Wikinews Interviews Virgil Goode

William Saturn, one of the contributors here at IPR, has posted an interview over at Wikinews with Virgil Goode, one of the candidates for the presidential nomination of the Constitution Party.

If you were elected in 2008, what would you have done differently than Obama?

Goode: I would not have pushed for Obamacare. I would have secured the borders, stopped illegal immigration, reduced legal immigration, done away with diversity visas, supported legislation to stop automatic birthright citizenship for those born of illegals that come into this country. And I would not have adopted the stimulus bill that he approved with all deficit spending. There are many areas that need to be cut. When I was in Congress, I was often among the lowest spenders of the Congressional expense money. We need to do that across all levels of the federal government. Instead of expanding government, we need to have less regulation, and encourage the private sector.

I also would have supported drilling off the coast. For example, I’m from Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly has passed resolutions indicating its support of drilling off the coast of Virginia. I would have allowed that instead of blocking it like President Obama. I will also support the Keystone Pipeline, which he is opposing. We need to have lower energy costs. Lower energy costs would do most to enhance jobs, and most little small initiatives done by the president in other areas.

Goode gives his reason for joining the Constitution Party and discusses whether he will take votes from Obama as well as the Republican nominee.

24 thoughts on “Wikinews Interviews Virgil Goode

  1. Timothy Yung

    Well I voted for Chuck Baldwin in 2008 but unless he runs again I am unlikely to support the Constitution Party. Virgil Goode gave very evasive answers. On the U.S. citizen assassinated in Yemen: I don’t know all the details. Striking Iran: I don’t know all the details. War in Iraq: Congress should have debated whether to declare war. Okay the answer on the Iraq War is constitutionally correct but it would have been nice to hear if he supports it in retrospect. Seems to be fence walking to appease the Alan Keyes faction (someone from the AIP posted here that he was seeking placement on the ballot) and the non-interventionists.

  2. Let the T-Rex of Talk Radio Entertain U2day

    A very smart move on Goode’s part to seek the AIP nomination. The CA EC votes are now 55. Which is over 20% of the needed EC votes to be POTUS. TPs need credibility. CA Ballot Access is a major step toward creds in the minds of the masses. I think Goode is on the CA AIP primary ballot and he should campaign in CA to win it !

    I too am unsure that Goode is a non-interventionist. I wish he and Gary Johnson were identical to Ron Paul on most foreign policy issues.

    Virgil Goode running as Consitution Party’s candidate for President –

    From CP Platform – Foreign Policy

    “Europe has a set of primary interests, which have to us none, or very remote relation. Hence, she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collusions of her friendships or enmities. “Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?” (George Washington’s Farewell Address)

    “I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural Address. Bergh 3:321. (1801.)

    “America has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings….She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” (John Quincy Adams, Speech Delivered in Washington DC 04 July 1821)

    “In the wars of European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy so to do….Our policy in regard to Europe…is, not to interfere in the internal concerns of any of its powers…” (James Monroe, Monroe Doctrine)


    The very purpose of Government, as defined in the 2nd paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is “to secure these [unalienable] rights, Governments are instituted among Men”, “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    To fulfill this obligation, the Preamble of the Constitution states one of the duties specifically delegated to the Federal Government is to “Provide for the common defense”.

    US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 11 – 16 give Congress further direction and authority in this area, including the power “To raise and support Armies” and “To provide and maintain a Navy”.

    It is a primary obligation of the federal government to provide for the common defense, and to be vigilant regarding potential threats, prospective capabilities, and perceived intentions of potential enemies.

    We oppose unilateral disarmament and dismemberment of America’s defense infrastructure. That which is hastily torn down will not be easily rebuilt.

    We condemn the presidential assumption of authority to deploy American troops into combat without a declaration of war by Congress, pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

    Under no circumstances would we commit U.S. forces to serve under any foreign flag or command. We are opposed to any New World Order, and we reject U.S. participation in or a relinquishing of command to any foreign authority.

    The goal of U.S. security policy is to defend the national security interests of these United States. Therefore, except in time of declared war, for the purposes of state security, no state national guard or reserve troops shall be called upon to support or conduct operations in foreign theatres.

    We should be the friend of liberty everywhere, but the guarantor and provisioner of ours alone.

    We call for the maintenance of a strong, state-of-the-art military on land, sea, in the air, and in space. We urge the executive and legislative branches to continue to provide for the modernization of our armed forces, in keeping with advancing technologies and a constantly changing world situation. We call for the deployment of a fully-operational strategic defense system as soon as possible.

    We believe that all defense expenditures should be directly related to the protection of our nation, and that every item of expenditure must be carefully reviewed to eliminate foreign aid, waste, fraud, theft, inefficiency, and excess profits from all defense contracts and military expenditures.

    We reject the policies and practices that permit women to train for or participate in combat. Because of the radical feminization of the military over the past two decades, it must be recognized that these “advances” undermine the integrity, morale, and performance of our military organizations by dual qualification standards and forced integration.

    We fully support well regulated militias organized at the state level. Further, we fully support and encourage the restoration of unorganized militia at the county and community level in compliance with our patriotic and legal responsibilities as free citizens of these United States.

    Under no circumstances should we have unilaterally surrendered our military base rights in Panama. The sovereign right of these United States to the United States territory of the Canal Zone has been jeopardized by treaties between these United States and Panama. Inasmuch as these United States bought both the sovereignty and the grant ownership of the ten-mile-wide Canal Zone, we propose that the government of these United States restore and protect its sovereign right and exclusive jurisdiction of the Canal Zone in perpetuity, and renegotiate the treaties with Panama by which the ownership of the canal was surrendered to Panama.

    It should be a priority goal of the President and Congress to insist on enforcement of that portion of the 1978 Panama Canal Neutrality Treaty which prohibits control of the entrances to the Panama Canal by any entity not part of the Republic of Panama or these United States of America. By this standard, the award of port facilities at the entrances to the Panama Canal to Hutchison Whampoa, a Hong Kong company closely linked to the Chinese Communist People’s Liberation Army, must be overturned. Similarly, Congress and the President should take advantage of Panama Canal treaty provisions to negotiate the return of a U.S. military presence at the Isthmus of Panama. At a time when the U.S. Navy is one-third its former size, it is essential that rapid transit of U.S. military vessels between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans be assured.

  3. Peter Gemma

    I’m cautiously optimistic about Goode – he seems to be moving toward a more consistent and definable stance on foreign policy issues which could be stumbling blocks in coordinating his campaign with the Constitution Party.

  4. Ad Hoc

    I really don’t see the better foreign policy stances in this interview.

    At best, he is de-emphasizing his views on that.

  5. RedPhillips

    Timothy, I don’t think the CA AIP or the Alan Keyes faction for that matter is necessarily consciously interventionists. They just supported Alan Keyes because they though he was a big name who could increase the electoral fortunes of the CP. They could live with Keyes’ interventionism, obviously, but I don’t know that they were drawn to it.

    If there is a CP faction that remains interventionist it is those people who are still stuck in the 80’s conservative mindset. They still have a “three-legs-of-the-stool” understanding of conservatism and just see the CP as more so.

    If Goode is playing to anybody I suspect it is disaffected Republicans who might vote for a conservative alternative to Romney but would be turned off by hard core non-interventionism. I’m not defending his record or fence sitting, I just suspect this is who he has in mind assuming he has thought about it.

  6. Don Grundmann

    ” T-Rex ” – You, and virtually everyone else, do not understand the reason why the AIP is attempting to get Goode on their ballot.

    1) The AIP originally submitted 14 names to the Secretary of State office to be put their June primary candidates. These names included Virgil Goode, Todd Palin, and Ed Noonan.

    2) Palin ( especially ) and others were added to give a credibility to the AIP which it does not have since the state recognized faction of Seidenberg, Noonan, and Robinson gained their power by deliberately filing forged/fake documents with the SOS office; i.e.; they are moral and literal criminals. The AIP, a formerly conservative party, is now controlled behind the scenes by the communist troika of the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ), the Anti-Defamation League ( ADL ), and the moderate ” neo-con ” pro-war Republican Establishment. As a ” conservative ” party they are a total fake. Hence they seek to put lipstick on their pig by using the good Palin name to gain a false/fake credibility in their attempt to cover up their criminality.

    3) The ONLY reason Virgil was chosen among the 14 names was to embarrass/attack the CP. If Virgil got 100,000 votes in the primary and Ed got 1 the now ultra-corrupt state recognized faction of the AIP will still pick Ed as their nominee so as to enable Ed ( a foaming-at-the-mouth CP hater ) to beat his chest, howl at the moon, and claim that he has beaten the CP.

    4) The surface claim of fighting for Goode to be on their ballot in order to be ” fair ” is really a setup so that they can do what they have always intended to do – embarrass Virgil and/or the CP. Since the majority of AIP voters do not know what a traitor, liar, coward, and criminal Ed is he plans to skate on his fake good reputation ( gained from previous campaigns before he stabbed Bill Shearer, the AIP founder, in the back ) to beat Virgil. Yet even if he loses the state recognized Criminal Enterprise which controls the AIP will never allow Virgil to be their November ballot line candidate. It is all a game/setup to attack and embarrass the CP and this because the idiot, fool, nitwit , liar, and coward Noonan claims that the CP is ” anti-Mormon.”

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman of the REAL American Independent Party; the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Constitution, and anti U.N./NWO, anti-Big Government faction.

    Chairman Constitution Party, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

  7. Don Grundmann

    ” T-Rex ” – I have documented the moral and literal criminality of the state recognized faction of the AIP; i.e., Noonan, Robinson, and Seidenberg; at

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman of the REAL American Independent Party; the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Constitution, and anti U.N./NWO, anti-Big Government faction.

    Chairman Constitution Party, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

  8. Cody Quirk

    Don, seriously, give it a rest.

    Many members of the CP and its state affiliates are trying to work with Seidenberg and Robinson now; the fighting has gone on long enough and your continuous attacks are not helping us come to terms with the recognized leadership of the AIP.

  9. Don Grundmann

    Cody – Do you think the reasoning behind the original attack on the CP has changed? Do you think the forces behind that attack have changed? If the IAP had been taken over by the same corruption as the AIP was; i.e.; filing fake documents with the state; would you now be saying ” give it a rest?” Would you then advise ” working with ” the attackers; people; agents of the SPLC, ADL, and Republican Establishment; who are dedicated to the exact opposite of the principles of the IAP? When do we ” work with ” people who commit outright fraud to attack our party; be it the AIP or the IAP? Can people who file fake documents; i.e.; commit a criminal act; to take over a party EVER be trusted in any possible way; especially if they openly admitted that the entire purpose of their action was to destroy the CP? If they have invested literally minimally tens of thousands of dollars of free attorney work from the highest levels of the Republican Establishment; here including James Lacy and Gary Kreep; to stop the exposure of their criminal actions do you REALLY think that they can be trusted for 2 seconds in any possible way? If they have NEVER done ONE thing to try to rectify their criminal actions do you REALLY think that they are capable of, or will ever do, ONE thing which could possibly help the CP ( which they openly declared they would destroy ) in any way?

    I am simply describing the knife that I know they already plan to attack us with.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman of the REAL American Independent Party; the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Constitution, and anti U.N./NWO, anti-Big Government faction.

    Chairman Constitution Party, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

  10. Cody Quirk

    Fake documents or no fake documents, its time to start beating the swords back into plowshares on this matter; we have an election coming up.

  11. Jill Pyeatt

    I sometimes wonder where I would go if the LP implodes, but it sure won’t be CA’s Constitutional Party, or whatever name(s) it uses here in this state.

  12. Don Grundmann

    Jill – You despise the principles of the Constitution Party so I know that you will never join us and I would not want you to join us.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman of the REAL American Independent Party; the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Constitution, and anti U.N./NWO, anti-Big Government faction.

    Chairman Constitution Party, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

  13. Jill Pyeatt

    DG @ 19: Actually, I do agree with some of your party’s platform, Mr. Personality, but, frankly I wouldn’t want to be ion a club that allows a hater like you.

  14. Don Grundmann

    Jill – I have developed an entire website to expose and stop what you wish to achieve. As a ” hater ” ( from your sick perspective ) I can say that only myself and others so inclined will show the true love needed to stop the crimes against humanity which you are endorsing and which are described at the site. You, as a supporter of the evil we are opposing, will obviously be completely incapable of showing the true love needed to stop this attack against humanity. You will, instead and just as you are/do now, be cheerleading the attack.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

  15. Rob Banks

    Given that the primary is non-binding, my bet is that Goode will not be on the California ballot. I don’t think the “reconciliation” efforts will work this year.

  16. Precede with Caution, via Lake

    Don Grundmann // Feb 28, 2012:

    I know that you will never join us and I would not want you to join us.

    ———- Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman of the REAL American Independent Party [NOT!]; the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Constitution, and anti U.N./NWO, anti-Big Government faction of the, the new true conservative 3rd party of California

    [Lake: and yet you keep ‘hanging around’ / ‘hanging on’ …………]

  17. Ad Hoc

    The AIP has no incentive to listen to Grundmann, because there is bad blood between them and the courts/SOS have kept ruling on the side of the current AIP leadership.

    The national Constitution Party has no incentive to listen to him either, since he does not control an affiliate with ballot access or any realistic chance of getting ballot access.

    At this point is Mr. Grundmann anything more than a nuisance lawsuit filer, internet flamer and red devil suit protester?

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