This editorial was posted on RJ Harris’s official facebook page. He is currently running for Congress in Oklahoma.
Why I hate political parties: Leave the OKGOP to promote the heck out of the OKLP and its candidates. Run for LP Presidential nomination and do very well in the process. Endorse the LP nominee after losing to him, as promised, and then continue to do everything in my power to get him elected including contacting the local media to interview him. Run a campaign to sell the LP to voters as a viable option for local and national races. Put all my political credibility on the line to fight for OK ballot access and even appear in court as a plaintiff in the lawsuit…which is still pending…to win that ballot access. But this is still not enough for the OKLP chairman who recently told LP national not to include me as an LP candidate listing on the main LP website and national’s response to this was the decision is the OKLP chair’s to make.
So I guess I am TRULY an INDEPENDENT candidate now or I can pick one of the other major parties and go with one of them and any of you who want to say I am betraying the LP can keep those comments to yourselves because I am not the one doing the betraying here.
NOTE: I stand by my endorsement of Gary Johnson as the LP nominee but I will not continue to endorse a party which refuses to recognize my campaign. Endorsements will be on a candidate by candidate basis regardless of party and based solely on the candidates’ positions on the key liberty issues (Gigi Bowman:). Party affiliation is meaningless. Pick one with ballot access and then fight for your platform till you win or die trying. And do not EVER base an endorsement or a vote only upon a candidate’s party affiliation. This is the information age so we do not need party affiliation to tell us the character and fitness of a candidate. If we want to know those things we can simply read up on the candidate through social media or his/her website.
So what is your vote? Stay Independent? Return to the GOP and try (probably in vain) to get it to live up to its small government constitutional conservative claims? Or move on to the OK Democrat Party which is desperate for candidates to step up in the wake of the devastation caused them by President Obama’s tenure? (course they won’t admit it but he, and the socialism of the national DNC platform, is why there will not be a single OK democrat in the house or senate, Governor’s ,Lt Governor’s or Attorney General’s office come 2013) Might actually be easier to take over the Democrat party with the massive losses it is about to face in 2012.
I truly am at a loss here. I don’t have all the answers. The major parties have so hijacked our democratic process that it seems the only thing left for us to do is just pick one with ballot access and then fight for freedom when you get elected. Positive ideas please, smart ass comments will just be deleted.
RJ Harris is a career Army National Guard Officer having served on three combat tours and one peacekeeping tour. Harris is a former Libertarian Presidential candidate and is currently running for Congress in Oklahoma’s 4th district. His website can be found at http://www.rjharris2012.com/