The Freedom Contest...
Olahoma vs New York

Dateline: 12 February 2014

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You may have heard in the news recently that the governor of my state (New York) has publicly said that anyone who disagrees with him on matters of abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control are “extremists.”  He then said that such extremists “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

It is astounding to realize that people who hold to traditional American understandings about right and wrong are now boldly characterized as “extremists” by scheming, elitists in the political realm. And now the governor of New York has told us that we are not wanted in this state. I have never seen a politician who so blatantly demonized and attacked such a large portion of the people he was elected to serve. 

Andrew Cuomo has more than once disrespected the people of this state by bypassing the accepted democratic process to advance his political agenda. He is a sly political animal. I believe he is a wicked, dangerous man. The hardness of his heart reveals itself not only in his actions but in his countenance. He has presidential aspirations.

Not everyone in New York is a liberal who thinks and walks in lockstep with Andrew Cuomo. Not hardly. I’m here to tell you there are still a lot of God-fearing, freedom-loving folks in New York state. And among those who call themselves conservative, I dare say there are many who would even classify as Richard M. Weaver conservatives.  

In the map of New York State at the top of this page, the green area shows those counties in the state that have passed resolutions against the governor’s gun control law. The red areas show counties that have not passed resolutions against the law. The stars represent municipalities that have, apart from county government, passed their own resolutions against the law. My town has a star.

That picture clearly illustrates a fundamental rural-urban dichotomy that is taking place to some degree in every state in America with large urban populations. The rural areas are politically conservative, while the urban areas are politically liberal. This reality was something that Thomas Jefferson was concerned about and warned against.

Elitist liberal politicians seem to be more emboldened than ever to ignore the concerns of the land-mass-majority conservatives and push through laws that they know the urban masses will support. Rural people are effectually disenfranchised by this alarming reality.

I’ve asked the question before. Where can freedom-loving people go to be free in this country? One thing is for sure.... it’s not New York. My friend Ron Woodburn has recently blogged about the differences in freedom between New York State and Oklahoma. His family has, in recent years, partly moved to Oklahoma from New York, so he has an informed perspective.

You can read Ron’s essay At This Link.

And when you go there, check out the “Bee Soothe” skin balm Ron makes. You won’t find a better all-purpose balm for run-of-the-mill skin irritations. A lot of people I know around these parts have a can of “Bee Soothe” and speak highly of it, myself included.


Livin' Peacefully said...

I live in rural N.E. Oklahoma and I can attest this is a great state to live in. Not perfect but a good God fearing state. I have also homeschooled for 16 years, this is my last year as my youngest will graduate. Loved the article you posted. I wish all states would be more like the "Sooner" state!

CHopper said...

I think you might be interested in The Walking to Freedom forums. Basically, a site devoted to helping people looking for new homes in states more ideologically compatible. Also, it lists the "naughty" states, NY is on the naughty list...

Anonymous said...

It took courage to publish this post. I would love to see the Lord remove Mario Cuomo from office! Daniel 4:37 "... those that walk in pride he is able to abase."

Time for a move?

Brenda Tremblay

Herrick Kimball said...

Homestead Lady—
I reckon you're blessed to live in a free state like you do. Thanks for the affirmative comment.

That is a GREAT web site. THank you very much for letting me know about it!

Hi Brenda—

It's good to hear from you.

I made a mistake when I posted the blog. Our governor is not Mario Cuomo. It's his boy, Andrew. I don't even know the name of my governor! :-)

Yes, it would be a glorious thing if ANDREW could have a Nebuchadnezzar experience. That said, I am praying imprecatory prayers for the man, and that is something I almost never do.

Anonymous said...

I had some buddies in my old unit who were from rural areas in NY. Like a lot of Southerners, I all too easily associate all of NY with NYC. Other than the accents, these gentlemen were about as "redneck" as folks from south of the Mason-Dixon, and had about the same contempt for the "culture" coming out of NYC and its environs.

Keep up the fight!

David Smith

Herrick Kimball said...


It's good to know that there are people who understand New York state has a good share of country-boy rednecks.

In recent years, I have come to realize that I am a Northerner, but I am not a Yankee. There is a difference.

SharonR said...

I hope no one in your state makes a foolish statement as I have heard here in Arkansas when Clinton was running for preside, "I voted for him to get him out of Arkansas". Foolishness! I don't believe that was the truth, but if it were the truth, voting him in as president only made matters worse, not better. New York, don't vote your governor president just to get him out of New York! BTW, Arkansas is not good enough for the Clintons, they have moved to New York, to be with buddy Cuomo, I guess. Cuomo sly political animal? He has been at the same dinner table as the Clintons.

My home states are Texas and Oklahoma. Best people ever. I have wondered if it's because of the wide open spaces - no trees and valleys to hide behind. You HAVE to be neighborly. :-)

Herrick Kimball said...


I can't speak for all New Yorkers but I can assure you that I would never cast a vote for Andrew Cuomo for any political office. Thanks for the comment.