Editor’s Note: I know many of you are waiting on our article on the OKC City Council meeting today. We will have that published for you tomorrow.
Earlier today, the halls of the State Capitol once again were filled with that of chanting of patriots who gathered for their voices to be heard. A group of Republican lawmakers held a press conference to address the dangers currently affecting Oklahoma’s healthcare workers. Oklahomans for Health and Parental Rights (OKHPR) a Political Action Committee (PAC) was also in attendance.
Over the last few months, we have seen hospitals across the state and country that have announced that they would be instituting some sort of vaccine mandate. Many of these hospitals further announced that the employees that refused to take the vaccine, that they could face possible termination.
Due to the press conference being held in a small room many people who showed up were not allowed into the press conference. This did not deter their patriotism as the rotunda filled with thundering lyrics of “America the Beautiful” and other American hymns.
The President of OKHPR, Liza Greve, opened the press conference announcing that OKHPR has “defeated dozens of bills and protected the fundamental health choices of Oklahomans.” Multiple legislators were present with her that spoke ranging from ones whose faces have been on the forefront of the fight and those who have more recently become vocal against the tyrannical healthcare system. Greve speaks on how the common excuse used by legislators and the Governor is that they do not regulate business, which is factually inaccurate.
The Press Conference held today was just one day after the deadline for the call for a special session. After Greve spoke, Ignite Liberty was able to speak with her. As many people are aware, Greve made a post on her Facebook page saying that healthcare workers who lose their jobs should run for office against those who have not stood for healthcare workers’ rights. When asked if she still believed this to be true. She responded with “Yes, I believe everyone should run for office.”
Interestingly, there were a few legislators who Greve stood next to today, who had not signed onto the call for Special Session that brought forward by Rep. Sean Roberts R-Hominy. When asked if she was supporting the healthcare workers running against those legislators present today, she responded with “no” elaborating that she “cannot take a stance” on whether the legislators should have signed onto the letter. Greve further stated that there are “deadlines” that we do not know about that could have been the reason for them not joining the call.
This is not the first time that Greve posted something that has gotten her in hot water. Last week, Greve had to walk back a meme she posted saying “Here’s to all the momma bears ‘bout to go postal on the Health Dept and School Boards. The term “going postal” is a reference to the Edmond Post Office Shooting that happened on August 20th, 1986. After receiving backlash from the community in the comments, Greve changed the graphic of the post.
Following the press conference, the Senators and Representatives made their way to the rotunda where they each had a moment to address the crowd. Many of the legislators invoked the Constitution and the duty the government must uphold it. Sen. Shane Jett R-Oklahoma, read a sign in the crowd out loud, “the next variant is communism.”
Stating, “any totalitarian system that [is] predicated on subjugating its people by convincing people to use freedom of speech, assembly and the Second Amendment to supplant the government that guarantees those freedoms, [and] to replace it with a system that will take away the very freedoms that allow that dismantlement,” Jett insinuates that this is the future if legislators continue to be passive and compliant with the status quo.
The status quo and silence were once again broken Rep. Roberts R-Hominy, who has stood in boisterous opposition to those that wish to infringe on the rights of Oklahomans. After the press conference himself in conjunction with Sen. Warren Hamilton R-Haskell once again sent a letter to Governor Stitt requesting that his office, “draft an executive order to call for a special session that will run concurrent with the redistricting special session in November.”
In the letter Roberts and Hamilton also mention how Montana dealt with this issue, which was a
“law passed by the GOP-dominated Montana Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte last spring bans discrimination based on people’s vaccination record, putting vaccine status alongside sex and race as a protected class in the state’s human rights law.”
Both Hamilton and Roberts emphasize how dangerous this issue if not stopped because,
“Many Oklahomans are about to have their paychecks used against them to make a medical decision that goes against their beliefs. Many are left to choose between taking a new vaccine or risk losing their job, this goes against “liberty and justice for all”. If we do not protect the individual’s rights to choose what goes in their body, we no longer live in a free society.”
A complete copy of the letter can be found here:
Oklahomans will only stand for so much and the continuing attendance to rallies and press conferences are a showcase to the government that Oklahoman’s have had enough. Ignite Liberty will continue to monitor the progression of the requests for a special session and what traction it gains inside the legislature.
– Jonathan Hewitt