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By JGillman, Section News
Truly a loss to the GOP if Betsy DeVos remains committed to her recent effort of removing Dave Agema from the position of Republican National Committeeman.
There was a reason he won the position in the first place; as someone who would hold TRUE to conservative Republican principles, and strengthen them in the national platform. While the establishment Republicans are decrying Democrats as "bad," Committeeman Agema was rebuilding the foundation so Republicans could say why. Real fiscal restraint, real solutions aimed at preserving families and traditions that have made this country great.
And the feeble sensibilities of an offended malcontent within the party continuously stirs up sympathy for the other side's (progressive Dems for those of you who remain unsure) point of view?
"Hey look at me! I am a Republican and I don't like your stand on what I like to do, so you better tolerate my perverse lifestyle or I will forever more divide the party until I get what I want! You can call it a big tent if you want."And like the 'Tasmanian Devil' of the cartoon world, shredding the bonds of good conservatives, and instilling doubt upon the conscience of a party that once at least as a promise, stood for decency and honor.
When moral restraint is removed in one way, it certainly follows that the caps are off in others too.
A sin is a sin is a sin, right?
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By JGillman, Section News
I guess we are not really facing the same thing.
Reports of the invasion by students and other bit actors at the capitol yesterday, arrived with rumors that they were hired with potato salad sandwiches and promises of an extra bag of chips if they succeeded in holding the fort overnight. Labor wishes to generate the kind of destructive element made possible by police capitulation in Wisconsin over the last month. The destruction that likely cost the state of Wisconsin over $300,000.
The glue, tape and posters are gone from the Capitol building in Madison. Despite original estimates that it would cost $7.5 million to remove and repair damage from the displays, it now appears the cost will be roughly $350,000.
Lansing has a little different story.
Though some of the same mindset is present, there appears to be a different tone of civility, and apparently OUR police are doing their jobs.
All 11 arrested will be charged with misdemeanor trespassing, according to State Police Capt. Gary Nix. One person additionally faces felony charges for allegedly breaking into the Capitol through a bathroom window and allegedly assaulting a police officer.
And we also have some competent representation for our legislators. ~ Below
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
A couple weeks ago during a trip to Lansing for a counter rally, I was interviewed by WNEM out of Saginaw. WNEM interviewed a number of the protesters gathered at the state capitol, and gave a little time to the voice of those who disagreed with them. The 10 second clip they used (a couple minutes into the piece) was probably representative of the ratio present, and fortunately they didn't chop it up.
Even still, there was a little more.
In the midst of the shouting down by the labor types, the news folks were professional and courteous. We had to move three times before we would not have the disruptive actions of the protesters trying to take attention away from the interview. In fact, for them to do so in the last try, they (the protesters) would have had to stand in traffic.
Sorry to have taken so long to get this up. The interview in its totality (from a separate camera) is below the line.
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By JGillman, Section News
There is a lot more to be said for the rally in Lansing from yesterday. The stark contrast in how people behave, and the emotion level between this type of rally and what we as conservatives might engage in. (tea parties) Frequently surrounded by packs of union employees (NOT ALWAYS MEMBERS) from MESSA, MEA, UAW, we were not allowed to make any reasonable argument for more than 3 seocnds before hearing "Koch brothers! "Corporate welfare! etc.." Being shouted down was standard fare, and for the most part our group remained rather calm and dignified.
I say "for the most part" because I had to give an anthropological lesson to an English teacher at one point. (an explanation of the build up to fighting like apes) This was complete with an acted out sequence of what happens before two gorillas begin to tear out each other's throats. I don't believe he appreciated being taught, and wouldn't stop yelling after that, so I turned my back to him and began a conversation with a more reasonable person.
I went through some of the video from the Saturday February 26 rally in Lansing last night before hitting it. I would be lying if I said there were no civil conversations held, but frankly the few that were indeed civil, could not make up for the cat calls, the abusive language, and physical intimidation offered by those whom we disagree with.
For my part, I am convinced many of the labor union members that go to these rallies are little more than animals. They operate on a feral code of emotional response akin to dogs in a pack. Violent tendencies seem to be their commonality, with no regard to personal property, or the physical well being of their fellow man. As one example, in the video below, my son was using the camera to pan across the crowd, but was identified as being with our small group of tea partiers.
The Video - below the line
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By JGillman, Section News
Pay attention to what is going on in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan.
Our legislators, our governor, our management team running the state needs support. They need encouragement, they need your civil words ringing in their heads with every stroke of a pen, every yea or nay, with every debated word.
Disagree? Good. Let them know why you disagree, explain the logic in clear unmistakable language that soothes the chaotic premises some of our lawmakers seem to take with them in their operations of daily affairs in Lansing and DC as well. Remind them why they were elected, and how they campaigned, and how votes or acts that seem contradictory will put them opposite the ideas used to get them where they are.
Please don't call them names. At least not OUR guys. Save that for the dirtbag Dems. Save it for the bizzarro world rejects that stupid people vote for. Save the poison for those who bleed poison.
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By Rougman, Section News
(Posted because Jason told me to...and I always do what I am told!)
I've been reasonably civil in the discourse that has taken place since the tragedy in Arizona. Good grief, even before that its been weeks since I called one of these opportunistic children of illegitimacy an opportunistic child of illegitimacy. (See how nicely I phrased that?)
All the recent calls to end the incivility of political debate are silly to the point of ridiculousness.
Let us not forget why so many raised voices became raised in the past couple of years. Health care reform was unpopular with the electorate when it was jammed through congress over protests of the American people. Why? Because politicians know better. What about producing more of our own domestic energy? Most Americans want to...they won't allow it because politicians know better. What about cap and trade? We don't want it. So, what do the buffoons in the administration do but try an end around of the checks and balances written into the constitution. They know better. On and on it goes.
If Congress and the President refuse to listen to the people, what are the people supposed to do...take up guns? I don't think that is a very popular solution.
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