New Lt. Gov. offers slick, contradictory and at times bizarre talk at conservative luncheon

Dan ForestNorth Carolina’s new Lt. Governor, Dan Forest, held forth in a rambling talk at a John Locke Foundation “Shaftsbury Society luncheon” earlier this week and in watching the 41 minute video one gets a real taste of the strange brew of ill-conceived and contradictory policy positions that now dominates on the modern American-Fox News-Tea Partying right.

As is often the case with many of his ideological allies, much of Forest’s talk is friendly and non-threatening. Whether he is lamenting the lousy Internet service he inherited in the Lt. Governor’s mansion or preaching that North Carolina ought to strive to be number one in the nation in K-12 education, Forest gives voice to many noncontroversial positions.

But, of course, as has been well-documented previously, Dan Forest is not just a friendly suburban architect or the semi-polished son of a former congresswoman. As NC Policy Watch reported last November, Forest is also a home-schooling. conspiracy-promoter who helped found nonprofits devoted to telling “Christian” consumers which businesses they should patronize (Sears is off limits because of the lingerie section in the catalog) and a proud champion of numerous extreme positions.

Forest’s contradictions and contradictory nature were on full display in the Locke talk.  In one moment, he talked about modernizing government and the importance of valuing public employees and in the next he informed the audience that ”politcal correctness” (whatever that is)  has ”destroyed America” and alleged that Raleigh’s News & Observer plants hidden messages in its news headlines that are designed to advance its “agenda” and that such actions somehow threaten the First Amendment. 

In yet another moment he weirdly and obliviously praised comparatively liberal, secular social democracies with robust public safety nets like Norway, Sweden and New Zealand as model economies  and then, in the next, claimed that North Carolina has all the natural resources it needs to be the number one state in the nation in energy production.  

Forest’s talk was, in short, emblematic of the strange and disjointed worldview that now drives the modern right-wing and especially places like the Art Pope empire (a place with which Forest feels evident kinship since he called out the Locke Foundation’s lobbyist during the talk to thank her for her regular communications).  That worldview can be best summed up as a confused mixture of slightly paranoid religious and economic fundamentalism gussied up with just enough modern social and technology references so as not to scare off casual observers.

Whether Forest will have much luck in playing a role in advancing his worldview in North Carolina in the near term is an open question. Forest said during the speech that he talks to Gov. McCrory every other week, but given the Governor’s own limited influence over legislation during the opening weeks of the 2013 session it’s not clear that this means a whole lot.  One thing that does seem pretty clear, however, is that if you want to know what the true believers on the right are really thinking, it’s probably worth one’s time to keep paying attention to North Carolina’s new Lt. Governor.

53 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    March 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Demonize the leaders and alway point out their error. Please do the same for Martin Nesbitt and Josh Stein. I think you might be shocked at your findings.

  2. jlp75

    March 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Care to elaborate Frances? Nah, easier to just bumble on with baseless claims with no evidence. At least this article cited specific statements that concerned the author. You just throw stuff at the wall and hope something sticks.

  3. Belinda Bee

    March 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Hmmm, all I see coming from Dan Forest is a lot of good old fashioned common sense….Frances you might try wanna some of that yourself!

  4. I knowbest

    March 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

    As usual, the condescending nose sniffing rants of the left….

  5. Brenda

    March 7, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Dan Forest traveled this state many times listening to the concerns of the great people of North Carolina. He has listened and has set out to fix the problems that WE the PEOPLE of North Carolina identified. The Lt. Governor reflects the worldview of thousands of common sense North Carolinians whom he spent much time listening to and talking with!

  6. Brenden

    March 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

    WOW.WOW. You have got to be joking. This liberal JUNK is the reason this country is heading down the path of self destruction. And yes,thank God that Dan has stepped in. Calling his speech
    ‘emblematic and disjointed.” Have you any clue???? This guy talks from the heart and means just what he says. I do agree with one point. WATCH OUT. Dan will be a fantastic ambassador for this state and I look forward in his leadership for many many years.

  7. Belinda Bee

    March 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Dan Forest… A man with much common sense… Just what we need.more of

  8. Belinda Bee

    March 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Frances sorry about the above… Some reason rest of comment didn’t take… Stupid phone I was agreement with you

  9. Sbwatson

    March 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Mr. Schofield, as a progressive and socialist, is anti-Christianity anti-Christian values, anti-homeschooling, and anti the moral and social values that are the foundation of this great nation. You progressives who don’t want to live by our constitutional principles and don’t give a hoot about our country’sovereignty and citizens individual rights that are guaranteed by our Constitution need to leave and good riddance. I am so proud to be a North Carolinian and to finally after a century to have Republicans running this state and the criminals out of office. The fact that you are so negative about Dan Forest tells me he’s doing the job we elected him to do.

  10. Jimmy

    March 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    The only way I know Rob Schofield is through the writings of this blog. My immediate observation about Mr. Schofield is his command of the liberal left’s language and ability to frame “their” narrative in a way that would seem benign to the “casual observer” as Mr. Schofield describes what I assert is his description of those of us who are reading his blog post. Make no mistake, Mr. Schofield and the views he represents are a cancer in our nation today… and there is NOTHING benign about that. Don’t believe me… take a look around. How are things in your home today? I believe Dan Forest has hit a few nerves with the liberal left which, if you know Dan, his morals and values, would not be a difficult undertaking. Dan Forest is a leader and a knowledgeable one at that. Remember this when you observe such as written above; Our Great State has suffered much under the “rule” of the liberal left. “They” cleave to “that” power which has been in their grasps for many many decades. Now that brave souls have taken upon themselves to restore our Great State to its posterity… folks like Mr. Schofield, jlp75, and others of a liberal mindset will SAY ANYTHING, DO ANYTHING to keep from losing “that” power, which like a drug, courses through their veins, their minds, in fact… their souls – infecting all who would find themselves ill-informed and “settle” for the liberal narrative rather than that truth which is grounded in our past. To Mr. Schofield, jlp75, and others – I have no baseless claims from which to spew falsities such as that of the liberal. All I have is the evidence that litters that road our Great State has traveled under the rule and guide of the liberals and their agenda(s). Carry on Lt. Governor Dan Forest! Under the ever present watchful eyes of those love and live in The Great State of North Carolina… We declare, your track record to date is impeccable. God be with you and ALL of us… and may He continue to Bless The Great State of North Carolina.

  11. Lindsay Best

    March 7, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Same as usual. This article is lacking substance and alternative solutions. But then again solutions to what? It’s a tad early to take on a newly elected leader in the state of North Carolina based on worldview. It would be wise to give our new leaders a chance. Why not wait two years or more, and summarize their work in the state? After the brilliant leadership in North Carolina the last 8 years, the voters deserve that. The progressives have done absolutely nothing for the poor in the state of North Carolina. Let’s have a wait and see attitude. Mr. Schofield can resort to attacks on Mr. Forest’s character and smear campaigns by NC Policy Watch, but results will speak louder. I’m wondering if Mr. Schofield chased down and located any scared observers in the room to interview for this piece.

  12. RGA

    March 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I just finished watching the complete speech. I would not call it “rambling” as Mr. Schofield does in the first sentence of the article. Moreover, after watching the video and rereading the article, I find it difficult to believe that Mr. Schofield wrote about the same speech I watched.

    What I saw in the video is a Lt. Gov. that is confident, knowledgeable, organized, clearly understands the issues facing our state and has thought about solutions and ways to address the issues. More importantly, I think he spoke openly about the problems this administration inherited and how they are going to be addressed.

    Previous administrations have had their chance, now it is time for this administration to get their chance. I look forward to seeing things change.

  13. Lindsay Best

    March 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

    En la misma, como de costumbre. En este artículo se carece de sustancia y las soluciones alternativas. Pero una vez más las soluciones a qué? Es un poco pronto para asumir un líder recién elegido en el estado de Carolina del Norte basada en visión del mundo. Sería conveniente dar a nuestros nuevos líderes una oportunidad. ¿Por qué no esperar dos años o más, y resumir su trabajo en el estado? Después de la brillante dirección de Carolina del Norte en los últimos 8 años, los votantes se merecen eso. Los progresistas no han hecho absolutamente nada por los pobres en el estado de Carolina del Norte. Vamos a tener una actitud de espera. Sr. Schofield puede recurrir a los ataques sobre el carácter señor del Bosque y campañas de desprestigio por Human Política de Carolina del Norte, pero los resultados hablarán más fuerte. Me pregunto si el señor Schofield persiguió y encuentra cualquier observador asustados en la habitación para una entrevista para esta pieza.

  14. Rachel

    March 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Why are we surprised at the hate that is now attacking Dan Forest? For the first time in over 140 years NC is now on the right track to become what it should have been, wth Dan we now have a chance. I am very proud that he is a conservative and a Christian, I don’t understand all the Liberals that have nothing better to do than to hide behind their computers and write hate and untruths. This State has been in the Liberals control for much to long and what have they done for us?? The children who have been home schooled out shine all the rest. what does that tell you about our public schools? Dan Forest has my complete trust and confidance in being our Lt Govenor We have been lacking Christian leaders and now we finally have many. Thank you Dan for standing strong. With God on your side we are winners.

  15. Jen

    March 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Dan Forest understands what the people of NC want – real solutions to the very real problems we are facing in NC. The Lt. Governor spent his campaign traveling throughout the state and talking to thousands of ordinary, hard working North Carolinians. He understands our concerns. He is well liked throughout the state and across party lines, because he’s not afraid to take on the tough issues. Our country would be much better off if there were more Dan Forests in politics!

  16. Kim

    March 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’m afraid this narrative is short on facts and long on name calling. There is nothing contradictory in the topics Mr. Schofield cited above. I can only imagine that he must have been frustrated writing this piece, because it appears that the Lt. Governor was merely discussing topics of interest to the majority of North Carolinians (see recent election results).

  17. Pam Reynolds

    March 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Hey rob, listen your opinion is old school and just isnt cool anymore. Do the state a favor sit down and shut up. Let the new guys in town fix this liberal mess we are in

  18. YoungGun

    March 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Attacking the leadership isn’t going to change anything, and it never will. Dan’s views are not extremist, especially not for this state. Contrary to what you might believe, this state leans heavily conservative and does not support a large number of progressive policies. Dan is simply representing his constituents as well as who he is himself. As a personal friend of his, I find it pathetic that people at the pulse have nothing better to write about other than to directly attack our leaders, particularly the “Art Pope dynasty” which the Pulse just loves to hate. Think tanks are intended to create change through the influence of research and policy, not by name-calling, so work on your so-called journalism Schofield.

  19. Dianne

    March 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I have traveled many miles, just to hear Lt. Governor Dan Forest speak. He is like a breath of fresh air. How nice it is to have someone who so obviously loves our God, our Country, our State, and his family. He listens to anyone that has a problem or just wants to meet and talk with him. He will take the time. How refreshing it is to hear something called “common sense” and the “truth” from a politician. YES, WE THE PEOPLE elected the right man. Looking forward to him moving UP the ladder. Perhaps you could point out some of the things Obama, Reid, Pelosi, ect are doing to our wonderful country. You could write volumes instead of this poor article “trying” to find something to complain about. How bout it? Just read your article again. Slick, bizarre talk? Please. As many times as I have talked with him, I have never heard this. So yes, Rob Schofield, I urge to continue to “keep paying attention” (your words) and see the wonderful things he and Governor Pat McCrory will do. God Bless you Lt. Governor Dan Forest.

  20. Adam Searing

    March 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    People, come on! Forest is talking about “hidden messages” in newspaper headlines. Next we’ll be on to backmasking in old Beatles tunes.

  21. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, Civitas must not of had anything for it’s interns to do today, so they sent them trolling. Dan Forest is a tool.

  22. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Forest is a good example of someone raised in a right-wing bubble, talking only to other inhabitants of said bubble in order to reinforce each other’s twisted world view.

  23. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Jimmy has been studying up on Lee Atwood and Karl Rove, accuse your opposition of doing what your party is doing to deflect criticism and avoid responsibility for their actions.

    Conservatism is an infectious disease, the anti-dote, information and facts. That’s why the repubs poll lower than STD’s.

  24. Nancy

    March 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is certainly an opinion I do not agree with one bit. I do not see the relation between it and Dan Forrest. I’ve never known Dan Forrest to ramble in his conversations, personal or speeches.It is refreshing to know the family and to know Mr. and Mrs. Forrest were responsible for contributing such great young wholesome, family to our society. There were a lot of 25 cent words being used to describe a million dollar personality of a man who thinks of others first.

    Dan is the most straight-arrow person in his personal, ethics and professional life. It is worth listening and working with Dan for a refreshing approach to NC’s future.

  25. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Nancy, you’re funny, you mentioned a Republican and ethics in the same sentence. Forest’s approach to NC’s future revolves around a quasi-religious extreme right-wing agenda, no thanks.

  26. Linda

    March 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Mr. Schofield sounds very angry and vindictive. I made a point to observe Dan Forest for a year during his campaign. He proved himself to be reasonable, fair, intelligent, conservative and gracious to everyone whether they agreed with him or not. Also, he proved that no one can out work him. It seems to me those are qualities we should look for in leaders.

  27. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    By the by, didn’t Forest refer to the Sears catalog as porn? How sexually repressed do you have to be to make a statement like that? That right there is a red flag, he might be educated and come from a good family,or whatever. People like this always remind me of an observation Peter Wright, the famed spy catcher of MI5,made the first time he went into FBI headquarter’s when Hoover was still in charge.”The antiseptically clean halls reeked of an unclean mind.”

    “It’s been my experience that folks with no vices, have very few virtues.” Abraham Lincoln

  28. Steve

    March 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I did take the time to listen to the entire video. I did NOT hear the part about ( Raleigh’s News & Observer plants hidden messages in its news headlines that are designed to advance its “agenda” and that such actions somehow threaten the First Amendment. ) Is this a made up statement? Considering the actions of SEANC during the election, I have withdrawn from them. They will not get one more penny of my hard earned money. It was shameful the antics they pulled. Not all people pay attention to politics. If more people that are involved with SEANC knew what they did and sadly are still doing, they would pull out too. I applaud you Mr. Forest for the fine job you are doing. Keep up the good work.

  29. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Dianne, the “truth” is anyone in the NC GOP would step on the throat of the poor, the disadvantaged, or minorities, to move up that ladder. They’ve done nothing to prove otherwise since the Tarheel Taliban took control of the GA.

  30. david esmay

    March 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    If Forrest possessed an ounce of ethics and a pinch of principle, he’d be a Democrat.

  31. Pat

    March 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    David<

    All I can say is that if Lt Gov.Dan Forrest did NOT have an ounce of ethics and a pinch of principle he would be a Democrat.

  32. Linda Johnson

    March 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Dan Forest is probably on of the most genuine person I have ever worked for and I would do it again if given the chance. Dan’s personality is one that a few of these liberals could use and maybe people would listen to them. I am proud of anyone that stands there ground on religion and not ashamed of it and as for homeschooling it is great. If the school were aloud to actually teach what the kids need to know, maybe some of these kids would not end up in jail. Common sense is something most people are blessed with, but some are never encouraged to use it. I feel like for a long time this state has needed change and I think we have actually got it in McCrory and Forest. They were elected and people just need to pray for them to make the right decisions. Dan keep up the good work and if I can ever do anything for you you know where Newton is.

  33. Deon

    March 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Leave it up a liberal blog site like this one to take 4 minutes of video, out of 43 minutes, and then show case it as “strange brew”. We need a person like Dan, with his business epxerience and know-how, to speak the truth about how liberal bias has always hidden the truth from the public. An how democrats have play the victim card on almost every “nannystate issue”, only to cry FOUL when a straight-talking republican calls them out on it. Way to go Dan for standing up to conservative values!!!!!!!

  34. Curt

    March 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    David Esmay, you must be very proud to be standing up for your liberal comments on Dan Forest. It does show that you have a strong convention to the liberal cause. Unfortunately, you have been drinking too much Obama coolaid. For once, NC politics has pulled itself from “mother democrat’s Teat”. By the way, you do know that you are the only liberal reading and blogging on this LIBERAL WEBSITE!

  35. Diane Rufino

    March 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    It kills me to respond to this article because it is so utterly without any redeeming value and without any ethical obligation to the field of journalism, which is to offer something that is newsworthy. And the comments have clearly degenerated into what I can only sum up as a poor attempt at comedy.

    Dan Forest has values and principles. He lives his life according to them and ran a campaign on them. The people rewarded him with a government seat, and that’s the bottom line. We could easily have a discussion about the character of the people who elected Barack Obama. But I dare say the Progressive Pulse would never honestly address that topic. So for now, they’ve picked on a decent human being because that’s what progressives do. Most people have come to expect that. But how refreshing it is to finally have someone in office who actually believes in the values that steer men and women into being the best human beings possible and who believes in what the state Constitution itself proclaims: That religion and morality are essential to good government and to the happiness of the people in general.

  36. deon

    March 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I must say that when republicans hit a liberal nerve, they do a good job of it! The author of this article could not make it as a true journalist so he is resorting to twisting facts. But why should this surprise me or any other conservative? When a conservative uses facts, like Dan has done, the minions of George Soros will protest. Dan is a person of faith with high moral and ethical standards; of course the liberals are upset that he intends to take North Carolina in the right direction. Dan, like other conservative republicans, wants to both teach and follow the constitution. He wants parents to have the right to choose what will be best for their child’s education vs. the government telling them that they know best. He has watched the United States public education system crumble and he has heard the constant cry for more money as they further dumb down the system, indoctrinate our youth and graduate children who cannot read. Have you noticed that the more money they pour into the schools, the lower the children’s abilities seem to be? Throwing money at the system doesn’t work. The federal government has failed our children. Our children are our future. If they can’t take care of themselves, who is going to lead us into the future? It is time to repair this broken system, and let the parents have the control. Like other conservatives, Dan believes that if you study, work hard, and be persistent that you can grow up and take care of yourself and your family. He believes that if you teach a child to love independence, that he or she will not grow up to be “dependent”. Like Dan, we don’t believe in handing out trophies for just showing up, we believe you must work hard to create a bright future. Like Dan, we believe that all men are created equal but are not entitled to equal outcomes, because your outcome is up to you. Dan is just like all other loving parents who want what is best for his children, in the case of his family; they felt that homeschooling was best. He believes that you should be able to chose too, whether that is for a public education, a private school, homeschooled or charter school. We must fight to have the right to decide what is best for our children. It’s about time we had somebody on the side of the parent, and somebody who is pro-family! We are thrilled that Dan is our Lt. Governor!

    We all know that George Soros is planting low paid interns and wanna-be journalists in North Carolina to undermine the work that Dan Forest and Pat McCory do. I however, will stand behind them and encourage them to turn this wrecked state into something great! Join me, please! I love this state and I hope that they can encourage entrepreneurs and corporations to come here, creating more jobs and make North Carolina strong!

  37. curt

    March 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    it is amazing that i ahve posted several responses to David Esmay but the liberal wedsite has removed them. There were no off collor or offensice remarks. It looks like the “Right to Free Speech” only applies to liberal views!!!!!

    Dan you are the Man!! Keep up the good work.

  38. Patti

    March 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I must say that when republicans hit a liberal nerve, they do a good job of it! The author of this article could not make it as a true journalist so he is resorting to twisting facts. But why should this surprise me or any other conservative? When a conservative uses facts, like Dan has done, the minions of George Soros will protest. Dan is a person of faith with high moral and ethical standards; of course the liberals are upset that he intends to take North Carolina in the right direction. Dan, like other conservative republicans, wants to both teach and follow the constitution. He wants parents to have the right to choose what will be best for their child’s education vs. the government telling them that they know best. He has watched the United States public education system crumble and he has heard the constant cry for more money as they further dumb down the system, indoctrinate our youth and graduate children who cannot read. Have you noticed that the more money they pour into the schools, the lower the children’s abilities seem to be? Throwing money at the system doesn’t work. The federal government has failed our children. Our children are our future. If they can’t take care of themselves, who is going to lead us into the future? It is time to repair this broken system, and let the parents have the control. Like other conservatives, Dan believes that if you study, work hard, and be persistent that you can grow up and take care of yourself and your family. He believes that if you teach a child to love independence, that he or she will not grow up to be “dependent”. Like Dan, we don’t believe in handing out trophies for just showing up, we believe you must work hard to create a bright future. Like Dan, we believe that all men are created equal but are not entitled to equal outcomes, because your outcome is up to you. Dan is just like all other loving parents who want what is best for his children, in the case of his family; they felt that homeschooling was best. He believes that you should be able to chose too, whether that is for a public education, a private school, homeschooled or charter school. We must fight to have the right to decide what is best for our children. It’s about time we had somebody on the side of the parent, and somebody who is pro-family! We are thrilled that Dan is our Lt. Governor!

    We all know that George Soros is planting low paid interns and wanna-be journalists in North Carolina to undermine the work that Dan Forest and Pat McCory do. I however, will stand behind them and encourage them to turn this wrecked state into something great! Join me, please! I love this state and I hope that they can encourage entrepreneurs and corporations to come here, creating more jobs and make North Carolina strong!

  39. Jerry Reinoehl

    March 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    The Lt. Governor made a terrific presentation. Who could not have enjoyed the presentation showing his vision for North Carolina? He provided some examples of a few of the major problems hindering North Carolina’s transition into the 21st Century that were inherited from previous administrations without petty lambasting. He informed us about measures the current administration is taking to fix the problems. He pointed out the lack of a statewide interoperable information technology architecture making it impossible to accomplish the basic collaboration between state agencies and individuals that we all take for granted in our personal and business dealings. Ditto on healthcare, unemployment, the economy, education, tax and regulatory reform and a photo voter ID. It was refreshing to hear Lt. Governor Forest discuss working and interacting with all the other members of the Council of State as members of one team to address the serious problems impacting all of us. Just imagine the impact upon that veteran of 35 years service in North Carolina government having Lt. Governor Forest be the first person to thank him for his support to the citizens of North Carolina. Lt. Governor Forest is making a great start and making me proud that I was one of many who supported his candidacy.

  40. Jerry Reinoehl

    March 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    The Lt. Governor made a terrific presentation. Who could not have enjoyed the presentation showing his vision for North Carolina? He provided some examples of a few of the major problems hindering the North Carolina transition into the 21st Century that were inherited from previous administrations without petty lambasting. He informed us about measures the current administration is taking to fix the problems. He pointed out the lack of a statewide interoperable information technology architecture making it impossible to accomplish the basic collaboration between state agencies and individuals that we all take for granted in our personal and business dealings. Ditto on healthcare, unemployment, the economy, education, tax and regulatory reform and a photo voter ID. It was refreshing to hear Lt. Governor Forest discuss working and interacting with all the other members of the Council of State as members of one team to address the serious problems impacting all of us. Just imagine the impact upon that veteran of 35 years service in North Carolina government having Lt. Governor Forest be the first person to thank him for his support to the citizens of North Carolina. Lt. Governor Forest is making a great start and making me proud that I was one of many who supported his candidacy.

  41. Frances Jenkins

    March 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    For all the news folks posting, ignore David. He wants to run with the big dogs and he simple cannot. His attacks are always on a personal level and he only repeats the points given to him by someone else.If you follow him, you will find his thoughts almost exactly on another post. He is not capable of thinking for himself. He wants to please so badly, it is sad.

  42. Dianne

    March 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Poor david esmay, how sad? Only SEVEN post. Attention seeking much? I agree with you Frances Jenkins, he is sad indeed. Who in their right mind would not want an honest politician? Tarheel Taliban? Come on, that is indeed laughable. Actually pitiful that he can’t think for himself. Let’s pray for him. That is what Lt. Governor Dan Forest would ask us to do.

  43. Cheryl Every

    March 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I have listened to Dan Forest speak on multiple occasions. Each time, I left thinking we need more people like that running our government. He holds dear the very values that built this nation. I have always been very impressed with how well he has communicated his beliefs and vision for how North Carolina should be governed. Dan tells it like it is and I agree completely that “political correctness” is strangling our nation. The author of the article has copied George Soros’ play book verbatim, so consider the source. Dan Forest gets a standing ovation from me.

  44. david esmay

    March 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Once again, right wing trolls presenting a monolithic front in support of a politician who by any measure should be ridiculed, one, for asserting the Sears catalog is pornography. It is a vapid and childish idea reflecting a narrow puritanical view of a world that doesn’t exist.

    Two, promoting the idea that there are hidden messages in the headlines of the N&O, really? How could anyone say that without busting out laughing. Obviously he’s extremely manipulative, delusional, or just another right wing conspiracy nut, or a combination of the three.

    Three, Forest is a Tea party darling, that disqualifies him as fit to serve in any elected position.

    Four, he has close ties to the Heritage foundation and the Faith Driven Consumer, two lunatic organizations that belong to an industry that seeks to undermine government and obfuscate the truth on too many levels to mention.

    There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will his religion to propagandize the fear and hate mongering agenda of the GOP, work hard to limit the civil liberties of average citizens, and promote ideas that will enhance the ability of businesses to lie, cheat, and steal with impunity, which is the GOP’s idea of freedom.

  45. NC Hometown Girl

    March 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    As one commenter states above, this post is not worth addressing, except that we all know you extremists will be trying to smear our Governor and Lt. Governor for the next 8 years, and we will call it out when we see it.

    Dan is only our 2nd Republican Lt. Governor in 100 years, and Pat McCrory is only our 3rd Republican Governor in that time. Republicans took a majority in our General Assembly in 2010, the first time in 100 years. Yet, all of our newly elected leaders are making decisions based on principles that benefit everyone.

    North Carolinians haven’t been faring well lately, as evidenced by our high taxes, our high unemployment, our poor business climate, our poor education results and embarrassing corruption at all levels.

    It was certainly time for a new approach and time for principled, visionary leadership focused on the people of our state, not on cronyism.

    Dan Forest crisscrossed NC numerous times to meet people and to talk with them about his principles, beliefs, and his vision for North Carolina. He is the “real deal,” someone who sought elected office in order to serve, because he cares and because he has sound ideas for making our state better. If our state were in great shape, Dan would not have needed to run. But, like all of us, he sees that we are not doing very well and he has the experience, background and willingness to help implement a better way.

    Dan is an honest man of integrity who has never changed a position in order to win support. He always says what he thinks and it is always based on his foundational principles. People recognize that and it’s why he has such strong, unwavering support across the state and across party lines.

    Your attempts to smear his character are reprehensible, and they fail. Decent people, regardless of party, like him and recognize his solid, strong character. You cannot attack his positions because he is correct, so you resort to name-calling and mud-throwing. HUGE FAIL.

    Why not engage in serious debate if you are really interested? Why not look at facts and results? Become part of the solution, not part of the problem. Do you want people’s lives to improve? Or do you just want to tear down a good man?

    While you’re at it, check out the good Art Pope has done, as well.

  46. Robert Wolfe

    March 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Dan Forest has his feet firmly on the ground and he’s loaded with common sense. When you are effective the liberal/socialist machine will do everything they can to destroy you. I like and trust Dan and so should you.

  47. Kathy Yost

    March 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Lt. Governor Dan Forest, is by far one of the nicest, kindest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He wants to improve education in North Carolina. How horrible according to the liberals posting on here. NC NEEDS educational improvements as is evidenced in your rants. I find it sad as fellow Americans, fellow North Carolinian’s, that you do not want better for NC. I can’t understand why they don’t want to reach across the aisle and work with him instead of posting, lies, distortions, just vile, hateful remarks. Guess I will never understand. Those of us that know and love him know how wonderful he is. I for one think he is doing a great job. Keep up the good work Lt. Dan.

  48. Kathy

    March 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    How horrible. He and his wife took the time to go read to a class of “special needs” children.
    Thank you Lt. Dan. Just ONE of the many, many reasons we love and appreciate you and your lovely wife.

  49. Diane Goodman

    March 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I HAVE NEVER MET DAN, BUT OF ALL THE THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD ABOUT HIM, HE IS A TRULT REMARKLY PERSON. THIS MAN LOVES GOD, HIS COUNTRY AND HIS FAMILY, SO WHAT CAN BW WRONG WITH THIS MAN, WE NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE HIM AND THIS WORLD WOULD BE ALOT BETTER OFF. ANY BODY THAT TALKS BAD ABOUT HIM, THEY ARE JUST WISHING THEY WAS MORE LIKE HIM.

  50. Jim Womack

    March 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Our new Lieutenant Governor is guilty of just one thing in this latest video– proferring hope and optimism for all North Carolinians. There is nothing conflicted in his JLF speech. He speaks with confidence and he says things that Christian conservatives herald as principled leadership. (I imagine if Mr. Schofield had been around to blog about the Sermon on the Mount, this story would have been pretty much the same, just substituting the name of Jesus for Dan, with the location being Capernaum rather than Raleigh.)

    Dan’s energy assertions are but one example of his many truths. North Carolina is blessed with fossil fuels, including highly valued “shale gas” now embraced by PBO as an essential bridge fuel to the future. Dan understands that ‘wet’ natural gas abounds in the Deep River Basin. He knows this because he has walked the ground here and he has spoken with industry experts about it. He quickly grasped the significance of this hydrocarbon and how it might help transform our economy. He is also familiar with our vast off-shore reserves of methane hydrates which one day may power the country; the reserves are that plentiful. Moreover, he knows our helium gas deposits in central and northern NC are worth $billions to the economy, and will help shore up this strategically controlled gas for defense and other uses.

    Truly, a visionary like Dan Forest only comes along once in a great while. We should be honored he is willing to share his time and his talents with all citizens of North Carolina and we should thank God for putting him in a key position to help ressurect the failed economy he inherited from recent administrations.

    Jim Womack
    Chairman, NC Mining & Energy Commission

  51. Frances Jenkins

    March 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Ignore David, he is just not right.

  52. kshinault

    March 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    If you read the blurbs on the right side of the article where this publication is so far to the liberal left, you will see the threat they find in a principled conservative man. “Four people with government run healthcare” are at the signing of a bill that kills insurance for 500,000 poor people. Why not say Forest kills three newborn kitties in front of a more at four, smart start, head start, (We parents are free cause my kid is in a gov run daycare at three program.or n Obama is my daddy daycare for 2 yr olds. Reality is the press and you are as a 2 year old. Your article is pitiful! Government do not raise a family like the idiot Hillary said and neither does a freaking village. How has that one worked out. 75% of inner city kids are born out of wedlock and most of those will not know their daddy! Most of those will have to do like their mamas and grandmamas and look to government to be their daddy. Obama voters from cradle–PAST the GRAVE!

  53. Val

    March 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Dan is an exceptional person. He is one of the few politicians that are sincere and humble. The reason he may offend far-left folks afraid of a Christian is because Dan doesn’t hide his values. Whether you agree with him or not, we should be grateful to have an authentic, honest leader. I got to meet Dan and his wife Alice this year and I believe that even the far left will come to admire him.