Editorial: Best chapter is awaiting best action

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

Old North State politics are in a new chapter today, the climatic push of which was this past week’s rush to adjourn an historic session of the General Assembly.

Within a matter of hours, bills got new meanings and rushed forward. That part never changes. Strategy wasn’t new.

But the source of the major players was, and that’s got North Carolina buzzing from shoreline to mountain peak. Opponents of many measures have begged for attention, and not just on a dozen Mondays in Raleigh. They wanted national, and sometimes got it.

Objectivity, and presumably a better choice, often comes when standing outside. Perhaps rational decisions are hindered by the extra weight of living it, seeing it and being affected.

The point is arguable, whether considering an opinion out of New York for the state of North Carolina, or one out of Raleigh for the airport in Charlotte, a business development in Durham or a water system in Asheville.

Branding our state is nothing more than propaganda. Being called a leader is subject to interpretation and suggested values. When political aisles or their cheerleaders make the distinction, we can never net a win.

This chapter, in the immediate aftermath of this legislative session, is being historically categorized as our most transformational. In the context of a single session, we cannot disagree.

But it is the state long term that fuels this frenzy. Accordingly, our political chapter did not begin with Republicans moving into power in 2010 for the first time since the 1870s, or gaining all three branches with Gov. Pat McCrory taking office in January.

This chapter’s foundation is not just a lack of cooperation between liberals and conservatives. It is the growing chasm in bipartisanship spawned well before 2010. Middle ground has been sinking for years.

It is heightened by recklessness on the part of many, particularly misusing technology for immediate awareness to the masses.

North Carolina doesn’t change if Democrats oust Republicans in a future election. And we don’t necessarily improve if Republicans maintain majority.

We’re the South’s leader, and the envy of the nation, when we put the ideas, concerns and efforts of the people both sides represent into positive results.

And there isn’t a better political chapter waiting to be written.