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Cawthorn’s hypocrisy is maddening

Cawthorn’s hypocrisy is maddening

To the Editor:

Representative Madison Cawthorn’s latest newsletter is a case study in hypocrisy and misinformation. While extolling the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, his recent actions were to overthrow the results of a free election. His comments on the so-called Critical Race Theory are nonsense.

The reality is that Cawthorn spoke to the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn a fair and free election. He continues to promote Trump’s “Big Lie” that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent. Along with other Republican extremists, Cawthorn is actively seeking to destroy the very foundation of our country via the right to vote and majority rule.

The other reality is that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a course taught in law schools on the issue of how race influenced the passing and implementation of laws. It has nothing to do with what is taught in grades 1-12 in public schools. Whether students are taught the realities involving slavery or the varnished feel-good version many of us were taught has nothing to do with CRT.

CRT has simply become the latest “dog whistle” to distract us from the attempts of Republicans to subvert democracy. CRT is not a rejection of the Martin Luther King Jr. dream that people are judged by their character rather than the color of their skin. Instead it is considering how race has influenced the law.

Finally, Cawthorn and Republicans started “backing the blue” in words only in response to the protests following the killing of unarmed African-Americans. They certainly weren’t “backing the blue” when the Trumplican seditionists stormed the Capitol injuring over 150 law enforcement officers who were protecting the Congress. It was more like “bloody the blue,” which is why Republican leaders don’t want an investigation.

Democrats believe in every eligible voter’s right to vote in honest elections where legislatures do not have the ability to overturn the will of the people. Democrats also believe in fair and equal treatment for all under the law. Cawthorn’s actions and actions of a number of Republicans are not consistent with those principles.

Myrna Campbell

Waynesville

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6 comments

  • Beyond the grave ignorance expressed on CRT, and the lie about an insurrection on January 6th, the last paragraph is hilarious in its outright lies.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Wednesday, 08/04/2021

  • Well said Myrna Campbell.

    posted by Cindy Dixon-Owen

    Monday, 08/02/2021

  • Mary Curry, why are you still here? Why are you still in my country? I told you to leave America a while back. Get the hell out of here already.

    posted by Cloyd Jones

    Monday, 08/02/2021

  • Perfectly, accurately written. I have read original/primary sources explaining CRT, its limitation to law schools and legal research, and the disinformation that the extremist right is spewing.
    What a tragedy that so many among the minority of voters are so brainwashed by online Russian/Chinese/North Korean disinformation campaigns, still.

    posted by Mary Curry

    Monday, 08/02/2021

  • Thank you, well said.

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Sunday, 08/01/2021

  • Myrna, you should look in a mirror before accusing others of dishonesty.

    As I recall, Representative Cawthorn addressed the crowd gathered at a rally some distance from the Capitol. While some of those attending that rally then marched to the capitol, and some of those who marched behaved badly when they arrived, I don't recall President Trump, Representative Cawthorn, or any other elected figure suggesting that people perform violent acts or damage property.

    What action did Cawthorn take to "overthrow the election"? I must have missed that story.

    Democrats do appear to believe in the right of every eligible voter to vote. I am sure most Americans agree.

    Apparently Democrats don't believe in verifying that a voter is indeed eligible.

    That is disturbing.

    posted by Paul Yeager

    Thursday, 07/29/2021

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