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Last week Gary thoughtfully wrote a squib (below) urging people to visit young Thomas Mills’ new website PoliticsNC – so I did. And got a surprise. Young Mr. Mills was – genially – taking me to task for writing how the Democrats passing voter laws (over the years) to elect Democrats, had led to Republicans (once they had power) doing the same thing to elect Republicans, which, taken altogether, was a pretty good example of how one sin begets another – the political version of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth with no remorse anywhere.
Mr. Mills didn’t mind me criticizing my own party but he didn’t particularly like me criticizing his party – the way he sees it, Republicans have done all the sinning while Democrats have done none at all. He made his case this way: Republicans are trying to pass laws that discourage people from voting while the Democrats, back in the days when they had power, had pursued a loftier goal: They’d passed laws to encourage more people to vote. Which sounds fine. Except that argument collapses in the face of one fact: Right in the middle of their lofty crusade to get more people to the polls, Democrats passed a law to make it more difficult for people to cast absentee ballots – because Republicans were more likely to vote that way than Democrats.
There’re other examples of Democrats changing laws to elect Democrats – like in the 1980 election: Locked in a tight race for US Senate, Democrats decided if a voter marked the block next to Republican John East’s name in the race for U.S. Senate, but, then, also marked the Straight Democratic ticket block on the same ballot, they wouldn’t throw the ballot out as spoiled – they’d count it as a vote for Democratic Senate candidate Robert Morgan.
Toward the end of his blog, Mr. Mills wrote, “Carter should know politics is about perception and the perception here is…” – well, the perception here is Republicans are “old, bigoted white guys.”
I don’t know of an idea that has done more harm in politics than the thought, Perception is what mattersit’s like saying, If I lie, cheat and steal, it doesn’t matter so long as people think I’m a walking breathing paragon of moral rectitude.
There’s also an easy way to prove it’s a fiction to say ‘perception’ has the power to save a politician from the older truth that bad deeds breed consequences – just look at what’s happening in front of our eyes (over voter laws): Democrats sowed the wind and now they’re reaping the whirlwind and, in time, Republicans may reap an indigestible harvest as well.




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3 comments on “Power of the Saving Perception?

  1. dap916 says:

    First, Carter, I’m absolutely POSITIVE you know that the statement: “politics is about perception” is dead on. Obama & Co. has proven that to us over and over again.

    I know Gary and you are partners here on TAP and share equally in this blog’s successes and failures. But, you also know that you two are growing farther and farther apart politically, I’m sure. We Americans have huge problems in our country that have been brought about because of the implementation of the left’s agenda. Gary defends that agenda, you fight against it. It’s not difficult to see that for anyone that actually follows the postings on the front page here. Democrats in North Carolina have had political control of our state for almost a decade. Recently, conservatives took over the reigns of power. Things will change because of that, certainly and people like Gary will fight against those changes. Our state is and has been in the tank nationally with everything from education to economics. It’s just a fact and that all came while democrats controlled our state. Something has to change. And, the republicans are here now…with a mandate from our electorate…to make those changes. It won’t be easy and it won’t be done making sure everyone has everything they need regardless of effort and because we just ignore the graft and corruption in our state’s entitlement system.

    “Perception” has been what democrats work on most in the political arena. Truth and facts are secondary to that for them. It’s just how it has been and how it continues to be today.

  2. clarence swinney says:

    He told an interviewer “I am comfortable with what I did as President”.
    He ignores this litany of negatives
    Took a Surplus as far as the eye can see to 1,400B deficits
    Increased Spending from 1,800B to 3,500B—90% increase
    Increased Debt from 5,800B to 11,900B—112% increase—doubled in 8.
    Decreased 237,000 net new jobs per month to 31,000
    Allowed the trashing of housing industry by big banks.
    Approved the creation of a new world wide Casino Derivative of Wall Street.
    He and 11 members of his staff are well documented as having told 935 LIES to convince the public and Congress to invade an unarmed, destitute, innocent nation of 15 Million adults.
    He endorsed the Torture of many in many different prisons.
    He imprisoned 14 year old with hardened criminals.
    He ignored the several warnings that something like 9-11 was to occur.
    There are 1500 Million Muslims who now detest America because of Bush.
    Many Muslim in many nations lost loved ones because of our actions.
    Several historians have already rated his administration as the Worst in our history.
    Bush and Cheney need a trip before the International War Crimes Tribunal.

  3. Carbine says:

    Political spinmeisters lamenting the corrosive impact of political spin. Would be funny if it weren’t disgusting.

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