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Rep. Clampitt’s values aren’t mine

Rep. Clampitt’s values aren’t mine

To the Editor:

The current issue of The Smoky Mountain News (September 7) has a sticker affixed to the front page that states: “Mike Clampitt NC House District 119 Conservative Values.” I assume that this was caused to be affixed by Mr. Clampitt’s reelection campaign.

Rep. Clampitt, in The Smoky Mountain News last year, addressed his membership in the Oath Keepers as reported by that newspaper. He began by stating that you should “Never judge a book by its cover,” which he attributes to being a saying first observed during WW II. 

This is the first of the inaccuracies of his explanation. The quote seems to come first from George Eliot’s “The Mill on the Floss” of 1860 where a character in the book refers to Daniel Defoe’s “The History of the Devil,” where it references the beautiful binding as compared to the inner writing. This is a fairly good analogy of Mr. Clampitt’s statements concerning this matter. He makes blanket statements of how he supports the Constitution, the rule of law, and how he is opposed to violence. He states that “A lot of good, well-meaning organizations become hijacked by overzealous individuals participating in an activity that becomes out of control.” 

That is the cover of Mr. Clampitt’s book. In the inner written pages he never does condemn the Oath Keepers as an organization. He attempts to pass the buck, to pass the responsibility onto a few rogues that just happen to be the founding members and the leaders of the group. This is disingenuous. Mr. Clampitt either supports the Oath Keepers or must disavow them. Silence indicates tacit approval of the organization. Only actively denouncing them will set the record straight as to where he stands. If he cannot, or will not do so, he should resign from his position in the state government and end his reelection campaign as he has shown that he does not represent the people as a whole.

Since this organization (The Oath Keepers) that Mr. Clampitt has been a member of, along with other organizations such as The Proud Boys and the Three Percenters, attempted to overthrow the legal presidential election and overthrow the government of the United States, I wonder if these are the “Conservative Values” that he espouses. If so, I am pretty sure that I will need to vote for someone else to represent District 119.

Luther Jones


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  • Just like the old Soviet Union of the 1960's, the rules are simple. They lie to us, we know they are lying, they know we know they are lying but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 09/16/2022

  • The Quartermaster is correct - January 6 is indeed one of the most willfully lied about events in US history. It's heartbreaking to think that so much of my country is OK with lying to themselves about it. Ignoring the causes and the motives.

    Most of the people that broke into the capitol building had intent to overthrow the government, if not kill people - especially these wackado fringe groups, oathbleaters and the just-a-boys. There is video and audio evidence. If you still insist at this point that it "wasn't your people" then, well, I'm not sure you can be helped. And my heart is torn to pieces forever about that.

    I will toss Mike Armpitt a bone, though... I wrote him an email to voice concerns over rural internet access and abortion rights and he gave a genuine non-response to the internet part. Most politicians will just have an aide send you a pre-fab response about their commitment to trolling the libs. So, good for him on that.

    Oh, and can we please leave bow ties out of this? They never hurt anyone.

    posted by Busybody

    Friday, 09/16/2022

  • More fevered nonsense from Jones. A lot of accusations, but nothing to back it up.

    Jan 6 is one of the most lied about events in US history. Mr. Jones tries to perpetuate that lie, but no matter. He's all for rule of law, while people his party supports are willing to burn down cities, and murder people. But Mr. Jones supports the rule of law.

    It's such a shame Mr. Jones actually supports violence, while the Oath Keepers are simply serious about the oaths they took as servicemen and policemen. In short, Clampitt's values aren't Mr. Jones' values as Mr. Jones is all for destruction of the rule of law and perpetuating the corruption that exists at all level of government to support his warped desires to destroy the US.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Thursday, 09/15/2022

  • Literally anyone else. As icing on the cake, he wears a bow tie.

    posted by Tyler

    Wednesday, 09/14/2022

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