“Why so glum?” I asked a sullen group of Democrats who were expressing despair as they reviewed the results of the Nov. 3 elections.

They explained their gloominess. Democrats had lost seats in the state house and Senate, losing any chance to expand Medicaid or have a hand in the redistricting of seats in the state legislature and the state’s congressional delegation.

They continued. Republican candidates beat Democrats, appearing to win the chief justice’s seat and other positions on the state’s Supreme Court and all the open seats on the Council of State, including the lieutenant governor’s race in which an unknown and far-out Republican candidate beat an attractive, well-liked, and experienced woman state legislator.

What about Biden’s victory over Donald Trump? Surely this should have made my Democratic friends happy. No, they responded. It was supposed to be “a blue wave.” But it was not a blowout, not even close, they said, noting that they did not even win control of the U.S. Senate and lost seats in the U.S. House.

I confess that I lost my cool. I asked whether they would choose to be Republicans today rather than gloomy Democrats? Would you really like to go to bed tonight and wake up as a Republican? Maybe you could help bring that party back to its historic principles which its current leadership has abandoned. More likely you would have to carry the burdens of being a member of today’s Republican Party, tied as it is tightly to Donald Trump and his loyal backers, dependent on all those people’s support to win primaries and elections as a Republican. Like other present-day Republicans you would be so dependent that, you would have to subordinate your principles and good sense to a cult figure and his other followers, to their alarmist conspiracy stories, and the inaccurate “alternate facts” that they propound.

If you woke up as a Republican, I said, you would be tied to a party of aging white people in a state and nation that are rapidly diversifying. You would be stuck with a vision of our country that rejects the multi-ethnic American traditions of equality and fairness for everyone, regardless of gender, racial and ethnic background, or sexual orientation. You would have to reject the American commitment of true religious liberty and respect for differing religious views. You would have to reject the true patriotism that includes respect for our history of painful battles to expand equality and opportunity without covering up our country’s imperfections. You would have to put aside any continuing commitment to expanding opportunities for every citizen.

Our great country, I said, was not served up on a platter to or by our forebears. Every battle, including its war for independence, the end of slavery, the expansion of the right to vote, the opening of public schools to people of all races, the opening of public facilities to those of all different races and other battles for equality and fairness are battles that continue today.

You can be happy now, I told the group, that you are free to work for a better country, supported by high ideals and carefully discovered scientific facts rather than being bound to the inconsistent and deadly poisons prescribed by a haughty autocrat and his inconsistent dogma.

More than that, I said, you should be happy that your party’s candidates for president and vice president are on the verge of a momentous victory and North Carolina will soon, be joining its neighbors Virginia and Georgia in becoming a place where both Democrats and Republicans have a fair chance to win political contests.

After my passionate ramblings, my friends nodded, smiled, and continued their gloomy conversations.

D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV.

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mpjeep

Okay, Mr. Martin, half-way through your letter you successfully put me on the defensive and I confess I lost my cool by your classification of republicans as aging white people.

So, I’m just an old typical white person, eh? Just what Obama said and he was chastised for describing his grandmother as a typical white person. You must be saying all white, conservative people are alike and that’s a slippery slope for you to go down.

You might as well have called me “whitey” or “peckerwood”. Do you not know that Diversity includes white people? Your assumptions and stereotypes about white people and conservatives I consider prejudicial.

As to your point that North Carolina will soon be joining its neighbors in Virginia and Georgia as to what, partnering on offshore wind energy development?

Did you write this article, ski? :-))

Oh, and BTW, the good editors on this site preclude me from telling you really how I feel, but read my lips………...

David Collins

I liked the fair chance to win political contests . Had to go change my shorts on that one .

mpjeep

I don’t like his reference to the Republican candidate as far-out and the Democratic candidate as attractive. Disgusting and balderdash.

I also think Biden will soon find out he's fallen into a burning ring of fire, within his own party.

drewski

Nope I did not write it. Much of what he says it quite true, even if you are offended by it. Mitch McConnell. Was recently quoted as saying the gop must expand or it will continue to contract, we must attract more people. That was also said by newt gringrich 30 yrs ago. The gop tied itself to trump, many held their tongues from fear of an angry tweet or a with held endorcement. That is a certain cult like behaviour. Trump lost by 3 million in 16, 5+ million in 20. in 24 it might be 10 million. In 2050?

Evolution =adapt or die. The gop with trumpism has moved back in time not forward. So unless you have reason to beleive their will be a sudden explosion of 30 million in the white birth rate, and all of them will be raised as evangelical Christian gop voters and voting for barron trump...well ...if the gop can go back to traditional gop values, and become more inclusive to increase their numbers they can grow and prosper, if not attrition and birth rates suggest they will go extinct.

Facts are important, as is facing facts you don't like.

mpjeep

If you had actually read my comments, you would have noticed I was more offended by how he said it rather than what he said.

Cubans voted for Trump, because they have already escaped socialism once.

I realized the other day that Nouns upset me....people, places and things.

[beam]

dc

This president got elected without the Far Left Marxists on the 2 coasts & some in between & likely because of his crooked predecessors. Even though one of them was able to remain in his basement & he & all the other D crooks have tried to finish off a coup that up to now has failed & all is not lost to the Marxists yet. They didn't cheat as much on the down ballot so the Senate may be saved & 2022 is looking not too bad for saving the country from Marxism. The Chicago & DE mobsters/Marxists may find the going will get a little tougher in the future.

dc

And, more & more minorities are not buying the Marxism. Looks like the ladies are joining in to help clean up Congress too.

drewski

Research lads,research. Fl Hispanics went for trump was not a nation wide event.

As a totally separate example lets take the very red state of Kansas 41% biden 53% trump. A majority but far from overwhelming. Attrition and birth rates is what I said, who would have thought 5 yrs ago az would be for biden? That time has arrived. Shriek fraud, pretend its not real. Quote right wing media bloggers.

I stand by my comments as based on facts, logic, and common sense.

mpjeep

You forgot to mention that liberals are moving from CA to AZ to get away from higher taxes. Live and learn, my friend.

drewski

jeep do you think california is all liberals? only liberals moving to az?

Who elected devin Nunes? Liberals?

logic suggets if ppl are moving from the "left coast" it would be conservatives, to get away from all that Kalifornia Kommunism

mpjeep

Anyone moving to GA to vote for senators?

dc

We'll take FL over AZ. What happened with your TX blue wave?

drewski

You may not be grasping the point DC. Tx was 46 to 52, for trump. The ONLY CONUS states that were higher for trump were mississippi, alabama, and west virginia . If you look at the margins in the midwest 5-7 points, similar to TX.

5.8 million ppl voted for trump in TX

5.2 million voted for Biden in TEXAS. ( IN TEXAS !!!!!)

Best give that some thought, or make 15 more posts why that's not true, your choice.

mpjeep

Doesn't really mean anything about CA voters, ski. NC voted for Trump and Cooper. [ohmy]

mpjeep

CA liberals 2 to 1 over conservatives.

David Collins

Wife’s sister is a real estate person , licensed in Arizona . Business is wide open , can’t build them fast enough , folks from the left coast will buy most anything , most anywhere at asking or above price . Crazy , crazy but lovin it while it lasts . Lots of remote workers .

dc

Can live with 600K advantage unless that can easily be overcome by fraud in those leftist big cities. So, conservatives are moving from CA to TX? Maybe that 600K advantage will grow.

David Collins

Sadly , lots of these transplants are lefties and they quickly forget why they relocated .

mpjeep

Research has found that Chicago remains the most corrupt city in the United States. It is followed by Los Angeles and New York. D.C. had the highest number of public corruption convictions per 10,000 inhabitants.

What….. are these Red cities?

drewski

Great stats jeep, now compare felony convictions between red and blue presidential adminastrations for last 40 yrs. Unless you would rather not know of course.

mpjeep

Way too much info to list here, but definitely more democratic politicians going to jail.

“Wikipedia list of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes”

drewski

A goldfish bowl has the higher number of dead goldfish, compared to a plate of roast beef. What was that mark twain said about statistics?

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Democrats in gloom? The very mention of democrats is enough to elicit gloom in normal people. Democrats represent doom and gloom.

mpjeep

Hey, corrupt, Just wanted to follow up on a conversation we had about AR-15s. I know it’s not the topic of this board, but wanted to get back to you.

After talking with my wife’s nephew, who owns an AR-15, plus about 20 other guns, I understand more on this particular type of weapon.

Being unfamiliar with some of the terminology of semi-automatic weapons and never being able to understand the different types of ammo that can be used, makes it difficult for me to understand the AR-15.

Because of the compact modular design of this weapon, I guess a user can collect many different parts and use them to compose the rifle they desire. I am told they are obscenely accurate, consistent and drop safe.

I had originally thought AR-15s were mostly for war, but have come to realize they are excellent for big game hunters and very popular for varmint hunters.

And I don’t know if you told me this, corrupt, or my wife’s nephew or if I read it somewhere, but liberals tried to pass a bill restricting the sale of military type rifles, like the AR-15s, AK-47s and M-16s. In their “talking” points they said semi-automatic “rifles”, but in the “written” bill they said a ban on semi-automatic “weapons”. Well this could be interpreted as a .22 semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic shotgun or pistol. Sneaky - Sneaky!

So, I originally said I didn’t see the need for folks to own an AR-15, but let me clarify, I don’t see the need for “me” to own one. However, I respect the rights of folks that want to own one.

Just as someone rightly told me, we don’t ban cars because of DUI deaths.

mpjeep

Imagine the task Biden has in unifying the country.

Take our little community here on these boards. Civil unrest for sure and that’s just a micro view. Thanks to our good editors, we keep it to a small melee.

Think about our county and state and then the macro view of the country with respect to civil unrest.

We must always try and remember even Democrats have rights and are equal to the rest of the country, as per the constitution.

Swasnboro_Native

I find it painful to read such intelligent people refer to other humans with pitiable titles such as "liberals" or "conservatives". If you didn't spend your time picking sides and scheming and maneuvering for your side to win, you'd be a lot better off. When we can get past calling people names/titles and start actually working with people as humans who are the exact same as us in every way regardless of any belief system... well then... we may actually get somewhere worth being.

mpjeep

To stop labeling folks with “titles” sounds great on paper. Kinda like “World Peace”. Never gonna happen. In case anyone didn’t notice, there’s a real Donnybrook going on in this country.

mpjeep

Name calling by Gov. Cuomo is “painful”.

For Cuomo to say Trump has a big ego is like a frog saying your ugly.

Cuomo also said: "If you didn't eat the cheesecake you wouldn't have a weight problem. It's all self-imposed." A little bit of fat shaming by the governor.

drewski

Speaking of shame lets see if don the con issues preemptive pardons to the trump crime family before he leaves office. Sadly that won't cover state charges, and NYS has plans for him soon, very soon.

mpjeep

Executive Grant of Clemency AFTER CONSIDERING the applications for executive clemency of the following named persons and a letter from the Department of Justice recommending executive clemency in each case, I hereby grant full and unconditional pardons to the following named persons for those offenses against the United States described in each such recommendation: JAMES ROBERT ADELMAN JOHN CLYDE ANDERSON ZACHARY JAMES RAY ANDERSON OCTAVIO JOAQUIN ARMENTEROS, AKA OCTAVIO JOAQUIN ARMENTEROS-IGLESIAS STEPHEN LEE ARRINGTON JOHN R. BARKER, AKA JOHNNIE RAY BARKER YOLANDA DEANN BECK LISA ANN BELL, FKA LISA ANN LINK HERBERT EUGENE BENNETT CARRIE ANN BURRIS MITCHELL RAY CAMPBELL ROBERT JAY CARLTON EDWARD CASAS KURT DAVID CHRISTENSEN JAMES GORDON CHRISTMAS III KIM KATHLEEN DRAKE, FKA KIM HAHN AND KIM OTTO EUPHEMIA LAVONTE DUNCAN, AKA EUPHEMIA DUNCAN-STRINGER GERMEEN DUPLESSIS, FKA GERMEEN MICHAEL HASSON DEANNE NICHOLE DWIGHT, FKA DEANNE NICHOLE BELL OLADIPO OLUWADARE EDDO TREVOR CHINWEUBA EKEH, FKA CHIN WEUBA TREVOR EKEH ANDREW DALE ELLIFSON CLAUDE NATHALIE EYAMBA FENNO, FKA CLAUDE-NATHALIE EBEHEDI EYAMBA MARVIN GLYN FERRELL, JR. SHEREE LYNN Fox ARTHUR MARTIN GILREATH, AKA ARTHUR MARTIN GILBREATH RONALD EARL GREEN BILLY LYNN GREENE PETER DWIGHT HEIDGERD FRED ELLESTON HICKS CHARLES D. HINTON ROBERT KEVIN HOBBS, AKA KEVIN HOBBS LEANTON SHELDON HOPEWELL, SR. JOSEPH WILLIAM HOPKINS MICHELLE BREAZEALE HORTON, MARY FRANCES PEREZ, FKA MICHELLE DIANE MULKEY FKA MARY F. PENA AND MICHELLE DIANE BREAZEALE JIMMY WAYNE PHARR MARK EUGENE IVEY JIMMY ALTON PIERCE LISA ANN JANDRO, CYNTHIA ANN RAFFENSPARGER, AKA JOLINE MARIE HERMAN FKA CYNTHIA ANN GRANGE HANSEN ANNIS PAGE KILDAY-DOUTHAT, CORINDA RUSHELLE SALVI FKA PAGE KILDAY TIN° IAN SCHRAGER BRIAN SEIJI KITO DIANA SIMMONS, MATTHEW STEEVES LAMB, FKA DIANA BINGAMAN AKA MATTHEW STEVES LAMB AND DIANA LOPEZ TAQUILLA MONYETTA LOVE JENNIFER LYNN SMITH, DARRYL PERNELL LOVELESS FKA JENNIFER HANSCOM RANDY WAYNE MAXWELL KEVIN SHAROD SMITH JACK DONALD MCALISTER DANNY RAY SOFTLEY, PATRICIA MARIE MCNICHOL AKA DAN R. SOFTLEY MICHELE MELLOR, BRIAN KEITH SOLUM FKA MICHELE KOTANSKY MICHAEL ANTHONY TEDESCO MIRIAM ORTEGA CRYSTAL JO VARNER, ROGER BUREL PATTERSON FKA CRYSTAL WOODARD THOMAS ERIC WAHLSTROM I HEREBY DESIGNATE, direct, and empower the Pardon Attorney, as my representative, to sign each grant of clemency to the persons named herein. The Pardon Attorney shall declare that his action is the act of the President, being performed at my direction. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and caused the seal of the Department of Justice to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington this Seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord Two thousand and seventeen and of the Independence of the United States the two hundred and forty-first. BARACK OBAMA

drewski

I do not see anyone in the list named obama? Bet we see some trumps on this president's list. As well as more crooks from his inner circle. Like rodger the dodger stone already got.

mpjeep

Obama’s comments about the south and mid-west: And it’s not surprising they got bitter when I won, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

mpjeep

Trump pardoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois.

Clinton pardoned his half-brother Roger Clinton & Patty Hearst.

Ford pardoned Richard Nixon.

Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner.

Obama issued the most pardons since Harry S. Truman in the 50s.

drewski

reagan also pardoned ollie north, for covering up iran contra. pardons are an executive privilege. Thats not the point I was making, trumps inner circle and no doubt his family , and possibly himself are likely to get pardons He is a con man and a crook, on a much larger scale then clintons deadbeat half brother.The proof will be in the pardons

mpjeep

My point was we all fall under the same constitution......even Democrats....as a conservative, I still believe in justice for democrats.[smile]

mpjeep

Hopefully you are right, ski, and Trump can pardon himself, like I'm sure Biden will eventually do for himself and his son.

mpjeep

Ollie North: The Robin Hood principle.

mpjeep

Yep, it has already started: Trump pardons turkeys before Thanksgiving. [lol]

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