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Eh! Who Cares About the Rules?

Have we as a nation – and more precisely, we are Conservatives, Constitutionalists, Libertarians and Republicans – completely given up on playing by the rules? That would seem to be the case, at least in the instance of election law in the State of Michigan.

The Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, a Republican, has abdicated her responsibility to enforce election law for the most basic of issues: how someone qualifies for being included on an election ballot.

The Hill reports:

“Michigan won’t appeal a federal judge’s ruling that placed Rep. John Conyers (P-MI) on the Democrat ballot, ending the threat that he would have to run a write-in campaign.

“The office of Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a Republican, announced the decision on Friday to let the judge’s ruling stand.

“Conyers had originally been ruled ineligible to appear on the ballot for the August primary because local officials found he didn’t submit enough valid petition signatures.

“A US district court judge last week, though, overturned that decision, finding it unconstitutional, and issued an order directing the local election commission to place the longtime lawmaker’s name back on the ballot.”

Let’s overlook, for the moment, that fundamental election law is supposed to be – supposed to be – reserved for the States. While the US Constitution prescribes basic qualifications of an individual to participate in a federal election, State legislatures regulate the eligibility of an individual for voting and to regulate the qualifications for a candidate appearing on a ballot paper. Ergo, the federal judiciary has unconstitutionally overstepped its authority in intervening in this case.

If the Secretary of State – a position directly elected by the voters of any given State – is charged with the responsibility to faithfully execute election law, in the case of Ms. Johnson, the option to abdicate responsibility to follow the letter of the law does not exist. By not executing an appeal of the federal judge’s unconstitutional ruling she both violates her oath of office to faithfully execute her duties as Secretary of State, but she also betrays the constitutional rights of her State’s citizenry by surrendering the State mandated rights of Michiganians.

A citizen versed in the threat of Progressivism would point out that one of the primary goals of the Progressive movement is to centralize government at the federal level, moving the authority of government away from elected representation and toward an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy. Ms. Johnson, by skirting her responsibility to defend her State’s authority to render election law, has aided the Progressive cause in Mr. Conyers’ inclusion on the Michigan ballot when he had not satisfied the requirements to be included.

As the mainstream media continues to manifest a false narrative about a “rift” within the Republican Party, the fact of the matter is this. Those who call themselves Conservatives, Constitutionalists and TEA Partiers (and by the way, TEA is capitalized because it is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already) are standing against those “go along to get along” Republicans who consistently betray the core tenets of the Republican Party, chief among them the common understanding that the United States of America – as so eloquently stated by John Adams – is “a nation of laws, not men.” To wit, there is no “rift.” True Republicans are trying to purge Progressives from their ranks, especially in positions of leadership.

This understood, hasn’t Ms. Johnson proved herself a Progressive in the Republican Ranks? One has to ask, what gives Ms. Johnson the authority to pick and choose what laws she follows and what laws she doesn’t? An action such as this is something the Obama Administration engages in…and that, constitutionally speaking and in a land of laws and not men, is both unAmerican and illegal.

Melee Shuts Down MI Housing Line

January 12 Michigan HousingTaylor Michigan: What began as an orderly line  to receive housing vouchers in Taylor, Michigan erupted into violence causing the program to be halted by officials. The initial line began Friday evening and was filled with low income, elderly, and disabled residents hoping to receive one of the 1,000 vouchers. According to reports about 6 a.m. the group was impacted by a much more disorderly crowd of up to 4,000 who tried to push their way to the front. As hostilities erupted the HUD representatives shut the doors and stopped the program. Additional police were called in to disperse the mob. Some in line blamed the crowd itself while others blamed the officials. A representative from the Taylor Housing Commission said that a similar event was held in 2009 with far less attendees.

It is noteworthy with the second Obama term beginning next week that in many parts of the country life for the poor has not improved. Instead, for many, life is more difficult.
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Mayan Doomsday Talk Sparks Fear; Schools Close

MayanCalendarYes, you read that right. The doomsday predictions of that some are reading into the Mayan calendar have sparked discussion, jokes, and in some cases fear. One situation where the fear and rumors reached a crescendo was in that bastion of knowledge, the public school system.

Citing the significant disruption to the teaching and learning process Lapeer Superintendent Matt Wandrie stated that his district will be starting their Christmas break early due to rumors and concerns of violence within Detroit. In the wake of the tragic events in Connecticut, school officials of several Detroit Districts have decided to cancel school rather than risk any incidents. Other area schools are indicating a stepped up police presence.

While these may be prudent decisions on the part of the schools one might question the missed opportunity to quell rumors and Middle-Ages type hysteria rather than accept and embrace it.

Of course, I may be wrong.

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Punched In The Face!

Conservative activist and comedian Steven Crowder was punched in the face at least four times as he attempted to stop a union mob from destroying a tent in a Lansing, MI protest over right-to-work legislation.

Crowder suffered bruises to his face and a chipped tooth in the assault. Additional footage can be seen on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News Channel.

Speaking Out After Union Violence: Americans For Prosperity Leaders

After the mob assault on the volunteers and property of Americans For Prosperity in Michigan, AFP took no time in responding via social media and the organization’s website.

“The passage of Right-to-Work is a win/win for Michigan,” said Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom in a statement. “Despite this victory, it took place amid union brutality and violence. I am saddened by the union protestors’ complete disregard for safety and freedom of speech, tearing down an AFP tent and stomping on peaceful AFP demonstrators trapped under the tent.”

Volunteers and staffers for Americans For Prosperity across the nation have come out in social media force to expose the violence in Michigan, but also to showcase the hypocrisy of the unions who claim to support free speech and peaceful protest.

John Cooney, State Director of Minnesota which also saw demonstrations related to proposed right-to-work legislation, had this to say.

“Disappointingly, unions have continued their pattern of violence and rejection to civil discourse today in Michigan just as they did earlier this year in Minnesota with multiple disruptions at the state capitol during a senate hearing on employee freedom. The threats and acts of physical violence, not simply intimidation, are shockingly a common tool used by union thugs to protect the confiscated wages of hard working Americans and were caught on camera today.”

Cooney joined Americans For Prosperity last summer and has been a conservative activist in various capacities for more than 13 years.

“Americans For Prosperity remains committed to free market reforms and principles of freedom and liberty,” concluded Cooney’s statement.

The video of the AFP tent being torn down and the union mob screaming profanity-laced chants has been shared by many of the individual state chapters across the U.S.

Free Michigan

Michigan is now the 24th right to work state in America.

Public workers in Michigan are now free to work without being forced to pay legalized extortion to unions as a precondition of their employment.

As union labor gathered by the thousands, Michigan’s legislature voted approval Tuesday to “right-to-work” legislation.  The House and the Senate both approved the measure, making membership and payment of union dues optional.  Governor Rick Snyder has promised to sign it into law.

More than 12,000 protestors from around the Midwest gathered for the vote.  Union thugs dissatisfied with the vote attacked the Americans for Prosperity tent, tore it down and slashed it apart with knives while members of AFP were still inside.

Union promised there will be more to come.

From the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, Democratic State Representative State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened “There will be blood.”

Barack Obama described the legislation thusly:  “These so called right-to-work laws, they don’t have anything to do with economics, they have to do with politics.”

This is coming from someone whose entire position on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington DC has nothing to do with economics.  It is all about politics.  It is all about destroying the Republican Party and promoting a patently un-American fringe Marxist ideology.

Michigan’s right-to-work law makes it illegal to require financial support of a union as a condition of employment.  When it comes to recruiting businesses to Michigan it will make the state more competitive.  Critics claim it will cripple the ability of unions to fund their political policy objectives.

Unions are forgetting some fundamental principles.  No one should be forced against their will to join a union or to have their paycheck skimmed by unions.  If someone disagrees with their politics, no one should be forced to fund union politics.

For “progressives”, who lay claim to sole possession of concern for working people, forcing Americans who object to their political policy objectives to fund then as a precondition of employment is hypocrisy in the most classic sense.

Hypocrisy, when it comes to speaking about “progressives”, is par for the course.

It is morally right for workers to have the power of decision where it comes to supporting labor unions financially.  People should have the right to work without being forced to pay union dues.  Americans who want to work should not be enslaved by unions.

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Revolution is coming.

Union Mob Traps Women, Children, Vandalizes Property

The fight over ‘right to work’ legislation that has passed the Michigan state legislature turned violent today when a mob of angry pro-union protesters vandalized a large tent.

The tent was erected by the Michigan chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a free market activist group. The tent, according to reports via social media from those in attendance, had women and children inside who were unable to get out because of the weight of the tent as well as union protesters standing on the edges. It’s clear from the video that there are people under the tent after it had fallen.

Reports on Twitter and Facebook claim more violence such as popular conservative activist Steven Crowder was punched in the face at least four times. Video of his encounter will be released later today via social media and again on the Sean Hannity show on the Fox News Channel later tonight.

See additional video courtesy of conservative blogger Lee Stranahan here: Frightening Mob

MI Schools Close as Teachers Call-In Sick to Protest

Michigan teachers are calling in sick Tuesday as part of a massive protest effort against the state’s new Right to Work legislation that has just passed in the financially struggling state. At least two school districts are closed Tuesday after discovering more than half their teachers will not be working.

The bill would allow workers at union-represented employers to not pay dues even though the union would be bargaining on their behalf. Advocates of the bill say it will help attract business to the state which has unemployment over 9%;  while unions, who represent over 17% of the workers, believe this bill will weaken their bargaining position by cutting financial resources.

Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law Tuesday.

Detroit Church to give out ‘Government Assisted’ Phones

Not to be outdone by Cleveland residents, this Detroit church is getting in on the “government assisted” cellphone giveaway.

The advertisement assures “recipients” that the “sign up process is easy and will only take a few minutes to complete”.

Just as the Obamaphone Lady made it clear, if you “are on food stamps, SSI, Medicaid or Section 8 you are welcome to receive a free cell phone”… well, that is, (while supplies last).”


 

 

City Worker Fired For Turning in Gun He Found on the Job

Cam Edwards speaks with John Chevilott, a groundskeeper for Wayne County, Michigan Department of Public Services who recently found a handgun while he was mowing a lawn. He secured the firearm and took it in to a nearby Garden City police station, but later he was notified that he had been fired for possessing a firearm on county property. Chevilott was on 2 years away from retirement, and his union has filed a grievance with the county on his behalf

Romney Re-Takes Lead in Michigan

Mitt Romney how holds a 6 point lead in Michigan despite trailing Rick Santorum in that state for the last few weeks.

Up until Tuesday night’s debate, Rick Santorum had held the lead in Michigan polls. A lackluster debate performance that included booing from the audience seems to have changed the minds of Michigan voters according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan shows Romney with 40% of the vote and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum with 34%. The poll was conducted on Thursday night, following the last scheduled debate among the GOP candidates.

Digging into the survey results deeper shows an interesting conflict. When asked “If the 2012 Republican Primary for president were held today, would you vote for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul?”, 40% chose Romney while 34% chose Santorum – a reversal from a February 20th poll where Santorum held the edge on that question 38% to 34%. If the question is reduced to asking “Suppose the 2012 Republican Primary for president were held today and you only had a choice between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  For whom would you vote?” Santorum takes the lead 46% to 44% so which of the other candidates is having an effect on Michigan election?

Ron Paul was selected 10% of the time and Newt Gingrich 9% of the time so both of the lower-tier candidates appear to be taking more of Santorum’s base than those that might vote for Romney.

” Electability” appears to also be driving poll results. When asked who survey respondents thought could beat Obama in the general election, 74% felt that Romney was very or somewhat likely to beat the president while only 59% said the same about Santorum. 44% of those responding to the survey thought that Newt could beat Obama while only 19% believed that Ron Paul stood a chance against the incumbent.

With the vote in Michigan being held next Tuesday, the trend and sentiment seem to be going Romney’s way.

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