Durant received a visit from Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine Friday evening as he stopped at the Plaza in downtown Durant to speak to citizens.
Bridenstine said that while he does not represent this district, he would like to hear the concerns of the people in this district as well as allow the opportunity for supporters to donate to his campaign.
Bridenstine responded to citizen concerns on topics such as the nation’s defense, foreign policies, immigration reform, same sex marriage and conflicts at the nation’s capital.
He told listeners that he would support a convention of states to balance the budget if the situation arises.
He then went on to talk about the spending in the capital and cutting of defense. He said this affects America as well as other countries that America could help but is not.
Bridenstine talked about the need for a new president and change in power in the senate. He said the president “picks and chooses” the laws he wants to enforce.
He said the president also “rules by decree” forcing his will against the decisions of congress. He said President Obama shows this by the many times Obama has said, “If congress won’t act I will.”
According to Bridenstine, it is shown by the way the president tries to enforce gun laws, going to foreign bodies for aid when his will is not carried out by America.
Bridenstine touched on the need for better border control saying, “the president said the southern border is secure, but it’s not.”
He said the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country can negatively impact the already tight labor market in America.
Bridenstine also talked about the unconstitutional power the federal government has compared to the state government.
Concerning the “Common Core,” Bridenstine said it is up to the states to fight back and tell the federal government that they already have a curriculum.
“The state of Oklahoma has to reject it,” he said. He said local control is where education should be instead of under federal control.
Bridenstine responded to a topic brought up by City Council member Stewart Hoffman regarding the overruling of a vote to ban same sex marriage in Oklahoma.
Hoffman said there was a vote of the people with more than 70 percent to ban same sex marriage but it was easily overturned by a federal judge.
Bridenstine said that should have not been able to happen because it is up to Oklahoma to define marriage in our state.
Several other topics were discussed and information shared on subjects such as lies in government movements, including the STOP act.
STOP stands for Stop This Overreaching Presidency. The act aims to file lawsuits against the president and reduce his power.
Bridenstine said when it comes down to it, the problems in government are not going to be fixed by politicians trying to get reelected. They will only be solved when the states start taking back power.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news