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Why ask Cawthorn to speak to police?

Why ask Cawthorn to speak to police?

To the Editor:

The Macon County Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police had Rep. Madison Cawthorn as the guest speaker Friday for the Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Franklin’s Town Square. It was a bit ironic.

With all the remarkable officers — active and retired in and around Macon County — why Madison?

Madison was introduced Friday by Sheriff Robbie Holland, word for word from the CPAC website. (CPAC is the Republican-led Political Action Conference)

The strangeness of Madison speaking at a law enforcement memorial was that he praised officers who would refuse to enforce laws he does not agree with. He alleged that in Washington he works with federal agencies such as the CIA, ATF, FBI. He derided them saying they enforce unconstitutional laws. He said he believes local law enforcement officers would refuse any law that would shut down a church, infringe on freedom of speech or confiscate a firearm. All of which he said were unconstitutional. He called officers who would not enforce such laws “great Americans.”

Let’s not forget Madison joined the insurrectionists at the Jan. 6 assault on our Democracy in the same manner as did former President Trump. Hundreds of law enforcement officers were wounded and assaulted. Cawthorne told N.C. Republicans on Sept. 1 “bloodshed” would follow Jan 6 (that was in Macon County at the Republican headquarters located in a flea market).

Madison admires militias. He flouts the law while calling himself a believer of “constitutional” democracy, all the while trying to circumvent the Constitution.

He has boasted publicly about busting out the “political prisoners” arrested for the “stop the steal” fiasco. He has backed Trump’s lie that the election was stolen.

Cawthorn has been called out for carrying a knife at school board meetings, sometimes at boards not in his district. He has been at these meetings ranting against masking and promoting home schooling. He has railed against public education. He was home schooled.

Cawthorn was caught with a gun in a carry-on bag at the Asheville Airport. He claimed he was armed inside the Capitol building during the Trump-blessed rampage at the capitol where dozens of police officers were injured, some very seriously.  

Cawthorn appears to believe his political office allows him to flout the law.  

He dropped out of James Madison University after one semester of “Ds.” Many of his fellow students there accused him of sexual predatory behavior.

Cawthorn tried to convince the public that he was headed for a career in the military before his accident. He was never accepted at the United States Naval Academy as he wanted the public to believe. Being nominated and being accepted are not the same. Politicians hand out nominations like candy on Halloween. Getting in and graduating are another matter. I also question the “full-ride ROTC scholarship” to N.C. State the CPAC claims.

Cawthorn had never held a public office until he was elected a member of Congress on a fluke, riddled with controversy.

Although he was not accepted to a military academy, nor did he join the military, I would suggest to him to abide by the honor code many military academies employ. “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.” This is honor and integrity. This code would be applicable to anyone in public office. Including Congress.

Bob Scott

Franklin

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7 comments

  • Thank you, Mr. Scott. Maybe the more the truth is repeated about Madison Cawthorn it will be believed. He is a disgrace to the people of NC District 11 or at least to those intelligent people who didn't vote for him!

    posted by Mary Daily

    Tuesday, 10/26/2021

  • A civil, reasoned recap of the many offenses against democracy by the terrifyingly ignorant and unqualified young man inhabiting the 11th Congressional District office. That over half the student body of the very conservative Patrick Henry college wrote a public letter detailing his attempted rapes of young women students should have been enough to sink his election. It would have been, if the Republican Party had not been replaced by equally ignorant anarchists like Cawthorn himself. Let us all hope that real Republicans can wrest their party back from these disgraceful insults to the memory of great Republican leaders of the past.

    posted by Mary Jane Curry

    Monday, 10/25/2021

  • A civil, reasoned recap of the many offenses against democracy by the terrifyingly ignorant and unqualified young man inhabiting the 11th Congressional District office. That over half the student body of the very conservative Patrick Henry college wrote a public letter detailing his attempted rapes of young women students should have been enough to sink his election. It would have been, if the Republican Party had not been replaced by equally ignorant anarchists like Cawthorn himself. Let us all hope that real Republicans can wrest their party back from these disgraceful insults to the memory of great Republican leaders of the past.

    posted by Mary Jane Curry

    Monday, 10/25/2021

  • Madison Cawthorn is a dangerous man with dangerous ideas.

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Sunday, 10/24/2021

  • The Naval Academy Admissions Board got it right on the knife-totin homeschooled college dropout lawsuit millionaire.

    Signed,
    USNA '77 graduate
    BEAT ARMY!

    posted by Kevin Brock

    Saturday, 10/23/2021

  • Hey Lucille Josephs did you know that......Madison is never going to grab your old crusty lady parts. LoL. Your grandkids think you smell REALLY unsanitary. Bless your heart! God loves you too! Seek his forgiveness, it's not to late!

    posted by Arlo Raine

    Saturday, 10/23/2021

  • Hey Bob Scott, did you know that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (aka AOC) never had never held a public office either? Ofcourse you are not complaining about her because she obviously lines up with your demented political views.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Wednesday, 10/20/2021

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