Van Duyn and ‘Moral Mondays’ taking us in wrong direction

Terry Van Duyn, who was picked to replace state Senator Martin Nesbitt, who passed away, is up to her eyeballs with the “Moral Mondays” protests, begging and demanding increased monies for North Carolina social programs. Along with Rev. William Barber, the head of the N.C. NAACP, they want unlimited unemployment insurance and medicaid expansion. In other words, “socialism,” plain and simple.

But there is a deafening noise of any mention of meaningful employment. WORK. I have yet to find out the salary for Barber.  Maybe minimum wage, ya’think? I have about as much respect for this man as I do Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. It’s my honest opinion that the NAACP has about as much to do with the advancement of people of color as my chance of being  the first Homo sapien to walk on Mars.

We need to feed the poor in this nation, and yet we are the second fattest nation on Earth, down from “first place” to Mexico. The foodstamp program is more than the population of the country of Spain. MORE SPENDING!

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must learn to work instead of living on public assistance,” said Cicero in 55 BC.  The Roman Empire fell. What have we learned in 2,000 years?

Those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.

“A favorite theory of mine – to wit, that no occurrence is sole and solitary, but is merely a repetition of a thing which has happened before, and perhaps often,” said Mark Twain.

The general definition of madness  is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different outcome.

Fuller Moore

Mountain Home


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One thought on “Van Duyn and ‘Moral Mondays’ taking us in wrong direction

  1. boatrocker

    The rebuttal to this letter (see this week’s LTE) made me think after hearing something over the weekend. An English lady pointed out to me that the majority of America’s financial woes do not come from helping out those ‘awful’ poor people, aka welfare, food stamps, social programs, etc. They come from bailouts of ‘too big to fail’ companies that seek to rule with the motto “In money we trust” as well as funding a few illegal and unconstitutional wars over the past decade-ish.

    The fact she was English had no bearing on her politics-she merely pointed out a few things to a Sean Hannity sound alike sitting at a table next to me who complained about the US being a ‘socialist’ country and spending too much $ to fix our problems instead of letting poor people just die already.

    1) She pointed out that Capt. Complaino (the guy at the next table who butted in to a conversation- I didn’t get his name), if he draws Social Security is relying on big gob’mnt to take care of him, whether he earned that money or not.

    2) She challenged him to go downtown, find a homeless guy (or better yet a homeless family with kids) and repeat to him how all welfare or food stamp recipients are moochers to their face. She also pointed out that vets account for a large % of food stamp activity (he claimed to have proudly served, etc), therefore those vets would be considered moochers too.

    3) She asked the inevitable question if he was Christian (he proudly said yes)- then he was asked why that Jesus guy worked so closely with poor people who would be considered welfare moochers by a certain news network and quoted a few Bible-y verses.

    4) She finally challenged him to read a Johnathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and asked- if one of his grandkids were poor would he be willing to sell said child to rich people to be used for food- a bit tongue in cheek, but as soon as it was a family member, somehow his beliefs changed.

    Strangely enough, even after all that AND claiming futball was a superior sport over baseball and American football, 2 people bought her a drink after her counter-tirade. Maybe there’s hope after all.

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