Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for October 06, 2013
Ned: "The power of no... The power of no..." Cameraman: Ready, Neddy? Ned: No! Kidding. Let's do this! Hey, folks who look like me! Negative Ned here for the state of North Carolina! Here in Raleigh, we're on the move-- backwards! 338 regressive bills and counting! We've said no to young people by banning pre-registration! They're just not mature enough to vote the right way! And not to their teachers by cutting public school funding and giving it to our fine private academies! No to the unemployed by slashing overly generous benefits! No loafers welcome here! And not to women by passing restrictions that will close most abortion clinics. No to minorities by imposing IDs and restricting early and Sunday voting! And no to college students by making it harder to vote at school! And no to law enforcement by permitting guns in bars, parks, and playgrounds! And no to scientists! If you use climate change data in your projections, you will be punished! It's the law! So come on down and experience the power of no! North Carolina-- where progress is a dirty word! Man: Psst! Ask about our new tax cuts for "job creators!"
It’s sad that the bone heads have control of the state. However, not all of NC is like that. Asheville, NC is an very progressive town. In the few weeks that I spent there the locals were quite friendly and intelligent. I saw lots of mixed race & mixed gender couples, and the city sponsored huge number of weekly arts, crafts and community events. I almost moved there.But it is a college town and is not representative of the state. It is a college town and 30 miles out it is redneck country. Just like Missoula, Montana and Ashville, Oregon, they are oases of enlightenment in deserts of bigotry.