So, the NRA Board elected a new President. You might expect they would choose a real Boy or Girl Scout type, squeaky clean and inoffensive; after all, the group's many opponents would start digging just as soon as the name came out.
At that level, the likely candidates are going to be civically and politically active; that's normal. NRA's Board runs to conservative people, and that's normal, too. We just had Oliver North as President and.... His was not an untarnished reputation.
With the ongoing issues with Ackerman McQueen and the investigation launched by the hostile New York Attorney General Letitia James, you'd expect the Board to proceed with caution. Indeed, new NRA President Carolyn Meadows is active in her state's Republican Party and on the board of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC. Unfortunately, as Media Matters gleefully points out, she's also the chairperson of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association -- yes, the great, big nationally-divisive carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis on the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia.
I am not interested in refighting the Late Civil Unpleasantness Between The States on my blog. It ended a long time ago and as a nation, we have been coping with the aftermath ever since. Part of that aftermath is that people have heated, divergent -- and often unrealistic -- opinions about it. Northerner, Southerner, conservative, liberal, no matter where you are on those lines (and many others), there are plenty of people who disagree with your fool notions and will yell at you about it all day long. It's a third rail and the NRA Board has apparently decided to bite down on it.
Oh, it may not matter; they could have elected a saintly aesthete with no political ties and an entirely bland personal history, and Mother Jones and The Trace would still run multi-part articles about that person kicking dogs, jaywalking and buying caviar from a babushka with a suspicious accent. Still, is this they best they could come up with?
Man, they'd better get shut of Ack-Mac and set their finances in order in a genuine New York minute, and perhaps President Meadows, retired from a fiscally-responsible position with the Lockheed-Martin employee store, is just the woman for the job. I sure hope so.
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