Odd behavior often denotes some rather odd bedfellows in politics
While I am hardly a political animal - don't really have the time for it - I have, over the years, been rather astute in recognizing the obvious, especially the dubious moves of politicians. I see this odd behavior often from Democrats, and sadly, I now see it from some Republicans as well.
It is an odd behavior wrought in the need for acceptance through political subterfuge, a dishonest behavior that, when recognized, makes one feel a bit odd, possibly a bit squeamish, as if one walked up upon something of an extreme nature that arouses one's ocular and olfactory senses, and not in a good way. I get this often from politicians, those of an ignoble bent, striving to find their way, advised by others, seeking some level of acceptance whereever they can find it, while all the while wrapping themselves in their good deeds "for the people," always for the people. I'm not particularly fond of this particular behavior in people, and certainly not in politicians for some folks tend to take them as serious, maybe even as leaders.
Decades ago, maybe, I quite possibly almost was that guy ... almost.
The truth of the matter is that I never found any good footing down that path ... I suppose I am just too honest by nature, sometimes too honest for my own good. I speak my mind and I often speak it well enough to get myself into some minor trouble. I, however, am never forced to consider the veracity my words and deeds, just did I deliver them with the strength of some measure of conviction, and did I find the time to act accordingly.
Consequently, today is possibly one of those days when I see that much is broken in the world, and sadly much is broken in North Carolina's Republican Party, and probably, to varying degrees, in the people, who actually consider themselves politically adroit, that still believe in it.
Sadly, I stopped believing in the North Carolina Republican Party long ago, and am fairly suspect of those that still do, as if they can claim a connection to a gathered closeness to a presumed power - a power that many of us see as corrupted. It is a power of political presumption that is far removed from the reality of where it gets real for those of us that struggle to provide for our own families, within our separate communities, and yet still understand that the fragile American landscape is now broken. Understanding the need for mend, thankfully, there are still enough Americans with enough patriotic conviction to endeavor to make a difference to help, to change and to better that immediate place where our lot is won or lost.
Now, here is where it gets weird: There are those among us who know of this place where reality thrives, and they might attempt to speak to the core of these community ideals, but are wholly incapable of understanding the problem, and far less capable of delivering on the message
that it can be fixed - that combined sacrifice is the real brick and mortar to do so. Unfortunately, some of these folks become politicians
For these people, who lapse into leadership via the political mechanism of public service, unless they can accept some humility to learn from those that are far more capable than they, and the wisdom to identify who those better leaders are, they are doomed to failure at some point or another. Unfortunately, the North Carolina: state and local landscape is littered with these junior leaders, poorly formed, unprincipled and incapable of real leadership.
Here Downeast, we got a strong taste of that unprincipled leadership, when NC House Speaker Thom Tillis
, and his minions in Raleigh, and those here local, backed former Democrats and RINOs against principled Republicans
, many of whom were incumbents, and continued to work against those not favored, but victorious Republicans from the primaries and into the general election, aiding the Democrats.
Just recently, we have discovered that a corrupted NC GOP has interfered in the duly elected Beaufort County Republican Party's Executive Committee's choices to serve on the local Beaufort County Board of Elections and supplanted robustly confirmed RINO, former RINO County Commissioner Jay McRoy, for their top choice, Conservative Beaufort Observer Editor Delma Blinson. Due to the NC GOP's corrupted behavior, the executive committee's other choice, principled Conservative and former local party chairman, Charles Hickman, chose to resign rather
serve as an appointment by the tainted state party, led by NC GOP Party Chairman Claude Pope
Here on the local level, Republican County Commissioner Gary Brinn knowingly presented the false narrative in the local Democrat News Publication, the Washington Daily News
, that I, Beaufort County Commissioner Stan Deatherage, supported the unconstitutionally mandated "Limited Voting" for electing county commissioners even though there is no supporting data to corroborate that assertion, but rather a wealth of information to support the opposite. The fact of the matter is that no one in the history of Beaufort County, save Steve Rader, has worked harder to end "Limited Voting" than I. So why the false narrative?
Stupid leaders think others are stupid enough to believe such lies, and, remarkably, Commissioner Brinn helps me make my larger point that the American political landscape is broken, and that there exists an environment that this form of political subterfuge can flourish, and that some Republicans are no different than Democrats in believing that there are plenty of naive, uninformed citizens who believe false narratives such as Brinn's.
I, on the hand, work diligently to that aforementioned expressed fault: to be honest and keep others informed with information that is correct. I take great pride in this, and know that by informing the public so that they may become smarter, so that poorly witted elected leaders will no longer find that fertile ground where their form of intellect may prey upon those ill informed, and find traction to everyone's detriment.
It is a ongoing battle that will never be fully won, and ignorance completely stamped out, but fixing America's broken political landscape is the priority of many good people and our numbers grow, and I shall make it my priority that this shall continue.
Am I being too honest here? well ...