Publisher's Note: This article appears here courtesy of the Beaufort Observer.
Our recent article on political slavery brings up another question. What should political parties provide to the public? This is a broad question and could go a lot of places. However the average person is looking for only two things. The first is honest candidates. The second is honest, truthful party leaders who provide service to all of their public.
This short article may be somewhat Polyannish but sometimes discussing the obvious is needed, especially when weak and deceptive leaders are the vast majority. We ask this question in the article about political slavery in a paragraph about Republican elected officials, but it applies to Democrats as well: "How many can pass the smell test for truthfulness, double dealing and selling their office?".
Now, we ask the same question of both Democrat and Republican Party leaders.
The simple truth is that both parties have swamps. At the moment the Republican Party has smelly swamps in Raleigh and Beaufort County. The Democrat party is not as powerful as in the past, their focus in on rebuilding. The Clinton Swamp is in the process of being drained unless a way can be found to destroy Donald J. Trump. The Republican Raleigh Swamp is presently trying to survive the Robin Hayes machine. Looking back, it cannot be a Robin , it must be a Turkey.
The Beaufort County swamp revolves around a very vicious battle between conservative and liberal Republicans. The conservatives would easily win this fight, but for the liberal northern Republicans who moved into the county. The present power structure's strength comes from liberal northerners and local Democrats who call themselves Republicans (RINOs). This controversy has been sitting there simmering for many years. It came to a boil this year when radical Republicans decided they had to have total control. Thus the yellow sheet Republicans. They are named for the yellow sheet Parul Varcoe, Joseph Knox and Ernie Coleman used to signal when the outsiders were supposed to vote for members of the executive committee during the Beaufort County Republican Convention this year.
Looks like the Raleigh and Beaufort County Republican Party leaders missed the smell test for truthfulness, double dealing and selling their office. The same game is played in Raleigh and Beaufort County. That is: secrecy, special favors for friends and trying to shut out anybody they do not like. However, the leadership still expects Republicans to hold their nose an vote for who the small group at the top says to vote for.
Take a look at the shambles of the Democrat party. It was run the same way as the present Republican Party for years. You will observe that these swamp tactics did not work in the long run. The same thing will happen to the t Republican Party if it does not wise up.
Responsible political parties should provide publicly vetted (by executive committees) clean, honest candidates who understand the Constitution of the United States. And who do not want to serve the rest of their lives in public office. It is just that simple and easy.
It is up to all of us to keep our political parties clean and honest. It is a never ending job. We should never give up our ideals. If we do, we become political slaves.
The Sanitizing liquid of all political machines would be to have limited terms.
Thank the Good Lord we are not entirely in the hands of the Exaulted Party leaders. We, the people, can make the change.
That opportunity is at hand.. Registration begins for all of the 2020 elections on December 2 of 2019 and ends on December 20th. We, the voters, can change government by changing the people who run government. Whether School Board or County Commissioners.
There are four Commissioner seats up for election. Four seats make a majority of the Board. Those seats now belong to Jerry Langley, Jerry Evans, John Rebholz and Hood Richardson. Evans and Rebholz are yellow sheet Republicans. Rebholz has, at his first commissioner meeting voted against the Second Amendment (gun rights).
Stan Deatherage does not run again until 2022. The election of Richardson and two other conservative Republicans would bring a much needed change to the Board of Commissioners. For one thing taxes could be reduced. They have gone up each year during the past five years. We could eliminate many of the continuing abuses of over spending, jail management, un controlled over time, EMS expense, and continuation budgets.