Recently one the North Carolina Left’s leading mouthpieces, Rob Schofield, wrote a piece that appeared on July 6, 2017 at themountaineer.com. It was a slap in the face of everyone who has ever suffered domestic violence in that he compared the conservative leadership of the NC General Assembly to an abuser in a relationship, striking fear in another, making the abused afraid leave that relationship.
Schofield wrote, “In some ways, the current North Carolina policy and politics scene bears a striking and sobering resemblance to that of an abusive personal or family relationship. A survey of dozens of websites designed to help victims of domestic abuse recognize their plight and escape their tormenters (like this one) reveals several similar behavior patterns in current state political power relationships.”
In one shocking sentence Schofield denigrates those who suffer verbal, emotional or physical abuse and the hands of another. His dislike for conservative government, and his obvious lack of compassion for victims, make for a disconcerting read at the least. More accurately, it is a horrific analogy he has drawn, and one that further illustrates how leftists feel about victims.
He compares the fear of one paralyzed to inaction in an abusive relationship, with an unproven mindset he says lobbyists and activists are feeling.
Schofield wrote, “As noted above, many reporters, lobbyists and advocates in North Carolina have been notably hesitant to rock the boat of late in questioning and standing up to conservative leaders. Some of this may be the result of a lack of capacity but some is also undoubtedly the result of fear – fear of direct payback and/or fear of lack of access.”
It is unclear what Schofield means by “direct payback” but having worked for years in the General Assembly, fear is not a word that I have ever been inclined to use concerning lobbyists or activists. Perhaps Schofield’s brand of activist, one that pounds on the glass surrounding the chambers of the House and Senate feel anxious, knowing their actions violate public decency and may lead to arrest. But, there are shelters for battered women and abused children who would find such a comparison insulting and inappropriate.
The Schofield horror of conservative leadership must include things like successive pay increases for teachers and education funding, lower taxes for the middle class, school choice for parents who are demanding it in ever-increasing numbers, an economy that is consistently recognized nationally as a leader in the nation, and balanced budgets that have generated surpluses in the past few years.
Perhaps Schofield’s equivalent of a domestic violence victim who can live without fear in his analogy would be higher taxes for the middle class, gross government waste and financial management like that which led to a $3 billion deficit at the end of 2010. Or, perhaps a state with no moral compass.
Schofield offers a disclaimer at the end of his comparison piece saying, “None of this rudimentary analogizing is intended to make light of or diminish in any way the genuine horror that is domestic violence and abuse. Every day, around the world, millions of people – most, but not all of them, women – suffer terrible emotional and physical harm in abusive personal relationships. Clearly, a flawed and dysfunctional political situation is not the same thing.”
But, immediately after that disclaimer, he doubles down on the analogy with this, “That said, it cannot be denied that there are important similarities in the two situations or that, happily, similar escape routes present themselves. For vulnerable individuals, a combination of awareness, courage, determination and the help of others can frequently provide a path to safety, freedom and a new life. The same is undeniably true for those who can and should expose and resist the hostile right-wing takeover of North Carolina politics and policy. Let’s hope for (and work toward) such an outcome.”
Again, asserting that the leadership of the General Assembly is like an abuser, is offensive and inappropriate to those who are abused in real life, even with a disclaimer at the end. But, sadly, it’s not surprising.