Susan Ladd: Politics is an irony-free zone

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When UNC-Greensboro student Dylan Frick spoke against Senate Bill 36, state Sen. Trudy Wade’s redistricting bill, at the Senate Committee on Redistricting last week, he noted the disconnect between Wade’s words and her actions.

He read Wade’s 2012 quote about government:

“I believe that government is a threat to personal freedom and individual liberty,” Wade said in 2012. “Therefore, I will attempt to reduce the power and influence of politicians and bureaucrats in order to maximize the freedom of the people of North Carolina.”

Frick noted the irony in Wade’s introducing a state bill that would take away the rights from local government and voters. Others have pointed out this as well.

Sadly, politics has become an irony-free zone.

How else could Wade decry the overreach of government then use her power as a state senator to deny the city its power of self-governance?

How else could U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) paint himself as a proponent of regulatory reform — even saying that restaurant workers shouldn’t be required to wash their hands after using the bathroom — after he championed a bill to regulate abortion clinics out of business.

Saying one thing and doing another is nothing new in politics, but now politicians don’t even feel compelled to acknowledge or explain their contradictory actions.

But don’t worry. We’ll be glad to keep pointing it out.