#ncpol: Throwing stones in glass houses
In 2010 and 2012, Republicans took over in Washington and Raleigh promising to be better than the other bunch that had been running the place. How have they done? Let’s see:
- A state senator sits under state and federal indictment for using his lobbyist-supplied campaign fund as a personal piggy bank.
- Numerous members of the state House leadership have been caught dead-to-rights paying for “international travel,” “salaries” for themselves and family, and thousands of dollars in clothes with campaign funds. (No one has been indicted. No one has been asked to resign.)
- There is an, um. amazing correlation between high-dollar donations to the McCrory reelection campaign and appointments to administration posts.
- There have been serious allegations of pay-to-play in the state House — bills following a path determined by who cut the biggest check. Complaints have been made. No one has been investigated. No one has been asked to resign.
- We had a duly elected state party chairman run out of office on a rail amidst a flurry of unsubstantiated allegations that suggested criminal activity. He’s gone, a stooge is in his place, and we’ve heard no more about an investigation of the former chairman on those allegations that drew so much, um., “outrage.”
- We have a US senator running for reelection whose campaign makes payments to his brother-in-law who just happens to lobby the federal government. Said lobbyist’s wife is the treasurer of said senator’s “leadership PAC” — aka “shakedown fund.” No one appears to have a problem with that.
- We have a sitting member of Congress representing this state who can’t seem to tell the truth about what he did for a living prior to running for office.
- Now comes congressman Robert Pittenger, under investigation by the FBI and IRS, with details that appear to indicate an improper — arguably illegal — raid on his personal business bank accounts to finance his 2012 campaign. We knew about the probe prior to his contested primary in July, but state party leaders said nothing. Now, we’re headed into a general election with the chance that one of the state GOP’s top leaders may get dragged off the campaign trail by federal agents.
You look at all that and then you hear of all the smug hypocrite politicos condemning Donald Trump about that 11 year old tape of two guys talking. The bullet points above indicate possible violations of the law — some with more meat or evidence than others. Apparently, some serious thumbing of the nose at the law. And Trump used crude language.
Granted, the use of crude language should be condemned. But I really don’t want to hear it from (a) the same folks who tell us to ‘get over it’ when we complain about how filthy and crude pop culture has become, or (b) folks who have a serious track record of mealy-mouthedness and very dark ethical — potentially criminal — clouds hanging over their heads.
(REPUBLICAN isn’t much good without strong ties to ETHICS and CONSERVATISM.)
How do you change it? The Democrats want you to hand things over to them. Remember Jim Black? Remember Frank Ballance? It didn’t work so well under them. We do this with a change of culture in DC and Raleigh. We do it with new blood from outside the political mafia that doesn’t have designs on the contents of your wallet. We do it by getting educated on the issues, staying informed, and letting these miscreants know, like Roger Daltrey said, We Won’t Get Fooled Again.
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“We Won’t Get Fooled Again.” I wish that were true.
Here is something far more disgusting than that old locker room tape of Trump, and it was done far more recently, and in a political context by Richard Burr, the disgusting dishonest race baiting ads in the Mississippi Senate runoff that Burr and six other Senators (the Shameful Seven) paid for:
There are links to audios of the actual race baiting ads Burr paid for to try to stampede black Democrats into voting in a Republican Senate runoff in that British newspaper article.
If Rockin’ Robin Hayes wants to criticize a GOP candidate for something truly disgusting, he needs to focus on Burr and what he did in 2014 in Mississippi, not something Trump said 16 years ago when Trump was a Democrat.
What Hayes did is incredibly dumb politically. The main impact it may have on voting is running some Trump stalwarts into abandoning the rest of the GOP ticket. Dumb move, Robin, really dumb!
These Republicans acting as if Trumps words insult them, in effect insult and expose themselves as it shows the disservice they are willing to impose on their on children and grandchildren. Not my kind of soldier in this ideological war we are in. Either you are for individual liberty and freedom or you are not. You are either for bigger gov’t or you are not. Either you are willing to defend a constitution applicable to “we the people” or you are not. Anyone, like him or not, who runs away from Trump in this battle is a Benedict Arnold. PERIOD!!!! Holding ones nose to vote is not fatal or most Trump supporters would already be dead.
A state party chairman ought to be concerned about real issues, like about what Hillary Clinton would do to our courts:
Personality issues like the Trump tape are inconsequential to policy, and policy is what matters. Another 4-8 years of far left judicial appointments (which we can we sure that the spineless Senate GOP of people like Mitch McConnell and Richard Burr will do nothing to stop) will give the Democrats complete control. Hillary can do whatever radical things she wants with her pen and phone, and the leftwing judges will let her. That is what this election is about, not some nothingburger of a locker room comment tape.
When a GOP official starts voting like a Democrat, they have committed party disloyalty, and there are grounds to ditch them, but that is not what happened here. Trump is saying the right things on the real issues. It is a petty personality issue that has got the liberal media and the scared little girls of the GOP establishment’s panties in a twist.
Robin Hayes echoed Hillary Clinton’s talking points in an NCGOP press release to damage our presidential candidate. That is party disloyalty. If Hayes had an ounce of integrity he would resign. If not, he needs to be removed from office. He has marked himself as a Hillary Republican.
Trump was far from my first choice, but he is our only chance to stop the ruin of our country by Hillary. Republicans who support Hillary by their actions need to be run out of the party.
Hayes is just one example of the illegitimate, corrupt, and pathetically inept leadership in the Republican Party. We need to tear the structure of this party down and rebuild it or kick it to the curb and start again.
Trump was not my first choice in the primary, but he has made promises about court nominations. Hillary Clinton’s court nominations would destroy this country for at least a century and to be honest would fundamentally destroy this country forever.
Hayes, Ryan, McConnell, McCain and a many other Republicans constitute a pile of sh!t just as odorous as any pile of defecation made up of Democrats. The lack of perspective by these horrible leaders within our party is almost beyond comprehension.
Sorry, missed the comments from Robin Hayes taking down Trump. Can someone post them.
Ron Margiotta—Wake Cty.
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