Tuesday’s mid-term elections amount to another watershed moment in American political history. Almost no one can stop talking about the success of (and prospects for) the “Tea Party” movement. I’m no different, except that, for me, the most interesting race in the land wasn’t about a candidate. It was a more direct victory for people controlling government.
I refer to Oklahoma’s State Question 750.
Regular readers know what I’m talking about. Last week I asked for help promoting the measure. My readers came through, and it may be their efforts — your efforts! — that put this crucial ballot initiative over the top.
Tuesday evening we thought we had lost. Results came in Wednesday morning, however, tipping the balance towards SQ-750. Now, with unofficial results in from all precincts, we remain ahead 50.4 to 49.6 percent. We won by 7,649 votes (out of nearly a million). That’s close.
So, each last-minute donor can be proud of really accomplishing something. Our ad, which you sponsored, almost certainly made the difference.
Oklahoma has been the toughest “initiative state,” the one with the most restrictions. Thanks to SQ-750, and previous reforms pushed by Citizens in Charge and several Oklahoma groups, the state will sport more rational requirements on the petition process and the number of petition signatures.
In related news, Oklahoma’s term limits measure won big, as expected.
Both of these measures will be instrumental in allowing citizens more control of their own government.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.