September 27, 2011

Good News: When It's Time to Hang Tyrants, I Won't Have Far To Drive

I'll only have to go just up the road to the NC Governor's mansion, where they conveniently have some very nice oaks suitable for the kind of partisan zealot that would like to suspend elections in 2012.

"You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It's a little bit more contentious now but it's not impossible to try to do what's right in this state. You want people who don't worry about the next election."

Those were the words in support of tyranny uttered by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the Cary Rotary Club today.

Perdue's spokesperson is trying to write this off as hyperbole, but there was nothing in her delivery, nor in the context of her statements that suggested her words were anything but exactly what they appear to be.

North Carolina Republicans took control of the state legislature in 2010, the first time they've had control since 1898, and have created a powerful redistricting map that threatens to overturn the Democrat's dominance in state politics through a century's worth of gerrymandering.

Coincidentally, 1898 is infamous in North Carolina for another reason; the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection, in which the North Carolina Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan overthrew the Republican government of Wilmington, NC, killing dozens to perhaps as many as a hundred in the process. The Democratic governor Daniel Lindsay Russell effectively supported the violence, as did President William McKinley, who did nothing to bring the insurrectionists to justice. Josephus Daniels, editor of the Raleigh News and Observer (appropriately enough, the same news organ that brings us Perdue's comments) also was a champion of the insurrection, infamously the only successful coup d'etat in American history.

Is Perdue serious? Considering the history of North Carolina Democrats supporting tyranny and the destruction of the electoral process, it would be foolish to consider anything otherwise.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 27, 2011 06:03 PM

Further pursuit of such a notion would, perhaps, be imprudent.

Posted by: ChuckNC at September 27, 2011 06:20 PM

i have often advocated suspending elections of congress. without an election the house of representatives can not be seated. as well as 1/3 of the senate. suspending an election 2 years hence would have the effect of 2/3 of the senate not being seated.
about that time, we the people, will have the mess the dipshits in deecee have created straightened out.
when elections are held, they will have their marching orders. instead of the other way around.
somewhere in the preceding, you'll get my opinion of government.

Posted by: louielouie at September 27, 2011 10:32 PM

Josephus Daniels would go on to become Secretary of the Navy in the Wilson Administration (the most racist in American history), where he would gain the "distinction" of being the man who segregated the United States Navy. Before Daniels the Navy was the most integrated service. Afterwards it was the most segregated, and had problems reclaiming its tradition of integration well into the 1960s.

Posted by: Mark L at September 28, 2011 07:53 AM

Orszag made similar remarks a couple of days ago.


Posted by: dad29 at September 28, 2011 09:33 AM

Good line and posted. I didn't know you were in the Old North State.

Posted by: BrockTownsend at September 28, 2011 03:36 PM