The 2004 elections brought a conservative sweep to much of the nation, but Mecklenburg County was not part of it. As a result, our County Commission came back under the control of liberal Democrats and the arrogant and extremist liberal Parks Helms re-assumed his position as chairman of the County Commission. It should be no surprise to any of us that in his first months back in his position, he has worked tirelessly to expand government and raise taxes.
But this week, he announced another item on his agenda — one that calls for economic and social conservatives to respond before its too late.
Mr. Helms has announced that he wants to see “Partner’s Benefits” extended to those involved in homosexual relationships. During a time when our community is dealing with the destructive consequences of the breakdown of the family and the stress of ever-rising local taxes, the best idea Mr. Helms can seem to come up with is to official recognize homosexual couples with benefits purchased by your and my tax dollars. This is an affront to every taxpayer and particularly those taxpayers who find homosexuality morally wrong.
Christian and Social Conservatives should voice their opposition as this is yet another attempt by the radical homosexual community to impose their unhealthy and immoral lifestyle on people of morality and faith. We must not sit idly by while liberals and social manipulators seek to “re-define” what constitutes a family.
Economic Conservatives should voice their opposition as this is yet another example of Big Brother expansion into areas that will lead to higher taxes and more spending. To subsidize these homosexual couples is not only legally questionable under North Carolina law, it is fiscally foolish due to the unhealthy nature of the relationship itself. This extension of benefits will cost our county millions over the next decade.
Make no mistake, with a solid majority of like-minded Democrats on the County Commission, there is a good chance that this initiative will pass unless the citizens of this region speak up soon and loudly.
That is why I am sending this email. We have a strategy in place that will “raise the volume” of protest against this action incrementally as the need arises. This email is a Call to Action which asks you to become personally involved in contacting the Mecklenburg County Commissioners to voice your opposition to extending benefits to homosexuals and unmarried partners of county employees.
Here’s what I am asking you to do:
1. Write a brief email to our county commissioners stating your opposition to extending benefits to the partners of unmarried and homosexual couples. This is very important: Please do not be rude, threatening or unkind. You don’t need to type in all capitals and you don’t need to quote the Scripture. What the Commissioners understand is VOTES. Every email equals a vote. They understand public pressure. Every email measures public sentiment.
Paste and clip this list of the email addresses of our county commissioners and put it in the address box of your email:
PHelms@helmshenderson.com, Bill@billjames.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
2. Please forward this email to everyone you can think of who might agree with our position. (Please do not violate your workplace policies on using company email lists or servers. It’s never right to do wrong to do right.) Suggestions would be political lists, church lists, friends, etc. If you have a local blog, post this email here. When forwarding the email, try to remove the “FW:FW:fw:….” from the Subject Line as it often marks your email as spam or causes people to automatically “junk” the email.
3. Watch your email box for an email entitled “A Call to Action - Part 2″. If it becomes necessary, we will offer another wave of protest against this initiative in a different form. Strategically, we are prepared to fight this as long as it takes. Sadly, this may end up costing the county commissioners who support this legislation politically and financially. It is really unnecessary for them to stir this up at this time when so many more important issues are at stake in our community. But if Mr. Helms is looking for a test of our strength and resolve, we need to make sure he gets a taste of it.
Thank you for standing for the values that keep our families and our community strong, safe and conservative!
NOTE: Some email servers require a comma between the names of multiple addresses and others permit a semi-colon. I have changed the semi-colons to comma’s in mine to insure that they arrive as more servers accept those.