Regarding the Feb. 26 news article “N.C. House speaker weighs special session on measure”: The attempt by the legislature to squelch a local action by the Charlotte City Council brings up a recurring theme.
There seems to be a basic contradiction between the Republican Party’s rhetoric about respecting grassroots freedoms and its consistent legislative efforts in North Carolina to take away discretion from local governments and law enforcement agencies.
Whenever localities enact policy that varies with the will of the legislative majority, the legislature responds by enacting mandatory statutes that enforce conformity. While arguing against the bogeyman of big government, GOP legislators have methodically gone about creating their own version of that same monster.
When they were out of office, they railed against Democratic gerrymandering. But when they had the chance to govern, they made the old Democratic gerrymandering look amateurish by turning district manipulation into an art form.
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While ranting about constitutional rights, they have systematically curtailed the freedom of speech of anyone who disagreed with them. While claiming to admire individualism, they have limited individual rights on several fronts.
Am I mistaken, or is there a pattern here? Some would call it hypocrisy.
E.T. Malone Jr.