Just over fifteen years ago, not long before the bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, this writer experienced what he thought to be unusual happenings in and around Ponca City. Of course, nobody would expect anything not purely American to be transpiring in this broad geographic zone of peace and patriotism across north central Oklahoma. But, nevertheless, there were some peculiar happenings.
Ponca City was the home of an active low power television station at that time. It was available on cable and off the air. Mostly it ran old programming, and they had regular on-air auctions with some good and some poor merchandise selling cheap. These auctions were popular all around the Kay County area.
Then they began to try news and public affairs programming. The news effort was admirable, although weak. The public affairs programs were something weird.
Running the channels during the earlier of late-night hours, one might run into a panel, a guest interview, or maybe a call-in and call-up show. The host was a scraggly-looking young man gifted in neither looks nor wit. The topics of conversation were downright weird.
A frequent guest was a talkative, apparently well-informed, erudite man that one took to be an obscure local attorney. He talked a lot of about the law, going into great detail. Listening closely, one found to his dismay that this man was explaining why citizens did not have to pay taxes.
He found income taxes to be totally at odds with the law. Further, he did not believe in paying property taxes. He refused to pay either, he outlined his reasons clearly, and he recommended everyone join with him. He offered them legal advice and legal grounds for not paying taxes. Callers questioned the man, and many offered their support for his position.