What’s the story in North Carolina?

“The truth is our local media just don’t like Republicans, especially when the GOP happens to be in charge of state government,” writes Rep. Nelson Dollar. Mr. Dollar from Cary, N. C. represents House District 36 and he is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I think he is on to something, but he’s being too nice. I’ll rephrase the thought.

Press reports promote rallies by angry, ignorant left-wing gangs, hostile statist interest groups, and rabidly anti-Republican commentators who spew hatred toward our state legislators and the governor because of the decisions they made in North Carolina during the past two years to correct the damage done during the last 20 years of irresponsible, corrupt Democrat control.

Rep. Dollar summarizes the legislative accomplishments to correct the generally “misreported, slanted and biased” news from Raleigh. (link) To get the other side of the story one must search the “alternative” media. Fortunately it’s out there. Readers need to dig deeper if they are interested.

For example, although they worry about North Carolina, you’ll find distorted information in the New York Times that matches their liberal bias. Sue Myrick, writing for the N. C. Civitas Review, wonders why they care so much. She explains how Bob Hall, Times “projects editor” used talking points for a “hodge-podge of criticism” from left-wing Democracy NC in a “nasty little guest column” about “voter suppression” in our state—a favorite theme with leftist liars. (link)

During the past few months Rev. William Barber, ring-leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People N. C. Chapter, has waged a “justice” crusade, he calls “moral Monday’s,” against our state legislators. The Republican legislature left several gored, political oxen in Raleigh and the Reverend has been sprinkling the blood around the state like Holy water.

Barber and company preach hatred for Republican legislators to “thousands.” At missions in the state’s Congressional districts they protest “the extreme ‘mean-spirited’ legislation that attacked teachers, unemployed workers (an oxymoron), voting rights and the environment.”

So wrote Associated Press writer Mitch Weiss from Charlotte this week. He also told readers that Barber’s demagoguery is a “major movement…uniting coalitions fighting for social, economic and environmental justice over divisive legislation” by Republicans. I’m sure Weiss buys this emotional bilge about cosmic justice—I find it undefinable and irrational. Other sources explain what’s behind all this turmoil.

John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation a Raleigh think-tank, explains why “voters in the Tar Heel State turned right” in a recent National Review article titled “Carolina Comeback.” Hood gives an historical perspective and the reason why most North Carolina voters, although out-spent by Democrats and voting in districts they drew, decided to change the direction of state politics. (link)

Rick Martinez, a common sense columnist writing at the editorially left-leaning Raleigh News & Observer earlier this year, explained how the newly elected Gov. Pat McCrory had to fix the inherited Democrat “mess”—debt and excessive spending (mixed with sundry corruption). (link) Education spending—or not—has brought volatile responses from powerful and noisy lobbies clamoring to restore imaginary “cuts” in their fiefdom.

Senator Phil Berger, president Pro Tem, (and others outside the liberal-dominated press) has set straight the record on education reform and spending to counter the “dishonest but powerful interests in Raleigh.” Although they talk about low salaries, less job security and less help from “teaching assistants,” Sen. Berger points out that we spend “$5 billion to provide our state’s teachers a package of salary and benefits worth an average of $55,264 for 10 months of employment.” (link)

Finally, a few days ago, Gov. McCrory explained why he signed the voter ID and election reform law in North Carolina. He says it’s “common sense,” unfortunately lacking on his left. This law will help to make our elections fairer. It gives each of us legitimate voters a little more confidence that our vote will not be cancelled out by a fraudulent voter. There will be nothing to prevent authorized voters from exercising their right.

Gov. McCrory cites a Federal Election Reform commission report “Building Confidence in the U. S. Elections,” he notes the statement supporting North Carolina’s election law: “The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters.” (link)

With the openly fraudulent activity from the leftist groups opposing our legislators and governor here in North Carolina, we will need all the safeguards we can get to help detect and deter their deceit and chicanery.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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