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Page 8   God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM September 13, 2023 SCRAP Accepting New Members Stephens County Rifle and Pistol Club • 10 Covered Rifle Bays • 4 Pistol Bays 25-50-100-200-300 yard ranges • Regularly Scheduled Competitions • Annual Membership - $100 NRA Membership Not Required. Range is South of Duncan Lake on Duncan Lake Road. Monthly meetings at Senior Citizens’ Center. 7:00 PM 3rd Monday of the Month See SCRAP Club of Oklahoma on Facebook. Annual Membership Renewal & New Members Sign Up @ 7 PM Monday Sept. 18, 2023 Center of Duncan 828 W. Main, Duncan, OK 580-255-8454 TRADE-IN AND SAVE 25% ON ANY BERNINA MACHINE TRADE-IN AND SAVE 25% ON ANY BERNINA MACHINE CUTTING OUT THE VOTER! The 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1868. It is one of the three amendments in the founding document known as the Reconstruction Amendments. The 13th amendment abolished slavery, the 14th amendment has what is known as the ‘insurrection/disqualification clause’ and the 15th amendment granted voting rights to citizens no matter their race. Of the three, the 14th was the most controversial and contested. The states of the defeated Confederacy were forced to ratify the 14th before they could regain representation in Congress. The 14th has recently come under discussion in regard to section 3- the so-called insurrection/disqualification clause as it relates to former President Trump. Section 3 reads: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability. Last week, a DC group - Free Speech for People(FSP) - sued to block former President Trump to be included on the GOP primary ballot in Colorado. They contend Trump violated the 14th amendment’s section 3 provision and therefore cannot hold elective office. It is likely the first of several similar lawsuits. The Trump campaign said the suit is stretching the law and has no legal basis. Three observations: First, who is Free Speech for People? Established in 2010 by John Bonifaz and Jeff Clements, after they lost a case before the Supreme Court (Citizens United vs. FEC), FSP advocates a new constitutional amendment that would clarify the Bill of Rights applies to people, not corporations. FSP wants to cap the amount of money that can be spent in political campaigns (at least on the candidates they don’t support). They advocate not allowing corporate contributions to campaigns. Free Speech for People has also embraced a left-of-center agenda, and lobbied for President Donald Trump’s impeachment from the day he took office in 2017. Why would a left-wing organization get involved in a Republican primary? Why would FSP care who the GOP nominee is in 2024? Why are they trying to keep Trump off the ballot? Trump’s ability to energize his base and get his vote out presents the biggest challenge to Biden and the Democrats. FSP is for neither free speech or the people. Second, using the 14th to disqualify Trump would be politically ludicrous. Trump is charged with 91criminal counts in four differ- ent jurisdictions, but none are inciting a riot or seditious conspiracy. Most legal scholars believe Trump would have had to physically been at the Capitol for the 14th Section 3 to come into play. If FSP is successful at keeping Trump off the GOP ballot, his supporters might do more than just post on social media. Politically, using the 14th to prevent Trump from being on the ballot would be devastat- ing for the country. Three, GOP voters should be given the choice with Trump on the ballot. Currently, the former POTUS is polling at 52.7% with Republican voters, but the first primary/caucus isn’t until January 15th. A lot can/will happen in five months. Let GOP voters decide Trump’s fate In politics, it is common practice to attempt to ‘clear the primary,’ but it is usually Party leaders and large donors doing the screen- ing. They work behind the scenes to clear the field for their preferred candidate. They justify their action by declaring an extended primary hurts the candidate in the general election. Their action cuts out/ignores the voter. Why would a liberal organization (FSP) go all in on keeping Trump off the GOP ballot? The same reason- they want to cut out the voter! Steve Fair is the Vice Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by email at steve.fair@ . His blog is Fair and Biased A conservative view of national, state, and local politics by Steve Fair Chairman, 4th District Oklahoma Republican Party Vice-Chairman Southwest OK Senior Games Blake Moren  On Thursday, September 14, the Simmons Center will have an event called the Senior Games 2023.Anyone over the age of 50 will have the opportunity to take a cruise. Reg- istration begins on the same day at 7 a.m. To register, go to the recreation front desk at the Simmons Center.  Asingle room costs $25, and a double room costs $45. Once registered, participants will have full access to the games and activities associated with the event.  On-board continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. on the starboard side, the SailAway ceremonies will begin. The on-board activities begin at 9 a.m and will end at 11:30 a.m.  These activities include shuffle board, croquet, horse shows, darts, beach ball volleyball, basketball, corn hole, ping pong, foosball, pickleball, blackjack, poker and roulette.At 9:15 a.m, there will be line dancing, and at 10 a.m, there will be cardio drumming.  At 10:45 a.m, there will be chair aerobics. There is also an outdoor lounge and a bar. Participants can also receive bone density, blood sugar and blood pressure tests, as well as flu shots.  Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m, and at 12:30 p.m, there will be on-board entertainment. Bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Lastly, participants will fill out a survey and leave at 3:30 p.m.  For more info, go to or call 580-252-2900. You can also go to their Facebook page. Area High School Football Scores Football Scores Duncan vs. Guthrie (Sept 8) Duncan: 0 - Guthrie: 65 Marlow vs. Comanche High (Sept 8): Marlow: 42 - Comanche: 7 Velma-Alma vs. Hollis (Sept 8): Velma-Alma: 56 - Hollis: 6 Empire vs. Thackerville (Sept 8): Empire: 12 - Thackerville: 61 Rush Springs vs. Mangum (Sept 8): Rush Springs: 6 - Mangum: 62 Central vs. Tipton (Sept 8): Central: 6 - Tipton: 56 Bray-Doyle vs. Paoli (Sept 8): Bray-Doyle: 22 - Paoli: 68 I realized today that I must be an aggressive driver when my four year old yelled, “Pick a lane, you idiot’ from his seat in the grocery cart! Darrell N. Leonard My wife claims I snore in my sleep, but I don’t think so. At least no one at work has ever mentioned it. Darrell N. Leonard Book Club to meet  Elizabethan Book Club will meet at the United Methodist Church in Duncan on Thursday September 28th at 11am. Guests are certainly wel- come to the meeting.  The book presenter will speak before the luncheon. A business meeting will follow.  Call Patsi 505-929- 1615 for reservation. Wife: “Could you please go to the store and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get six.” The husband returns and walks in with six cartons of milk. Wife: “ Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?” Husband: “They had eggs.”