Scotland County is an area of statistical extremes. Most folks know Scotland is the smallest county in North Carolina, but we are not the smallest county in population, in fact there are 34 counties with smaller populations.
Other statistical extremes of Laurinburg and Scotland County: Scotland County has consistently had one of the highest property tax rate in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. But did you know in 2017 Scotland County ranks eighth out of the 100 NC Counties for new HIV cases?
It must be frustrating for our law officers to get one mess cleaned up only to have another takes its place. Why don’t our law enforcement officers just sit around and play cards and just let the gangs kill each other off? The answer is “faith.” Faith in the future, faith that things will change for the better.
If we’re hoping for “change” then why is Scotland voting for the same old politicians? Do you really think they will change? Scotland County is way out of balance politically. Statistics show Scotland County Republicans are the smaller of the county’s two major parties: Democrat voters total 12,822 versus Republican 3,627.
So why bother? Why stand up for what you believe in when you know a local, state or national Republican candidate will have little or no chance of winning in Scotland County? It’s called faith.
When I played football in school our coach always had a short prayer before we started the game. I remember the first part of his prayer always began with, 2nd Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline,” the rest of the prayer he added his personal thoughts. These days with many schools leaning toward liberal socialism in their academia, I’m sure that prayer would be too offensive.
When you’re outnumbered politically four to one not only do you need a lot of faith but you also need to work harder and smarter, and evidently we did some of that.
Scotland’s Republican voter registration increased by 10 percent since our last election. Statewide in the presidential race North Carolina flipped seven Democrat counties to Republican. One such conversion was our neighbor to the east, Robeson County. Donald Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Robeson County in 44 years. In 2012, when Gov. Pat McCrory won his first term he was the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win Robeson County in 56 years.
So now Scotland County is surrounded on three sides by three Republican-leaning counties: Robeson, Richmond, and Moore. Call it a coincidence but all three of our Republican neighbors are paying property taxes at a much lower rate than Scotland County. Tax Rates for : Moore County is .46 cents, Robeson County .77 cents, Richmond .79 cents and Scotland’s tax rate of $1.02.
Poor old Scotland is still electing some of the same tax and spend Democrats they’ve been electing for years, makes you wonder, do they really expect different results?
To change Democrats to Republicans is very difficult being that children tend to stay with the political party of their parents, much like young adults will attend the same church as their parents without considering their options. Psychologists refer to this tendency as the “herd instinct.” The herd instinct is a mentality characterized by a lack of individual decision-making or thoughtfulness, causing people to think and act in the same way as the majority of those around them. Failing the courage to break away from the herd insures a never ending status quo. And as President Trump asked families living in the ghettos of Democrat controlled big cities:“If you change what have you got to lose?
Most would classify Scotland County, as part of America’s rural heartland along with our three surrounding neighbors, Richmond, Moore and Robeson counties. None of these counties have sky scraper office buildings major airports or significant municipal transportation systems. Of these heartland counties, according to the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President Donald Trump. If you look at the counties that Mrs Clinton won you’ll find few in “America’s heartland.” Trump, on the other hand won the popular vote in Americas heartland by 7.5 million votes. “Hillary Clinton, won 8.2 million “Big City “votes in a narrow band of 52 mostly coastal counties that stretch from San Diego to Seattle on the West Coast and Northern Virginia to Boston on the East Coast.”
Republican governors are also the people’s choice. Of our 50 state governors, there are 33 Republicans, 16 Democrats, and one independent. The top 10 best run states are Alaska, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Utah, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Montana, all have been in Republican hands for several terms.
So when the spin doctors of the liberal socialist media try to tell you the majority of Americans hate President Trump, and you’re afraid to voice a Pro-Trump opinion, because it might hurt your business or your social status, you’re giving away your freedom of speech without a fight.
Remember you’re an individual and not part of a herd, that America’s heartland elected President Trump and by all means never forget 2nd Timothy 1:7.
Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party