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.
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.
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.
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.
In a country where government has been seduced by the majesty of free-markets, it's tempting to think that business leaders have somehow cracked the code when it comes to tackling the challenges we face as a society. They have not. In fact, business leaders are as clueless about defining excellence and understanding how to make effective decisions as your crazy uncle. The only difference is, they get paid millions to carry out their charade of competence.
Of all the logical fallacies decried by philosophers, the fallacy of the "slippery slope" is among the most maddening. On one hand, we know that a single choice (say, privatizing a highway) doesn't inexorably lead to another choice (e.g., selling a public park). But on the other hand, we see the slippery slope in action far too often to ignore it's potential risks.
Two of the the slipperiest slopes plaguing us today are the ones that have bolstered the roles of political parties and religious institutions in government operations. The two spheres of influence have much in common. They are both dominated by rich, white men. Neither has a proscribed role in government that can be traced to the US Constitution. And they each, in their own way, seek to perpetuate the preferential treatment they receive, the taxpayer dollars they command, and the dominant positions they hold.
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