After everything, where can Oklahoma Democrats go next?
So many of our neighbors are kind, mean well, want to do the right thing and are horrendously misinformed and they can't be given up upon
I think it was the May 8, 2003, Moore tornado. Not the grandaddy, the May 3, 1999, Moore tornado. Nor the most recent, the one that killed kids in their schools, the May 20, 2013, tornado.
Actually, I’m sure it was all of them, but I just happened to see the CNN clip in the May 8 aftermath.
Pretty sure it was Wolf Blitzer on location, interviewing a man in the process of cleaning up, sifting through rubble, digging for artifacts, his home and possessions destroyed.
The interview must have been pre-taped because, in my memory, a live Wolf Blitzer appeared and, speaking to an in-studio anchor, explained that once the camera went off, the digging-through-the-rubble man asked Blitzer if he needed anything, like a bottle of water, because he apparently had a stash.
I recall wiping the moist edge of my eye and, ever since, have been vexed by the two oppositional currents running simultaneously through our state.
One, the Oklahoma Standard is a real thing. People here really do count their blessings, really do band together when help’s required, really are reflexively kind to outsiders, really do think about things greater than themselves.
Two, those same people, decade after decade, continue to vote for the wrong people and Tuesday was just the latest example.
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