Coincidence?

Charles Graham is a Democrat from Robeson County running for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

He kicked off his campaign with a two-minute advertisement, entitled Hayes Pond:

The video quickly gained national media attention. It’s got millions of views. Today, it was featured in The Washington Post. MSNBC anchors are tweeting it out as we speak:

Graham is capitalizing (and fundraising) on the media coverage:

It’s about like striking gold, isn’t it?

2019 Post on Cross Creek Divide

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the ad, click on the underlined text below:

This is a post I wrote two years ago where I discussed the 9th District, white nationalist politics in the age of Trump, and most notably, the Battle of Hayes Pond.

Hell, they even used the same pictures I did.

You reckon someone out there read Cross Creek Divide, or was it just a coincidence?

I need to start charging for this stuff.

Blow It Up to Save It

I had the chance to visit Charleston, South Carolina this summer. I went fishing and drug Mrs. Richardson along. On a Sunday morning, we left the shipping channel and rounded Fort Sumter on a high tide to chase redfish behind James Island. The waves lapped against the old brick walls in the grey dawn. These walls survived artillery fire and hurricanes and the waves of a thousand flood tides. They’ll be there when we’re gone.

I also visited a Revolutionary War prison that housed the Patriots of Charleston during the British occupation. I saw a certain flag in the museum, designed by a South Carolinian in 1775:

Museum Around the Corner: Don't tread on me | Community | postandcourier.com

As Americans, we don’t like being told what to do by a powerful executive. If we did, we’d still be British citizens.

2021

Speaking of waves, we can’t agree on how to deal with them:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced results from a study Friday that found unvaccinated individuals were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people. 

The research, spanning more than 600,000 people in 13 jurisdictions, also determined that unvaccinated populations were over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized — figures that underscore COVID-19 vaccines protect recipients from deaths and hospitalizations. The study also showed that unvaccinated people were 4 1/2 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. 

Despite the data, Republican Governors in the South think making people get a shot is government overreach. Here’s Alabama’s Kay Ivey:

Today, the RNC announced it would sue the Biden Administration over the new mandates.

You shouldn’t be surprised. I’m not. If our history has taught us anything, it’s that freedom comes with a price, and that price is paid in blood.

Fort Sumter 150 Years Ago

Unfortunately, in America, the pain is often self-inflicted.

Vote “What?” Fayetteville?

Nat Robertson’s Carolina Cabinet podcast recently included guests Jim Arp and Bobby Hurst. The two Republicans are members of the “Vote Yes Fayetteville” movement. The group is pushing a referendum to add “at-large” seats to the Fayetteville City Council:

Arp and Hurst stayed on message. They argued at-large seats would give voters greater choice, increase turnout in municipal elections, and create accountability in city government. They also pointed out that council members would be more likely to make decisions that benefit the city as a whole, not just their particular “ward.”

It sounded a lot like a post I wrote in 2019:

Get Off the Market House!

Most importantly, Arp and Hurst did not make the issue about race, crime, or the Market House riots. This was a refreshing change. Former Mayor Tony Chavonne, also a member of “Vote Yes Fayetteville” keeps bringing up crime and the Market House every time he discusses the issue. While I’m sure this inspires him personally, it is stupid politics. It galvanizes opposition and further divides the city.

In the end, this is an issue that should transcend partisan and racial politics. Remember what we’re voting for. If we keep Fayetteville first, we can’t really go wrong.

Get the Shot, Fayetteville (Part 3)

This is the final post of the “Get the Shot, Fayetteville” Trilogy.

Watch this video: