Dan Bishop’s Gleeful Villainy

by | Dec 28, 2022 | Politics | 4 comments

Dan Bishop may be the most reprehensible figure North Carolina has elected to Washington since his compatriot in hatred, the late Jesse Helms. A showman and a provocateur, Bishop conceives of his public purpose in terms of creating spectacle. That spectacle consists of himself.

Bishop’s most recent foray into the territory of vice signaling was a twitter performance in which he ridiculed the essential spending bill Congress passed to avert a government shutdown. Bishop, hardly stupid, put on this exhibition to attract the attention of right-wingers in other red states. If you doubt this, consider that Bishop scored an invitation to Tucker Carlson’s festival of TV hatred. The Charlotte-region congressman entertained Carlson to the point at which Fox News’s leading propagandist was unmistakably smitten with this most bigoted North Carolinian.

Dan Bishop has always loved the spotlight–and hated the oppressed. He has, indeed, contributed to cultural oppression. As a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Bishop authored HB2, a vicious–and infamous–piece of legislation that the world will never forget. A wealthy attorney, Bishop invested $500 in the white-supremacists social-media platform Gab, later denying involvement in the company with a wolfish grin.

Indeed, the lupine is Bishop’s preferred public presentation. There is a certain gleeful villainy in this man’s image, and he wears the black hat with panache. While it’s perhaps a bit refreshing to see an American politician dispense with the standard affectations of virtue when his behavior tends toward vice, it is also, in the Trump era, boring. Cruelty and flagrant violations of the civic code draw admirers in today’s MAGA-fied GOP.

In his open bigotry, Dan Bishop represents the degraded soul of modern conservatism. The few remaining Republicans with a conscience may deny what their party has become, but Trumpism dominates nearly all the cultural space within the party that these dissenters cling to, and that Bishop has come to epitomize. This is exactly what he wants. And a state that will not stop giving dubious political gifts to a nation that won’t stop accepting them should hang its head in shame till Bishop finally leaves the public square.


  1. Gregory Weeks

    Speaking about “ignorance of history” you are apparently conflating “his story” with truth….for your enlightenment, less than a quarter of white men in American could vote in the first election (contrary to the words in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.” You had to be a property owning, tax paying citizen in most states to qualify. Women didn’t get the right to vote for almost a century and a half. The Native American population suffered genocide decimating, an estimated population in the millions to approximately 300 thousand. African-Americans were considered 3/’5th of a person. All of this in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Now folks want to ignore all of the ignominy that is woven into the fabric of this country–purposeful blindness, deafness and ignorance.

  2. Wayne Schaeffer

    Gee, why don’t you tell us what you REALLY think, Mr. Jones–seeing as how you are so ‘All-Wise’ concerning ‘All-Things-Republican’! Your breathless and rancid attacks on Bishop amounts to little more than the expressions of an envious liberal/Marxist moron, saturated in hyperbole.

    Apparently, the author sees Bishop as a threat, in contrast to Bishop’s own conservative base, which sees Bishop as a strong and legitimate voice for principled, constitutional conservatism in North Carolina. There IS a difference, you know, but…writers such as Jones are so fundamentally ignorant about history, Western Civilization, and American cultural norms, that he is completely incapable of understanding that conservatives see the Biden Crime Family Cabal as an existential threat to America, driven by the Biden family’s complicit and incestuous relationship with certain foreign powers whose intent—just like that of the Democrat Party–seeks to diminish, dismantle, or destroy our constitutional republic.

    Envy will get you nowhere, Mr. Jones, but–like Biden–we see you for the hapless and hopelessly ignorant, but dutiful little Marxist soldier for the elitist Leftists, that you really are. Please, do keep us entertained with your angry, petulant posts!

    • David Reed

      Mr Schaeffer, Did I accidentally tune in to a Qanon channel.

    • Scott Lovett

      Hey Wayne, don’t look down, yer projection is showing!

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