“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But, under the name of “Liberalism”, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”–Norman Thomas, 1944 (six-time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America)

NC Democrats coping with all power lost in NC

By GARY D. ROBERTSON – Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans can never remember soaring so high in state government with Pat McCrory entering the Executive Mansion and expanding GOP majorities at the Legislative Building come January.

Democrats can’t remember sitting so low.

As the dominant force in North Carolina politics for over a century, Democrats almost always held all the strings of power in Raleigh. They’ll all be cut after last week’s election. The Democrats’ 20-year winning streak for governor is over. They’ll hold barely one-third of the Legislature’s seats, and Republicans remain the majority on the state Supreme Court.

Democrats also took hits in federal races. North Carolina was the only battleground state President Barack Obama lost in his successful re-election campaign. And Democrats lost at least three U.S. House seats.

“The Democratic Party in North Carolina is as weak as it has ever been as a political power force,” veteran North Carolina political researcher John Davis said.

It’s left Democrats wondering how they’ll maximize what little influence they’ll have and how to rebuild their brand in the state. But they’re also nervous about whether 2012 was an aberration in a competitive two-party state or the start of a long-term hiatus.

“We’re at a crossroads. I don’t think anybody knows the answer to this question,” said former Democratic Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, but “there’s no question the Democratic Party is going to be going through a retooling process.”

The first crack in Democratic dominance in state government opened 40 years ago when Jim Holshouser was elected the first GOP governor since 1901. GOP Gov. Jim Martin served for eight years a decade later, and the state House went Republican in the mid-1990s. The big moment came two years ago, when Republicans won a majority in both legislative chambers for the first time since 1870.

Democrats lost another nine seats in the House and one seat in the Senate on Election Day, meaning Republicans now hold veto-proof majorities in each chamber. Democrats, with just 61 seats in the 170-member Legislature, will have no way to stop GOP policies as long as most Republicans and McCrory are in agreement.

Democrats offer several explanations for their recent setbacks – some out of their control and others self-inflicted.

The slowly recovering economy and low approval numbers for outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue put Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton deep in a hole against McCrory, who narrowly lost to Perdue in 2008. Republicans also got to redraw district maps for the House and Senate and the U.S. House delegation.

“It shows the power of the pen – meaning the redistricting pen – and the power of the purse – meaning having tremendous access to a large amount of campaign money,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, a minority whip. Democrats and their allies have challenged the legality of the maps.

After political scandals over the past decade involving mostly Democratic elected officials, the party also suffered through another this year when the party’s executive director resigned after sexual harassment allegations were made against him by an employee.

Party Chairman David Parker, who held onto his post when Perdue, Dalton and others tried to force him out, said Friday the controversy didn’t “change the mind of a single voter” but acknowledged there “was definitely an energy drain.”

Parker said there were some positives from Election Day. Democrats retained a majority on the Council of State and were extremely well organized for the Obama campaign. Parker said his party’s commitment to public education and job creation still align well with the minds of voters.

“I am genuinely optimistic about the Democratic Party because our message is so solid,” he said.

Wicker and others say the message has to expand to bring back conservative Democrats and the corporate community, which largely is now siding with Republicans.

House and Senate Democratic caucuses also have to overcome the perception they are anti-business or support higher taxes.

“There is no ideological balance in those caucuses anymore,” Davis said. But he added that urban population growth still brings tremendous opportunities for Democrats to rebound in the future.

Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal-leaning North Carolina Policy Watch, said elected officials in the party have failed to step up after Democratic heavyweights like Sens. Marc Basnight and Tony Rand left the political stage in the past four years.

“It’s an opportunity to clear the lot and start over in terms of party infrastructure and strategy and fundraising,” Fitzsimon said.

Potential Democratic standard bearers could include Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and State Treasurer Janet Cowell. It’s unclear whether Attorney General Roy Cooper will take a more prominent party role or consider a gubernatorial run in 2016. Others believe Parker is still the problem and want him out. He said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for chairman again in a few months.

Republicans who served in the minority for years cautioned Democrats against being too intensely partisan, or risk failing to accomplish things for constituents.

“The member has to decide whether to be effective in the body, or do they want to be a politico,” said former House Speaker Harold Brubaker, who was just one of six Republicans in the House when he arrived in the chamber in 1977.

Democrats acknowledge political victories will be rare.

“Is it going to be pleasant? No, but I’ve always said there’s always a dignity to being in the minority party,” Ross said, “so we’ll go forward. We have no choice.”


Upcoming presidential election:

Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.  We enthusiastically support his candidacy.  For my friends who have hesitation on that score, I’d just ask you to keep four things in mind:

    1. Justice Scalia is 76 years old
    2. Justice Kennedy is 76 years old
    3. Justice Breyer turned 74 in August
    4. Justice Ginsburg turned 79 a couple months ago.

In addition, Justice Ginsburg has Pancreatic Cancer.  Justice Stephen Breyer has already indicated he would retire and is just waiting to see if Obama is reelected.  The next president could appoint as many as 4 new Justices over next 8 years.  This election is about more than the economy, ObamaCare, Medicare, and the National Debt.

We wish them all well, of course, but the brute fact is that whoever we elect as president in November is almost certainly going to choose at least one new member of the Supreme Court, in addition to hundreds of other life-tenured federal judges, all of whom will be making momentous decisions about our lives for decades to come.

So for anybody who is thinking of not voting because your favorite didn’t get nominated, or writing in a candidate who can’t win, imagine this:  SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ERIC HOLDER

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”    –Plato

Editors note:  Knowing many fine people in Madison County who are strong Democrats, I cannot believe that the majority of Madison County Democrats support a Platform and Resolutions like these.  When will you realize that your Party has LEFT you behind?  

The stakes for conservatives in North Carolina could not be greater in 2012.  In fact, we face the ideological fight of our lives.  National Democrats and the Obama campaign will spend millions upon millions of dollars to keep North Carolina in the President’s column.  North Carolina Democrats will depend on this outside money in their attempt to take back control of state government, including the State House of Representatives.  We must not allow this to happen, as House Democrats have publicly pledged to repeal all of the common-sense legislation we passed in 2011.

One look at the state Democratic convention this past weekend demonstrates the extreme liberal fringe that makes up today’s North Carolina Democratic Party.  Resolutions adopted by the NCDP at their convention include:

• A single-payer national healthcare system (which would be significantly to the left of the job-killing monstrosity that is ObamaCare)

• Repeal of the marriage amendment (that was recently approved by 61% of North Carolinians)

• The full legalization of marijuana (not just for medicinal purposes, which is a position to the left of even California Democrats)

• The abandonment of nuclear energy as part of the U.S. energy policy (which would in turn force us to become even more dependent on foreign oil)

• Full abolishment of the death penalty

• A demand for collective bargaining rights for workers (which would be extremely detrimental to attracting new business investment in North Carolina)

• Opposition to state-level immigration reform (while the federal government continues to ignore the issue)

• The creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence (which is just absurd)

These positions are so outside of the mainstream, one wonders if they were even meant to be serious.  Of course, you never know what to expect when you’re dealing with the same body that decided to keep their Party Chairman after his role in the cover-up of a sexual harassment scandal, who continue to support the least popular governor in the country (who may have recently committed fraud by altering official documents to protect her pet spending projects), and who just nominated a candidate for governor who has promised to keep the exact same policies as his predecessor.

It is paramount that we do everything within our power to defend and expand our majorities in 2012.  We cannot afford to let these radicalized North Carolina Democrats take back control of state government.

If any other of our presidents had doubled the National Debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had then proposed to DOUBLE the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had criticized a State Law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot Head?

If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a State in the United States to force that State to continue to allow Illegal Immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who’s side he was on?

If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps as if it were the Marine Corpse, would you think him an Idiot?

If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed?

If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed, would you support him?

If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an IPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it to be a proud moment for America?

If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If any other of our presidents had filled his Cabinet and circle of Advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their Income Taxes, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, wouldn’t you have had second thoughts about his capabilities?

If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk?

If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was “The 5th of May” (Cinco de Mayo), and then continue to flub it when he tried again, wouldn’t you have winced in embarrassment?

If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a Hypocrite?

If any other of our presidents’ Administrations had ok’d Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest, with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing Political issue
with claims of racism and incompetence?

If any other of our presidents had created the positions of 32 Czars who report directly to him, by-passing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?

Can’t think of anything?  Then you’d better start worrying.  He’s done all these things in 28 months –and you have less than 12 months to come up with an answer.

Every statement and action in this post is factual and correctly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama.  Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”