Spurred on by a News & Observer opinion column that “questioned whether North Carolina Republicans possess a governing philosophy,” Senate Leader Phil Berger took up the challenge and laid out what anyone who had followed North Carolina politics for the last ten years should have known by heart.
Yes, there has been a governing philosophy since the Reform Majority began their rise to leadership in the 2010 election. And thank you very much for asking, since confirming its existence gives one more opportunity for conservatives to clearly lay out for those too blind to see how the Reform Majority goes about its job.
One thing that makes it hard for Hard Left supporters to understand what has been going on for the last decade – a period of smaller government and more freedom and opportunity – is that there’s not a real starting point for them to begin to understand.
In the liberal’s world, government is hallowed and the solution for virtually everything. Their partisan loyalty means everything because it provides access to that government.
Senate Leader Berger’s response to their challenge shows that the success of the Reform Majority lies in its reliance on a philosophy, not partisanship. And that it’s not about “doing government better” once the names have changed on the leadership door after a shift in electoral power.
What Senate Leader Berger basically laid out is that there are principles that need to be adhered to that exist as conservative philosophy. This approach to government is not about following blindly behind charismatic, cult-like leaders, or governing at the will of supporters as we’ve recently seen Governor Cooper do in his obeyance to the Big Labor, strong-arm tactics of the NCAE teachers union bosses as they fought to keep children from returning to in-person learning.
What Berger described is a desire by the legislative leadership to aspire to governing by a philosophy that limits government’s natural tendency to encroach on its citizens’ rights and rather chooses to seek freedom at every turn for its citizens to have opportunity to live their lives as they wish.
The clash of this freedom-based philosophy with the ever-growing surge of government-worshipping socialism appears to be showing up at every turn in our society today and the contrast between the two philosophies is becoming more and more pronounced.
As Senator Berger expresses, “the cumulative decisions of a free people create more wealth, opportunity, and progress than any government bureaucracy or central planning could ever achieve.” He goes on to say how his party believes that individuals and families “spend their money better than government spends their money.” And how that “basic economic principle turned America into the wealthiest, most advanced nation the world has ever seen.”
Berger continued, explaining how the Republican Reform Majority’s approach to government spending meant “we must take care to keep government interventions narrowly focused and avoid dabbling in matters best left to the private sector. It’s usually best to keep government spending growth predictable, ideally at or below the value of inflation plus population growth.”
Sounds like common sense to me. And that’s how the Reform Majority has approached taxes and spending – the pocketbook issues that middle-class North Carolinians care about in their daily lives.
As to education, Berger strongly described how “Republicans believe that every child possesses the ability and intellect to create their own success in life.” And that “each child deserves an equal opportunity to develop their God-given talents via a publicly funded education.” Which is why the Reform Majority has time and again devoted money to teacher pay increases and other efforts to provide our children with a quality education, like school choice measures.
So you’re probably saying to yourself – why is the title to this blog “Shocking Contrast?”
That’s because of the black-and-white contrast between the approach Senate Leader Berger lays out in his opinion piece, compared to the consistently socialist, big-government approach to government that President Joe Biden has taken action on in virtually every one of the 100 days he’s been in office.
“Candidate” Biden said he would seek to reach across the table to bridge the ideological gap that appears to be widening in America. His actions have sent an entirely different message.
U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that Biden had pulled a “bait and switch” on the American people, having promised in his campaign to be a “moderate” and instead has governed as a “socialist.”
To illustrate his point, that Biden hadn’t reached across the aisle to Republicans, he said, “I have not met with the president one time, nor had one conversation.”
It’s been 100 days of a one-sided radical Left conversation as the new Biden/Harris administration has bowed to the liberal funders who put them in office and carried out a frenzied mission, egged on by the AOC squad and the San Francisco liberal leadership of Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, to undo America’s free enterprise system.
And if you don’t see that, and the contrast it provides to the conservative government being practiced in the NC General Assembly, you’re as blind as the N&O intelligentsia who didn’t know the NC Reform Majority’s philosophy of government.