Who can argue that the United States is not at a crossroads at this moment in time? The secular progressives have become bolder and seemingly more successful in advancing an agenda that runs contrary to the traditions and ideals under which our country was founded. Progressive leaders have proudly proclaimed their intentions to fundamentally transform America, yet they continue to be elected regardless of the fact that their rhetoric and policies denigrate and diminish our Constitution, our federalist republic form of government, our religious freedom, and our individual rights. It is time to take action.
On this blog, we at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and the Keating Center for Capitalism, Free Enterprise and Constitutional Liberty are taking action, and we ask that you join us.
We believe now is the time to boldly and unapologetically engage in this ideological debate. We believe that the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, individual liberty, free enterprise, free markets, free trade, private property, the rule of law, and Judeo-Christian morality have combined to allow our citizens and our nation to succeed beyond even the most ambitious dreams of our Founders. We believe such ideas should be championed and defended, and that ideas to the contrary should not go unchallenged.
We reject the secular progressives’ argument that capitalism has failed, that our Constitution is antiquated, and that a benevolent government must intervene and control our economy and our culture. We do not believe that Americans are guaranteed equality of outcome— only equality of opportunity.
We believe the inevitable result of secular progressivism is a loss of liberty for all individuals, a loss of opportunity for those who dream of upward mobility, a loss of rights for those who wish to own and retain their private property, a persistent abrogation of the rule of law, and the erosion of the Biblical worldview that has prevailed in this country for more than two hundred years.
Secular progressivism seeks to diminish, if not eliminate, the central truth of the American Experiment: that all citizens have certain and clear unalienable rights – granted to us by our Creator – and that these rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
While we may not have the advantage of a compliant media and we may not have the government-largesse enjoyed by our competitors, we believe we have something greater and more enduring. Oklahoma Wesleyan and the Keating Center have the millennia-old confidence that liberty and liberation, and freedom and justice are best pursued and best realized when objective truth – God’s self-evident truths – are the end goal. In short we stand firmly in Jesus Christ’s promise that “you shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you free!”
The Center was established in 2012 at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, not only to honor Governor Frank Keating and his wife Cathy for their exemplary service to the State of Oklahoma and our nation, but also to
Embedded within these broader ideals are other principles and truths––ethical and moral leadership based on the Judeo-Christian worldview, Constitutional federalism, limited government, free market economics, the rule of law, and the importance of private property rights––that will be integral to fulfilling the mission of the Keating Center.encourage and promote the ideals that are so important to Governor and Mrs. Keating: capitalism, free enterprise, and constitutional liberty.
The Center is headquartered in a newly-constructed facility at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Center’s programming and development will be carried out byrepresentatives of the Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty of the University, in conjunction with outside Members who will be appointed to the Center’s Governing Committee.
Welcome to the Keating Center for Capitalism, Free Enterprise and Constitutional Liberty! Join us in the debate! Join us in learning! Join us in fighting the good fight for right ideas and a right culture.