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It appears the Raleigh-based Moral Monday demonstrators aren’t taking the summer off like our schoolkids. One wonders just how the protesters are able to afford all this time off from their jobs — but in any case, we need to define what issues they’re protesting and why they felt compelled to circumvent our nation’s political system as a Constitutional Representative Republic in order to force these changes.


Here are a few laws and regulations passed by representatives of the majority of North Carolina citizens which the protesters refuse to accept.


One protest results from a lack of willingness to accept normal bargaining procedures related to an increase for NC’s teachers. NC has offered an 11-percent pay increase over a period of time in exchange for some compromises such as elimination of tenure. First of all, what is tenure and why is this obsolete scheme still part of today’s school system?


Years ago, few professional jobs were available to women — nursing, secretarial work, and teaching were the main groups. With teaching being one of the better government jobs available, many times these positions were used as political rewards for special supporters which in turn resulted in teachers losing their jobs when a different group of politicians were elected.


Some states had historically frivolous rules known as “Failures to Perform” and if violated would result in termination.


Early California rules included one in which teachers were required to fill lamps and clean chimneys each day, bringing a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session. Male teachers were allowed one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they went to church regularly.


More rules stipulated that any teacher who smoked, used liquor in any form, frequented pool or public halls, or got shaved in a barber shop gave good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity, and honesty.


Women teachers who married or engaged in “unseemly conduct” would be dismissed.


Years ago, schoolteachers were denied reasonable freedoms, equality and forced to work in near-tyrannical conditions. The current tenure laws were established to protect teachers from frivolous rules or a change in political power. In today’s world we have laws, regulations and advocates that protect teachers from such unjust treatment like the Labor Relations Board, National Education Association and the Alternative Dispute Resolution. These and other forms of protection many feel relegate tenure to be both redundant as well as obsolete.


The downward spiral of our state’s teacher’s salaries started with Jim Hunt and continued to slide downward all through Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration. Strange there were no Moral Monday protests when Democrats were deflating teacher’s wages. Only now do they seem to pop up with their photo opts and fundraisers while at the same time blaming Republicans for the low teacher’s wages — when all Gov. Pat McCory is trying do is clean up the two proceeding governor’s fiscal train wrecks.


More and more cases of voter fraud are being uncovered. State elections officials in North Carolina are investigating hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud after identifying thousands of registered voters with personal information matching those of voters who voted in other states in 2012. WRAL reported that 81 residents who died before election day were recorded as casting ballots. It appears that 200,000 out-of-state residents may have voted in the last Virginia election and cross-checks have found listings for 35,570 North Carolina voters whose first names, last names and dates of birth match those of voters who voted in other states. Yet, Moral Monday protesters seem to consider illegal voting practices and voter fraud a non-issue. Photo ID systems are being used in over 100 countries around the world! Along with a strong deterrent against voter fraud, it has been found to be an excellent tool in the fight against tax evasion and welfare fraud.


Many conservatives — those who seek to conserve the Constitution, conserve Christian values and conserve the dignity and structure of the American family — find Sunday voting disrespectful. Yet it is realized, when negotiating an issue, one does not always get everything your way. Negotiations are based on compromise, give and take and not what some refer to as bullying with union, thug-style demonstrations. These tactics have no value to serious-minded arbitrators in their efforts toward bipartisan cooperation.


Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party.


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