Whatever you think of the recently-passed House Bill 2, it’s hard to deny the fact that it has had a significant impact on the economy.
The new law which, depending on your perspective, discriminates against transgender people or protects women and children from perverted men who would have used a newly-adopted Charlotte law to attack women and children in bathrooms, has resulted in musical stars declining to perform here. It has resulted in businesses scrapping plans to create jobs here.
Of even greater concern to us is the scorched earth policy Republicans have used in governing this state since they came into power a few years ago. Reminiscent of Sherman’s March to the Sea, the majority party in Raleigh has taken no prisoners in its effort to adopt and implement laws they believe will make our state better.
Regardless of your party affiliation or political affinity, it should be clear that North Carolinians don’t want to be governed with a heavy hand.
Republicans, while they are in the majority, would do well to govern with compassion. Just about every law a government passes is going to help some people and hurt others. There are too many of us and we are too diverse as a state for that not to happen.
Knowing that, our legislature should look to change the practices of the past. There was, frankly, no real need to come back to Raleigh in special session to adopt the legislation they did. They could have just as easily passed this same law when the General Assembly returned for the long session in February. Instead, they took the brash approach and shoved their political foes noses in it as they approved the new law.
To be clear, Republicans are not the only party guilty of such heavy-handed politics. Democrats have shown little fear in taking full advantage of their bully pulpit when they were in the majority.
What House Bill 2 might eventually morph in to is anyone’s guess. But we think our legislature could have accomplished their ends in a much more appealing way for their constituents. Their brash approach makes it hard to gain traction with voters who are growing weary of mean-spirited politicians.