“Then they came for the Jews …'” Pastor Martin Niemöller
The above statement has always stricken us as a “what would you do” if you had lived in the days preceding and during World War II?
Would you speak up … or would you quietly observe?
It was December 23, 1776, when Thomas Paine penned his famous quote … “these are the times that try men’s souls.”
Don’t be a “sunshine patriot”
The tyranny we are all seeing from the SCGOP is not surprising. WE WON’T SURRENDER … who needs to when RIGHT (not to mention STATE ELECTION LAW) is on your side … but it is important to see exactly what is going on … the real battle!!!
Today’s other example of tyranny is the reported ARREST of developer Ron Rallis. We don’t know the details … but his “crime” is what???
Ron Rallis’ crime is that of US Congressman William Timmons was having an affair with his wife … and he is upset and vocal about it? Makes no sense to us either … in fact it sounds normal!!!
EVERYONE deserves better … especially the CHILDREN of South Carolina.
STAND UP … DEMAND BETTER!!!:
We will have more ReOrg “stuff” tomorrow … but use today as a REMINDER of what all of this is about. It is about conservative #UNITY generally … and #UNITY of #MISSION specifically.
Stay tuned … but here is a little bonus on the SCGOP “takeover Greenville” story (HERE and HERE) … it appears the STATE PARTY is changing its tune and “simply hosting” ReOrg and the Greenville County Convention.
Is there any surprise South Carolina is ranked #33 (out of 50) by CPAC?!?!?!
Greenville County Republican Party Chair Sends September 20th, 2023 “Chairman’s Letter”
What are YOUR solutions to experts or authority figures who lie?
Greenville County Republican Party Chair sends another piece full of wisdom, interesting analogies and perspectives. Read, Learn & Enjoy …
September 20th, 2023
Dear Greenville County Republican Party Executive Committeemen, Body & Associates,
If someone told you that the two lines below were not the same length, would they be a liar?
If that same person told you they had a PhD from MIT in line measurement, would you bother to measure the lines for yourself? If someone you dislike intensely tells you the lines are the same length, what is your response?
If you haven’t bothered to measure the lines for yourself, which of the two people mentioned above are you more likely to believe?
If you are in a group with all your best friends and people you go to for advice and they all tell you the lines are different lengths, what is your response.
If you do measure the lines and find something different from what you have been taught to believe, what is your response?
Likely most if not all of you have seen this optical illusion before and know that the lines are actually of equal length. But isn’t it fascinating that even after you know this, you still see them as different.
This is an analogy to the power of lies. You can’t “unhear” or “unsee” them once they have been put into your mind. So even after you know the truth, a lie you heard still has some power. People who purposefully and routinely use the various forms of lying know this.
The questions I asked are simplistic, but they raise the important issues of the kinds of lies people tell, why they work on us and what we can do about it.
I thought you might get a kick out of a Newsmax summary of Biden lies below.
These lies of commission are so blatant and easily disproven one has to ask why tell them? But Biden is relying on his expert/authority power. Some of you may recall from a previous newsletter the statistic that up to 25% of the time, a co-pilot in a simulator flight will not challenge the pilot on a decision and the plane crashes. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals encourages people to pretend they have expert power by teaching “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have”.
How many of us will question our doctor, a lawyer, or academics. How many of us will look up a candidate’s actual donation record in the FEC and find out about PAC donations. Not nearly enough-which is why lies can work. We are doing better as a delightful Riley Gaines video shows. She is speaking about the differences between male and female skeletons, some guy who calls himself the “expert in the room” disagrees and the room break into laughter. What are YOUR solutions to experts or authority figures who lie? Be courageous and willing to respectfully challenge anyone trying to influence or control you, get second opinions, don’t be rushed into decision making and do your own research.
Lies of omission are those that mislead you by intentionally leaving out relevant information or making suggestions. The person that tells you the lines above are different lengths because they look that way but doesn’t tell you he or she hasn’t measured them is leaving out relevant facts. We can expect these kinds of lies from people who need to convince themselves that their moral compass is intact or have convinced themselves their cause is so good, that the ends justify the means.
“They engage in something we call justified dishonesty,” said Shaul Shalvi, who runs the Behavioral Ethics Lab at the University of Amsterdam. It happens when people’s desire to be ethical clash with the desire to profit or get something. In that case people are willing to lie just a bit “as long as it seems legit,” Shalvi said (New York Post, April 2016). We protect ourselves against this kind of behavior by listening carefully and “peeling the onion”. Keep asking who, what, where when why questions until the truth is revealed. “Is Yvonne Julian one of those Krystle Matthews sleepers” as a Facebook post said recently, is this kind of lie.
Likeability, the human tendency of reciprocity and “we think” can make us believe liars, and sometimes with tragic consequences. The serial killer Ted Bundy was well known for his ability to convince women he needed help because of his looks and immediate likeability. It is unwise to assume that someone we dislike intensely can never tell the truth or have some knowledge we can put to good use.
A woman survived the Jonestown Massacre because she purposefully never took any of the special favors Jim Jones offered her, so didn’t feel obligated to reciprocate and comply when he asked her to drink the poisoned beverage that killed 900 people. “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, “there is no such thing as a free lunch” and other bits of wisdom remind us that gifts can be used to make us accept lies out of obligation to the gift giver.
Even a group of people we like would be wrong if they told us the lines in our optical illusion are different lengths, but we would be less likely to dispute them. According to one research study, “people were willing to follow the norms of a group, even when they knew the norms to be unconnected to reality, provided they felt a strong shared identity within the group”. (Pryor, Perfors, & Howe, 2019).
Yes, it is just as easy to be a GOP Sweep bobblehead as a Jeff Davis bobblehead.
I hope you find this brief overview of how and why lies work and how we can fight their influence helpful. Lies are common currency in the political arena, so learning how to combat them is very important-especially for grassroots activists like many of us who do not want to develop lying skills as a tool to gain power, influence or money.
I know our HQ Republicats agree! I hope you do, too!
Good News Friday
This weeks theme … MAGA is looking very BUFF!!!
It has been a week of exposing the dirty distasteful backstory of what is really going on in the background of our local GOPs to undermine the legitimate elections of the March 2023 ReOrg & April County Conventions. Lies, Lies & more LIES!!! The disfunction and bizarre “group think” (or “we think”) has been eye opening to so many.
These activities are very concerning to folks … and some even call it a … get this … “criminal conspiracy”. All this has to do with ELECTION LAW and MONEY … and the use of GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY … so it get’s to be an interesting “legal” conversation.
More on all that mess next week as we line up all the details, timelines and documents, but today is a welcome episode of GOOD NEWS FRIDAY with our good friend Lawrence Lantz.
This weeks theme … MAGA is looking very BUFF!!!
1) The BIG Push of Conservative Media
2) #1 Book: Mark Levin – The Democrat Party Hates America
3) Breaking Biden … October 3rd, 2023
4) Police State – Dinesh D’Souza
5) Tucker interview: Argentina’s Presidential Candidate
6) Ukrainian Hitlist … of AMERICANS?
7) TRUMP on FIRE at Rallies
8) Oil & Gas Workers Association endorse TRUMP
9) TRUMP on Abortion – the Strategy
10) Winning in the POLLS!!!
11) Lara Trump – I Won’t Back Down
12) US House Comm. – Bans Central Bank Digital Currency
13) Biden Office of Gun Control?!?!
14) 2020 Voting Fraud top of mind
15) Reflections from Dr. Fauci – Boooooo!!!
16) More on J6 … “They set us the _ up!”
17) AG Garland Testimony
18) Biden Impeachment Inquiry
19) Tom Fitton – Strongest Evidence Ever
20) Biden losing it more & more
21) Washington Post & NY Times
22) Newsome on Biden old age: “I want a seasoned pro”
23) Kamala Harris – can not be replaced
24) TRUMP aggressively courting Moderates, Independent & Swing voters
25) UAW Strike … A GIFT!!!
26) TRUMP skips debate … goes to DETROIT!!!
27) Elon Musk on the ADL – All-In Summit
28) Biden hosting Zelenskyy
29) Zelenskyy concern – Climate Policy?!?!?
30) NO to more Ukraine Funding!!!
31) Maui Fires … OMG Undercover – no photography?
32) O’Keefe Suing Hawaii Governor over 1st Amendment
33) Victory in TEXAS with Ken Paxton NOT guilty (Bush problem)
34) Truth Social Update … 1 million + new members
35) Latino American’s for TRUMP
36) BUD LIGHT … still losing!!!
37) Hollywood Writers strike on Day 141
38) Praise goes to The Lord!!! It’s All Good News!!!
Good News with Lawrence:
(This Week … MAGA is looking very BUFF!!!)
Double Standards & Lost Perspective
Party Politics Insanity
We focus locally … at the PRECINCT level … so we don’t distract ourselves with international stuff … but the above picture of Volodymyr Zelenskyy crossed our screen and we could not pass up the opportunity to note the similarities to local grassroots politics.
How much money have we given this guy? $113 BILLION as of 6/2/2023 per Senator John Kennedy (R – LA) (HERE) … since the war started just more than a year ago.
Seriously?1?1? $113 billion to that “dude” … who looks and dresses just like Cuba’s Fidel Castro from the 1960s … while speaking at the United Nations … literally yesterday?!?!?!
I’m not opining on the pros and cons of aid to Ukraine (although Poland just announced they are stopping military arms shipments to Ukraine this week over a trade dispute – HERE) … that is a much bigger issue for others to debate … but on the surface, the loss of perspective … I’d call it “insanity” … is similar to what we see locally as well.
It is why many “old guard” establishment and RINO types have walked away from Republican GOP activities for other endeavors … SAYING ALL OF THIS IS EMBARRASSING & DISTASTEFUL … and others have stepped up and embraced the ugly and nuttiness.
Note, it is not the America FIRST folks causing this stepping aside, it is the envious ones who can’t handle losing ReOrg elections.
Local Insanity Reflects National?
Over the past two days we introduced you to the 3 page SLED report of a “blogger” from the lowcountry (HERE) … and a Greenville “activist” with 10 CURRENT charges for CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT (with a minor) (HERE).
Both were active opposition participants at last Thursdays Greenville County Republican Party (GCRP) special meeting. The response I got from one? A defensive Facebook post blaming his doctor for his drug addiction & criminal record (we know the psychology there) … and a slanderous (and FALSE) statement that I “forged signatures and stole $950k from a single family“.
Oh well, that will be fun in court … AGAIN!!! Most interesting might be to see “who” (i.e., the SCGOP) covers his legal cost. Stay tuned …
[ NOTE ON FORGIVENESS: Everybody has “something” in their past. That is (generally) expected and understandable if we repent and learn from it … make amends to the victims as well as family, friends & the community … but what we are seeing locally and nationally is not normal … and it is why some folks have stepped away from the “establishment” & RINO side as it is embarrassing to associate with unrepentant people.]
Party Politics Insanity:
All of this nuttiness is worse and exacerbated in the #FakeMEDIA and politics.
DEMOCRAT INSANITY: We see the Biden Family flaunting apparently obvious crimes in our face … and Democrats act like it is just fine. We have all seen the pictures of Hunter Biden in an obvious “drugged up” state. It’s not normal and not acceptable in society.
REPUBLICAN INSANITY: But we also have Republican’s doing the same thing. Nationally we have the TRUMP Derangement Syndrome out of the likes of Mitt Romney, Dick Chaney, and so many others who can’t stop fixating on the man no matter what he does.
And locally we have the JEFF DAVIS Derangement Syndrome … when I have never been accused of a crime (to my knowledge), never interviewed by a police officer over an alleged crime … and certainly not arrested, jailed, prosecuted, or convicted of a crime … nor do I have any family member or close associate that I am aware of involved in any crimes or shady dealings.
All I do is push “real” school choice (Pass S 285, the PACE Scholarship Bill) … the Republican Platform … and teach people what is really going on in our political system that has SC rated the Most Liberal Red State in the Nation by our friends at CPAC (HERE).
LOCAL PARTY INSANITY: But locally in South Carolina we have it as well … and the two parties accept as OK and normal certain behavior and associations that would not be tolerated otherwise. I wouldn’t say much about it, but for the derangement some legislators and party gadflies make about it all.
I was done with it all when any elected official, party official, Christian, pastor … really ANYBODY … accepted the activities of my predecessor, former GCRP Chairman Nate Leupp (current SCGOP 4th District Chair). The 2021 ReOrg FRAUD is documented in a 13 page report (HERE) prepared by people that hate me … so you know it is bad. One opposition appointed committee member has a SLED Report a mile long and drunkenly assaulted me at a Congressman William Timmons’ event – documented in a filed a police report and a restraining order request against him.
The activities involving the ReOrg FRAUD physically occurred at MAJESTY MUSIC offices … the place of employment of Mr. Leupp, and run by the SC Freedom Caucus Chairman. There all all sorts of questions about Mr. Leupp, but when you combine it with his 1st Cousin being on the INTERPOL Most Wanted list for Possession & Distribution of Child Pornography … and then you connect Majesty Music to an international DRUG SMUGGLER. When everyone seems to know these things here in Greenville and are all “hush hush” about it … this truly is national insanity on a local level.
But watch … today certain people will call me the “bad guy” for speaking publicly about this … while these same folks cry about a 2008 … 15 years ago … bank investment of mine that went south.
Well, PASS “REAL” SCHOOL CHOICE and show you care about K-12 children with special needs … as opposed to your careers. That is what I’m sacrificing for … you?
ReOrg FRAUD & SCGOP:
Click Image above or HERE
1st Cousin from Greenville & BJU:
Click Image above or HERE
Majesty (Christian) Music:
Click Image above or HERE
Times Are Changing:
But, don’t worry … we see things changing in the “good ole boy” State of South Carolina.
Just in the last week the Ron Rallis (see below) settled his divorce case involving Congressman William Timmons (R – SC, 4th District). Rallis appears to have gotten everything he wanted (custody of his daughter) in what avoided testimony by Congressman Timmons in the divorce case.
We also saw an Alex Murdaugh associated attorney Cory Fleming sentenced to almost 14 years (originally reported at 20 years) for his participation from a financial / documentation perspective. Federal Judge Richard Gergel only gave Cory 3 years … but the state court Judge Clifton Newman threw the book at him. That would not have happened 5 years ago.
Both Cory & Alex were 1994 classmates of mine at USC Law School … and as I tell people all the time, what was going on in Hampton County was not a secret to anyone … and not unique in our state. Put it this way … the same things (with a little twist) go on right here in Greenville County and I am sure nearly everywhere else in our State.
It has to STOP!!!
We are getting closer … but all this insanity has to be EXPOSED … and it has to STOP.
I give people chances all the time to come clean (even privately so as to avoid embarrassment) and start doing the right things. Most people decline … usually out of arrogance. But that all is changing. The insanity has reached a level where it is obvious to nearly EVERYONE. Ten charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor … and you are willing to show your face and feign outrage at a GCRP Special Meeting?!?!? Even if you were completely innocent, with those current charges outstanding normal people would be worried about something other than a Trespass Notice given to another political individual with a criminal drug background.
The above is not to dox people … and it frankly is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG … so expect more as a necessary step in coming clean … but it is to serve as a continuing reminder that nothing is what is seems in politics … and to …
… TRUST NO ONE!!!
I really can’t wait for Good News Friday with Lawrence tomorrow, and a shower today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Jeff Davis is co-founder of mySCGOP.com . Jeff is a ’89 graduate of The Citadel and in 1993 received his Law/MBA from USC. A tax attorney / CPA licensed in Georgia, Jeff is an uncompromised school choice advocate for K-12 children with special needs. Originally from Charleston, and having practiced in Atlanta, Jeff and his wife Olga now live in Greenville. Jeff completed his two year term as Greenville County Republican Party Chairman and is currently serving as GCRP State Executive Committeeman.
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