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Re: “In Wake County, the Libertarians Are Coming—and They’re Not Just Old Whites Dudes Looking to Skip Out on Taxes

Would the two people who "disliked" my point that the Libertarian party is a bunch of bigoted ideolougues who can't support anti-discrimination laws please out themselves or defend their position?
From THEIR PLATFORM, in pertinent parts:
"Libertarians would free property owners from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property, "
"Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free-market solutions."

That's right, "free-market solutions" to the problem of discrimination by businesses -- NOT anti-
discrimination laws.
" we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. "

Robyn Pegram didn't even have sense enough to ask anyone in a position to know whether "her party" did or did not support the Charlotte anti-discrimination law that she claims to support.

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Posted by George Greene on 03/10/2018 at 10:14 AM

Re: “In Wake County, the Libertarians Are Coming—and They’re Not Just Old Whites Dudes Looking to Skip Out on Taxes

More to the point, though, HB2 didn't happen in a vacuum. It happened IN REACTION to a GOVERNMENT action by Charlotte, an action dictating to businesses how they had to run themselves. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS ARE *COUNTER* to the Libertarian ideology and platform, which thinks that businesses SHOULD BE FREE to make contracts based on mutual consent without government coercion.

Robyn Pegram is a member of a community that is unpopular with a majority of people in this state. This community NEEDS anti-discrimination laws. The Libertarian party opposes them. Neither Robyn NOR ANY OTHER LGBTQ+ person has ANY business being a Libertarian.

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Posted by George Greene on 03/09/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “In Wake County, the Libertarians Are Coming—and They’re Not Just Old Whites Dudes Looking to Skip Out on Taxes

" once you begin to acknowledge you have a legitimate third party on the ballot competing, winning votes, and changing the conversation, you have to address that."

OK, It is hereby addressed: Robyn Pegram is only 24, so maybe youth can excuse her brute stupidity.
This is a two-party system. Because of that, whenever a third party pulls votes, it pulls them FROM the one of the two major parties that more NEARLY AGREES with its own position, thereby causing the party it likes LESS and HATES MORE, TO WIN the election. Apprarently, Robyn Pegram, having been only 6 years old when Ralph Nader swung the Presidential election TO THE REPUBLICANS -- an outcome which should have upset his "More progressive than Al Gore" supporters EVEN MORE than it upset Gore's moderate supporters -- was just too young to be paying attention.

How THE HELL can anger at HB142 be a reason for a member of the LGBTQ community to LEAVE the Democratic party?? Democratic legislators were not relevant to that compromise -- the Republicans had a supermajority! Roy Cooper was relevant but if you're so mad at him that you're going to withhold votes from him, how would that HELP? The result would've been re-electing McCrory, who would have left the old HB2 in place, i.e., done something even worse!

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Posted by George Greene on 03/09/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Monumental Debates

Julian Baddy's comment about or "fear" of an "idea" from the south is ridiculous.
Bigotry is not an "idea". Hate is not on the shelf of any marketplace of "ideas". White supremacy is not an "idea". Were we "afraid" of it in 1865?

It is rather more obvious that white supremacists are afraid of the idea of equality.

Posted by George Greene on 08/26/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Monumental Debates

Why exactly does anyone think Edwin Yoder is credible when he says that listeners would be appalled by Julian Carr's vulgar comments? Even if they were, a lot of people who were appalled by Trump's"grab'em by the pussy" VOTED FOR HIM ANYWAY! If white listeners of that era were appalled then they were appalled only by the brazenness and impropriety of the remarks, NOT by the content or sentiment, and that is obvious from the policies that the majority of them were voting for. There was plenty of neo-Confederate sentiment co-existing with the Fusion governments of the 1890s here; the Kirk-Holden war and the impeachment of Gov.Holden -- "Redemption" -- were around the election of 1870!

Posted by George Greene on 08/26/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Durham City Council Member: White Supremacists Rallying in Durham at Noon

@SLAKFAC there is nothing fringe about the death of Heather Heyer. She's not fringily dead. She's smack dab in the middle of the MAINSTREAM of DEATH.

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Posted by George Greene on 08/18/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Has the Democratic Party’s Endorsement But Is Raking in GOP Bucks

19 people does not constitute "raking in the bucks".
TG's chaarcterization of our endorsement as "blind" is ignorant. The people who voted on the endorsement are by definition the people who have been looking at Democratic politics in Raleigh longer and harder than Tom Goldsmith. For TG to take a number as small as 19, and some campaign help from as far ("why you bringin' up old S#?") as >b>25 years ago, to paint Francis as being somehow to McFrarlane's political right, is the opposite of journalism. TG may not be the only one who has trouble finding examples of Charles Francis acting&giviing directlyi to needier communities in Raleigh (a former Secretary of my Democratic precinct said she wasn't aware of any either, since Francis left the city council), but he was at least getting paid to look, and not just to cherry-pick the most right-leaning factoids he could find.

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Posted by George Greene on 08/16/2017 at 3:32 PM

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