#ncpol: John Locke, neutered?

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I’ve had my suspicions about what HAS or HAS NOT been going on within the John Locke Foundation lately.  The so-called hotbed of free market thought in North Carolina has been — lately — championing things like reparations and the installation of tracking devices on cars (for the purposes of taxation).

I’ve also been hearing stories about the new Swanson-Gray regime cracking down on any employee who dares to criticize big government antics of anyone in Raleigh with an R next to their name.  I hear Becki Gray herself has been censoring and spiking all kinds of pieces that may make either Jones Street or Blount Street unhappy. 
I got a mailer the other day from the JLF touting their “Candidate Education Forum.”:

“Reliably conservative elected officials are retiring! We must educate and inspire a new generation of principled leaders!”jlf-logo-print

And who is the “face” — the spokesman — for this particular JLF campaign?  Phil Kirk — the grandaddy of North Carolina RINOs himself.  

For those not familiar with Kirk, just browse on over to his eponymous web site.   Kirk was top aide to three nice guys — Jim Martin, Jim Holshouser, and Jim Broyhill — but big-time RINOs.  He was appointed to the state board of education by Governor Jim Hunt (wsnip-snipho also praises Kirk in a blurb on Kirk’s website), and continued to serve there well into Mike Easley’s first term.

Check out some of the positions he advocates in op-eds posted on his website:

  • in support of Common Core
  • in support of Pat McCrory’s ConnectNC bond issue
  • praising the leftist Wake County school board

Is this where conservatism in North Carolina has come?  Have we gone from John East, Jesse Helms, and Lauch Faircloth to THIS?   The folks at Locke like to portray themselves as the last bastion of rebellion inside the beltline against the welfare state.  How does that image maintain any credibility when your public “face” is that of the granddaddy of all RINOs?

9 thoughts on “#ncpol: John Locke, neutered?

  1. Is RINO Phil Kirk that surprising after Locke brought in King RINO Haley Barbour, one of the biggest enemies of conservatives in country, to speak at one of their luncheons a few months ago? The despicable dirty tricks, lies, and race baiting that Barbour pulled, along with his nephew Henry, in the Mississippi Senate primary runoff against conservative Chris McDaniel last year make him one of the most vicious and dishonest anti-conservatives in the country. What the heck is Haley Barbour doing at a ”conservative” event in North Caorlina?

  2. Correct. JLF is worthless now, poor ol’ John Locke fallen by the wayside and relegated to dispensing the Kool-Aid to the unsuspecting public and those that should know better. That’s too bad.

    As our Constitutional republic weakens by the day at the hands of both parties, here in the occupied territory of Mecklenburg the main topic of upmost importance and discussion at the MECKDEC (the Charlotte region’s version of the JLF website) is which airline routes are being added and taken away from Charlotte-Douglas International, they post that nonsense ad nauseam.

    I guess all that’s left as a clearinghouse for information of the goings on down at the 16 Jones St bordello in Raleigh is The Daily Haymaker.

    Back in the day the John Locke reported out: Democrat corruption and shennanigans bad. (When the D’s were in charge)

    Today’s John Locke: Republican corruption and shenanigans good! (now that the Rs are in charge)

    Might bring some to the conclusion that there is no opposition party, but rather the Political Ruling Class and Oligarchs vs We The People.

  3. Anyone want to take a guess on whom said this? A top Senate Republican has admitted Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States is a “huge mistake”. Yep, Dallas Woodhouse’$ main man Dick Burr! Any paid RINO supporting Dick Burr after all the crap he has pulled with OBAMACARE, Thad Cochran, voting to exempt himself and staff from the cost of Obama Care, and cloture for Loretta Lynch should be removed from office!

  4. Since they are still for the wasteful taxpayer money going to the paid papers in regards to public notices . I have tried to talk to them about helping try to get public notices into 2015 standards not 1949 standards but nothing from Locke foundation.

  5. Has JLF run out of steam? What are they contributing to the public discourse? If they disappear, what will we lose?

    1. If they want to impose liberal Phil Kirk on NC conservatives, who will it be next that they bring in? John Boehner? Eric Holder? Harry Reid? Bill Clinton?

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