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.