ReOpenNC rally continues

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Police on rooftops. Drones surveill
No flags at Governor’s Mansion

“Everything we saw went well,” said one rally participant, “but it was clear officials were making ‘a show of force,’ and that was a little ominous.”

By Raynor James | Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association

RALEIGH – We gathered in the parking lot on Jones Street. Media types came over
and interviewed people. My husband Hal was interviewed four or five times (maybe more).
There was lively music playing.

There were supposed to be portable toilets there, but we were told that the permit for them had been denied, so there were no facilities of that sort. One man told us he had asked a police officer about it, and was told that “public urination” would be a cause for arrest (no matter how discretely it was done).

We walked to the front of the General Assembly building. People chanted various things, like ‘USA … USA’ and ‘ReOpen NC’ along with other patriotic and assertive things.


Then, some of us walked several blocks uptown to the Capitol and around it (there was a fairly widely spaced line of police between us and the Capitol building). During this time, another part of our group
walked to the governor’s mansion to see if Gov. Cooper had flags flying.

Jones Street in Raleigh – directly in front of the legislative building – was ground zero for the third consecutive ReOpenNC rally, held every Tuesday.

He did not. No American flag. No North Carolina flag.

Then someone with a bullhorn invited our groups back to the General Assembly building to hear speeches. One rousing talk came from Ashley Whitlock, who represented the rally organizers, ReOpenNC. She outlined the unconstitutional decrees of the governor (the governor’s NOT having
legislative powers was a recurring theme among speakers). She concluded her remarks by encouraging business owners to re-open their businesses.

She added if re-opened businesses lacked customers, then they should contact ReOpenNC – “we’ll support your businesses!”

Representative Keith Kidwell who represents Beaufort County and the north part of Craven County offered information about two proposals he is submitting to the General Assembly, making it impossible for a North Carolina governor to be so autocratic in the future. Representative Michael Speciale, who represents much of New Bern and Havelock, spoke about another similar measure that he is proposing.

Mike Adams, a conservative professor at UNC-Wilmington, described being singled out for bad treatment for his political opinions – and actually beating Gov. Cooper in court over a related dispute.
Adams said he is being awarded a hefty financial payment, and having his attorney’s fees paid as a result of the court’s decision. He suggested that pastors whose churches had been ordered closed might want to file a lawsuit against Cooper.

Adams added: “I know just the attorneys to recommend.”

A nurse who works at a hospital in Raleigh talked about how her hospital is some 700 surgeries behind because of COVID-19. She said the facility’s COVID area is under-used as is the rest of the hospital (because of COVID shut downs), and said that she’d just gotten another text asking her if she’d like to take the day off tomorrow.

As Hal, I and others went back to our car to start the return trip to New Bern, others in our group vowed to walk back to the Governor’s Mansion. Why, we asked? To offer him flags to fly, they said!