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The United States government is said to be based on a Representative Democracy, but is it? We vote for candidates that represent our way of thinking — but do they?


North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper recently stated his office will no longer defend the state’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court. Did we the people of North Carolina not vote to put the marriage amendment into our state constitution with the expectation that our attorney general would uphold his oath of office by defending that very same constitution?


Cooper indicated that we wouldn’t win and it would cost lots of money (aren’t you glad he wasn’t at Valley Forge?). Mr. Cooper is said to have been against our N.C. marriage amendment from the first, however he did swear, as our state’s attorney general, to defend all laws, not just the ones that might keep left-wing liberal campaign donors happy in his quest for the governorship. Well, maybe a non-bureaucratic independent law firm would handle this case for less cost and in a non-partisan manner.


In past elections the majority of N.C. teachers voted for Gov. Mike Easley and Gov. Bev Perdue, and yet from 2008 until 2013, more than $4,000 was ripped out of the average teacher’s yearly income. Does anyone know what was so important that Easley and Perdue had to plunder teacher paychecks to pay for it? Maybe we should ask Sen. Kay Hagan. Her term in the N.C. General Assembly was during Easley’s governorship, where she co-chaired the State Budget Committee that decides who gets paid and how much. Everybody has an opinion on how this mess should be cleaned up and that’s fine, but it’s not very productive to throw rocks at the guy who is trying to change your flat tire. In retrospect, maybe we should have voted for those that wouldn’t have let this mess happen in the first place.


Sen. Hagan won’t have Obama’s coattails to ride in on this time. However, out-of-state-big money is pouring into Hagan’s campaign fund — $7 million and rising. N.C. is a right-to-work state and yet Hagan has high ratings from labor unions.


Unions that support Sen. Hagan’ positions include the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, at 100 percent; the American Federation of Government Employees, at 100 percent, the United Auto Workers, at 100 percent; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, at 100 percent and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, also at 100 percent. The AFL-CIO approval is at 94 percent.


Polls show the majority of N.C. voters are against abortion and yet Hagan has 100 percent approval of her positions on abortion from Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Population Connection.


It’s so sad that these groups make their living preventing children from living their lives.


Hagan released this statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell.


“I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that a woman’s access to contraception is even up for debate in the year 2014. The choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor, not her boss, and no employer should be allowed to interfere with a woman’s access to contraception.”


Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines contraception as intentional prevention of conception or impregnation, (fertilization), through the use of various devices, agents or drugs. Sixteen variations of pre-fertilization birth control are offered by Hobby Lobby. Only four post-fertilization birth control agents were rejected based on Hobby Lobby’s view that these four ended life. Some politicians need to read and study definitions before they release statements.


Hagan was against the N.C. Marriage Amendment, the union between one man and one woman. Hagan announced her support of gay marriage. All this when the voters she claims to “represent” have shown their disapproval of same-sex marriage by legally amending the state Constitution to reflect their disapproval.


Hagan was also the only Democrat voting against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Coincidentally, Lorillard Tobacco Company is based in her hometown of Greensboro. Lorillard Tobacco Company, makers of Newport, Kent Maverick, and Old Gold cigarettes, profited $81 billion last year.


The majority of N.C. voters support competitive teacher’s salaries, right to work laws, programs to discourage our youth from smoking, keeping marriage between one man and one woman, and are against ending the lives of unborn children. The liberal left wing of the Democrat Party seems to have the opposite viewpoint. How about we start voting for those that represent North Carolinians and not just their big money, out-of-state campaign donors!


Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party.


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