--Chad Adams for chairman of North Carolina's GOP
--BJ Lawson for Congress
--hypocrite and former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer
Republican voter registrations in North Carolina have declined over the past few years to the point where the GOP is slipping into "third party" status in certain districts. In fact, there's so much disillusionment with both political parties that Unaffiliated voters are the fastest growing voter registration in North Carolina.
Last year's campaigns were a clear indication that the Republican establishment ignores the concerns of the American people, and North Carolina residents in particular. When you think about it, though, why should they care? Party leadership in North Carolina is free to become as irrelevant and myopic as it likes -- the operating expenses for the NC GOP are largely funded by North Carolina taxpayers through "checkoff funds" taken from our state income taxes.
A political party that cannot thrive based upon voluntary contributions (as opposed to the coercive power of the state) is not a party at all. It is simply a state-funded bureaucracy, whose leadership rides the gravy train of corporate welfare into oblivion.
Can we change the GOP? Can we change the party's character so that it attracts rational people who are concerned about our children's future?
There has never been a better time to seek a relative outsider to lead the Republican party. As the state convention approaches, I respectfully ask that fellow supporters of liberty and principled government consider Chad Adams for chairman of North Carolina's GOP.
I have spoken with Chad, and while I don't know that we agree on every issue, he is thoughtful, rational, and a true outsider among establishment candidates. We must have a leader who is not simply a puppet of the national GOP establishment. We need someone who knows that the party's strength depends on advancing the cause of freedom, and insisting upon government that serves individual North Carolinians instead of corporate interests. We don't need an establishment tool who enforces a top-down ideology defined by party elites and filtered by our mainstream media.
I hope that all supporters of Constitutional government in every political party are able to strike a blow for freedom in this year's conventions.
P.S. - Listening to the candidate speeches at the Wake County GOP Convention revealed that there are clear differences among the candidates. One candidate in particular, former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer, was memorable for his ability to segment the audience and pander to every voting block. His speech started with an impassioned recitation of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, stating how we needed to restore our country and not just our political party, and railing against the increasingly-unpopular Wall Street bailouts. The crowd was engaged... and just when I thought he believed what he was saying, he then launched into the need to re-elect our now-senior Republican U.S. Senator.
At that point, the cognitive dissonance was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I talked with many attendees who were blown away by Fetzer's hypocrisy. How can one espouse these essential ideals, and then turn around and defend a Senator who voted for the Wall Street bailouts, and supports the unconstitutional federal Department of Education?
This experience brought to mind the question from James 3:11: Can both fresh and salt water flow from the same stream?
The answer, of course, is no. The good news is that the audience is listening.