Anyone following Okie Funk or its Facebook page knows I’ve gone from denial to anger to acceptance, or something along those lines, after Tuesday’s election massacre, but please fully realize I’m not defeated, and I’m going to keep fighting on a political level with my words and by showing up when I need to show up.
— Open Society (@OpenSociety) November 10, 2016
I urge you to stay engaged, too. By all means, cry your heart out in hefty sobs, curl up in a fetal position and sleep for six more straight days, maybe stay drunk but don’t drive for another week, but stand with me and fellow progressives and liberals to work for change. We will be triumphant eventually.
Having said that, I do need to note that there were some positives both locally and nationally in Tuesday’s election.
Locally, the most obvious positives were the defeat of State Question 777, the so-called “right to contaminate our drinking water” initiative and the passage of State Questions 780 and 781, which, in more seriousness than what I just said about SQ 777, will hopefully kickstart a trend to completely decriminalize simple drug possession here and treat rather than punish addiction. Both 780 and 781 could also reduce our chronic prison overcrowding in this place of prison horror stories and massive incarceration.
You can find my pre-election takes on all the state questions here. Why waste time on the rehashing each particular question? What’s done is done. I do think the defeat of SQ 777, known really as “the right to farm” initiative, along with the passage of SQs 780 and 781, show a majority of Oklahoma voters can come together sometimes and vote sensibly and reasonably. There’s some hope there, right?
On the national level, voters in Nevada, Massachusetts and California legalized recreational marijuana, joining other states, such as Colorado, which have done the same. I’m not so much interested in the “high” points of these initiatives as I am in advancing the argument that voters throughout the country are perhaps waking up to the nightmare of the so-called “war on drugs” that started in the 1970s under former President Richard Nixon and has been a colossal and complete, utter failure. The Washington Post ran a post-election story on its web site under the headline, “Marijuana wins big on election night.” It did indeed.
This country has spent billions upon billions of dollars through the years trying to stop people from smoking pot and it has destroyed a countless number of lives of innocent, decent people for nothing more than wanting a little escape from life’s challenges or seeking to enhance their reality and sensory experiences. The “war on drugs,” and especially marijuana prohibition, has been one of this country’s most tragic experiments, a complete nightmare.
Back to the local level. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Democratic candidate Cyndi Munson won a full term to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 85, which includes portions of Oklahoma City, Warr Acres, Nichols Hills and The Village, an area not necessarily known as one of the country’s hotbeds of progressive thought. I do think the higher educational level of the voters in this district helped in her victory, but, again, it shows that Oklahomans can come together and vote sensibly.
Happy Veteran's Day to all the men and women who have and continue to serve our country. Thankful for my veteran, my dad, Dennis Munson. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/KHatvxcKVf
— Cyndi Munson (@CyndiMunson85) November 11, 2016
Munson is a vibrant, hard-working representative who can help get Oklahoma through some rather turbulent unusual times.
Anyway, all is not lost, folks. Take some time to mourn, but then let’s get busy again. I’m on your side and will join with you to fight against the new political order. I know it sounds obvious but one easy thing you can do is read this blog and support it by sharing its link.
Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face;
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.