Immoral Monday

Offensive people have taken offense after being publicly called out for their antics at the State legislative building in Raleigh, North Carolina. State Senator Thom Goolsby has touched their sensitive, jerky nerves by making fun of the foolish, disruptive and unhelpful demonstrations instigators call “Moral Monday.” (link)

Immediately, representatives of radical parasitic groups that prosper from the taxpayer’s life-blood, the State Democrat Party, activist letter writers and newspaper editors came forth with righteous indignation. One letter writer published in the Wilmington StarNews urged demonstrators to “restore sanity to the legislative process” and said, “It’s a moral issue.” Another wrote that the Republican Party lacks “any moral compass”; that legislators are “ganging up” on low-income people and show “alienation” toward minorities wanting to vote—ignorant comments that deserve no response. (link)

Editors of the paper claim that the “organized, peaceful protests” (many participants have deliberately provoked arrests after deciding whose turn it was to be arrested) attack our State legislators saying they want to “kick pregnant women off Medicaid,” fund charter and private schools with “little accountability” (but better results) and “gut regulations.” (link)

Do protesters and advocates expect that insulting, demeaning and false remarks directed at our majority elected representatives will gain them respect?

Speaking on behalf of the “civil rights” protesters, StarNews editors say their “voices are being muffled and their valid concerns ignored”—obviously untrue. If these clowns had “valid” concerns they have opportunities to discuss them with the legislators.

I’ve attended organized rallies in Raleigh at the State legislative buildings when busloads of peaceful citizens were welcomed to express our concerns about government. None of our people were arrested for disruptive, childish behavior. We had meetings with legislators in their offices. We had political speeches, issue-oriented literature and even luncheons on the legislative grounds with no complaints—and little publicity.
(Notice that the press largely shows little interest in “organized, peaceful” rallies by the people who rationally discuss political issues and criticize government policies.)

Those people respectfully communicate with legislators rather than attack and insult them, and disrupt their work as does the “Moral Monday” gang.

I’ve described these radical protests as “Immoral Monday.” These people are angry, spiteful and jealous. Serious reform policies threaten their power and access to public funds. Their methods are uncivil and irrational. The self-interests of a few demanding groups who expect government-funded benefits at all cost transcend the price extracted from the much larger body of State citizens that have a right to their property and responsible, limited government. Envy of what others have is immoral. (link)

The “Moral Monday” radicals remind me of the Saul Alinsky (one of their own) book, “Rules for Radicals.” Alinsky was “This country’s leading hell-raiser” in the 1960s, according to The Nation, a liberal periodical. The purpose of the book, in his words, was directed to those “who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be” by revolutionary government force.

Alinsky had disdain for the violence carried out by many young 1960s “hippie” radicals who, he said, had “illusions about how to change our world.” So, he wrote some rules for them on how to effect social change—rules for “Have-Nots” to take away power (and wealth) from the “Haves.” Alinsky explained how to “create mass organizations to seize power” and carry out their social visions (his socialist teachings influenced Barack Obama and impressed Hilary Clinton).

“Moral Monday” radicals in Raleigh and their supporters have seized much power and wealth in North Carolina. These people have infiltrated our public schools, universities, the media and government. North Carolinians have finally elected people to State government we hope can be trusted to counter the immorality of excessive taxes, oppressive regulations and unsustainable debt.

StarNews editors admit that Sen. Goolsby is articulate, friendly and well educated. They say that they “don’t understand his reaction” to the Raleigh radicals.

In my opinion, that’s because they don’t understand right from wrong—Sen. Goolsby does. And he has the courage to speak out (with humor) for his beliefs and against those who preach morality, but promote immoral government activities.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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