Our government should provide for our safety and security, foster opportunity and let us live our lives as we see fit. Our leaders should speak for us all, not be the puppets of special interests.
Eddie Porter is a 5th generation Oklahoman and a proud Democrat. Ed believes our government should provide for our safety and security, foster opportunity and let us live our lives as we see fit. Our leaders should speak for us all, not be the puppets of special interests. To learn more about our campaign, visit http://edforok.com
Posted by Ed Porter for Congress on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Why I’m Running
Too often politicians make special interests, their party, and themselves the priority. I promise to put people first.
Oklahomans define themselves with a common value. We call it the Oklahoma Standard. We shine the brightest in the darkest times. When disaster strikes, we step up and pitch in. Not for personal gain, but to do the right thing.
If we do not, we will soon be known for the “Oklahoma Double Standard” — a state which comes together in disaster, but that accepts elected officials who perpetuate failure to provide basic services needed by its citizens.
Why is it that, while we take so much pride in our state, we are first on all the wrong lists and last on all the right lists?
This is why I’ve started this campaign: for the people of Oklahoma. Many of those elected to represent us only serve themselves and a powerful few. Our government has become a disaster, and one we cannot ignore. Let’s come together now and work to fix it.
The Power of Advocacy
When my father returned to Oklahoma from World War II, my parents purchased a homestead outside Glencoe. A few years later, my brother and I were born. At the time, kids had to walk a mile or more to catch the bus. Dad thought it would make more sense to pick kids up from their driveways. This would keep them out of the weather and provide for their security.
So he went to the school board and was told there was too much liability. Not content with this, Dad ran for school board and was elected. At the first meeting, he again pitched this common sense solution but again was told no, still too much liability.
My father then presented that liability is a fact of life and that each Friday night the school drives children great distances for sporting events. He stressed that the fact of the matter was only about 1 in 10,000 children would become a professional athletes, but that all children must be educated to reach their full potential.
Once he was finished, the proposal was adopted in a unanimous vote. This was a man with an 8th grade education but who had the sense to see through unnecessary obstacles. This is where I learned the power of advocacy and that one person could change longstanding traditions with common sense.