Editorial: Rep. Pittman, apologize for shameful Facebook post
Posted April 13
A CBC Editorial: Thursday, April 13, 2017; Editorial # 8148
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
"And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional." -- Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus County, April 12, 2017 Facebook post
There may be a handful who agree with the shameful Facebook post by State Rep. Larry Pittman. Even in his gerrymandered legislative district we expect that most voters find it disturbing and wrong.
At a time when much of the nation is celebrating religious holidays of redemption and resurrection – and reflecting on tragedies like the Holocaust of World War II and Adolph Hitler’s effort to exterminate Jews from the planet – Pittman’s hateful remarks are particularly ill-timed and even more reprehensible.
It is insulting and degrading to the memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Civil War, our nation’s most bloody conflict.
Pittman, who has served in the House from Cabarrus County since 2011, is among the most ideologically extreme in North Carolina’s General Assembly. That’s saying something. Included in the compost heap of ignorant and backward proposals he’s championed is a state constitutional amendment to repeal the section that outlaws secession from the federal union.
That section is in the state constitution, as most folks who didn’t sleep through their high school American history classes know, because it was a condition for the rebellious Confederate states to end federal occupation and be readmitted to the union after the Civil War.
Pittman’s amendment is no prank. It is an insult to all those who, even a century and a half after the war, continue in the struggle to heal the wounds that remain and to fulfill promises of freedom to the descendants of those who were enslaved.
The secession repeal bill from Pittman and his co-sponsors has yet to see the light of day since it was buried in the House Rules Committee. That is just where such insulting proposals should remain.
Pittman’s Facebook statement is no small matter. If the leadership and members of the state House have even an ounce of integrity, they should pass a resolution that formally demands that Pittman apologize for his remarks. House Speaker Tim Moore would be wise to lead this effort to maintain the integrity of the legislature.
If Pittman doesn’t make that full and public apology, the legislative leadership, his fellow legislators and the leaders of his political party should demand he resign his seat.
Pittman has besmirched the name and reputation of the people he represents, the citizens of North Carolina and the General Assembly he has been granted the high privilege to serve in.
He might heed the words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.”
Larry Pittman is no representative of North Carolina. Shame on him and anyone who tolerates his hateful views.