In a recent public forum, Bob Phillips of the left-wing group Common Cause spoke fervently of the dire need for North Carolina to revisit the legislative redistricting that the Republican led State Legislature enacted following the 2010 Census. He spoke as if political influences had never before affected this process here in the Tarheel State.
While Mr. Phillips was sounding off with his sour grapes, what many Carolinians were hearing was that it was OK for the Democratic Party to have gerrymandered districts for over a hundred years in order to achieve and maintain complete legislative control in NC, but that the new Republican Party majority should not dare to address those historic inequities. Neither Mr. Phillips and Common Cause, nor the Democratic Party can truthfully assert that they don’t like being treated they way they treated others. But then, leftist really don’t like the ‘Golden Rule’ anyway, it being Christian and all.
The left would also have to admit that complete Democratic Party control of the NC Legislature brought ‘Jim Crow’ Laws to the state, and left the state with the public education mire that currently exists, and the levels of corruption in many of the recent Democratic Governors, Speakers of the State House and Senate. Hmm, Mr. Phillips maybe you have made the strongest argument yet in support of the current legislative districts. The NC Democratic Party could not be trusted to have control of the state government. Now though, the Republican Party must prove that they can do a better job. It really won’t take too much effort to improve upon the past 100+ years.