Since long before our most recent election, there has been much turmoil in NC's Democratic Party. It seems everybody has somebody or some group to blame for multiple cycles of election losses, and the finger-pointing has often veered into the absurd. During such times of crisis, certain core values are at risk of being abandoned. That is the folly of "otherism." One side lays claim to being "progressive," and the other side begins to snarl when they hear that word. Or one elected Democrat abandons the Party, and the hand-wringing and "What are we doing wrong?" questions start circulating.
Those things are not symptoms of faulty values or platform positions, they are "reactions" to campaign losses. And those losses had a lot more to do with clever, unethical, and corporate-financed tactics employed by the opposition, than they did any sort of "wrong direction" on public policy goals. It's important to remember that distinction, because nothing can kill a movement (or a political party) faster than choking off the voices of those who struggled to build it in favor of those who would feel more comfortable if it had never been built in the first place. Here are a few more words, if you care to read them:
For Tom Campbell and any others who feel the NC Democratic Party has abandoned "traditional" stances it had in the middle of the 20th Century: It's called evolution, and it's a good thing. We advocate for women and minorities more vigorously because we recognize that institutional bias still exists, and it cannot be ignored. It's not a figment of somebody's imagination, it's real, and it still exists because too many "traditional" politicians, along with a healthy chunk of those white men you think we need to woo back to the Party, never really cared about striving towards equality. Indeed, many of them fear that future, which is why they support laws that disproportionately and adversely affect women and minorities. When doing what's popular and doing what's right conflict with each other, you do what's right. And in doing so, you can help create a future that isn't a carbon-copy of past inequities.