In a candid exchange on Facebook with Truth or Dare, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis defended Arthur Williams publicly once again and inserted himself unnecessarily, once again, into our local House race. Tillis engaged in a debate with Truth or Dare and then deleted this blogger’s comments as well as some of his own, saying that Truth or Dare’s posting of these comments represented behavior that diverted attention from more important issues.  Tillis then banished this blogger to the land of un-friends.

Tillis tried to prop up Williams’ liberal voting record and then defended his own intrusion into the NC6 race. Probably realizing that he’d stepped into it once again, Tillis removed certain comments from the thread including my comments and some of his own, and un-friended me. Fortunately, technology being what it is, Truth or Dare captured the full exchange before it disappeared from Facebook. It is posted below for your reading pleasure.  You can still find parts of these comments on Tillis’ personal FB page, at least for now.

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Recent actions by Speaker Thom Tillis have riled eastern North Carolinians.  Many wonder why the Speaker of the House would be meddling in their local State House and Senate races.  Is he doing it for money? For his ego? Nay, I say.  Rather, we must ask the age old question:  Cui bono?

To understand why he’s meddling, we have to look at the Speaker’s goals and then figure out how his meddling could help him achieve those goals.  It’s like a puzzle.  You have to see the big picture on the box before the pieces start to make sense.  The picture on the Tillis’ box looks like this: (more…)


Diane Rufino, Tea Party Leader, Scientist, Attorney

Truth or Dare is pleased to welcome Diane Rufino to our staple of contributors.  Diane is a leader of the ENC Tea Party and is a dedicated patriot.  She is a scientist, attorney, wife and mother.   You can read her bio here.  She writes about constitutional issues on her blog For Love of God and Country.

Voter ID Laws are About Confidence and Integrity

by Diane Rufino, June 15, 2012

What is the purpose of laws?  John Locke taught us that the primary role of government is to protect the sovereign rights of man, namely his Life, Liberty, and Property.  “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others…”   In other words, laws derive from the laws of nature, particularly human nature.  Laws serve the good in man and punish the evil.  Laws protect the good members of society and therefore encourage such conforming behavior, while punishing and deterring bad conduct.  Therefore, the good of society is served and rightful expectations are rewarded.  Citizens agree to abide by laws with the implied understanding that laws are instituted to protect them and their general liberty interests, as our republic itself is designed.

As we move farther away from the urgent liberty concerns of the Revolutionary War and even the second World War, as we care less and less about how secure our freedoms are, as we care less and less about the warnings our Founding Fathers left for us, and we begin to care more about our high standard of living and our comfort, we see the consequences of that transition…..  envy, irresponsibility, crime, and corruption.

Of course, we all know that we still have a federal system here in the United States, which means that we are a federation of sovereign states with a ‘common’ government which is vested with certain powers to serve those states.  As such, (more…)


Speaker Tillis is ready to cave on the Voter ID bill and thereby introduce chaos into our election process. The News & Observer is reporting that House leaders are working on a compromise to HB 351 that would allow voters to show any one of a number of documents to prove their identity at the polls.  This is being done to swing a few Democrats over to our side.  Once we open the door to allowing utility bills and bank statements to stand in place of a true voter id, though, we open the door to pandora’s box.  The consequences of this bill will become evident on November 6th, when it will be too late.

Documents like bank statements and utility bills can be easily forged.  Easily.  Like many politicians, Speaker Tillis and other legislators may be wholly disconnected from the reality of today’s technology. These documents (more…)