I found myself shaking my head in disbelief a number of times as I read the Post’s coverage of the recent Ashe County GOP convention. Rather than actually focusing on Ashe County, the party and its leadership seem to be concerned with everything but the interests of the local populace.
State Senator Dan Soucek is worried about what liberals in the northeast of the country think about his party turning its back on the majority of North Carolinians through the General Assembly’s radical actions. What he should be focused on is what his own constituents think.
Representative Jonathan Jordan seems more obsessed with the activities of MoveOn.org rather than taking action that might actually improve the quality of life for his fellow Ashe Countians. He blames the dismal approval ratings of the General Assembly on the media failing to get the Republican’s message out. Wrong Mr. Jordan. Your message is loud and clear. The interests of the common man and woman are of little concern to you and your party.
But don’t take my word for any of this; just review the resolutions the Ashe County GOP adopted during their convention. Other than supporting local law enforcement, not a single resolution is focused on Ashe County. Instead, the party is fixated on the United Nations, NAFTA, illegal immigration, national education standards, etc. What about local issues?
Apparently the GOP has no interest in expanding economic development in the county, creating jobs, reducing unemployment or improving access to healthcare. Why aren’t Soucek, Jordan, the current county commissioners and the party being vocal and specific about local concerns? For example, what’s their position on the broken promise from Raleigh concerning the failed land purchase at Mt. Jefferson?
And what’s with Mary Desautels, the local party chairwoman? Apparently she feels Ashe County is facing an invasion of Muslim extremists who are hell bent on forcing Islamic Sharia law upon us. Somebody should tell her that Soucek, Jordan and the General Assembly have already passed a law in N.C. that prohibits judges from considering Sharia law; something the N.C. Bar Association called completely unnecessary due to the existing N.C. and federal constitutions. Yes Ms. Desautels, do study the U.S. Constitution.
This is an election year and primary voting starts soon. Republicans have controlled the levers of power in the county for several years now, but all voters should be asking themselves that famous question posed by Ronald Reagan: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”