What exactly passes for leadership in our state these days?
Apparently, taking a stand that 70% of the people of NC agree with, yet using none of your power as the top two elected officials in North Carolina to enact it.
Gov. Bev Perdue and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton both agree with a majority of North Carolinians that illegal immigrants should not be allowed in our community colleges, yet neither tried to stop the board from approving the new policy despite the fact that one of them appoints half the board and the other serves on it.
In what can only be seen as an act of political expediency (or extreme cowardliness, if you will) neither Perdue nor Dalton lifted one finger to try and stop the enactment of a policy they are supposedly opposed to.
Did Perdue make phone calls to board members threatening them that they will not be reappointed if they didn’t vote the way she wanted? Nope. But she darn well made sure she was quoted correctly in the paper and on TV of her opposition to the policy.
Did Dalton make an impassioned speech at the meeting laying out the case why this was a bad idea? Nope again. He “was silent before the vote” according to the N&O. He then had his aide hand out a written statement and quickly slipped out the back door
So there you have it folks, that’s what we have for leadership in our state. No longer can she say she is “Perdue, like the chicken.” She can now wear that name proudly.