Thursday, September 12, 2019
For a couple of days, I found myself astonished while watching activities in the state of North Carolina. First was the voting for a State House Representative, between a Republican and Democrat. In that heavily Republican state, the Republican won by a very narrow margin.
The very next day, while lots of state representatives were off attending 9/11 events and the State House nearly was empty, the House Republicans delivered a coup. After announcing there wouldn’t be any voting because too few members would show up, and after dis-inviting the press, the House Chair announced a sudden voting intended to overturn the state budget. Enough Republicans were present to pass the bill, with too few Democrats there to save the budget.
An outraged Democrat, State Representative, Deb Butler grabbed her mic and began screaming at the Chair. He turned off her mic and she turned it on again (and again!), refusing to become silent. When her mic went really dead, she grabbed mics from other Democrats and continued her tirade. A fellow House Democrat used his cellphone to record the event, which otherwise, without the press present to cover it would have become a challengeable story outside the State House. That video of the confrontation went viral making Deb Butler an instant heroine of all who recognized that voting coup as terribly unfair, if not illegal.
According to Butler, the overturned budget would have helped to address (among other things) North Carolina’s deteriorating schools, its teachers’ salaries, and it attempts to expand the statewide Medicaid program. Those promises disappeared on this year’s anniversary of 9/11.
Most of us don’t know enough about what actually happens among negotiators of state governments. We know popular versions of “I like this guy” or “I don’t like that guy”, but lack adequate insight into too many details that lead to and finally resolve large-scale disputes and decisions. Somehow or other, these do affect us all.
North Carolina is a tip of the iceberg. All states are juggling options to avoid or support the obscene scrambling for power among America’s leaders, and the great impact on American norms and legalities. Among citizens, the bottom line is cash for our wallets. Folks who don’t have enough cash are invested in a philosophy of shared wealth. Folks with enough cash have as their goal accumulating greater wealth, which also accumulates greater power.
Dear Friends: I promise to quit soap-boxing. It’s that NC caught my attention. Diana