Other than his uninspired monthly newsletter, which requires a subscription, the only time we hear from Sen. Burr is during election cycles. He is well known for keeping his head down and dependably following the instructions handed to him by Republican leadership. NC voters have the opportunity to replace an empty suit with a thinking individual who has a demonstrated work ethic. I hope we don't let it pass us by.
A new label comes to mind: CHINO (Christian in Name Only). Most Christian sects instruct adherents to not surrender to the impulse to hate. However, as also occurs with Judaism and Islam, such admonishment does not deter some people on the fringe from inventing versions of their religion's teachings that justify their personal prejudices, even to the point of condoning murder.
@pblest - Despite the AP story, I'm not convinced of a material resurgence of the KKK. Such groups remain on the fringe of society. "Klan members still gather by the dozens under starry Southern skies …". If they begin gathering by the hundreds, we ought to worry. I am a Jew and history teaches me not to offhandedly dismiss the presence of such people. For the same reason, while I am wholly in favor of reporting incidents of racist intimidation, I am loath to provide white supremicists with gratuitous publicity.
With respect to Trump, the only arrow in his quiver is demagoguery but he's proven to be adept nonetheless. He knows that "The Wall" cannot be built, that 11+ million people cannot be rounded up and deported and that "Make America Great Again" is a catchphrase reminiscent of "In your heart you know he's right" (Goldwater 1964). Instead of wringing your hands over the oversimplified notion of "Trump's brand of white nationalism", perhaps you ought to examine the true reasons for Trump finding his footing.
This is useful information that I have not seen reported elsewhere. However, I'd rather see the Indy engaging in journalism or legitimate editorial commentary rather than blatant propaganda. Trump's behavior is reprehensible in any number of ways but it's quite a stretch to blame him for the specific terrorist activities of avowed racists. White supremacist groups were doing these things and worse well before Trump showed up.
Thanks for the information and analysis. Don't know of anywhere else to look for such comprehensive treatment. BTW, Richard Burr makes the case for instituting term limits.
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