And then there were eight (Presidential Candidates)
Republicans seeking the GOP nomination continue to increase in number. Here is the current list:
- Ryan Binkley
- Ron DeSantis
- Larry Elder
- Nikki Haley
- Asa Hutchinson
- Vivek Ramaswamy
- Tim Scott
- Donald Trump
Time to start thinking about who to support: who represents your values best? Who is electable?
Another North Carolina 'State of Emergency’
Our governor likes to be dramatic. And, he likes control. So, why not declare another ‘state of emergency’ regarding education? Cooper doesn't want you to be able to send your kids to a non-government school, but he is fine with sending his own daughter to one. Thank goodness our North Carolina governors are term limited to two terms.
Consider being a poll worker or judge
The first line of defense for safe and secure elections is a group of dedicated and honest poll workers. Please consider applying for this important role in Chatham County. For more information visit the Board of Elections website.
Would your student like to work at the polls?
There are opportunities for student assistants who are 17 years old or older on the day of election. Here is the application form.
Are you an experienced poll worker, and would like to become a Judge?
Email me! We particularly need Republican judges in these precincts: Bonlee, Hadley, Pittsboro, Manns Chapel, and North Williams. Judges will be appointed in August 2023 for a two-year period - please let me know right away!
A long quote in this newsletter, but I think it is appropriate for our times even though it is 25 years old.
If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.
I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.
So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers.
With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”
To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square.
And the old, I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which are in Washington …”
Then, I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.
I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed.
And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wild. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
With a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and them from the houses of Congress.
In his own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.
If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.
What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich?
I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be.
And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.
In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.
~ Harvey, Paul. “If I Were the Devil.” Reading Eagle. July 1, 1996
Preliminary results from the mid-term elections
The ‘red wave’ did not happen. My suspicion for that is two-fold: one, the democrats were convinced by their national leadership that the world would come to an end if Republicans won - and many unaffiliated voters also believed that, and, the turn-out by Republican voters was too low to make a difference in local elections. Voter turnout means everything in Chatham County.
The best news of the night was that conservatives won all state-wide judicial elections, ensuring a conservative majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court. That will help ensure fair elections going forward. Republican Senator-Elect Ted Budd will represent us well as will Congressman Richard Hudson who was re-elected.
Here are the unofficial results from state-wide and local elections. I’ll have some more analysis after studying the results.
US House 09
NC Senate 20
✔︎Natalie S. Murdock
NC House 54
✔︎Robert T. Reives
✔︎Franklin Gomez Flores
Clerk of Superior Court
✔︎Dana M Hackney
Chatham Board of Education
Bd of Education 03
Bd of Education 04
✔︎Jane Alen Wilson
Bd of Education 05
North Carolina Judicial Offices
NC Supreme Court Seat 03
NC Supreme Court Seat 04
Sam J. Ervin IV
NC Court of Appeals Seat 08
✔︎Julie Tate Flood
Carolyn Jennings Thompson
NC Court of Appeals Seat 09
Brad A Salmon
NC Court of Appeals Seat 10
✔︎John M Tyson
Gale Murray Adams
NC Court of Appeals Seat 11
Republicans won all of the state-wide judicial races, and gave conservatives a 5-2 majority on the NC Supreme Court. In my opinion this is the biggest win of the night for North Carolina, and should impact Voter ID, electoral maps and more going forward.
Thanks to everyone
The Chatham County Republican Party owes a huge thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, to the executive committee, to the readers of our newsletter, but especially to the candidates and their families for all the effort everyone put in to this election season. You are our Republic in action - expressing the will of the People to our elected representatives!
What is next?
For this election: Voting may be over but the results are not official until 'canvass'. That is the process to determine whether votes have been counted correctly. Any hand-to-eye audits need to be completed along with any recounts. The result is official certification of the election. The canvass meeting is 10 days after election day, and is open to the public.
For the party: The Republican Party across North Carolina will hold elections in the spring of 2023 for County Officers (Chair, Vice Chair(s), Secretary and Treasurer), as will each District. The State Convention will elect the State Chair and Vice Chair. If you are interested in any position, please let me know. I'll have more information on the conventions after the New Year.
Before the next election: We just finished an election but we need to start thinking about the next one in 2024. That's a big one - from President, US Senate, US House of Representatives, North Carolina Governor, Council of State offices, North Carolina House and Senate, plus local Judge, Commissioner and School Board races. If you are interested in being a candidate, please let me know. Before that even starts we will do a review of our Party's election processes, systems, successes, and challenges to see what can be improved before the next election.
Please stay tuned and stay involved!
While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
~ Charles Evans Hughes, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1930-1941
Critical Race Theory in our Schools
- CRT teaches that race is the main determinant of success in America. CRT promotes the idea that people should be categorized and judged based on their group identity instead of their individual character, behavior, and merit.
- CRT undermines our American foundation that "all men are created equal". CRT proponents want to replace equal opportunity with equality of outcome regardless of effort.
Seven Months until Primary Election
August meeting recap
- Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know
- Know the candidates and their positions for the 2022 elections
- Become a candidate, or help find good candidates for commissioner and school board
- Get involved with the local party - volunteer and donate your time and money
- Be aware of redistricting, and contact your representatives when needed
- Show you are an American patriot - fly your Stars and Stripes
Important Dates to Remember
|Chatham GOP meeting at Pittsboro Community Center
|NCGOP Sportsmen's Banquet
Reagan Day Dinner. Register as a sponsor at https://secure.winred.com/ccgop-ec60b911/reagan2021
|NCGOP Hall of Fame Dinner
|Last day to register as a Candidate
|Primary Election Day
‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
Citizenship and Voter Registration - did you know?
When a new voter registers to vote in North Carolina, there is no confirmation that the new voter is a citizen of the United States. All one has to do is mark a box stating they are a citizen. Lying about that is a crime, but no one checks. Just something else our North Carolina legislature needs to address. August Chatham GOP meeting We are holding our August 10th Chatham County GOP meeting at Bestfoods Cafeteria in Siler City, from 6pm to 8pm. Please attend if you are interested in meeting other Chatham conservatives, and please let us know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly. RSVP here.
Reagan Day Dinner (November 13)
Reagan Day Dinner sponsorships are available now. Individual tickets will be available in September. We have three levels of Sponsorship. Each level provides tickets to the event, a VIP reception prior to dinner, photo opportunities with the speakers, and recognition in the Program, plus with our sincere thanks! To become a sponsor, visit this link.
Russ Vought, our Reagan Day dinner keynote speaker, has been busy. Here is a link to one of his current efforts against Critical Race Theory and here is a link to his organization, the Center for Renewing America.
Get involved in Chatham County
The Chatham County Environmental Review Advisory Committee is seeking a member to advise the Commissioners on environmental policy. An application is at this link. Also, the Agriculture Advisory Board is seeking a member to advise the Commissioners on agriculture and land use issues. More information is here and an application form is here.
I just discovered the writings of a conservative economist at George Mason University: Dr. Walter Williams. Check out his website to read his insights into liberty, freedom, and economics. From Dr. Williams:
Government is about coercion. Limiting government is the single most important instrument for guaranteeing liberty.
And just one more:
Most of the great problems we face are caused by politicians creating solutions to problems they created in the first place.
Interested in my prior emails and blog? See them at this link.
July 30 Meet the Candidates
July 31 Movie night
August 10 Open meeting night
September 11 FIESTA
September 14 Critical Race Theory
November 13 Reagan Day Dinner
A post entitled 'The Attack on Individuals, Liberties, Freedoms and Our Country by American Marxists' by guest author 'R.M.'
Independence Day Holiday
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Written 245 years ago those words seem as fresh and applicable today as they did to our founders, fighting for their freedoms from British occupation. Those men and women dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the ideal of freedom. I wonder how many of our current generation of Americans would dedicate anything at all to the ideal of freedom. It is up to conservatives across this nation to stand up for our constitution and for our founding principles and to push back against the woke mobs.
Grand Opening of Headquarters
Our Chatham County Republican Party headquarters will be open on July 4 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (the same time as Summerfest in downtown Pittsboro). Please stop by and say hello and then enjoy the festivities in Pittsboro.
Elections in 2022
Primary elections are only eight months away, in March 2022. These are important, because they select who will run as Republicans (or Democrats) for the general election in November of 2022. Several individuals have already stepped forward to be our next US Senator, but that is not the only position: we need good candidates for Chatham County board of commissioners and school board. It’s up to ‘we the people’ to ensure our voices are heard. If at all interested in running or finding our more please send an email to [email protected].
Chatham Board of Elections
Congratulations to Charles Ramos and Frank Dunphy on their reappointment to the Chatham County Board of Elections. Charles and Frank are doing great work helping to ensure fair, open, and honest elections in Chatham County.
August Open Meeting
The Chatham Republican Party will hold an ‘open’ meeting for all Chatham County Republicans on August 10 (location TBD). No special speakers, just an opportunity for any interested Republican to attend and listen to the business of the local party as we plan for the year ahead. More to follow … .
Hold the Date!
Our annual Reagan Day Dinner will be November 13 at Governors Club. This gala evening will feature several invited political candidates, and our keynote speaker will be Russ Vought, President of the Center for Renewing America https://americarenewing.com . Please put this date on your calendars. We will have ticket information available as the date gets closer. Interested in being a Sponsor? Let us know at [email protected].
Looking for good Conservative information?
You should be reading Imprimis https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu , a publication of Hillsdale College. Recent articles include “Our Increasingly Unrecognizable Civilization” and “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It”. Try it, you’ll like it!
A Quote from one of our Founders
The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.
— Thomas Jefferson (1781)
The state convention last weekend in Greenville NC had the largest attendance ever - over 1,300 delegates from across the state gathered together as like-minded conservative patriots. We heard great speeches, from NC Council of State elected officials, to Chief Justice Paul Newby, to Clarence Henderson from the Frederick Douglass Foundation. The highlight presentations were from our outstanding Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and from President Trump at the Saturday evening diner. (Click the links to view the speeches.) We also heard from the six candidates running for US Senate: Jen Banwart, Marty Cooke, Kenneth Harper, Ted Budd, Mark Walker, and Pat McCrory. You may have heard that President Trump endorsed Ted Budd; as a Republican Party we will not endorse any candidates until after the Primary elections, so may the best person win your vote in the primaries.
State Chair Michael Whatley was re-elected by acclamation. In a close vote, Susan Mills was elected our new Vice Chair. The State GOP is in competent hands with these two leaders.
Chatham GOP Headquarters
We did it - the new Chatham Republican Party Headquarters is at 189-B Thompson Street in Pittsboro. Our Grand Opening will be July 4 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (the same time as the Summerfest in downtown Pittsboro). Please plan on stopping by to visit. More details to follow.
BUT, with a new headquarters comes new needs. We need your support to help keep the doors open and the lights on. Consider donating a small recurring monthly amount at this link to help us continue to support conservative causes and candidates in Chatham County: https://www.chathamncgop.com/headquarters.
Sportsmen's Banquet Fundraiser
Each year the State Republican Party holds a Sportsmen's Banquet and Gun Raffle. Details are coming for the banquet on October 9, but you can get involved with the raffle now. Here is a list of the 21 guns to be raffled. Tickets are available at our Chatham GOP headquarters or with several of the executive committee members. If you would like a raffle ticket, stop by the HQ or send and email to me at [email protected] and we can work that. All proceeds go towards the Judicial Victory Fund which was so successful in electing conservative judges in 2020. In 2022 we have the opportunity for a conservative majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court, so please consider helping out this worthy cause.
Questions about the Nation
Do you think the country is better off or worse off in the last five months under the Biden administration? Are the borders more secure? Are more people employed? Is the economy in better shape? Are we more energy independent? Does the international community view us as stronger and more capable? Are prices going down or up? How about respect for institutions like law enforcement or the Church? Are cities safer? Have we found origins of the coronavirus? Are race relations getting better? Has the national debt gone down? Are our computer networks more secure? Is speech freer? Are race relations better? Do big corporations still censor media posts? Do you feel that the country is becoming more or less cohesive?
I know my answers to those questions, and the answers make me concerned about our nation's future.
What can you do? Get involved.
Registering to vote is a given - you are expected to do that as an American citizen. You must do more: talk politics with neighbors (don't be afraid!); volunteer with political parties; speak your values at church; volunteer your time, your dollars, or both to your political party; write letters to the newspapers and to your elected representatives; take a position on the Chatham Chatlist; most of all, consider running for office. We need great people for the Chatham County Board of Education and the Chatham County Commissioners offices. Interested? Let me know at [email protected].
This is the time and place to stand for our Nation.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. ― Plato
Reagan Day meet-the-candidates. As you probably have heard, we turned our annual Reagan Day dinner into a virtual opportunity to see and hear from many of the local and state candidates. Tune in at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 19 using Zoom to see the event. You must have a Zoom account (get one at zoom.us if you do not have a free zoom account) to attend.
Here is the login link:
Meeting ID: 844 5768 7210
Sample Ballots. Each year we prepare sample ballots with our recommended candidates. You can see this year's recommended candidates here. If you would like a paper copy just come by our headquarters and get one. You can also get candidate material and Trump signs. Stop and say hello!
Absentee Ballots. Have you requested your absentee ballot? Have you filled it out and returned it? Still need one? Go here for absentee ballot information.
Thinking about elections, patriotism, and love of country - consider the most recent Medal Of Honor recipient, Sergeant Major Thomas Payne. SGM Payne received his medal on September 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read his story, and try to keep a dry eye as you think about the sacrifices our men and women in the military, our police and other first responders, and others have made throughout our history to keep our country a strong Republic.
Do you believe 'someone else will do everything?'. You won't get medals for volunteering, but everyone needs to help! Please volunteer this election season, and bring a friend.
Finally, closing with a quote from Thomas Paine, who helped inspire the American patriots to declare independence from Great Britain:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their county; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
— Thomas Paine
Chair, Chatham County Republican Party