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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
The Republican party may be toast no matter the outcome of November's election.
The antics by rules committee folks to hold power in the hands of a certain few are designed to keep a succession scheme working. In Michigan, it was the DELEGATE scandal. In Tampa it was what we see in the following video.
There is an imperative to remove Obama. Voting for Mittens and Ryan will be the only way this happens for now. Mitt might well be a great president, and Ryan hold even greater promise to many. However, the power struggle within the party makes a great case for those who would think about crossing over and casting their not-Obama vote. It was stated clearly in a single tweet:
"If this is how Republicans treat their own, what might we expect for independents and Democrats"
That video taped teleprompter was a Breitbart moment. It was the truth for all to see. And it shows an utter disregard for the grassroots and their efforts to bring this country back into some semblance of what it once was. The thought that Republican leadership would do the right thing now a faded idealistic notion.
Conservatives apparently no longer have a welcoming home. And that fact might well spell the end of the GOP after 2012.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Half-baked L. Brooks Patterson just can't stop himself from placing his ham-handed electioneering fingers into any CD-11 event that should be decided by voters.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is renewing his call for Republicans and Democrats to narrow their selection to one candidate to avoid the cost of a special primary election to fill the term of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.
Um, Brooks .. there is only one Democrat from Local 245 in the special election. AND there was only one Republican that filed well in advance too, well, until the cabals write-in candidate and her endorsing former state legislator and current Livonia council president, undoubtedly squeezed that Livonia civics grapevine enlisting at least two other filers covering for write-in Nansee Crassis.
Patterson said Tuesday that both major political parties should hold a lottery to pick one Republican and one Democrat in order to avoid a special primary election Sept. 5.
Fiscal responsibility? Really? Sorry bub, you tossed that meme out the window with pushing the DIA tax hike.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
You read that right. After the signature gathering primary election fact, smear merchant write-in Nancy voted for expanding Crony Capitalism that continues to spell doom in Pontiac, and Corporate welfare in Detroit. Her vote. Sure, ringleader L. Brooks Patterson is able to appear as the mack daddy of SE Michigan, if, or the reality is, when Oakland County is able to keep them taxpayer subsidized, write-in Nancy approved pie plates spinning in the air. All it takes is for folk like them, is to reach into Joe Taxpayer's pocket to do it, and now, L. Brooks Patterson is pushing the DIA tax hike too.
"Taxes go to projects that are worthy, whether we use them or not," Patterson said, noting that when he travels around the world to recruit business, he is always asked about schools, neighborhoods and cultural amenities. "The DIA is a huge opportunity for me to answer that question in a positive way. It's an economic development tool for me."
Or not? Holy bejesus! Why don't you have another cocktail, Brooksie? You too, Nolan.
Now, the truth below.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
What a set-up to cover for Nansee. via The Detroit News
Former state Sen. Nancy Cassis said Friday she has filed enough petition signatures to get on the ballot for a special primary to fill the seat left vacant when U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter resigned from Congress.
The City of Livonia should be ashamed. David Curson who? Nice 'deal' with Brewer, Bobby.
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The most popular and successful jingles had one particular characteristic.
They would haunt you.
In fact the way in which "double your pleasure" stuck around double time, and Oscar Mayer had kids running around wishing they were processed meat, its been clear that using music to sell a product would be forevermore a staple in marketing plans. Upbeat music to sell underwear, soda, and toiletries is now part of our Americana.
This video for Nansee Cassiss uses bouncy ball type jingle magic to remind folks how to spell her name. I will leave it to the reader to determine what this style of music might remind them of.
Just close your eyes, listen, and make a note of which pet food comes to mind.
And Bentivolio was originally given grief because he was a lowly reindeer farmer?
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By JGillman, Section News
3 .. 2 .. 1.
From MLIVE a couple years ago:
So, Dave Camp? Saul Anuzis? And those of you in the Republican Elite circling your wagons around your chosen son? Where were you then?
Nowhere to be found.
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By JGillman, Section News
Part III Whew.
Anyhow, I don't like to simply complain about things for which I have no answer. Though I may sometimes do so, its just not constructive.
The bottom line is that with the way long time party elites, and the fresh stock of activists often clash, we have a dysfunctional mess. Yes we all work together until at least one side is satisfied that there is no more advantage in doing so. A situation that offers less opportunity for growth and advancement of either continuing political domination by the party power brokers OR for the strength of message that comes with core principled positions. neither side winds up the winner for any longer term. And it was only under the intense pressure of the circumstances that gave us the Tea Party, activist conservatives, and constitutional types which are willing to put up with the intense political bigotry found with the old guard.
If the party elite has not figured it out, most of those new political activists don't really care about party dominance. Its more of a means to end the disregard of our constitution and traditional values. They simply want their voices back and want to be heard. Most would likely be perfectly happy watching professional politicos straighten it up.
If only they would.
There IS a way to satisfy all sides. There is a way in which the 'elite' within the party lose nothing, gain the help needed to enhance party dominance, risk little in trust built relationships, and see better results out of government. All the while, new activists and party members are able to influence, assist, and return the party to the rule of law principles the very name 'Republican' originates. And it compromises no one's principles or desires for equal opportunity.
I have stated or at least alluded to the concerns either interest has. For the established members, its loss of power, both in the ranks occupying congress, and influence among local and state parties. For the 'insurgent' membership, it is the inability to wield influence in who represents true Republican and conservative principles. Suspicions for the end result of either desire, making one side or the other incompatible.
Not exactly the way to build a successful party.
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By JGillman, Section News
The title as you have seen is more tongue-in-cheek than a direct challenge to representative Amash.
It is more of a call to open up challenges on those who might consider themselves to be safely elected in those wonderfully gerrymandered districts that are designed to protect the party's candidate to infinity. A wonderfully sought goal for those who hold the strings, and those who might have their strings held while "in power." How delicious it must be to know that the lack of core grounding can open the door to special favors, graft and outright corruption masked in the intent of good deeds. A narcissistic personality can thrive quite well where the ego stroked by proper lobbying can ignore conscience and responsibility.
Even the good men fall for the tall tales they hear about themselves. Even those who wander into office under the most idealistic attitudes soon find themselves courted by the sirens of special interest that have nothing in common with traditional values, or good conservative policy.
The debt ceiling vote by a number of our Republican legislators shows this. Michigan demonstrated the odds of overcoming without the fear of the electorate with its vote in support of saddling the kids with even more debt. The odds are 8-1 against principles holding true. And it happened quickly. And there would be no reason, but for commentary such as our own here, and a wall of shame to back it up, that they might consider a primary challenge on its way.
I wrote in part I, about a condition that calls out for challenges. It is clear the way that the system is stacked in favor of incumbents without regard to adherence to principles we understand as 'Republican', or at least conservative. Incumbents or party elite favorites eschew the debate process often in attempts to minimize the importance or equal standing of challengers with lesser name recognition. The strategy has its advantage for purposes of primary selection, but it undermines the candidate's support later in the race, and perhaps in subsequent election cycles.
There is fear of primaries by incumbents. There is disdain of those who would challenge party 'favorites' by the elite select. But the fear we need to recognize, is that by those who feel only frustration when trying to correct all that is essentially going to hell in this country.
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