HB2 Debate Focused on Wrong Capital

This fiasco has destroyed public’s confidence in both political parties in N.C.

By Michael M. Barrick

LENOIR, N.C. – For those of us living outside the Raleigh beltway, the legislators gathering on Jones Street still trying to untangle themselves from the mess known as HB2 have done far more damage to than just financial capital. Much worse is the damage they’ve done to their political capital.

Both political parties have been disingenuous on this. They are playing us. Enough is enough.

Frankly, this debate should never have happened. Democrats on the Charlotte City Council overplayed their hand on an issue that – well, wasn’t an issue. But they sure made it one. Then, of course, the Republicans in Raleigh took the bait. Beholden to the religious right and their own religious bigotry, they couldn’t help themselves. They had to save us from the Great Gay Menace.

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However, HB2 is more. As I’ve written previously, it is an assault upon working people and basic working rights as well as those in the transgender community. It also caused extreme financial damage to the GOP county club faction.

In short, the bill is stupid. Introducing it was stupid. Raising the issue to begin with was simply manipulative.

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Both political parties have been disingenuous on this. They are playing us. Enough is enough.

Both parties should do a mea culpa, repeal the law, and move on to important things. If they don’t, they will have squandered the state’s most important capital – the confidence of the people in their government.

© The Lenoir Voice, 2017. 

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