New lows in political cheating, vulgarity and blasphemy

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The N.C. House of Representatives reached a new low in civics and civility when it passed a state budget without informing House Democrats of an impending vote. In the process, the House was able to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the proposed state budget. Such behavior is appalling. It tells the entire world, to include our children, that cheating is OK. We know better.

And, it’s not just one party; both suffer from this affliction. When the courts recently required the Republican gerrymandered districts in North Carolina to be redrawn, the Republican response was “We’re only doing what the Democrats did when they were the majority,” which is correct.

Such “blame” behavior is more appropriate to immature sixth graders, not allegedly mature politicians whom we entrust to lead us. It was wrong for the Democrats and Republicans alike.

A special election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District was recently required after the State Board of Elections determined a paid consultant for one of the candidates cheated with absentee ballots. The cheating was so severe that a new election was needed. For eight months, this congressional seat was empty.

Vulgarity, and even blasphemy, are common in political public discourse. Foul language has become a staple among politicians of both parties. President Trump’s use of such language is especially offensive, but he is not alone as some Democrats are sinking into a similar cesspool.

And, then there’s the blasphemy. When President Trump comes to Greenville and curses God before a mostly Christian group with the term “G-- d---,” not once, but twice, and there is no outrage, we have clearly lost our Christian voices and perhaps our moral compasses as well.

I realize I’m from a different era, a different time and have a different perspective on public service. As former President George W. Bush’s speechwriter Michael Gerson, recently wrote, “I don’t think political discourse is improved by language more appropriate to a bar fight. I do think the presidency is diminished by public scatology and sacrilege. And I really don’t give a darn whether you think this is old-fashioned.”

Amen, Michael Gerson.

Dail Turner