or care about the Constitution, and that scares me,” said Brogdon.
He said that citizens need to “reclaim their authority by restoring their sovereignty.”
Concluding his presentation, Brogdon said “liberty is a strange thing.”
“It’s free but it could cost us dearly, it’s demanding but wants nothing from us,” Brogdon said. “We have to change our cynicism, and I have plenty of it, and replace it with resolve.”
In the question and answer portion of the meeting, Brogdon gave his opinion on several hot-button issues.
“This [farm] bill is everything that is wrong with our government. It was a poster child of what’s wrong with our government. Eighty percent of it had nothing to do with agriculture. This is how D.C. passes things, they load it up with something for everyone,” Brogdon said, saying the Farm Act is “terrible legislation that never should have passed.”
In regard to education reform, Brogdon said “common core is one of the most hideous things to come down the pipe. It is exactly why I wanted to oppose [Gov. Mary Fallin]. I pray every day that my friends in the state legislature will wake up and repeal it.”
He described the current situation regarding the U.S military as “despicable.”
Brogdon was asked how he determines which way to vote on legislation.
“First, it has to be constitutional. Second, I ask myself ‘do we need it?’ Then I ask, ‘does it protect my liberty?’ The hardest part for me was deciphering all the legalese those bills are full of. Once I know what they mean, my mind was instantly made up,” said Brogdon.