To the Editor:
I am a 55-year-old native of Haywood County, who has been a registered Republican from the time I turned 18. I am writing this in response to all the negative articles written about the Haywood GOP and Mitchel Powell’s letter to the editor in the June 4 Smoky Mountain News titled “Group is hurting Haywood GOP.”
In my humble opinion, The people who are hurting the Haywood GOP are not the hard-working volunteers who give of their time so freely to fight against high taxes, over-spending, over-regulation, the massive county debt and the job-killing ideals of our government leaders and tax-gouging bureaucrats!
The proud patriots named in Powell’s letter are working with one goal in mind — to save Haywood County for our children and grandchildren, and not leave them overburdened with debt and regulation.
I have been a precinct chair for four years and during that time I might have seen Mr. Mitchel Powell at only two or three meetings where he tried to push his socialist tax-and-spend agenda with no success at all. Then he quit his job as vice chair with a very damaging resignation letter.
Conservative, patriotic, freedom-loving Americans must band together to stop these socialist jokers who are bent on turning America into a nanny state where everyone draws a check from the government, and the government draws their check from all of your tax dollars.
I am a defender of the Constitution and individual freedom, and I support the Republican Party platform! I also support the Libertarian Party platform: “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” Just for the record, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and as an “Oathkeeper,” I also support the Constitutionalist Party platform. And as a Christian I also support the Holy Bible as God’s own holy word (and this trumps everything else).
As with all organizations, the Haywood GOP has some problems, But as for me I am proud to call these people my friends and brothers. The people accused of wrongdoing in Powell’s letter, well they are the backbone of the Republican Party, the tireless volunteers who are out working for your rights and freedoms every day, and working to get honest conservative candidates elected to govern our great county. Like the three candidates running for election on the Republican ticket this year — Denny King, and Phillip Wight for county commissioner and Michael Mathews for Haywood County tax collector. And let us not forget we have four liberal tax-and-spend incumbents that must be replaced this year (and my goal is to replace them all).
In addition to the three Republicans named above, Haywood County has only one more great candidate running for Haywood County Commissioner — Dr. Windy McKinney, running on the Libertarian Party ticket.
With the election of these four conservative candidates, Haywood County will have the conservative majority for the first time I am able to remember. May God bless America, and get out and vote. Only you can save Haywood County.