Equal Treatment Under the Law

I am a true believer that government should be as small as possible. Every tax dollar our government receives should be accounted for. We should not waste one dime on projects that do not benefit the American people. I also know that the government needs to stay out of our lives as much as possible. The role of government is to honor the United States Constitution, collect taxes and protect us from foreign enemies.

My fellow Republican friends also share these views, but once elected to office, they begin to express their irrelevant opinions and beliefs on anyone to whom they disagree. Expressing one’s opinion is encouraged, but it becomes an issue when the opinion bleeds into the legislative process. This authoritarian approach has created a culture of hate. Our elected officials continue to overreach their authority while drifting away from the Constitution.

I want to address my stance on equal rights because it is a big issue around the country, especially in Oklahoma. While entitled to free speech, I am not an advocate for candidates or elected officials voicing their opinion on social issues, unless the social issue directly violates a citizen’s Constitutional rights.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

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While we await the ultimate decision on gay marriage from the United States Supreme Court, we should continue the discussion about equal rights. My Republican friends are on the wrong side of history, and they will soon regret their current stance of unequal treatment for certain groups of citizens. We must begin to recognize all of our fellow citizens as human beings who are Constitutionally guaranteed equal treatment under the law.

My Republican Party continues to champion their idea of a small government that stays out of the people’s lives. My party then turns around and tells my fellow citizens what they can and cannot do. Our current leaders, including my opponents in this Senate race, quickly allow their personal religious beliefs to dictate the way they treat their gay constituents.

There is a reason my party is trying to improve its image. My party has a history of judging people and imposing its values on the citizens. There are a lot of really great people in my party that disagree with the establishment. But the loud party base drowns out my colleagues who think that all people should be treated equally under the law. The party base continues to spread hate. They are responsible for our tarnished image.

No matter what our stance on equal rights is, we must ask ourselves this question: Do we think people should be treated equally under the law? I absolutely think all people should be treated equally under the law. I also think that God creates everyone equal and loves all of the people. My party leaders will preach the gospel in one sentence, only to turn around and discriminate against God’s own children.

Our current elected officials know for a fact that being gay is a choice. According to them, God would never make anyone gay and people just choose to be gay at some point in their life. Only gay people have enough knowledge to speak about this issue. I know that God created me this way and I know that God would want me to be treated just like my neighbor. Members of my party need to learn how to focus on issues that matter, such as the economy, the enormous debt, the treatment of our soldiers and the health care system.

Our elected officials should follow the Constitution at all times, not just when it is convenient for their message. I know that many members of my party, who continue to exclude certain types of citizens, do not actually believe in their own misguided message. My fellow party leaders are beholden to many groups who fund their campaign. It becomes an issue when my fellow Republican friends begin reading a script provided for them daily, instead of standing up for what they know is right.

We continue to elect the same type of people with the same agenda, and then ask surprised when we lose big national elections. While big spending politicians continue to take our seats from us, we are left sitting in the floor, scratching our heads, wondering what went wrong. Was it something we said?