And of course, there were the God Squad bills that were supposed to "protect families," and "religious freedom." Some were so ludicrous, so unconstitutional that all I could do was shake my head and giggle at the silliness. And yet, again, Oklahoma was thrust into the national spotlight. Yay, us!
Kind of gives you a glimmer of hope, doesn't it? Of course, there's the deficit we have to deal with here in Oklahoma, but that can wait, right?
I suppose that every election cycle, we see the process as presenting hope and an opportunity to create change and make a better life for ourselves and our communities. The candidates get all excited about their position papers, they begin to believe their own boiler plate press releases and then, the promises come. Promises, of course that never come true. But we see it as hope and without hope, there's really no point in living, is there?
As long as we in this country make a conscious decision to to maintain open dialog, there is still hope. As long as there are people willing to hold politicians accountable, there is hope. As long as we have each other, there is hope. As long as we embrace our sense of humor, there is hope.
I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt it.