The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fall

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    (People power, perhaps the 99% beating the 1% for a change, instead of the other way around? I like the sound of that! – promoted by lowkell)

    Why Beating Bob Goodlatte Could Have a Very Big Impact

    I am running as a Democrat to take the 6th District congressional seat away from the Republican, Bob Goodlatte.  With this campaign, we have an opportunity to achieve something of real importance, something that reverberates far beyond the 6th District.

    Sure, it’s an uphill fight. Sure, our incumbent Republican opponent will far outspend us. Sure, this is the most difficult district in Virginia in which to beat a Republican.

    All the better! The more surprising our victory, the more powerful the blow we will strike by winning this race!

    Remember the nature of this terrible crisis we face in America today. Money power is taking over our country, robbing average Americans of their futures while enriching the already fabulously wealthy.

    We have an opportunity to show America how people power can defeat money power — by inspiring old and young, liberal and conservative, to rise up and repudiate those who have put advantage for the few ahead of serving the greater good.

    The Republican Party dominates the political battlefield, with the Democrats too often bullied into submission, shrinking from the battles that need to be fought.

    We can show the Democratic Party how to win — by standing and fighting unequivocally for the American people, telling the truth about what the Republican Party has become and how it is stealing our birthright as Americans.

    We can do this. I can see how it can be done. What it requires is that enough people — people like you — throw themselves into this battle.

    This battle — not just in our Virginia but in the nation as a whole — is about what kind of society we will become.

    That’s why I’m running. That’s why I am working to fashion this campaign into an instrument for striking a meaningful blow against the destructive force that is degrading our country.

    I hope you will join with me to show America how people power can beat money power. Help me  beat Bob Goodlatte!

    Andy Schmookler is running 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 graduate of Harvard University and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

    To learn more about Andy, please go to his website. You may also follow Andy on Facebook and on Twitter.  

    • Ingrid

      But why “I am running as a Democrat” instead of “I am a Democrat and I’m running…”?

    • No Party

      Is he sure what district he will even be in ?

    • AndySchmooklerforCongress

      That way of putting it has the reasons that Elaine in Roanoke suggests –that the district is the most Republican district in Virginia– and it has another, related reason as well.

      I wouldn’t be running if these were normal political times in America, and if the issues were the normal liberal-vs-conservative, Democrat-vs.-Republican issues.  Those issues are real, but our crisis is at another level altogether.

      I want to call attention to that deeper level, at which the issues are honesty vs. manipulation and deception, responsibility vs. irresponsibility, a sense of the greater good vs. insatiable greed and the lust for power, constructive vs. destructive political behavior, integrity vs. brokenness.

      It is my belief that if the decent conservatives of the 6th District knew the truth, they would withdraw their support from today’s Republican Party– which is anything but conservative in any traditional sense.

      Therefore, I want to find ways for them to hear me, when I speak to them, as something other than a partisan. At the partisan level, I will encounter only reflexive resistance.  If I can reach a deeper level, then perhaps –just maybe– I can get them to see with clearer eyes what their party has become, and why I am truly more representative of both their interests and their values than the 10-term incumbent against whom I’m running.