Another Barberism

Rev. William Barber has again shamed himself in the names of colored people and reverends with another pathetic attempt to disrupt the works of honorable folks in North Carolina.

Stooping to a new scheming low in his uncivil career Barber, head of the State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and fresh from unsuccessful assaults (and arrests) on N. C. State legislators in Raleigh, instigated (with “allied groups”) picketing Maxway and Roses stores in the State.

These stores owned by the philanthropic Pope family provide low-cost products affordable to the people Barber claims to represent, as well as jobs for many. Actually, I believe, the Rev. is supported largely by many of the usual well-off, elite liberal suspects—the political class.

Their primary responses toward political conservatives—now a majority of State government representatives—spread slander and hatred. Liberals have reason to fear the successful Pope family enterprises that help expose “progressive” corruption, fakery and hypocrisy to the general public.

Art Pope, a former State legislator and now budget director in the Gov. Pat McCrory administration, has for years been a target of local social-justice activists and their national media cohorts. Leftists fear him because he threatens efforts to regain their former power-lock on State politics. Mr. Pope is guilty of being a conservative—condemned by the Left for supporting responsible government and appropriate reforms.

Pope (and his family members) is a decent, honorable man who has given much of his time and fortune to help improve government in North Carolina. He doesn’t deserve this ill-treatment by Barber’s gang; nor do his employees who will be hurt most if these street activists succeed in impeding business at the stores.

It is a sad and shameful time in North Carolina when deceitful and immoral people attempt to politically impugn Mr. Pope’s character and success—a man who has done so much good in this State.

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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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