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Appeals Court Forces Michigan to Restart Racist Policies

Racism sucks

The activist group By Any Means Necessary has succeeded in returning racist college admission policies and state government hiring and contracting terms to Michigan. By Any Means Necessary pursued the lawsuit to overturn Proposal 2 knows as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which bans the use of race and gender preferences in state admission and hiring practices. On Friday, a federal appeals court overturned Proposal 2, saying the voter-approved measure harms minorities and is unconstitutional.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he will make a formal request for a rehearing with the appeals court, which should keep Proposal 2 in place for the time being.

“MCRI embodies the fundamental premise of what America is all about: equal opportunity under the law,” Schuette said. “Entrance to our great universities must be based upon merit, and I will continue the fight for equality, fairness and rule of law.”

The 2006 law forced the University of Michigan and other state schools to revise their admission policies. A voter-approved ban was also added to the Michigan Constitution.. In a 2-1, 59-page decision, the judges ruled that the law (and popular Constutional change both violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The decision would force the return of policies that discriminate in-favor of certain groups in order to achieve a certain ratio of students, employees and contractors. An argument using the 14th amendment could also be positioned to show that the groups not being discriminated for, are being discriminated against – reverse-discrimination.

Proposal 2 has withstood legal challenges before. In 2008, a federal judge in Detroit upheld the law, saying it was race-neutral.

Indeed, a law that would choose to the acceptance of a college applicant or prospective employee is biased. Forcing students and hiring policies to explicitly select candidates based on their merits would be as non-racists, non-sexist, as is possible.

Jennifer Gratz, who headed the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative ballot proposal, expects this new ruling to be overturned because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that initiatives that ban racaial preferences are constitutional.

“To me, this is the epitome of an activist court. These justices held onto this ruling for years and released it the day before the holiday weekend. They were hoping they would catch people off guard and not make the news,” said, Gratz, director of the American Civil Rights Institute, a California-based group that advocates against affirmative action.

Thad McCotter: 2012 Presidential Profile

July 1, 2011- Thad McCotter makes his run for President official

Personal Information

Thaddeus George “Thad” McCotter was born August 22, 1965 in Livonia,

Married- his wife is a nurse. They have three children.

Religious Beliefs
Roman Catholic


A Little Bit Of Trivia
Thad McCotter was once a member of a band name the New Flying Squirrels

He is the lead guitarist for the rock and country band, the Second Amendments, which consists of a bipartisan group of Congressmen. The band played for the United States troops stationed overseas during the 2005 holiday season. The Second Amendments also played at the 2006 Picnic on the White House lawn hosted by President Bush. It is said that President Bush referred to Mr. McCotter as, “That rock and roll dude”.

1983- Graduated from Detroit Catholic High School
1987- Received a B.A. from the University of Detroit
1990- Received a J.D. from the University of Detroit

Private Sector Career:
Had a private law practice

Elected Positions:
1992- Elected to the Wayne County Commission
In this position he had an intricate part in changing the county charter to require the approval of two-thirds of the County Commission and 60% of the voters before new taxes could be passed.

1998- Elected to the Michigan State Senate

2002-  Elected as the U.S. Representative to Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, where he still currently serves

U.S. House of Representatives Commissions
Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade

Political Affiliations:
Republican Party

Party Leadership Positions
Chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee

Political Positions
Republican Main Street Partnership- a moderate group
Republican Study Committee- a conservative group

Positions On The Issues:
Thad McCotter is pro-life.

He has a 100% rating by the Christian Coalition, indicating he is strong on family issues.

He is a strong supporter of the Iraq War initiative.

His votes are strong in favor of government reform.

The NRA gives him an “A”, indicating he supports gun rights.

He has a strong military voting record.

He voted in favor of a border fence.

He was the first Republican in the House of Representatives to vote against the Paulson bailout, calling it “American socialism”.

He voted against ObamaCare.

In The Spotlight
Mr. McCotter has been a frequent guest panelist on the Fox News channel’s late night show, “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”.

He has also been a frequent guest on the “Dennis Miller” radio show. Dennis Miller’s pet names for Mr. McCotter is “young Thad” and “T-Mac”.

Memorable Quotes

“Obviously we need to try to restore the image of the Republican Party; this quote-unquote ‘branding’ is more a message thing. In the end, you can call yourself whatever you want, but your deeds have to match your words. We need ideas.” (Washington Post- June 1, 2007)

“No good government denies God’s presence.” (Spoken in the House on November 7, 2007)

“I would remind the president of the United States that he is not the leader of a party or an ideology. He is the leader of our country. The most dangerous special interest is big government and president Obama is its lobbyist. America’s strength and salvation remains her free people, not a person. We the people do not work for government. The government works for us.” (House floor speech March 23,2010)

I must admit that I found Thad McCotter to be quite an interesting possible candidate for our next President.

When I started this candidate profile I did not know a single thing about this man. However, the more I researched the more intrigued I became.

I am very fascinated that President Bush called him the “rock-n-roll dude”. Call me old school if you will, but that intrigues me! Mr. McCotter does not strike me as the rocker kind of dude in the pictures I’ve seen of him, but there seems to be a real “down-to-earth” kind of guy behind the suit and tie.

When I began reviewing his voting record I found several issues that gave me pause. In the event Mr. McCotter does throw his hat in the ring to run for President, his voting record may come back to haunt him with conservatives on some of these issues. In the event that he does make an official bid for office I would like to have the opportunity to hold is feet to the fire, so to speak, on these issues that give me cause for concern. Some of these issues include:

On The Web
Thad McCotter 2012 Official Website
McCotter Rocks
Thad McCotter on Twitter
Thad McCotter on YouTube
Thad McCotter on Flickr
Thad McCotter for President on Facebook
Thad McCotter U.S. Representative Website

In The News
Politicalwire.com Article
Thad McCotter Receives Another American Conservative Union Ratings Award
Thad McCotter plays with The Little Rockers
Thad McCotter Twitterview


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