Democrat Lawmakers in North Carolina Block Compromise on Bathroom Bill, in Order to Make Economic Damage an Issue in November

FILE- In this Aug. 23, 2007, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to a gender-neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Nearly all of the nation's 20 largest cities, including New York City, have local or state nondiscrimination laws that allow transgender people to use whatever bathroom they identify with, though a debate has raged around the topic nationwide. Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday, March 7, 2016, that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

It’s important that we understand that when liberals scream about equality, what they really mean is that the rest of us acquiesce to their worldview. Compromise is absolutely off the table.

Armed with that knowledge, conservative politicians need to adjust their tactics accordingly.

There was never a more glaring example of how right this analogy is than what is going on in my home state of North Carolina, right now, as it pertains to House Bill 2, or the “bathroom law.”

Amidst boycotts, demonstrations, and immense pressure from outside sources, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly offered a compromise.

Basically, they offered to hit reset, and put everything back, exactly the way it was before this all began.

The compromise consisted of the Charlotte City Council repealing their awful, broadly worded ordinance, which would have allowed for random men to walk into the ladies room in schools, restaurants, or rest stops in the city, simply by claiming some ambivalent “transgender” status. In return, Governor McCrory would call a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal HB2.

No harm, no foul, right? We’re back in business.

Yeah. Not so fast. Remember what I said about compromise?

North Carolina State Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) lobbied members of the Charlotte City Council against voting to repeal the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which would have paved the way for a repeal of the controversial House Bill 2, multiple sources tell On Your Side Investigates.

On Your Side Investigates spoke with multiple people, both Republican and Democrat, who have knowledge of internal deliberations among the city council over whether to repeal its ordinance and the legislature’s offer to repeal HB2 if the city’s ordinance were repealed.

Multiple sources say there were seven members of the council who had agreed to repeal the ordinance on Friday.

That number dropped by two, sources say, when Mayor pro Tem Vi Lyles and Councilwoman Julie Eiselt changed their vote amid lobbying efforts from Carney.

Because this is an election year. Democrats had control of North Carolina for 20 years before McCrory took office in January 2013. The state was desperately in debt, jobs were gone, and we were a failed state, in every conceivable way.

They want us back that way, because if they undo all the good McCrory has done for the state, economically, they can point and say, “See? He ruined North Carolina! You need Democrats with their big government-tax-and-spend policies to pull us back up! And your little girls need to see penises. That will fix North Carolina!”

Sickness and corruption, “Democrat” be thy name.

“The City of Charlotte continues its commitment to be a welcoming community that honors and respects all people,” Roberts said in her statement. “We appreciate the state wanting to find a solution to the challenges we are facing and applaud the governor for recognizing the state should overturn HB2, which the state can do at any time without any action from the City of Charlotte.”

No compromise. Only compliance.

A Democratic member of the legislature, who spoke on background to discuss the situation, confirmed Carney tied her opposition to the ordinance’s repeal directly to her desire to keep HB2 on the books so Democrats in close legislative races could use the bill as a wedge issue in November’s election.

The lawmaker said Republican leaders in the legislature had agreed to repeal HB2 if the city’s ordinance were also repealed and that there were enough votes to push the bill’s repeal through.

“This deal was done, and was going to be done, but for three people and they’re all sitting in Charlotte,’ the Democratic lawmaker said. “Three people in Charlotte are holding North Carolina hostage right now.”

And as rare as a four leaf clover, an honest Democrat speaks from the shadows.

While a recent economist’s report revealed that HB2 had only a minor effect on the economy of North Carolina, in comparison to the strong, positive upswing brought by conservative policies, Democrats are willing to ride this issue straight to perdition, all to regain political power.

I won’t pretend that both sides don’t do it. Republicans play their games for power, as well.

In the case of Governor McCrory, he’s done that by slashing taxes, cancelling a debt to the federal government of $2.6 billion, amassing a half billion surplus, raising teachers’ pay to the highest in history, bringing 300,000 new jobs to the area, and by speaking up for the privacy and comfort of the state’s women and children.

He has the endorsement of every law enforcement organization in the state, as well as small business groups.

There’s a reason for that.

The people of North Carolina need to know that a compromise was on the table to settle the controversy over the bathroom laws, but it was Democrats who refused, and who are celebrating any economic damage done to the state, in the meantime.

They should not be rewarded with a chance to install themselves back into the majority in Raleigh, again.