(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch).
You never know what issue is going to get people up in arms.
Given the new conservative General Assembly’s headlong rush to the far right this session there have been several obvious candidates, but few seem to have really sparked the kind of anger one might have expected — maybe because they’re coming so fast and furious that average folks have been numbed by it all.
And then along comes a proposal like House Bill 253 – the proposal to allow children who are home schooled to participate in interscholastic athletics.
This measure seems to have struck a nerve and awakened a lot of average, middle-of-the-road North Carolinians to just how radical many of the people in charge on Jones Street have become.
To see confirmation of this, check out some of the comments that accompany the coverage of the story on WRAL.com.
Here’s a typical comment:
I get so sick of hearing from people who want what they want, and when they want it. You can’t have everything. Choose public school and get public athletics. Choose home school and get home school sport groups. Choose what is most important to you and then live with the consequences. Funny how such an important concept, through this bill, is not being taught to young people. I consider it an important life lesson.”
Others have weighed in on how such a change would invite all sorts of shenanigans when it comes to recruiting top athletes.
Let’s hope the absurdity of this proposal helps awaken people across the state to the kinds of counter-productive things that happen when extreme ideologues seize control of the reins of government.