The grumbling masses

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of netroots activity focused on the unsuitability of Jim Black for a leadership role in the state legislature. In the course of that flurry, many of you were in touch with your representatives in the House to find out how they planned to vote. From all I've heard, a few members were forthcoming about their intentions, but many more were not. Several offered thoughtful responses I interpreted along the lines of "let them eat cake." No one said this outright, but this is what I took away:

The citizens of North Carolina elect their representatives. The representatives elect the Speaker. It is not constructive for the citizens to get involved in the issue of who will be speaker.

To which I respectfully respond: Bullshit. Choices about leadership in the North Carolina House of Representatives in Raleigh are absolutely the business of citizens like you and me, for one simple reason: All of these people work for us.

I'm sure the good old boys and girls on both sides of the aisles in Raleigh wish for the days when none of us little people had any visibility into their back-room wheelings and dealings. Even worse, we had no easy way to be in touch with one another to figure out what was going on. We couldn't mobilize quickly to oppose or support legislation. And with all our knowledge mediated by reporters in the main stream media, the slimy side of power-brokering was all but invisible to us.

A lot of that is still true, but it is changing. And we must push for it to change even faster, for even more transparency. Because a "free-market" political system where the moneyed elite exert disproportionate influence by buying access is fundamentally undemocratic.

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Even tho this came from a highly respected

Representative, I like you, was blown away at this comment. All I could think of was that stormy umbrella....lightening flashing, rain falling, no sunshine in sight! Times change and activism is changing. Our elected officials may not like it, but in the end, it will make them much more accountable to "We the people"!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

It's the conventional wisdom

I've heard this from many people who have spent many years in the legislature, and also from Congressmen.

At one level they're right ... it IS their job to vote for their leadership ... but at a more basic level, you'd think a representative would really want to understand what his or her constituents thought and wanted.

First they ignore you

Then they ridicule you, then they fight you and then you win.

We've been ignored and ridiculed. I'm ready to fight.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

who said that?

Did a legislator really write that? Who?

My comment

is basically a quote from M. Gandhi

I don't know how said the quote in A's piece.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Yeah I meant the Anglico

Yeah I meant the Anglico quote. I can't believe an elected official would be so intolerant of public opinion.

No one said it outright, not to me anyway

This is my understanding of several off the record comments. No one would ever say something like this publicly . . . even though it seems to me that this is how the House actually does operate. The choice of speaker is not about who would be the best speaker, it's about who can build the biggest war chest and exercise the most power.

Come to think of it, maybe that's what the "best" speaker is all about?

I believe you A

I don't think I've ever read anything you've written that wasn't 100% honest-to-God truth!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Just butt out A.

What makes you think you can choose better than the current legislature, which has lead us to a state that:

  1. Is ranked 11th in infant mortality (with 1 being really bad for each of these).
  2. 22nd in doctors per 100,000 residents.
  3. Is ranked 20th in violent crime.
  4. 19th in Unemployment.
  5. 13th in Persons Below Poverty Level. And, my favorite...
  6. 3rd in Mobile Homes as a Percent of Total Housing Units.

Shame on you A.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

11 22 20 19 13 3

Sort of reads like a losing lottery ticket.

R

I think you're making a mountain out of a landfill. (Who Neu?)

Have your lobbyist contact my political director to get past that line of citizens in the lobby. You, meet me at Vinnie's Take House.

You think you can pick a speaker? Are you a blogger, a woofer or a tweeter or one of those groaning mass subwoofers?

Here, I'll decide, try the minion and, if you want to take care of dessert, my favorite flavor is manila.

FauxTheDog2

I wish we could flag comments

This one will be in the hunt for Best Evah!

Try the minion . . . HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I don't know who.....

...but somebody owes me a new keyboard.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi