Tag: Andy Schmookler

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Andy Schmookler: An open letter to Bob Goodlatte

Dear Congressman Goodlatte: if there’s one thing people can count on you for, it’s that you will put your party’s interests ahead of the good of the nation.


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Andy Schmooker: The “right-to-work” con

When I was involved in electoral politics here in Virginia, I was advised by Democratic politicians to stay away from the issue of “right-to-work” laws.


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Andy Schmookler: Bernie’s disingenuous pledge

I’d guess I’ve heard it at least a dozen times: Bernie Sanders pledging that “I’ll do everything I can to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.”


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My guilty pleasures: NFL football and World War II

NFL football and World War II share certain characteristics that make them, for me, guilty pleasures.


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Brexit: A setback in one of humankind’s most important projects

The Brexit vote has brought the Europe-scaled version of this civilization-wide challenge to such a fork in the road.


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Any self-respecting Supreme Court would have struck down the Texas abortion law

I was asked at year’s end for my predictions for the coming year. One prediction I made was that the Court would strike down the Texas abortion law.


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Did the spirit of Donald Trump help assassinate Jo Cox?

Who is responsible for the shooting of the British member of Parliament, Jo Cox, last week?


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Andy Schmookler: Trump and American foreign policy

Hillary Clinton’s critique focuses on “temperament.” This piece focuses on the combination of Donald Trump’s ignorance and boldness.


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Open primaries: A wrong idea

It is reported that one of the reforms that Bernie Sanders would like to see implemented in the Democratic Party is the idea of “open” primaries.


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Andy Schmookler: A Congress whose priority is the good of the nation

Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall’s campaign, that should be seen as one important means toward the ultimate goal.


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Andy Schmookler: I was wrong about Trump

There’s been a change in how I see Donald Trump. A few months ago, I saw him as an accomplished actor, able to pick what role to play for the occasion.


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Andy Schmookler hosting politics Q and A

Author and activist Andy Schmookler is hosting an American politics Q & A session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Harrisonburg.


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Andy Schmookler: A win-win way for Bernie to lead now

Dear Bernie: There are some – such as you and some of your followers – who believe it is worthwhile for you to keep fighting Hillary for the nomination.


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People who go for the Trump Hate Your Neighbor posture

Anyone who cares about the question “What would Jesus do?” should recognize the hostile stance being rewarded by Donald Trump’s supporters as un-Christian.


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Republican Party: No longer the party of law and order, limited government

Do you remember when the Republican Party was the “law and order” Party? Yet now we have the spectacle of the two leading contenders for the Republican nomination for President supporting the commission of crimes.


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Cry the benighted country: What’s gone wrong in America

“Make America great again,” Trump says. Not a bad idea, but first we need to understand what’s gone wrong.


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Andy Schmookler: Is Mark Obenshain Virginia’s Scott Walker?

Months ago, when I publicly characterized the Virginia state senator from my district as “the man who would be Virginia’s Scott Walker,” I had no idea that there was or would be any direct connection between those two politicians.


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Andy Schmookler: Strike while The Donald is hot!

Today’s Republican Party is a disgrace like nothing ever seen before at center stage of American politics. From 2001 to 2009, it gave us the most lawless presidency in the history of the nation, and then from 2009 till now, it has given us the most obstructionist opposition party the nation has seen.


Andy Schmookler: What’s taking over America

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, not individual billionaires, that calls the shots. This corporate system is more than the sum of individual corporations, or even of whole industries.


ALEC’s threatened SLAPP suit against the LCV: Another part of the assault on our democracy

Some thoughts about the press release that my wife, April Moore, put out earlier this week. In it, she challenged her opponent – Virginia State Senator (and apparent would-be-Virginia’s Scott Walker), Mark Obenshain – to condemn the suit threatened by corporate powerhouse ALEC against the League of Conservation Voters.


How did it get this bad?

How did it get this bad? A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that telling conservatives that a light bulb is good for the environment makes them less likely to buy it.


Andy Schmookler: White privilege and the Right’s urge to kick down

What could explain the impulse to kick down shown by the likes of Bill “What White Privilege?” O’Reilly, nor by the rich men with whom Mitt Romney sought to ingratiate himself with his “47%” comment?


Compromise: A dirty word with the modern Republican Party

Never has “compromise” been treated as such a dirty word as by today’s Republican Party. Never has a party been less interested in working together to do the people’s business.


Ideas that can make Liberal America stronger

The imbalance in intensity in the political battle raging in America is largely due to the deficiency of moral and spiritual passion in Liberal America,


Andy Schmookler: Concerned about where our nation is heading?

Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known?