T. Greg Doucette: All people’s house

January 29, 2014 

Regarding your Jan. 26 editorial “Just drop it”: Its conclusion was spot-on, but its tone was misplaced. Freedom is not an us-vs-them, Democrat-vs-Republican issue.

Even those of us who support much of what the General Assembly has done and agree with very little of the Moral Monday protesters’ political objectives can recognize the patent absurdity of criminalizing benign protest in the people’s house – particularly in light of our state Constitution’s declaration that we all have “a right to assemble together ... to instruct (our) representatives and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances.”

Republicans like to protest, too, and we would prefer not to get arrested when the political pendulum inevitably swings the other way.

I join you in hoping District Attorney Colon Willoughby takes a stand for the N.C. Constitution and stops this gratuitous waste of taxpayer money sooner rather than later. Just remember that, on some issues, we’re all on the same side.

T. Greg Doucette, Durham

The writer, a former vice chairman of the Wake County GOP, is one of the attorneys defending Moral Monday protesters pro bono.

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