Pat McCrory Deserves Our Thanks and a Job with Trump

Profamily activists need to step up our game and support our wounded heroes.

By Maggie Gallagher Published on December 9, 2016

The rumor mills are flying after Trump met with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday that McCrory is being considered for Secretary of Transportation.

If Trump does so, he could not choose better.  McCrory is not only an extremely competent governor, who ran his own state well and managed natural disasters like hurricanes with great aplomb. He’s a hero to millions of traditional believers, almost the only governor willing to take the heat to stand up to Obama’s absurd directives forcing public schools to make girls shower with biological males who identify as female.

McCrory Took a Bullet for Us

The Left framed HB2 as an extremist, hateful and discriminatory bill. Then they got their corporate allies in Big Sports and entertainment to validate their framing for less partisan voters. The Chamber of Commerce announced protecting girls’ privacy in public schools was bad for business. The mainstream media followed with a drumbeat of similar stories on the reaction, with little or no attention paid to the concerns of parents or the girls who would be ask to accept in their intimate areas biological males who decided they felt female.

In Minnesota, we have testimony from girls of what that was like — those who opted for a secondary locker room the administration said they could use had no recourse when the biological males followed them into this alleged sanctuary.

Then the Left followed up by pouring millions into North Carolina to take out McCrory. Outspent by almost 2-1, McCrory lost by a whisker.

Trump could not find a better man to reward with a new opportunity to serve his country. If not Trump, others who understand courage and competence when they see it should make sure Pat McCrory finds a great spot to land after a year of hair-raising attacks on him, his character, and his family.

But the rest of us need to process what McCrory’s defeat in North Carolina says about social conservatives as a movement. Republicans control more state governments than any time in our lifetime — and yet we have seen no wave of conscience protections bills in the post-Obergefell assaults on the jobs and businesses of traditional marriage supporters. Corporations feel free to threaten to hurt states like Georgia if they pass conscience protections. The Chamber of Commerce has emerged as an enemy of people of faith in state after state — again with no apparent perception of any cost to its own core business interest and agenda.

The Trump administration will likely rescind the executive orders and legal interpretations Pres. Obama has used to redefine laws against “gender discrimination” to mean “LGBT discrimination” too, and we will have a much better Supreme Court.

Let’s Stop Bringing Knives to Gunfights

But to gain actual conscience protections for our jobs, our businesses, our charities and ministries, and our Christian (and other faith-based) schools, is going to require legislative action in many cases, both federally and at the state level.

What if the board of the Chamber of Commerce found protestors outside of their homes?

What must we do to build an effective force to fight for religious liberty? I see three huge unmet needs. We need to:

  1. Get politically organized. Except for the pro-life movement, we have few superPACs, PACS or other vehicles that would allow us to directly intervene in politics to reward our friends and allies and to un-elect our opponents. Instead Christians overwhelmingly rely on 501(c)3 strategies, such as voter guides and pastor organizing. As North Carolina shows, that is simply not enough: No influx of money rushed to defend McCrory. We need to be able to act to defend our heroes if we want to pass new protections for traditional believers.
  2. Build new channels of communications to soft Democrats and independents to get around the mainstream media roadblock. We know that North Carolinians were misinformed by the media about what HB2 did. Polls that asked whether voters supported HB2 directly found that the majority oppose the law. But when asked whether they support what HBS did, polls showed a majority of North Carolinians support its common sense aims. Even Fox News only sporadically covers these “controversial” issues perhaps in part because of pressure from advertisers. This means essentially that the Left decides whether any bill, however innocuous or reasonable, represents “antigay hatred.” We must find a way around the media roadblock. Big data now allows us to identify soft Democrat and independent voters and send video to their cellphones and Facebook pages at ten cents a hit or less. A C3 virtual network in key swing states is a possibility worth pursuing. Fashion, cooking or home design websites run by conservatives might be another strategy, with outreach to soft Dems and independents built into the advertising strategy.
  3. Raise the cost to corporations for opposing religious liberty protections. The Chamber of Commerce and the NCAA should not be getting involved in social issues outside their own core interests. Punishing states that pass laws they disapprove of is bad behavior for corporations. We need a strategy to exact some kind of cost when corporations act like this. Boycotts don’t work. But what if the board of the Chamber of Commerce found protestors outside of their homes ? What if Trump or Paul Ryan picked up the phone and asked them to lay off their attacks on the core of the GOP if they want the cooperation of the GOP? These and other innovative strategies are necessary. We don’t want the Chamber of Commerce to endorse religious liberty bills. We want them to stay out of the issue as they do on life and stick to their business agenda.

Pat McCrory is an honorable, competent man who faced an avalanche of hatred for standing up for the rights of girls and parents in North Carolina against Pres. Obama’s lawless pressure. Personally, I hope he is rewarded by Trump and the movement for his courage under fire. Politically, his defeat must focus attention on what people of faith need to do to protect our rights.

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  • Gary

    I live in NC and I voted for McCrory. I am very disappointed that he lost the election to that sodomite-loving pervert, Roy Cooper. NC will suffer as long as Cooper holds office. Cooper is a menace to society. I am hoping the NC legislature will keep Cooper from overturning HB2, which I regard as the best piece of legislation ever passed in NC.

  • Hmmm…

    How wonderful. Honestly, this is why I wanted Trump — not so much for him, but for these beautiful Republicans in the land to be brought to the forefront and part of running our country. The class of 2016 is a very bright one indeed. And it shows what can happen when you can appoint men and women for their job match skills and drives instead of favors paid off.

    • Az1seeit

      Well….TBH we HOPE it shows what can happen, this is all Inthe making. Not cynicism or pessimism….rather clear-eyed realism. And a call to continue to pray for Trump, especially for guidance as he is making these choices.

      • Hmmm…

        No, I acknowledge answers to prayers as well as praying. Republicans are typically God fearing with their heads on straight. The current crop of Dems particularly have really gotten cuckoo under Obama – seriously delusional, so they would be an entirely more confused and even corrupt group. There is a wider divide than there has been in a long time. Most, if not all, of the federal departments need to be cleaned out if not exorcised. That can happen now. Keep praying for the insight and ability for that to take place.

  • Nick Stuart

    Lay off the picketing outside of people’s homes. I hate it when the Left does it. We should leave people at peace in their private lives.

  • fullerhonda

    Good article. Loved the suggestions. I have a suggestion of my own for the writer, though. Ditch the “need” word. It sounds weak. Say, MUST, as everyone must, or other words that project confidence, power, i.e., that two-edge sword. Remember, Jesus is the power. He gives us victory, now and always. Satan has already been defeated; for us, it’s just a matter of looking him in the face and letting him know it.

  • Dean Bruckner

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a perverted cesspool of evil in our nation.

  • galatians328

    Bible-believing Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others who regard the Bible as holy would remember that one of the creation accounts that is blended into the recorded Genesis account of creation describes that every created living thing – as KJV records:

    Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (NOTE:undifferentiated by gender!),

    out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (NOTE:undifferentiated by gender!)

    out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them (NOTE:undifferentiated by gender!)

    and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof (NOTE:they were named undifferentiated by gender!)

    for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man ( NOTE: humanity is inherently ‘trans-gender’),

    And Bible-believing Christians who regard the Bible as holy would remember that the Apostle Paul states CLEARLY AND WITHOUT QUESTION:

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Bible-believing Christians read that ONLY LATER in God’s process of creation were male and female differentiated! Even including humanity which was originally UN-differentiated by gender in the original process of creation! ‘Adam’ is ‘humanity’ not ‘A MAN’. ALL THE PLANT LIFE and all the ALL THE ANIMAL life – in the early Genesis account – were originally undifferentiated. Later in the process of creation ‘male’ and ‘female’ were differentiated. We Iive in this later process of creation so it is appropriate for us to consider ‘male’ and ‘female’

    BUT, Apostle Paul CLEARLY STATES that for those living with Jesus Christ … which is God’s ‘New Creation’ …. there is ‘NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE’.

    No serious believer can avoid this clear, descriptive, and demonstrative teaching by Apostle Paul.

  • Joseph Rich

    As someone who lives in NC, I was disappointed to see McCrory lose. I truly hope that Trump does pick him, as he did an outstanding job as Governor.

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