Elections Have Consequences, As They Say

I'm with Mungowitz on this one: whatever might be wrong with North Carolina, blaming elected officials for doing relatively popular things they either said they would do or one could easily infer that they'd do has to be down the list. The laws themselves might be ill-advised, but if you want a democracy and a legislature, this result will occur, because it's the proper result of the system.* If you're interested in preventing this sort of thing from happening, the answer is not political theater, but limiting the sort of laws the legislature can pass in the first place. But that's unlikely to be popular, since it would require the side out of power to foreswear doing whatever they want should they gain power again.

*If only this could have come up earlier in the year: I imagine my students would grasp the problem of majority voting rules now.

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