I would like to thank everyone in Richmond County who voted on November 5. Many Democrats in this county sided with Republicans
as an attempted change in ideological principal here in the same manner that swept the state and country. The losses by Republicans
here were not unexpected, but everyone should take note that as each election year passes, Richmond county is finally seeing
a dichotomy in the political mindset of its residents that is evident in the final vote totals.
The appearance of fissures in the monolithic hierarchy that has controlled the county for so many years should come as
no surprise to anyone. The leaders of Richmond County seemed to strive for a goal of keeping the county isolated and devoid
of differing political aspirations. Their fears were justified. When given choices, the people realize they can achieve goals
of their own without adhering to the mandates of the good old boy club, which has lead directly to the deterioration of that
As the article in the Daily Journal on November 3 explained, Democrats have controlled this county since 1900 and one
politician pontificated that 'the Democrat Party has remained strong here, because it has been a leader for the working poor,'.
A completely partisan political statement in an otherwise objective story that didn't shine a favorable light on Democrats
here, because the reality is Richmond County has the second highest unemployment rate in the state of North Carolina. If only
one party has been in control, then only one party can take the blame.
Yet some have tried tirelessly to place that culpability on the only high profile Republican elected in this district.
His vote for fast track legislation has been vilified time and again, yet Democrats lobbied vigorously to pass the same legislation
for Clinton, but nobody seemed to have a problem with it then! Why isnt the media just as quick to point out how Democrat
attacks on the tobacco industry through countless lawsuits and tax hikes are just as responsible for the debilitation of our
states once number one industry and the destruction of the North Carolina farmer as much or more than any other factor?
Before placing blame or expecting too much from the politicians we elect, it has to be understood that not only are they
our elected officials, but they are also members of political parties. All the varying ideological principles are supported
through the party vote, so understanding the issues of the parties is essential when deciding your vote for a particular candidate.
Voters realize this more than ever and the results of it were apparent in the vote counts of November 5, nationally and
even in Richmond County. Conservative ideology runs strong through the South and the party that represents those principles
is finally being heard!
Lee P. Butler