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Originally published: 2013-07-11 10:27:35
Last modified: 2013-07-11 10:27:35

'Be' rather than 'seem'

The July 5 publication of "Carolina Watch" by John Hood ("Conservatives push for N.C. progress") promotes a  point of concern.

Hood makes the assertion that a switch in political labels has taken place wherein conservatives are now progressive, and liberals are nostalgically conservative.

We must all be wary of such semantics.

The term "progressive" can be misleading. As example, if two parties started at the same point and traveled in different directions they could both claim to have progressed toward their intended destination. Without proper analysis, we do not know if either has arrived at a worthwhile location. North Carolina finds itself with two political parties moving in different directions, and we run the risk of both becoming lost in the woods.

"Along party lines" appears in the press too many times when describing voting patterns. One party rule, be it neoconservative or classical liberal, will eventually threaten our liberties.

Good government is transparent.

Good legislation is held up for inspection and can endure public debate. If a reform measure must be attached to distantly related legislation, it is lacking in its own merit.

If elected officials must be pried by the press to clarify votes, we must question the intentions of those officials. Good republican government is devoid of demagogues. Good government seeks consensus and not control.

Question what you read and hold it up to reason. Our motto is "esse quam videri." If we are to enjoy good government, we must travel the path that allows us "to be, rather than to seem."

Jonathan Miller