Editorial: Who's the outsider, Gov. McCrory?
Gov. Pat McCrory caused a little bit of a stir earlier this month by referring to the “Moral Monday” protesters – who gather at the Legislative Building every Monday and stay until some of them get arrested – as “outsiders.” Most of the outrage we saw was at the use of the term, particular among that portion of protest sympathizers who are lifelong North Carolinians.
We didn’t think much of it. In fact, we had nearly forgotten about it.
And then we learned that McCrory was born in 1956 in Columbus, Ohio, and his family did not move to Greensboro until the mid-1960s.
He was born a Buckeye, not a Tar Heel.
Now, it’s true that he has lived in North Carolina well over 40 years, but we keep hearing native-born North Carolinians say that it doesn’t really matter how long you live here; being born a yankee is a congenital defect.
Even if that’s not so, nearly 30 years of his time in North Carolina was in Charlotte, which barely counts. Charlotte has light rail downtown, a key element of the socialist plot to take over America, and it has become difficult to find any Charlotte natives younger than AARP eligibility who have any kind of Southern accent. The city counts as North Carolina the same way Miami counts as Southern: true mainly in geographical terms.
Also consider these facts that the conservative Civitas Institute collected about the “outsider” protesters who have been arrested:
The largest percentage of them, 34 percent, is 56 to 65 years old. McCrory is 56.
A total of 23 percent are from either Raleigh or Charlotte. McCrory is from both. (Another 3 percent are from Greensboro.)
Fifty-six percent are employed. By most definitions, McCrory is employed.
Three percent work for government. McCrory has been in government since 1989 (which, ironically, is one of the definitions under which he doesn’t count as gainfully employed).
Fully 80 percent of the protesters are white. We don’t know McCrory’s family history for certain, but from all appearances it seems he has that in common with the protesters too.
Governor, you have met the enemy, and they is you.