Private parts and politics in North Carolina

This story illustrates how far campaigns by many weird factions of zealots have pushed media into the realm of societal stupidity—or insanity, when you know that it originates with the political Left. Liberalism is a mental disorder as documented by this and many other cases.

David Mildenberg, editor of BUSINESS North Carolina, lays out the tale in a July issue article titled DUG IN”; Subtitle: The battle over House Bill 2 and its impact on North Carolina’s economy seems split between parallel universes.

I don’t know about “parallel universes” but the larger group grounds in reality, the faction exists in a bizarre world of perception where they need “protection” from reality. Mr. Mildenberg summarizes the madcap tale of H.B.2 in the Tar Heel State. As with most urban legends it began in a city—Sweet Charlotte—early this year.

To fulfill a campaign pledge by Mayor Jennifer Roberts the city council (82 percent Democrats) passed a bill to add homosexual and transgender people to a “nondiscrimination” ordinance—common in many of the largest cities in the U. S. That is, people who perceive that they have the other sexual “orientation,” from that with which they were endowed by their Creator, are free to use the bathroom labeled “MEN” or “WOMEN” that identifies with their feeling rather than with their functional genitalia. Rational people don’t understand or accept this queer idea.

Previous to this action the mayor and council were warned by Governor Pat McCrory and State legislators (of course, Republicans) that this was a bad idea because actual males would be able to invade the privacy and threaten the safety of women and young girls in their very private places. Charlotte City Councilman Al Austin, “the first openly gay male elected to the board,” said, “…it was the right thing to do.” With leftists right is often wrong and wrong is right.

In March 2016, responsible adult legislators in the State General Assembly nullified the city ordinance with a “statewide class of nondiscrimination that does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.” Sexually disoriented activists went nuts over “perceived intolerance,” —“international outrage” resulted, as Mildenberg sees it.

Actually, vast numbers of normal citizens in this State were outraged over the outside “outrage”—to them the transgender issue was grossly offensive to decency, morality, good taste; and the safety of women. “For every corporate executive who has expressed concerns about the legislation, there are thousands of others who are very happy to be in North Carolina” said John Rustin, president of the N. C. Family Policy Council. The North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla describes our State as a “happy place”—clearly evidenced by the thousands of people moving here and our “$500 billion economy.”

To understand this concocted caper we must know the national and State political circumstances in which it occurred. At the national level North Carolina is considered a “swing” or “toss up” State. President Obama won here in 2008 (by just over 14,000 votes) and Romney won against Obama in 2012 by 92,000 votes.


That year, after decades of excessive spending; increasing taxes and regulations; a poor economy and corruption brought on by Democrat control of State government, North Carolina voters elected a Republican governor and a largely conservative General Assembly. The results were dramatic.

Our gross domestic product has grown faster than most States; personal income has risen faster than the national average; employers have added about 265,000 net new jobs; unemployment has dropped faster than the national average; the State legislature cut taxes and has a budget surplus; average teacher pay has gone up about 15 percent; the State is spending hundreds of millions more dollars on highway construction and maintenance.

(Summary from an editorial in the August 2016 Carolina Journal;

Carolina Journal editors point out that although “not all the good outcomes may have resulted directly from state-level policy choices,” discussing these issues “favors Republicans.” Thus, the Left creates nonissues; not on the right side of facts they, for example, “prefer to focus on H.B.2. The Left’s fixation on the bill is wildly, indefensibly disproportionate.”

And, they can count on support from the highest federal government levels. Commenting on a Justice Department lawsuit against the North Carolina law, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the State law “state-sponsored discrimination” and an “indignity” against “vulnerable” people— who identify with the opposite sex rather than their actual biological identity.

Add nasty, nonprofit activist groups, such as D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign to this charade and phony activities ensue. Mr. Skvarla believes that the HRC is the source that stirred the H.B.2 pot and poured it into the public streets to divert attention from all the good news in North Carolina.  According to Skvarla, this well organized gang threatens corporate CEOs with “negative headlines and potential boycotts if they act contrary” to the HRC positions promoting abnormal sexual behavior.

Mildenberg features HRC president Chad Griffin in the leftist “cast of characters” who “raised the civil rights group’s profile and boosted its coffers, making N.C. ground zero in the debate over transgender rights.”

Mr. Mildenberg also reports that Warren Smith (no relation) a former marketing manager from Asheville, North Carolina says that “The HRC has targeted big firms for more than 25 years, creating a myth that corporate America is with them”—sounds like extortion to me.

The HRC and its State affiliate, Equality North Carolina people, did not return phone calls from Mr. Mildenberg. But their June press release announced: “Dozens of HRC staff have been on the ground [in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle], mobilizing pro-equality supporters and talking with voters about the dangerous implications of this harmful legislation.”

Obviously, these instigators have kept this issue going. But many other angry subversive agitators lurk in North Carolina trying to stir up trouble for the elected Republicans.

Sue Myrick working with the Civitas Institute in Raleigh has developed a website called “Mapping the Left”—a database of left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups, funders and individuals that work in coalitions and organized networks “to influence and control public policy.” For example, Equality NC “is a radical liberal political advocacy organization that lobbies the legislature in support of same-sex marriage and lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights,” described in Mapping the Left.


Civitas people expose more than 300 liberal/progressive foundations funding more than 140 leftist organizations, staffed by more than 1800 people operating in North Carolina. Sixty-five of the funders are based in this State. Contrast that with less than a dozen conservative/libertarian groups established here.

Civitas found that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is “the flagship of the Left in North Carolina.” It funnels “tens of millions of dollars a year into groups that lobby for extreme environmental policy, Common Core Standards in the schools, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and gun control.”

Of course, a supportive leftist media does not report this information. So, somehow we are led to believe that a man who decides he wants to be a woman is defined “vulnerable,” and it’s “discrimination” if it isn’t considered appropriate for him to enter and use women’s bathrooms. Thus is the tale of private parts and politics now being imposed on the normal innocent citizens of North Carolina.


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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