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For gubernatorial candidate Chad Moody, it's "God, grass and guns."

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The marijuana issue is heating up all over the country. Even with its hardcore social conservative majority vehemently opposed to legalization, Oklahomans want to be part of the discussion.

One person that is part of that discussion is Oklahoma City attorney Chad Moody, who has built his career around getting justice for non-violent drug offenders.

Chad has taken that career model one step further in announcing his candidacy for Governor of Oklahoma. With the slogan of ‘God, grass and guns’ showing up all over Oklahoma City, Moody has taken what started out as a joke, into a serious run for the Republican primary.

Mr. Moody recently took some time out of his schedule to answers some questions for Red Dirt Report.

Why are you running for Governor?

Because I’m sick of telling kids that their lives are ruined by a felony conviction because they got caught with pot twice. Also because the government has no business expecting us to go hat-in-hand asking for a license to exercise a right such as our 2nd Amendment right.

I am libertarian in philosophy and Republican by practicality.

I graduated summa cum laude from law school with a bucket full of awards for understanding the law. Somewhere along the way, we have drifted far from our Constitutional moorings. Most of what the federal government does it does under the bogus auspices of the Commerce Clause. The Courts have “interpreted” the Constitution into oblivion. It does not need interpretation. It is written in English.

Few Americans have ever lived as free men or women. It is no surprise that so few recognize that we are enslaved by her own laws and bureaucracies.

Why you? Why not Mary Fallin or Dax Ewbank or Joe Dorman?

Mary Fallin has been bought and sold so many times that she has to ask title lawyers on any given day who it is that owns her. She’s a perennial political candidate. She’s been at the trough of government “service” for far too long. I am weary of hearing public employees call themselves public “servants” while they live and behave like royalty.

I don’t know enough about Dax Ewbank to have an opinion regarding him. What little I do know makes me like him better then Fallin or Dorman.

Dorman is a Democrat. The Democratic Party is the party of more welfare, more gun control, less freedom, and more hyper-mandated equality. It is impossible to make the short man tall,ergo, in their campaign for equality, Democrats often advocate cutting the tall man off at the knees. Further, I prefer to pick and choose the beneficiaries of my charity by myself rather than having a bureaucrat take my money and do it for me.

Why are you running as a Republican as opposed to running as an Independent?

Because I am registered Republican. I am registered Republican because I want to have a voice in the primaries. The politicians have made it such that one can only have a voice in the primaries registered as Democrat or Republican. I sure as hell am not going to register as a Democrat because they have long been hostile to the Second Amendment. I have long regarded the First Amendment as our first line of defense against tyranny and the Second Amendment as our last. I am frequently frustrated that the dichotomy of Democrat versus Republican means that we have to choose between social and economic freedoms.

It’s obvious that you are running primarily on a platform to legalize marijuana. Do you feel it is an important enough issue to make it the backbone of your campaign?

Actually the Second Amendment is more important to me than legalizing marijuana. Mine is simultaneously a two plank platform i.e. Constitutional Carry and marijuana legalization and one plank platform of extending human liberty at every turn possible by eliminating governmental interference wherever possible.

Hypothetically speaking, if drugs were legalized in Oklahoma, would that not put you out of a job?

As I have long told people, “I did honest work before the lawyer and I can do it again.” Criminal law is actually not terribly, intellectually sophisticated and therefore not as much fun as some other kinds of law. I do the work I do because I can mitigate some of the harm caused by the Drug War. When marijuana approaches legalization, I intend to expand my practice into more intellectually exciting arenas. Eventually, I might even go back into biological field research or be a bush pilot. My work in the field for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was some of the best times of my life.

What do you feel is the proper role of a Governor?

Obviously the primary function of the Chief Executive is to ensure that laws are enforced. Of course the Governor also has the power and responsibility to veto unconstitutional legislation. To this, I would add the aspect of lobbying the legislature to eliminate private prisons and the for profit incarceration industry altogether and to further lobby for the elimination of bad laws and the passage of good ones.

If you were to get elected as Governor, what would be your first act? Briefly explain what the first day of your administration would look like.

I would assemble those whom I intend to appoint to various positions and let them know that we have four years and only four years to accomplish mammoth tasks in the areas of acquiring “Constitutional Carry”, Marijuana Legalization, devolution of more powers to political subdivisions of the State, prison reform and criminal justice reform.

Education is an important topic to most Oklahomans? What sort of changes would you recommend to reform the education system in Oklahoma?

Decisions regarding education should be made by local school boards. State uniformity on education is barely better than federal uniformity. Government is best when closest to those whom it serves.

What are your general thoughts on the ballot access laws in Oklahoma?

We should bring back poll tests. Also, those who are not net taxpayers, should not have the franchise. We should probably prohibit radio and television advertising by candidates.

What are your thoughts on the recent attempts by the state legislature to fund the completion of the American Indian Cultural Center downtown?

I am extremely ambivalent. It never should have been started without a proper plan to finish it. Nonetheless, I barely support funding it because it would be such a waste at this point to leave it half finished.

There has been a lot of talk lately about taxing Oklahomans that use solar energy in their homes. Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?

I thoroughly disagree. There was a Saturday Night Live skit from the 1970s where an oil company executive purported to have become enlightened and acknowledged an appreciation of the value of solar energy as though the scales had fallen from his eyes. He then went on to explain that his appreciation of solar power came with only one condition, i.e. that everybody acknowledge that the oil companies own the sun. Big Energy is doing just fine as it is. God made the sun and never passed title to Devon or Chesapeake or Conoco.

Do you have any final thoughts about your campaign?

King David has long been my favorite character in the Bible. He was a real bad ass of a man. I’ve had opportunity to emulate his shooting bears with slingshots. I’ve even danced naked before the Lord. I have yet to kill a Goliath. The neat thing about playing the role of David is that nobody expects you to win.

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