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  • Writer's pictureKim McGahey

Coastal Common Sense

There is a civil war in progress across North Carolina and America. No gun shots have been fired, yet, but there have certainly been endless daily volleys launched from the Left and the Right raining down their verbal powder on unsuspecting citizens on the ground.

It's not a war for physical territory; it's a war for the hearts and minds of the voters. The ammo is the media newscasts and the goal is control of our government for the next generation and beyond.

We have always had this battle raging between conservatives and liberals, even from the very beginning of our Republic when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wrestled with federalism versus aristocratic nationalism or when Alexander Hamilton called for more national control of the banking system over the states.

The battles persisted from 1776 up to the current ideological conflict of 2022. The difference now is that the winner of today's battle of the titans will control our government, our culture and our freedoms into the foreseeable future.

The Keynesian model of central planning is warring against the small government model of Friedrich Hayek. One group of thinkers is convinced that a relatively small set of elite statists can make better decisions about how we run our daily lives. The other group of thinkers subscribes to a laissez-faire philosophy that believes we as individuals can adequately govern ourselves on a daily basis.

The two groups are diametrically opposed to one another. Simply put, it is socialists versus capitalists with the former advocating command and control, and the later seeking individual prosperity.

This is the battleground that is on fire in our nation and locally in North Carolina. Our town councils, county commissioners and school boards are moving toward big government central planning advocates who seek to exert control over us in the areas of personal property ownership rights, public education directives and individual versus collective health care decisions.

The battle lines are drawn, the propaganda machines are firing incessant rounds and the only way to decide the winners is at the ballot box in every election from school board up to president.

But for now, after this election cycle, let us take a cease fire while we contemplate the goodness, the generosity and the liberty of the most benevolent society in human history. Let us consider the Christian foundation of our great republic in the approaching Thanksgiving holiday.

Let us all be brothers and sisters in this annual celebration of our humble beginnings. Let us pray for our enemies, seek peace with our neighbors and break bread with our family loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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