In the past few days I have closely read the OKGOP party platform that was presented on the floor of the convention.
Already I have pointed out the great contradiction; but there are a few more which need to be addressed.
I do this not out of ill-intent; I don’t point these out to try and bring down the party. Although I could never bring myself to fully affiliate with any political party, I believe that the GOP can be the party of not only limited government but absolute personal freedom.
I point these things out because they will prove to be weaknesses for the party in the near future. As the old cliche goes, “you are only as strong as your weakest link” and these contradictions are weaknesses indeed. Address these, and you will see greater success.
“We support full consumer access to safe foods, medications and alternative treatments including access to information regarding such substances”
All except for Marijuana or related substances. The word itself is entirely missing from the document, but I think it’s implied. To their credit, “we support improvement in safety and prison reform, including alternative sentencing for nonviolent crime and punishment”
Better than the old policy of just throwing drug users in prison, but it still implies that marijuana use, even for medical purposes, is a crime that must be punished in some way. Enforcement by the law of what we do and do not like.
“We oppose the expansion of gambling in any form in Oklahoma.”
Gambling is a free market activity. Free Markets are the very thing the GOP claims to support. Again, enforcement by the law of what we do and do not like.
“We believe in the sanctity of human life from conception through natural death, unless forfeited by capital punishment.”
Here’s something: we believe in the sanctity of human life, unless the State deems otherwise.
Overall, the platform of the GOP is based on sound ideas and principles, however, knock down all these contradictions, for they will hurt you.