Gene Nichol sees an ominous trend in the behavior of North Carolina’s Republican Party (emphasis added).
In order to make “consent of the governed” operational, to open securely channels of political participation, and to assure the full dignity and opportunity of the commonwealth’s membership, we prohibit government from distorting or debilitating the effective functioning of democracy. Majority rule demands a policing of access, a constraint on the “ins” ability to unfairly exclude the “outs” – lest the commitment to self-governance itself be defeated.
The Republican General Assembly has not been content to merely enact its substantive policy choices to stamp an imprint on life in North Carolina. It has moved repeatedly to reject the pillars and infrastructure of democratic governance.
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It’s not just in North Carolina, folks.