A friend of mine in North Carolina sent this article to me, and with apologies to her I’m just now getting around to it.
The title of the article Why North Carolina is the new Selma, is a ridiculous and unjust comparative statement. If accuracy mattered at all the writer, which it doesn’t, it should have read Progressives try to compare their march on Raleigh to Selma.
The article written by Penda Hair, co-founder of the Progressive org Advancement Project, who still has strong (financial) ties to the NAACP. So one could rightly suggest the article is slightly, or radically biased, to the left.
But I will give the devil her due, for you could argue my articles are biased slightly to the right. And rightfully so.
The article is full of misplaced adjectives, exaggerations, and flat out lies.
“Today, voting rights are being targeted with more subversive mechanisms.” What rights are we talking about here?
Using her list from the article:
- cuts to early voting
- the elimination of same-day registration
- a ban on out-of-precinct provisional ballots
- the end of a successful pre-registration program for 16- and 17-year-olds
- strict photo ID requirements
Let’s use a little common sense and examine her claims:
- The law in NC is early voting begins 12 days prior to Election Day. 12 Days. You have 12 days to exercise your right to vote.
- And 3. Were stayed by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling so we will not hit those too hard other than to say the change in voting laws in this bill are more than fair and are far more liberal than those set down by the founders of the U.S.
And the North Carolina law created ample opportunity for legal voters to cast their ballots as seen in the following:
“If you moved to a different precinct in your county less than 30 days before the election, you can vote at your old precinct’s polling place on Election Day. If it has been more than 30 days, you can either (1) go to your old precinct, ask for a “transfer,” take it to your new precinct’s polling place and vote, or (2) go to your new polling place and ask for a Provisional Ballot if your name is not on the voter roll.
The most convenient and reliable way to vote if you have moved within you county but have not updated your registration is to vote at an Early Voting site during Early Voting.”
After the liberal court ruling, the NAACP and the Advancement Project made this victory statement:
“The evidence is clear that the elimination of same-day registration, and the prohibition of counting out-of-precinct ballots, make it disproportionately harder for African Americans in North Carolina to vote,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.
So was this about voting rights or just race? So if you’re black you move more often, or tend to register and vote on the same day more than if you were white? Lame at best.
If I was black, I would be offended by the implication that as a black man (or woman) I was different than my white counterpart, somehow less than, so special rules had to be created to accommodate me?
Maybe I should allow myself to be a pawn in an effort to further the Progressive expansion of the government plantation where I am told for whom I should vote. Where I have sold my vote for a government handout.
- Why should the state (the taxpayers) feel any obligation to pre-register minors to vote? The excuse of voters being ‘more likely to participate in future elections’ is not good enough. Once you turn 18 years of age, and want exercise your right to vote, then you must exercise the initiative to go register and vote. Having a right is the same as having a responsibility. You must exercise responsibility to exercise your rights.
The Progressives would rather you allow them to vote on your behalf much like a proxy vote in a stockholders meeting. They don’t care about you, just your vote.
- There is no legitimate excuse not to have a photo ID when you vote. Period. Adequate provisions are in place for those who “cannot” obtain one because of medical problems. All of the excuses I’ve read are just that, excuses.
Why was it necessary to include “Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians – Black, White, Latino, Asian and Native American; Democrat, Republican and independent; people of faith and nonbelievers; gay and straight; students, parents and retirees?”
To further the lie. Why not just say “Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.”
But then you couldn’t highlight the NAACP could you? You couldn’t draw attention to the groups who took part in this circus.
Then there’s Moral Monday. How does that equate to voting rights? Well I’m sure some Progressive Academic could contrive a convincing thesis, but there is no direct link. Somehow though Progressives step over morality to defend the rights of immoral people.
However, miss-representing the truth and outright lying, as the writer of this article has done, is a moral issue.
And just for the record these Moral Monday marches used to be called The Jones St Rally, then the The hkonj rally (Sponsored by NC Now National Organization of Women). In fact this was the 7th in a row, The voter rights folks just decided to jump on the bandwagon.
And their stated purpose for this voting rights march on Raleigh?
“This is a great event that brings progressive voices from across the state to the capital to demand economic justice and an end to poverty.”
So all these protesters were protesting what exactly? It the typical Progressive shotgun. Protest about anything and everything and call it whatever suits your cause.
We see this has little to do with voting, and certainly nothing to do with morals.
Next exaggeration (lie) “In 2014, an estimated 80,000 people flocked to Raleigh to march against the state’s attacks on justice and democracy.”
80,000? Hardly. According to this article the number came in around 20,000. 20,000 is still a good crowd, but it ain’t 80,000.
Now, let’s look at a summary of demands from the various groups who participated in the event. Brought to you by Bluenc
- Secure pro-labor, anti-poverty policies that insure economic sustainability;
- Provide well-funded, quality public education for all;
- Stand up for the health of every North Carolinian by promoting health care access and environmental justice across all the state’s communities;
- Address the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and ensure equality under the law for every person, regardless of race, class, creed, documentation or sexual preference;
- Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students to safeguard fair democratic representation.
Like I said earlier, this Moral Monday rally is an illustration of the Progressive shotgun. A crudely put description of the Progressive shotgun; blow crap against the wall and see what sticks.
From our examination of this article we see this rally had no real comparison to Selma. Those who marched in Selma were not marching for any of the demands listed by these groups. And to equate the efforts of rabid Progressives in NC to those who marched in Selma is a disgrace to all of those who suffered injustice in Selma.
Penda D. Hair you should be ashamed. Your article is full of lies and half-truths. It is an opinion piece and deceptive at best.
Thankfully these groups are in still the minority, even though you would be led to believe by the Progressive Media they are the majority.
Don’t be deceived; Progressive demands are NOT moral issues, they are political ideals.
North Carolina is truly under assault by Progressive radicals, the NAACP, homosexual groups, Van Jones, and other political deviants. Progressives realize North Carolina is a swing state. Once solid blue, North Carolina is returning to Conservative roots and principles.
I can only pray the Conservative Majority in NC will not allow these groups to trash their great state.