Letter: End rule of NC GOP miscreants

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Republicans in North Carolina talk a lot about the integrity of the vote, which is diabolical since they are the state’s main purveyors of electoral cheating. The leaders of the Republican Party here know that actual voting fraud is extremely rare, but they also know that as only the third-largest political group in the state, behind Democrats and independents, their chances of winning a fair election are pretty slim. So they cheat. In 2011, Republicans carved up the state into perfectly gerrymandered districts that ensured, they hoped, a permanent veto-proof majority in Raleigh and Republican dominance in the congressional districts.

You might think that the state’s Republican leadership would be satisfied with that crude takeover, but you’d be wrong. The conniving and plotting against their enemies continues unabated, with new schemes rolled out in every electoral season. Now they’ve persuaded a majority of voters to sanction “common-sense” voter IDs, with the details to come later. Based on past performance, it is certain that Republicans will figure out ways to make IDs work for them by depressing the vote among folks who tend to vote for Democrats.

The thuggish behavior of the North Carolina GOP has been a disaster, making us a national laughingstock, and there needs to be some kind of reckoning, and soon. Government run by liars and cheats, for liars and cheats, cannot, will not, last forever. It is way past time to bring democracy back to North Carolina and end the rule of the miscreants.

— Michael Carlebach


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4 thoughts on “Letter: End rule of NC GOP miscreants

  1. Richard B.

    From Wikipedia “Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”
    Michael’s letter is a perfect example. Well done.

  2. Stan Hawkins

    It is interesting how leftist find a way to disrespect a statewide vote count for voter ID. No gerrymandering involved in that statewide vote count sir.

    Question is, do you respect majority vote or not? Everybody does not get a trophy in elections nor in real life.

    Merry Christmas.

  3. Lulz

    LOL their “democracy” is evil. One where the enticement to vote isn’t predicated on actual progress, ethics, and qualifications. Rather it’s based on theft, wealth redistribution, lies, retribution, and power. Elections have no meaning when someone who contributes has less voting power than one who seeks to take his money. When the little megalomaniacs use race, sex, ethnicity, and now migrant status to divide and they gain support, you no longer have a cohesive nation or culture. You have the beginning of something that rigged elections can no longer contain and that’s peace and harmony.

    American has become decadent and vain. And people have forgotten the lessons of the past. Too bad that many leftist will bring nothing but hardships and worse to their own to satisfy their current “moral” crusade. They’re not called useful idiots for nothing, What we have now is a machine that tells you that your eyes are lying. And your own sense of self worth is based on what people did in the past and that you “owe”. Toss in a bunch of lies, mob mentality, and forced silence. In other words they’re being told to shut up, pay, and don’t complain because your ancestors did bad things. Persecuting people for simply existing and guilting them into silence while their standard of living declines, their money is stolen, their jobs are gutted, and their voices are ignored and ridiculed isn’t “progress”.

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