Throwing stones in a glass house called ‘party loyalty’

It’s been amusing to hear from all of the College Republicans and their recent alumni taking shots at me in order to please their hero David Lewis.  It’s amazing how much you THINK you know at 22-23 years old.  best-college-nerd-movies

*It’s amazing that a guy who claims to champion conservatism is so gung-ho for a Democrat speaker* is an example of some of the feedback I’ve been getting.  For the record, I never said I want a Democrat speaker.  I want leadership in my state legislature that puts ethics, honesty, respect for the law. respect for the people back home, and a disdain for big government ahead of their and their cronies’ selfish interests.  We have yet to see that.  The “unanimous” vote last week made it clear we won’t be seeing much of it over the next two years, either. hug

It’s amazing how much butt-hurt there is out there for this site’s criticism of Republican politicians.  Why aren’t these same people angry about the fact that Nelson Dollar and Tim Moore allowed a sketchy Democrat lobbyist linked to the even-sketchier Wayne Goodwin having so much influence on the selection of committee chairmen? 

Why aren’t these people all butt-hurt about Tim Moore AND Phil Berger huddling privately with Democrat bagmen who toss them a little cash and then turn around to KILL Republicans on the local level?  Why aren’t these same people all butt-hurt about a Republican gohug.fwvernor blowing a chance to fundamentally remake state government by filling the bureaucracy with a bunch of Democrats who lined his pockets? 

Why aren’t these same diehards grabbing the torches and pitchforks over Republican politicians — who not long ago were hollering about Democrat corruption — using their lobbyist-filled campaign coffers to buy condos, dinners, vacations, and SUITS?

What about the apparent GOPe protection of certain Democrat incumbents?  Who can forget Thom Tillis phugraising Janet Cowell while she was locked in a campaign against a Republican challenger?  Or Elaine Marshall winning handily in a year when the Democrats on the council of state were getting steamrolled? 

At the end of the Tillis era in the NC House, there was a bit of a dust-up over appointments to the UNC Board of Governors.   At least one major Democrat donor magically got appointed to the board, over a number of Republican candidates, in a GOP-controlled legislature.  Said one legislator who observed that appalling display: “For the first time in my life, I watched a man lose a vote five times and STILL win the election. From now on, I am going to wait for the fat lady to FINISH singinhuntpatg before I claim something is over.  Especially in this place.”

Jeane Kirkpatrick, Reagan’s UN ambassador, was a Democrat.  Joe Mavretic, a Democrat, did a decent job as NC House speaker.  Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth were Democrats right up until just before they filed to run for the US Senate.  Party labels — or the switching of them — did nothing to impact the quality of these leaders.  These people were men — and women — of ideas and principles.  Where has that gone? patbev

In Raleigh, and DC, we have two competing cabals locked in fierce combat for other people’s money.  The struggles in your family, or in your business, or workplace, or in your community mean little to nothing to these people.  It’s about fame and cash and self-enrichment.  It will continue to be so — unless we hold them accountable.

You can’t mindlessly vote for someone and then leave them alone.  Watch them with the same intensity you’d watch your two year old child or grandchild.  (Or your ne’er-do-well brother-in-law who just got paroled.) 

That’s what we’ll be doing.  Join us.


6 thoughts on “Throwing stones in a glass house called ‘party loyalty’

  1. Party loyalty is a two way street. We expect our Republican elected officials to be loyal to party principles set out places like in the Republican platform. We do not expect them to be cheap whores to the special interests.

    Elected officials who stand by Republican principles deserve the party loyalty of GOP activists and voters, and they should receive it. Those who thumb their noses at the principles the party stands for in order to prostitute themselves to the special interests do not deserve any loyalty because they have not earned it.

    There is more to being a Republican than just having an R beside your name on the ballot. Party members and activists need to hold our elected officials feet to the fire. If they sell us out, they should be replaced in the primaries.

  2. If you can identify them, you could spend more time praising the “”good ones” . Or, building local conservative support in the tainted areas where GOPe’s reign. Enjoy your reports.

  3. Once again folks, it’s no longer an R -vs- D battle, hasn’t been for quite awhile, but more so the Political Ruling Class (PRC) -vs- We The People. The PRC is comprised of R’s and D’s cutting deals out of the public’s view for the PRC’s benefit, many of them don’t care which label wins as long as they get theirs. It has little to do with serving the public, open, honest, and transparent government. The R label should not be confused with conservatism. Has little to nothing to do with conservatism.

    The two parties exist to extract coinage from unsuspecting citizens to buy more power. We The People are not part of the equation until fundraising and election time rolls around.

    Remember there are more of We The People than there are of the PRC.

    Thankful for The Daily Haymaker. Keep up the great work informing the public!

    1. However, John, you were one of the ones in whom Republican did mean conservative, as it should. There are still a number of us there.

  4. There was a time that the College Republicans were in the staunch conservative wing of the NCGOP, but it looks like those days is over. Sad. Now they are whining about being mean to an establishment liberal like David Lewis, who deserves it for so many reasons. Have the CR’s become like so many of the other snowflakes?

    As to which side David Lewis is loyal to, all you have to do is look at the two biggest domestic issues of Obama’s legacy. The biggest is Obamacare, which the GOP platform opposes, but David Lewis was the only ”Republican” legislator in either house to support Obama care. The second biggest is the global warming / green energy scam. David Lewis is in the hip pocket of the green energy parasites, which is directly contrary to the position of the NCGOP platform but in total support of the Obama legacy.

    David Lewis’ loyalty has been to the Obama agenda, and contrary to Republican principles. David Lewis meets the test of being an Obama Republican, not someone loyal to Republican principles.

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