The rounds of charges and counter-charges swirling around the Moral Monday demonstrations illustrate just how low political discourse in our state has fallen. It’s like children exchanging insults on a playground: “I know you are, but what am I?”
This farce is the inevitable result of a political system designed as a duopoly, with Democrats and Republicans taking turns being in charge yet offering few differences between themselves.
Freedom of speech works only if you respect the equal rights of those who disagree with you. Questioning the motives or morals of your opponents doesn’t contribute to civil dialogue and may be itself immoral. Nor does calling your opponents morons and dismissing them as “outsiders” add to the discussion.
The true outsiders in this sophomoric comedy are not the Moral Monday demonstrators or the Republican leaders born in other states. The true outsiders are the people of North Carolina.
Our state has some serious problems, including a stagnant economy, high unemployment, unfair taxation and burdensome regulations. We need leaders who’ll listen to one another to resolve these issues like adults.
N.C. Libertarian Party Executive Committee