WASHINGTON, June 23, 2013 ― The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) epitomizes the blind leading the blind. Its “Moral Monday” protests against the policies championed by the Republican governor and legislature at the state capital building are just the latest example.
The left-wing media have abandoned any semblance of objectivity and are aligning with the protesters. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry made a personal statement to Republican Governor Pat McCrory, saying, “if you thought you had your hands full with ‘Moral Mondays’, get ready for ‘Witness Wednesdays.’ You may want the protesters to go away governor, but they are just getting started. And so are we.”
The liberal left (NAACP, MSNBC and others) are seemingly hell-bent on categorizing the Republican majority in the North Carolina General Assembly as racist proponents of segregation and Jim Crow. We would do well to recall North Carolina’s history after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
North Carolina has Republican majorities in both chambers of its legislature and a Republican governor for the firs time since 1870. The General Assembly has had a Republican majority in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate since January 2011. Prior to that, it had a Democratic majority in both chambers for most of the past 150 years. Since 1863, Republicans have occupied the governor’s mansion for 25 years (17 percent of the time). During that same period, the Republicans held a majority in the state House of Representatives for four years in the 1990’s (3 percent of the time), and the GOP last held a majority in the state Senate in 1898.
In 1868, Blacks were first elected to the General Assembly (fifteen representatives and two senators) in the Republican Party (which was the original anti-slavery party). But after Democrats consolidated power in the late 1890s, no Blacks were elected again until Henry Frye (a Democrat) in 1968.
What does any of that have to do with Moral Monday protests? Quite a bit, if you put things in their proper perspective. NAACP President Rev. William Barber continues to levy charges that the GOP majority “wants to take away voting rights, health care and jobs from Blacks, poor and disadvantaged citizens.” Barber vows that the protests will continue until the Republican majority in the General Assembly agrees to meet with them to discuss their demands and concerns.
There are two points to remember here. First, the problems of North Carolina didn’t suddenly appear in 2011 when the Republicans took over, yet the NAACP and liberal press never seemed terribly concerned until Republicans got their hands on the levers of power. Second, the members of the North Carolina General Assembly were elected to their seats; they were not appointed by the NAACP or any other group, and they are under no obligation to cater to the demands of the NAACP.
The irony is that the NAACP is accusing the Republican majority of reversing positive things that “we have fought hard for over the years.”
Here are some specific concerns cited by Barber:
Voting rights: The NAACP believes that requiring voter identification will amount to a poll tax and would disenfranchise thousands who would be discouraged from voting because of the requirement.
The integrity and security of our election system depends on the integrity and validity of personal identification. The new legislation will not place a financial burden on any citizen, and presenting ID in order to vote (ID that the state will provide free of cost to anyone who needs it) would be no more of a hassle than the requirement to show identification to buy liquor, guns or a car. Without it, we revert to the bad old days where politicians can walk through cemeteries thanking the the residents for their votes.
Health Care: Barber believes that the GOP majority wants to deprive citizens of their inalienable right to health care (it’s there in the Constitution, with the inalienable rights to Prada shoes, vacations and internet access). Any attempt to limit the provisions of ObamaCare is a first step on the slippery slope to slavery.
The oxymoronic Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) is anything but quality, affordable health care for all. Despite the most aggressive and biased media campaign in memory, fewer than half of all Americans believe that ObamaCare is good for our nation. The NAACP is either naïve or willingly suppressing the fact that ObamaCare will usher in rationing of health care, as happens in Europe.
The Republican majority in the North Carolina General assembly is remaining focused on doing the job that the people elected them to do. Many admire their character, resolve and fortitude in representing the will of the people. Not surprisingly, the Liberal Left loathes their actions.
Jobs: We can search high and low without substantiating. Barber’s assertion that the Republican majority in the General Assembly will suppress or eliminate private sector jobs. It is possible that he is alluding to a reduction in the payroll of state employees, but his position is very vague.
If you remember Economics 101, there are two things government can do to help create jobs in the private sector (which is the only place where real wealth is created): reduce burdensome taxation, and eliminate unnecessary regulations that stymie business effectiveness and growth.
There is little evidence that the NAACP has taken a determined stand against any Democratic majority in the General Assembly. This includes periods of the Greensboro sit-ins, the atrocities of the widespread eugenics/sterilization program, the highest rate of taxation on businesses in the Southeastern U.S., misappropriation of state lottery-education funds, rampant scandals and corruption of Democrat legislative and executive branches, and more.
This leads us to an epiphany: Moral Monday protests apply only to GOP lawmakers’ efforts to bring responsible government to the people of North Carolina. It is folly to think otherwise, and turning a deliberate blind eye to history.