Friday, June 25, 2010

Quit worrying about Jakie Knotts

It is difficult to tell what is more embarrassing, the conduct of State Senator Jakie Knotts or the conduct of people like SC GOP First Vice Chairman Patrick Haddon of Greenville, who dwell on Knotts, and even try to hurt lifelong Republicans like Congressman Joe Wilson in an election year.  

First, VUI is no fan of Knotts.  In fact, if you read our archives, you see we have made some pretty good humor at his expense.  His "raghead" remarks about Nikki Haley and the President were unacceptable.  But, so is dwelling on him and making the unprecedented move of banning him from running as a Republican.  

In South Carolina, we have a tradition of letting people vote in primaries.  In South Carolina, we believe in the crazy idea of freedom.  People are free to declare their party on primary day and vote in the primary of their choice.  If Jakie Knotts runs as Republican and gets people to vote for him in his District, that is freedom.  We should not fear it as liberals do.  We should embrace it.  

For, if Senator Knotts, with all his faults, is denied access to the Republican Primary ballot, who will be next?   Will it be some legislator who does not walk lock step with a Governor Haley? Will it be someone who has some sort of personal conflict with members of the state party?  Where will banning people from running as Republicans end?  


For most of my life, I have believed that the Republican Party was the party of better ideas on most matters.  Therefore, I think it should never be afraid to allow any man or woman to stand for its party's nomination in a race.  That is what liberals do.  They fear the people and ballot box. They use committees and twisting of the law to silence those who disagree.  We Republicans do not.  We Republicans believe in the free market, and that includes the free marketplace of ideas within our own party's primaries.  


If the SC GOP follows Haddon's lead and takes the liberal way that is filled with fear and anger, the SC GOP will lose its soul.  Let Jakie Knotts face the voters in a GOP primary and beat him there, not in some liberal like committee meeting. Have faith, Mr. Haddon and others, in the people and ideals of the the free market who you claim to represent in your party offices. 

12 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 25, 2010

    I think Mr. Haddon and some of these other Republican leaders (Floyd) need to go. They are not my kind of Republican and are an embarrassment. They are driving the SC GOP right over a cliff. How do we make it happen? We need to get involved, or there will be nothing left of the SC GOP.

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  2. You are correct! Mr Haddon and some of these other Republican leaders need to go. if Mr. Haddon is driving the party over a cliff, then he is doing the rest of the world a favor.

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  3. Non-NatveJune 26, 2010

    RINO. Quit calling yourself a Republican. Leave. Go away. shut up. You get the point.

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  4. The Great Leader Haley has determined what is best for the party. You need to get in line with what our Great Leader has to say or face the consequences as Knotts will.

    Comrade, you seem tired. Perhaps a couple of weeks in a private re-education camp will give you the rest you need to understand our Great Leader.

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  5. AnonymousJune 26, 2010

    Yes, George, you are right. This man mourned his dog on facebook. The dog's name was Winston. The name of the man who dared to challenge the Great Leader of the party.

    Both Winston Churchill and George Orwell's character Winston did not understand the need for party purity.

    So it appears Mr. McCarty is weak in that he thinks for himself and not for the Great Leader.

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  6. I am a Lexington County resident. If Katrina Shealy is behind running out Knotts as an opponent, then to hell with her. I planned on supporting her against Jake, but if she is so afraid of him she wants him taken off the ballot, then she loses my support.

    A handful of politicians meeting in Columbia have no business telling the Republicans of Lexington County who they ought to vote to nominate to the SC Senate. We might be rednecks, but rednecks like me voted for Haley and for Sanford and I want the choice.

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  7. Well WillieJune 27, 2010

    Screw McCarty and his lame ass dog. Knotts and a list of others should be banned from the GOP. Stalin got it right with his purge. At least he had the guts.

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  8. AnonymousJune 27, 2010

    The GOP backed off the issue.

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