Fighting the political Left

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 ( 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.


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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