Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina was arguably one of the most important political figures of the twentieth century. His commitment to the Constitution and willingness to stare down executive power during the 1973 Watergate hearings place him among the great conservative voices in Senate history. Ervin was first and foremost a Tar Heel. He considered his election to the North Carolina legislature in 1922 to be as important as his appointment to the United States Senate in 1954. He favored his front porch more than his Senate office, and he always fought for the people of his State, regardless of the consequences.
Ervin personified the Southern statesman. His penchant for folksy humor and homespun story telling hid a supremely gifted legal mind. But he was also a great “peopleticker” who cherished the opportunity to get out among his constituents and press the flesh. This is why the left could never hold his opposition to Civil Rights legislation against him. He was too kind, too disarming, and too charming to be a “racist Nazi.” Of course, Ervin held his seat before the modern pogroms on all things Southern and the violent woke social justice warriors became ascendant. In fact, Ervin and Joe Biden’s time in the Senate overlapped by one year. Ervin never had anything to say about Biden, but Biden fondly remembered these old Democrats who taught him the ropes. That, of course, got Biden into some hot water during the 2020 campaign as he suggested he admired some of these Southern statesmen. It wasn’t so long ago that Biden happily sided with Southern Democrats and even considered his home State a part of the South. That Democratic Party has disappeared, much to the detriment of the United States and particularly conservative Americans.
These two short videos show why Americans loved Senator Sam in the 1970s. Not only has Senator Sam’s Democratic Party gone the way of the dodo bird, so has Ervin’s brand of statesmanship and his warm North Carolina accent. The establishment American “conservative” is now a stiff Mitt Romney with a Mike Pence accent, a Liz Cheney love affair for Abraham Lincoln’s aggressive national regime, and a John McCain foreign policy. Ervin was a dinosaur, even in 1973. He just hadn’t been fossilized yet.
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