N. Carolina GOP puts the lie to media stereotypes with its new chairman

Meet the new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Hasan Hartnett, age 39. He was an upset winner over Craig Collins, a lawyer who had been endorsed by the top Republican statewide office holders, at the recent North Carolina Republican State Convention.

Collins was hurt by what appeared to be a bit too much of a coordinated, top down approach by Governor Pat McCrory and others.  No sooner had then chairman Claude Pope announced he wasn't seeking another term than the endorsements for the just-declared Collins came rolling in.  Hartnett had already announced he would challenge Pope and he wasn't about to defer to Collins.  Hartnett's support was anchored by the libertarian-leaning Republican Liberty Caucus.  Hartnett also worked overtime to get his win. 

Harnett, a campaign manager for a 2014 congressional candidate and minority outreach director for the state GOP, had been in the race weeks before Pope's announcement. He said he made 4,000 personal phone calls with delegates to the convention since mid-April.

While I was not a delegate to this year's convention, in recent months my inbox contained several e-mails from Hartnett. In them, he expressed belief in Constitutional values and a need for strength at the grassroots of the party.

Hartnett joins a growing list of younger blacks, especially men, who have risen to leadership positions within the Republican party or who have run for office as Republican. Yet the media keeps telling us that black support for the Democrats has increased in the Obama years.  Now either my eyes are lying, the media is spreading disinformation or every Black Republican in America has run for public office in recent years.

The latter is unlikely and even though I now need bifocals, I do trust what I see.  Considering that some in the media now accept Rachel Dolezal's self-identification as black even as they loudly reject that the likes of Clarence Thomas, who believes in placing God, family, country and Constitution before racial identity, can be "authentically black." I suspect some disinformation may be at work. 

Yes, blacks still overwhelming support Democrat candidates, but there are opportunities to chip away at that, especially among male voters.  I'd like to remind people that outside of inner city precincts that are close to 100% black, the only sources of black voting information are exit polls and public opinion polls. The first are easily influenced by interviewer bias, the latter are often commissioned by groups promoting an agenda. 

For blacks like Hartnett, the answer isn't to attempt to outbid the Democrats.  It is to promote liberty across the land.  It is an attractive message.   We've come to an interesting point in human history.  Our poor people have bread in abundance and circuses galore, but they are often also at the mercy of an urban bureaucracy full of petty tyrants who don't care about them as individuals, only as reliable Democrat voters who will keep the unsustainable salaries and pensions flowing.

To those who whine that big government cannot be defeated, Hartnett has a video about large government mountains and the power of tiny mustard seeds.   

 

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Meet the new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Hasan Hartnett, age 39. He was an upset winner over Craig Collins, a lawyer who had been endorsed by the top Republican statewide office holders, at the recent North Carolina Republican State Convention.

Collins was hurt by what appeared to be a bit too much of a coordinated, top down approach by Governor Pat McCrory and others.  No sooner had then chairman Claude Pope announced he wasn't seeking another term than the endorsements for the just-declared Collins came rolling in.  Hartnett had already announced he would challenge Pope and he wasn't about to defer to Collins.  Hartnett's support was anchored by the libertarian-leaning Republican Liberty Caucus.  Hartnett also worked overtime to get his win. 

Harnett, a campaign manager for a 2014 congressional candidate and minority outreach director for the state GOP, had been in the race weeks before Pope's announcement. He said he made 4,000 personal phone calls with delegates to the convention since mid-April.

While I was not a delegate to this year's convention, in recent months my inbox contained several e-mails from Hartnett. In them, he expressed belief in Constitutional values and a need for strength at the grassroots of the party.

Hartnett joins a growing list of younger blacks, especially men, who have risen to leadership positions within the Republican party or who have run for office as Republican. Yet the media keeps telling us that black support for the Democrats has increased in the Obama years.  Now either my eyes are lying, the media is spreading disinformation or every Black Republican in America has run for public office in recent years.

The latter is unlikely and even though I now need bifocals, I do trust what I see.  Considering that some in the media now accept Rachel Dolezal's self-identification as black even as they loudly reject that the likes of Clarence Thomas, who believes in placing God, family, country and Constitution before racial identity, can be "authentically black." I suspect some disinformation may be at work. 

Yes, blacks still overwhelming support Democrat candidates, but there are opportunities to chip away at that, especially among male voters.  I'd like to remind people that outside of inner city precincts that are close to 100% black, the only sources of black voting information are exit polls and public opinion polls. The first are easily influenced by interviewer bias, the latter are often commissioned by groups promoting an agenda. 

For blacks like Hartnett, the answer isn't to attempt to outbid the Democrats.  It is to promote liberty across the land.  It is an attractive message.   We've come to an interesting point in human history.  Our poor people have bread in abundance and circuses galore, but they are often also at the mercy of an urban bureaucracy full of petty tyrants who don't care about them as individuals, only as reliable Democrat voters who will keep the unsustainable salaries and pensions flowing.

To those who whine that big government cannot be defeated, Hartnett has a video about large government mountains and the power of tiny mustard seeds.   

 

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20