“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” — Joseph Goebbels
“What is happening is that Obama’s unpopularity is being trumped by the Republican legislature’s unpopularity. North Carolina’s middle-of-the road electorate is expressing its displeasure at what Tillis calls the “conservative revolution” in Raleigh.[…]” — Rob “RielleWHO?” Christensen
[…] All of this is being nervously watched by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, who will likely face re-election in two years.
McCrory ran as a center/right business pragmatist. That is how he governed as Charlotte mayor, and that is the tradition of North Carolina’s last two Republican governors, Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin.
But McCrory has been overshadowed in Raleigh by a highly ideological legislature that has pushed one of the most conservative agendas in the country.
McCrory has not offered a coherent message, at times embracing the legislature and at other times distancing himself from it. It is a political straddle in which he is trying to both hold his party’s conservative base while appealing to more moderate swing voters.
It is often perplexing, and his poor polling numbers suggest it is not working very well.
At times he comes across as a Republican moderate, declining, for example, to demagogue the court ruling legalizing gay marriage. But his office has been trumpeting the “A” rating he received from the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank founded by industrialist Charles Koch. The other three GOP governors who received an A define the outer reaches of conservative state leadership: Sam Brownback of Kansas, Paul LePage of Maine and Mike Pence of Indiana.
It would be as if former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue was touting a rating from an ultra-liberal national group rating her and California Gov. Jerry Brown as the nation’s best governors. Even Perdue would have better sense than to do that.[…]
Ah, the Koch brothers. *We can’t beat that dead horse hard enough can we?* I guess the influence of foreigner George Soros and his financial and political influence on SO MANY institutions of the American Left is nowhere near as “disturbing” as that of these two American capitalists. (The N& O — Rob’s employer — was founded by KKK sympathizers. What does that say about Rob and all of his co-workers?)
That moderate electorate — is THAT the same one that gave Jesse Helms 30 years in the US Senate? I know Rob and his comrades tried hard to smear Mr. Helms right out of office. But the meaner and more dishonest their coverage got, the stronger Helms’s following became.
Dan Forest followed Helms’s lead and ran for lieutenant governor as a principled conservative. Rob and his henchmen tried hard to take him out, as well.
McCrory mouthed some conservative platitudes when he ran for governor. Once sworn in, Gov. Pat showed the same colors he had been showing for years in Charlotte — preferring the company and policies of Democrats over those of his own party. People are mad at him because they feel like they got duped into voting for somebody as bad — if not worse — than Walter Dalton.
People appreciate leaders who say what they are going to do, then go do it. They appreciate people who tell it like it is — instead of pretending to be something they are not.
In 2010, Republicans won a majority on Jones Street. In 2012, they won an even-bigger, veto-proof majority. (Displeasure? Nope, don’t see it.) Are Rob and his comrades suggesting that the people of North Carolina are stupid — voting in and increasing the ranks of mean ol’ conservatives bent on doing them and their loved ones harm? Perhaps they’d seen a century of what the Democrats had to offer and wanted to give the other guys a shot.
Prior to the American Revolution, England controlled information dissemination in the American colonies with an iron fist. Our Founding Fathers wrote specific language into The Constitution positioning a free press as the eyes and ears and shield of the people against a powerful government. Roughly 230 years later, that free press has come full-circle as a defender of government power.
It’s a shame that Rob and his comrades have squandered that gift bestowed upon them by our founding fathers, only to willingly become tools of statism (or rather, as some might suggest, simply “tools.”)