A Little PropRep for Oklahoma

I’m hesitant to trundle out the old trope about the multitude of states being laboratories of democracy, I’m going to do it anyway for convenience. Sometimes the image is reality. One fearless state might venture out on a controversial issue such as legalization of marijuana or gay marriage, and, observing that this state does not immediately sink ashen gray into the sea, other states soon follow suit. Regarding social issues there is certainly some laudable outright experimentation, especially regarding medicinal drug use and equal protection issues. However, most of the time the various states in the Union are dishearteningly uniform in their conception and execution of the democratic process. Continue reading “A Little PropRep for Oklahoma”

Units of Democracy

What is currency? Wealth? Power? Currency is at the heart of our value system. When people say they admire businessmen or powerful and wealthy people, what aspect do they admire. The common denominator is wealth, but what is wealth? An accumulation of currency, whether “earned” or simply obtained. Either method of acquisition, if the methods can even be said to have any real difference, are acceptable. Admired or not, wealth equates to power. Surely, there are alternative sources of power, but wealth is one of the only methods of transferable power. Continue reading “Units of Democracy”

Foxes, Monkeys, Elephants & Donkeys

We should all look more deeply at one long-simmering issue that may be actually be a root cause of many of our other problems. Oklahoma’s distressingly low voter turnout and the lack of citizen participation in government contributes to every other problem our state faces, including the current budget shortfall. Continue reading “Foxes, Monkeys, Elephants & Donkeys”