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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.”

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  • Conservative Democrat

    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?

  • 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.

  • Guest7969

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

  • Guest7969

    “civil rights activists” You mean RACISTS!

  • ChefnSurf

    … 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.

  • Coast

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

  • tke1

    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.

  • NCBlondeB

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

  • Erlkoenig

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

  • dean bailey

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

  • Guest-of-the-day

    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.

  • KT

    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 Half Century

    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!!!!

  • Bearclaw

    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.

  • Unaffiliated

    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.

  • Ed Binanay

    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.”


  • ER

    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.

  • Michael Tuck

    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?

  • PeterPan

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

  • Enraged Citizen

    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.

  • Linda Barnett

    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.

  • SClark

    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.)

  • roninwilm

    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.

  • Guestginger

    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.

  • Jeanne Milliken Bonds

    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.

  • Stella Dean

    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.

  • Bruce Holsten

    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.

  • taxpayer

    “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.

  • GuestO’Day

    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.

  • KrisC

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

  • Disgusted Wilmington constituent

    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.

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