Goolsby rips NAACP protests as ‘Moron Monday’


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Submitted: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 9:54pm
Updated: Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:51am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Thom Goolsby has gone on the offensive against a weekly series of NAACP-led protests at the General Assembly. Goolsby referred to the events dubbed “Moral Monday” by organizers as “Moron Monday.”

Goolsby’s constituents in his all New Hanover County 9th District probably have not seen or heard much of what he had to say, because the comments were part of an op-ed piece in Friday’s edition of the Chatham Journal titled “Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn’t get it.”

“The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow,” Goolsby started off. “The ‘Reverend’ (William) Barber was decked out like a prelate of the Church of Rome (no insult is meant to Catholics), complete with stole and cassock. All he was missing was a miter and the ensemble would have been complete.”

Goolsby goes on to describe the crowd as “mostly white, angry, aged former hippies.” Later he questions why such protests were not made a few years ago when Democrats, who controlled state government, “were bankrupting North Carolina?”

The second-term senator writes that Republicans, who have won overwhelming majorities in both houses of the General Assembly in the last two elections along with the governor’s office last year, have since been hard at work righting the ship.

“Apparently, even in the light of the overwhelming GOP election victories, (the left) believe(s) that Republicans had no mandate to fix what the Democrats broke,” Goolsby wrote. “Somehow, the new leadership is supposed to print money on a magical press and spend our way into prosperity.”

Click here to read Goolsby’s entire op-ed at ChathamJournal.com

When WWAY spoke with the Senator Monday he said “I am very happy to see them all protest, but my question to them has been and will continue to be, where were you three years ago when North Carolina was on the edge of total bankruptcy? I can’t seem to get an answer.”

In response to Goolby’s article the New Hanover County Democrats issued a release Monday condemning his comments. The group writes “the majority legislators in Raleigh appear to have a single-minded focus on dragging us backward. County Democrats urge New Hanover’s voters to contact their legislators to tell them about their concerns about the attacks on middle class and working families.”

Representative Susi Hamilton said “Senator Goolsby’s tone and statements were demeaning to his constituents, and quite beneath the office he holds.”

103 Comments

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Every now and again we pause to ask the question “What was he thinking?”. Only the Senator could answer that. This op-ed is the rhetoric of a candidate, not the thoughtful tempered words of a second term major office holder.

  • taxpayer says:

    “create jobs” other than those who they hire to work in their office(s)…which we taxpayers pay for.

    What they can do, to create jobs, is to remove burdensome regulations that inhibit the companies that do create jobs. So to that end, if Thom and the other legislators do that, then they are, in fact, “creating” jobs.

  • Bruce Holsten says:

    Goolsby’s petulant article is an outrage. He shows his true Mississippi-styled bigotry in this diatribe, filled with racist undertones and the type of false vitriol used to stir up mobs. His purported facts about who deserves credit for the last three years of improving economic conditions in NC, let alone the circumstances surrounding these issues, are a blatant misrepresentation of reality. It’s like this year’s team claiming responsibility for winning last year’s big ball game.

    He is an embarrassment to New Hanover County and clearly only serves the ALEC and AFP national agenda, who funded his election. He apparently cares little for either his state or its citizens well-being, and represents all that is misguided and wrong-minded with the current Republican-lead General Assembly.

  • Stella Dean says:

    To insult Rev. Dr. William Barber for his religious clothing, to dismiss the presence of teachers, college professors, students and the elderly by referring to them as morons is proof that NC Sen. Goolsby does not represent us in the legislature. The people at Moral Mondays are North Carolina citizens, at least 50 of them live in his district, and have every right and a responsibility to express their response to the state legislature.

    Because of the Legislature’s actions children will go without health care, and NC tax payers will have to pay for the emergency room visits that would have been covered by the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals will have fewer resources because the support for them has been denied. Our children will have fewer resources in public schools. The result will be fewer graduates prepared for well-paying jobs. The list of bad decisions for average NC citizens goes on and on.

    Goolsby should be holding town halls to hear what his constituents have to say rather than judging them as morons.

  • Jeanne Milliken Bonds says:

    Goolsby’s comments are not only incorrect with respect to who attended as his colleagues in the NC Senate were in attendance but his general demeanor is unbecoming his position in public policy in this state. He offends without offering ideas. He berates without listening. Wilmington deserves intelligent listening from its representatives.

  • Guestginger says:

    The contempt he shows for veterans, children, the poor, the disabled, and religious leaders is unfathomable. Peaceful demonstrations against policies that turn their back on these groups is our democratic right. Tax breaks for the wealthiest donors and corporations seem to be the driving force of the state GOP. There are NO jobs bills being put forth at this point and we are still hovering around 9% unemployment!

    Sen. Goolsby will have these words haunt him when it’s re-election time. There are lots more poor and middle class voters than there are rich donors, after all.

  • roninwilm says:

    About that Chatham Journal article it is as I suspected all along. Senator Goolsby is a bigoted racist. It is a shame our county’s voters were so stupid in the last election.

  • SClark says:

    Mr. Goolsby is out if touch with reality. His Art Pope funded ride to the senate will be over after this session. Hopefully the damage he and his Tea Party friends are doing to our state will be repairable when all is said and done.

    Then he can go back to his former job, as a paid shill for Civitas and Americans for Prosperity. (What am I saying? That’s his job now.)

  • Linda Barnett says:

    He actually was elected to ” create jobs” not enforce his personal belief system on us. He is clueless charlatan who I hope people have the common sense to get rid of. Any politician who doesn’t respect the right of any group of people to voice their feelings through peaceful protest is not to be trusted.

  • Enraged Citizen says:

    About that Chatham Journal article, it is as I suspected all along. Senator Goolsby is a bigoted racist. It is a shame our county’s voters were so stupid in the last election.

  • PeterPan says:

    It’s about time we had a real statesman! Keep up the good work! Couldn’t be more proud!

  • Michael Tuck says:

    It’s not that Goolsby disagrees with the Moral Monday protests. That’s his right and his choice. It’s also his right and his choice to sink down to the level of a three-year old throwing a tantrum in responding to it. His column is filled with childish insults, personal vilifications (including against the Reverend William Barber, whose status as a church leader he disrespects), and outright lies about the state of the NC economy and the “fixes” he and McCrory have undertaken. I would expect him to engage in civil and rational discourse with those he opposes, but instead he chose to drop himself into the gutter.

    I also wonder why he chose to publish his little tirade in a tiny weekly from Chatham County. Did he think we wouldn’t see it? Was he afraid that if he published it in the Wilmington Star-News it would hurt him at the polls in 2014?

  • ER says:

    Way to tell it like it is Thom. The left needs to hear the truth because truth and reality are not things they are concerned with. They prefer to remain uninformed, misinformed, and misguided. We need more of your colleagues to join in and be vocal in making the changes that we elected you to make. Keep up the good work that we elected you to do.

  • Ed Binanay says:

    Our Catholic Bishop Michael F. Burbidge is joining the fight. Thank you Bishop Burbidge. I am calling all North Carolinians to show support. Come join us.

    See you June 10th at 5 PM (Halifax mall In front of the Legislature Bldg)

    Clergy joining “Moral Mondays” may mark turning point

    The protest at the General Assembly on Monday, which will be led by clergy from around the state, brings together a cross-section of Christians, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists.
    Their involvement marks a noteworthy turning point in the weekly protests, which have led to the arrests of more than 300 people over five weeks. While the organizers of the “Moral Mondays” movement have been partisan, the clergy make a point of saying their interest isn’t political.
    “Rather it is a matter of faith with respect to our understanding of the biblical teachings and imperatives to protect the poor, respect the stranger, care for widows and children and love our neighbors,” according to the statement, which was provided to Dome over the weekend.
    Signing it are Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Catholic diocese in Raleigh; Bishop Michael Bruce Curry of the Episcopal diocese of North Carolina; Rev. Leonard Bolick, bishop of the Synod of North Carolina Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Ted Churn, executive presbyter Presbytery of New Hope; Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church; Rev. Alfred “Chip” Marble, assisting bishop Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church; and Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan-elect Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
    Here’s the statement in its entirety:
    “As you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” — Matthew 25:4
    “We speak as bishops and Christian leaders in North Carolina about the moral issues highlighted by the Moral Monday events. Our call to speak grows out of these words that we prayed together at our meeting on June 6: ‘May we be a more vivid symbol of unity to all the faithful. May the witness of our lives proclaim the Kingdom of God.’
    “As you may know, people have been gathering on Monday evenings to offer vigilant witness on moral issues being considered by our elected state officials. We share their concern for many of the issues they are bringing forth.
    “The Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler of Union Seminary (Charlotte) recently summarized the effect of pending and enacted legislation especially on the poor, the aging and children.
    “As you read this letter, the North Carolina General Assembly is passing bills that will remove 500,000 people from the Medicaid roles leaving them without health insurance; that will remove 170,000 people from unemployment when unemployment rates remain at historically high levels; that threaten to replace the graduated state income tax with a consumption tax that will adversely impact the poorest North Carolinians who will face increased prices on basic goods; that will force college students to return to their often distant homes to vote or cost their parents their $2,500 dependency deduction…. These and many other bills will adversely impact those who can least afford it and therefore demand a fervent response from people of faith! ”
    “Our concern about the legislative actions cited by Rev. Dr. Sadler is not an act of political partisanship. Rather it is a matter of faith with respect to our understanding of the biblical teachings and imperatives to protect the poor, respect the stranger, care for widows and children and love our neighbors (Isaiah 10:1-2, Hebrews 13:2, James 1:27, Matthew 22:39, Galatians 5:14). We recognize and respect other Christian brothers and sisters who may seek to apply these biblical teachings in different ways and through different means.
    “We speak and act in love and through our understanding that our first citizenship is in the Kingdom of God, and we do so always as faithful citizens of the democratic process.”

    http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/clergy_joining_moral_mondays_may_mark_turning_point

  • Unaffiliated says:

    As a mostly white, angry, aged former hippy, I feel compelled to respond to this. In recent elections I have voted for more Republicans than Democrats (I am registered unaffiliated, like most mostly white, angry, aged former hippies), because I generally vote for the person, not the party. In the US there are only two parties of any real consequence, but there are many and varied views among the people within those parties, so I find myself listening to what each individual says, and watching what they do, rather than voting along party lines. Unfortunately, the Republican Party currently seems to be in self-destruct mode with comments from its leaders such as this. Such prejudicial comments will lead me to be more prejudiced against some of those Republicans in the next election. Since I know there are many others like me in the Wilmington area, it is likely that Mr. Goulsby will lose a few points next time around.

  • Bearclaw says:

    I never thought I’d see a day when an elected leader would write such a hateful editorial. Bob Dole was right about the modern GOP.

  • Guest Half Century says:

    He’s right. They are a bunch of old pathetic hippies. They spoke
    out against big government in the 60’s and and the facist government.
    Well now they are in charge of our federal government, our colleges
    and universities and they are ten times worse in their government
    heavy handedness than anything they protested against in the 60’s.
    What hypocrites!!!!

  • KT says:

    This is exactly what one can expect of this money-hungry, publicity hungry, prejudiced, ignorant, man in a white suit. I am so ashamed of New Hanover County’s choice and have never seen such self-serving, environment destroying, woman hating, immoral men elected in such large numbers to the NC Senate and House.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    it seems that Republicans represent the same gov’t waste that Democrats represent. They’re just willing to cut vital lifeline services for the poor while the Democrats won’t. No one touches the fact that 7 out of 10 dollars taken in by the gov’t never returns to the people, unless they work for the “corporation”. Nothing will ever change until that inequity is addressed.

  • dean bailey says:

    republicans are like snakes only good ones are the dead ones. too bad they not all dead

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Way to go, Senator Goolsby. It’s about time somebody called out these socialists for what they are.

  • NCBlondeB says:

    I hope his day job is lucrative and not client/customer based.

  • tke1 says:

    The protestors disagree with the legislature and they are heros. A legislator disagrees with the protestors and he will be called racist, bigot, etc. Mr. Goolsby needs to realize that only democrats and liberals can use Saul Alinsky’s (Rules for Radicals) tactic of “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”. When conservatives use this tactic they are harshly criticized.

  • Coast says:

    Goolsby’s comments are out of line. I really have a hard time giving any respect to someone who denigrates civil rights activists.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    … and hateful extremists just like you from both major parties, nothing gets done anymore. It’s all vitriol and zero accomplishments.

    Figuratively speaking, I wish and pray that each and every one of you would drop dead. Until you all do, nothing will ever get done.

  • Guest7969 says:

    “civil rights activists” You mean RACISTS!

  • Guest7969 says:

    I bet you believed Obama when he stated his administration would be open, transparent and stop illegal wiretapping…

  • Right on! Or in this case, right off. The radical self-righteous are at it again–with a blind eye and deaf ear to the real needs of real people. Yes, these cruel and hard-nosed legislators were elected. But voters are already responding to the national embarrassment created by these unconscionable legislators. The next election will tell a different story.

  • Conservative Democrat says:

    I find humor in your words but I’d hate to see them all dead. It puzzles me as to why the average republican believes everything their leaders say without question. They deal out hypocrisy as if it is their second nature. Most do not know what their personal opinion is on issues until they watch Fox News, listen to their party leaders spew out propaganda or tune in to listen to Rush “Lameballs” or one of the other hate mongers. I wish they weren’t so gullible and would do some research and thinking on their own. I also wish they would stop repeating the rupub-lie-i-can buzz words like socialist and liberal. This talking head, Thom Goolsby, shows his level of intelligence in his words. He doesn’t want anyone who disagrees with him to speak or protest. Wouldn’t that kind of be classified as a form of communism? And to think, they call the Democrats socialists. I guess it is whatever works for them at the moment. Did I say hypocrisy?

  • Disgusted Wilmington constituent says:

    Thom Ghoulsby is a pathetic excuse for a human being — let alone a leader. His contempt for the valid moral concerns of his constituents is appalling. And this IS about morality and the deep suffering which will result from the destructive policies he has supported. It is clear that he just doesn’t care. The mystery is how this arrogant fool ever got elected. Our efforts to ensure that this does not recur will be redoubled as a result of this hateful rant.

  • KrisC says:

    “Aged hippies?” “Morons?” My, my, your excellency, your utterings belie the esteem accorded to you as representative of the people (all the people).

  • deputy 25 says:

    thanks Thom. tell it like it is. liberal thugs cant handle the truth

  • Guestwit says:

    Say whay you will about goolby- he means what he says and he has some class. Better tha that political thug Woody white – he has slandered Boozeman, Berger and others. Let us hope someone sues that thug White.
    Ctiticize or agree with goolsby- but lets end White, Dawson and Price to prison where they belong.

  • Guestobama says:

    Tom is right we have our priorioties wrong. Attacks by nAACP are way off base some of the time. They should be called to task when they cross aline- Racism whether white or black should not be tolereated.
    Speaking of morons and corruption- lets rememebr- Woody White is a a thug whi has attacked people on the bais of gender and mental health.
    He is the kind of polirical dennerate who shoul;d be jailed- and hopefully soon he will be. His days of bullying and lying are over-
    alngh with his political pimps dawson and price. Thank heavens their are feds who care about corruption in Wi;lmington.
    Woody bulliesothers revealing what a low life he is- soon to get his

  • Guest0000 says:

    Actually, the housing bubble was caused by then Pres. Clinton. Yes, Pres. Bush let it ride and he is as much at fault, but lets not forget to point at the right people and not single out someone that does not fall in to our political beliefs.

  • Vog46 says:

    Our crisis was caused by “us”. Yep ALL of us.
    We wanted a house – go into debt
    We wanted that new car – go into debt
    We wanted that boat – go into debt
    We wanted that bank to get big profits – use that debt to form new investment vehicles that were backed by over leveraged housing mortgages.
    The bans then bundled credit cards in with the mortgage debts.

    The one main item that’s related?
    Debt, debt and more debt.
    We wanted it, we got it, and the banks developed a way to profit from it (aside from interest charges).
    By profiting from it the banks were then “encouraged” by investors to get more debt for bundling.
    So the banks just used THEIR greed to encourage OUR GREED which eventually got “called”.

    There’s enough blame to go around for everyone.
    You want to eliminate this? get out of debt.
    Save a for a big mortgage down payment – then pay it off early.
    Save $ for a cash car or pay it off early
    Banks will hate you for it.
    Thats good enough reason for me to do it

    Vog

  • Vog46 says:

    No need for apologizing but I accept it graciously.
    My goodness now there’s two people admitting to error here?(I’m sure there’s more) What is the world coming too?

    Ah the dreaded ultrasound wand – better watch it.
    Mrs Goolsby will come out of the woodwork and say that’s all a lie.

    Thom is a bad politician..

    (Coterie? You sent me to the dictionary on that one – THANK YOU !! I love a good wordsmith)

    Vog

  • GuestMan. says:

    Ghoulsby is not one bit better than they are.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the answer to your question and many more is readily available online.

  • liberalandproud says:

    I just think it is interesting that several of my friends’ comments were deleted from Senator Goolsby’s facebook page–and now all commenting has been blocked. Doesn’t he want to know wha we think?

  • Guest2020 says:

    Does anyone know if Goolsby supports the cut in unemployment benefits?

  • sutra says:

    “Misfortune comes from one’s mouth and ruins him, but fortune comes from one’s heart and makes him worthy of respect,” a sage says (十字御書). It seems one (Jewish), former Marine, lawyer, NC Senator feels some of us (+200k in New Hanover County) are morons when we share our feelings – engage in civic dialogue. Perhaps we should feel some comfort that our senator does not have the heart of Syrian President, Colonel Bashar al-Assad, or Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan? We are deeply yearning for compassionate, respect worthy leadership of integrity, wisdom, & virtue for all of us.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Guestwit, I know who White and Dawson are and that Wolfe was picked for the commission to fill the Catlin vacancy despite the local GOP leadership’s nomination of another. Who is Price who you name in your comment?

  • Guestwit says:

    Goolsby has strong views but is a straight shooter. White is a political thug– tries to attack and bully his opponents– he is no more and no less than a viscious unethical politico – having him in office shames our entire community. Lets focus on actions even more than words—Goolsby can speak more clearly- White probably should be in jail-he smears opponents at will, lies when its convenient-hey better yet lets send him to the Senate- he would fit right in.

  • Vog46 says:

    The more I read the more upset I become.
    First – it has nothing to do with the NAACP. Everyone has an opinion of them and I happen to agree that what they did during the fiasco at Duke was wrong. Fortunately “justice” prevailed – the truth was found out and the right people were vindicated.
    Thom’s attitude, and the tone and timbre of his statements seem to indicate someone who has become too comfortable with his position and used this as a sounding board against hippies, Catholics, NAACP, stupid people, circus performers and the like. He was swinging at everyone it appears and sparing no one.
    I don’t “get” this. He’s an attorney and knows how to use words which is even more disturbing to me.
    So, how else were these folks supposed to act? Like the DEMs before them the GOP has shut out all opposing views. Are they surprised by the demonstrations? Or is the REAL problem here the fact that during the DEM reign the GOP couldn’t get people to do this exact same thing? Is Goolsby trying to fire up the GOP?
    There is no doubt in my mind that some demonstrators are out of hand – the arrest records indicate this. But if the correct way is to go before your Representative and talk but they refuse to allow this then what did you expect?
    It seems to me that both parties have lost a lot of the civility that marked the great politicians of the past. DEMs for their part were smirkey, complacent, and all to eager to tax and spend. Today’s GOP however seems arrogant, condescending and all to eager to please corporate interests above all others.
    Both attitudes are wrong IMHO.
    But a good politician seems to know when to let loose with those attitudes and when to keep them to himself.
    Goolsby just proved he’s not a good politician I think

    Vog

    PS – Thom? Why the Chatham Journal? Why a newspaper far outside your own district?
    Makes me wonder

  • Anne Russell says:

    Although I have been appalled by Senator Goolsby’s ill-conceived and reprehensible statements directed at North Carolina citizens exercising their protest rights at the Legislature on Moral Mondays, I had not intended to join this group in Raleigh. But I shall certainly be there next Monday. I note that I have been married to a Wake County legislator, and I served as press liaison for the NC House of Representatives. Goolsby had me fooled for awhile, but he has now shown his colors.

  • truthseeker says:

    Senator Goolsby is only commenting on what is the truth. Those demonstrators are ex hippies, left leaning activist whose ideas of a Democracy are actually Socialism. They want those who have worked, earned an education and succeeded in life to support those who have dropped out of school, got pregnant early, rejected hard word or any work. They cannot stand that Republicans want a voter ID to be able to vote and want no appeal for a death penalty just because you are black. I cannot stand that minorities are voting numerous and under fake names to keep their welfare check coming. Democrats get their bread and butter by catering to these people at the expense of those who have gone out and made success for themselves. Change is coming hippies and it is not the change you champion. So sad, boo hoo.

  • keeper of the 1st amendment says:

    Thom asked where I was at three years ago?
    I was at work, doing my job, paying my taxes,
    getting my pay cut by the GOP, benefits cut and
    insurance rates raised, working conditions not kept up
    to safety standards. Other than that, just listing to
    people like you. I am a moron, and I vote, and I will
    not forget.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Vog, a couple things. The Wiki bio of Sen. Goolsby indicates that he is Catholic. That may be wrong but I find it interesting. Goolsby’s op ed said that Rev. Barber was wearing a cassock and stoles and all he was missing was a Bishop’s miter. When checking the many videos of this event, Barber was wearing a red ordinary clerical shirt with a white collar tab and he was wearing a red preacher’s stole over a black suit. Anyone who was raised anywhere near a Catholic church knows how a priest dresses…. Methinks that Thom was trying to arouse some kind of anti-foreign or anti Catholic sentiment despite his being a member of the Catholic Church.

    I wrongly thought that Goolsby was pandering to his base with some of his far right rhetoric. Unfortunately, this screed he wrote firmly establishes him as a “true believer”…. He’s no better than the coterie of idiots and paranoids leading the NHC GOP.

    My personal apologies to you for the times I challenged you in your assessment of this clown. I wish I could wave an ultrasound wand and make him go away.

  • renoGuest says:

    why would you want to do go out there and make a ass of yourself too? just wait for the next election the democrats will give you a pint of wiskey and $20 to vote for them.

  • Victim says:

    Cobb is the biggest double-crossing two-faced instigator of all racial protesting in this part of the state and I for one, think his bullying every good Judge, Clerk and Lawyer out of the courthouse and stirring constant racial conflict inside the courthouse NEEDS TO STOP. He truly acts like he’s the head master of the plantation and makes all the minorities fight and bow to him. Is it illegal to just spit daily on his windshield when he parks at 3rd & Market? It’s worth it to get the citation and jail sentence.

  • B M says:

    Tom you are spot on, “truth hurts” time we all belly up and share some responsibility, there is a law against extortion until it’s convenient, glad to see we have finally elected someone that represents the values that it is going to take to turn NC around.

  • C B Lewis says:

    THOM, keep up the good work and we will put you back in office. We need some one to tell it like it is for once.This is my 2nd try,i wonder if WWAY can print this one? Thanks Thom for all you are doing.

  • CATSPAL says:

    Goolsby again shows the serious flaws with his “style” of representation. He is not interested in the reason for protest and goes off the deep end with hotheaded remarks.
    Pitting Republicans against Democrats is NOT the way to get the job done. We are all North Carolinians and this is something Goolsby obviously doesn’t get.
    You work for all the N.C. citizens, whether you like them or not.

  • Impeach Pat says:

    After just a few short months in power, Gov. McCrory and General Assembly Republicans have swung North Carolina hard to the right. It’s even being billed as a great ‘Tug-of-War’

    Gov. McCrory and Republican legislators in Raleigh are in fact engaging in a war that robs prosperity from all North Carolinians, while handing out lavish tax breaks to big business and the wealthiest among us.

    From gutting unemployment benefits, to rejecting Medicaid expansion, to increasing taxes on the poor and middle class, the most vulnerable are getting a raw deal.

    They even want to stifle your participation at the ballot box by cutting popular early voting hours and by imposing a poll tax on parents working to put their kids through college.

    All the while, Democrats have been standing up against this GOP-led onslaught.

  • Anni says:

    Thom Goolsby = Brian Berger, Part 2

  • Guest ow says:

    These comments coming out of the mouth of the man who represents Brian Berger and wears a goofy bow tie?? Really?!?!

  • Gramps1945 says:

    The NAACP supports that hate filled, racist, Jesse Jackson. Locally, they tried to have two good, white police officers, unjustly fired, and stood behind Catherine Moore. Where have all the militant, hate-filled, Black Panthers gone ? It looks like they’ve taken over a huge segment of the NAACP.

  • FedupJames says:

    These people are just mad because their party is no longer in control and their free ride, on the backs of us taxpayers, is over. Go get a job…oh that’s right.. you can’t find one because your President has tanked the economy. Why don’t you protest him and HIS policies? Oh yeah that’s right….you don’t WANT to work…sorry, I forgot that as well.

  • CommonSenseNotCommon says:

    Mr. Goolsby and some of those commenting seem to forget that Perdue, Obama and anyone who was elected five years ago walked into office day one with an economy devastated by the housing/banking crisis. The disastrous failure of the good-intentioned policy of Bush to encourage home ownership for everyone and the deregulation of financial institutions created the perfect storm. The North Carolina economy was not “nearly bankrupted” by Democrats, but by greedy bankers who took what they could as fast as possible in every state. It would be lovely if no regulation on business were needed, but unfortunately it has been proven that does not work as long as dishonesty exists. In other words, forever.

    The nasty comments Goolsby made in public are legion. He has insulted and ignored at least half of his own constituents. New Hanover has become home to many retirees, many of whom believe in helping the less fortunate and who belong to the demographic he denigrates. This is an area we want to be retiree-friendly.

    For those of you who have not been there, the protests in Raleigh have had hundreds of people attending from all kinds of groups, including college students, veteran’s group and many more. The NAACP members are a very small portion of attendees so far. The meetings are extremely civilized, and the media chooses to focus on the arrests. The small number that are arrested are volunteers who are very quiet and just do not leave.

    Remember, this country was founded by a minority, a minority who protested against oppressive acts of unconcerned rulers.

  • Guest..Jaye says:

    Typical politician…instead of answering, defending or explaining your incideous statements..you deflect with comments like “where were these people 3 years ago when NC was going bankrup”… Tom…NC is still in poor shape..so explain where you were when your parties new governor gave state employees a raise..as soon as he got in office..or has your short term memory forgotten his remarks about how his staff couldn’t live on 100.000 plus a year….while the rest of NC is suffering…for the last 3 years where have you been…while teachers are loosing their homes living right above or close to the poverty level..I know ..you and your party have been pushing for charter and private schools…bringing NC back to the days of segregation…isn’t this how Hitler and Fascism started..keep the sheep ignorant…your dangerous..and this party is detremental to public education and the children who live in this state..

    So while people are rightfully demonstrating in attempts to get someone to listen. Why don’t you explain what your party has done for the majority of North Carolinians the last 3 years…while your at it explain why home forclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment have increased in this state since your party has taken over..what have you done for SE North Carolina…your a rich hypocrite who cares nothing about the suffering of the rest of us..who work for a living…

  • Erlkoenig says:

    It’s nice to see the freeloader community get off their butts for something.

  • GuestO'Day says:

    @Timothy B. Tyson: You are a genius! You have digested the sum of all that is wrong with our political system today into one commentary. Name-calling and labeling have replaced compromise and statecraft to the detriment of us citizens. I hope to live to be old enough to see this end.

  • Anni says:

    ..all of the comments from Goolsby have been removed as have the thoughtful, articulate comments from HIS CONSTITUANTS. A nerve was clearly touched and I am deeply dismayed that the man is not open to any type of dialogue. Not surprised, however. Just expected more civility and professionalism. What a fool I was to not remember how blinding a narcisstic personality is when it comes to arrogance.

  • Vog46 says:

    My daughter confirmed the facebook page entries.
    Thim did himself some damage with this outburst.
    I agree that the NAACP has lost a lot of respect but to diminish people with opposing views is not a good thing for any politician to do.

    For US we can argue back and forth but politicians are held to a different standard. They represent all of us – conservative, liberal, black, white, Jew, Catholic, male, or female.
    There are time I feel bad for them – but not this time.
    Thom was wrong and brought this on himself.

    Vog

  • GuestO'Day says:

    Anni, could you kindly provide the link to Sen. Goolsby’s page… I checked his page and didn’t find any responses as you describe. Do you perhaps mean his Facebook page??

  • Anni says:

    I URGE all to visit Thom’s page and read his remarks to people that are writing intelligent, thoughtful comments in reaction to his latest Op-Ed. He is hurling insults and nasty comments sounding very much like a 7th grader. I can hardly believe this man is our so-called senator. He is just a $$$enator.

  • B M says:

    Tom you are doing a great job, keep up the work, I just wish our rep. just south of you would engage and get going, he’s on a different page, looks like we may have a rino down here.

  • Timothy B. Tyson says:

    Once upon a time, there were Republicans who carried themselves with dignity, decency and intelligence. Neither Gov. Jim Holshouser nor Gov. Jim Martin governed to my liking, but I had to respect their businesslike approach to government, which included a ommitment to the common good–public schools and environmental concerns, for example. Both cut taxes and spending sharply. Both used creative means and often stern economies to pour hundreds of millions into North Carolina’s public education system. It was not merely Gov. Jim Hunt, though he gets most of the credit, who drove the real advances our schools made in those days. Our Republican leadership played their part. That we went forward together did not mean we did not have sharp differences and lively campaigns.

    Now the irresponsible far-right extremists are driving the Republican bus. Some of them, like Tom Goolsby, are just snake-mean, eccentric hot-air balloons, gaseous by-products of the Teabag moment, unelectable in ordinary times. Others are trying not to let the nut-cases drive them into the ditch, but they’re hardly “business people,” as Goolsy claims. Real business people in North Carolina are scared to death of these ideologically-driven extremists who would rather wreck the bus than steer toward the right-hand lane instead careen into the right-hand ditch. Just because you’re rich doesn’t mean you take care of business. Art Pope and his minions put money first, not business first, and they are happy to pour millions into exercises in ideological purity.

    And that is why if one of the Republicans should wander for a moment toward sanity, the wingnuts scream “RINO!” All extremists have such an expression–“Uncle Tom,” “sellout,” “Oreo,” just to cite a couple–that they use to police the boundaries of the Magic Kingdom where rationality and civility violate local ordinances. I hear their “super-majority” just repealed the law of gravity.

    My guess is that we will have a much slimmer Bible by the time the legislative session ends. Some of that stuff has got to be rolled back, whether by constitutional amendment or mere legislative dicate–, for example, “I have come to bring good news to the poor,” (Luke 4:18-19), “He has filled the hungry with food and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:46-55), and “You shall love your neighbor as yoursellf” (Matthew 22:34-40). It sounds like Jesus might be a RINO or possibly worse. The Old Testament is not flawless, either: “You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19) violates wingnut discipline on immigration issues; Isaiah’s admonitions that we can only restore our national greatness and “lift up our ancient foundations” if we undo injustices, to share bread with the hungry, to set the captive free, and to feed and shelter the homeless poor–all Teabag heresy, RINOs beware!

  • Anthony B. says:

    ….to continue what they’re doing. He sounds kind of desperate to me and he should be. These protesters will draw national attention to NC’s GOP and show the nation how anti-poor,pro-rich, racist, undemocratic, and just plain meanspirited and evil the GOP really is. You and your ilk have picked a fight with the wrong people. Your extreme right agenda will be your undoing. K

  • Guest dx says:

    Had to be a wise guy since he is. The difference is I’m not working for him, he is working for me; supposedly!
    I do not appreciate his narrow minded musings about the “liberal” anything! He works for us liberals and you republicans; all of us. He should elevate his thinking about his constituency and act accordingly!!!

  • beau Fin says:

    oh-oh… He’s gonna regret these comments…..

  • Guest7969 says:

    in 3-2-

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Because he’s right. Every time the NAACP opens their mouths and put on a show like this, the make total idiots of themselves.

  • Guest83782435 says:

    And he knows it. That’s why they were printed in a local newspaper several hours from where his constituents live.

  • Anni says:

    Like I said on my Facebook sharing of this article, this is called democracy, Thom. You insult us, your constituents whom you STILL represent with your disrespect.

  • Guest7969 says:

    maybe he just realizes how RACIST the NAACP is and ranks them on up there with other nut job groups.

  • Native Wilmingtonain says:

    The United States of America is a Republic, not a democracy.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …that you can openly speak your opinion. Even if it is correct (such as in this situation)! The only disrespect I see is the NAACP and the protesters going way above an beyond where they should be. Arrogance isn’t speaking the truth, but ignorance is simply not understanding it.

    THAT is why they keep getting arrested! Startin’ ta ring a bell with ya yet?

  • It’s truly discouraging that the freedom to protest how you feel about your government results in belittling and name calling. Just because you were elected for office doesn’t mean you have the best intentions for “ALL THE PEOPLE”. That’s the reason for the “Protesting”. I’m so happy that MSNBC aired a segment on NC’s McCrory, its even on Facebook, now that’s airing the news for everyone to see what’s going on. Backwoods’ no don’t think so. Supposely, good government is to be for each and everyone, not just a few. That’s my opinion. LET’S SEE IF MY COMMENT IS ALLOWED?

  • Vog46 says:

    Our illustrious state senator has forgotten something s much as you may dislike the NAACP and the left YOU represent us all Sen Goolsby. The name calling an innuendo is beneath you and every other senator in State Government.
    As for the GOP first there is no growth outside the growth of coming out of a recession slowly. Job creation – YOUR CAMPAIGN SLOGAN is pathetic. You have sponsored no bill to support such job creating legislation.
    No Thom I’m NOT a Democrat either – just an ordinary guy waiting for our economy to pick up – if it every does.
    Right now – you’ve LOST my vote. You have done nothing you campaigned on and I find that repugnant. You would rather pass social legislation than serious job creating legislation. You would rather regulate a women’s reproductive rights then do something serious.
    Your comments in that article show a classless arrogant individual who has outlived his purpose in Raleigh. I may or may not vote democrat in the next election but I damned sure won’t vote for you in a GOP primary.

    Vog

  • William says:

    Mr. Goolsby, I am so proud of you!! Its about time that someone showed a “set” and told it like it is. Thank you for telling it like it really is!

  • Guest Native North Carolinian says:

    Thom, You nailed it and called it spot on!!!

  • E Reeves says:

    Way to tell it like it is Thom. It is time to take a stand against the ignorant words and actions of those on the left. Truth and reality are not things the left concerns itself with. They prefer to keep their heads in the sand and stay uninformed, misinformed,and misguided. Whatever you do, no matter how loud they cry, NEVER apologize for speaking the truth. It is time the others who were elected to change the course of this state start speaking up as well. Good job. Please keep up the good work we elected you to do.

  • Guest81 says:

    While I pretty much agree with Thom about the NAACP, which serves to agitate rather than fix problems, he better crow while he can. With the so-called NC tax reform which rewards the wealthy at the expense of the poor, I suspect Democrats will soon start replacing Republicans in the NC House and Senate at a brisk rate. None to soon, either.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I would suggest you need the lesson in Democracy. We may not like what another says or practices. We may greatly disagree with him.

    But the fact remains “freedom of speech” is provided in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    You don’t like his stand. You don’t agree with him.

    Why not get out; identify an electable candidate; and work for his election over Thom.

    And then hold that Candidate accountable if he or she is elected.

    Or, just continue spouting off.

  • Kay says:

    How insulting – mr Goolsby needs to take lessons in democracy instead of emulating King George

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    The so called Rev. is nothing more than a shake down artist. A Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton wannabe. The only problem is there is no credibility to the NAACP anymore. Nothing. Barber? just drawing a check from the home folks and the lackeys who sponsor their decades of racism in reverse. Get with the program. The days of them expending their own hatred and tax exemption status are coming to an end.

  • Vog46 says:

    ” The days of them expending their own hatred and tax exemption status are coming to an end.”

    As it should also for conservative groups claiming to be social networks not political groups.
    Correct?

    Like you, I don’t believe in “the Church” being tax exempt. But I also don’t believe that ANY political groups should be either.
    Given the attitude from Raleigh that food, accounting services, lawyer services, real estate services and multiple other services are gong to be TAXED perhaps it’s time to end the political services tax exemption as well. For both conservative and liberal groups?

    Vog

  • jj says:

    I lost my repect for this Group over the Duke Lacrosse issue. They did all they could to put innocent people in jail. Once it was proven what really happen they still tried to cause issues.

    Thom, keep up the good work and stop the money from going to people that think others own them something.

  • Guest111 says:

    Who in their right mind would want to be a “wannabe Jackson or Sharpton?” Yikes such poor excuses for ‘men’.

  • Guest910 says:

    I’m proud of you Thom! You’re not afraid to stand up for the people of NC and try to make this a better place for us all!

  • DSM says:

    The truth hurts sometimes, but the truth is still the truth. Keep up the honest and good work. If it taste like a lemon, it must be a lemon.

  • Guest1889 says:

    Thommy and his followers seem to have no problem ptejudging anyone who doesn’t toe their party line. Thommy looks as if he just left a Hitlerjugend reunion. Respond to that, you bunch of lemmings. Have a nice day.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …but I can’t. I can’t seem to interpret your language. Are you from the Netherlands?

  • Erlkoning says:

    At the Hitler youth rallies they would have heard all about the benefits of entitlements, the evils of fat cat bankers, then need for abortions, and the need to expand government. Basically, the liberal Democrat platform that the Amoral Monday crowd supports.

  • Beach Boy says:

    taking that position. Morons, Morons, Morons. Racial Morons.
    GO Thom. We support you.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    he was elected with a mandate to help the newly elected Governor stop the flow of spending and borrowing to fund give away programs.

    From Day 1 everyone should have known this was to be expected.

    Have those receiving entitlements taken any steps to get off the publicly funded dole?

    The state oculd not continue a Democratic backed policy of thougtless spending for entitlements. The money is just not there.

    So of course Thom Goolsbey gets stones thrown at him because he is doing the job to which he was elected.

    All you stone throwers — have you identified an electable candidate to run against him when he is up for re-election?

  • Nancy Bair says:

    The tone of Goolsby’s comment represents the reason I am no longer a registered Republican. Long ago I registered as Independent because I feel civility should be a goal for EVERY communication. The contempt some seem to have for others is immoral and unacceptable. He could make his point in a kind way….or maybe he cannot.

  • alex says:

    when bev perdue came to office she promised teacher pay would be at the national average…we are now 48th. the democrat controlled legislature gave us the likes of jim black and thomas wright…remember them? our state was controlled by dems for over 100 years and is now broke as a result. where was the outrage over that? someone has to fix the mess.

  • Guest Wilmington Native says:

    Well said. They were nowhere to be found when the dems ran this state
    into the ground. After just six months, they raise hell over everything the Repubs try to do. Lets see if Mccrory can turn things
    around. Its just been six months, give it a break!!!

  • Guest111 says:

    I agree with you.

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