The recent letter to the editor authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be more about personal attacks on Senator Davis and Republicans in general than about “Why I’m a Democrat,” the title of the letter. Such hostile and inaccurate rhetoric is counterproductive in Macon County, as many Democrats and Republicans are personal friends and work on various non-partisan boards and organizations together to make our world and community a better place.
One big difference between the two political parties is in how they approach challenges with regard to the needy. The Republican philosophy is to empower rather than enable. While the Democratic Party was responsible for creating the “Great Society” with the best of intentions, that approach of helping the poor caused generations to become dependent on and enslaved by government for their needs. A more favorable path would have been creating an environment of personal responsibility leading to ultimate success in their lives. As Billy Graham recently observed, “we have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.”
Historically, the Democratic Party has had moments which do not reflect well on its reputation. One Democratic embarrassment in North Carolina that comes to mind is the County Government Act of 1877 in which county commissioners were not elected, but selected by (Democrats), thereby controlling the “purse strings” and preventing blacks and Republicans from gaining any local political power. And who can forget Democrat Governor George Wallace attempting to prevent black children from entering a public school. Certainly not a record to be proud of, but by no means representing today’s Democratic Party either.
Decades of Democratic control of the government in Raleigh resulted in being in debt and out of touch with where the money came from (us). While Maconians have worked hard to make ends meet with the money they have, Raleigh’s Democratically controlled Houses spent money faster than it could be sent to them by hard working Carolinians.
Republicans in North Carolina are now making the tough choices which should have been made years ago. Senator Jim Davis, to his credit, is one of those Republicans. Senator Davis has attempted to correct the inaccurate numbers being offered by the new Democratic county chair with regard to adjustments in education funding and other areas, but the inaccuracies “keep on a’comin’.” I’m sure the Senator will keep correcting those untruths.
With over three years of divisive rhetoric coming out of the national leader of the Democratic Party (President Obama) against Republicans, the wealthy, the fuel industry and others, it is no wonder it has trickled down to a county level. This is unfortunate. It is unbecoming of the new Democratic Chair to be so visceral, and lies in stark contrast to an earlier time when Ben Utley and I sat having breakfast together at the Huddle House. Ben Utley is the former chair of the Macon County Democratic Party and a gentleman.
I believe a more civil tone would be productive and better represent the fine citizens of Macon County who are registered Democrats, but who may expect more of their leader.
Chris Murray, Chairman — Macon County Republican Party