An activist in one national progressive organization asked me yesterday about Mecklenburg homophobe Bill James. "Should we go along with the commissioners' resolution or call for James to be censured?" he asked. Too bad he didn't listen to my advice.
"Going along" with the namby-pamby resolutions is how progressives prove again and again that they don't have the stomach to play in today's political arena. One need look no farther than comments by Bill James himself to prove the point.
James later joined commissioners in unanimously adopting a resolution pledging their support for diversity, tolerance and inclusion in the community, while opposing inflammatory speech that could hurt others. James said he supported the resolution, in part, because he wasn't named in it and said "it won't really accomplish anything."
Bill James may be an odious asshole, but at least he knows how to call a spade a spade:
He said he believed the measure was a way to put a "nice, glossy, fancy façade" on the issue as the community bids to bring the Democratic National Convention to town, and said if other commissioners were serious about standing up for sexual rights, they'd try to get state laws changed.