Carolina Journal – a great conservative resource…

North Carolina is blessed with one of the best conservative think tanks in the country – the John Locke Foundation. If you don’t know them, please click this link and check them out. If you’re a good conservative thinker, they will make you a better conservative thinker.

One of the many products of the John Locke Foundation is their monthly publication the Carolina Journal. This is a first rate resource on matters of governance relevant to NC and more. They use the best of the best in our state and across the nation. The Journal comes in a package built on conservative realism, facts and deeper truths that puts most mainstream media outlets to shame. Try it once and you’ll be hooked on this concise, compact and competent “news you can use” resource.

Want an example? Here’s one of their recent articles on the much anticipated replacement of Paul Ryan as speaker of the house. We’re sharing this because it offers specific commentary on our 10th (Patrick McHenry) and 11th (Mark Meadows) Congressman and their potential part in this important leadership transition.

CAROLINA JOURNAL – Vol. 27 . May 2018

 

McCarthy poised to be the next House speaker

MARC ROTTERMAN – COLUMNIST

Now that Speaker Paul Ryan has decided to “call it a day” as Speaker, it is becoming increasingly clear that Majority Leader clear Kevin McCarthy has clear sailing to replace him.

Ryan — never a favorite among conservatives — came under fire for supporting the recent $1.2 trillion omnibus bill that drove up the national debt, busted the budget caps, failed to defund Sanctuary Cities and Planned Parenthood, and that denied the $25 billion that President Donald Trump requested for the border wall.

Never trusted by many in the Freedom Caucus, Ryan broke his promise to conservatives when he failed to put House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s border security bill on the floor of the House for a vote.

On the plus side, Ryan helped to sheppard through the tax cuts and to find badly needed dollars for the defense of the nation.

Some political prognosticators question the timing of Speaker Ryan’s announcement — suggesting that he is “throwing in the towel” because he believes that GOP in all likelihood will lose the House in the midterm elections. The timing is unusual, as most Speakers wait until the end of their term to announce they are stepping down. Although Ryan has signaled that he won’t run for congress again, he doesn’t intend to relinquish the Speaker’s gavel until January of 2019.

Ryan’s announcement paved the way for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a prolific fundraiser with many IOU’S inside the GOP caucus, who has quietly worked to build a network within the party. McCarthy is a favorite of President Trump and it seems a natural fit.

McCarthy has been endorsed by Speaker Ryan and his only major potential contender, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, recently endorsed McCarthy for Speaker as well, clearing the field for him.

Scalise was propelled into the national spotlight when he was shot and severely wounded last year at a soft ball practice with Republicans preparing for their annual game with the House Democrats. Scalise is a skilled vote counter and greatly respected by the president and conservatives. Before becoming the Whip, Scalise was in charge of the powerful Republican Study committee — the largest faction of conservatives in the GOP Caucus.

If all goes as some hope, Scalise would move up in the ranks and become majority leader.

Not often mentioned, but waiting in the wings to fill Scalise’s shoes, is Majority Whip Patrick McHenry — who currently is Rep. Sclaise’s Chief Deputy Whip. McHenry is smart, loyal, very competent, and he lives and breathes politics.

Also in the game and potential king maker is Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows. Mark is politically astute, very close to the president and in sync with Trump’s blue collar base. And as Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, he has the ability to control a significant block of votes which could easily garner concessions from McCarthy — a seat at the table and perhaps a leadership post.

Much will ride on the outcome of the midterm elections.

If Republicans lose the House and find themselves in the minority, then in my view all bets are off. And there may well be a scramble for the top leadership posts.

A lot is riding on the midterms — not only republican control of congress but the future of President Trump’s agenda.

We’re lucky to have these guys representing us…

 

Republicans – working to preserve a timeless model of governance

that has uplifted more people than any other in history…

 

HELP US GET THE RIGHT MESSAGE OUT!

This is a message developed by one of our Buncombe Republican Party volunteers. We’re going to use it during the upcoming election in Buncombe County. Got some ideas of your own we can put to good use? Please pass them on!

 

Republicans – working to preserve a timeless model of governance
that has uplifted more people than any other in history…

Memorial Day – It Matters…

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae, 18721918

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Memorial Day is that time each year when we chose to lift our eyes toward those who have died in the service of our country. It’s a soft and somber day – less an opportunity to celebrate than remember.

That’s not an excessive burden for the living. For it can be well-argued that how we live is due in no small part to the sacrifices of those no longer thus graced.

How might we best remember? Attending Memorial Day events like the one noted below is a very personal and moving option. A silent prayer or moment of thought is another. For some, preserving America’s unique and uplifting beacon is where we find the most powerful point of action.

The Buncombe Republican Party invites you to honor Memorial Day in the way you feel best. Those who have passed in service before us merit our attentions…

______________________

Please join your fellow community members for the annual Memorial Day program hosted by Buncombe County Veterans Council and Charles George VAMC. This year’s keynote speaker will be Retired Marine Corps Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, Mr. Kevin Rumley. Please come out and participated in this powerful ceremony.

 

Monday at 10 AM – 12 PM

Western NC State Veterans Cemetery

962 Old West US 70

Swannanoa, North Carolina

 

“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.” Robin Hayes

 

Republicans – working to preserve a timeless model of governance
that has uplifted more people than any other in history…

Dramatized BCGOP division is a diversion…

An article this week in Asheville’s daily paper – you know, the one operating as marketing agents for the liberal-progressive movement – made much ado on supposed division within the Buncombe County Republican Party. With your permission, we thought we’d challenge that unearned antagonism.

They’re not the first to bring up the “division” issue – but they may be the first to skip any attempt at facts and sources to support the reporter’s conclusions. That’s what’s called a “Reportitorial” – a hybrid sort of advocacy journalism that inserts editorial comment into what’s represented as a news story.

A few weeks back a similar thing happened with a local radio show. The host had an apparent need to make the BCGOP look like we were hanging on the ragged edge of a cliff. Lots of conjecture – not much in facts or reliable sources.

In both cases, our demise was highly exaggerated. We thought you might enjoy some facts from a real source to support that conclusion.

Let’s start with the C-T article printed on Monday, May 21st-

ASHEVILLE – One of the closest Buncombe County races in the May 8 primary was one in which there was only one candidate running. Amy Evans won the Republican nomination for state House District 115 by only 80 votes despite the fact that the only other candidate on the ballot, former county GOP chairman Nathan West, dropped out of the race April 16. That was too late for election officials to take his name off the ballot and Evans won 52 percent of the vote to West’s 48 percent. The number of ballots cast barely topped 2,000. The only other races on the Republican primary ballot in the county were runaway contests for the party’s nominations for the 10th and 11th congressional districts. A lot of registered Republicans didn’t bother to vote and many unaffiliated voters probably cast their ballots in the Democrat primaries, where there were several interesting races. Just the same, the close result for the N.C. House district covering eastern and northern Buncombe County is an oddity. Some division within the county Republican Party is the main explanation, plus the fact that Evans was not especially well known before she filed and West was. Some Republicans say West’s past financial problems would have hurt him in a general election contest with incumbent Rep. John Ager, a Fairview Democrat who had no primary opposition. Some of West’s supporters raised questions about which Republicans spread the word about West’s issues and why. Evans’ campaign sent a press release April 13 saying he was withdrawing. West sent his announcing he was ending his candidacy three days later — and declined comment when asked if would back Evans. There were other bones of contention, but the details are not particularly important to those not involved in the arguments. The bottom line is it looks like there is still some bad blood among different party activists (although not necessarily so much between Evans and West themselves). It is human nature for there to be disagreements within political parties, Democratic and Republican, especially during the primary season. The question that only time can answer is whether this one turns out to be deep and long-lived enough to affect Republicans’ ability to support their candidates in the fall campaign. Mark Barrett, C-T Political Reporter

Here’s our response as a letter to the editor printed on Thursday, May 24th-

Reporter Mark Barrett’s NC-115 primary missive on rumored Buncombe GOP division read as a postulation searching for facts. In a city where liberal-progressives already enjoy a 2-1 advantage, advocacy journalism merits challenge. 

Local Republicans face friction – not fraction. We suffer the same percentage of drama and intrigue seekers as do all organized groups. Thankfully, most Buncombe Republicans are less about mischief than mission – standing strong as the only organized political movement capable of defeating the excesses of the left.

What excesses? How about robbing the pockets of working people to fill the pockets of those who aren’t; making gender and bathroom confusion a much bigger problem than it is; inflaming cultural division by marketing exaggerated racism; and stuffing a doomed-to-fail Bernie Sanders socialism fantasy down our throats?

In contrast, Republicans believe in America’s traditional success equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity. We understand that recipe works across genders, ages, and races and don’t pretend skipping ingredients produces the same results.

Those interested in the real BuncombeGOP.org story can check-out our website by the same name.

Those interested in confirmation of journalistic division hyperbole can simply note Republican candidates Amy Evans and Nathan West shared breakfast on primary day.

Carl Mumpower, BCGOP Chair

Please pay particular attention to that part about We suffer the same percentage of drama and intrigue seekers as do all organized groups.”  It’s true – take any bunch you want and you will have a certain number of people who find their mojo in criticism, antagonism, resistance and misery manufacturing. We have people who are very dedicated to that way of mattering and are good at it – but thank goodness their numbers are limited.

The peachiest counter to the reporters “division” claims while referencing our two NC-115 candidates was their having breakfast on the day of the primary election. That’s a strange kind of division.

That’s not to say that either candidate’s camp handled things perfectly. Some mouse droppings were introduced into the flour by both sides and created unnecessary friction. That’s unfortunately not unusual in primary season. More importantly, much of the tension came from a bad thing – a break down in communication in the final week of candidacy – and a good thing – zeal for making sure that all our important races had a Republican candidate to challenge Brand-X.

Thanks to a lot of well intended hands, we succeeded – or in this case – over-succeeded. That’s not what divided groups tend to do.

There’s more.

Since the new leadership team started we’ve had a full quorum at every Executive Committee meeting – and our membership is the same and in some cases greater than in years past. That’s not picking on any of our previous leaders – heck we know we’re building on their good work – but it speaks to success, not division.

While we’re on the subject, the “gotcha” players, critics, and “this is my stage” insecure egotists are not finding their happy place in the BCGOP. We’ve been working extra hard to keep our meetings positive, productive and pleasant so as to attract new members – not recycled nastiness.

Have you looked at our Facebook page lately? You would be interested to note that we have more “likes” on our page than the Buncombe Democratic Party has on theirs. That’s in spite of the fact they outnumber us 2 to 1. Our likes similarly exceed those of the good folks over at the Gaston County Republican Party – the largest concentration of Republicans in the 10 & 11th Districts. They also outnumber us 2 to 1.

That’s not bragging – but does it sound like division?

Our fund-raising events this year – the Spring Fling, Biltmore Basket, and Lincoln-Reagan Dinner have raised over $12,000 in profit for us to use in the coming election. Pretty good for a new leadership team struggling with a “divided” Party.

At our last Executive Committee meeting, we raised the issue of purchasing a billboard to support our police and first responders during the month of May. Before we finished, we had commitments for $1,500 from those in attendance. That’s an impressive response amidst all our imagined divisions.

Speaking of Executive Committees, following discussions on our agenda items, 95% of our votes on policy and action issues are unanimous and the one’s that aren’t find us coming up with ways to improve the original motion. That’s “division” you can build on.

You may have also noticed that liberal/opportunistic media outlets have picked up their pace in regards to criticizing and/or misrepresenting the local GOP. That’s not because they’re invested in our success. When they crow the most is usually when we’re shining the brightest. Their insincerity is absolutely revealed in one thing – when do you ever hear anything good about our efforts from the sources noted above? You don’t and you won’t because it doesn’t fit their chosen narrative. Search “GOP” on the Citizen-Times website and you’ll see their Republican negativity bias and liberal agenda advocacy in full bloom. For the final nail in their journalistic ethics coffin, complete your that search with the words “Democrat” or “Progressive.”

Do we have problems and hurdles – certainly. What organized group doesn’t? There’s that on-going problem with too many using the party as a stage for personal issues; a history of bickering that it’s time to outgrow; more advising voices than helping hands; a healthy Republican skepticism that too often tips over to negativism; and a much smaller minority footprint than a body of 45,000 Republicans should tolerate.

We’re working on all of these things – and we are doing it together and we’re not going to stop until this leadership team reaches the end of our period of service. Nay-Sayers have at least a year of us – that’s a long time to hold one’s breath.

Are folks like the C-T reporter and other critical antagonists raising legitimate concerns about BCGOP division or crafting a lazy diversion? We’ll leave that conclusion up to you. Here at the BCGOP we plan to keep working hard to do what we’ve been doing all year – being more creative, crafty and committed than our opposition.

We need your help to do that. Please consider getting involved or more involved or better involved. Let’s encourage one another to leave the drama and intrigue at home and keep our eye on the real mission: Keeping America Great by impairing our real opposition – the folks we fondly know as “Brand-X.”

 

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

 

 

Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club 65th Anniversary Celebration and Candidate Kickoff!

The Sons of Ralph (voted WNC’s Best Bluegrass Band)

will be performing bluegrass at our BBQ

on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 5:30pm.

$10 covers your BBQ meal, speaker and entertainment at

THE BILTMORE LAKE CLUB!  

Plus, you’ll get to meet our elected Republican officials and candidates!

RSVP TODAY! Space is limited.

The Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club 65th Anniversary Celebration and Candidate Kickoff will be hosted by the Biltmore Conservatives at the historic 1920’s Biltmore Lake Club. Republican candidates, along with special guest speaker, Jim Quick of the NC Values Coalition, will gather on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm at The Biltmore Lake Club. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Please come and meet your Republican candidates and bring your friends!

The BBQ dinner will cost $10 per person which will be collected at the door.

Please RSVP to lisabaldwin4kids@gmail.com so we’ll make sure to have enough for everyone.

The Biltmore Club is located at 80 Lake Dr, Candler, NC 28715. Invite your friends!

Another reason a 7-0 City Council is not a good thing…

From the chair – Asheville’s police officers have been taking a beating lately. City leaders, administrators and community activists are echoing a common message – our police department is broken and they’re going to fix it even if they have to destroy it. The reality that you can’t make something better by blowing it up seems to have been lost in the rush toward assumption and condemnation. Time will reveal the holes in this ill-advised strategy.

In the interim, we wanted to bring something to your attention. This week is National Police Week. It’s a time across the country where those of us who appreciate our law enforcement officers step up to say thanks. And if there is any group of officers who need and deserve a little wind under their wings, it’s Asheville’s police officers.

These men and women are surrounded by craziness. They’ve got politicized administrators on one side – opportunistic politicians on another. Then comes the social activists whose idea of social improvement is to discard the rule of law for the rule of personalities. How about that slow, inefficient and ineffective court system that some of us fondly call our community’s ‘Portal to Hell?’ Our APD officers are simply surrounded in stress and you’ll note that we haven’t even mentioned the other folks they face – criminals.

Asheville’s City Council has a meeting tomorrow night (May 15, 2018). We checked to see if their might be some sort of proclamation or resolution recognizing what is a pretty big week for police officers. There was nothing there – and when we checked the minutes from recent meetings, there was nothing there either. They either chose to ignore this event or missed it. It matters either way. Here’s the opening agenda for tomorrow’s meeting-

City Council Meeting Agenda – Regular Meeting – May 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. – City Hall
AGENDA

The following has been set as the tentative agenda for the May 15, 2018, regular meeting of the
City Council. Information regarding City employees is governed by N.C. Gen. Stat. sec. 160A-168 – 
Council does not consider personnel matters in open session. At the conclusion of this agenda 
the meeting will be open for the presentation of other matters by members of Council and the 
public. Public comment will not be taken on items as to which no Council action will be taken 
at this meeting, including those items listed as reports or presentations or as discussion items. 
When Council action is anticipated as to any matter, it will be placed on a Council agenda 
for consideration, and public comment will be taken at that time.

Pledge of Allegiance

PROCLAMATIONS:
-      May 21-27, 2018, as "National Public Works Week"
-      May, 2018, as "Building Safety Month"
-      May, 2018, as "Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month"
-      June 1, 2018, as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day"
CONSENT AGENDA:

Thank goodness they are on top of the tick thing. Mind if we suggest that failing to recognize our officers on this week of all weeks is sort of like forgetting mom on Mother’s Day?

We haven’t forgotten. Right below is a copy of our new “We Love First Responders” bumper sticker. It’s an easy on – easy off 4 inch sticker that says it all in a quiet and simple manner.

Would you like one? Just send us a stamped and self-addressed envelope to BCGOP – One Oak Plaza – Suite 309 – Asheville, NC 28801.

We’ll send you as many as you can put to good use. We’re betting that like us, you’re more into recognizing the good that police officers do than highlighting the bad that ticks do.

 

 

You’ve just learned one more reason that Asheville needs District elections to assure diverse representation. When everyone is thinking alike, things that should not be missed inevitably are…

Honoring motherhood…

Tomorrow’s a special day. It’s the day we take extra steps to honor the gender who – in more ways than one – civilizes our world.

We considered several positive messages that would highlight our appreciation of mothers. Instead – with your patience – we thought we would err toward realism.

For 45 years our country has embraced a social policy that has been egregiously antagonistic toward everything motherhood is about. We believe the impact of our unrestrained abortion enthusiasm has been deep and culturally cancerous.

We believe it is wrong to pretend and teach others that ending a life is a comparatively simple matter of choice, convenience and curettage.

Honor mothers? Certainly. We offer this declarative statement with just that in mind –

 

Abortions in America?

60 million and counting…

That’s a problem – not a solution.

 

 

“Motherhood: All love begins and end there.” Robert Browning

 

President Trump was right to pull the plug on Obama’s fantasy deal with Iran…

From the chair – Republican President Donald Trump made the extraordinary decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear accord. Predictably, he was attacked from all sides and – excepting Israel and Saudi Arabia – found his administration once again walking the lonely road less traveled.

Prognostications of catastrophe and disaster were immediately forthcoming. See picture above for an example of an earlier real disaster that was largely ignored. More on that later.

The Buncombe County Republican Party would like to applaud our President’s decision. Would you like to know why? Here’s a quick list-

  1. Iran’s support for the verification process has been persistently deceptive and fraught with intrigue.
  2. Iran persistently verbalized their commitment to undo and/or ignore the agreement.
  3. Iran’s promise to “annihilate” Israel has remained firmly in place.
  4. Iran has accelerated their role as the world’s largest terror export county.
  5. Iran’s has maintained a persistently hostile relationship with the US since the accord.
  6. Iran is actively and militarily asserting its position in Libya, Syria, Lebanon and other middle east countries.
  7. This was never a Senate verified treaty of law – it was an Obama administration treaty.
  8. Israel just revealed Iran’s pattern of lying on their weapons grade stockpiles, nuclear actions and ambitions – and their missile development program is on after-burner.
  9. The two historically adversarial middle-east countries (Israel and Saudi Arabia) with the most to lose if Obama is right about Iran’s sincerity have been united in affirming he is wrong.
  10. World leaders with a pattern of placating aggressive nations are repeating the same postponement sentiments with Iran. Speaking of postponements, did you know that Iran never signed the agreement?

President Trump has been clear – “The Iran deal is defective at its core – one sided, horrible and disastrous.” Once again, he demonstrates a level of courage and realism that perplexes antagonists. We live in a world where image has become the standard over reality – but that doesn’t mean we have to participate in the ruse. He doesn’t.

The BCGOP has another reason we appreciate the President’s action. It is an appropriate response toward the nation that served as the chief importer of IED’s during the Iraq war. A startling number of allied personnel were killed and maimed by Iran’s dark touch – and there was never accountability.

Last week our President spoke up for the men and women impacted by passive indifference to Iran’s earlier actions in Iraq. We thank him for effectively saying, “No, my administration will not support an agreement that opens the door for Iran to develop and one day apply an IED of catastrophic proportions.”

In contrast to his predecessor – he understands the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior...

 

 

 

Primary is over – now the real work begins…

From the chair – The often unpleasant and divisive strains of the primary season are now behind us. Now it’s time to lay aside accumulated animosities, hurts and disappointments and step toward our real advisory – Asheville’s liberal-progressive-socialist movement.

That sort of re-set doesn’t occur by accident. Letting go of negative feelings, attitudes and experience demands conscious thought, effort and maturity. Nobody can make us do it. It’s sort of like recovery from surgery. Initially we have to force ourselves out of that comfortable hospital bed.

We have a solid pool of candidates for the upcoming election. They need our help. Importantly, they also need to feel like they represent a political movement that people can embrace. We have a great set of principles and a strong political platform – locally we also need the attitude, unity and positivity to bring those values to life.

There are a lot of undecided, confused, turned-off or discarded voters in Asheville, Buncombe County and WNC. It’s our job to work together to nudge them in the right direction. To succeed – you and me have to start with you and me.

Need another reason to re-set your unity button? Consider this one-

“To sit back hoping that someday, some way,

someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile,

hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” 

Ronald Reagan

We are the only organized political movement capable of stopping the excesses of the left. We can’t do it without you.

Want an example of a good unity effort? How about 15th District Republican candidates Amy Evans and Nathan West having breakfast together on election day.

Impressive…

 

 

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