Randy Brogdon, Oklahoma Republican state senator from Owasso, is running for governor of Oklahoma. Brogdon stands for a social principle that is more important than any other: individual freedom, or, self-reliance. “I want to see the expansion of freedom,” he told BadEagle.com in a recent interview, not the growth of more government.
Oklahoma Senator Randy Brogdon, Republican
candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 2010.
When I asked, “Mr. Brogdon, what can I tell 275,000 Indians in the state of Oklahoma that will make them want to vote for you?” he answered, “I’m not after the Indian vote.” That was the most unforgettable moment in all political conversation. But he went on. “I’m not after the group vote.” Randy Brogdon is not campaigning for the support of any special interest group, any union, or any other social conglomerate. Brogdon is after the individual vote–the single vote of individuals who believe in freedom. The collective must reflect the individual, not the other way around. Collectives are tyrannical by nature. The only guard against them is the freedom and integrity of the individual. Self-reliant individuals make a strong nation, not tyranny.
In this approach to people, we find a remarkable commentary on the social collective. Brogdon touches on a principle so profound that most people will feel it only on an intuitive level, and may not appreciate the historical, moral principle that is at work in the campaign concept. Brogdon represents what he believes, nothing more. He is not a manipulator, and not a politician, really. The 2008 and 2009 number one ranking conservative Oklahoma state senator simply acts on what he believes, and seeks legislation and policy based on those values he holds.
They are ancient values. They are simple, clear, and godly. The principle of individual freedom and self-reliance is declared in the first proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 1:10-16):
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
It is the gang mentality, the idea of group power–this is the fundamental principle of social evil. Men may naturally band together for safety, for defence, or for survival. But, politically, men also unite in wrong doing. Particularly in politics, group behavior is about power, strength, and the ability to override those who disagree. The group approach is about rough shodding the individual. That’s what it boils down to, every time. That is the liability of group think. Historically, group think always unites more for mischief than for good.
Brogdon wants no part of that approach. That is what is absolutely unique about his campaign, and about the principles he wants to put in operation in government. The fact that he is conducting his actual campaign on the principle of individuality rather than seeking group votes demonstrates the unique and superior quality of Brogdan’s sense of government. The nature of his campaign, in itself, qualifies him like no other candidate in modern political history. Oklahoma is just now becoming aware of how valuable such a man is. Brogdon’s approach is so different, so liberating, so refreshing, that many are yet unable to recognize it for what it is. It just hasn’t happened before. Politics is all about group support, all about numbers. How can Brogdan possibly win an election, without appealing to large voting blocks?
Borgdon has faith in the strength of the individual. It is true, only the strong will be attracted to Brogdan–but that’s all he’s interested in. The only kind of people who will support him are those who are self-reliant, and who believe in the strength of the individual. Personally, I think that all anyone has to do is hear this message, and they will respond, from the heart. It is like responding to the sunshine. It is like breathing freely. It is a natural thing, and a pleasurable thing. There is joy in simplicity, and self-reliance alone allows such an experience.
Brogdon applies self-reliance to all levels of government. He will not see the states as extensions of the federal government, but as independent, sovereign entities. He sees the states like he sees the Indian tribes. “Sovereign means sovereign,” he told BadEagle.com, when asked about the Indians’ status. “Leave them alone. Don’t mess with them.” It is not the place of some larger group to curtail the freedom of a smaller group, or freedom of an individual.
As a governor, Brodgon is very much a believer in the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution. Whatsoever powers not specifically assigned the federal government remain solely under the authority of the individual states. Nothing could be clearer, or more important for a state governor.
Brogdon is strong, and will attract strong people. I say, when one contemplates his principles of individuality and self-reliance, one will happily choose the same. It just takes one good exposure to Brogdon’s message, and any conscious individual will vote for Randy Brogdon for governor of the state of Oklahoma. Nothing is more glorious than the natural dignity of a human being. But this joyous revelation is only for the strong, only for those willing to take it as it is. Those who hide in groups, or who seek refuge in the hordes of the weak, will look askance at Brogdon.
Such an opportunity as Brogdon presents is rare, and wondrous. I am very happy that it’s happening in Oklahoma. It makes me exceedingly proud of my state. Brogdon makes me proud of being an Oklahoman, and American, and yes, proud of being Indian. Brogdon shows respect to the divine sense in all men. Only when one is self-reliant and free can he afford intelligent, effective compassion for others. In Brogdon’s campaign, the expansion of freedom means the recovery of individual dignity and honor. Self-reliant individuals make the strongest society.
Vote Randy Brogdon for Governor, Oklahoma, 2010!