Candidate Don Cox's 'Granddaddy' Got it All Wrong | Beaufort County Now | '90% of life' is not 'showing up on time'; 100% of life is having integrity. | Beaufort County Commissioner Stan Deatherage, Don Cox, Washington Strategic Group, Beaufort County Commissioner race

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Candidate Don Cox's 'Granddaddy' Got it All Wrong

'90% of life' is not 'showing up on time'; 100% of life is possessing integrity

    For some folks having integrity is an elusive conundrum that is never achieved. The principle component of having integrity is being honest: with your personal ideals, with your substantive ideas, in all of your dealings with others, and greatest all, with your Lord and Savior.

    My dear father, Robert Earle Deatherage, added another wrinkle of instruction to help construct the crystallization of my character, and often I hear his clear voice rattling around in my head before I make important decisions: "Don't be stupid son!"

    Slandering the character, by insinuation or otherwise, of accomplished men as a means of elevating one's limited character against theirs will not, or should not get one elected. For Mr. Cox, his character assassination is a substitute for not having any rudimentary understanding of the job of managing a county, and by offering no substantive plan to help in these difficult times is no campaign strategy. However, if Don Cox is successful in conniving the lowest of the low-information Republicans /Independents into voting for him in sufficient numbers to get him through the primary, and through the general election, reasonable folk should question: Would substantive men, elected to serve the good, and substantially more enlightened people of Beaufort County, ever trust the vacuous Mr. Cox?

    Mathew 16:26 - "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?"

    For nearly 18 years, I have endeavored to save Beaufort County by offering solutions, and working with other commissioners that similarly endeavor the same - most notably County Commissioner Hood Richardson.
"Evil Empire" with the insinuation that either Keith Kidwell or Stan Deatherage are the biggest bullies or the laziest people in Beaufort County, plus the slanderous accusation that I am habitually late, which of course is a lie. One thing that is not a lie is the immutable fact that the photoshop work for this 'hit piece' is marginal at best, and the writing quite poor. I know this because this is part of what we do at SNI, and we are quite good at it - possibly the best in northeastern North Carolina.

    Understandably, me thinks the Sophistic Mr. Cox should seek a refund from The Washington Strategic Group. Who knows, maybe Candidate Cox should seek damages, because I am pretty sure these 'hit pieces', in lieu of having anything valuable to share in the discussion, aren't working for him, and may very well singularly cost him the election.

    Having no solution other than quoting someone from your past about 'showing up on time' is not a plan, and in my mind does not qualify you to sit at the commissioner dais to ultimately make decisions that will decide the economic fates of the hardworking taxpayers of Beaufort County.

    This is not some kind of a political game, a lower rung on the political ladder, where one sacrifices any semblance of good judgement to gain a seat at the game. When one works as a county commissioner, they get dirty, and using their wits is essential. 'Just showing up on time' will not qualify you to serve, and it certainly will not instill within you the integrity necessary to deal with issues involving so many moving pieces - issues that involve people's lives.

    Candidate Cox, since you are prone to taking advice from granddaddies, please heed the advice of this granddaddy, me, a granddaddy, who has accomplished every bit as much in his 59 years as your granddaddy did in the entirety of his life. My advice to you is: don't elevate yourself in any contest of ideas by slandering the character of your opponent, while offering nothing of intellectual value in return. There is no substitute for hard work, and knowing your limitations is the greatest measure of wisdom well earned; and possibly the greatest advice that I could offer the Sophistic Mr. Cox is to restate my father's advice to me - "Don't do anything stupid son!"

    Possibly Candidate Cox would have been better served to seek my advice rather than recollect the advice of someone whose idea of great wisdom was just showing up, or better yet, that of the Washington Strategic Group, A.K.A. "The Three Stooges" - this poor boy's handlers.

    What was that line by P.T. Barnum? "There's a sucker born every minute?" Well it does appear that Mr. Cox well qualifies for that designation if surely not for the county commission.

    Publisher's note: There will be much more on these "Stooges" in the near future here within the current annals of BCN, and for some time yet to come.


( March 7th, 2020 @ 1:51 am )
Thanks; however, looking square into the jaws of history, I was probably just good and pissed when I wrote this, and, I should not be so reactionary in hindsight.
( March 5th, 2020 @ 3:56 pm )
Well said Stan.
( March 5th, 2020 @ 3:53 pm )
Stan, I have enjoyed reading your comments about Dox Cox. Sophistic, egotistical, Don Cox doesn't know anything about politics. I actually laughed out loud when I read some post about him recently. Don Cox Wikipedia is another good read.
Donna Lay said:
( April 24th, 2014 @ 8:49 am )
You are absolutely right in that when a person has no platform or basis to sustain a campaign, the only thing he can do is try and trash his opponents in that race. That becomes very obvious when they don't show up for forums.
Donna Lay
( April 18th, 2014 @ 11:40 pm )
God bless you John.

If we had more 'high information' folks like you in the electorate, we would have a much higher grade of county commissioners, and we would be in much better shape here in Beaufort County.

It is true; we get the government we deserve.
( April 18th, 2014 @ 11:30 pm )
As a new Granddad of a few years, and follower of the conservative moment since I was the first registered Republican in my family in 1979, I cringe when I see candidates attempting to elevate thier status by doing such idiotic things as this. If one truely understood the motivation, at least during the primary season, of the voters within thier party, they would extoll the virtues that they would bring to the ticket vs. trivial attempts at influencing the low information voters (hint: those not voting in the Republican primary)to come into thier fold. Stan's stance is without question, I know I don't have to make a call or write a letter, I totally trust his interpretation of how each issue affects Beaufort County. Something I don't know about Mr. Cox, even though he spent mega $'s on a very poor mailing. Is this how he will spend our tax $'s???? Some of the Sheriff's candidates should take note of how this negative spam is in poor taste and stop the back biting. With high information voters, issues matter.
( April 16th, 2014 @ 12:42 am )
Thank God for Lynn that my first and second versions did not get published.

They will see the light of day when needed in some representable iteration of truth. Mostly a truth of how incorrigible handlers can turn a willing dupe into a politically illiterate 'meat puppet' for their amusement and profit.

These "Three Stooges" are the true villains here for so many definable reasons.

Also, my long enduring thanks to my wife Lynn for seeing the mistakes that eventually get corrected.
( April 15th, 2014 @ 10:09 pm )
Glad I could help you with your title.
( April 15th, 2014 @ 9:40 pm )
Dear Mr. Don Cox

Disrespect, is a word you used in your latest flyer. People have jobs and families that can make them run late for things. You may think this is disrespectful. I think your actions and words are more disrespectful. You should not personally attack your opponents, whomever they are. A personal attack is disrespectful. Why would we vote for you??
Somebody said:
( April 15th, 2014 @ 8:06 pm )
Well said, Stan. Well said.

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