As Americans Continue to Divide, the Reform Party Offers Unity
Op-Ed by Raquel Okyay, TLB Contributing Writer & TLBTV Show Host
National third-party leader conveys hopeful message to nation rife with partisan bickering and underhanded politics; presenting the Reform Party as the right choice for the future of America.
“Dirty politics has made the political climate toxic,” said Nicholas R. Hensley [pictured right], Secretary of the Reform Party National Committee. “We stand strong in the face of adversity.” Unlike the two major parties, he said the Reform Party is unafraid to confront today’s hardships to find sensible solutions.
“Our political challenges are an unpopular Congress, radical partisanship, and a $21 trillion debt that has created uncertainty about America’s fiscal future,” he said. “For two hundred and forty-two years, the United States has thrived in the face of difficulty.”
Founded in 1995 by Ross Perot, a 1992 independent presidential candidate, the Reform Party of the United States engaged Americans who were disillusioned with a corrupt and partisan government. Perot has been the only third-party or independent presidential candidate thus far, to receive the high rate of 18.9 percent of the 1992 popular vote.
“The Reform Party is putting together a blueprint to bring the nation back to fiscal solvency,” said Hensley. “We wish to balance the federal budget, make government more transparent, open the ballot to all parties, open the presidential debates to every candidate, and end gerrymandering.” Gerrymandering is the manipulation of electoral boundaries to favor one political party over another.
“The Reform Party has been composed of members that have seen what hyper partisanship has done to this country; how party before people politics has thrown the United States into debt, corrupted our political system, and hampered the future of our nation,” said Hensley, who is the Chairman of the Reform Party of N. Carolina.
The American people are motivated to support honest and responsible leaders who solve problems – not create them, he continued. “The Reform Party was founded on the principles of bringing unity back, fixing the political climate and balancing the national budget.”
Recruiting new members to the Reform Party is key to growth, he said. “A political machine is composed of voters, donors, activists and leaders – everyone contributing to the success of the machine wherever they can.”
Gearing up for the November election, he said there is excitement at the national level over its 2018 Reform Party candidates. “Our most watched candidate is for governor of Florida – Darcy Richardson [pictured right]. He is the most experienced candidate we have run for office in recent history.
Richardson, who is the only third-party candidate on the 2018 ballot, stated, “This campaign is about fighting back against corruption, crony capitalism, and the big money special interests selling-out our state. Together we can give millions of Floridians a fighting chance for a better future!”
Another Reform Party candidate of note is Alan Reynolds [pictured left] for California Assembly District 41, said Hensley. “Reynolds has served eight years as a city commissioner and has the necessary experience to serve the voters of his district.” Reynolds, who is the only challenger to the incumbent, said he is focused on ending corruption and promoting electoral and campaign finance reform.
Hensley, who owns a Raleigh based marketing firm, Lason Media LLC, said he became involved in third party politics when he understood that the establishment was composed of two types of politicians. “We have tax and spend Democrats and spend and spend Republicans. In addition, the Democrats want to regulate your wallet as the Republicans want to regulate your bedroom.”
About Raquel Okyay
Raquel Okyay is a political columnist and commentator. She writes about Second Amendment rights, family rights, and government corruption. She is published at various locations includingHumanEvents, Townhall, Ammoland, Rockland County Times, the Daily Surge and The Liberty Beacon.
Raquel is Director of Radio Programming at WINN World Integrity News Network. She also produces and hosts weekly blog talk radio programs: Rocky & The Gonz Podcast and Nightmare on CPS Street.
In addition, Raquel host her own weekly TV show “In The Crosshairs” on The Liberty Beacon network. (TLBTV)
Raquel hails from New York City and is a Criminal Justice graduatefrom St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. She ran for NYC council in 2005 under the Conservative Party banner. She is founder and former organizer of Ulster/Orange Tea Party.
Currently, Raquel is Treasurer of the Reform Party of Florida. She is a volunteer with the statewide group “Why Dads Matter”, and resides in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and two children.
Raquel’s upcoming non-fiction book “The Progression of the New York SAFE Act” will be published soon.
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