RALEIGH – The official editorials from Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC) maybe unsigned, but they also reliably regurgitate the bitter, partisan, Leftist views of the company’s leaders. They compare the N.C. House Speaker to a North Korean Dictator, they push the expansion of government and social justice, and they protect Democrat Governor Roy Cooper at all costs.
Well, during the disastrous pandemic panic led by Cooper, a powerful Republican senator aroused the ire of the official CBC Opinion page. His transgression? He has been critical, indignant, and unyielding in his criticism of the governor’s one-size-fits-none lockdown policies; he’s had the temerity to question an elected leader whose taken unprecedented unilateral control of our livelihoods during a State of Emergency; and, his attacks on Cooper keeps hurting the feelings of the latte-sipping liberals who produce WRAL.
‘Doesn’t Berger know HE’s not governor?!’
“He’s got a fancy corner office on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. He has a vast staff ready to leap to his every want and need. The government – and campaign contributors – pay for his living expenses. Reporters are at the ready to record and disseminate his every utterance. He can order millions in state spending.
With all those trappings, and more, we can understand why state Sen. Phil Berger is acting like North Carolina’s governor. But he isn’t. We have a governor and it is Roy Cooper.
North Carolina needs just one person in charge. Voters made a clear choice with more than 2.3 million voting to put Cooper in charge. He is North Carolina’s CEO.
Berger, by contrast, won election in his 4-county gerrymandered Senate district in 2018 – to be in charge of nothing but representing the constituents of Rockingham, Caswell, Stokes and Surry counties — with slightly more than 43,000 votes. […]”
By ‘acting like governor’ the authors are referring to Berger openly disagreeing with one set of policies and advocating for a different set of policies, from a position of prominence as a Senate President Pro Tempore. The authors must think that having opinions and sharing them is only afforded to statewide electeds. Or, maybe, that it’s unfair for anyone to have power and influence in this state besides Roy Cooper.
How snooty and condescending does this op-ed seem to the good people of Rockingham, Caswell, Stokes, and Surry Counties, who Berger represents in the General Assembly?
‘Cooper is almighty governor, while Berger is in charge of nothing but representing those pesky 40,000 people in these rural counties we don’t care about.’
The op-ed adopts a ‘How dare he!’ perspective, but have the Inside The Beltline authors of this piece thought that, perhaps this is exactly the kind of representation the people of Rockingham, Surry, Caswell, and Stokes counties want and deserve? Or, do they not realize that after Berger was elected by those constituents, he was then (repeatedly) elected by the fellow lawmakers to be their leader in the North Carolina Senate?
It likely hasn’t occurred to the authors that the pushback against Cooper’s lockdown orders is often strongest where the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach makes no sense whatsoever. Maybe it’s because the paltry 40,000 rural North Carolinians Berger represents are the church-going communities that the governor prohibited from meeting to worship.
Maybe, just maybe, Berger’s “unyielding efforts to usurp and undermine the efforts of Cooper” is exactly what we should expect from a representative sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect the God-given rights of North Carolina citizens when the governor is quite literally leading an assault on them.
We won’t waste your time by pointing out the stupidity of this op-ed line by line, because it would take too long. Suffice it to say that it hinges on the same ‘collective good’ argument and logical fallacies that got us into lockdown in the first place. Yet, there is one stupid comment that deserves a ribbing.
The CBC Official Editorial wants everyone to get in line and recognize Cooper is “North Carolina’s CEO.”
Yes, he is; and as CEO, Cooper has effectively disbanded the board, told the shareholders their rights do not matter, and then made it illegal to do engage in most business. Cooper is North Carolina’s CEO, and he’s running her into the ground.
Berger refuses to stop pointing this out, and so Cooper’s apologists are compelled to attack. Read the rest of the sad whining from WRAL here.