Brittany Novotny, who is challenging state Rep. Sally Kern for her House seat this election year, has published an intelligent and important open letter to the legislator, which should be read thoroughly by voters in District 84.
Kern, as most Oklahomans know, is infamous nationally for her anti-gay crusade. She once claimed homosexuality is a bigger threat to this country to terrorism. Kern’s 2009 Proclamation of Morality, a publicity stunt with no legal meaning, included language like this:
WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the Creator of the Universe; and
WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery;
Novotny, pictured right, doesn’t attack Kern on her beliefs, which are certainly extremist. She just wants to engage Kern in a discussion about the real problems facing the state right now and how to fix them. How in the world can you get anything done to improve schools or create jobs with arguments such as “our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis”? That’s an example of how Kern has sacrificed any sense of pragmatic leadership for promoting her dark, personal worldview.
In the letter, Novotny asks Kern why she spends much of her time on ideological issues and not the problems facing Oklahoma’s leadership, such as the state budget crisis. The letter asks:
Instead of spending your weekends and your time in the legislature “taking a stand against liberals,” why aren’t you finding solutions to our budget dilemma that will keep teachers in the classroom, police officers and firefighters on the street, construction workers improving our roads and bridges, and small businesses afloat?
Novotny goes on to argue that Kern’s main legislative goal has been to create a “big brother government.” According to the letter:
After examining your legislative record of the past six years, it appears that your main goal has been to institute a big brother government that looks into the private bedrooms and physician exam rooms of Oklahomans, while doing nothing to address the issues facing Oklahoma’s public schools (which you have stated are “failing our children”) or our crumbling infrastructure. Targeted tax incentives are great for economic development; across the board tax cuts that bankrupt our public schools and deplete resources that go to public health and safety will not make Oklahoma a more attractive place to do business.
It’s a huge understatement to argue that Kern’s social and religious agenda and her political stunts have embarrassed the state and made its residents seem hateful and intolerant to people throughout the nation. Novotny points out that an editorial in The Journal Record, a local publication, even argued that Kern is bad for business in Oklahoma. A state’s image is intrinsic to economic development.
Novotny, a local attorney, would be an engaged, intelligent legislator focused on issues, such as job creation and education. Here is her website that includes opportunities to get involved in her campaign.