The GOP, Solving Imaginary Problems


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    In the very first version of my campaign speech –which was entitled “The Elephant in the Room”– I described how the force that has arisen on the political right is like nothing ever seen before at center stage of the American political system. To substantiate that judgment, I launched into a series of “Never befores,” which enumerated a variety of ways in which this destructive force is unprecedented.

    One of these Never Befores went like this:

    Never has this nation seen one of its two major parties so utterly bankrupt of any positive vision, so devoid of any concept of how to make a better America. Instead, their consistent dedication is to blocking the efforts that others make to provide solutions to the nation’s problems (even when the ideas used to be their own) and to dismantling what America has already achieved to make a more whole society (like gutting the Clean Air Act, abolishing the EPA, and assaulting Social Security).”

    All this came to my mind yesterday when I read an article in Washington Monthly in which Steve Benen writes about how this do-nothing Republican Congress has actually been solving a lot of problems. Imaginary problems. Benen wrote:

    “[I]t seems the list of policy initiatives launched by Republicans to address problems that don’t exist keeps growing. GOP officials are passing measures to combat voter fraud, without instances of actual voter fraud. House Republicans voted to eliminate a proposed EPA farm-dust regulation, despite the fact that the EPA has no proposed farm-dust regulation. GOP officials recently passed a resolution to affirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto, but “In God We Trust” was already the national motto.

    “Now they’re tackling benefits for millionaires that hardly ever go to millionaires.”

    So, the party that shows its true nature by its complete lack of any positive vision, attempts to hide its moral bankruptcy by making a phony show of solving imaginary problems.

    Let us hope the American people can see through this.


    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.  


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