USA Dot Com is a blog covering politics and government from a conservative Christian perspective. Verne Strickland is a 50-year veteran of investigative journalism. This blog offers a take-no-prisoners style with a modicum of biting satire. Verne and his wife of 55 years, Durrene, live in Wilmington, NC.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Jude Eden: What I Learned From the 2012 NC7 Election
NC7 election was very instructive because it illuminated and reaffirmed
many things we need to know about the Republican party and how they
the spring of 2011, the races hadn’t even begun for the general public,
but the back-room deals had already begun and deeds set in motion to
cripple Conservative Ilario Pantano and to favor David Rouzer to win.
RINO Senator Bob Rucho hired a Democrat precinct chair and member of
the amnesty-for-illegals-supporting – not to mention
racist-extremist-groups La Raza and El Pueblo to re-draw the NC7
district lines in favor of David Rouzer, who announced he was running
hours after the lines were redrawn.
The new district lines now suddenly excluded Pantano-friendly military
base communities like Onslow County and the Fort Bragg area, and now
included Rouzer’s Johnston county with its favoritism to Big Agriculture
and Big Tobacco who benefit heavily from illegal labor. Members of the
NHCGOP and others from the coastal part of the district went to Raleigh
to voice their objections to no avail.
the Johnston County GOP headquarters only carried information about
Rouzer, and when locals seeking information on Pantano asked where they
could find it, they were given fake information and sent on wild goose
chases. Pantano himself as well as supporters were kicked off JCGOP
social media sites so as not to allow any alternative information or any
disputation of Rouzer propaganda.
it came to the debate held in Johnston County, they changed the time of
the debate several times and didn’t publicize it. Only about 25 Rouzer
supporters showed up to the JC debate. The organizers of that debate
didn’t want his supporters to see what a sorry debater he was when
compared to Ilario Pantano. 3 of the 4 debates were recorded, and all
show that Pantano was far and away superior to his opponents. Pantano
was also prevented from attending and speaking to the JC convention,
while Rouzer was made the keynote speaker. They did everything they
could to prevent the people of Johnston County from making an informed
decision on their candidate.
did everything he could to avoid being at events where Ilario would be
for this same reason. As a speaker, Rouzer is a total flop. He
inspires nothing but flowers to wilt, his audience to fall asleep as he
fumbles through barely-memorized speeches and pithy sayings. He did not
run on his record because he didn’t have a great record on which to
run. As much as possible he had others speak for him instead of
standing on his own.
economy is in the tank, people are desperate for jobs while millions of
illegals are being employed. Even veterans returning from war are
struggling to find work. Rouzer himself worked on a farm to pay for
college, yet campaigned that working on farms and in construction was
work “Americans, frankly, aren’t willing to do.” Another part of his
campaign was that Ilario Pantano, being from New York, wasn’t “one of
us” in NC. Yet illegal immigrants are?
did not win because he was the better, more Conservative candidate, the
stronger opponent to the Democrats and Obama. He won because, despite
his deep flaws, sagging performance, he had the big Republican machine
behind him. Even with redistricting and the Republican party machine
doing everything they could to favor him, Rouzer still only managed to
win by 3000 votes, and that largely in his own county far from the
coast. That’s what a pathetic candidate he is.
us turn to RINO Rouzer supporters. In 2010 Senator Thom Goolsby ran as
a Tea Party Conservative, endorsed Pantano in 2010 and used Pantano’s
volunteers and phone center to get himself elected. Within 5 months of
getting elected, he turned tail to endorse the Rouzer for the 2012
election. On the radio Friday after the primary
he said that all the Republican freshmen backed Rouzer. Thanks to him
for giving us important information. Now we know what spineless RINO’s
the freshmen are, that they too support amnesty for illegals and will do
everything they can to quell and nullify the Conservative voices in
also said on that show that he supported Rouzer so that we would have
the best chance of beating Obama in November. How utterly laughable!
Pantano is so obviously the strongest asset for a team against the Obama
machine. Goolsby, the freshmen and all the others who supported Rouzer
have now in fact crippled us in fighting the Obama machine by choosing
the man who doesn’t stand on principle, but rather goes with whomever’s
paying. In the New Hanover County debate he actually said that he
lobbied for Amnesty for illegals because that’s what he was told to do.
could not win one debate, could not inspire half the enthusiasm that
Pantano did, and to say the least wasn’t nearly the most Conservative or
able candidate. All he had going for him was other people propping him
up. How can a puppet do political battle with the Democrat machine?
have seen what the parties do to truly Conservative candidates.
Pantano is not the only one who had the district redrawn from under
him. It’s being done to Allen West in Florida,
and many other strong Conservatives across the country. It goes
without saying that the Leftists want to destroy them, but so does the
Right. They do not want to lose their power and pensions any more than
the Democrats. They do not want to lose control of the country’s purse
strings. They do not care about fighting corruption in Washington,
reducing the debt that is crushing us, or bringing the economy back from
the pit. They do not care about protecting citizens and our liberty.
They care about getting
elected. Just like the Democrats, it is the mission of the Republican
party - not to promote the values of the Declaration of Independence and
the Constitution, but “to help elect Republican candidates.”
it wasn’t abundantly clear before, it is now: We are not just fighting
the Democrats for the soul of our country. We are fighting the
Republicans as well. The Republicans are in bed with Big Business that
benefits from cheap labor. They are working with groups like La Raza
that don’t want Hispanics to assimilate as American citizens, they want
to eliminate our borders and claim American states as theirs. They are
recruiting for “diversity” rather than standing on Conservative
principle as they’ve recruited Neri Martinez, who is from Florida, to be
North Carolina’s Hispanic Coordinator for the Republican party.
to the November elections, from the top down nationally Republican
candidates are being told not to talk about illegal immigration and the
destruction it is reaping on our country. They are supporting amnesty
for illegals and pressuring their candidates to follow along. They
worked very hard using every underhanded method they could in this
election to make sure the Conservative who had the peoples’ confidence
and a strong stance against illegal immigration would be defeated.
this the Republican party we’re supposed to support? The party that’s
supposed to be for Conservative values but is just the same as the
Democrat party? We are where we are today not just because of
destructive Leftist policies, but because of those who have done nothing
to thwart them. Compromise they say. We know what that means: Lose
and hope to be liked. It never works, and it’s the citizens who
suffer. We’re losing our freedoms, we’re losing our homes, we’re losing
the moral foundations that make our society strong and free. It’s
clear the Republican party - with their milquetoast candidates and their
efforts to derail true Conservatives – are not winning any battles for
it’s up to us – to vote our principles, not just the candidate with the
letter behind their name that we like. Busy as we are being the
bread-winner, taking care of home and family and all the other to-do’s –
we must educate ourselves about our local politics and elected
officials. Send your money to your candidate, not the party. Educate
yourself and vote your principles. And shine the light on the party
corruption wherever you see it!