Why you should vote for Robert T. Murphy

to represent you in the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Fellow Citizens,

There is a cultural struggle going on in Oklahoma. It is a struggle in which one side is armed with the vast, forceful power of the State, while the other side has only words and persuasion.

On one side of this struggle is the Old World idea that the State may use whatever coercive power it deems necessary, not only to prosecute common criminals, but also to control the everyday economic and social behavior of its citizens. It is the idea that whatever the majority of the legislature decides to do is legal, moral, and infallible. It is the idea that order in society must be imposed from the top down, and that an enforced social conformity is necessary for the maintenance of civilization.

On the other side is the New World idea – the uniquely American idea – that citizens have certain rights that cannot be infringed by the State, that there are areas of life that the government cannot touch, that there are some things people do that are not subject to a vote. It is the idea that harmony and order in society rises from the bottom up, from the spontaneous activities of ordinary citizens going about their daily business, and that social conformity is neither necessary nor enforceable in a free society.

We Oklahomans have been caught between these two competing ideas for a long time, and to a great extent we have been successful at keeping our government in check. Most of us go about our lives freely, unconcerned about being arrested, having our property seized, or having our relationships interfered with. But the remnants of the Old World viewpoint are still active, and there are a large number of our fellow citizens who are affected by it.

Any woman who wants to terminate her pregnancy must run a gauntlet of rules erected to inhibit that choice.

Any man who finds another man for a mate, or a woman who finds another woman, is doomed to have that relationship unrecognized by the law.

As for those who like to smoke pot, or use any of the numerous medicines proscribed by our legislature, they must live in a constant undercurrent of fear of detection, capture, and imprisonment.

These are just three of the glaring violations of human rights our legislature has endorsed. This doesn’t include the worn-out roads and bridges, overcrowded prisons, and economic distresses that go ignored while time and money are wasted on enforced conformity.

As I said at first, the only weapons we have are words and persuasion. To use them effectively requires an understanding of the detail and depth of the issues involved. I can do this. Let me show you how. If you believe as I do that these injustices must be corrected, please send me to the Oklahoma legislature to represent you.

Robert T. Murphy