Have you been listening to the radio ads, watched some of the TV ads, or seen the roadside signs for this political campaign season? I was amused by several candidates and their claims or position statements. Quite frankly, I don’t know how some of these candidates can possibly run on their positions.
I often drive through Harnett County. James Clark of Dunn is one candidate for state legislature that has some of the absolutely worst campaign signs I have ever seen. First, they are very busy, meaning that there is far too much printing on them to be able to read while driving down the road. What I was able to see was “support Obama”. That means that he is basing his candidacy for state office on his willingness to be complicit with the socialist agenda of the current regime in charge of the national government. Apparently, turning America into a socialist paradise and usurping the power of the very governmental body for which he is seeking membership is just fine with him. I almost wish that I lived in Harnett County just so that I could vote against such stupidity.
Just as stupid, in my opinion, was the claim by one candidate running as a conservative, also for the North Carolina House. Jim Fulghum (House District 49) is a neurosurgeon and a Tea Party favorite. I am all in favor of a candidate that is conservative and is opposed to the whole Obamacare agenda. However, Fulghum is running on the platform of opposing Obamacare while running for office at the state, not federal level. Obamacare is a national government program and legislative act, not a state act. Therefore, to campaign on the concept of fighting national health care is ludicrous to me. Oddly enough, his web site says nothing about being against the abhorrent health care law, but that is about all that has been in his advertising thus far.
The only way that a North Carolina legislative body can combat something like Obamacare is to pull a move like South Carolina did prior to the Civil War and say that in North Carolina, Obamacare is null, void, and no law. That is exactly what is being done in Missouri right now. Their state house has passed Missouri House Bill 1534. That bill states “The general assembly declares that [the law] exceeds the power granted to Congress under the United States Constitution and therefore is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.” Personally, I agree with that quote from the Missouri bill.
I have been surprised to see some of the signs both pro and con regarding Amendment One on the ballot May 8th. Amendment One, as you may know, is a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution. If approved, the proposed measure would amend Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution by adding a new section containing the following:
"Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts."
Though I have been extremely busy with a newborn, work, medical procedures, and life in general, I have offered to serve as a county coordinator for one organization in support of Amendment One, since there is not one in Johnston County. So far, nothing has transpired on that front. I suspect that this close to the election, nothing will happen. I am having a hard enough time getting yard signs at this point in support of Amendment One. For what it is worth, I have seen far more signs in support of Amendment One than in opposition to it.
What amazed me were the signs I have seen in opposition to Amendment One. One sign in particular is in the front yard of a Presbyterian church elder. Some people simply don’t mind being apostate, even believing that they are virtuous in their beliefs of acceptance of things totally antithetical to the faith they espouse to uphold. I, for one, fear God more than man on an issue like this.
With politicians like Bob Etheridge, Barack Obama, Senator Kay Hagan, and Governor Beverly Perdue in declared opposition to Amendment One, I find that sufficient reason to make me want to vote for it. I have seen absolute hateful, lying garbage and false claims from those opposed to Amendment One. A common lie is that it is a civil rights issue and that the rights of many would be abridged. No, there is no such right to homosexual marriage in North Carolina as it is, with state legislation prohibiting it. This would merely codify that law as a constitutional provision. I am fine with that concept, since it is harder to overturn a constitutional provision than a state law.
This election year is sure to be one of the most important in my lifetime and will determine the fabric of American values for generations to come. Our American culture will either be reaffirmed or rewritten.