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Let's Not Forget what Bob Goodlatte Is: An Obedient Solder for a Dark and Destructive Force

by: AndySchmooklerforCongress

Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 13:05:54 PM EST


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There was something about what Chris Graham of the Luray Page Free Press wrote about Bob Goodlatte that I felt moved to respond to. This is the comment I posted in response:
There seems to me some confusion, Chris, in your opening sentence: "Bob Goodlatte can sound partisan in press releases and on the campaign trail, but by and large, the Roanoke Republican is more comfortable with a lower-key approach to politics."

There's a difference between tone and content. Bob Goodlatte's tone may be "low-key." Goodlatte's demeanor is impeccable, if stiff and artificial. He seems a bland and well-behaved gut. But as for whether or not his content is "partisan," what could be more partisan than being a rubberstamp for your party. That's what Goodlatte is, 94-98 percent of the time.

And let me say most strongly, when we're talking about being partisan in behalf of today's Republican Party, there has never been, in the history of the United States, a political party so consistently destructive and dishonest as what today's Republican Party has become. Bob Goodlatte has given his support to one destructive policy and tactic after another, and he's not hesitated to reinforce the lies and distoritions of the Republican Party line.

It is the worst kind of partisanship, to work to deceive the people in order to help one's party get power at the nation's expense.

In my campaign against him this past year and a half, I called him out on his lies about the budgetary implications of Obamacare. I accused him of hypocrisy and inconsistency on his big theme of opposition to "big government." I labeled as "the politics of dishonesty and distraction" my Goodlatte's channeling of the deliberate Republican distortion of the President's "you didn't built that" statement. I tried to show that all these lies were examples of the Republican Party line that's been degrading our public discourse, turning politics into war, disabling our government from coming to reasonable decisions to deal with real challenges facing our nation, and thus damaging America.

That's why I was willing to spend more than a year and a half of my life, and expend all the energies (physical, emotional, and spiritual) at my command, in order to campaign against this rubberstamp for the terrible thing that the once-great Republican Party has become.

AndySchmooklerforCongress :: Let's Not Forget what Bob Goodlatte Is: An Obedient Solder for a Dark and Destructive Force
Andy Schmookler recently ran for Congress in the 6th Congressional District of Virginia, challenging the incumbent Congressman, Bob Goodlatte.  An award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, Andy moved with his family to Shenandoah County in 1992.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, published as the book The Parable of the Tribes:  The Problem of Power in Social Evolution..  
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Bob Goodlatte: Soldier for the Dark Side (0.00 / 0)
Every time I have met Bob Goodlatte, he seems to be a "nice guy" on the outside. But his political positions are all in the service of party over the people of our district.

Not sure what the goal is here... (0.00 / 0)
but I'm sure I'm not the only one that doesn't think this sounds like someone being bitter about coming up on the losing end. Dark and destructive force? I disagree with the man, but he's not in league with Lucifer. Come on now.

There are better ways forward.

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers


My goal (0.00 / 0)
My goal for the past eight years has been to convey to my fellow Americans something that I see happening in America in our times.  Knowing something that is true, and of urgent importance, I've been working full-time, without pay, for those eight years-- writing all that time, and running for Congress for part of that time, with the same end in mind:  to help people see that a force more destructive and more dishonest than anything that has ever before made it to center stage of American politics has taken over the political right.

I gather that you, Paba, do not see this, and so you think it inappropriate for me to utilize Bob Goodlatte's rubber-stamp support for this destructive force as a means of calling attention to the nature of the crisis we face. Not seeing it, you think there are better ways forward.

I do see it, and I think this is part of the best way forward available to me in the position that I'm in.


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I'm confused as to what you're saying here. (0.00 / 0)
Are you arguing: a) that the Republican Party has NOT lurched to the far right, overwhelmingly in thrall to the power of big corporations and wealthy individuals (allied with theocrats, bigots, warmongers, etc.); b) that the Republicans HAVE lurched in that direction, yes, but they shouldn't be called out for it; or c) other? Also, I'm confused why you'd criticize Andy Schmookler for having the courage to call out tools like Bob Goodlatte, and even put himself out there to run against Goodlatte. In my view, we should be thanking Andy profusely, and trying to find a lot more Andy Schmooklers out there to do what he's been doing.

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a) and b) are things I already stated (0.00 / 0)
There are better ways forward than just continuing to say "he is a bad person." Congrats, you've accomplished...nothing of tangible value.

I don't get why the DailyKos crowd seems to think there's power in hyperbole. There's big difference between taking a real, critical fight to political opponents and going around calling people "dark sided" or "taliban" or whatever. In a case like this, you sound like a sore loser. Thanks for running, but you lost an honest race due to a number of unfortunate factors. How does this fix that?

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers


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I don't believe I've ever seen or heard Andy call Goodlatte (0.00 / 0)
a "bad person." To the contrary, Andy has called out Goodlatte for supporting the Republican Party's extreme agenda. That's 100% correct, and there's a great deal of value in that. Also, this is not the "Daily Kos crowd," not even sure what that means.

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the complexity of people (0.00 / 0)
Lowell is right: I never have called Bob Goodlatte a bad person. At the same time, whatever else he is, his record shows that he's been willing to go along with a party that has gone terribly wrong.  Paba may think that's hyperbole, but I really have no doubt that I know what I'm talking about, and I invite Paba to check out what I've been doing/writing/saying for the past forty-some years to assess how credible a witness I am on such things as the operation of destructive forces, over time, in civilized societies.

In much of that work of mine over the decades --writing books with subtitles like "The Problem of Power in Social Evolution," "Healing the Wounds that Drive us to War," "The Cycling of Good and Evil in the Human System," and "A Quest to Bridge America's Moral Divide"-- I've investigated how cultural systems can bring out the best and/or the worst in people. Also relevant here is the extensive historical evidence that normal, "nice," "decent" people can sometimes become willing participants in outright evil.

People are complex systems. In many people, it's actually as though there are more than one personality system in operation within them.  I don't know what goes on in Bob Goodlatte, but I do see him as a person who might very well have preferred to have been part of a normal American political party --like the Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower-- but in any event has been willing to serve something extremely ugly, as pernicious as anything in our nation's history that's held anything like so much power.


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What amazes me is how people choose their "team" (0.00 / 0)
and then don't leave it, even when that "team" goes off the deep end into craziness, extremism, etc. I'm talking about people like Bob Goodlatte, Frank Wolf, Rob Wittman, and many others. All of them should tell the Teapublican Party to take a long leap off a short pier into a deep lake. LOL

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Bob Boodlatte's far right wing voting record (0.00 / 0)
I have reviewed Bob Goodlatte's voting record over the years and am appalled by how "anti" he has been:  anti- environment, anti-women, anti-student education, anti-job creation.  What he has been for is big coal, big oil, and the top 2%.  

Andy is absolutely correct when he says that Goodlatte has been a continuous fount of misinformation.  It's unfortunate that he has apparently pulled the wool over the eyes of the voters of the sixth district who continue to vote for him.


Agreed, Goodlatte is one of those guys who comes across (0.00 / 0)
as "nice" but whose voting record is absolutely deplorable, abysmal, every bad word you can think of. In my view, the voting record's what matters, not whether he's personally "nice" or not. This is politics, not a happy hour or whatever.

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