BLOWING ROCK — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest made a stop in Blowing Rock on Aug. 4 at the Watauga County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at Chetola Resort.
“We believe, as a family, that elections have consequences,” Forest said, echoing a Barack Obama quote from 2010. “Ideas have consequences, bad ideas have victims and we know that Republican ideas really are the best ideas for America.”
“We are here to pool together our resources to go out and continue to make America great again and continue to make North Carolina great,” Forest said. “We’re seeing the changes in D.C. really be pushed down to our local communities.”
Forest spoke about the greatness of North Carolina, saying it had the “secret sauce” in its people, and about how the country and state are going in the right direction and the opportunities going forward.
“I think ‘the left’ has left the Democratic party behind,” Forest told the crowd. “And I think there’s going to be a lot of people looking for a new home.”
Forest joined the other speakers in pushing for people to be active during the upcoming November elections, imploring the crowd not to take their Republican representatives for granted and the keep the faith.
“We’re being outspent in a lot of elections right now, and they’re going to continue to do that,” Forest said. “We don’t want to be surprised in November, I don’t think there’s a ‘blue wave’ coming, I see maybe a blue puddle.
“All across America right now, you need to know that we’re winning.”
Forest was referenced by several other speakers as the “next governor of North Carolina in 2020,” indicating a potential challenge to Democrat Roy Cooper, although Forest hasn’t officially announced his candidacy.
“Run Forest run,” said NCGOP Chair Robin Hayes.
“I hope we soon take that ‘liutenant’ away from his name,” U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Banner Elk) said of Forest.
Forest, Hayes, Foxx, pro-life activist Penny Lea and Greensboro-based conservative political activist Mark Keith Robinson all spoke to the crowd.
Hayes spoke briefly about the upcoming election and what it means to be a Republican.
“Folks, we as Republicans have the duty to be evangelists to deliver the progressives or whatever they’re calling themselves now from the bondage they’re in, the bondage of government,” Hayes said.
Hayes compared President Donald Trump to King Cyrus in the Bible as well as Winston Churchill, noting their personal problems but how they’re being used by God for his purpose.
Foxx spoke about the need of Republicans to come together despite disagreements, noting that Ronald Reagan once said that you need to hold onto someone who agrees with you 70 percent of the time, as well as the need to get Christians involved.
“I’ve always said that if you’re not getting Christians involved, you’re leading it to the Philistines,” Foxx said.
After speaking about the recent tax cuts and the perceived economic success under President Trump so far, Foxx implored Republicans to rally this November.
“This is the most important election we’ve ever faced,” Foxx said. “North Carolina has a bullseye on it.”
Foxx got choked up asking Republicans to give their time and energy and to be proud of America.
‘I’m going to work harder than I’ve ever worked in my life,” Foxx said. “There are people under siege all across the country.”
Lea, who owns Tazmaraz in Blowing Rock, spoke passionately about her pro-life position and the 45 years since the Roe vs Wade verdict by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, condemning legalized abortion as “slaughter.”
Robinson was the keynote speaker to end the evening. With his voice booming off the nearby hills, Robinson first spoke against several Democratic figures, then talked about how conservatives needs to be proud of who they are and the importance of local politics.
“This movement is not about me, it’s about saving this great nation,” Robinson said. “This movement is about doing my part to leave a nation for my grandson that has the same rights and privileges that I have.”
Robinson ended his speech with the story of Doris “Dorie” Miller, a sailor in the U.S. Navy who was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Miller died in the Pacific Theater of World War 2 in Nov. 1943 after his ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine.
“He saw through the warts, he saw through the bad things and knew in this country we had the ability to fight for a better day,” Robinson said.
The Watauga Democrat will provide coverage of the Watauga County Democratic Party’s Fall Rally on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Central Dining Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University.
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