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There's been a lot of speculation about how the GOP, leadership and base, is going to ultimately deal with the defeat handed to them last week.  I can't speak about the leadership, but the base in North Carolina is doubling down...as evidenced by two letters published this morning in the Wilmington Star-News.

I emailed the editor saying these were the most disgusting letters I'd ever read.  The editor replied...

I figured these letters would provoke some outrage, but these folks are expressing the feelings of millions of Americans, right or wrong. Because it's an after-the-election reaction we were a bit more lenient. I would caution that if you respond please do not attack the individual; you can criticize the message but when it gets personal against the writer it crosses the line.

Below the squiggle I'll post a little of each letter and a link if you'd like to read the whole gobbet of hate-filled, saliva-spewing trash.

Letter 1....

Brain-dead nation...

Congratulations, America. Your government is now completely under the influence of atheists, gays, lesbians, Islamists, minorities and welfare recipients.
Letter  2....

Election Winners are losers...

A new generation has now chosen the future of America – a leftist-Socialist path.  They are much different from my generation – the one that believed in hard work, playing by the rules, and taking personal responsibility for one's self.  It is clear that this new generation believes in less work, there are no rules and that the government should take responsibility for them. They see themselves as entitled.
I asked permission to quote the letters in full and was denied.  The link is:
http://www.starnewsonline.com/...

It doesn't matter to these people that Romney was a 5 star liar, that he never explained how he would achieve anything, or that he was a saber-rattling draft dodger.  These people hate everyone who is unlike them...race, color, religion, or opinion.  They're not going to change.  It's past time to stop negotiating and compromising.  We must stand firm.  

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:54:01 PM PST

  •  Those letters were nothing compared to (7+ / 0-)

    the lunatic hateful raving comments posted on stories at sites like Yahoo. No matter the story topic, the comments are usually filled with hateful bigoted right-wing spew that wouldn't sound unusual at a nazi rally; an absolute cesspool of jingoist evil.

    •  I Never Read Yahoo Comments (3+ / 0-)

      Even articles that have NOTHING to do with politics end up attracting the vilest comments you can imagine.  It is enough to make me want to give up on the human race sometimes.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:17:12 PM PST

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    •  The difference, I think, is that these comments (2+ / 0-)
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      Horsefeathers, highacidity

      were published in a newspaper.  The editor had a choice, and chose to put them out there for all to see...unaccompanied by any statement of reality or expression of disagreement with the bigotry expressed.

      The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

      by Persiflage on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:38:39 PM PST

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  •  These Lettter Writers (3+ / 0-)
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    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:14:57 PM PST

  •  Going to be ugly here in NC for the next 4+ years. (11+ / 0-)

    Either we need  to take the Legislature back or the Governor's office.

    Where will they start?  Slashing education or voter suppression laws?

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:22:14 PM PST

    •  I don't think (5+ / 0-)
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      that's an either/or situation for the Art Pope-driven NC GOP. Considering the level of control of state government they have gained in 2010 and 2012, I'm not sure voter ID will make all that much difference. What else can they win?

      But education, from our fine state university and community college system to our public schools, is in for a funding and privatization beating. I hope NC voters wise up to this corporate / Baptist agenda that's coming to NC. It's going to be downright shameful.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:40:44 PM PST

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    •  We will have to pick up the game in NC (2+ / 0-)
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      I too think it is going to get ugly in NC.

      Unfortunately we didn't have the money to compete with McCrory and we were running from a position of weakness.  I was surprised that O did as well as he did in NC.  While I thought Perdue was a good govenor, she was also an insider and I am not sure she was effective at the grassroots level.   Plus 2010 gave the GOP a lot in the redistricting.

      I expect voter ID to be an early partisan act by McCrory since it was already vetoed by Perdue previously.

      My local hopes are low, but if O bangs it out nationally, NC will be forced to follow.  The same demographic trends favor us here in the long run too.

      •  i have no problem with voter id (0+ / 0-)

        as long as it costs us nothing and is no harder to get than it would be to 'one-stop' vote

        i pretty sure that it probably has majority support among the voting public (and general public for that matter)

        it would also be a good thing since it would be happening as far from an election as possible and might spark a real national debate since there won't be any fear of last minute shenanigans that we had this summer/fall

        In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. - Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain

        by Dr Seuss on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:39:18 PM PST

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        •  The vote in NC isn't broken ... (2+ / 0-)
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          so there's nothing to fix.  Why would you want our government to waste money on it?  That would just be plain wasteful!

          •  the broken part is that (0+ / 0-)

            they don't ask to verify who you are when you go to vote

            even though we know that the risk of in-person fraud is very very slim the fact that it is so easy to do scares people and they want to make sure that there are protections against it

            i don't think we need voter id and i'm not advocating for it... but if it does go forward (as it appears it will) my previous post is my acceptable compromise

            In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. - Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain

            by Dr Seuss on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:56:23 AM PST

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    •  They'll start with an anti-abortion law. (1+ / 0-)
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      But I'm sure they will also get rid of same day voter registration/vote, early in-person voting, and will severely restrict absentee voting.  Then you see the for profit charter school people show up, and they will demonize the teachers' union and all other public sector employees.  Then they will pass their own SB1070 version to keep the Latinos out.

  •  It's about power (3+ / 0-)

    The old elite is losing power; the formerly-disenfranchised are gaining it.  It's terribly threatening.  They've couched their rationalization of unfair privilege in self-flattering terms, and may even believe on some level the shift toward fairness represents a loss of values, a sense of "entitlement" among the "takers," and what-all.

    It's got to hurt.  I don't know if there's a way to communicate with them, and if so, whether it's better to wait until they recover a bit, or try to make a point now.  If it was me, I'd be tempted to be sympathetic and a bit patronizing.

  •  6 days (2+ / 0-)
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    after the election and they managed to use the spell checker to write a letter that could be read.  It took them a week to formulate their drivel of hate.  Maybe the editor of the paper did that for them??  So be it, the next hurricane that hits their sorry asses that will all change.  Then they will be writing different messages on plywood and asking the rest of the "socialists" for help.

  •  Did you write anything to have posted… (2+ / 0-)
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    … in response?

    That is one of the tasks that I'd like to see our new group take on.

    (What?! says everyone… I have some ideas, but need lots of organizing help.)

  •  There is no talking with these types of people. (3+ / 0-)
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    They see themselves as patriots and defenders of our nation against teh gayz, brown people, non-english-speakers, and anyone else who is different or disagrees.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:43:07 PM PST

  •  Have some sympathy for (1+ / 0-)
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    the poor editor, who has to wade through that trash in order to find one or two that are marginally printable.

    And yes, he does have to print some, if those are indeed representative of what his readers are saying. Just hope that there are folks in the Wilmington area who are a bit more reality-based, and that they'll write in, too.

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:55:53 PM PST

  •  The biggest 'entitlements' are... (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    ...social security and medicare.  The recipents are of which are the republican base.

  •  Take heart... (0+ / 0-)

    these letters cannot compete with the average, everyday LTEs in the High Point Enterprise.  Rank amateurs!

    Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. - Albert Einstein

    by Cocker Mom on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:02:50 PM PST

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