Last week, editor Jeffrey C. Billman waxed angrily about an attempt by Republican lawmakers—and a Democratic helper—to override Governor Cooper’s veto and enact a “cynical” late-term abortion bill into law.
“A bill protecting born-alive babies is ‘cynical’?” asks commenter DazzRat. “Up-is-down Orwellian doublespeak much? I think your worldview is beyond cynical and pandering and in the realm of obscenely cozening. Talk about forked-tongue rhetoric.”
John Martin, meanwhile, takes umbrage at a word he does not like: “Using the F-word, and diminishing the gravity of the matter, does not do true journalism any justice. The fact of the matter is that 77 percent of the population thinks some basic protection is the humane thing to do.”
Not everyone felt that way. “The GOP knows no shame,” writes Ronny Nause. “If they put half as much energy into governing as they do being self-righteous assholes, the state would probably be a better place.”
“Sadly, that will never happen,” adds Chris Howell. “They don’t really care about the people of North Carolina, just staying in power and acting like they have some moral high ground because they pander to the Bible beaters.”
In last week’s paper, Billman also argued that the time had come to impeach Donald Trump, no matter the politics. As you might imagine, this opinion drew thoughtful, well-reasoned responses from the MAGA set.
Take Bill Brasky, who is under the impression that George W. Bush is a progressive icon and—just a guess—has maybe spent a little too much time on InfoWars.
“Leftists are the easiest people on the planet to manipulate,” writes Brasky, who clearly has never been manipulated by anyone. “The Muslims come in a close second. They will believe anything as long as it is what they want to hear. Let me spell out what is going to happen here for you all. All of your ‘progressive’ heroes who are really just globalist ass-kissers don’t give a shit about your agenda. You are useful idiots who delude yourselves into thinking otherwise. They all are going down. All of them. Including Hillary, Obama, Bill, George W. Bush, and all of their goons. The CIA will be dismantled once it becomes public knowledge how deep their crimes go.
“It will not be safe for you clingers-on to walk down the street. Not only will Trump win in 2020, Republicans will have a supermajority in the House and Senate. No one will want to associate themselves with what remains of the Democrats. And after the swamp is drained and the criminals are purged, we will ensure you cretins never again get power in the United States of America. You won’t even be able to run in the local dog-catcher elections. For you leftists who pin your miserable existence to globalist bullshit, you are in for a rough time. Buckle up, buttercups. It’s going to be fun watching you burn.”
Hugh Giblin says the politics of impeachment can’t be ignored: “We know and he knows it would not go anywhere. If by some miracle it succeeded, we would have the pious, Machiavellian Mike Pence. And a failed impeachment is sure to embolden Trump and his base. The smart approach is to let Trump get beat, hopefully humiliated, during the 2020 election, when there will also very likely be charges from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Let it play out. There is no ‘obligation’ to do something foolish.”
“Impeachment is fundamentally political,” adds Evan. “It is politicians voting on charging another politician for violating government policy. There is no way to separate politics from this issue. No matter how noble our reasons, there will be real-world consequences in proceeding with impeachment hearings. An official congressional record that a bunch of people voted to file some paperwork that will never go anywhere does not fix any real-world problems. It’s comfortable up there on a high horse. Think about those of us stuck in the mud below come 2021.”
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