IN SIMPLE TERMS
Only about 10 percent of the registered voters in Oklahoma identify themselves as Independent, choosing not to be affiliated with either major party. Candidates for elected office who choose not to be affiliated with either major party file as an Independent.
Unless three or more Independent candidates file for the same office, there is no primary election and they go straight to the General Election ballot where every registered voter can vote for whomever they choose.
I support our two party system for electing lawmakers: left or right, right or wrong, black or white with no gray area in-between. A third party adds a third choice and can sometimes really mess things up on Election Day. Case in point for Conservatives would be the 2002 Governor’s race in Oklahoma.
I do believe the non-lawmaking offices should be non partisan so that all voters can participate in choosing the person to enforce those laws.
In 2010 voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot initiative authored by State Senator Randy Brogdon to amend the State Constitution and reduce the number of petition signatures needed to put a third political party on the ballot.
SQ750 allows the number of signatures needed to be based on the last Governor’s election instead of the last General Election, because voter turnout is much higher in the years we elect a President.
A petition is being circulated to gather signatures to place the Libertarian Party on Oklahoma ballots. I support their right to circulate their petitions but I have read the Libertarian Party Platform and cannot support the Party.
The preamble to their platform describes a utopian world that can only survive if everyone thinks, believes and behaves the same respectful way. That will not happen in a nation as large as ours with its many religions and cultures. For the Libertarian dream to become reality the world would first have to be rid of evil.
God tried to rid the world of evil in Genesis chapters 6 and 7, hut evil still exists. There will always be murderers, thieves, rapists and sadists. There will always be those who would rather take the fruits of someone else’s labor by violent or cunning force than provide their own fruits. For this reason we must have a form of government authority, and in order to have the protection of that government authority we must have taxes.
I will be the first to admit that sometimes that authority reaches too far into our private lives in an effort to prevent a crime from happening and sometimes the authority hampers our ability to protect ourselves, but I believe it can be corrected within the system we have if people would take the time and initiative to educate themselves on issues and candidates and participate in their government.