I very much doubt that I would vote for my namesake—I’m not eligible to vote in the U.S. presidential elections—and I’m a Gary Johnson man, myself, anyway. But Virgil Goode is by the far the lesser of the remaining evils on the ballot.
Goode does have some good(e) (oh, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) policies.
The Constitution: Emphasizing and following the Constitution will mean a smaller less costly government, which is vital for the future prosperity and progress of the United States.
English as the Official Language: I continue to support English as the official language of the United States of America.
Energy Costs: The United States must be free of foreign fossil fuel. Freedom from the Middle Eastern sheiks, Nigeria, and Venezuela is necessary for a continued bright future for our country. We cannot allow OPEC to control our energy supply. The United States must develop its own resources and alternative fuel sources. Hydrogen, biodiesel, and other alternative energy sources have potential in making us less dependent on foreign fossil fuels. I also support the utilization of nuclear power and expanded drilling opportunities for natural gas and oil in this country so that our energy needs are met by domestic and not foreign sources. I have supported and will continue supporting drilling in Alaska and the continental United States. If President, I would support the drilling off our coasts where it can be done safely and where the states, such as Virginia, have passed legislation requesting offshore drilling.
Being free of a need for foreign fossil fuel will enable us to be free of the shifting sands of the Middle East.
Tax Reductions and Fairness: I support the elimination of the Death Tax. Death should not mean the end of the family farm or the family business. A death tax often precludes families from having the homestead or family business. I support and have voted to terminate the current IRS Code at a date determined in the future so it can be replaced with something simpler and fairer. There are several alternatives to the current Code and include the Fair Tax, the Flat Tax, the Transaction Tax, and others. Between the current IRS code and the Fair Tax, I would support the Fair Tax with certain modifications. For example, the Fair Tax, which is basically a national sales tax, has a prebate of $180 per month per person, which should be limited to United States citizens, who are adults and who reside in the United States. I would support a Fair Tax only if certain other taxes, such as the Death Tax and Income Tax were eliminated. If the Income Tax were to be retained, then I would oppose a national sales tax and have a simple flat rate income tax and scrap the current code with its inequities.
Medical Costs: A big factor in medical costs is the high cost of malpractice insurance for our physicians and other health care providers. I support tort reform that will limit attorney fees and the amount of damages recoverable for non-economic losses.
Health Care: I support ending Obamacare.
Public Education: Washington should not be running our local school systems. We need to leave local education decisions to the states and localities. I am opposed to national testing of public school students and voted against “No Child Left Behind” with its new mandates and new tests that must comply with national standards. I support ending the federal Department of Education.
National Defense: We need a strong national defense. However, reckless federal spending which has given us a deficit in excess of one trillion dollars necessitates cutting defense spending. We must now come home from Afghanistan and reduce our expenditures around the globe.
Veteran’s Benefits: I support funding for veterans’ health care and providing health care benefits to all veterans. We also need to insure that the Veteran’s Administration works with and on behalf of our veterans.
Abortion: In the United States House of Representatives, I had a consistent pro-life voting record and in 2008 the National Right to Life Political Action Committee commended me “for your 100 percent pro-life voting record throughout your twelve years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives”. As President I would continue to oppose abortion and would submit a budget to Congress with zero funding for planned parenthood and any other similar entities.
International Relations: I oppose the placement of our Armed Forces under United Nations command. We need to curtail expenditures to the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, and to foreign nations. Our sovereignty, in my opinion, should always be paramount. I also vigorously oppose Agenda 21 and other globalism schemes so harmful to the citizens of the United States.
North American Union: We need to block any union between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The sovereignty of the United States must be preserved. In Congress I sponsored a resolution against the North American Union.
Trade: Agreements like NAFTA and the trade provisions in fast track authorization lead to the erosion of this country’s vital manufacturing base. I do not favor international trade agreements such as these that result in a loss of American sovereignty and jobs.
Term Limits: Term limits for members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are necessary for a Congress more responsive to the needs of our country and its citizens. Many members focus too much time and attention on raising money for the next election. Term limits will result in members caring more about the general good for the county. If elected President, I will serve only one term and not focus on raising money and getting votes for the next election. The country shall be first.
Here‘s a celebrity endorsement from Robert Kocher.
Goode has not been trained, or has freed himself, to treat the realities, and the realistic nuts and bolts of life in terms other than that of the unvarnished raw truth. That’s exactly what is needed in America and, indeed, the world –a good dose of raw reality and tough love.
(Goode was at one time a conservative Democrat. Much to his credit, he was expelled from the Democratic party for voting to impeach Bill Clinton.)
It seems as though Virgil Goode has many of the important issues seriously covered in a way not attempted by present Republican or Democratic candidates. I am not in 100% agreement with positively everything that was said in his statement. Some areas need further explanation and a little touching up. The bare initial statement presented here was not widely presented beyond obscure internet sites. Any subsequent refinements and detailed explanations have been subjected to a blackout in the popular media. For practical purposes Virgil Goode, and his point of view, which is representative of many millions of intelligent people, are portrayed as nonexistent in the popular public media.
What we are instead presented with as the only choices for the presidency are two ambitious demagogue personality boys, goofs, who are in fundamental agreement but trading quips and one liners over trivia in their respective vaudeville acts in what is presented to be a presidential campaign debate. Meanwhile the only man to offer a serious consistent sane alterative and choice was barred from participation.