As Americans have watched the flooding of Houston and the fierce advance of Irma, the foundations of conservative policies are giving way to a renewed respect for science and an stronger appreciation for the federal government.
North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones is not forgetting. He appealed to President Trump in a July 18 letter to follow through on his campaign comments that the war is a wasteful and losing effort. And he has called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the long-running conflict up for debate in the House.
North Carolina’s Republican leaders have chosen hardship for hospitals and denial of insurance for the working poor over cooperation with the signature legislation pushed through by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Along with the N.C. legislature’s gerrymandering, the weight of Donald Trump as president and the recklessness of the Republican-controlled Congress on health care is crushing the sense that the American political system is still representative.