Regarding Ned Barnett’s Feb. 1 column “ Governing by illusion in N.C.”:
I am drawn to the speech of Sir Winston Churchill in March 1946 in which, referring to the oppression by the Russians in Eastern Europe, he said, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” This is generally regarded as the beginning of the “Cold War.”
Now, from Murphy to Manteo an iron curtain of right-wing Republican ideology has descended across North Carolina. It is manifested by tax cuts for big corporations and the rich who fund Republican campaigns, extreme gerrymandering, Jim Crow voter suppression laws, the defunding of public education and other essential government services in order to fund the tax cuts and divisive social issues to rally the right-wing base.
I have been a Republican since I was first eligible to vote in 1964, have supported Republican candidates because I believed we needed a competitive two-party state and served in various Republican leadership positions. No more! The Republican Party left me, and two years ago I became an independent.
Eventually, North Carolinians will catch on to the likes of Phil Berger, Paul Stam, etc., but I fear it may be too late. The damage will have been done. It took 45 years for the Soviet Union to collapse and the Iron Curtain to dissolve in Eastern Europe.
William R. Shell