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Rationality hanging on by a thread

It’s been a better-than-expected morning for caring and thinking North Carolinians. For now at least, the state House appears to have torpedoed Rep. Stam’s horrific school vouchers bill. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles up I-95, the U.S. Supremes have upheld much of the Affordable Care Act.  

These are both developments worth celebrating.

It’s important to note, however, that both victories were/are narrow and partial. The 11-11 vote on the vouchers bill does not at all appear to be a final nail in the vouchers coffin. To the contrary, the sponsors seem sure to try again — maybe even as soon as today.

And as for the ACA, preliminary readings of the court decision indicate that we are likely on our way to lots more knock down, drag out fights at the state level if the law is to achieve something akin to full implementation.

The bottom line: Progressives would do well to celebrate today’s events by redoubling their efforts to fight the extremists on the right who would take our state and country back to the 19th Century.  Let’s get back to work.

2 Comments


  1. Doug

    June 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    People on the right are not extremists Rob just because they have a different viewpoint than yours. Who is to say that yours is the correct position ?

  2. david esmay

    June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Doug, nobody is suggesting all conservatives are extremist, just the minority who seem to have a disproportionate amount of influence within the GOP. A lot of my friends are republicans, they are pro-choice, they believe religion has no place in government, they believe everyone has the right to a quality public education, and they, for the most part are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. This includes my mother, who was very active in the civil rights movement during the 50’s and 60’s. Moderate republicans no longer have a voice within their own party. When you have conservative idiots like Rand Paul trying to attach an amendment to a bill on flood insurance stating that life begins at conception, one has to wonder what the hell has happened to the voices of reason on the right.

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