“I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.”
MY KNEE JERK REACTION WAS TO JOIN THE CHORUS, DEMANDING COURSER AND GAMRAT RESIGN.
MY DEMANDING THAT TODD AND CINDY RESIGN WOULD BE SELF SERVING, an attempt to push the blame away from myself, and on to others, for trusting the wrong people. I accept my share of the blame, as I hope others will. I will not defend them, I will Dust myself off, and prepare for the next battle.
The only people who have the right to demand a RESIGNATION are first, their FAMILY, second their CONSTITUENTS, and POSSIBLY THEIR PEERS. (Their peers doing so would be in the case of many, extremely hypocritical, knowing the similar affairs of so many others over the last few years). I am Praying for the Families, Praying for Healing, and moving forward.
Some of the calls for resignation I believe come from the right place, although misguided. Others I suspect are SELF-SERVING, LOOK AT ME PLOYS, people attempting to prop themselves or their organizations up to fill the “Vacuum of Leadership” that they perceive this scandal leaves. I have no interest in hearing myself on the radio, or pushing out press releases with my opinion. Let the enemy dance, giggle, and shout to the heavens “I told you so.” This is not about “Cleaning up our mess”, the shame is on those who committed the acts, not those who misplaced their trust. Many of those who are trying to use this scandal as a springboard, had nothing to do with ever helping Cindy or Todd in the first place. Their self serving flagellation is no different than the oppositions attempt to lay blame on the Conservative movement.
I will pray for their Families, Pray for Healing, and Pray that they will eventually repent and seek forgiveness.
If anyone deserves a say, and a share of the BLAME, some might say it was me (Many are doing so, there is a full fledged attack from the usual suspects, Progressive media, dethroned Power brokers, and the usual establishment heines, all working to rewrite History, and tear down anyone who was in any way linked to Cindy and Todd, some conveniently forgetting their own ties). Do I feel Betrayed? Of course. Might I be justified in anger? possibly, but to what end. It is not my place to make any demands. There will be fallout to the movement, the media coverage is a circus. The movement has survived many betrayals in the past, establishment attempts to co-opt, The “Alliance” with the establishment status quo, the Fiscal Only-Faith opposed Lie, the Media attacks, infiltration by activists, the Calley the Ally purge. We are in a Spiritual, Cultural, and moral battle of ideologies. The toughest battles we face will be those with their own self interests. This is not the first time the Sharks have sensed blood in the water. In the end, Cindy and Todd will make their Choices, possibly attempts at apologies to others, and the battle will start anew. The naysayers will go back to their jockeying for relevance, while the Movers and shakers will forge forward.
Admittedly from the beginning, I was Cindy’s biggest defender, helping to squelch the ankle biters who came out of the woodwork to undermine MI4CS because it threatened their perceived power, and exposing the Establishment cronies who were trying to steer everyone to the MIGOP approved “Grassroots for Hoekstra” was a daily battle. Some were so worried they would lose their place as the “Face of the Movement” that any action not suggested by them first, was verboten. Many of the establishment leg-humpers and crumb sweepers are again recycling the same dis-proven attacks, despite the truth being so much worse. Most of the attacks were based on “Wish I had thought of it First-ism. Others had genuine honest Loyalty to whom they perceived as the best candidate. A few made honest attempts to argue against the process, (while siding with another group that eventually joined the effort, then attempted to undermine from within). Most adopted the tactic below. A favorite of the establishment GOP and others.
Alinsky’s rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Notice that many of those who are suddenly patting each other on the back for their great insight as organizers and leaders, are doing so about their LACK OF ACTION and MOMENTUM. MI4CS, the Pow Wows, and MICPAC, are being trashed because of 2 people involved who fell from Grace. The Piling on and backslapping has joined the forces of the Far left Progressive Press, The Establishment GOP, The Anti-social agenda Liberaltarians, and the usual alliance of naysayers. Many will use this as an attempt to tear down God and the Faith community based on the actions of 2 who submitted to their sin. Those who do will not realize that the submission of 2 individuals to sin, does not justify the demands that we all submit to sin. Instead they will mock and ridicule all, to justify their own failures, and Libertine agenda.
I will accept part of the blame, but NO SHAME. I am PROUD of the @ 5 dozen groups, Hundreds of Leaders, Thousands of members, and thousands of Contacts made across the state and Nationwide Through MI4CS. We did not win the Senate. However, MI4CS taught many of us the Petition gathering, organizing and leadership skills needed for the battles that were to come. We forged the friendships and alliances that have helped build this Army. Contacts, Knowledge, and Skills learned were used in countless battles and helped pass Right to work, and have been used in countless other efforts.
I helped where I could on the Chair Challenge, mistakenly backing Sam Moore (the clear view of hindsight), then after he withdrew close to the wire, I helped convince Cindy to run with Todd, and jumped in to challenge the status quo. Some opposed Todd’s involvement for “Personal” reasons. The tired old lies from the past were again dredged up. Some past critics stood with Todd, Many others were the same detractors as in the past. Some had good reasons, HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20. None would share any hard facts or evidence as to why we should not challenge the status quo. It is about the $$$$, was the prevalent argument. (as we know, we can never outspend Devos and Weiser). We came close to unseating Bobby Schostak, and winning the Party. Would it have proven a Wrong battle with a Courser win? heinesight is always 20/20.
Many of those past opponents are my Friends and allies today, (some past “Allies” were never my friends) we have gotten past the Differences of opinion on People, and focused on the commonalities of Principles. Others continue to try to make it about “problems with Individuals”, when the reality is the problem is with whether those individuals choose to stand with the establishment cronies, their own self interest, or put the movement and PRINCIPLES first.
The Pow Wows led to literally Hundreds of other Events spawned by the networking that resulted over the last 6 years. Delegates, Candidates, and activists recruited and inspired at these events have and are changing the face of the MIGOP, Have changed the agendas of the State Conventions, and ultimately have changed the appearance of the MI House and Senate. Tea Parties, 9/12’s, Along with MICPAC, and dozens of other groups, We have put the establishment MIGOP on defense. Many of The challenges to the status Quo, would not have occurred without the groundwork built at these events and gatherings. The exposing of the inside incestuous mess that is the MIGOP is another direct result of the contacts and shared information over the last 6 years.
I will not apologize for direct action rather than the cutting of deals for a seat at the table. Some sat back after 2010 and wanted to fold the tent, and wait for the next election. Some thought it was a waste of time to hold meetings on a regular basis, it was time to relax, and start up again in 2014. Others continued to meet, even in the off years, and strengthened and grew their groups. We learned that this battle is never ending, we can move forward on the wins of the past, but we can never rest on our laurels. Past achievements and battles are great fodder for After battle breaking of bread discussions, but it takes momentum to make gains.
While not always winning, we at least ignored the cowards way out of “Do not fight a battle you might Lose..” in politics, there is rarely a battle where even in Losing something is not gained.
We do not all always get along, we even criticize each other at times, but If I had to choose a Team, a band of Brothers, to go into battle with Tomorrow, the List would be propagated with those who were in the Arena with me, not the naysayers who criticized every attempt to organize, threw out excuses rather than action, made demands for relevance, rather than earned it through participation.