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The far right’s rally to “take back their state”

 We've already covered some of the absurdity that surrounds tomorrow's "Take Back Our State" rally sponsored by Americans for the Prosperous and some of their neighbors on Right-Wing Avenue. Remember this doozy of a quote from one of the main organizers:

"Our taxes are too high, our roads are a mess, corruption is running rampant through North Carolina government, and our public education system is failing many of our children.

For years those of us calling for conservative solutions to North Carolina's challenges have been shut out of the process. Parents desperate for more charter schools can't get a vote. Family friendly legislation is sent to die by legislative leaders. Taxes have been raised almost every year this decade.

We have less individual freedom than anytime in our state's great history." (Emphasis supplied).

But for those of you who haven't yet done it, you really owe it to yourself to check out some of the promotional materials surrounding tomorrow's big shindig. Should be a big time. I mean how can anyone resist the opportunity to stand out back of the Legislative Building at five o'clock tomorrow afternoon in 95 degree heat to hear from a one-time senator from Kansas/Viagra spokesman (he'll no doubt deliver a non-partisan speech), a one-time Lt. Governor of Maryland and some right-wing radio jocks?! 

As an added extra special bonus, we'll get to hear the mayor of Charlotte endorse the disastrous idea of the so-called "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" or "TABOR" — an anti-public spending policy that's already screwed up multiple state budgets!

Hey, and they'll be free beach music too!

The sponsors include most of the usual suspects, but one group of interest is one that calls itself the "Faith, Family, and Freedom Alliance." This group has Bible-based explanations for the need to preserve the right for all of us to have an assault weapon and a trickledown economy. WWJD indeed.   

All in all, it should be a fun day in Raleigh Wednesday. Check back with The Progressive Pulse for more details on tomorrow's festivities. 

6 Comments


  1. Dallas Woodhouse

    June 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Rob, the outlook is for 92/93 not 95

  2. Rob Schofield

    June 25, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I’m sure there will be enough hot air to ratchet things up another couple of degrees — sort of an urban heat island effect.

  3. jniff

    June 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

    heh. My thoughts exactly, Rob.

    If they wanted to increase their turnout, maybe Bob Dole could talk to his sponsor and workout some sort of free giveaway.

  4. Wayne Shipman

    June 25, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    so what you are saying is that taxes are not too high, the roads are in great shape, there is no corruption in the North Carolina government and our publi school system is doing a bang up job?

  5. James

    June 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Dang, the entire Puppetshow … all in one place! It must be nice to be able to throw together a coalition at the drop of a hat. Or should I say at the drop of $4 or $5 million in Art Pope patronage.

    Amazing.

    Wayne … it is my considered view that taxes are about right, roads are way over-funded, corruption runs rampant on both sides of the aisle, and our public school system needs innovation and new leadership (not drowning the Puppetmaster’s privatization bathtub).

  6. Wayne Shipman

    June 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    James I agree with your observations and would add, being from an old school background, that a little more structure and discipline in the public schools would help considerably. I remember when I first moved to North Carolina that my son, who was in middle school at the time, had to go ask the student counselor if he could get put into the gifted program because students were walking around the classroom talking and being generally disruptive. His grades deteriorated until he was finally allowed to move into the gifted program. This would not have been necessary when I was going to school. Only one of many problems with our school systems.

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