Locke Foundation unleashes Obama haters on Charlotte

Wow!  It’s good to see that the nonpartisan John Locke Foundation is coming through with some more high quality convention coverage. Last week, as you will recall, the Locke people had a breathless, cheer-leading “liveblog” of the final night of the RNC in Tampa.

Now, this week, they’ve turned “Director of Regulatory Studies” Jon Sanders loose (among others) to claim that Obama is being “deified” by the Democrats because some vendors in Charlotte are selling or promoting various bits of laudatory kitsch. (Has this guy ever been to a Washington, DC tourist site?) This concocted narrative has, in turn, provided Sanders with license to link to all sorts of other articles and claims about the President (some from years ago) of which he disapproves along with some amazingly vicious attacks.

Meanwhile, on a night in which even conservative commentators like Brit Hume, David Brooks and David Gergen described First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in glowing terms, another Locker, Rick Henderson, led off his “fair and balanced” description of the events inside the convention this way:

“The official theme of the first night of the Democratic National Convention may have been ‘Americans Coming Together,’ but anyone listening to the speeches and watching the videos heard little more than a litany of grievances from the swamps of identity politics.

Delegates and visitors alike since Monday have been dodging heavy downpours in Uptown Charlotte. And they didn’t get much relief from the gloom when they settled in to witness the activities at Time Warner Cable Arena.”

Can’t wait to see how hateful it gets by Thursday night.

Meanwhile, NC Policy Watch journalist Sarah Ovaska continues to file actual works of journalism from Charlotte.  Follow Sarah here and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahOvaska.



  1. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I would be interested in viewing the Democratic platform. I understand that they have removed any reference to God from it, which I find very peculiar. I would expect it to be a laundry list of Advocacy Group policy statements. Did George Soros’ group have any input?

  2. Scott

    September 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    It’s called Google, use it.


  3. david esmay

    September 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Frank, I find it peculiar that you need to reference a fictitious supernatural being to justify anything. The platform can be viewed on line. FYI, god isn’t mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, do you find that peculiar?

  4. Nonanon

    September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    David, oh, really?

    What reference would you that we use, secular humanism? Well, then, that’s your religion. Everyone believes something. Bashing everyone else’s belief system accomplishes nothing, and rather detracts from the discussion, but you go right ahead. I see your belief system in action.

  5. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    David, what I find peculiar is that somebody from the left like yourself has any interest in what’s in the US Constitution. I will remind you that the Declaration of Independance referred to our creator (yeah, yours too).

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    In other words Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are gifts from God.

  6. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Sure I can look it up (why just Google, there are a multiple of web browsers available), but I would think that Progressive Pulse would be interested in commenting on the Dem platform. Is there anything in it that you don’t agree with?

  7. Scott

    September 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Then use the one of your choice, you twit.

  8. jlp75

    September 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    For future reference, Google is a search engine not a web browser. Google Chrome on the other hand is in fact a web browser.

  9. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Google Schmoogle. I use Bing Battah Bing.

  10. david esmay

    September 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Frank are you telling me that the Declaration mentions Donna and Jim Esmay? And those gifts you’re talking about, we endowed to ourselves, that was the whole point. Let me tell you something else, you don’t have rights or gifts, what you got is privileges, because as George Carlin so eloquently stated,”It ain’t a right if it can be taken away.”

  11. david esmay

    September 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Frank, since you brought up all this life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness soapbox today, does this also apply to Gay people in the Republican universe. You people aren’t known for tolerating the rights of others, just your own. I believe it was Fred Allen, and this is paraphrasing, who said “all the tolerance in the republican party could fit into a gnat’s navel, with enough room left over for three caraway seeds and Mitt Romney’s heart.”

  12. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Yes of course it does. It is a gift from our creator. One thing that is always true, is that mankind has always underestimated the forgiving nature of our creator. Make sure you look at your own party when it comes to the level of intolerance it has for other viewpoints.

  13. david esmay

    September 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

    All you have to do is look at the demographic of the attendees in Tampa, and compare that to those in Charlotte. Tampa was not a center of diversity, more like 99.999% homogeneous white milk.

  14. Frank Burns

    September 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Dems talk the walk, GOP walks the talk. The GOP elects diverse representatives, the Dems, not so much.

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