posted on June 06, 2013 12:54
Maybe it was the front-page photo of the white-coated female doctor, stethoscope around her neck, being arrested. Maybe it’s the growing number of protesters and arrests. Maybe it’s the broad range of people and interests involved.
Whatever the reason, the Moral Monday protests are rolling downhill, picking up speed and making an impact.
Conventional journalistic/academic wisdom is that the protests will have no impact on the Republican legislature and will turn off the public.
The first part? Duh. But the latter? Don’t believe it for a second.
The public, especially moderate, swing voters, is tuning in. They’re focusing on why people are angry – and on what the legislature is doing. They’re asking: Why are these people being arrested? What are they doing that is – Governor McCrory’s word – “unlawful”?
McCrory and the legislative Republicans may not be moved, but they’re clearly uncomfortable. No politician likes being in that situation. And they don’t know how to respond without sounding like callous bullies.
That was the lesson of civil-rights protests in the South in the 60s. It wasn’t that all Americans liked the protesters. But they sure didn’t like the bigoted cops and racist mobs.
So what does a politician say when a reporter pokes a camera in their face and asks about protests? Here (free of charge) is the right answer, always: “Even when I disagree, I respect any American’s right to protest their government.”
When you’re in power, you need to show a little class. This crowd can’t.
Tea Party protests led up to the 2010 election. What do these protests tell you about 2014?
Thursday, June 06, 2013 6:31 PM
Comparing the illegal demonstators on Mondays to the Tea Party is absurd. Tea Partiers obey the laws when they demonstrate. The Orwellian-named ''Moral Mondays'' on the other hand, remind me of radical leftist student demonstrations of the 1960s where the radicals thought it a triumph to break the law and get arrested. Today's far left legislative demonstrators have the same tactics, as did the Occupy movement of the far left. A more honest name for the Monday demonstrations would be Marxist Mondays. The Monday demonstrators obviously support voting fraud, as they oppose the widely supported Voter ID laws. They are in a small leftwing niche on that issue. They support the socialist Medicaid program, which is a Marxist inspired transfer the wealth scheme. Republicans want to protect taxpayers from the cost of this program when it gets shifted to the states in a few years. Medicaid is already too much of a burden on our taxpayers, and we do not need to increase that burden.
Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:58 PM
I just LOVED that link, Anonymous User. The died-in-the-wool liberal democrats that read TAP and ignore any kind of link that may say something against what Mr. Pearce has posted here would cringe at finding out who some of these "moral Monday" protestors really are. Hint: They're members of an SEIU union local from out of state. "Carpetbaggers", as the article puts it. Oh, and the article does a great job of slamming our guy Gary Pearce here by debunking his statements about how so many NC "citizens" are protesting in these things.....icing on the cake, so to speak.
Monday, June 10, 2013 10:02 PM
Looks like we will have to announce to the citizens of The old north state, that we now have a new branch of government. The moral monday group will now be writing legislation, and ammending other legislation that doesn't fit their agenda. This group, elected by no one, not even sure that they are citizens of N.C. gather every Monday to try and over turn legislation by a group of Republicans who have been out of power for over one hundred years. Sure they have a right to protest, but we will soon be going far beyond the right to protest. This group should be the next branch of government. If they can bus in over 1,000 people from all over the country, who cares that they are professional protesters, they deserve to have their own branch of the State government.