Lets let the dude at least find out where all the light switches are in the Executive Mansion before we start questioning his intentions.
Thats my message to the coalition of civil rights, labor, faith and social activist organizations that has seemingly risked putting Gov. Pat McCrory on the defensive by sending a petition imploring him to govern moderately in the face of extremist political influences and to, among other things, rule for the good of the whole.
Wait a minute. Shouldnt we assume that he is going to govern moderately and rule for the good of the whole, even if some of those extremist influences are right there in his Cabinet?
Yes, but sending a petition sends the message that you dont think those are priorities of the administration especially after youve met with him man to man. The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP and other leaders met with McCrory at the end of last year, then followed up with a petition to leaders of both parties.
By pelting Gov. M.C. Pat with a petition before hed even decided upon which side of the bed he prefers to sleep in his new home, the organizations and their leaders risk unnecessarily antagonizing him right off the bat. Over the next four years, therell be beaucoup opportunities to confront McCrory if he starts getting too cozy with the tea party or viewing the state constitution as merely a list of suggestions.
Not a negative
The constitution is supposed to dictate how they govern, Barber told me this week, but the last legislature showed it didnt care about the constitution.
He said McCrory seemed appreciative of the meeting and of its civil tone. Barber also said the petition is not a negative. We view it as a hopeful document.
That may be how they intended it to be greeted, but make no mistake: sending someone a petition before theyve unpacked their jammies or hung their Barry Goldwater glow-in-the-dark poster is assuming an adversarial position.
Think about it. Say Sweet Thang and you have just moved into a new neighborhood when you receive a petition demanding that you never run around in the backyard in a tutu, dont put pink flamingo ornaments on the lawn and refrain from playing your Kool & the Gang greatest hits album too loud.
If youre anything like me, whats the absolute first thing youre going to do after such a welcome?
Thats right: Put on a pink tutu; invite your loudest, rowdiest, most uncouth friends over and crank up Jungle Boogie as loud as the old Victrola will go.
Will McCrory, likewise, reflexively respond by declaring war on everything liberals hold dear not that, some figure, he needs any more impetus to do that?
If he does, wed all better pray that the Rev. Barber and others will be there to say Stop that, Pat.
Every administration deserves a honeymoon period during which its members will, one hopes, realize the huge responsibility of their position and conclude that being an intransigent ideologue is no way to govern. Will McCrory kowtow to special interests, or will he prove that he represents the interests of all Tar Heels?
As Barber acknowledged, We dont have anything to judge him on, but the proof is in the pudding as to how McCrory will govern.
Speaking of dessert, do you know what would have been better to send than a petition? A cake.
Or a pie. With a note that says You want to come over and eat some barbecue and listen to Kool & the Gangs greatest hits?
Thats how you welcome somebody to the neighborhood.
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