My political judgment is notoriously lame. I'm not connected to the power structure, I'm a minor-league donor, and my hot temper doesn't serve anyone well. So with that giant shaker of salt, here are my thoughts a week after the election.
A number of folks have been reaching out to suggest the need for convening people who see the need for rethinking how Democrats do politics in North Carolina. I agree completely that change is in order, and this post is intended to get the ball rolling. Before you do anything else, however, read this column from the New York Times. Here's a sampling of what's discussed, focused on the federal case.
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The great divide amongst Americans today is not an accident of fate. It is not my fault or your fault. In some ways, it's not even the fault of the Democrats or what we traditionally knew as the Republican party. For a very long time a small group of determined people have set their sights on Divide and Conquer as a means to an end. The end they desired was the creation of a way of life that can only be described as an aristocratic society where certain elites run this country as if they are feudal lords, herding the majority of the population into whatever work the elites decide on.
If the Democratic Party wants to regain control of the state legislature as well as congressmen and senators, they need to make some basic changes! For a start, quit having so many committees and meetings and follow the example of Jesse Helms. Establish in each county a "HELP DESK" manned by volunteers from the local party and use the help desk concept to begin to develop a deep and sincere relationship between the party and the individual citizens in each county. A Help Desk will in the long run, produce a deeper relationship between the party and the people.
Like for so many folks, a good strong public education and programs created by Democrats helped me succeed in life. My public school teachers, my church and my family raised me in rural Richmond County and made me who I am today.
In fact, there hasn’t been a time when politics – the art of the possible – did not mean a great deal to me.
Sometimes we need to remember that there are men and women of integrity that serve our local communities, state and nation. When our elected officials are discouraged they need to remember those that came before them and set the right example.
"Another friend, former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, said Morgan voted to give the Panama Canal back to Panama in the late 1970s even though he knew it was unpopular back home.
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