Civitas leader does hat-in-hand apology for doing his job

Apparently he didn't get the memo about IOKIYAR:

The president of the Civitas Institute is apologizing for a blog post he wrote last week and quickly deleted that accused Gov. Pat McCrory and his chief of staff of cronyism.

Francis De Luca posted his mea culpa Tuesday. "In trying to be vigilant against cronyism or even the appearance of cronyism— whether from the left or the right, liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans — I made a mistake," he wrote, saying he skewed some facts in the original piece. "In talking about the event the Governor attended, I painted with too broad a brush by implying that an elected official’s appearance at an event involving organizations that lobby for state funds is tantamount to cronyism."

The only mistake you made was waiting this long to speak out about cronyism in DAG McCrory's administration. And now you've compounded that mistake by proffering an apology to a Republican for something you've done countless times to Democrats. It's called hypocrisy, Colonel. If you look back to some of the stuff you wrote during the Perdue and Easley administrations, you'll probably find that word used a lot, and it might jog your memory.


Warning: self-righteous lecture below

When it comes to cronyism and patronage, being a little "off-the-mark" or "broad-brush-stroking" is not something of which to be ashamed.

Within NC's political circles (in both parties apparently), ethics is an alien term. It only seems to come into play when somebody does something outrageous, and then it jumps from nothing to criminal. It's like there is no in-between area, where ethical considerations generate soul-searching introspection for this or that decision or business relationship. It's not unlike the tree falling in the woods scenario: if nobody files a complaint, then I must be doing nothing wrong.

True ethics, sound ethics, is not an intermittent phenomena; you carry it with you every day, and in every situation. It should be an integral component in your decision-making process. In the absence of those white lines on the side of the road, you will eventually crash. And when you're an elected official, that crash injures not just you, but the perceived integrity of all elected officials and the Democratic process itself. And that second thing is deserving of more punishment than the ethical lapse.


Please continue the lecture ... it is the thing that matters most. There's no question that the definition of "ethics" has become "what can we get away with?" From the indefensible hirings in DHHS to the devaluation of teaching to the erosion in long-standing environmental protections, the absence of ethics ... the absence of morality ... is all around us.

I believe that erosion is happening because the people in charge of our government have concluded there is something more important to worry about. That "something" is good, old-fashioned greed.