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North Carolina is sometimes called a political “battleground” State—no single candidate or party has overwhelming support in securing the State’s electoral college votes. In recent years that word applies more literally because of many relentless attacks by radical leftist/liberal/progressive groups against our conservative State officials and citizens.
These folks have been the targets of vulgar street demonstrations, press editorials distorting facts, and irrational hatred from hordes of organized, well-funded social agitators.
Marxist and fascist activist groups outnumber politically conservative ones in this State by about 10 to 1. Add to that the largely left-leaning press editors in North Carolina’s largest cities, and out-of-state activists that often rally to “progressive” causes on-call from radical regional and national self-serving pressure groups—thus, it would seem, conservative Tar Heels have little chance to prevail with State policies that favor common sense and responsible laws.
Yet, amazingly, in recent years they have—and the psychogenic Left hates them for it.
One resident conservative group stands tall against the hateful and deceptive tactics of the Left—the Civitas Institute (nccivitas.org) located in Raleigh. It offers the most straightforward and courageous opposition to cultural socialists of any conservative organization in North Carolina—partly because its president is a no-nonsense retired Marine Corps Colonel, Francis X. DeLuca.
In a recent email to Civitas members Col. DeLuca had a few choice words about the lecherous Left: “Civitas is at the tip of the spear in the fight against the Left’s distortion of the facts.” DeLuca, commented on the disinformation evident from Civitas polls fed to many likely voters in North Carolina about taxes and education spending: “These numbers are not only shocking, but show just how powerful liberal media bias can be, and how desperate the Left is to regain their stranglehold on power.” DeLuca went on:
“Every major newspaper in the state, led by the Raleigh News & Observer (and) the Charlotte Observer has deliberately distorted the truth on tax cuts and education spending. Every major news outlet, led by WRAL, has consistently ignored the facts when it comes to the accomplishments of the state legislature in the past several years.”
The facts of which DeLuca writes:
People polled by Civitas show that 41 percent believe income taxes have gone up while they have actually gone down; almost 50 percent think overall taxes have gone up but in reality they have decreased; 38 percent think K-12 education spending has decreased, in fact it has increased dramatically; 26 percent think teacher pay has decreased, but it is the highest in State history.
Col. DeLuca reminds us that media bias is a powerful force in shaping public opinion and that it does influence the outcomes of our elections. In my opinion, it has become an evil power that makes it difficult to keep government, at all levels, under reasonable control.
For those who believe government must be limited from interfering with our lives, curtailing our liberties and stealing our property, Civitas is an organization worthy of our support.
Hillary Clinton, Democrat candidate for president of the United States, recently attempted to defame millions of supporters of her Republican opponent Donald Trump. She said in a public speech that many of them are “a basket of deplorables.” Aside from the fact that she used the adjective deplorable incorrectly as a noun, and an infantile metaphor, Mrs. Clinton slandered a large number of Americans by essentially calling them wretched or bad.
In my opinion, Clinton is a deplorable person. Below I’ve used many of the synonyms for this word found in my copy of “The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.” Some major synonyms correspond roughly to different senses of them in the dictionary—others have finer distinctions. These describe what I think of her and her ilk.
Hillary Clinton is disgraceful. Her followers are shameful. Her husband is dishonorable. And her views of government are unworthy of Americans. She lies inexcusably. Her deceits are unforgivable; including her unpardonable, unethical activities while Secretary of State.
Mrs. Clinton’s desperate grasp for political power and money is reprehensible. Her vile attitude toward political opponents, their supporters, and her country is despicable. Clinton’s support for the subversive anti-American Obama administration is abominable. She and her staff are contemptible people. In a phrase, she is beyond the pale.
It is lamentable that Mrs. Clinton runs for office; regrettably she touts her primary qualification: being a woman—and a wretched one at that. She has an atrocious, dreadful—even diabolical— personality. Hillary would be a sorry, inadequate person to serve as commander-in-chief of our armed forces. Worse, her political ideas are appalling and her speeches are lousy.
Let’s stop taxpayer funding for sports association’s political shenanigans in our State.
For several decades the Leftist/Progressives in America have promoted the myth, primarily through public schools and universities, that a multicultural society offers a host of societal benefits. Many of us have long argued that this false hope is a lie designed to make people who want to live in America, yet cling to foreign cultures, feel better about their self-imposed segregation and justify their rejection of American traditions.
Some of the gullible now recognizes that multiculturalism and attacks on our heritage have destroyed the unity that once defined America—although they may not admit that these are the causes of our disunity.
It is clear to students of sociology that the most stable countries in the world are those with a single, unifying culture: witness Japan and Switzerland.
In my lifetime we’ve always crudely described our country as a “melting-pot”; reflecting the motto: e pluribus unum (from many, one)—presumably people came to the United States to be Americans. But for a long time subversive groups have worked from outside and within our own country to criticize and undermine our culture.
Now blacks have their own segregated institutions, some rejecting law and order; Muslims live in ghettos under their own religious-mandated laws threatening Western Civilization; Amerindians illegally invade our southern border, fly their own country’s flag at political rallies and demand American citizenship status and benefits.
Anti-American Marxists in our federal government blatantly flaunt our constitutional laws and deceive the public about their activities; abortionists demand unrestricted killing of unborn babies; abnormal sexual activists campaign to violate our moral standards and destroy the meaning of marriage; anti-Christians spread the myth of church-state separation; social radicals hijack our schools to indoctrinate our children with immoral ideas and anti-American propaganda; mainline media serve as an arm of government and leftist causes. College radicals demand removal of cherished historical symbols and monuments.
How can any society persevere against these assaults on its traditions and values? Put differently, how can honorable people allow these vicious hate-groups to attack their heritage, values and ancestors and not fight back?
At this fifteenth anniversary of the Islamist attack on our county in September 2001, Wilmington StarNews editors recall “post-9/11” national unity and question whether it was real. In the era of collectivist “coming together” and “giving back”-propaganda, the editors long for “goodwill and respect for each other” to “bridge our differences.”
Tell that to the murderous Islamic terrorists who, since killing thousands of innocent people on our soil fifteen years ago, continue their violent rampages around the world, while our government officials refuse to even recognize the true purpose of these enemies. Or, for that matter, tell it to the current American president who has shown nothing but “contempt” for his political opponents, the American people and our laws.
In my opinion, it’s these, and other circumstances, that make it “hard to imagine how we can remain united in any sense of the word,” as the editors frame the question.
But, the collective “we” is not to blame for the contemptuous “vitriol” noted by the editors. For evidence of that we need only carefully search recent media archives. There we will find pictures of shouting, violent mobs; irrationally angry demonstrators; murderous assaults on our citizens and disrespect for the police; vandalism, destruction of property and theft.
Civilized people cannot be united and allow uncivilized, lawless people to control the public streets; our government; and our legislative and judicial processes.
Editors believe that “contempt” may “become our new 9/11…worse and longer-lasting than what we experienced” on that fateful day in 2001.
But, as bad as it was, our society didn’t break down at that time. And our contempt was reserved for the Islamic Arab terrorists who held such disrespect for us. In fact, we agreed to go to war with them until federal officials deliberately failed us in that mission.
The current imminent danger for us is that there are people operating in this country—identified as “Americans,” in and out of our government—that undermine our cultural unity by subverting our institutions, religion, traditions and laws.
If this persists with little opposition, America will further devolve into clusters of lawless “sanctuary” cities; dangerous urban ghettos, well-guarded gated communities, with tribal gangs roaming the countryside to prey on innocent citizens. We’ll be like Mexico and corrupt Central American “banana republics.”
Strangely, that’s what some people living in the U. S. seem to want.
This story illustrates how far campaigns by many weird factions of zealots have pushed media into the realm of societal stupidity—or insanity, when you know that it originates with the political Left. Liberalism is a mental disorder as documented by this and many other cases.
David Mildenberg, editor of BUSINESS North Carolina, lays out the tale in a July issue article titled “DUG IN”; Subtitle: The battle over House Bill 2 and its impact on North Carolina’s economy seems split between parallel universes.
I don’t know about “parallel universes” but the larger group grounds in reality, the faction exists in a bizarre world of perception where they need “protection” from reality. Mr. Mildenberg summarizes the madcap tale of H.B.2 in the Tar Heel State. As with most urban legends it began in a city—Sweet Charlotte—early this year.
To fulfill a campaign pledge by Mayor Jennifer Roberts the city council (82 percent Democrats) passed a bill to add homosexual and transgender people to a “nondiscrimination” ordinance—common in many of the largest cities in the U. S. That is, people who perceive that they have the other sexual “orientation,” from that with which they were endowed by their Creator, are free to use the bathroom labeled “MEN” or “WOMEN” that identifies with their feeling rather than with their functional genitalia. Rational people don’t understand or accept this queer idea.
Previous to this action the mayor and council were warned by Governor Pat McCrory and State legislators (of course, Republicans) that this was a bad idea because actual males would be able to invade the privacy and threaten the safety of women and young girls in their very private places. Charlotte City Councilman Al Austin, “the first openly gay male elected to the board,” said, “…it was the right thing to do.” With leftists right is often wrong and wrong is right.
In March 2016, responsible adult legislators in the State General Assembly nullified the city ordinance with a “statewide class of nondiscrimination that does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.” Sexually disoriented activists went nuts over “perceived intolerance,” —“international outrage” resulted, as Mildenberg sees it.
Actually, vast numbers of normal citizens in this State were outraged over the outside “outrage”—to them the transgender issue was grossly offensive to decency, morality, good taste; and the safety of women. “For every corporate executive who has expressed concerns about the legislation, there are thousands of others who are very happy to be in North Carolina” said John Rustin, president of the N. C. Family Policy Council. The North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla describes our State as a “happy place”—clearly evidenced by the thousands of people moving here and our “$500 billion economy.”
To understand this concocted caper we must know the national and State political circumstances in which it occurred. At the national level North Carolina is considered a “swing” or “toss up” State. President Obama won here in 2008 (by just over 14,000 votes) and Romney won against Obama in 2012 by 92,000 votes.
That year, after decades of excessive spending; increasing taxes and regulations; a poor economy and corruption brought on by Democrat control of State government, North Carolina voters elected a Republican governor and a largely conservative General Assembly. The results were dramatic.
Our gross domestic product has grown faster than most States; personal income has risen faster than the national average; employers have added about 265,000 net new jobs; unemployment has dropped faster than the national average; the State legislature cut taxes and has a budget surplus; average teacher pay has gone up about 15 percent; the State is spending hundreds of millions more dollars on highway construction and maintenance.
(Summary from an editorial in the August 2016 Carolina Journal; www.carolinajournal.com.)
Carolina Journal editors point out that although “not all the good outcomes may have resulted directly from state-level policy choices,” discussing these issues “favors Republicans.” Thus, the Left creates nonissues; not on the right side of facts they, for example, “prefer to focus on H.B.2. The Left’s fixation on the bill is wildly, indefensibly disproportionate.”
And, they can count on support from the highest federal government levels. Commenting on a Justice Department lawsuit against the North Carolina law, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the State law “state-sponsored discrimination” and an “indignity” against “vulnerable” people— who identify with the opposite sex rather than their actual biological identity.
Add nasty, nonprofit activist groups, such as D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign to this charade and phony activities ensue. Mr. Skvarla believes that the HRC is the source that stirred the H.B.2 pot and poured it into the public streets to divert attention from all the good news in North Carolina. According to Skvarla, this well organized gang threatens corporate CEOs with “negative headlines and potential boycotts if they act contrary” to the HRC positions promoting abnormal sexual behavior.
Mildenberg features HRC president Chad Griffin in the leftist “cast of characters” who “raised the civil rights group’s profile and boosted its coffers, making N.C. ground zero in the debate over transgender rights.”
Mr. Mildenberg also reports that Warren Smith (no relation) a former marketing manager from Asheville, North Carolina says that “The HRC has targeted big firms for more than 25 years, creating a myth that corporate America is with them”—sounds like extortion to me.
The HRC and its State affiliate, Equality North Carolina people, did not return phone calls from Mr. Mildenberg. But their June press release announced: “Dozens of HRC staff have been on the ground [in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle], mobilizing pro-equality supporters and talking with voters about the dangerous implications of this harmful legislation.”
Obviously, these instigators have kept this issue going. But many other angry subversive agitators lurk in North Carolina trying to stir up trouble for the elected Republicans.
Sue Myrick working with the Civitas Institute in Raleigh has developed a website called “Mapping the Left”—a database of left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups, funders and individuals that work in coalitions and organized networks “to influence and control public policy.” For example, Equality NC “is a radical liberal political advocacy organization that lobbies the legislature in support of same-sex marriage and lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights,” described in Mapping the Left.
Civitas people expose more than 300 liberal/progressive foundations funding more than 140 leftist organizations, staffed by more than 1800 people operating in North Carolina. Sixty-five of the funders are based in this State. Contrast that with less than a dozen conservative/libertarian groups established here.
Civitas found that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is “the flagship of the Left in North Carolina.” It funnels “tens of millions of dollars a year into groups that lobby for extreme environmental policy, Common Core Standards in the schools, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and gun control.”
Of course, a supportive leftist media does not report this information. So, somehow we are led to believe that a man who decides he wants to be a woman is defined “vulnerable,” and it’s “discrimination” if it isn’t considered appropriate for him to enter and use women’s bathrooms. Thus is the tale of private parts and politics now being imposed on the normal innocent citizens of North Carolina.