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From the Halls of Montezuma
Thank You ALL for your service! Happy Birthday!
The "Republic" is 225 years old today.
Yesterday, we held a party in Acme to celebrate, hosting several hundred, and later in the evening, we had 110 folks join us for a dinner celebration. This year's party was the second annual event, and included a car show, and a "Ms. Constitution" crowning. A great deal of planning and personal time and energy goes into this, as well as resources from the volunteers and donors alike. In fact some of the regulars here have pitched in to help make it reality. We thank you!
Its a pretty big .... Deal.
Celebrating the birthday of our Republic as well is U.S. Representative Tim Walberg:
"For 225 years the Constitution has been this country's bedrock. Our founding fathers wrote it not only to address the issues of their day, but with the clear intent that it was to be used to address foreseen and unforeseen issues in the future. I believe we must continue to honor and celebrate the Constitution's principles of federalism, commitment to freedom and protection of individual liberties".Seen and Unforeseen. Indeed.
Representative Candice Miller offers a little more:
"225 years ago today members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of our Constitution and sent it to the states for ratification. Our nation had been founded 11 years earlier on the self-evident truths that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence also stipulated `that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.' The ratification of our Constitution created the government of the people, by the people and for the people promised in the Declaration. Our Constitution was truly revolutionary because never before in human history had the rights of the individual been placed before the rights of the king or the state. In America, the people are sovereign. Our Constitution still stands 225 years later as the greatest blueprint for liberty ever created by man. Today, every American should celebrate the freedom guaranteed by the self-government enshrined in our Constitution. Happy Constitution Day!"I would echo such sentiment.
In fact I would be a little more aggressive in upholding the little teeny tiny parts like "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." as a guide. That tenth part of the bill of rights pretty much has been run over, spit on, and mangled to fit the agendas of politicos from both sides of the aisle for decades.
Given that these two of our Michigan Delegation were the only ones to even note the 225th birthday of the most important part of our heritage, I salute them. I hope it is not merely sans signification.
Happy Birthday to our Republic.
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Jason Allen has decided to NOT pursue a recount process in the race for the 1st congressional district, which he had a 15 vote deficit. I was fortunate to talk with Jason about this difficult decision.
In his decision, Allen notes the expense for both campaigns through a recount process lessens the opportunity that a conservative would gain the seat, and that further divisiveness within the party might only result in the same type of poor leadership from that seat through a McDowell win.
"A 15 vote separation through a recount and validation process might easily be overcome if there was a decision to do so. There are compelling reasons to follow through and honor the wishes of those 27,000 voters who thought I might represent them. I am humbled, and honored by their support, but at this time feel they might be best served without a recount process that would be damaging to both campaigns and would not serve the district well."
Folks, I am going to lay out something for you to chew on. If Jason Allen were the nominee, the support structure, coupled with the ability to bridge partisan divides through appropriate compromise would make him a stronger candidate. The first district overall, has a make up that is more centrist, thus Stupak has been able to hold it for so many years. Allen has been able to maintain conservative principles while working with those on the other side for what he saw as the best way to serve his constituency.
There have been issues with Jason which many of the faithful here have argued. But as you may have noted, my tone has been one of a casually supporting one at times. The big picture, and an understanding of many things that are behind some of the decisions our legislators make is very important. On absolutes and real rights infringements, Allen has been a stalwart conservative. Yes I said it. I have also indicated before that he has seen where his mistakes were and worked to rectify them before they became an issue. But all the while, I have to some degree maintained a semi neutral tone, and wanted only the best result from a fair contest free of vicious hyperbole, and misleading commentary.
Allen has completely taken the high road with this decision that might well have ended like another campaign which gave us the likes of Dan Scripps for a state rep in the end.
My hat is off to Jason Allen for conceding to a better, and more unified conservative future in the 1st congressional district. He is a true patriot.
Dr. Dan Benishek statement on Senator Allen decision not to pursue recount in MI-1 congressional election:
"After a hard fought six way primary where many good candidates, who care about their country, stepped into the arena to fight for a new direction for our country, I am proud to be the Republican nominee for Congress in Michigan's 1st district. All of the candidates are to be commended for their hard work and for the massive number of voters that turned out to vote in our primary on election day- twice as many as voted on the democrat side. When the votes were tallied the count between Senator Jason Allen and myself came down to one of the closest margins in history.
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