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Out of touch with what’s really important: Tillis’ “poll” is a sad commentary

Se. Thom Tillis

Sen. Thom Tillis

There are obviously a lot of serious problems confronting North Carolina and the nation right now: existential environmental crises, a dishonest and incompetent president who has made unholy alliances with a hostile foreign dictator and domestic white supremacists, growing roadblocks to opportunity for people trying to enter (or stay in) the middle class, crumbling public infrastructure, rampant criminality on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms, rigged electoral maps that disenfranchise millions of people and the ongoing assault on our public education system — the list is a long one.

Tragically, none of these terrifically important issues appears to be on the radar of North Carolina’s junior senator, Thom Tillis. Check out the issues Tillis recently asked North Carolinians to vote on in a recent “poll” he distributed entitled “What are the top issues facing our nation?”

  • Terrorism/National Security
  • Government Spending
  • Border Security/Immigration Reform
  • Healthcare
  • Tax Reform
  • Second Amendment

Now, in fairness, several of these issues are important — if not in the way that Tillis probably envisions. We desperately need genuine immigration reform that provides undocumented people with a path to citizenship. Republicans need to stop attacking the Affordable Care Act and start to make it work better. And, of course, the U.S. and North Carolina tax systems (and our inadequate public investments) continue to abet the rampant inequality that plagues the nation.

That said, any important American politician who even hints that spreading more guns into every nook and cranny of the country is more important than any the issues spelled out in the first paragraph of this post is either seriously delusional, guilty of ridiculous pandering or both. The least Tillis could do is give respondents the chance to list other issues of their choice.

2 Comments


  1. Edward Barnard

    August 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    “….unholy alliances with a hostile foreign dictator …..” ? And your sources for this malicious mischaracterization of Russian President Vladimir Putin ? the Russian President who has singlehandedly saved Syria and her people from the foreign jihadists the US. trained, armed and unleashed in Syria to terrorize that country in order to deliver it into the hands of the ‘corporate vulcher capitalists’ – the same ‘corporate vulcher capitalist’ the US. handed Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Trump is a pathetic, lying scoundrel, but he has plenty of company with the disengenuous politicians and journalists on the left, the center-left and the ‘right of center left’ – the warmongering ‘left’ that is indistinguisable from the warmongering ‘right’. Welcome to the wonderful world of Orwelles ‘1984’ – you are a willful contributor and participant.

  2. Edward Barnard

    August 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Oh, and one more thing: you are spot on about Tillis. However, if hand recounts of our vote tabulations were mandated – as exit polls indicate is extremely necessary to return this country to a semblence of democratic rule, Tillis would never have set foot in the US. Senate, nor would Burr have either. It was only the accidental hand-recount in Durham County that kept the republkans from retaining McCory as NC.’s governor. Imagine that, a republikan governor with an 18% approval rating not only believing he could be reelected, but expecting that outcome with confidence ! How telling is it that the further the Durham County recount went the greater Cooper’s margin of victory became. What did Stalin say: “I care not how someone votes, I care only for who counts the vote”! Yet we allow corporately protected electronic tabulation machines to count our votes and never wonder why the country has turned predominately ‘center’ red, even as disliked republikans are elected and reelectedand and exit polls results are written off as no longer valid …. machines that can be easily rigged without being connected to the internet ! It is hard to believe but we are that stupid and that easily hoodwinked.

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