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Foolish Bills


February 27, 2017

It is unfortunate but true that in the past few years some bills filed in the North Carolina General Assembly are simply foolish. There have been bills filed in North Carolina to create a state religion and to create our own state currency. Fortunately, saner minds prevailed and these bills went nowhere.

Now we have a bill filed by three Republican legislators that would place on the ballot in 2018 an amendment to the state constitution that would essentially give the state the right to secede from the Union. It would repeal Article I, Section 4, which reads, “This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation, shall be resisted with the whole power of the State.”

North Carolina will not secede. If it did, it would be disastrous for the state. For one, think of the calamitous economic impact of closing all of the federal bases, such as Fort Bragg, in this state, not to mention the loss of individual benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.

Just writing such legislation is a waste of time. Meanwhile, real, everyday issues that should be addressed go unattended. These three representatives probably live in safely gerrymandered districts. If so, hopefully Republicans can run more rational candidates against them in the upcoming primaries.


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