Veterans Party gets first Election Win

Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

Michael Hart won a third term as Mayor of Commerce, OK last week. Image courtesy of the Veterans Party of America.

April 15, 2015. Commerce, OK. (ONN) The Veterans Party of America made history last week. The young new political party notched its first-ever election victory with an overwhelming win in the race for Mayor of Commerce, Oklahoma on April 7. Michael Hart, the VPA candidate and also the incumbent Mayor, won easily with nearly three-times as many votes as his establishment party challenger. Veterans Party leaders vow that this is only the first of many election victories to come.

Odd year municipal elections across America, like those that occurred last week, are typically ‘non-partisan’, meaning only names are listed on the ballot and not political party designations. Half the candidates usually keep their party affiliation secret, so as not to disenfranchise half the electorate. But the other half of the candidates around the country openly embrace and promote their party membership while running for a non-partisan office. That was the case for incumbent Mayor Michael Hart who openly touted and embraced his switch to the Veterans Party before his re-election to a third term last week.

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12 thoughts on “Veterans Party gets first Election Win

  1. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    Calling this a win for a minority party is really a stretch. The mayor was up for re-election in a non-partisan race. I hate to say it but there is a high probability that the vast majority of those who voted for Mayor Hart never heard of the Veterans Party.
    With luck they can post a real win in November!

  2. Jed Ziggler

    I agree with everything Mr. Polichak said. Hell, I’ll bet Mayor Hart has never even heard of the Veterans Party. Yes you endorsed him, but is he a party member? Does he have any connection at all with the party?

  3. paulie Post author

    “That was the case for incumbent Mayor Michael Hart who openly touted and embraced his switch to the Veterans Party before his re-election to a third term last week.”

    Wachtler may be exaggerating the extent to which this is a bona fide Veterans Party win, though. I was taking a quick break from work and multitasking when I reposted it; feel free to adjust the headline for IPR purposes. I’ll be back out to work as soon as I am done with breakfast and coffee.

  4. David

    OK is very Republican these days so If this candidate joined several parties to achieve this vote,maybe that’s the case.

  5. langa

    It’s sad and disgusting that America’s ultra-bellicose foreign policy has created such vast hordes of veterans that they have formed their own party. What’s next, a party devoted to looking out for the interests of current and former bureaucrats?

  6. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    We’ve suffering an over-reaction to the Vietnam War. Back then, war veterans were spat upon. Now we’ve gone to the other extreme and claim they’re all heroes.

    I’m so sick of this over-praise for military veterans. Most never saw combat. Most were paper pushers. Some pushed buttons of death in comfort, murdering innocent civilians far away.

    Of those veterans who actually saw combat, likely only a few did anything heroic — and likely just as many are war criminals.

    I’m so sick of how these right-wing (and even left-wing) radio and cable TV talk show hosts, whenever a veteran calls, they immediately cut off the veteran to say, “By the way, thank you for your service!”

    I’m sick of how airlines allow “our brave men and women in uniform” to board early.

    I’m sick of how I’m told that our military cemeteries are filled with “brave men and women who fought to defend our freedoms.”

    How many our wars were fought to defend my freedoms? The Seminole Wars? The Mexican War? The Spanish-American War? The Philippine War? Most American wars were not fought to defend any American’s freedoms.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    RTAA: I agree, although I tend to keep my non-praise of veterans to myself. Perhaps less people would sign up, though, if they don’t think doing so is an “heroic” thing to do.

  8. NewFederalist

    Wow! I am a veteran of both Vietnam and Gulf War. I agree that the “thank you for your service” stuff gets a little tiresome BUT… why is it that the poor bastards who got drafted for Vietnam got shafted when they returned while the all volunteer force that was used to toss Saddam out of Kuwait and in all the imperialist wars since get “thank you for your service” upon their return? What has changed? Conscripts had little choice and got spit upon. Volunteers are all heroes? Somebody help me out here.

  9. langa

    Well, on the one hand, I agree with pretty much all of what RTAA has to say about veterans, and the ridiculously fawning treatment they receive these days. On the other hand, NF makes a good point about the difference between those who were drafted and those who weren’t. As a general rule, I don’t consider any soldiers to be heroes. Rather, I consider those who were drafted to be victims, and those who volunteered to be villains.

    By the way, my use of the term “villains” should not be taken to imply that volunteering for the military is an unforgivable sin. I think we have all done things, especially in our youth, that we later came to realize were wrong, and regretted them. Unfortunately, however, far from showing any regret, most veterans seem to be intensely proud of their crimes, and many of them seem to have nothing but contempt for the mere “civilians” who weren’t “brave” enough to commit such “patriotic” atrocities themselves.

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