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  •  But they won't do anything about it (8+ / 0-)

    They will vote for the same collection of shit-for-brains assholes that they voted for the last time.

    Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.

    Sorry to be Debbie Downer today but I've seen this movie before.

    •  Not this new North Carolian with a Dem... (4+ / 0-)
    •  What about the times before that? (1+ / 0-)
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      Republicans have only been in control of the legislature in NC since 2010--and in control of the governorship since 2012.

      Before that, Republicans hadn't controlled the legislature for over 100 years.

      Sometimes people don't vote for the same collection of assholes they voted for the last time.  

      If they changed their minds once, they can change their minds back again.

      Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

      by NCJan on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:47:02 AM PDT

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      •  The REASON the Repugnicans hadn't had a majojrity (3+ / 0-)
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        is the very same reason they're so likely to keep it now.  Money + maps = majority.  For 100 years the Democrats controlled the electoral maps, and because they could do that, they could maintain a majority in the NCGA.  Until 2010.  Which was a census year.  Which is what made it so critically important.  And now the bad guys have control of the maps.

        I find the reports of the bad-and-getting-worse public opinion more encouraging than the idea that we might have to wait until 2020 or even later to reclaim a majority in the legislature.  But if the Repugnicans keep shooting themselves in the foot, maybe they'll do the job for us.

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 11:35:22 AM PDT

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      •  Republicans in Alabama (0+ / 0-)

        Have only been in charge of the legislature there for a few years too, but in reality they have been in charge for decades because the opportunists who called themselves Democrats when it was convenient switched and declared their loyalty to the GOP when the winds changed direction.

    •  I'm sorry but does this kind of thing (5+ / 0-)

      ever get old?

      Are you aware that this is the first time Republicans have had control in NC since Reconstruction? One big voting f-up (once you overlook that whole Jesse Helms thing) in 150 years and we get tarred as forever stupid?

      Thousands of people showing up in sweltering heat and braving arrest in one of the nation's most impressive models for civil resistance and you call us apathetic?

      Needless to say, I'm a little offended. Keep your downerism to your own state. We in North Carolina have more important things to do.

      •  Keep Up The Good Fight! We in Va. Are Encouraged! (1+ / 0-)
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        We have our own election fight coming up this year in Nov. with the most extreme GOP Teabagger candidates one can imagine on the ticket. Your Moral Monday demonstrations really help encourage us next door as we fight the American Taliban within our own state.  

        If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

        by VirginiaBlue on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 01:22:24 PM PDT

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      •  People seem to have a poor opinion about us (1+ / 0-)
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        You're right, it's offensive.

        I especially take exception to the "Why don't you just leave?" responses. THAT's a corker. Because we're called "the Tar Heel State" as a sarcastic knock against our tendency to cut and run when the political winds take a turn, right?

        Because when Woolworth's and drugstores wouldn't serve African Americans sandwiches at lunch counters up until a few decades ago, people just shrugged and said, "Oh, yeah, well, I guess I'll just leave. Bon appetit, all y'all white people."

        Because it was a complete fluke that we've had Democratic governors for several decades and frequently had Democratic majorities in the N.C. General Assembly.

        Because there's no frikkin' way you could get a female governor or U.S. senator elected in this state.

        Because our public education system definitely hasn't been a national leader for .... oh, just about forever, in spite of low per-cap funding formulas. Nah, we just pretty much gave up on the kids years and years and years ago. "Oh, well. Heck with 'em. Let's not create a model education system, because it doesn't fit the stereotype of what North Carolina deserves."

        Yep. We're sad-sack Giver Uppertons of the first order. Let's just leave, ExpatGirl. Whaddya say?


          •  I'm beginning to explore the option of preaching (2+ / 0-)
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            Because lately we're getting slammed from all sides. We go to the Moral Monday protests and get ourselves arrested one day, then the next day we come here to DailyKos and get treated to comments like these about "deserving" what we get and not doing what we should do and suggestions that we get outta Dodge.

            The only way out of this seems to be up. You know -- like Up. *pointing toward the Ceiling Cat


            My daughter and I are trying to popularize a neologism: schmool. That's the particular type of sigh we make when we roll our eyes. It's quite a distinctive sound, right? I've been schmooling quite a bit while reading some of these comments. You can probably hear.

            •  I'm seeing this kind of derisive blaming (2+ / 0-)
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              being spread to a lot of groups lately. Apparently, the citizens of Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio are only getting what they 'deserve' because they didn't work hard enough for freedom. I've even read today that African Americans are to blame for Florida because they didn't GOTV enough.

              It doesn't matter if you point out gerrymandering (which people take pains to explain again and again), or wolves in sheep's clothing, or obstacles that have been thrown up to keep people from voting (hello eight hour voting lines), or the people rising up to strike down a piece of legislation only to have their rabid state reps pass it again. Nope, those of us watching our rights stripped away are all just a bunch of stupid, apathetic, loser, pansies and we only have ourselves to blame.

              I like schmooling! It is a better choice than doughnutting - which I have been sorely tempted to abuse lately when I see comments like the one above.

      •  I come from a state (0+ / 0-)

        Where citizens demonstrating for the most basic human rights were attacked by police dogs and fire hoses on the street, where four young girls were murdered in a Klan terrorist bomb attack.

        It was an attack by police on demonstrators in my state that prompted passage of the Voting Rights Act.

        And yet, 50 years later Republicans have taken complete charge of government. Even though they only recently took control of the Legislature, Democrats had been in charge only on paper. That's because a lot of those "Democrats" were only Democrats when it was convenient.

        What is going on in North Carolina is not a case of temporary insanity by the electorate. It is the culmination of a long process that began decades ago. It has taken longer and there has been more resistance to it than in a place like Alabama, but it is hardly an anomaly.

        I do appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication. I have ranted and raved on this site many times when folks have suggested writing off the entire South, suggested the South should be allowed to secede, etc.

        And I can appreciate the courage and fortitude of those demonstrating today in North Carolina. But I have learned the hard way that it takes more than activism and hard work to turn things around.

        I admit there are times when I feel beaten down and hopeless by the relentlessness of it all. It is especially difficult on this site at times when your fellow progressives seem to pile on by declaring your state, your home, a lost cause.

        As I said, I don't want to be Debby Downer. I would like nothing better than to be proved wrong -- about North Carolina and, most especially, about Alabama.

        So ... Here's hoping you and the rest of the North Carolina progressive community show the rest of the South the way out of the darkness and into the light.

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