(T)he business group encouraged lawmakers to continue negotiations the following day, even as some started to lose hope that a deal could be reached before the NCAA’s deadline.
Ned Curran, a Charlotte real-estate developer and former chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, said he and other executives were using approaches common in forging business deals.
“We would push them a little bit to try a little harder,” he said. “We shared with them that we, if needed, would be trying to push them in some uncomfortable places. ... The subject matter was too important, and it’s not surprising that there would be some rough patches.”
I have read the above passage written by Colin Campbell several times, and have been attempting to interpret it in a charitable fashion. I have been attempting to discover an admirable, upright meaning that might put the business leaders in somewhat of a favorable light.
But I cannot find one.
This is a passage that cries out for the attention of law enforcement. It cries out for conservative Christian police chiefs, county sheriffs and district attorneys who might have jurisdiction in this matter to investigate and, if necessary, to impanel a grand jury and prosecute.
Blackmail and extortion, after all, are crimes. They are crimes even if employed in pursuit of a progressive political agenda. If crimes were committed, there ought to be accountability.
What did they mean? Were they threatening the relocation of large numbers of North Carolina jobs, or the relocation of their businesses to an out-of-state location? Were they threatening to redirect bundles of campaign contributions?
Governor Cooper, Phil Berger and Tim Moore were part of these discussions. Berger is the only one among them who possesses even a modicum of integrity. But even he had to fold.
The moral and ethical corruption of business elites is a sight to behold. The corporate community used to be a wellspring of reasonably conservative values. But it is now a cesspool that reflects the post-modern, post-Christian pop culture. It is all very unfortunate. Here in Greensboro, we have seen comparable illustrations within our own exalted "business community".
We are all fallen individuals. But none of us get to commit criminal acts in pursuit of a political agenda.