Gov. McCrory’s Attitude With Platitude

Pat McCrory’s response to the NBA canceling its visit for the net All-Star game from Charlotte does nothing more than prove the shortsighted nature by which he has governed in this term.

It also shows his willingness to play the blame game because HB2 will be the one of major issues that he will be defined by when the election comes in November.

It will be one of the largest albatrosses of the flock of albatrosses around his neck come this fall.

There were two statements that McCrory gave last week concerning the NBA’s actions that really stand out – one that seemed like a visceral response and then one that seems more official as if there was some sort of thought process associated with it.

First there was this response released last Thursday through his office.

“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.” 

This explanation leaves so much for explanation. If it was graded for its ability to actually offer and support an argument, it would fail. Too many claims, no data, and certainly no analysis. It’s just a pathos – driven blame game.

Look at it claim by claim.

  • “The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media for months have misrepresented our laws.” – The governor seems to forget that there is a business aspect to both sports and entertainment. If each entity makes a business decision, then not having the All-Star game in NC becomes not only an ethical, but an economical choice. Simply put, they no longer want to do business with North Carolina under the current HB2 law. It’s there decision, much like the decision to pass it. The NBA and Bruce Springsteen are allowed to do what they did – legally. What the NCGA and governor did may soon be declared illegal.The Roy Cooper angle is interesting as well. He is the Attorney General. He is the first to provide legal counsel for the state’s actions. He said it was not defensible. That’s him providing legal counsel. The NCGA and the governor did not listen to him.

    Months of misrepresentation? The governor has had the same amount of time to “represent” his position. Has he succeeded? Obviously not. And if most people believe what the governor says, then allow the people to vote on it rather than have HB2 rammed through the General Assembly into law through a 12-hour special session.

  • “Most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present.” As Chis Fitzsimon reminds us in “The Follies of McCrory’s continuing demagoguery on HB2” on NC Policy Watch (http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2016/07/22/the-follies-of-mccrorys-continuing-demagoguery-on-hb2/), “Federal courts and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have interpreted sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity. McCrory’s law goes out of its way to make sure that LGBT people in North Carolina are not protected from discrimination.” If transgender people go to the bathroom of the sex they are aligned with, then the government pretty much said that they are not considered the opposite sex.
  • “Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances.” But do those other 21 states have HB2? There is a reason that HB2 stands out from the other states’ laws. As Fitzsimon says in the aforementioned post, “HB2 goes far beyond bathrooms.  It creates a statewide nondiscrimination standard that not only doesn’t guarantee protections for LGBT people, it includes the term ‘biological sex.’”Not only that, but the term “overreach” is interestingly used here. When Charlotte passed its original ordinance, McCrory and the NCGA came in and passed HB2 which also forbids local governments from passing protective measures for the LGBT community. Talk about overreach.
  • Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children.” What special interest groups is the governor referring to? He should name them instead of hiding behind a generalization. Common sense? Then put it up for a vote. Bathroom and showers? The governor should also provide proof of transgender sexual assault in public facility bathrooms that would be prevented with HB2. He can’t. Current laws already cover those possibilities.Moral authority? That might be the most hypocritical thing he said in the entire release.

    Furthermore, McCrory had one of the more interesting interviews about HB2 with Megyn Kelly from FOX News. That’s right, FOX News. She grilled him. Badly. And he defended his policy the same way he defended it on Meet The Press. Did that change the minds of those in the court of public opinion? Not really.

  • “American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.” Coming from the man who once worked for the very industry that is the focus of the largest environmental mishap in recent North Carolina history – the Duke Energy coal ash spills. The leniency that was used with Duke to keep them from having to be totally culpable stinks of its own special interest. Also, look at the governor’s first budget director, Art Pope. Talk about corporate elite imposing political will.And the democratic and legal process? The NCGA’s recent budget put aside money to defend HB2 in federal courts to defend an unconstitutional law that was never passed through the democratic process.

The very next day, McCrory was on a radio commentary show in Charlotte on station WFAE and said,

 “I strongly disagree with their decision. To put it bluntly, it’s total P.C. B.S. … it’s an insult to our city and an insult to our state.”

So, the governor, who could not in any way, shape, or form defend the surreptitiously crafted, special session law, blames the NBA, who had already told him that if the law was not repealed or amended they would pull out of Charlotte? Yes he did.

However, what is really interesting here is that he called Charlotte “our city”. The former four-time mayor of Charlotte, who still calls the Queen City home, said it was an insult to “our city”? But wasn’t it an insult to have the NCGA and the governor pass a law to repudiate the democratic process in Charlotte when they overreached by convening a special session to pass HB2?

If people think that the governor’s decision to keep blindly defending HB2 is worthy, it will come out in the wash in November. But if he is not re-elected, looking back at his statements concerning the NBA’s decision to not play the All-Star Game in Charlotte might serve as the very evidence that his willingness to defend HB2 is unbecoming of a public servant.

Megyn Kelly – North Carolina’s Moral Compass?

When the NBA told the NC General Assembly and the governor to amend / repeal the discriminatory HB2 “Bathroom” Bill, the governor and the NCGA did not act on it. They thought that the NBA might be bluffing. But the NBA wasn’t and the first figures thrown out by media outlets have already stated that this will cost the city of Charlotte over 100 million dollars at least.

McCrory’s argument that HB2 was “common sense” has had an uncommon effect. But it seems appropriate in light of all of the events occurring in the “alternate reality” (thank you Mrs. Wagner) that we live in presently such as,

  • Melania Trump’s plagiarist adventures and subsequent “admission” by an experienced writer named McIver who co-wrote many of Donald Trump’s books but seems to have been Photo-shopped in all her pics provided by the Trump campaign. And she seems to look an awful lot like Carol Burnett, who might be one of the most original individuals to walk this earth.

 

  • Ted Cruz’s speech and the WWE style entrance of Donald Trump that made the Q Center in Cleveland look like the stage for WrestleMania. And Trump has been to many of them. Like this one here where he actually is doing something with hair:

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  • Roger Ailes’s resignation as the head of Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations.
  • The NBA pulling out of Charlotte for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game due to HB2. His Royal Airness has now missed a chance to further promote his home state.

Ironically, one of the common denominators to all of these events is Megyn Kelly, the top-ranking news personality on the top-ranked news channel, FOX News.

Kelly’s recent assertion that she was also a victim of Ailes’s advancements became the tipping point of his ouster at FOX. Her relationship with Donald Trump has become the stuff of history books from the debate where he blatantly referred to her “cycles” to a subsequent interview with her. Megyn Kelly was one of the first on television to confront Ted Cruz about rumors of his extramarital affairs. She is currently reporting from the RNC, so she has seen firsthand the events surrounding Melania Trump and the rest of the convention.

And then there was the interview she had with Gov. McCrory concerning the bathroom bill in April.

Personally, I am not a fan of FOX News. People like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity do not inspire journalistic integrity within me. But I do find Megyn Kelly more palatable. She is knowledgeable, well-spoken, and seems to not mind asking tough questions. I especially remember during the 2012 elections sitting with Karl Rove talking about Ohio’s voting results and her having to walk down the hall of the news building just to show that Ohio had been called for Obama to Rove who was in tremendous disbelief. She looked like the voice of reason and logic – as she did in the interview with McCrory.

You can watch that interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecow6I50kZI.

Within the interview, she presses McCrory on why the bill exists in the first place. Transcripts of the interview exist in many places, but this part was taken fromwww.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com, specificallyhttp://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/watch_pat_mccrory_tries_to_plead_his_case_for_hb2_on_fox_news_megyn_kelly_destroys_his_argument.

But why?,” she asked again. “What was the concern? What was the evidence, specifically, that led you to believe this was a problem?”

McCrory, again on his talking points, insisted HB2 was necessary to protect “an expectation of privacy.”

Kelly reeled McCrory in, focusing on the main public conversation about HB2, restrooms.

“I’ve been in women’s bathrooms my whole life,” she quipped. “And we don’t have the urinal situation. We got like the stalls. We get to go in, we do our business, and like it’s not – we don’t see each other. So why are you concerned about young girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed, in a women’s bathroom?”

McCrory, angered, turns the conversation partisan.

“Well first of all I can’t believe we’re talking about this. This is not an issue that I started. This is an issue the left started, not the right.”

He went on to say that “the Obama administration is putting requirements on federal money that they also have to have this gender identification requirement for our schools.”

“If you could get back to my question though,” Kelly insisted. “The public restrooms that are maintained by the state, the question that many have is, what is your fear?” Kelly, again asked.

“Because you know, there is a misconception, that transgendered are somehow molesters  – and they’re not. That’s not true. Typically, male molesters are heterosexual and if they want to sneak into a bathroom they’ll do it. But 90 percent of the cases molestation happens with someone you know. So what is the fear with the transgender situation and the bathrooms?”

McCrory insisted he doesn’t “like the rhetoric” coming from the right, but rather, again from his talking points, claims “it’s a basic expectation of privacy.”

That “expectation of privacy” just cost the state of North Carolina and your HOMETOWN millions of dollars, but if it is privacy that we need, then we will see more and more of it as more companies and people stop looking at North Carolina as places to visit and do business until HB2 is repealed. But Roy Cooper’s campaign is loving it right now.

Why? Because the NBA just made Pat McCrory an enemy of the very sport that North Carolina prides itself with. Maybe when HB2 is repealed and the movie industry is allow to work in the state again a movie will be made about this whole HB2 situation. It might be interesting to see who is cast. Megyn Kelly can play herself.

Yet, what strikes me most is that an anchor on the very network that I personally find to be too right-winged in its views has been the moral compass that has accurately measured what our state has done. That, and Michael Jordan is pissed – not at the NBA, but at … you know.

Is there any way that we could get Megyn Kelly to interview Tom Apodaca?