Banana Republic– NC Style

With so much awfulness in DC, it can overwhelm the ongoing awfulness right here in NC.  And it is pretty damn awful.  WRAL with an excellent editorial summarizing the latest from our “leaders” in the NC legislature:

There are regimes in the world that, barring disasters, cancel elections. They are derisively called Banana Republics, run by juntas whose strongman rulers aren’t quite sure they’ve rigged the voting to come out in their favor.

Unfortunately these days, we don’t have to look beyond our borders – or even our state – to see this kind of undemocratic behavior.

Senate Leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, House Rules boss David Lewis are the junta and North Carolina is a banana republic.

They are cancelling the 2018 judicial and district attorney primaries because their efforts at rigging the elections through their latest gerrymandering scheme might not completely do the trick.

Primaries for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will also be cancelled – even though they’re statewide votes and not connected with any redistricting.

“The reason we are delaying the filing for judicial offices is, we are serious about judicial redistricting,” Lewis told WRAL’s Laura Leslie. He says he noticed that many members of the public and the judiciary had advised lawmakers to “take our time and get it right.”

The reality is – and Lewis and his cabal know it — that there was NO outcry from the public, the judiciary or district attorneys to change the districts. There WAS a nearly unanimous outcry from judges, district attorneys, court administrators and others against the secretive effort, hatched in the darkest corners of the legislature, to redraw judicial and district attorney districts for purely partisan advantage.

The scheme has NOTHING to do with making the administration of justice better, more efficient or equitable.

In fact it’s just the opposite. It will make justice more cumbersome and result in more costly legal challenges. It is shameful and disgraceful.  It smacks of the kind of shenanigans bush-league dictators pull.

These guys are just as bad as Trump.  Actually, probably worse, because they are far more adept at their malfeasance.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Banana Republic– NC Style

  1. Mike in Chapel Hill says:

    I said it 5 or 6 years ago: the Republican Party is the greatest existential threat to the country since the USSR of the 1960s. I stand by that assessment. If the GOP doesn’t completely destroy the civic culture that support democratic norms they will sow the seeds for the next US civil war.

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