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Former US Senator Tom Coburn (Reactionary, Oklahoma)  

Thomas Allen Coburn (March 14, 1948 – March 27, 2020) was an American politician and physician. A member of the Republican Party, he was a United States Representative and later a United States Senator from Oklahoma.
Coburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as part of the Republican Revolution. He upheld his campaign pledge to serve no more than three consecutive terms and did not run for re-election in 2000. In 2004, he returned to political life with a successful run for the U.S. Senate. Coburn was re-elected to a second term in 2010 and pledged not to seek a third term in 2016.[1] In January 2014, Coburn announced he would retire before the expiration of his final term.[2] He submitted a letter of resignation to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, effective at the end of the 113th Congress.[3]

Coburn was a fiscal and social conservative, known for his self-proclaimed global warming denial,[4] opposition to deficit spending and pork barrel projects, and for his opposition to abortion. Described as "the godfather of the modern conservative, austerity movement",[5] he supported term limitsgun rights and the death penalty[6] and opposed same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research.[7][8] Democrats have referred to him as "Dr. No" for his refusal to endorse extensive federal spending or welfare programs.[9]

After leaving Congress, Coburn worked with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research on its efforts to reform the Food and Drug Administration,[10] becoming a senior fellow of the institute in December 2016.[11] Coburn also served as a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance, where he was active in calling for a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.[12][13][14]
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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