Indeed, as one who unsuccessfully ran for the Legislature on a B-I-G (Brains, Integrity, Guts) platform against a Tea Party "Look-how-religious-I-am!" type who was eventually sent to prison, I can understand his friends' misgivings. But I agree with them for a different reason.
Mr. Rabel's membership in the Mountain Party proves him a progressive person -- who must draw votes from both major parties. Good luck! His most vociferous opposition will be from the tea party.
But wait! They're not a party! No one runs as a tea party candidate on the ballot. They are a splinter cult of rabid extremists within the Republican Party. A proven straight-ticket base, backed by deviant billionaire supporters of politicians who will abet their continued rape of our planet and pocketbooks.
They play on people who repeatedly fall for contrived emotional smokescreens about God, guns, gays and abortion to mask their actual goals once in office -- to eliminate every safety net for not just the elderly and poor, but the working and middle classes. Their object is to divert what would have been taxes, which help everyone, into their ever-deepening pockets so they may buy more laws that assure workers' economic enslavement.
As John sang, if Mr. Rabel and his associates "want to listen," the truth is that Mountain Party candidates have sub-zero chance of being elected. Although they are environmentally and socially conscious people -- traditionally Democratic voters -- their altruistic tilting at windmills can only draw off votes in a close race, perhaps helping to again elect tea party puppets like Shelley Capito and David McKinley, whose voting records on all matters dear to Mountain and Democratic Party supporters are below abysmal.
Does Mr. Rabel want to "make a difference" that way?
If the Mountain Party will face stark reality and make itself a vocal, powerful, progressive arm united within the Democratic Party, perhaps such a stronger, undivided house will stand a chance of taking back the House next November.
Cook is an author, artist and inventor who lives in Hurricane.