NOTHSTINE: Why Mark Robinson is smart to focus on first principles

RALEIGH – Just a couple weeks into his tenure as lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson is already demonstrating an early mastery of leveraging the bully pulpit the position provides. Not to push a certain policy, or build his political resume, but to defend and advance First Principles, his passion for which launched initially launched him into the political spotlight and continues to power his public service.

We saw this on full display just this week as Robinson took the Leftists at WRAL to task for their galling hypocrisy in publishing a cartoon depicting him and others as KKK members. A full press conference, the blown up cartoon as a visual aid, and a booming take down of the Left’s hypocrisy. All girded by a foundation of First Principles.

It is refreshing. Opinion Editor at the Carolina Journal Ray Nothstine has an excellent piece explaining why Robinson’s focus on first principles is also smart.

From Carolina Journal:

“Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson frequently brags that he’s not a politician, but that doesn’t mean he’s not incredibly savvy when it comes to politics. Robinson, whose main task consists of presiding over sessions of the N.C. Senate, is elevating the importance of first principles lost by so many in our state and nation today.

Most people are aware his name recognition and current political career were launched through his defense of the Second Amendment at a Greensboro City Council meeting in 2018. It was just the beginning of Robinson trumpeting ideals like inherent rights and equality under the law. At a gun rally in Hillsborough, North Carolina in 2018, Robinson simply stated, “I’m going to do what I have to do to make sure that the rights conferred to me by my Father God and guaranteed by our Constitution stay right here in place.”

He continually appeals to natural law, an understanding that certain rights can’t be bestowed by the government because it implies, conceivably, the government could in turn rescind those rights. Robinson understands that the purpose of the government should reflect John Locke’s fundamental understanding: protecting life, liberty, and property. […]” [CONTINUE READING]

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