The NC GOP, not-so-strict Constitutionalists

Another mask gets ripped off the face of Republicans:

Berger doesn’t want to present voters with a “California-style ballot” with “page after page” of amendments in 2012, because he thinks voters won’t give them due consideration.

But he said lawmakers could also consider brand-new amendments. “It’s my understanding under the rules, it would not have to already have been introduced – it’s something that could be introduced in the constitutional issues session, so there may be any number of others.”

Which can also be described as a "free-for-all". Or a clusterfuck. Whatever the case, it's about as far away from Conservatism as you can get.


Anyone supporting Voter ID does not respect the NC Constitution

The idea that Phil Berger would somehow care about the NC Constitution now after he and his colleagues ignored Article IX of the NC Constitution in its entirety -- the section titled "EDUCATION" -- and Sections 3 and 9 in particular, is just fantasy.

Sec. 3. School attendance.
The General Assembly shall provide that every child of appropriate age and of sufficient mental and physical ability shall attend the public schools, unless educated by other means.

Sec. 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education.
The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.

Phil Berger and his GOP colleagues ignore the NC Constitution daily. They can't begin to claim the mantle of strict constructionists at all.

Article I

Sec. 10. Free elections.
All elections shall be free.

Sec. 11. Property qualifications.
As political rights and privileges are not dependent upon or modified by property, no property qualification shall affect the right to vote or hold office.