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Liberal hypocrisy shown in veto override angst

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By Holly Audette
Columnist

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It’s hard to imagine the degree liberal hypocrisy manifests itself in this country. The supposedly tolerant among us picking and choosing who actually should enjoy the rights and privileges this unique nation was founded on. Between freedom of speech selectively offered versus their defining what is prohibited “hate” and their screeching about taking guns from law-abiding citizens supposedly out of sympathy for victims of gun violence while they applaud the lack of cooperation with law enforcement and insist on “compassion” for those who choose lawbreaking — could hypocrisy be more on display?

Then, the urban dwellers involved in governing and law enforcement like the police chief in Houston who made a recent self-righteous speech after a shooting in his community. He said he didn’t want prayers and people showing up if they don’t “do something.” Sure, the urban areas with their rat-infested, drug-mired filth and crime are the models of how to “do something.” The same people with their sanctuary cities, free needles, redistribution-of-wealth models of “success,” and who say the smut-filled culture is wonderful. They have the moral high ground, right?

Urban areas like Baltimore, San Francisco and Charlotte proclaim looting and violence must be allowed because the thugs need the outlet, or direct police to stand down while Antifa and Black Lives Matter run amok, advocating violence against law enforcement and the “privileged.” Fighting for “privacy” for the mentally ill, juveniles, etc., ensuring histories that would inform as to appropriateness of gun ownership remain hidden while unhesitatingly infringing on the rights of those with no issues.

North Carolina faces the same liberal hypocrisy in its governing. It was on prime display recently when liberal legislators took to the microphones, proclaiming the dramatic usurping of democracy by their Republican colleagues, who voted to override the governor’s veto of the budget. “How dare they do what we do,” should have been the headline of every single report of their feigned outrage! Yelling about Republicans betraying democracy while admitting they were doing the people’s business of redistricting in the basement, far from the public scrutiny a recent court ruling demanded.

Redistricting has always had partisan overtones — the premise that to the victor goes the spoils, widely embraced. It was the longstanding defense by Democrats as they dominated the process with their legislative majority for decades. No redistricting they produced was without partisan goals — the nature of the fact the legislature is mandated with the task.

According to “Congressional Districts” by Benjamin R. Justesen: “County boundaries were long considered sacrosanct dividing lines by the General Assembly‘s mapdrawers because of the legal priorities set out in ... the North Carolina Constitution. Consequently, juggling the counties to create a reasonable population balance was often complicated. In some instances, redistricting involved both political and demographic factors, such as in 1872, when the Democratic General Assembly attempted to group most of the state’s Republicans into one eastern district, the so-called ‘Black Second.’ Knowing a Democratic candidate could never win the district, the General Assembly selected the counties of the Black Second to isolate and neutralize eastern Republican voters, many of whom were former slaves.

“From 1872 to 1901 the redrawn district’s African-American population, nearly 66 percent of the total, elected black congressmen seven times. George White was the last of these early black congressmen in the state, representing the Second District before African-American voters were largely disfranchised around 1900. Drawing district lines in favor of Democratic incumbents whenever possible was another device often employed by the General Assembly, since Democrats controlled the legislature during every postcensus session between 1872 and 1991.”

Political maneuvering to the majority’s advantage was also on full display when the Democrats passed the lottery after 11 years. How? By calling for the vote when two critical Republicans had excused absences. Counting votes has a long history and the Democrats have been major players.

Usurping the voice of the people, the Democrats claim in outrage? How about when Jim Gardner was elected as the first Republican lieutenant governor in North Carolina in about a hundred years, by a statewide vote of the people. But the Democrats who had the legislative majority, led by the Democrat opponent to Mr. Gardner, stripped his office of all power the day he was sworn in. Oh, these paragons of protecting the people’s voice!

You bet people are angry. Angry at the decrepit condition of much of our nation, angry at the culturally debasing of a civil society, angry at the lack of respect and value of our military and law enforcement, angry at the ignorance of our true history and promotion of liberty and angry at the double standards of those who claim to be about fairness, tolerance and equality proclaiming so many as worthless irredeemables.

That hypocrisy is proving to be a great motivator.

Holly Audette is a small-business owner active in political and civic causes.

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