DeWayne's Belief System - What it means to be a "Conservative"
My conservatism goes back to the basic roots of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I feel that the traditions and foundation of this country were built around a strict adherence to the ideas of the Founding Fathers, and that the over use of “implied powers” to broaden the influence of the Federal Government thus interfering with states’ rights was not their intent and must be countered. I feel that the Federal Governments role is specifically stated in the constitution and that expanding its powers should be kept under close scrutiny.
As a social conservative I believe in protecting the lives of the unborn, promoting traditional marriage between a man and a woman, and promoting a standard of conduct in our society based on ideals of right and wrong. As a fiscal conservative I feel that we are to be good stewards of our citizen’s tax money and keep the tax burden as low as possible while maintaining effecting basic services such as education, corrections, transportation infrastructure, human services, etc.
- Dewayne Pemberton
The biggest problem with the existing educational system in Oklahoma and the nation in general is excessive government testing mandated by the Federal Government.
Schools are no longer worried about exposing students to more in-depth curriculum; they are concerned about "teaching what's on the test".
DeWayne can walk into the legislature on day one with the lifelong experience to best represent the citizens of District 9 and the state of Oklahoma. He is 100% pro-local control of education - simply put, let our teachers teach. They know what they are doing.
The best economic system in the world is the free enterprise system.
The government should aim to lessen its regulations and burdens that are being passed onto local small business owners.
DeWayne will fight to protect small businesses from federal government overreach into business & industry. He believes that supply, demand, & competition are the driving factors to how business should function and not to be regulated.
The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was created in the original Bill of Rights to guarantee that the Federal Government would not step outside the boundaries established by the Constitution - and how things have changed.
Today we face a climate of government handouts as opposed to hand-ups. DeWayne believes in personal responsibitliy while at the same time caring for the disabled, our elders and the mentally ill - just to name a few.
DeWayne understands the power of the 10th Amendment and he will work with leadership to stand against an infringing federal government.