Does this anger mismanagement group look familiar? Antifa and ISIS differ only in weaponry & experience…

Chair’s Note – The left’s fledgling para-military branch – Antifa (an ironic acronym for ‘anti-fascist’) – is on a roll thanks to what amounts to a Carte Blanche by the  progressive-liberal-socialist movement and most media outlets. Weekend events in Berkley reveal their authentic character and mission. Similarly to the Black Lives Matter movement and other anger mismanagement groups masquerading as social justice collaborators, their ‘anything goes’ boundaries have an eerie similarity to another terror group – ISIS.  Here’s how…

Mission

ISIS                                                                   Antifa

 1) Chaos and confusion                                                    1) Chaos and confusion

 2) Power and control                                                    2) Power and control

 3) Despotic governance                                                    3) Despotic governance

Method

1 Pretense of Principle                                                   1) Pretense of Principle

          2) Deception, intimidation and fear                                            2) Deception, intimidation and fear

3) Anger and violence                                                      3) Anger and violence

 

This isn’t a joke…                                                                                                  This isn’t either…

Pay attention to Antifa and other left-minded extremists who are finding it increasingly easy to justify their anger, violence and indifference to the rule of law. A mature response? “Join the side you are on.” 

If you’re a conservative, the only game in town is the Republican Party. Join us and make us better. We’re trying hard to find positive ways to do just that in Buncombe County.

 

This was a riot in downtown Asheville. The weapon was a crowbar and the violence was directed at a public monument. All the people involved participated willingly and attempted to conceal the property damage. In the world of the angry abuser, damage to property (unpunished) is typically followed by damage to person.

14-288.2.  Riot; inciting to riot; punishments.  (a)        A riot is a public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons which by disorderly and violent conduct, or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct, results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property. (b)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (c)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class H felony, if: (1)        In the course and as a result of the riot there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury; or (2)        Such participant in the riot has in his possession any dangerous weapon or substance. (d)       Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, so that as a result of such inciting or urging a riot occurs or a clear and present danger of a riot is created, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (e)        Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, and such inciting or urging is a contributing cause of a riot in which there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury, shall be punished as a Class F felon. (1969)

 

“The best way to counter weeds is to grow good grass.”

 

An elephant you can count on – our new approach!

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LAND –

THE BCGOP IS UPPING THE GAME…

 

Chair’s note – Last evening the Buncombe County Republican Party took a unanimous step in an innovative direction. How we got there may be as important as what we accomplished. Here’s the result. If we can pull it off, we’re on the edge of doing some special things.

 

The problem-

It’s a tough time for conservative voters to find a reliable place to land. We want to help.

The search begins with a sobering reality – if you want to support conservatives there is only one shop – the Republican Party. The days of conservative Democrats passed with our entry into a new century.

Though our party is the only real conservative game in town, we also recognize that Republican elected officials are not always sincere to their stated campaign promises or the principles and platform that we hold as our standard. Candidates who run as conservatives don’t always serve as conservatives.

The outcome is two-fold. Conservative voters become discouraged and complacent and volunteers can easily divide into antagonistic camps. With the latter, a compensation battle can develop whereby one group tries to make up for the other. Supporters go to “everything’s great” extremes while the principles first group goes to “throw the bums out” extremes. With the exception of the opposition, nobody wins in this back and forth power struggle.

21st century Republican office holders are thus faced with a constant barrage of criticism from the left, biased mainstream media outlets and the need to navigate a minefield of criticism from their own side. It’s an exhausting ‘can’t win’ reality for those serving at the local, state and national level.

The ultimate outcome of this internal political friction is to reward the progressive-liberal-socialist movement (Brand-X). Confused and disenfranchised voters stay home – the propagandists of the left operate without effective competition – and lost voters get swayed by the ‘something for nothing’ fantasies of Brand-X.

The Buncombe County Republican Party is taking a positive approach to changing things.

The Solution –

Last night the BCGOP Executive Committee formally approved an ‘ELECTED OFFICIALS SUPPORT POLICY.’ It’s short, sweet and neat…

BCGOP Elected Officials Support Policy

“The best way to hinder weeds is to grow good grass.”

The Buncombe County Republican Party recognizes the importance of encouraging, supporting and promoting our elected officials and candidates. We understand these men and women are our front-line defense against the extravagance, control and immorality of the left. To put action to words, the BCGOP has identified the following steps to strengthen our relationship with our elected officials.

Our focus –

  • We seek to proactively, publicly and positively stand behind our officials and candidates at the local, state and national level.
  • The real enemy to the traditional American success equation is infinitely more likely to have a (D) after their name than an (R).
  • No elected official will achieve an idealized level of performance perfection – it’s the pattern that matters over isolated voting errors.
  • It is more possible to motivate others from a relationship grounded in concern and communication over censure and criticism.
  • It is in our NC Party’s Principles (Here’s a link!) and Platform (Here’s a link!) that we find our direction and common ground…

Our support process—

  • Step One – We seek to learn more about our Republican elected officials’ votes and communications in order to be better informed and otherwise support their governing actions.
  • Step Two – We practice the 3-1 rule – making sure that our support is consistently evidenced at a greater ratio than our constructive criticism.
  • Step Three – We work to keep a keen eye on our Party’s Principles & Platform – our compass – as a conscious and consistent source of direction and unity.
  • Step Four – When concerns arise that an elected official’s actions may be diverging from our unifying compass and/or campaign promises, the Chair, working in conjunction with other members of the Executive Committee, will raise our concerns privately and respectfully – in person, by phone, in writing or otherwise as the official requests. Individuals remain free to unofficially communicate concerns in the manner their conscience and good judgment supports.

The ultimate intent of this initiative is 3-fold—

  1. To stand by our REPUBLICANS in the face of overwhelming media/liberal attacks.
  2. To impair the temptations that divide us as we embrace methods that bring us TOGETHER.
  3. To free our collective energy for the real mission– confronting the harms of the left (Brand-X).

Thank you for your important part in helping us strengthen this effort.

____________

You can see why we’re excited. We’ve found a positive and productive way to make sure the Republican Party – at the local, state and national level – is something you can count on – our elected officials can count on – and our volunteers can count on. The only ones who won’t be able to count on us are the increasingly out-of-touch Brand-X’ers who have long delighted in the elephant’s tug-of-war…

 

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

 

A corruption of liberalism…

Chair’s note – Those who control our education system, control our future. In America today there is a purposeful and largely successful mission to confuse us on the difference in a liberal arts education and teaching our children to be liberals. Most educators are fully dedicated to the latter. Hillsdale College is a notable exception. These folks understand that a liberal arts education stands on teaching people to think; learn from history; discern truth from fabrication; and strive to contribute to the betterment of their fellow man. What follows is the pledge that the Hillsdale freshman class recites in a ceremony affirming their commitment to embrace their coming years with the passion of truth-seekers wishing to lay a good hand on the world. I thought you would enjoy knowing about this exception to the “teaching our children to be liberal’ approach in most education settings. It’s an ironic testimony to the fact that an authentic liberal arts education is an echo of conservative reason.

 

Hillsdale College Freshman Pledge

“We, the students of Hillsdale College, commit ourselves to diligent study and patient reflection. Having come to learn, we are proud to do so with integrity and will conduct ourselves with exemplary honor. As sacrifices past and present make possible our education, we too become stewards of this College for the generations yet to come. We pledge ourselves to the pursuit of truth, the love of the good, and the cultivation of beauty, for the sake of our minds and hearts and for an ennobled society. By so doing, we embrace the high calling of liberal education.”

 

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

McHenry Town Hall – you shall know them by their deeds…

Congressman McHenry held his annual Town Hall in the Land of Sky Shrine Club on Tuesday. There were 150+ in attendance. Twenty-two of whom identified as being Republican or holding conservative leanings.

We wish we could say the mission of the majority in attendance was civil discourse. Unfortunately, it went pretty much as Asheville area Town Halls tend to go – an excess of venom, finger gestures, monologues presented as questions, anger, and assumptions offered as facts.

Congressman McHenry took the stage with a positive stance and made a concerted effort to field questions in a respectful manner. The phrase – ‘grace under fire’ comes to mind.

On our end we had a couple of large banners – including the one at the head of this post and this one. We like the content and think you will too. It was our attempt to offer an alternative to the tired old negative narrative of the left –

B.C.G.O.P.

Thank you for being thoughtfully, productively, maturely and…

QUIETLY CONSERVATIVE!

 

We also brought some fans for Congressman McHenry fans. Again, we set our own positive narrative.

It was a good day for our 10th District Congressional Representative. Not an easy day, but a good one. Thanks to everyone – including BCGOP Executive Board Members Bill Lack, Patsy Gardin, Lisa Baldwin and David Shaw – for working hard to be there.

We’ll finish with a quick note on the continued shenanigans of our local daily paper. They offered up the usual front page headlined assignation piece that presented our Congressman as a bad guy and his antagonists as paragons of virtue. The message was predictable – free stuff is good and you are a bad elected official because you will not give it to us. To objective eyes the bias in the reporter’s article was dramatic. Is it possible their shrinking reader pool might be connected to that tiresome liberal bias? We hope so – and that they rethink the slide. Objective media eyes are important to America’s future.

Good and noble people have never been in a majority. That’s part of the reason it’s tough to be a conservative in today’s abnormal world. As our 10th District Congressman demonstrated, it’s OK. Conservatives understand that the counter to crazy is an accelerated dedication to normal…

 

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

President Trump was right on Charlottesville…

“Success in fighting means not coming at your opponent the way he wants to fight you.” John Locke

President Trump’s response to events in Charlottesville has been widely assailed by a parade of antagonists. They’re wrong – here’s why.

At this point our duly elected President could give a bucket of gold coins to an orphanage and predictably be chastised for the effort. Imagine the headline – “Trump tries to buy affection – hides his deep-rooted greed and indifference.”

In this case, the landing place of the President’s detractors has essentially been that he offered endorsement to the ultra-right wing KKK, skinhead, and other white advocacy groups. That’s not what he did. He called them out, but while doing so, he refused to give the other extremists a pass.

If echoing the mainstream view is the mission – that was his “mistake.” Today’s brand of American political correctness occupies precisely the same part of the brain that ISIS unleashed on those who would not surrender to their brand of political correctness. Our assassins use words versus a knife, but they are assassins nonetheless.

Note that when the stupid people on the right side do dumb stuff – everyone piles on. That includes conservatives admirably refusing to give misguided members of our loose fraternity a pass.

When stupid people on the left – and the evidence is clear by behavior that there are a lot of them – do dumb stuff, their team gives them a pass and explains to the rest of us why its OK to be violent, act out, hinder and destroy stuff. It’s called enabling. President Trump refused to bow his head and enable wrong on either side.

The picture at the lead of this post (a drone shot taken by Chad Nesbitt while he was transporting his Grandma to the doctor – he put this photo in the hands of the Police Chief) illustrates the point. In the photo you can clearly see the four vandals (public school teachers, Presbyterian ministers and/or social workers?) defacing or otherwise attempting to destroy the monument. They were arrested.

The real point of interest are the 30 or so other people aiding and abetting the crime – intentionally. Notice how they formed a phalanx that makes it difficult to see much less stop the vandalism. Did you pick up on the sheet to the left of the fearsome four? There is nothing written on that sheet. It is there for one purpose – to hide the misdeed. Actually this whole affair – per the tools used, damage to property and conspiracy to knowingly break the law – qualifies as a felony in NC. Everyone in the photographed crowd were knowing co-conspirators.

14-288.2.  Riot; inciting to riot; punishments.  (a)        A riot is a public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons which by disorderly and violent conduct, or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct, results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property. (b)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (c)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class H felony, if: (1)        In the course and as a result of the riot there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury; or (2)        Such participant in the riot has in his possession any dangerous weapon or substance. (d)       Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, so that as a result of such inciting or urging a riot occurs or a clear and present danger of a riot is created, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (e)        Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, and such inciting or urging is a contributing cause of a riot in which there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury, shall be punished as a Class F felon. (1969,

14-2.4.  Punishment for conspiracy to commit a felony. (a)        Unless a different classification is expressly stated, a person who is convicted of a conspiracy to commit a felony is guilty of a felony that is one class lower than the felony he or she conspired to commit, except that a conspiracy to commit a Class A or Class B1 felony is a Class B2 felony, a conspiracy to commit a Class B2 felony is a Class C felony, and a conspiracy to commit a Class I felony is a Class 1 misdemeanor.      (b)  Unless a different classification is expressly stated, a person who is convicted of a conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor is guilty of a misdemeanor that is one class lower than the misdemeanor he or she conspired to commit, except that a conspiracy to commit a Class 3 misdemeanor is a Class 3 misdemeanor. (1983, c. 451, s. 1; 1993, c. 538, s. 5; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 22, s. 12, c. 24, s. 14(b).)

It’s doubtful that anything will be done to hold these folks accountable. They stand on the side of the political spectrum that gives a broad pass to topless performers in our city parks, an out-of-control drug culture and public housing safety standards that should make us all ashamed.

It’s not OK, but there is a way to respond – recruit your disgusted friends to commit to changing their voter registration to Republican. 5 people did this weekend and the forms are on the way.

Donald Trump was right about this being a case of extremes and neither side deserving a pass. He’s also right to stop pretending that Black Lives Matter, Antifa and similar groups are dedicated to peace and social justice. Their devotion is to disruption as a path to power. The media’s enthusiasm for giving them a pass assures further degradation of our culture.

Most everything the left complains about in our President involves matters of style versus substance. May we suggest you can’t stylishly drain a swamp and that we should not be surprised with Charlottesville? Extremes always breed extremes – and there are more to come…

 

Why be a Republican? Because we get the American Success Equation— Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.

Rep. Patrick McHenry Asheville area Town Hall – Tuesday!

SPECIAL NOTE-

Congressman Patrick McHenry’s Asheville area Town Hall has been rescheduled!

 

The Day – Tuesday, August 22nd

The Time- 2:00 PM

The Place- Land of Sky Shrine Club

Location- 39 Spring Cove Road, Swannanoa, NC  28778

 

At least year’s 10th District Asheville area Town Hall it was clear that Brand-X made an orchestrated effort to bring disruption and discord – not dialog and discussion. This year is not expected to be an exception.

That’s why we need your help – but not to fight, fuss or fume like the opposition. We are there to simply be quietly conservative and support our Republican representative for the 10th District.

Please give some thought to joining us! We are planning some things that will make a positive statement on what Republicans stand for and our appreciation for Congressman McHenry’s service. We plan to keep cool while we do it with fans for Congressman McHenry’s fans!

You matter – and so does your representative in DC – now is a time to demonstrate it – and in a good way!

Here’s our previous post on the earlier Town Hall that was rescheduled for this Tuesday. It helps explain our mission on Tuesday.

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 this 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

Why be a Republican? Because we get the American Success Equation— Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.

“Mayor calls for Vance Monument removal” – or remodel?

Chair’s note – Former BCGOP Chairman Chad Nesbitt is not bashful in his role as an outnumbered conservative activist amidst a community of progressive antagonists. Last evening he tweeted an Asheville Citizen-Times headline – “Mayor calls for Vance Monument removal amid Confederate statute debate.” Having previously championed a LBGTQ rainbow flag on the face of City Hall, our progressive Mayor has a track record of liberal overreach – but this one admittedly was a surprise.

It turns out the story itself was an overreach. The C-T back-tracked, and the new headline is, “Confederate statue debate likely to include Vance Monument.” From the rewrite, it now appears the Mayor doesn’t want to remove the monument – she just wants to remodel it.

Can you imagine what would have happened if a Republican elected official had been at the helm? “MAYOR LIES TO PRESS – RETRACTS CATASTROPHIC DECLARATION” would have been the headline. Instead, as we stay faithful to the majority mission of being ‘quietly conservative,’ may we suggest the faux pas likely involved nothing more than a miscommunication?

Still, there is opportunity here – and we appreciate Chad’s efforts to bring the matter into the public eye…

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An addict’s appetites are insatiable…

 

Events across the nation reveal ravenous liberal hunger. Addicted to control, they can’t stop until they consume everything in their way. The end game is anarchy.

In today’s climate of media and public hysteria, everything becomes a big thing. What happened in Charlottesville was tragic, it need not define the national psyche – or uproot our history and connection to reason.

Two sides were clearly at fault that past weekend. Extremes breed extremes and this was a battle between extremists. Conservatism had nothing to do with it. Can you name one state or national elected Republican official who endorses the KKK, skinheads or racism? That’s because conservatives don’t judge a person by color – something he or she can’t control – we stick with assessing people per their choices, character, convictions and cultural commitments – things over which we have much control.

The call for removing historical monuments is part of a larger movement – or more realistically – a left-minded addiction to control. Such is the model of every despot in history – seize control and then erase everything that doesn’t fit your view of how it should be.

The Mayor’s call for a redo on the Vance Monument offers much irony. That Vance himself was a Democrat is a starting point.

Like all men, this gentleman was a less than perfect product of his times. Perhaps one day history will look back softly at our own misguided Mayor and suggest the same for her. For now, people of reason are in a position to challenge her actions more directly. We believe you – and your gubernatorial colleague in Raleigh – are wrong Mrs. Mayor. Stomping out our history is more the action of an unchecked ego than that of a free-thinking independent mind.

One can’t help but be confused by a Mayor who wants to remodel Asheville’s central landmark monument (one which next to no one associates with anything having to do with slavery or the Confederacy), yet allows the topless street party to illegally go on year after year in the same park.

Then there’s the recognition that monuments are like art – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Destroying our national landmarks is not a noble act – it’s an act of vandalism.

But OK, we understand that Asheville 7-0 super-liberal majority is in control and that desecration of the Vance Monument is on the horizon in the form of a “community driven” remodel. Conservatives are advised to do one of the best things anyone can do in the face of this kind of growing cultural insanity – continue working hard to be normal.

The ones with a real headache will be our 7-0 liberal-progressive-socialist Mayor and Council. Why? Well, because we’re clearly going to have to rename Asheville. Our namesake, NC Governor Samuel Ashe, was a plantation owner. The answer to the next question is yes...

Here’s a link to the corrected C-T article

 

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

If words could kill…

MATTHEW 7:16 – “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”

From the Chair – In the face of the horrific Charlottesville clashes this past weekend, it was interesting to receive the following letter at my home from an unidentified writer. If words could kill –

Mumpower,

     Over the years you have shown what a jerk you are, but lately with your stupidity for blindly supporting our juvenile active prez (not my president!!)

     Don’t you know what a childlike moron he is. He just wants to be petted, primped, and cottled. He does not know how to govern, he has never had government office, even dog-catcher. And he shirked military service during Vietnam because of several deferments for bone spurs in his feet. Any doctor would scoff at this nonsense. 

     He is a coward, a braggart and you are an idiot for blindly supporting him. P.S. – His wife is an Eastern European call-girl and all of his sons are stupid.

     He is going to get us all killed by taunting N. Korea – another juvenile child leaders. Hopefully they will bomb D.C. First

What’s our takeaway from this letter? It might help as a reference to the very common psychological defense known as “projection” whereby people throw their values, approach and thinking onto others. Note how this gentleman accuses traits that he demonstrates as his own.

A bigger lesson centers on grace. We will not win against such people by duplicating their behavior. Rejection, hostility, anger and violence have never been shown to be effective change or growth agents. Such are the tools of those seeking power and control – not positive influence. A young man lost his way in Charlottesville and did great harm – this gentleman demonstrates a similar level of malice, he just uses anonymous words as his weapon. Both are wrong. Doing good things in a fallen world never comes so cheaply.

 

 

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

Our partners in good governance did a good job at Congressman Meadows’ Town Hall…

From the Chair – 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows held his Asheville area Town Hall meeting this past week.

As anticipated, the behavior of many of the attendees was beneath the intended dignity of the event. It can be argued that in an age where access to and from our elected officials is unprecedented, Town Hall meetings have become a dated and even dangerous means of constituent connection. The behavior of some – arguably many – of the participants was widely disrespectful, aggressive, hostile and more devoted to show than helping anyone get in the know.

Though heavily outnumbered amidst the 400+ participants, Freedom Works and the Asheville Tea Party were there in strength. As our partners in good governance, we appreciate their efforts to uphold conservative values and support our Republican elected officials. We are not always on the same mission and methods page, but the overlap is so dramatic as clearly identify these folks as our allies in a common cause – resisting the harms of the progressive-liberal-socialist movement that maintains a strangle hold on our community.

You may recognize that handsome guy on the right as BCGOP Vice-Chair, Bill Lack. On the left side in the grey jacket is equally distinguished 11th District GOP Chair Aubrey Woodard. Our community’s Tea Party champion and NY exported bundle of energy Jane Billello can be found in the blue T-Shirt in the middle.  We are truly partners in good governance…

 

Town Hall Update!

Congressman Patrick McHenry’s Asheville area Town Hall has been rescheduled for Tuesday August 22 at 2pm, Land of Sky Shrine Club. Please plan to join us – the theme we’re planning to use to counter the anticipated animosities of Brand-X…

 

One debater was “speaking passionately” – another was “arguing” – sound familiar?

 “False words are not only evil in themselves-but they infect the soul with evil.”

Socrates

Earlier in the summer the Buncombe County Republican Party tendered a friendly challenge to other organized political groups – “We’ll debate you on your turf, in your way and time, and on any subject. Our Chair will sweeten the deal with a $100 contribution to the charity of your choice.”

The mission of this good effort was to step over the malice and open the door to civil and reasoned discourse. We believed our conservative view would stand the scrutiny. There also was some opportunity to challenge the lock of Asheville’s liberal good old boy network.

It worked.

This past Saturday we had our first debate on the resolution that funding should be increased for public education. NC State Senator Jeff Jackson spoke in favor and the BCGOP Chair Carl Mumpower spoke against. It was a solid hour and a half of back and forth and questions and answers among 140 participants, four of whom by the way, were acknowledged Republicans.

Thanks is due to the Buncombe Democratic Party and Vance Elementary school for hosting things.

There are more to come. To date 3 groups variously advocating man-made climate change; legalizing marijuana; and healthcare solutions are in the process of scheduling dates. My wife is equally busy working doubles to pay for the charitable donations.

There are funner ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than a hostile arena armed with nothing more than a few facts and your own wits (limited though they may be).

It was worth it – in spite of the uncomfortable 140 to 4 reality; catcalls and boos; and palatable hostility – it was worth it.

Our local daily was there and we appreciate the effort to shine some light on the event. We also appreciated an evident effort toward fairness in spite of the built-in constraints of liberal bias. Here’s a link to the follow-up article-

It all came down to an opportunity to stand up for truth or please the crowd. Our side got to expose a large group of people to a conservative view on not just one issue, but many. Some left as they came – angry. Others were startled or confused – but some got it. We know that per communications we’re received

If you are a fan of Senator Jackson or a conservative minded opponent looking for gaps in his thinking and approach, you might enjoy this video of the event. It’s a great reveal of the stark difference in the Democrat’s promise ‘something for nothing’ approach to politics and the Republican’s dedication to reality. Here’s a link to the video-

Aren’t you glad you’re on the right side…

 

 

 

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