The answer: a few dozen protesters banging spoons on pots and pans outside the State Legislative Building this morning. Apparently they’ve run out of things to pass on to their friends in the media, or to rant about online.
We went down for the “pots and spoons” rally. Some of the usual suspects banged on some of the kitchen hardware and repeated the usual slogans. Their refrain, shouted at the legislators inside: “You don’t represent the people.”
Well, actually, they do. They go out, explain their views, ask for votes, kiss babies, and then the people vote for them. Those 170 people, Democrat or Republican, represent the people.
The pot bangers who want to represent the people should do the same, or at least work for those with the gumption to get their names on the ballots.
Or they could at least argue for the liberal/progressive point of view, instead of just making noise. But, oops, the central myths of that ideology have been disproven, one after the other, in the past couple of years in North Carolina.
Progressives said that reducing unemployment benefits and cutting taxes would bring poverty and misery. Instead, the state’s unemployment rate has plunged steadily since the legislature reformed the tax code and returned unemployment benefits to the previous level.
Progressives said reform of early voting would keep people away from the polls. But this year more people voted early.
Progressives said there was no vote fraud in NC. Then the state cross-checked registrations in 28 other states and found:
- 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of Social Security were registered in NC and another state and voted in NC and the other state in the 2012 general election.
- 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and date of birth were registered in NC and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
- 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number were registered in NC and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity took place outside N.C.
So when asked about these and other major issues, what answer do today’s progressives have?
Bang! Bang! Clank! Clank!
There is a silver lining, however: Liberals seem to have run out of things to say.
That at least is a blessing.