Charlie Meadows made Oklahoma’s legislature Republican, and more conservative than ever before. For this work, we are pleased to award Charlie Meadows the Bad Eagle Award for American Patriotism.
Mr. Charlie Meadows,
Bad Eagle’s American Patriot
Charlie is president of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee, which was incorporated in 1999. In only ten years, Charlie, with allies like the Oklahoma Constitution newspaper, has succeeded in bringing conservative values before the Oklahoma public and the state legislature. At this time, we are proud to say, for the first time in Oklahoma state history, the legislature is controlled by the Republican Party, both the house and the senate.
A key element in the process was the “Conservative Index” published in the Oklahoma Constitution. Charlie’s OCPAC created the criteria each year, whereby house representatives and senators were evaluated. Charlie then presented a RINO (Republican in name only) award to the most liberal Republican. When a legislator received this award, he was essentially finished in state politics. In a short time, Charlie’s judgments have become the most feared, notorious, and respected opinions in the state.
It’s all been grass roots work. Charlie is just a simple Christian man, who loves America. He’s lives on an acreage north of Oklahoma City. He washes windows for a living, and generally wears overalls to the OCPAC meetings.
Critics say its all redneck. “Charlie’s a Christian jihadist!” some have said. You know, that bitter type, who cling to their guns and their Bibles.
I’ve known Charlie for the entire ten years that OCPAC has developed. There’s not a throb of bitterness in the man. Instead, you’ll find only a deep love of Christ and this fine country of America. He does feel indignation when he sees sacred principles attacked, and he will defend, with rigor. That’s what the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee is all about—defending the United States Constitution, the Oklahoma Constitution, and the freedom to be a true Christian.
What about Indians? What does Charlie think about American Indians, in Oklahoma and in the whole country? He has consistently held an objection to what he sees as unfair advantage in business, in the free market system, when Indian tribes get certain exemptions when it comes to taxes. He sees this inequity as the inevitable manifestation of Indian “sovereignty,” and believes that there needs to be some serious reconsideration of that concept altogether.
His colleague Richard Engle, vice-president of OCPAC and twice elected president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, is both more dramatic about the issue than Charlie, and also perhaps more directly expressive of the single issue: “The treaties need to be renegotiated,” says Engle.
In any case, I know both of these men, and I feel no sense of racism or prejudice in them. I see them seeking equality for all—in the matter of free market business. While I defend Indian sovereignty more than a lot of so-called activist Indians, I have also pointed out the serious concerns caused by the abuse of sovereignty when it comes to Indian casinos. Oklahoma Indian tribes have not fallen into the agonies that some the other tribes in the country have, like tribal leaders disenrolling other family members over the per capita casino checks. At least not to the same extent.
BadEagle.com supports American Indian patriotism. It is simply not in the best interests of Indian people to set ourselves in active opposition to the United States. This classifies us with the riff-raff of the Third World, not a single country of which could have begun to subjugate American Indians, nor would dared ever have tried. We benefit in no wise by any association with the envious enemies of the United States. This is beneath our dignity.
A strong, healthy America is the best hope for American Indians. We must seek ways of strengthening what it means to be American. This is a special honor for American Indians. We are enshrined in both the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. We were the first nations the new Americans ever dealt with. And we’re still here. We should be an integral part of the preservation of America.
Therefore, BadEagle.com takes great pride in honoring the patriot, Charlie Meadows, a true American patriot. This is the kind of man who, like a political astringent, clears the way for restoration of original American values. The new conservative, Republican Oklahoma legislature is a telling accomplishment—achieved by patience, consistency, and faith. It’s not a perfect legislature, but it’s one with great promise. Thank you, Charlie Meadows.