Letter to the Editor: GOP spent eight years being party of ‘no’


I received an email from Congressman Bob Goodlatte titled “It’s Time to Unite and Get to Work.” In his message Mr. Goodlatte says  “… division will do nothing to benefit our country.” He goes on to say, “I am hopeful that we will now have an avenue to move bipartisan legislation that has been stalled over the past eight years.”

Too bad Mr. Goodlatte and his fellow Republicans did not adopt this open-minded approach when President Obama was elected eight years ago. Instead, they followed the lead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who stated that his main goal was to make sure President Obama would be a one-term president. The Republican-led House and Senate spent the last eight years refusing to do anything in a bipartisan way. They became the party of “no,” repeatedly blocking legislation and appointments of the twice-elected Democratic president. In the ultimate act of irresponsibility, they purposely rendered the U.S. Supreme Court unable to consider major cases.

Nobody in recent history has done more to divide this country than candidate Donald Trump. For those who supported him to now argue that “division will do nothing to benefit our country” is incredibly hypocritical, and they should take a long, hard look at their own obstructive and divisive behavior. Hopefully the Democrats will now be the adults in Congress and put responsible governing above partisan politics.

Mary Gessner, Woodstock