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Saying no to secession

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013

The creation of a States’ Rights Committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives prompted some to wonder if lawmakers were going to play footsy with the secessionist movement that’s arisen largely via online petitions. Fortunately, that isn’t the case.

State Rep. Lewis Moore, an Arcadia Republican who chairs the committee, says secession won’t be considered in any “way, shape or form.”

Thank goodness for small favors. The secession movement is nonsense. The best way for conservatives to respond to the disappointing results of the 2012 election is to redouble their efforts to win the next one. In Oklahoma, that means advancing conservative policies that provide an effective counterpoint to President Barack Obama’s anti-economic growth, anti-personal freedom agenda — not by proclaiming we don’t want to be Americans anymore.

If Republicans make the right policy moves, it will be Democrats talking about secession in 2017.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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