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The great unraveling

It would be a mistake to say we have "given" Republicans all the rope they want. Truth be told, they have taken it, pure and simple. In their reckless lust for power, they have crossed every boundary of decency and fairness. In pursuit of domination, they have thrown aside integrity, local control, and personal freedom. They have behaved like bulls in a china shop, stomping adversaries into oblivion, just because they could.

When worlds collide

On the right, there is a vision that denies freedoms based on otherness. If you're black, female, trans, or gay, too bad. If you don't like discrimination, we'll be happy to arrange some outright persecution. And by the way, that fetus you're carrying? It has more rights than you do, girl.

On the left, there's a vision that gladly extends freedom to include everyone. If you're black, female, trans, or gay, we welcome you. Equal rights. Equal pay. Equal protection under the law. It's that simple.

That's the choice we're facing as citizens of North Carolina. I hope we're wise enough to choose fairness.

What will you do?

When most people think about electoral politics nowadays, they think about the presidential race. But here in North Carolina, the presidential primary is over and there is little we can do or say to influence the national debate. Either Bernie or Hillary will emerge as the nominee. There is nothing more to be said.

2015 Blue NC stories picked up by Daily Kos

A few years ago, Meteor Blades at Daily Kos started a weekly diary recognizing efforts by progressive state blogs on the front page at Kos, putting those diaries in front of thousands of readers. And our efforts here are frequently included:

At bluenc of North Carolina, scharrison writes—GOP tax reform: Lose your home to foreclosure, and then pay taxes on it: They have absolutely no shame: "One of the other provisions in the legislation would startlingly hurt homeowners struggling with foreclosure by counting as income any portion of their mortgage debt forgiven by a lender.

Sen. Tamara Barringer, a Republican, bucked her leadership and voted against the bill because of the change, telling the News & Observer, “these are people that have lost their homes. Are we going to tax them when they’re trying to get back on their feet?” Apparently the answer from Senate leaders is yes. There were no hearings on that part of the gas tax bill, no discussion with mortgage lenders or people who work with struggling homeowners.

Even if you don't frequent Daily Kos, you should bookmark this tag and keep up with this series. It's good to know there are smart progressive bloggers in other states, struggling with issues just like we are. Here are some more crossposts from 2015:

Happy 10th Birthday BlueNC

BlueNC uprising

Happy 10th birthday BlueNC! In blog years, that's ancient and I think we wear it well. Blogging has changed a lot over the years and our audience has changed too. We've seen social media grow in importance and every professional journalist seems to also be a blogger these days. We still see a good deal of traffic here at BlueNC, though our comment section isn't as active as it used to be. With all the changes in how we get our news, BlueNC continues to be the best source for progressive political news and discussions. We thank you all for your continued support.

Stop complaining

Complaining about what's going on in Raleigh is like complaining that the sun sets every day. It's a meaningless gesture that makes no difference whatsoever. The same is true for most lobbying. GOP leaders don't give a shit what people think, so stop pretending like they do. Stop giving them cover for appearing to be reasonable when they make trivial concessions. Stop asking them to be fair, fair is not part of their agenda. They're on a mission and there's nothing you can do to change that.

Simple-minded

Advocates for the freedom agenda offer an alluring promise. If only everyone everywhere were free to do exactly what they want, all would be right in the world. Justin Burr's bill to permit guns at the state fair is a good example of this concept. Freedom, the only right that matters, is sufficient to bring order to our chaotic world. Every other right plays second fiddle.

Millenial madness

I love young people. They are often the only breath of fresh air in many situations, and their perspectives are always challenging and interesting. Tonight I had a conversation with a young libertarian who started the conversation by saying she didn't think government should be doing so many things. Specifically, she didn't think it should be providing health services paid for by taxes.

I asked her what she thought should be done for people too poor to pay for the healthcare they need. We were driving, and I asked her what would happen to a homeless person on the street who was having some kind of mental breakdown, or perhaps, an epileptic seizure. She said, "Somebody will take care of them. That's what churches and stuff do."

First principle: preserve options

First principles are guiding ideas that prove valuable and relevant, no matter which future actions are taken. An example of a first principle: preserve options. That means having the option of taking action, but not exercising that option until it clear that it should be used. It's a nuanced version of "keep your options open" and it calls for having restraint. We use first principles in business all the time.

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