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Elected officials must follow will of people, not lobbies

Published: June 26, 2013

The state legislative process today increasingly looks like the society that political scientist Marcus Olson wrote about in his 1982 classic, “The Rise and Decline of Nations.” He warned that the legislative process amasses too many highly focused special interest lobbies, which have inherent advantage over the broad majority. They can, like a multi-limbed octopus, choke the life out of a political system unless the majority mobilizes against them.

Unfortunately, the masses have no mobilization other than the elected officials they voted into office. These officials must step up and be statesmen and follow the will of the people who elected them and not be politicians who follow the money. Tobacco issues and texting while operating a vehicle are good examples of Olson's warning.

J. Don Harris, Oklahoma City