Letter to the Editor: Some positives
BY James B. Oakley III, Tulsa
Sunday, November 11, 2012
11/11/12 at 4:43 AM
Tuesday's elections were riddled with emotion, divisiveness and deceit. Partisans on both ends of the political spectrum were passionate about their positions and contemptuous of the opposition. Claims made by candidates or their supporters were at best half-truths and sometimes pure falsehoods.
However, there were positives. No opposition candidates, to my knowledge, were killed or jailed. There were no reports of thugs in polling places to see that people voted their party line. No allegations of massive vote fraud have surfaced. A look at many other countries today as well as in the past shows that these kinds of problems have not been and are not now uncommon.
As a politically and culturally diverse country of more than 300 million people, we can take some pride in the basic integrity of our election process.
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People wait in line to vote outside Southwest Baptist Church in Tulsa on Tuesday. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World