Civitas Review

Monday Protests Exposed as Political Theater


Crowd outside legislative chambers, Moral Monday, June 11, 2013

Crowd outside legislative chambers, June 11

According to news outlets, more "Moral Monday" cases are ending in acquittals or  being tossed out of court — which sheds light on what the disturbances really are.

Prosecutors said they will drop pending cases against those arrested in the May 20 disturbances, after a judge acquitted five accused demonstrators.

Reportedly it was difficult for officers to testify about specific individuals' actions in the chaos outside the legislative chambers. (The News & Observer also reported on the cases.)

The news stories said prosecutors will proceed against other demonstrators. But so far, out of 945 arrests, 26 people have been convicted and 31 acquitted. Others have taken plea deals, which generally means paying a fine and doing some community service.It may be that many of the other demonstrators will cop a plea, win their cases, or see their charges dropped altogether as the justice system gags on this influx of cases.

This ongoing story confirms what we've suspected from the beginning. The protesters like to pose as descendents of the civil rights demonstrators of the 1960s. But those men and women were real heroes. They faced real hardships and danger. They also accepted punishment for breaking the laws.

The Monday protesters like to think of themselves as such brave opponents of bad law. But they were only play-acting the part of civil rights crusaders. The Monday crows got out of custody as soon as they could on the various Mondays (and the occasional Wednesday). They have for the most part fought tooth and nail to escape real punishment — or any punishment at all. They succeed often, for they are far from being weak and oppressed. If anything, our analysis has shown, the demonstrators are middle class people with the resources, savvy and connections to dodge justice. The whole show exposes the Monday protests as mere street theater.

CLC Speaker Sen. Mike Lee to Reply to 'State of the Union'


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Sen. Mike Lee

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah will be speaking at our Conservative Leadership Conference — and he'll be speaking next Tuesday, Jan. 28,  in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address.

According to Politico: "The Utah Republican will speak immediately after the traditional Republican response to the State of the Union, which begins after President Barack Obama’s address, the Tea Party Express said."

His remarks will be live-streamed at

USA Today reported,

"For the Tea Party movement, 2014 is not just about taking back the Senate, but it is also about putting forward conservative ideas that will allow for America to prosper," said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express. "Senator Mike Lee has been both a Tea Party hero for supporters across the nation, and a conservative leader in the upper chamber."

Lee has been a leading voice in for conservative values and policies  in recent Senate debates, including the battles over the budget. He also has been putting forward some of his own ideas about how conservatives can offer solutions to pressing national problems.

Check out his speech Tuesday night …. And think about signing up for CLC to hear him in person. Go to  for more information.

Render Unto Caesar


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William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, visited South Carolina on Sunday to give a "pre-Martin Luther King Day" speech at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia to Columbia and South Carolina NAACP members and guests.

Being that it was a speech in a church and in memory of the great civil rights leader, one might think the speech would be respectful and reverent and perhaps a bit inspiring. But, if you know William Barber like we know William Barber, you would expect a speech that would center on demonizing conservatives or as Barber would say "right-wing extremists."

Unfortunately, Tim Scott, one of South Carolina's U.S. Senators and one of only three African-American U.S. Senators was the subject of one of  Barber's nasty diatribes. Barber said,

"A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. The extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party."

Scott was in good company though, according to "The State," Barber also lambasted clergy when he said "pastors who obsess about topics like prayer, homosexuality and abortion while neglecting justice, poverty, fair play and equality issues “are just running their mouths.”

In an email to the Daily Caller Senator Scott commented on Barber's rant.

“To reflect seriously on the comments a person, a pastor, that is filled with baseless and meaningless rhetoric would be to do a disservice to the very people who have sacrificed so much and paved a way,” Scott told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man. And Rev. Barber will remind me and others of what not to do.”

Chicago Tribune calls for school choice


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On Sunday the Chicago Tribune, that city's largest and most influential newspaper, added its voice to the growing public chorus calling for school choice in Illinois.

School choice has had a long, difficult road in the Land of Lincoln.   Strong labor unions have successfully beaten back all proposals to give parents an option to the current public school monopoly. However, Tribune editors — like people everywhere — see the wreckage created by the current failing system of public schools and are asking legislators to give parents the freedom to make their own choices.

It's time to stop letting luck, wealth or your zip code determine who gets a good education.