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Clampitt can’t have it both ways

Clampitt can’t have it both ways

To the Editor:

Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, in The Smoky Mountain News addressed his membership in the Oath Keepers. 

He begins by stating that you should “never judge a book by its cover,” which he attributes to being a saying first observed during WWII. 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 statement. 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 immediately resign from his position in the state government as he has shown that he does not represent the people as a whole.

Luther Jones


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  • Many lies have been told about Oath Keepers. Looks like you've bought into all of them. The indictments in DC for the fake insurrection, are simply more lies brought by the left that refuses to deal with the violence in the own ranks (Antifa, BLM, and others). The left tries to have it both ways as a matter of course. The hypocrisy of the letter writer is quite open for anyone to see, except the willfully blind.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Wednesday, 02/02/2022

  • Scott Tuttle, Mr Jones was addressing his concern over Mike Clampitt being in a far right wing Militia group and being our Representative. Mr Clampitt as you say "can't have it both ways". (Antifa is not a formal group, it's a philosophy. BLM is a diverse group but is certainly not recognized as a Militia group as is Oath Keepers. These groups also do not represent us as Mike Clampitt is supposed to do.)

    posted by Beth

    Sunday, 01/30/2022

  • OK. Does Mr Jones condemn BLM? Antifa? Did he condemn the protestors in Ferguson or across the nation in '20?

    Honestly, I have GREAT concern about the erosion of the US Constitution and what the left has done over the last 100 years to the rule of law. I know little of the "Oath Keepers"... other than when you Google and organization and can ONLY find them defined by the far left... who oddly never called BLM or Antifa "far left" militants... I consider it suspicious.

    I know that 10 have been indicted for January 6th. I recently wondered what happened about the ACTUAL COUPS in Seattle where rioters took over a portion of the city and declared it an independent country... and struggled to find any information about what happened to those responsible.

    So Mr Jones... you can't have it both ways either. Why are you so little concerned about the riots of 20 and the false narrative they were spawned by while seemingly outraged by this?

    posted by Scott Tuttle

    Friday, 01/28/2022

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