You know your state really is a laughingstock when you appear in the Sunday Funnies. And so my own dear North Carolina was the subject of yesterday's Doonesbury cartoon.
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Here is the text:
A Congressman is being interviewed and he says to himself, "The Power of No, The Power of No."
Asked if he is ready, he responds "No," then adds "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 no to the 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 no 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 by punished. It's the law. "
"So come on down and experience the power of no! North Carolina - where progress is a dirty word." An assistant aside whispers, "Psst! Ask about our new tax cuts for "job creators."
So, what can I do? I have written my representatives and contributed to causes challenging some of these "no" laws. Other than that, I try to put it out of my mind. Since I can't do much else, I'm not going to let them destroy my love for this wonderful state.
And the birds are helping a lot. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are still around, delighting us with their color. I saw a female yesterday, so I know the more brilliant males will soon depart. Such a treat to have them for a few weeks.
Looking proud and lovely.
He heard the camera click.
But decides to look the other way.
Thank you birds and trees, wildflowers and waterfalls. You give me so much pleasure in these times of frustration.