Last Monday was the 7th week of demonstrations on the Halifax Mall of the Legislative complex in Raleigh in which 2,000+ people gathered to voice their complaints against the actions of the new Republican General Assembly and Governor. Their legislative agenda has been set by ALEC, and is to the right of the Tea Party. I only attended one of the demonstrations because I can’t stand for long periods of time. I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, which was not published, so I carried it as a poster:
“The Republican General Assembly is trying to take us back 150 years to the era of the Old South and its repression of minorities and the poor. Their byline is “we’re open for business,” but that implies that they’re “closed for people.” Their legislative agenda has a negative mindset that is reactionary. Instead of “fixing what’s broke” in our system of governance, they’re dismantling it piece-by-piece. They’re trying to undo every act of progressive legislation to please their corporate parents who dictate their every move. We have a government for, of, and by the corporations with no concern for the needs or interests of the people.
Under the banner of fiscal responsibility they’re using their social agenda to promote class warfare and to further widen the economic and political inequality of the people. They look backward for solutions to today’s problems, and that reveals a mind-set that is both reactionary and destructive to social order and cohesion. They are blind to the reasons why people demonstrate against their policies. It’s time for them to analyze some of their motives and the impact of their arrogant disregard for the common man and woman.”
I’m usually not active in politics even though I support several LGBT groups, but the extreme radicalism and reckless rapid pace of legislation stirred me to action. Even the usually non-political North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church submitted a resolution to the Governor opposing their legislative agenda that goes against the social principles of the church regarding the poor. This radical turn to the right has made the North Carolina Legislature the butt of jokes all across the nation, which is bad for business as well as the economy that is still hurting with a high rate of unemployed.
I few years ago a wrote of series of articles on the proposed public transportation plans for the Triangle (which were never passed), but generally I have written about less controversial topics. The deep political divisions in this country are deeply disturbing to me because we seem to have lost the ability to compromise and produce reasonable legislation. We’re in a state of gridlock and can’t seem to find a way out. The churches are engaged in a culture war over the issue of homosexuality while ignoring other critical issues of poverty and homelessness.
Rodney King was right, “Can’t we all work together?”