Last night the CCTA (Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association) held their monthly meeting at Stanly Hall in downtown New Bern, North Carolina. The meeting was a forum on voter integrity. The featured speaker of the night was Jay Delancy of the Voter Integrity Project. Jay brought us up to date on some of the issues in North Carolina involving voter fraud.
There was also a question and answer section of the meeting with questions directed at a panel consisting of Senator Norm Sanderson, Representative Michael Speciale, Representative Keith Kidwell, Meloni Wray, Director of the Craven County Board of Elections, and Caitlin Sabadish, Director of the Carteret Board of Elections. The legislators explained some of the changes to election laws during the recent legislative session.
Voter integrity is going to be an issue in the upcoming election. Please visit the site linked above to learn more about the issue.
The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association held their first Back the Blue event this morning outside City Hall in New Bern, North Carolina. There were about thirty people holding signs supporting our local police. The group then moved to Union Point Park where various elected officials spoke–Representative Michael Speciale, Senator Norman Sanderson, and New Bern Chief of Police, Toussaint Summers. There were a number of other speakers with law enforcement backgrounds who expressed their gratitude to the group for their support. The featured speaker was Mark Robinson, a candidate for Lt. Governor.
Mark Robinson spoke about the need for conservatives to get involved in government in a positive way. We need to participate not only by voting, but by serving on school committees and various other government entities.
The CCTA will hold an event at 7 pm at Stanly Hall tonight to honor some of the outstanding policemen from our area.
All of us have our sensitive spots. Sometimes we react to comments we find offensive that were not meant to be offensive at all. Sometimes we read meanings that were never intended into things based on our own experience. Some recent local events illustrate that point.
A local weekly newspaper called The County Compass (which I would consider a conservative news outlet) publishes a page written by members of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA). The CCTA is composed of ordinary citizens who are concerned about the rapid growth of government and increase in taxes in recent years. Members attend local board meetings of various kinds and attempt to hold our elected officials accountable. They also post vetting reports of candidates on their website during elections to provide voters with information. The group is made of up people of all ages from different professional backgrounds and personal experiences. Recently the CCTA page dealt with the issue of bringing those to justice who have engaged in a soft coup attempt to undo the 2016 election. The writer of the article stated that she hoped those guilty would be held accountable for their violations of the civil rights of Americans and their attempted coup. At the top of the article was a picture of a noose, which to many Americans represents an old fashioned concept of justice. Unfortunately, for some people a noose, even in a totally non-racial context, represents racism. The professionally outraged saw the picture and swung into action.
A local young black woman chose to post that graphic on her Facebook page with a remark about the paper’s being racist for having published it; she chose to disregard the subject matter of the article entirely; therefore, her post was completely out of context.
The NAACP got involved, and a local TV station interviewed Jeff Aydelette, the publisher of The County Compass, and the NAACP on the subject. Then this past Wednesday, about 120 members of the NAACP staged a protest rally outside the offices of the Compass. Jeff offered them chairs, went around and shook hands, and behaved in his usual gentlemanly way. Again, a report was featured on local TV.
Now The County Compass is getting calls from advertisers who are cancelling their ads. They are saying that the NAACP is telling them that their businesses will be boycotted if they continue to advertise in the Compass.
Although I am willing to concede that the picture may represent different things to different people, I think it needs to be viewed in context. I believe that this protest is simply an effort by the political left and its allies to shut down a conservative news outlet. This should be a wake-up call to all Americans who value free speech and freedom of the press that our First Amendment rights are under attack.
Last night the guest speaker at the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association () was Dr. Timothy Daughtry, author of Waking the Sleeping Giant. The CCTA holds a non-partisan monthly public meeting to educate voters about issues facing North Carolina and America.
The mission statement of the CCTA is:
The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association, a grassroots, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, advocates minimum government and maximum freedom. We are dedicated to the preservation of free enterprise and the United States Constitution. Excessive taxation upon citizens is unconstitutional, immoral, and a complete contradiction of success through the free market system. We are dedicated to serve our community, our state, and our country by oversight, research, public education and advocacy in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
Dr. Daughtry pointed out that politically America is basically a center-right country, yet most legislation in the past one hundred years has been initiated by the political left. Generally speaking, conservatives are playing defense while liberals are on the offense with a long-range plan.
The mainstream of America can be described as believing in a Judeo-Christian worldview, personal responsibility, and a sense of independence. The political left generally believes in moral relativism, entitlement, and more government power. The book, Waking the Sleeping Giant, explains what the mainstream needs to do to take back America.
I strongly recommend reading Waking the Sleeping Giant, but I also strongly recommend attending the next public meeting of the CCTA on May 20 so that you can become a better-informed voter.