Carolina In My Mind…

8 Apr
NC Minds

…or out of theirs?

First, I need to thank my friend Hal for inspiring me to write this story.  When I think of North Carolina, I usually think of James Taylor singing: “In my mind I’m goin to Carolina, Can’t you see the sunshine, Can’t you just feel the moonshine ,  Ain’t it just like a friend of mine,”  how sad that is about the only way I can visit North Carolina right now is in my mind.  I fear the Teahaddists have taken over, and the tea they have brewed looks like the Kool Aid the KKK have been drinking all these years.

It would appear that the North Carolina GOP either cannot read, or has never bothered to read the actual Constitution of the United States.  Just last week, 14 House Republicans in North Carolina “signed onto a resolution that calls for creating an official state religion, declares that people in North Carolina are not subject to decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and proclaims that the state can decide on its own  what is constitutional and what is not.”  Oh my!  We need to get some Haldol for these fellows, because they got some serious crazy going on right now. But wait, the crazy does not stop here.  During the last session, Rep. Glen Bradley introduced a bill that would have established a separate currency for the state of North Carolina.

This story would have no traction, save that these are not lone voices.  House Majority Leader, Edgar Starnes, is wielding his power here with fellow Republicans to establish a state religion.  Wait! It gets worse:

Lawmakers approved Governor Pat McCrory’s appointment of a man to the State Board of Education who not only favors voucher schemes but doesn’t seem to think that gay and lesbian students deserve protection from bullying.

McCrory himself held a press conference to announce he was turning over the state Medicaid program that takes care of the most vulnerable people in the state to the profiteers on Wall Street.

Yes, sadly North Carolina is waving its big bigoted banner of hate, sending us all the message that this is not a state safe for LGBT folk, African Americans, the poor, women, or anyone who is not a wealthy white heterosexual man.  My husband and I may have to start an underground railroad to rescue our friends that live there.  Let us hope that soon, people will fight back and stop this type of institutional discrimination/racism/homophobia. Send these GOP Bigots packing.


11 Responses to “Carolina In My Mind…”

  1. Jani April 8, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    I wrote blog last week? on the topic of NC…mine was a very different romantic version. Thanks for getting that out of my system 🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 8, 2013 at 6:45 am #

      Jani, I’m sorry if ruined your image of the state. There are some really wonderful folk there that I love and treasure, but some of the loudest voices in that state are also some of the most bigoted voices.

      • Jani April 8, 2013 at 7:40 am #

        Oh I was saying thanks for that, sincerely…I had been passively looking at their LMSW transfer laws and stuff, for after my kids grow up…But knowing this, I don’t know if that is a system I could work within….Or maybe it is one that needs me….Depends on my ego when I look at moving. 🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 8, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Jani, who ever is fortunate enough to secure you as a social worker will be exceedingly lucky!

      • Jani April 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

        You are ever so much my biggest fan. Thank you for your continued pep talks. I feel very humbled that YOU think that. 🙂

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 9, 2013 at 6:33 am #

        Jani, I just appreciate when you use your lovely strong voice.

      • Jani April 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm #


  2. jim smith April 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    And I thought we had most of the nuts still down here in GA…There are many things (an people) I love about NC, but even as a minority, it’s shocking that such bigoted extremists have bully pulpits in elected office. Meaning, yeah, they may be nuts but what does that say about the folks who elected them ? Scary.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Sadly, Jim, these people leave a legacy of hate and will always be remembered as bigots on the wrong side of history.

  3. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 8, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Thank you for reblogging this, Nancy.


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