Sunday thinking

Sunday thinking: Pat's legacy

A lesson from South Africa

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela got me thinking. He was a man of great compassion and understanding and did what was right regardless of who he might alienate. He was the right man to lead South Africa (SA) as its first post apartheid president.

Sunday thinking

Dinner is printed.

I think I have discovered the problem in Raleigh. The person masquerading as governor is a 3D printout of a person masquerading as governor. He has all the empathy of extruded soy-based plastic pizza.

Sunday thinking

From a comment found on Facebook, responding to McCrory's insistence that North Carolina government should be replaced by a smartphone:

Except that an important role of government is to undertake exactly those tasks that fail to lend themselves to efficiency (like national defense), or to those tasks, that if done in the most efficient way are not fair to all citizens (like environmental or financial regulation). Unless, maybe McCrory's point was that government should be done badly whenever possible, so everyone will agree to eliminating it.

It's easy to lose sight of first principles like these when fundamental rights are being stripped away each and every day. Caught between such rocks and hard places, many people simply give up, assuming that the system is so corrupt and rigged that nothing can really be done. That's why we need to start a new conversation about the proper role of government in our state. As we think through all the many considerations, I am absolutely confident of one thing: The proper role of government is NOT to arrest citizens for protesting the illegitimate and unconstitutional actions of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Is there a Libertarian wing of the NC Democratic Party?

And if not a whole wing, are there perhaps a few feathers? As we begin to rebuild the party from the ground up in North Carolina, it seems a question worth exploring.

Sunday thinking: Bargaintown

In the wake of Governor Pope's inauguration yesterday, editorial writers across the state are wondering aloud just what we can expect from the new regime. Readers of BlueNC don't need to wonder at all. We know exactly what North Carolina can expect. Our state is being methodically recrafted into a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mr. Pope's sprawling retail empire: Variety Wholesalers.

It doesn't take much intellect to understand the principles of slum merchandising. One need only look at Pope's proven business model.

Takeaways from this election cycle

Things I learned about America and North Carolina during this election season, no matter who wins what.

A generous interpretation

The most generous interpretation of Larry Kissell's vote on the Affordable Care Act is his "I am a representative" defense. Having had his district gerrymandered to become even more white and Republican, he seems to be saying that his vote reflects the wishes of the majority of uninformed bigots he will have to represent if he's re-elected. The same applies to his unwillingness to say that Barack Obama is a better president than Mitt Romney would be.

The more ominous interpretation, that Kissell's moral compass points in the direction of more uninsured poor people and more corporate greed, is hard to stomach, but may nonetheless be true.

In either case, it's a sad state of affairs. Going along with selfishness and bigotry in service of racist constituents is unconscionable. Actually embracing that philosophy is nothing less than evil.

More on the subject at Progressive Pulse.

Marginalized women

The Republican war on women has a steady ally: the good old boys' club we call the fourth estate.

The numbers are stark, but not exactly surprising. When it comes to coverage of issues that directly affect women, the beacons of traditional journalism—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday talk shows—clearly subscribe to the Darrell Issa school of thought: that the people best qualified to talk about women are, in fact, men.

The information graphic below the fold, from 4th Estate, will turn your stomach.

Syndicate content