Candidate For Governor Talks Militia To Defend State Sovereignty

A candidate for governor is creating some buzz for comments about a militia to help defend against improper federal infringements.


A candidate for governor is creating some buzz for comments about a militia to help defend against  improper federal infringements.

Republican State Senator Randy Brogdon is running for governor in Oklahoma.  Brogdon, who has endorsed the idea of a state citizen militia, is backing off his earlier position that it would be used to oppose the federal government.

Brogdon now says the militia would be used as an auxiliary state force to help during emergencies.

Brogdon was among some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature and tea party leaders who had said creating a new volunteer militia could help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty.

Tea party movement leaders say they've discussed the idea with several supportive lawmakers and hope to get legislation next year to recognize a new volunteer force.

So what do you think?  Do you think state leaders should endorse a plan to establish a militia to defend against the federal government, one that could help in emergencies, or none at all?

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  • by anonymous Mike Location: New Bern on Jun 22, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Defend against the Federal Government?? From what, with what weapons; going to chuck rocks at them or what? These are fellow Americans you are talking about, not the communists or nazi, or U.N.This Conservative dislike of Pres. Obama is bordering on the extreme, if not bizarre. Conservatives never had such ideas when Pres. Reagan or Pres. Bush were in office. Good gosh, breathe into a paper bag and calm down Conservatives. I am moderate, but my family's Conservatives are going a bit overboard also. Put your efforts into the next election, quit stirring things up, you will end up with a heart attack - and nobody needs that grief. Count to 10, say a prayer, take a walk to clear your head, take your wife out on a romantic date, but get off the fixation with this President. Such ideas look rather extreme to most Americans.
  • by Patriot Location: Greenville, NC on May 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    Munkee: You would have made a good Tory during the Revolutionary War. You would have curtsied before King George III, no doubt.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Apr 24, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    All elected officials, military and law enforcement swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, not to any politician. I would hope that if the time should ever come where those people are faced with a decision they would remember and honor the oath they swore.
  • by Ben Siple Location: Washington State on Apr 18, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    This is very scary. A "volunteer" militia of this ilk is an armed and deputized Ku Klux Klan. I'm very sorry for your State. You must work to keep these powers out of your government.
  • by jamie Location: greenville on Apr 15, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    I thought at 1st it was great that this candidate was standing behind individual rights against "improper infringements" of the federal government. However, like most politicians- he clearly did not have the convictions to stand behind the position he took and backed down to opposition. Thomas Jefferson said it was not only our right, but our duty to disobey unjust laws of the federal government. I agree with Jefferson, but don't know if our people and certainly not our politicians are willing to pay the price that the founders of that day were willing to pay for their disobedience.
  • by Dave Location: Florida on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Why is it hard for some Americans to understand the plain reading of the U.S. Constitution, specifically Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15, 16 and 18, and Amendment II? This is a check and balance that has been ignored for over 100 years. Your question above begs the real question. It is improperly asked. The real question is whether state leaders should support and defend the Constitution of the United States in its entirety, even in those areas that are not currently being supported or followed, due to ignorance or neglect.
  • by Munkee Location: USA on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:25 AM
    I think anyone who openly talks about taking up arms against the legally elected government of the USA is a traitor and should be dealt with as such.

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