“Us” by Paul Genova – a great take on why so many of us are quietly, thoughtfully and productively conservative…

“US” by Paul Genova

(Mr. Paul Genova – President and Chief Operating Officer of Wireless Telecom Group Inc.)

I haven’t said too much about this election since the start, but this is how I feel….

I’m noticing that a lot of people aren’t graciously accepting the fact that their candidate lost.

In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those who voted for Trump.

Some are apparently “triggered” because they are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.

How did this happen you ask? Well here is how it happened!

You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.

You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.

You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.

You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.

You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

You created “us” when you attacked our flag

You created “us” when you took God out of our schools.

You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.

You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.

You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.

You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.

You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.

You created “us” the silent majority

You created “us” when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.

You created “us” when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.

You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

You created “us” when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.

You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.

And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

With ballots, not riots.

With ballots, not looting.

With ballots, not blocking traffic.

With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of “us”

“YOU” created “US”…

Congressman Patrick McHenry needs your help this Tuesday in Asheville area town hall…

Update – please note that notice was received on Monday, 31 July 2017, that Congressman McHenry is ill and will need to reschedule the event. Thank you for your interest – we will keep you posted!

 

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dear Buncombe Republicans and our partners in good governance:

Yesterday we received confirmation, that this coming Tuesday, 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry will be holding a town hall meeting (2:00/Land of Sky Shrine Club/39 Spring Cove Road/Swannanoa) for his constituents in the Asheville area. In view of what happened last year, we need to strengthen our conservative presence at the meeting.

From last year’s attendees, the view was something like this – A room full of angry, loud, profane, aggressive, repetitive, disruptive, antagonistic and agenda-driven progressives doing their best to beat the host into submission and/or error. They were unsuccessful.

It is simply not fair for our Republican representative to have to stand that kind of headwind without the support or shelter of friendly faces. This is an opportunity for the BCGOP to step up with action.

Please make an effort to join me and other members of the Executive Board in walking our talk by attending the meeting. We have a strategy to counter the anticipated abuse of the sincere purpose of a town hall meeting – the civil exchange of information between leadership and constituency – for an organized effort to discredit and abuse our representative.

When dealing with emotion-driven antagonists, fighting fire with fire rarely works. Those operating out of anger and darkness draw energy from their success in stimulating like behavior in others. We want to be organized too – but in a different, more creative, and ultimately, more powerful way.

Please come, and before you do, make up a sign. It need not be fancy or perfect or much bigger than a sheet of paper. Put it on cardboard if you have some handy. It need say only one thing –

Quietly Conservative…

 

With those two words, we support our Congressman; state our position; counter the verbal violence of the opposition; and decisively mark the contrast between our approach and that of Brand-X.

Please join us. Please call a friend to join you. Patrick McHenry and his staff need your help. We all do…

Carl Mumpower, Chair

BCGOP

 

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

 

It’s tougher to wear a white hat…

OUR REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON ARE TAKING A LOT OF HEAT FOR CHALLENGING OBAMACARE. IT SHOULDN’T BE A SURPRISE. OF COURSE THEY ARE. IN AN INCREASINGLY CRAZY WORLD, IT’S TOUGH TO WEAR A WHITE HAT.

 

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

 

Republicans are America’s champions of conservatism. If you don’t believe it take a look at our Party’s state platform – a microcosm of our national platform:  http://nc.gop/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-NCGOP-Platform.pdf

Therein you will find a persisting parade of conservative principles, policies, and priorities stated in clear and courageous language. Our Party Platform stand for something almost all people can understand, embrace and count on. Importantly, it serves as a compass.

The efforts by our Republican President, Representatives, Senators and operations staff to address the imploding reality of Obamacare comes right out of this handbook.

Article X Federal Policy – 7 Understanding that individuals and households are the basis for our economic system, we support free market solutions to societal problems. Market based solutions offer the most efficient use of scarce resources to solve public goods problems. We support individual’s ability to choose private market-based solutions to retirement, health insurance, worker’s rights, or any other public goods or infrastructure issues.

Our Republicans are attempting to craft and establish a healthcare policy that gives primary consideration to our conservative belief that free enterprise and competition fix most people problems faster, better and more surely than heavy-handed governmental interventions. Look at essentially any government service or entity for confirmation of this conservative principle. Read any letter from the IRS to set our thinking in stone.

Obamacare is about making government bigger and people smaller. Less we forget, remember that “mandate” stands at the foundation of this misbegotten plan. Forced participation is necessary to sustain the ruse. In fact, when the Congressional Budget Office projects the gazillion people who will lose healthcare coverage if Obamacare is appealed, they are specifically referencing all the people who will no longer be forced into a decision between getting coverage on their dollar or paying fines to Uncle Sam.

After all, one of the main reasons for the extraordinary rises in private health insurance comes directly from government – forced mandates that impair competition and encourage abuse and the persistent underfunded status of Medicaid and Medicare. In what amounts to a hidden tax increase, private insurance payers are forced to indirectly subsidize these government programs – not fair – not open – not honest – not sincere.

Have you noticed how so many people complained about Obamacare for so long? Now that Republicans are attempting to do something about it, the polls are indicating public Obamacare favor. Perhaps the polls are bogus – there’s some history of that – but the broader reason is that most everyone likes the fantasy of something for nothing and we don’t like to give it up when we get it.

That was, after all, the whole marketing plan of Obamacare – everyone gets something for nothing. Promises included low premiums, the option to keep your own plan, expanded Medicaid coverage paid for out of a bucket of magic money, and then perhaps the most egregious deception of all – our new healthcare reality is going to be inexpensive, accessible and comprehensive. That there is no such reality anywhere in the world got lost in the hype. Out of the three – one can only pick two.

Our Republicans were thus set up to fail from day one. They were expected to come up with a plan that was three for three. That the Democrats couldn’t do it and Obama didn’t do it has been conveniently lost in the exhalations of “failure” being echoed by every liberal talking head in America.

So there it lies – our Republicans have been attempting an impossible task without support, encouragement or sincerity from any quarter. They’ve stood alone and worked far harder than most of us are able to see to chart a sustainable healthcare solution.

That’s what people who wear white hats do. They stand for something and try to get it done. They don’t always win – but it still matters. And there’s always another day…

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

A bit ironic – Socialist activists embracing capitalism?

Chair’s note – BCGOP Member-at-Large Tim Elkin recently brought to our attention that Democracy NC has further unveiled their cloaked agenda – more power for progressives. That bit of news will not come as a surprised, but we thought you might appreciate the irony in their using capitalism to pull off the caper.

Below is a copy of a post recently placed on the Buncombe County Young Democrats Facebook page. Note the professionally produced protest sign in the photo above and this recent effort to pay money to people to canvass and knock on doors in support of Democracy NC agendas.

It’s called speaking from both sides of your mouth – and to the extent you can’t get to good places through bad means, it’s revealing.

The point for Republicans is that our opposition – Brand-X – operates from a “ends justifies the means” value system. We don’t. Countering activists willing to use any means in their disposal to win requires that those who stand against them do so with consistency, enthusiasm and a firm dedication to the core values we promote.

We don’t really care what they do – except to the extent it points out the importance of what we do…


“Even if you are on the right track – you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

Republican unity is important and our platform is the key…

It comes as no surprise that we live in a time of strong divisions. The struggle between the left and right is in persistent evidence. Unfortunately, at times, the struggle between the right and right (what we might call traditional Republicans and activist Republicans) is equally evident. It’s important we get on top of that division.

There are many paths to unity, but for 21st century Republicans, there is one standout – our Republican Party Platform.

Have you looked at it lately? Both the state and national versions are extraordinarily clear, moral, mature, realistic, and reasoned. The manner in which Republicans have come together and crafted these remarkable compasses is cause for celebration – and dedication.

Here’s a link to the just refreshed NCGOP Republican Party Platform – consider a quick review.

The Republican Party is fully capable of having unity without uniformity. It’s in three shared mission we find firmest traction-

  1. The relentless pursuit of the solid aspirations found in our Republican Party Platform.
  2. The recognition that we must build on our shared values with more enthusiasm than we fence over our occasional differences.
  3. The awareness that the true and consistent enemies to the future of our country reliably have a (D) after their name – not an (R).

As we face the challenges that lie before us, please remember importance of that word we share at the end of each BCGOP Executive Committee meeting – together. We have to work together to successfully combat the harms of the left. The foundation for that unity is firmly linked the the Republican Party Platform. It’s the dynamic value-driven compass that guides all we do…

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

 

A-B Tech Republican conservatives begin quiet protest…

Chair’s note – Today’s education system – top to bottom – is almost universally dominated by progressive-liberal-socialists advocating their political preferences or passive administrators serving as enablers. The end game is an exchange of the crucial importance of teaching the liberal arts for the dark mission of teaching students to be liberals. Locally, A-B Tech and UNC-A are not an exception. A small growing group informally calling themselves the Buncombe Millennial Republicans has begun the process of addressing that wrong. Today, members of the group who are A-B Tech students began posting a “Quietly Conservative” note on the bulletin boards and numerous doors being used by a host of professors as billboards for their liberal agenda. Check out the example at the bottom of the picture below-

Thanks is due to these young men and women who are willing to softly begin making a hard point – “You guys are corrupting our education system – and we’re going to challenge you.”

Look for a similar undertaking by the campus Republicans at UNC-A when their semester begins in the fall.

 

-Here’s a link to an earlier BCGOP posting on the liberalization of our local universities-

 

If you’re an A-B Tech student who’d like some “Quietly Conservative” printouts of your own, let us know. We’ll be happy to get you confidentially in touch with some local young Republican conservatives with a courage button.

In the mean time we encourage A-B Tech’s administrators to hit the library and lookup the old “Where’s Waldo?” children’s book series. You’ll find clues on how to find conservative students surviving in your unchecked culture of liberalism.

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

W.N.C. has two servant leaders…

Chair’s note – Based on the checklist above, the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts are blessed to have two servant leaders. Both have received recent national attention for exemplary demonstration of such. The BCGOP is grateful for the opportunity to bring their service to your attention and invites you to share this post with your friends and others concerned for the future of our communities, region, state and nation.

With this mission in mind, may I offer one additional observation? Though we wish it were possible, there is no human reality where consistent compatibility is an achievable goal – anything beyond 80% is exceptional. A careful voting review of the voting records of both our Congressional representatives reveals a 90%+ sincerity to our Party’s stated platform and principles. Is there room for improvement? Always. Is there a chance of perfection? Never – in any of us. As we press on with our priority of uniting Republicans (and our conservative partners in good governance), please remember that perfection can be the deadly enemy of the good. We are working hard to find positive ways to support our elected officials and privately address votes that seem to drift from our Party’s platforms and principles. In the interim, please remember that when it comes to a choice between Brand-X elected officials who are 90%+ against your conservative values and Republicans who are 90%+ in support, there really isn’t a choice.  cm

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McHenry steps up as Scalise recovers: He will face some of House Republicans’ toughest votes yet while the majority whip recuperates.

By RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN

Rep. Patrick McHenry could be on the hook for helping to convince an extremely divided GOP conference to pass the Senate’s potentially more moderate Obamacare replacement. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

POLITICO MAGAZINE

Rep. Patrick McHenry is about to be thrust into the spotlight during one of the most sensitive — and consequential — moments of the year for House Republicans.

McHenry, a skilled vote counter who currently serves as chief deputy majority whip, will temporarily take over for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, whose return to the House may be weeks or months away after he was shot last week.

That means McHenry could be on the hook for helping to persuade an extremely divided Republican Conference to pass the Senate’s potentially more moderate replacement for Obamacare, as well as passing a 2018 budget and raising the federal debt ceiling — some of the most contentious votes of the year.

At the same time, McHenry is grappling with the tragedy of what happened to Scalise, his close friend. The North Carolina Republican spent hours in a Washington hospital awaiting updates after last week’s horrific incident, and lawmakers said he was visibly shaken by the tragedy.

In a brief interview Monday, McHenry said Scalise built the whip team for success when he picked his deputy whips and his staff, and McHenry said they’ll work closely together to “get the job done” in Scalise’s absence.

“The whip team will remain strong and continue to do what Steve set us out to do, and we’ll be ready for when he returns,” McHenry said. “He’s going to be missed, but he’s set a standard for what’s expected and we know what we need to do to get the job done.”

Please click here to continue – http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/19/mchenry-scalise-house-republicans-whip-239724

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FOX news reached out to Congressman Meadows on continuing efforts to find traction with a sustainable Republican healthcare plan. You’ll be impressed with the excellent common sense approach he takes to a tough interview. Lots to be proud of. Check out the link below-

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5503284730001/?playlist_id=930909826001#sp=show-clips

Here’s some more information from Congressman Meadow’s office on his take on current events with healthcare deliberations and their effort to keep our promises to the American people and advance President Trump’s agenda.

  1. Let’s keep working in August until we have results. #NoResultsNoRecess and finish workon repealing and replacing Obamacare to lower premiums for all Americans.
  2. Many of us in Congress understand that there are some who like their Obamacare plans—but even to those people, we can’t honestly look them in the face and assure them that their plan will be viable in 2-3 years, or even next year.
  3. Look at what’s happening to the market, the system is not sustainable. For us to leave Obamacare in place as is would be just as much a disservice to those who like their plan right now as it would be to the countless Americans currently suffering under Obamacare.
  4. We know that full repeal of Obamacare just doesn’t have the votes at this time, so our priority is to pass a bill that brings down costs & provides greater consumer choice – Sen. Ted Cruz’s consumer choice amendment is a common sense approach to achieving that. The Cruz amendment would allow HHS to grant waivers to states that allows insurance companies to offer an unlimited number of non-ACA compliant health plans if they also offer at least one “qualified health plan” (QHP) in both silver and gold coverage levels.This will allows consumers to choose plans that best meet their needs: i.e. a young person could simply purchase a catastrophic plan, or if someone who doesn’t plan to get pregnant or have a spouse who will can choose a plan without maternity coverage. Essentially, insurance companies could sell any kind of plans consumers want. This reestablishes an actual health care marketplace that creates competition and drives down costs for consumers. History shows that when you introduce forces of consumer choice to the market—or as Senator Paul says, “connect the consumer to the product,”—prices ultimately go down.
  5. Under the amendment, Obamacare’s insurance regulations are maintained, including preexisting conditions coverage. Consumers would have the option to buy plans subject to these regulations on Obamacare’s exchanges – rather than be required to. Whether you love or hate the AHCA, BCRA, or the ACA, the reality is that the status quo is unsustainable. The Obamacare marketplaces are collapsing and the status quo is unsustainable.
  6. Premiums would be 20% lower by 2026–that is our vocal point. The CBO is trying to project consumer habits, which is difficult to do–our goal is to lower premiums on the market so that everyone has the freedom of access. (Exact figures: 20% higher in 2018, 10% higher in 2019, 30% lower in 2020, and 20% lower in 2026)
  7. Obviously lots of chatter about “22 million people losing insurance.” The actual correct way of phrasing this: CBO says that by 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under the ACA. Just for reference–we’re not talking about a universal coverage utopia under the ACA that’s being ruined by the BCRA. There will be almost 30 million uninsured under Obamacare as is. That system is unequivocally broken. The difference between this plan and current law: People won’t be forced to pay a fine without insurance and a large portion of this 22 million CBO number is a reflection of people opting out of buying insurance due to no individual mandate (the AHCA CBO verbatim admitted this).
  8. There’s been a note or two about the new bill affecting middle-income ($56,000) people in their 50’s and early 60’s (premiums going up from $6,000 to around $20,000 a year for silver plans, for example). We support Senator Thune’s proposal about extending the tax credit program to the older non-Medicare population
  9. A final note – 5 states released their proposed Obamacare premium increases. Their facts mark our concerns perfectly-
  1. Maryland (BCBS): 52%
  2. New York (BCBS): 49%
  3. Virginia (Cigna): 45%
  4. Connecticut (Anthem): 34%
  5. Delaware (BCBS): 34%

Many thanks to Congressmen McHenry and Meadows. Their service model mirrors the dictionary definition noted below…

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

Ignore the Brand-X frowns-there’s lots to smile about…

NO MATTER WHAT BIASED MEDIA OUTLETS, ACTIVIST LIBERALS AND HABITUAL NAYSAYERS TELL YOU, PLEASE IGNORE THE PESSIMISM. THIS YEAR’S REPUBLICAN LEAD GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAD A GREAT RUN!

Representatives of the BCGOP attended Monday’s 11th District GOP meeting in Asheville. State Representative Mike Clampitt and Senator Chuck Edwards were the guests and they gave us a rundown on some of the good things that happened in Raleigh during this session. Please consider sharing this post with your friends – especially the one’s who remind you of schoolyard bullies who believe it’s got to go their way or no way. Give them a big smile on us – there lots for everyone to be happy about!

Here’s a short list of some of the good things that Mike and Chuck tell us were accomplished-

  1. Secured a AAA bond rating – 1 of only 12 states?
  2. Reversed more of the bureaucratic entrenchments that had been secured under 140 years of continuous Democratic control
  3. Achieved a No. 1 tax rating by several tax-friendly rating agencies
  4. Secured a 580 million dollar budget surplus last year
  5. Successfully overrode the majority of Governor Cooper’s veto’s (isn’t this the guy that always says he want to cross the isle)
  6. Stopped his practice of hiring private attorney’s – now must rely on his staff to sue North Carolina (ironic isn’t it?)
  7. Followed the NC Constitution in limiting his appointment powers (he’s got the media, he doesn’t need our help to stack the deck)
  8. Implemented district elections in Asheville and created the potential for balanced representation (7-0 has been fine with those in power)
  9. Saved Asheville’s bacon with a law limiting liability for impact fees collected without specific language in their municipal code
  10. Hit a wall of liberal judges on voter ID law – jumped back on our feet with eyes forward on ways to defeat that artificial impairment
  11. We have the 2nd largest solar footprint in the country behind California – kept this lobby from reaching deeper into our pockets
  12. Under Dems the 2010 K-12 Education Budget was 7 Billion – ours was 8.7 this year and will be 9 next. (who’s the teachers real friend?)
  13. We’ve given teachers 4 consecutive pay raises – they were under an extended drought under the Democratic majority
  14. We have moved from 43rd or so to 15th or so in teacher pay rankings.
  15. Expanded MAHEC funding to the tune of 15.5 million (train our family physicians)
  16. Fully funded K-12 and University system growth projections
  17. 99% of North Carolina citizens got a state tax cut this year!
  18. Embraced responsibility to address long-standing Democratic pattern of habitually under-funding state employee retirement plans/benefits
  19. Intentionally and successfully sought opportunities to active reduce number of full-time state employees.
  20. This one was doubly impressive – we are actively pursuing “the snakes under the rocks” whereby NC’s state bureaucracies waste money, hide budgetary manipulations and otherwise abuse the taxpayer. (it’s called spring cleaning and it’s hard thankless work – thanks!)

Please bear with us if we missed a fact or two as we took notes last night. Let us know if we missed something – more importantly, let your friends know about the good things that happened this year – and thank the Republican ladies and gentleman who made it happen.

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

Public radio gives BCGOP debate offer fair coverage…

Blue Ridge Radio is the newer name for public radio in Western North Carolina. Matt Bush is the new News Director. He and the BCGOP Chair had an opportunity to sit down recently and discuss our organization’s invitation (http://buncombegop.org/2017/06/debate-lets-risk/) to open political debate.

You might find the 2 minute interview of interest. Here’s a link – http://bpr.org/post/buncombe-county-gop-head-lets-debateill-even-donate-charity-get-you

We appreciate the opportunity and the fair hand BPR applied to the interview.

Liberal media bias is shifting to dedication…

“If I haven’t made it clear, let me do so now. The behavior of much of the media, but especially The New York Times, was a disgrace. I don’t believe it ever will recover the public trust it squandered.”

Michael Goodwin, Chief Political Columnist for The New York Post and former City Hall Bureau Chief for The New York Times – Imprimis/June, 2017 – The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards

 

July 10, 2017

From:       BCGOP

To:           Buncombe County Republicans and our friends in good governance

Subject:   Media Bias

Bias is a vulnerability we all suffer. It is a natural human quality to lean in the direction of our own personal preferences – thus the need for professional standards of conduct that restrain that tendency. Journalists have such a code, and it can be reduced to five filters – Truth and Accuracy; Independence; Fairness and Impartiality; Humanity; and Accountability.

There was a time when these five standards were part and parcel to the conscience of most journalists. We do not live in that time. We live in a time where most mainstream journalists have tricked their conscience into what they believe is an even higher calling – Advocacy.

Though it matters to conservatives that most journalist bias is directed against us and for the misguided missions of the progressive-liberal-socialist movement, it would still matter if this equation was reversed. We need journalists who believe in and professionally perform within the constraints of these five filters.

Most references and objective measurements indicate an 80-20 liberal bias in today’s media. What you may not know is that this imbalance is marked by an even darker reality – a majority of mainstream media outlets have shifted from denied bias to orchestrated dedication.

Having been markedly unsuccessful in reading and controlling the national temperament – as evidenced by the election of President Trump as a conservative voice – the media is doubling down on their enthusiasm for the left and denigration of the right. They have given up on the 50% of us who think, act and vote from conservative principles and concentrate on those holding an opposite view. All pretense of objectivity has been abandoned in favor of a new journalistic code – the Advocacy mentioned above.

That matters because journalists are any free society’s source of light. Bad things grow in the dark.

Those five standards represent five fingers that we need on the switch of illumination. They all play a crucial role in keeping us aware, smart and focused on a future of hope and possibilities.

What can conservatives do? Start by applying those five standards/filters to everything you read and see through the media. You will quickly find that the vast majority of mainstream media outlets are happy with a two out of five showing. That’s good enough for baseball – not for the future of our country.

From there we are free to reward journalistic integrity with support and encouragement. Challenge journalistic ethics failures with letters, conversation, phone calls and a refusal to fund repeatedly biased journalistic sources. Boycott those who are betraying their own journalistic code for the short-term gain and satisfaction of a dedication to biased advocacy.

Republicans hold their own stated dedication to reality, reason, responsibility and right. Those four filters serve as a reliable compass. It’s important to remember that today’s liberal medial bias will eventually trip over its own lack of realism. Our task now is to resist the bias – our task in the future will be to resist similar temptations in our own favor. America needs an ethical hand on the light switch…

Carl Mumpower, Chair

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save