There have been a lot of interesting — even amusing — reactions over on Right-Wing Avenue to last Friday’s judicial order halting the state’s unconstitutional school voucher program. House Majority Leader Paul Stam, for instance, wishfully and inaccurately dismissed the court’s action as a trifling matter that can easily be evaded with just a tiny tweak during the upcoming short session. Meanwhile, the chief voice of the Koch Brothers in North Carolina, Americans for Prosperity, laughably termed the lawsuits brought by an array of concerned citizens and local Boards of Education as “demagoguery from a special interest group.”
But perhaps the most amazing response (and best example of unintended irony) thus far comes from the Pope-Civitas Institute, where a staffer wrote the following in response to the lawsuits and the Judge Hobgood’s preliminary injunction:
“When you can’t win at the ballot box, enforce your will through the courts. That’a (sic) well-known tactic of the left and that’s exactly the strategy on display in North Carolina.”
Got that? I’ll bet you hadn’t realized that the relentless judicial crusades against the Affordable Care Act, modest gun control laws, environmental regulations, campaign finance restrictions and dozens of other progressive rules and laws at the local, state and national levels in recent decades could all be chalked up to “tactics of the left.”
Well, at least, now that we know this, maybe someone can get a memo off to all those “left” groups that have been challenging virtually every single law passed and rule promulgated in Washington over the past five years and tell them to knock it off.