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About this "split" in the local Republican Party

September 29, 2012
The newcomers down at the WDN have made a startling discovery: Not everyone who registers or gets elected as a "Republican" votes the way Republicans are supposed to vote. Wow, that's really news is it not? Let me explain this "divided party."

There are basically two political parties in this nation, state and county. The Democrats stand for more government control of our lives, bigger government from more and more spending which causes higher debt and taxes. Democrats believe that the government is better at making your decisions for you than you are. The worst Democrats believe what they think is more important than what you think for yourself. They strive to make people dependent on the government so they can control everything.

Republicans—real Republicans--believe in less government, reflected in lower spending and thus less debt and taxes, and greater individual liberty to live our lives the way we choose. Democrats focus on the collective. Republicans focus on the individual. So Republicans see solutions in the individual and Democrats believe in government to solve problems. A simpler way to look at this dichotomy is to label the continuum "liberal" on the left to "conservative" on the right. The problem comes with those misdirected souls in the middle who just can't decide where they belong. We have a few of them in Beaufort County.

The noise comes in that anyone eligible to vote can register as a Republican or as a Democrat. Many Democrats actually vote Republican. Many people register "Unaffiliated" but they don't run for office. But most of them vote Republican. Putting an "R" beside your name, or calling your group "Republican," does not make you a Republican any more than putting a "D" beside your name makes you a Democrat. Like calling yourself a Christian does not necessarily mean you believe in Christian principles. Like calling yourself a patriot does not mean necessarily you honor our Constitution and believe in our Founding Priniples.

When you boil it all down Democrats are liberals and Republicans should be conservative. Or they should join the Democrat Party.

The "division" the WDN writes about in the Beaufort Republican Party is actually a group that calls themselves Republican but acts like Democrats. They are not right and it is not right for them to try to fool the voters. But they do. And they actually do fool some of the people, but you know that old saying about "you can't fool all the people all of the time."

What is not right is for a person to run as a "Conservative Republican" and then vote with the liberal Democrats. That is deception, to put a nice spin on it. And while we have some real good deceivers in both Washington's, that they are good at it does not make it right.

In Beaufort County we have three basic political groups. The Democrats, which bless their souls, they pretty much toe the liberal party line, the Unaffiliated who go back and forth and the Republicans. Yes, the Republicans are divided. We are divided between the liberals and the conservatives. But ask yourself this: Why would a liberal want to be called a Republican?

Some would like you to believe it is a matter of degrees of being conservative. And to be sure some are more conservative than others. But that does not cause the divide. The divide comes when candidates run for office, and when some of them get elected, as a conservative and then vote with the Democrats. That's what you see when you see the County Commission split 5-2.

These "Republican In Name Only (RINO's)" adopt the "R" beside their name because it helps them get elected, if they fool enough people. That's because most people in Beaufort County are conservative.

For example, we've got two RINO's on the County Commission. They are Jay McRoy and Al Klemm. When it comes to bigger, more intrusive government Jay and Al vote with the Democrats more than they vote Republican. Why don't they just register as Democrats? It would be more honest. But don't count on it. They want to get re-elected. Say what you have to say if it gets you what you want.

Then you've got the wannabees. They want to win an election and they sense that most of the people in Beaufort County are conservative so they figure the best chance of getting elected is to register as a Republican. Then they want the blessing of the Republican Party so they can appear to be conservative. And that's fine, until it comes time to take a stand on issues.

It's where a person stands on the issues that matters, not which party they register as.

As an elected official you have to take a stand when it comes time to vote. You can talk a good talk, and you can advertise yourself as "conservative" but eventually you have to take a stand when you vote. And if you vote like a Democrat votes you are not a Republican. If you vote like the liberals vote you are a liberal. It's as simple as that.

It's nonsense to say that you believe in conservative principles and then vote the same way the liberals vote.

You can count on this. When the campaign starts, most everyone around here want to claim they are conservative. They parse the words, but it seldom fools anyone who knows what's going on. There may not be much difference between some Republican politicians and Democrat politicians but there is a big difference between Democrat principles and Republican principles.

In this election, at the national, state and local levels there is a choice in most races. There is a clearer choice this time than I can remember in many years.

Vote your principles. If you believe in conservative principles then vote for the most consistently conservative candidate you can find. At the national presidential level that is clearly Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan. In the House and Senate you have to look at each race. At the state level clearly Pat McCrory and Dan Forest are the conservative choices for Governor and Lt. Governor. And in the Council of State races the Republicans are the more conservative, even if some are not as consistently conservative as we would like. There are conservative choices for the judges also. We'll talk about them later.

At the county level, for commissioner, we have the clearest choices we have had in many years. Every one of the Democrats is more liberal than any of the Republicans, with the exception of Jay McRoy. Jay runs as a "Conservative Republican" but he has consistently voted as a Democrat on most issues of principle. There's an ad on the Beaufort Observer website that gives you the details and documents why "Jay is wrong." The ad calls him out on his deceptiveness. Click on the ad and study the details then decide for yourself.

Al Klemm, who is not running this time, is just like Jay. He votes with the Democrats more than he votes with Republicans. Stan Deatherage and Hood Richardson are the two consistently conservative members of the County Commission. That's why you have so many 5-2 votes, particularly on issues that involve principles of what the nature and scope of government should be.

There is another facet of how Jay and Al vote, and that is related to special interests, but that's a story for another day. But if you want to see it, just search the Beaufort Observer archives for "EDC" and also study the appointments to the various boards and commissions the Commissioners make. Again, on these things Jay and Al vote like the Democrats vote, so they are not conservatives.

So voters have a clear choice this year. The two candidates who have been consistently conservative over a long enough period of time to allow us to see their principles in operation are Hood Richardson and Donald Dixon. If you want a liberal, vote for Jay or any of the Democrats. But if you believe in conservative principles, vote for Hood or Donald Dixon.

Now Gary Brinn (the fourth Republican running) is another matter. Gary says he is a conservative but he aligns himself with those who, like Jay, support liberals. Who knows how Gary would vote? Who knows what his principles are? Just because a person claims to believe in conservative principles does not mean they will vote that way. Jay and Al prove that. That is exactly the problem with Arthur Williams running as a Republican. He has a long record of voting with the Democrats. Hopefully he's "seen the light" but only time will tell if that's true. I still doubt he is a real Republican simply because he has refused to endorse Mattie Lawson, the Republican who beat him. Sour grapes? Perhaps. It is more likely that self-interest trumps principle.

The fact that Gary Brinn supported Arthur and has aligned himself with those who supported Arthur raises questions about what Gary's principles are (other than getting elected). Why take a chance on getting another Jay McRoy or Al Klemm? Just vote for the two consistent conservatives, Hood Richardson or Donald Dixon.

I'll close with one other thing. Larry Britt, who is another RINO, complains that Hood and Stan have not been "effective." What he really means by that is that they have not sold out their principles for the sake of cutting a deal with the liberal Democrats. What good does it do the people if you vote on the winning side if that side is not good for the people? That should tell you all you need to know about Larry. Hood and Stan have been exceedingly effective in exposing the liberal corruption on the County Commission. If they had not been, then Larry would not be complaining about them. Larry wants to be a member of The Club. Like the club that cuts deals to give taxpayer money to their cronies. For Larry, winning is more "effective" than standing on conservative principles.

So again, we have a clear choice in Beaufort County. It is not a choice of Democrat or Republican. It is a choice of liberal or conservative. The liberals, whether they are registered as Democrats or Republican, will continue to impose more government, higher taxes and less liberty on us. The conservative choices (Hood and Donald) will consistently vote for less government, lower taxes and more individual freedom.

The choice is yours. Regardless of political party.

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    September 30, 2012 | 07:55 AM

    Arthur Williams and the other RINOs are Republicans just like Barack Obama is a Christian. Not.

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    Hood voting for QSII
    September 30, 2012 | 08:19 AM

    We received a comment the author did not want to post. It raised the question from the WDN piece about whether Hood originally supported QSII. His response was: "Back then I believed what the County Manager, EDC, Jay and Al were saying and I did try to support building it right once it was clear the votes were there to do it. Just like the paint. We were told a Fortune 500 company would buy it if it was in their colors. I believed them. After QSII was built it slowly began to become obvious they had been deceiving us. The same was true of the Southside park. Once the votes were there to do it, I tried to make it work. I did serve on the committee to try to fix the leaks and other problems in QSII and the sewer system at the Southside Park. I just tried to help salvage the boondoggles. My mistake was in accepting what we were being told." Hood Richardson

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    In case you didn't know...
    September 30, 2012 | 09:04 AM

    The RINO Party meets at the Rebel to plan the meetings at Woogies and other mischief.

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    Hood's right
    September 30, 2012 | 09:10 AM

    The RINO's have cost this county over 200 million dollars since Al and Jay have been on the BOC. That's money sucked out of the businesses and families of this county. That's a lot of money. You would expect it from Democrats but no honest Republican would waste all that money. Click on the Jay's wrong ad and read it.

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    Jay McRoy and Al Klemm
    September 30, 2012 | 10:23 AM

    I worked for BRHS before Vidant and I am still working there, but looking a job. Jay McRoy should be run out of the county for what he allowed, no make that caused, to happen with the hospital and Klemm aided and abetted him in giving the system away on a no-bid deal. Both of them should be sued for fraud. The public will eventually learn how terrible a mistake this was. But that Hood had bene on the hospital board earlier things would be different, no doubt.

    Vidant employee
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    September 30, 2012 | 10:30 AM

    The WDN is nothing but an extension of hte liberal media trying to suppress the conservative vote in November. People should remember that the money they pay to the WDN in both subscriptions and ads just leaves the county. It is no longer a local paper and the ignorance of the article about this just shows they don't know anything about Beaufort county.

    Beaufort County native
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    RINO problem
    September 30, 2012 | 10:32 AM

    The only difference between the likes of Jay, Al, Arthur etc. and the turncoats in DC that keep voting to spend more money than we have is the sand box they play in.

    Ralph Price
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    RINO repubs
    September 30, 2012 | 10:43 AM

    Larry Britt, Jay Mcroy, Al Klemm and the whole bunch are a perfect example of what is wrong with the Republican Party. Yep, the party they want is dead. The Tea Party killed it. There's not a dime's difference between them and the socialist Democrats. All the same. You saw it in the primary and you'll see it again in November. I would have voted for Gary but he got mixed up with the wrong crowd. But he's been known to do that before. I'll vote for Dixon because Hood will win without the vote at my house.

    Unaffilitated voter
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    Hood is a solid Conservative
    September 30, 2012 | 10:54 AM

    I have NEVER found Hood to be deceptive. He says what he means and means what he says. That is so "unlike" most politicians.

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    Hood and QSII
    September 30, 2012 | 10:55 AM

    The fact that Hood tried to make Quick Start and the Southside IP work is a testimony to his character. He also tried to save the Hospital. I wonder why he doesn't get tired of trying to clean up Jay's messes. I would. Jay cannot be believed much less trusted. I've know him too long and know too much about him. He only looks after himself and his family. With our money.

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    Jay McRoy
    September 30, 2012 | 11:10 AM

    If jay McRoy were a four legged creature he would be a weasel.

    Know too much
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    News flash to Larry
    September 30, 2012 | 11:16 AM

    YOUR brand of Republican IS dead. You lost. Get over it. Move on.

    Not a Larry Britt fan
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    WDN not local
    September 30, 2012 | 11:17 AM

    It's true the WDN is no longer a local paper, but we need it. I'd hate to waste my N&O on my fish cleaning. it makes good mulch too.

    Beaufort County native too
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    Just like Democrats
    September 30, 2012 | 12:12 PM

    These so-called Republicans are just like Dems. They can't defend their record of wasteful spending an poor decisions so all they hav eleft is to attach Hood. Notice the similarity to Barry Hussein. Lie and blame. Lie and blame. Never defend your record.

    Honest Republican
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    Proud to be a Hoodie
    September 30, 2012 | 12:24 PM

    I'm proud to be counted as a Hoodie. Hood and Stan are the best things the taxpayers have going for them in Beaufort County. I shudder to think about what kind of mess we'd be in without them.
    Some people don't like Hood. I think that's because they don't like the fact that he's honest. That makes him dangerous, just like the sign in his window says. Tell the truth and there are people who will not like you. I know.

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    September 30, 2012 | 12:33 PM

    Don't these fools realize that they are playing right into Hood's hands. Ignore him! He loves this kind of scrap and you idiots are doing nothing but giving him ammunition. After you've shot yourselves in the foot.
    Idiots. Pure idiots.

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    This is good.
    September 30, 2012 | 01:09 PM

    Enjoyed the article and the responses.
    You got it right again, Hood. How can we, the people of Beaufort Co., ever thank you enough for the outstanding representation that you and Stan have given us all these years? I don't know how you put up with the RINOs on the board as well as you do. I hate deception, too. Here's hoping Donald Dixon will get elected and give you two some help on the board.

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    Time for Jay to come clean
    September 30, 2012 | 02:10 PM

    I read the ad on this page (Jay is Wrong) and I am amazed. I am amazed that he would have the nerve to run. He needs to respond to these facts. Disprove them or crawl in a hole somewhere.

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    Set up a check point near the Rebel
    September 30, 2012 | 02:12 PM

    and you would be rid of half the RINO's in the county. And that would be a good thing. They stink up our place.

    DUI patrol
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    I'd Rather Be Right
    September 30, 2012 | 02:58 PM

    Yes,christine,you are an idiot but not pure by a long shot. I'll bet you vote for brackish insane in Nov..Hood is the only HONEST man on the board!!!!

    Confederate Soldier
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    Paired voting
    September 30, 2012 | 03:14 PM

    I'd like to know more about this "paired voting" thing.


    Editor's response: The idea behind paired voting is to spread the vote of two or more people between two or more candiates. For example, the husband votes for one candidate and the wife votes for another. Hood typically gets many more votes than he needs to win. The idea is to elect two conservatives rather than one.

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    Split in Republican Party
    October 02, 2012 | 08:54 AM

    When you put a check point at the Rebel make sure you include the Country Club and the golf course so you can get all the Rinos and Dimos.

    Just Saying
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