Oklahoma is becoming an increasingly miserable place to live.
I am increasingly of the opinion that the best way to help the poor in Oklahoma is to help them move to a different state.
All it takes is a look at our political system to find out the reasons for our on-going devolution into misery.
The filing period has just closed for the 2014 elections.
- Half the State House of Representative races have only one candidate.
- 1/3 of the State Senate races have only one candidate.
- 1/3 of the state officer races have only one candidate.
We have low voter registration rates and low voter participation and indeed, what’s the point of registering and voting in Oklahoma?
The Democrats have apparently folded up shop. Â Oklahoma remains one of the worst states in the nation in terms of its rules to put new parties on the ballot. Â No political competition is allowed. Â Indeed, Russia has more liberal rules for qualifying a new political party than does Oklahoma.
So it comes to pass that Oklahoma is run by a one party kakistocracy (“government by the worst elements of a society”).
If you don’t believe that, just watch Â one of T.W. Shannon’s campaign commercials for US Senate. Â Or listen to Mary Queen of Lynch Mobs Fallin bragging about her campaign slogan — “More Misery for the poor”.
What does God say about the poor? well. . . we could start with. . .
“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding down the poor when they look to you? Those who oppress the poor blaspheme their Maker, Â but the one who is kind to the needy glorifies God. The rich who oppress the poor are like a devastating rain that leaves no food. ”
And then move on to. . .
“Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be crooked in your ways and rich. Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves also call and not be heard.”
And. . .
“Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor; do not plot evil against one another in your hearts.” Â More at “Here is what God says about the poor.”