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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:15 am

Hit the road, Mack.

Then: Mack is back.

Those are two recent headlines from the ongoing saga of the Kootenai County Republican Party trying to lasso a charismatic keynote speaker for its annual Lincoln Day Dinner March 24.

The Richard Mack controversy makes for great reading and, if you're a Kootenai County Democrat, some political momentum. But the black eye goes well beyond the local Republican Party. We have to ask: Is this really the sort of speaker Kootenai County wants to hear?

Never mind that Mack has been a political chameleon, running for sheriff in Arizona as a Democrat and as a Republican in his current quest for a U.S. House seat in Texas. He ran for Senate in Arizona as a Libertarian. In Utah, he unsuccessfully ran for sheriff as a Republican and announced his candidacy for governor as a Libertarian but withdrew.

Rather, it is his views on important issues that cause the greatest concern among Republicans here who oppose Mack being hired as keynote speaker. In the online edition of The Press, cdapress.com, we're including a timeline that highlights some of Mack's career moves and public statements taken from numerous interviews. The timeline paints the picture of a handsome, charismatic figure with strong feelings favoring militias and legalized drugs.

What's not mentioned in the timeline profile is this excerpt from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Summer 2010 intelligence report. SPLC is the organization that, with local help, brought down the Aryan Nations in North Idaho:

"It seems hardly a day goes by without another Mack attack on the evils of the federal government. This one-time sheriff of a rural county in Arizona and present-day icon of the Patriot movement has parlayed his antigovernment ardor into a full-time job doing speaking gigs at county fairgrounds, high school auditoriums and hotel banquet rooms. He even has a sponsor.

Richard Mack is introduced - often to standing ovations - as "Sheriff Mack." His website calls him that too, even though he hasn't been the top cop of Graham County since 1996, when its population was around 30,000.

Mack's mantra is this: The federal government is too big, too corrupt and too oppressive. "The greatest threat we face today is not terrorists; it is our federal government," he warns on his website."

If the local Republican Party's leadership wanted a lightning rod for controversy, someone whose stated beliefs represent the antithesis to the ideals of one great nation that Abraham Lincoln lived and died for, they got one. No wonder several state Republican leaders and numerous local party members are going to find a better way to spend Lincoln Day.

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  • milburnschmidt posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    aSmilingmind brings up a interesting point on the natl defense act and some peoples outrage at a expanding federal Govt. Prior to reading this there is a news item that charges against a Michigan militia group of whom two members were held withoout bond for two years were just dismissed by a judge. They were accused of plotting against the Govt and advocating violence. Seems it was mostly just talk and no action.. This was a blow to the Justice Dept. Now it seems these are not folks I would not want to drink coffee with or gossip with at the risk of being identified with them. They advocated violence and talked about it. I do wonder though what the criteria is now to be on a watch list or monitored if in a public forum. There is a NSA facility being built in Bluffdale Utah that the Govt claims can scan everything said or printed online or on phones. It seems Democrats are outraged at these things when Republicans are in control and content when their team is in office. Republicans have the same mind set. Gone are the outcries over the patriot act or Govt monitoring now a Democrat is in charge,
    If you are a senior citizen its obvious the increased intrusion and loss of privacy we are sufering now from Federal policies. The regulation and growth of Govt is breath taking over the years and one wonders if you are critical of this at what point do your comments be noticed and logged on what list. Many folks are on do not fly lists who have no idea how they got there. As for the Mack attack who cares we have idiots on both sides of the spectrum speaking out and we ignore them equally. When one looks at the insults and tar thrown at all our public office candidates you really cant fault the best and brightest to stay out of the mudhole. I can understand some folks outrage at criticism of the Feds by some from people who recieve,their food,rent subsidies,earned income tax,medicaid,student loans,three years of unemployment and other subsidies from their sugar daddy. Who knows someday that might change.

  • aSmilingMind posted at 5:26 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    aSmilingMind Posts: 1

    Please allow me to say a few words on the topic of Sheriff Richard Mack, and introduce some important issues that threaten our liberty and ability to move our country forward.

    I was first introduced to "Sheriff" Mack, in November of 20011, when he was interviewed on FOX news by Judge Naplitano (retired) about the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act of 2012); Senate Bill 1867 in which "U.S. Citizens suspected of terrorism and caught on U.S. soil forfeit their rights to due process and the presumption of innocence underlying the Constitution bill". If you do not believe this, I recommend you do your homework, and really dig, because it's REAL.

    So, to clear the air, or smokescreen I read in the article, Sheriff Mack is pro-Constitutional rights. It's also clear that a vote of 97 - 7 FOR this this bill, by our US Senate, who have all sworn an oath to protect the Constitution, would put the Sheriff at odds with such a decision. Again, do your homework, and you will be astounded as to what does not get reported in the mainstream media.

    The second part of what may be happening here is a simple case of polarization, or the belief that it's necessary to keep out people who think differently than us. No one is a fault here, it is an unfortunate decline in the open debate and conversation that help true a democracy to flourish.

    Look back in American history for many examples of "us - them" finger pointing. I recall a particular war, on our own soil. Another was calling our the US military to protect the early labor movement from being attacked by the police. There are more, but you get the idea.

    Additionally, you may want to know that the NDAA was NOT vetoed by the President, as he said he would, but instead signed into law on January 1st of 2012. It may also help to know President OBama signed another extension of the The National Emergencies Act, (in Nov 11) which places the country in a continued hyper-alert state during which Habeus Corpus (the rights of due process) can be revoked. Oh, you may also want to check into whether the law of Posse Commitatus is still in effect, because it protects you and your family. (dare I suggest Google, Bing or Yahoo - I don't care with one, just do it).

    On the topic of political polarization, I recommend researching the Social-Psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, who wrote the book, "The Righteous Mind...". You may also be interested in a video interview by Bill Moyers (you'll find Google is useful for this).

    In closing I'm asking to keep an open mind, and definitely do some independent deep digging to find the truth, so that you too can be a part of the solution. I believe you will find the only thing Mr. Mack wants to attack is the subversion of our Constitutional Rights and Freedoms for which many thousands of Americans have died to defend. Really, once you stand back and really look at it doesn't it seem that political party affiliation today has been diluted by the inability for the people we vote into office to actually solve problems?

  • capnbutch posted at 5:54 am on Fri, Mar 16, 2012.

    capnbutch Posts: 729

    It does no good to fib about sheriff Mack. If you want to shift public opinion there are some ways that are more subtle and other ways that are more direct.

    Either way, strong things survive on their merits.

  • Wiseguy posted at 9:24 am on Wed, Mar 14, 2012.

    Wiseguy Posts: 77

    It comes down this: every Republican voter in Kootenai must decide who they want to run the Republican Party: Real Republicans on one hand or Constitution and Libertarian Party members, tax-protesters, soveriegn citizens and neo-confederates all posing as "Republicans" on the other.

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