Buncombe REPUBLICANS approve a 4th point to our COMPASS…

From the chair – In the mission of standing for something people can count on, the Buncombe County Republican Party of North Carolina relies firmly on our Party’s stated Principles, Platform, and Plan of Organization. We find those three points of our ‘compass’ a great help in keeping us moving in the right direction. But a compass has 4 points – not 3 – and we’ve figured out what’s missing.

This past Monday (March 26th) the BCGOP Executive Committee approved a set of individual guiding Practices that we are asking our Executive Committee members to embrace. Why? Because we are trying to create an organizational culture of good values versus a culture of personalities. There’s nothing wrong with personalities, but in the historical struggle to assert personal wills over working together – everyone loses.

All this tracks to our core missions: (1) Keeping America Great (2) Functioning as the Political Party of Normal (3) Growing good grass as the best way to counter weeds (4) Standing for something people can count on (5) Out working, out thinking and out creating our Brand-X opposition and – most importantly of all – (6) Being effective advocates for what we call The American Success Equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.

We’re excited that we were so unified in our effort to create a model of successful Practices for our County Party. We’ll never be perfect at all of them all of the time – but now we have a clear compass heading for where we want to go…

 

Buncombe County Republican Party – Our Practices
The 4th Point of the BCGOP Compass

In an effort to strengthen our representation of the dynamic and reasoned values of the Republican Party, the B.C.G.O.P. has identified ten specific practices conducive to that mission. These guiding practices have been developed and affirmed by the 2017-19 Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee. We appreciate your participation on this good course and in helping us quickly reset when we miss the mark…

  1. We look out for one another.
  2. We remember that Brand-X is the real opposition.
  3. We challenge actions where necessary, but resist rejecting people.
  4. We are cultivating a culture defined by values versus personalities.
  5. We face problems with an eye on solutions over blame or division.
  6. We believe in normal and stand as a force against those who don’t.
  7. We know we all have darkness and light – we aim toward the latter.
  8. We win by out working, out creating and out thinking our opposition.
  9. We understand growing good grass as the best way to constrict weeds.
  10. We uphold our promises, principles, platform, and plan of org. – always.

With gratitude and on behalf of the 2017-2019 BCGOP Executive Committee,

 

Sen. Tillis comes to the mountains…

WNC Republicans = Welcome Senator Thom Tillis!

From the chair – Last evening, 11th District county GOP leadership had a personal opportunity to connect with Senator Thom Tillis during his extended visit with his mountain constituency. It was an interesting meeting – well worth the time – and we wanted to share a few of the more enlightening moments. Here’s a short-list…

  1. This is a sharp gentleman – thinks on his feet, articulates extremely well, and he gets the American Success Equation.
  2. His voting record with the President’s agenda is 95+%.
  3. He thinks his positions through – there is an intentional rationale at work in his votes.

In terms of takeaways, there were 4 that stood out-

  1. His view of Job One – getting Republicans elected this fall! We may not be pleased with all of our candidates, but – my words not his – a wobbly Republican is infinitely better than a dedicated progressive-socialist Democrat. The latter, if they win this fall at the state an national level, are going to double down on their distorted vision of restructuring America. Now is not a time to fight among ourselves.
  2. Senator Tillis voted against the recent Omnibus Bill – part of his reasoning – “It’s not Russia or China who are our greatest threat – It’s our debt.”
  3. You may not have picked up on an interesting recent action by the Senator. He made an active effort to reach out to and physically visit the Rev. Andrew Brunson who is being held in turkey as a suspected terrorist. People who are kept in the light – the purpose of the Senator’s visit – tend not to die, disappear, or be overlooked.
  4. Mitch McConnell, like all of us, is not a perfect leader. “But there is one tremendous thing every Republican in America should celebrate and appreciate him for – his refusal to vote for a Supreme Court nominee until the new President was sworn in.” That impact will echo for decades.

There was more, but lets leave it that the BCGOP chair came away with a strengthened picture of Senator Tillis. Grateful for that opportunity…

 

-Photo courtesy of Robin Ramsey-

Thank you Senator Tillis – we’re glad to have you WNC!

 

Why be a Republican? Because we get The American Success Equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity & we don’t pretend that skipping ingredients will produce the same results.

 

Republicans – we’re working to stand for something.

With Republicans over-spending is a discouraged misstep –

with Democrats it’s a rewarded platform…

 

From the Chair – Last Friday’s 1.3 trillion dollar Omnibus bill was a bit discouraging to those who believe our Republican elected officials should work extra-hard to model our Party’s platform, promises and principles. As with all things human, there are rights and wrongs and positives and negatives with this bill – and we get the complexity. Still, last night’s BCGOP Executive Committee felt the need – in a constructive fashion – to raise our concerns to our Republican elected officials. Below is a brief introductory letter followed by the Resolution that was submitted by the Chair and fine-tuned by the Executive Committee. It will be mailed to our elected DC officials tomorrow. We wanted to share it with you today…

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Dear                      :

First let us share our appreciation for your daily service; the abuse you endure; deceptions you overcome; and the pressures you bear on behalf of the blessed citizens of our country. We are grateful for what you do and especially appreciative of your efforts to do it as a Republican. We understand how hard that is and that our real opposition rides a donkey – not an elephant.

Attached, please find a Resolution drafted by the Chair and fine-tuned by the Executive Committee that references shared concerns about the content and impact of the Omnibus Bill passed on March 23rd, 2018

We understand that there are deeper complexities at work, however, we are concerned that the long-standing pattern of dramatic debt accumulation and dysfunctional budgetary process is unsustainable. We fear for our country’s future unless this pattern is broken – and we know that if and when that happens, it will only be under the “reality, reason, responsibility and right” guided hands of Republican leaders.

Regardless of how you voted on this measure, please accept this Resolution as a raised hand of concern – not a shaken fist – from a group that is allied with you toward a common mission. We are sincere when we say we are grateful for your service!

On behalf of the Executive Committee,

Carl Mumpower, Chair

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– R E S O L U T I O N –

A MESSAGE OF CONCERN TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS REGARDING THE RECENT 1.3 TRILLION DOLLAR SPENDING BILL APPROVED BY CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY OUR PRESIDENT.
WHEREAS, the Omnibus Spending Bill has positive impacts including needed support for our military; conditioning Palestinian foreign aid to disavowing terrorism; fixes for the NICS background check law; and holding the line against unconditional amnesty; and
WHEREAS, this Bill nonetheless results in a dramatic expansion of unsustainable national debt; and
WHEREAS, this Bill fails to address much needed border security in a tangible and well-defined manner and contains expansive special interest funding; and
WHEREAS, this Bill represents a dramatic evasion of our Party’s stated Principles and Platform and therefore holds the potential to discourage and disenfranchise Republicans and our partners in good governance; and
WHEREAS, in the absence of a Party of Principles, voters naturally drift toward the Party with the least principles – and in that this is not the Republican Party – this Bill serves as unearned support for the opposition Party; and
WHEREAS, having invested dramatic time, energy and resources in assuring the election of a Republican President with majorities in the House and Senate; therefore
WE DO RESOLVE, as the Buncombe County Republican Party of North Carolina Executive Committee, to hereby directly express our sincere appreciation to those who voted against increasing the debt on current and future generations and extreme disappointment in the leadership that pushed for its passage.
Submitted on behalf of the Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee:
Carl Mumpower, Chair
March 26, 2018
Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

GOP response to anti-gun rallies?

It’s as simple as 1,2,3…

 

  1. Progressive sponsorship of 58 million abortions erases all credibility on child safety proclamations.
  2. Progressive gun control is about just that – progressive control – not public safety.
  3. Guns are used infinitely more to prevent crime than cause it.

 

 

#1 Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent.

#2 A study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime.

#3 The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate that is three times greater than the nine European nation with the highest rate of gun ownership.

#4 Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws…With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had three of the worst six school shootings.

#5 The United States is #1 in the world in gun ownership, and yet it is only 28th in the world in gun murders per 100,000 people.

#6 The violent crime rate in the United States actually fell from 757.7 per 100,000 in 1992 to 386.3 per 100,000 in 2011.  During that same time period, the murder rate fell from 9.3 per 100,000 to 4.7 per 100,000.

#7 Approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year.

#8 Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives.

#9 The number of unintentional fatalities due to firearms declined by 58 percent between 1991 and 2011.

#10 Despite the very strict ban on guns in the UK, the overall rate of violent crime in the UK is about 4 times higher than it is in the United States.  In one recent year, there were 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the UK.  In the United States, there were only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people during that same year.  Do we really want to be more like the UK?

#11 The UK has approximately 125 percent more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#12 The UK has approximately 133 percent more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#13 The UK has the fourth highest burglary rate in the EU.

#14 The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.

#15 Down in Australia, gun murders increased by about 19 percent and armed robberies increased by about 69 percent after a gun ban was instituted.

#16 The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States.  So has this reduced crime?  Of course not.  As I wrote about recently, the murder rate in Chicago was about 17 percent higher in 2012 than it was in 2011, and Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city“.  If you can believe it, there were about as many murders in Chicago during 2012 as there was in the entire nation of Japan.

#17 After the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun, the crime rate dropped by more than 50 percent over the course of the next 23 years and there was an 89% decline in burglaries.

#18 According to Gun Owners of America, the governments of the world slaughtered more than 170 million of their own people during the 20th century.  The vast majority of those people had been disarmed by their own governments prior to being slaughtered.

 

You see how well they control each other –

do you really want them in control of you?

Adding a 4th point to our compass…

From the Chair – The Buncombe County Republican Party is busy continuing to build on the good works of our predecessors. One of our strategies is to keep our eye on our Party’s compass. Right now that compass has three points – (1) Our Principles (2) Our Platform and (3) Our Plan of Organization. We try to make sure everything we do is matched to those filters.

This coming Monday (March 26th, 2018) at our Executive Committee, we will be reviewing, discussing and voting on adding a 4th point to our Party Compass – Our Practices. We think this 4th filter will help us smooth out our day to day operations; support unity; and keep us individually and collectively on a positive and productive course.

We wanted to let you know what we are doing – and, as always, we welcome your suggestions on how to do it better…

– D R A F T –

Buncombe County Republican Party – Our Practices

The 4th Point of the GOP Compass

In an effort to strengthen our representation of the dynamic and reasoned values of the Republican Party, the B.C.G.O.P. has identified specific ten practices conducive to that mission. These guiding practices have been developed and affirmed by the 2017-19 Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee. We appreciate your participation on this good course and in helping us quickly reset when we miss the mark…

  1. We look out for one another.
  2. We remember that Brand-X is the real opposition.
  3. We challenge actions where necessary, but resist rejecting people.
  4. We are cultivating a culture defined by values versus personalities.
  5. We face problems with an eye on solutions over blame or division.
  6. We believe in normal and stand as a force against those who don’t.
  7. We know we all have darkness and light – we aim toward the latter.
  8. We win by out working, out creating and out thinking our opposition.
  9. We understand growing good grass as the best way to constrict weeds.
  10. We work to uphold our principles, platform, plan of org, and practices – always.

With gratitude and on behalf of the BCGOP Executive Committee,

Carl Mumpower, Chair

April 26th, 2018

 

BCGOP calls school system on bias…

ASHEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS REALLY ARE MARINATING OUR KIDS IN LIBERALISM…

 

From the chair – Per our Party Platform, supporting the right to hold conservative values; freedom of speech; and engagement with our nation’s traditional Judaeo-Christian heritage remain Republican priorities. And so, in the face of on-going complaints that Asheville’s School System is institutionally supporting bias against these rights and priorities, we’ve felt compelled to raise the question with city school administrators.  We wanted to share that communication with you…

March 13, 2018

From:   Carl Mumpower, Chair, BCGOP

To:       Denise Patterson, Ed.D, – Asheville City School Superintendent

Subj:    Discrimination in city school system

Dear Dr. Patterson:

Over the past year, we have been prompted with a number of complaints regarding discrimination toward city students operating from a traditional, conservative and/or Christian value system. The majority of these exposures track to Asheville High and the SILSA program.

Some of the specifics include personal ridicule, mockery, shaming, exposure to liberal teacher bias and presentations on subject matter of a sexual or otherwise personal and uncomfortable nature. Persistently, the students/parents voiced a fear of raising concerns to authorities.

Asheville High’s recent support for student engagement/leadership in the women’s march; tomorrow’s anti-gun rally; an art assembly involving mandatory participation in a lecture on transgenderism; and a subsequent forced viewership of a pro-LBGTQ agenda video has prompted us to reach out to you directly. In each of these cases, the agenda demonstrates a dominating liberal political agenda highlighting complaints that Asheville High is not a safe place for students with differing views. We find the statement, “SILSA has a thing for liberal pep rallies.” to offer pause for reflection.

It seems that in the absence of other voices concerned with issues of balance and fairness, it has fallen on us to raise these flags. In support of such, we would point to the Asheville City School System’s Governing Policies, Mission Statement and respective Belief Statements and Definitions:

  • “The mission of Asheville City Schools is to provide quality education in which we respect students’ individual and cultural differences, develop their talents in partnership with family and community, and ensure that they possess the life skills necessary for personal success and civic responsibility.”
  • “Awareness and knowledge of diversity promotes respect for cultural and individual differences, while valuing the contributions of all. A multicultural educational staff better prepares students to live in a culturally diverse world.”
  • “The board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities.”
  • “Discrimination means any act or failure to act that unreasonably and unfavorably differentiates treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age or disability. Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional.”

In addition to the personal testimonies of students and parents, we believe our conclusion of liberal institutional bias and tolerated discrimination by the Asheville City School system is affirmed by the absence of essentially any on-campus conservative oriented activities.

With these concerns in mind, we wanted to reach out to your personally with a few suggestions/requests:

  • I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you and/or your staff to share our concerns in detail and explore potential positive solutions.
  • We would appreciate your help in identifying a safe process for students and/or parents to address their concerns about bias or abuse without fear of being stigmatized, penalized or otherwise mistreated by the administration, teachers or students within the system.
  • We would like to explore opportunities for expanding the opportunities for conservative-minded students at Asheville High to cultivate, express and otherwise explore their value system within the parameters of the school’s stated mission and guidelines.
  • As an example of a potential positive process, we have arranged for the UNC-A College Republican’s Club to serve as potential mentors for conservative minded students at Asheville High and would appreciate your help in creating a safe and functional bridge to help actualize that support system.

Thank you for your consideration and patience with our inquiry. In the absence of another organized or empowered body with the wherewithal/motivation to raise the issues, it seems to have fallen on us. Should another entity or organized group step forward, it will be our pleasure to defer.

Sincerely,

Carl Mumpower, Chair

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Oh yes, and one other note – this problem is equally pervasive in the Buncombe County School System. Please let us know if you would like to help. With such in mind, here’s a video from former BCGOP Chair Chad Nesbitt that lays out the boarder concerns with liberal bias in our schools – https://youtu.be/ArEuGBPI6JI

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

WNC’s Republican Reps Stand…

Asheville Citizen-Times: BURR, TILLIS, WNC’S US REPS STAND PAT ON GUNS

 

From the chair – Per Sunday’s C-T, Buncombe Republicans and our partners in good governance have another reason to celebrate our representation in Washington. Here’s the opening paragraph of reporter Mark Barrett’s article – “Asheville – The four men who represent Western North Carolina in Washington have long been wary of calls for new gun control measures – and there is little sign that will change much following last month’s school shooting in Florida.” There’s a lot of courage embedded in that sentence.

We’re grateful Mr. Barrett is correct and that our four reps are united in saying “no” to Brand-X’s call “to do something” – even if it doesn’t do anything.

Senators Burr and Tillis and Representative McHenry are voicing strong support for a bill to prompt government agencies to do a better job of reporting to and utilizing the national data base used to filter gun sales. We appreciate the effort to push enforcement over just passing new laws that weigh down law-abiding citizens and do little to stop the real bad guys.

Our representatives are all united in the importance of strengthening one of the weakest links in our society’s safety net – addressing mental health reform. There are answers and though no system will be fool-proof, we can do a much better job of impairing high-risk individuals before they accelerate. Those who claim mental-illness is not a real factor in mass shootings know very little about killing. Mental illness is actually a crucial ingredient in the toxic cocktail necessary to push human beings to assassinate other human beings. Mentally healthy people don’t go into schools, businesses, malls, and high traffic areas with a mission of slaughter.

Congressman Meadows took his strongest stand on getting more armed first responders in our public schools. In an increasingly dangerous world, it makes sense that our children’s safety should be as important as the safety of our judiciaries, government agencies, body-guarded politicians and Hollywood elites.

The reporter correctly pointed out that our reps are generously supported by the NRA. We appreciate that too and Professor Chris Cooper’s suggestion that these campaign contributions are not a matter of buying votes – but an effort to stand with elected officials who share majority support for the wisdom of the Constitution and the self-protection rights in the 2nd Amendment.

The only minor “bump” in the road involved a move by some to join the call to ban a silly device sometimes used on semi-automatic rifles called a “bump stock.” Anyone who’s experienced these shooting range toys knows they’re notoriously unreliable and prone to jamming the weapon to which they are attached. It might be suggested that this ban is a small exercise in motion over action – especially since a shooter thus equipped is going to (1) have trouble aiming effectively (2) likely have to spend time fixing jams and (3) will be thus be less lethal than an armed assassin without one. May we suggest our elected officials consult this subject with the nearest special ops guy. (;

The Florida school shooter used California-legal 10-round magazines – again demonstrating its the person – not the tool – that represents the greatest danger to our children and law-abiding citizens. Meaningful action will have us intercepting more bad guys before they act (Florida offers a model of our failure to heed multiple warnings from all sorts of sources); impair their ability to enter schools and other vulnerable sites; and have good guys with guns available to respond quickly when they succeed in thwarting constraints.

We’re grateful we have 4 representatives in DC with the courage to stand up to pressure; keep Brand-X from misusing the victims of shooting events to advance their political agenda of disarming law-abiding citizens; and to keep eyes on meaningful solutions to the real problems.

Thank you Senator Tillis, Senator Burr, Representative McHenry and Representative Meadows!

 

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

 

 

Asheville Schools – Marinating Children in Liberalism…

A Public Service Announcement from the BCGOP

 

From the chair – It will come as no surprise that Asheville’s publicly funded education system – from top to bottom (including our elementary, middle and high schools as well as A-B Tech and UNC-A) – operates out of a liberal bias. Over the years that bias has been variously denied, concealed and maintained as a mostly subliminal enterprise. Those days are apparently over – Asheville’s school system is coming out of the closet.

Allow us to point to four recent and pending events for affirmation –

  1. Leadership roles in the recent liberally theme ‘Women’s March’ by Asheville High attendees as a student enterprise.
  2. Administratively supported personal presentation by a transgendered individual as part of an assembly in the name of “art.”
  3. Presentation in that same art class of a pro-LBGTQ video. https://youtube/oWDZCVejcZQ
  4. Administrative permission to use school time for another student enterprise – an anti-gun rally. https://www.instagram.com/ashevillehighschoolwalkout/

These are just a few recent ‘bubbled to the surface’ examples of what former BCGOP Chair Chad Nesbitt cleverly describes as, “Democrat Pep Rallies.”

The BCGOP has been approached by concerned conservative parents. We want to help – and per our principles and platform – believe challenge is appropriate. We do not believe our public schools are a fitting venue for social re-engineering efforts by educators with personal or political agendas. We also have an alternative take on the activities noted above –

  1. We agree with the ideals of equal opportunity and uplifting women. We disagree that ending the lives of 58 million children; making women into men; validating anger and victimization as a permanent lifestyle; and wearing pink vagina knit hats are meaningful ways to do so.
  2. Transgendered people are free to follow their chosen course. We do not believe an art class is a proper place to indoctrinate our children on gender confusion and exchange as a simplistic social or psychological issue.
  3. Again, we hold no malice toward those operating outside of nature’s clear preference for two genders. We do believe that marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of the family and that the family is the family is in turn the foundation of any healthy culture. The traditional man-woman led family is not the only way, but the research – and messages of nature – clearly note it’s the best. Putting a happy face on the LBGTQ agenda is a liberal propaganda initiative – not proper public education.
  4. Though Democrats talk out of both sides of their mouth on the issue of gun-control, it is clear by their behavior in cities and states where they have control – gun confiscation from law-abiding citizens is the ultimate goal. We do not believe it is proper to exploit the inexperience and natural exuberance (not to mention passion for partying in most any form) of our youth. It is especially inappropriate for our houses of public education to be doing so.

It’s not clear what we can do about this expanding effort to marinate our children in liberalism, but we’re going to try. Here are a couple of things the Buncombe Republican Party – unless some other good group picks up the reins – is planning to do:

  • Explore legal avenues for recourse against school administrators supporting this effort.
  • Contact our Raleigh representatives to see if they might have suggestions or options for action.
  • Explore our City School system Charter or organizing framework for possible violations of policy
  • Bring conservative minded parents together to challenge the mistreatment of their children/students.

Make no mistake about it – conservative thinkers in public schools are not in a position to fend for themselves. They need adult help. Ridicule and mockery are the fate of any student who holds his or her hand up and dares to challenge the liberal group-think. For a good model of how to stand strong in the middle of this kind of peer pressure, witness the UNC-A College Republicans. These young ladies and guys have it going.

When another group of over-liberated liberals – the Khmer Rouge – took over Cambodia in the mid-seventies the proceeded to execute an unimaginable number of people (1.5 million plus). Guess who they used as their preeminent executioners – adolescents. They were easily programmable and enthusiastic about their mission.

Too many of today’s educators are ignoring or intentionally exploiting the psycho-social vulnerabilities of our children. They’re using the same methods as the Khmer Rouge – and view themselves as similarly enlightened. That’s a script that experience tells us rarely ends well for the participants or the victims.

Would you like to help us thoughtfully challenge this misguided thinking? Just go to our web site and reach out through our contact page. Your message will come directly to our Chair and he will keep what you share in strict confidence. You can also email him at drmumpower@aol.com or (828) 252-3890.

What our school system is doing is NOT OK. It’s a good time for Asheville’s ‘Quietly Conservative’ parents to take a stand…

Republicans get conservation – we’re conservatives…

And we do have a position on taking care of our planet!

 

From the chair – At the most recent meeting of the BCGOP Executive Committee, we were pleased to have Jim Tolbert – of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby to offer us his insights on how Republicans can best respond to the issue of “climate change” as a public policy concern. We appreciated Jim’s effort to stir us up on this issue. We agree with others that being able to understand and talk about our environment is a necessary skill set for all engaged Republicans. With such in mind, the BCGOP has taken the information we received from Jim, blended it with our values and crafted a conservative take on how best to take care of our environment.

Conservatives like the idea of conservation. If you’ll look at the root word for “conservative” at the bottom of our page, you’ll note we like to “manage things wisely, preserve, save.” In the case of the planet – the air we breath, land we walk, water we drink, and food we eat, we like to think in terms of doing just that.

We also understand the importance of facts. To manage anything wisely you have to know what you’re dealing with. In applying our conservation leanings to the planet, one bit of information really stands out – Co2 levels have risen dramatically since the dawn of the industrial age. The chart at the left puts it all into focus.

Yes, we understand, that like all good conservatives, you are probably a bit skeptical of this “statistic.” Let us put your mind to rest. The data comes from a host of reliable samples across many sources using diverse methodologies. One of those – and arguably the most reliable – involves ice core samples going back literally hundreds of years. It would be next to impossible for so many people to cheat on this reliable CO2 measurement.

Honestly, accepting the Co2 numbers if not really a problem. We encourage Republicans to avoid wasting time attempting to challenge this piece of the puzzle. Besides, that’s not where Brand-X – the source of our skepticism – cheats the facts and oversteps their bounds. The left doesn’t bother trying to exaggerate Co2 figures. The get ample opportunity for that bit of fun in drawing conclusions on the impact of Co2.

That’s where Republicans draw the line. We believe the science is very primitive in its ability to predict where our weather patterns and greenhouse gas impact concerns are headed. We’ve seen too many false catastrophic assumptions come and go. Worse, we’re very tired of elitist know-it-all prognosticators scaring us all to death and using their assertions to expand government and otherwise exercise their fascinating obsession with seizing control over everything that moves or can be taxed or regulated. Whew, that was a mouthful.

We don’t believe anyone knows what rising Co2 levels are going to do with the planet. We do know that extremes breed extremes and that such a sharp rise predicts potential impact that we shouldn’t ignore.

What should we do? Well, let’s start by celebrating carbon energy sources. We get it that without coal, oil, gas and other fossil fuels a whole lot of people would be in a lot worse place that we find ourselves in today. Thanks to fossil fuels, the past century has seen unprecedented improvement in quality of life, economic vitality, health and opportunity for all people – all over the world. That’s a good thing and we don’t want to stand by and allow anyone to reverse that equation.

At the same time we appreciate what we have, we can look forward to new opportunities. It’s a good bet that the sun – arguably the source of all other energy options – will play an even bigger role in our energy future.

All this can be summed up by saying the Republican position accepts the fact we have a developing Co2 problem – nobody really knows what the impact will be – and that we would like to keep America warm, mobile, employed and fed as we seek solutions.

So what’s the Republican position on solutions? Well, that’s pretty simple too. We like the nurturing hand of our free enterprise system better than we do the controlling grip of government. We are looking for solutions that reward more than they punish; put opportunity into the working hands of creative entrepreneurs; and embrace competition as the answer to most man-made dilemmas.

What’s an example? Well, take my 2018 Subaru 4-wheel drive Outback. It’s fast, comfortable, quiet, roomy and great in the snow. It also gets about 33 miles to the gallon on the highway. That’s about triple what a 4-wheel drive vehicle would get in the seventies. That means one person today in my car has the same carbon footprint as three people a few decades back. That’s progress; that’s the free-market; and that’s a real solution.

Going forward, if things accelerate, we may have to start incentivizing folks to pursue more efficient vehicles, heating and cooling sources, and other opportunities to get ahead of the numbers on Co2 and other emission concerns. Republicans know we can do it – we also know government will play a part. We just want to make sure it is a realistic, helpful and appropriately constrained part.

In the mean time we can all do our little part to “conserve and manage wisely” without jumping into the man-made climate change hysteria of the left.

America has a great history of catching on at the right time in the right ways and fixing what’s ailing us.

I have fond memories of night time trout fishing in the French Broad river of my youth. It was a great place to fish, but you never ate what you caught. The constant need to pull the toilet paper off our hook told us all we needed to know. Now look at the French Board. We fixed it and we didn’t need to stomp a mud hole in property owners and people to do it.

When it comes to our planet, Republicans recognize we live on a self-correcting world. We understand the law of unintended consequences and that it sometimes results in problems that are better solved by evolution – not revolution.

The left doesn’t get that concept. Every time we run a little bit off the road, they have a habit of jerking the wheel into oncoming traffic. A whole lot of that excess Co2 we’re generating is coming from the gas they’re emitting with vanity positions and catastrophic declarations. Case in point – Al Gore. Anyone living in a mansion, driving black SUV’s, and flying in private jets – all of which rely predominantly on heavy doses of carbon energy – and claiming to be a conservation champion is dishonest and seriously deficient in credibility.

In contrast, Republicans want to be real about taking care of our planet. Our approach is as simple as counting to 4.

  1. We believe rising Co2 levels matter – we resist emotional assumptions on the impact.
  2. We are grateful that we have fossil fuels to keep us warm, mobile, employed and fed – those goal matter.
  3. We believe that the free-enterprise system of incentives and competition represent a better source of solutions than expanded government bureaucracies and centralized authority.
  4. We believe our personal footprint matters most  – and work to leave the world better than we got it – in all ways…

Why? Because – per our guiding principles and platform, Republicans are conservatives. We know where we come from…

 

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

Buncombe Republicans hold our 2018 convention!

Thanks to all who made our B.C.G.O.P. 2018 Convention a success!

 

From the chair – The picture above came to us courtesy of Patsy Gardin. Isn’t it unfortunate that we couldn’t find a more elegant spot to hold our County Convention…

Nope, there isn’t a more elegant site than Buncombe’s Superior court room – known throughout the state as one of the loveliest if not the loveliest court room in North Carolina. We’d vote for the latter – and would like to pass on our thanks to the Buncombe County’s staff and Sheriff’s Deputies who helped us land in a good place.

The doors were open even before 7:30 and most everything went smoothly thanks to likes of Dorothea Alderfer, Linda Humphries, Robin Ramsey and so many other other good and able volunteer hands. Thanks to everyone who helped – some in ways that showed and others in ways that made a quiet difference in the background.

We’d also like to thank the UNC-A College Republicans for their great efforts. You guys were very helpful and pleasant contributors in all ways but one – you ate all the bananas.

Then there was that great parade of elected officials and their representatives. From start to finish every single one made an effort to respect the clock or be patient with the chair and time keeper (Melody K.) when we had to nudge them a bit. The result – as we finished the closing prayer, the clock in back of the room hit 12:00. A big plus – the quality of our candidate pool was very encouraging.

Probably the most important part of the morning was the effort by those in attendance to keep things on a positive, productive and unifying course. The spirit in the room was just what we have been working for over the past year – an attitude of “We are in this together and the opposition is Brand-X – not one another.”

A bonus – we were able to seamlessly seat 65+ delegates between the 10th and 11th Districts. Appreciation to all who have a vested interest in assisting Republicans move forward at the state level as well as here at home.

We’ll finish with an extra special moment.11th District Chair Aubrey Woodard brought it to our attention that Doug Crosby is facing a serious health struggle with impaired medical coverage. He asked our help and will continue to do so in the future. On this occasion, the BCGOP and guests stepped up with a spontaneous pass-the-hat effort that put $382 in the hands of the Crosby family. We appreciate Aubrey’s flag on this opportunity to help one of our District’s long-time Republican soldiers.

Again, many thanks to everyone who helped us pull off Saturday in constructive fashion. We’ll do it again next year – even better!

 

Republicans – you know, the people who believe in normal –
and who support the only political party capable of stopping those who don’t…