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Because We Should Want Mohr
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
I'm pretty sure that I don't need to explain the scandal involved in Roy Schmidt's (literally) last minute party-switch in the 76th House District election this year, nor the fact that said scandal nearly cost him primary re-nomination. Of course, anyone wanting to know something that isn't posted on this site can always check out Christine Barry over on BFM. What I do want to talk about, however, is something that I mentioned briefly about two days after the primary, in that iCaucus Michigan would be getting involved in the general campaign in this district, and I'd like to tell you something about the guy they decided to endorse.
As I said back then, because of Roy Schmidt's violations of nearly every principle of integrity in arranging his party-switch, iCaucus national leadership approved a one-time exception to their policy that no third-party candidates are to be vetted or endorsed in partisan races. iCaucus of Michigan reached out to Winnie Brinks (Democrat), Patricia Steinport (Libertarian), William Mohr (U.S. Taxpayer), and Keith Allard (Independent) to see if any of them were willing to go through the vetting process; only Allard and Mohr responded.
Having listened to both interviews, I can tell you that Keith Allard came across as pretty conservative in the interview, but his love for and support of the NPVIC was viewed by nearly everyone as a deal-breaker; 80% of those casting an endorsement vote went for Bill Mohr. Compared to the rest of the field, he is perhaps the most conservative candidate on the ballot for the 76th District.
Bill Mohr was a precinct delegate for the Kent GOP for many years, but became frustrated with the direction that the Republican Party was going nationally. He joined the Constitution Party (then called the U. S. Taxpayers Party, as it still is called in Michigan) primarily because of their position on the Sanctity of Life, but found the rest of the platform to be appealing as well, and has been the state chairman for the past four years. In addition to the biographical and profile information readily available (the latter of which includes his reason for entering the race in the first place), Mohr also has an impressive issue positions page.
Because the federal government has gone so far off the constitutional reservation, it's left to the several states to actually act as independent sovereigns, take a stand, and vigorously resist federal overreach (as a means to put the federal government back on its leash). This will come at no small cost, as it will require rejecting additional federal funding for projects or earmarks that are not within the enumerated powers, as well as weaning the state treasury from existing federal funds for unconstitutional programs that Michigan needs to stop participating in, but Mohr holds that this must be done. Two examples he is fond of citing are the U. S. Departments of Energy and Education, both of which ought to have their budgets zeroed out, every single employee pink-slipped, and every single building permanently shuttered. The several states are perfectly capable of controlling their own energy and education resources and policies. Likewise, any executive department or agency at the federal level that is exercising non-enumerated powers, and any like department or agency at the state level exercising a non-core government function, needs to be terminated . . . period.
In fact, when it comes to education, Bill Mohr holds that our state's economic recovery will be very short-lived unless we also overhaul our education system and reinforce our families. He's a big fan of "truth in education" as a means toward that end. In his opinion, all theory ought to be taught as theory only, and certain "theoretical discoveries" that have been proven false and/or fraudulent shouldn't be taught at all. American history should be taught accurately, using the "original source" method. Michigan should also adhere to its constitutional mandate (Article 8, Section 1 of the state constitution) to encourage all means of effective education. Toward this end, he holds that we should offer tax credits for parents choosing to use alternative means for the education of their children (including parochial, church, private, and home schools). He prefers tax credits over the voucher system, because he believes that the voucher system amounts to state funding of church schools, but he agrees that it's a fine line. Lastly, he holds that all state and local law that hinders private education needs to be repealed, including amending Article 8, Section 2 of the state constitution if necessary.
Bill Mohr also holds that, by enacting the structural changes to permanently correct our state's education system shortfalls, we should also thereby solve the disengaged voter problem (a.k.a. "voter apathy"). He opposes artificial term limits as being disrespectful of the state's electorate, and necessary only because we have the apathetic voters that are a natural result of an inadequate education system. As a side note, I think that he might be willing to buy into the "12-in / 4-out" compromise position on term limits, but I haven't yet had the opportunity to discuss the matter with him.
The natural family (heterosexual marriage, and the children issuing from it), being the foundation of any stable free society, should also be protected and reinforced by the state's jurisprudence and legislation. Toward that end, Bill Mohr holds that we should institute recognition of the marriage vow as a valid contract between two parties, enforceable as any other contract, and require accountability in divorce by abolishing no-fault divorce. He also believes that we should reduce all taxation that impacts families, until we can get back to the point that the income of one parent is enough to provide for the financial needs of the household.
Directly related to protecting and reinforcing the family, but also its own topic, Bill Mohr believes that we ought to review Michigan's criminal code and throw out everything that doesn't square with what the founding fathers considered to be the standard for criminal behavior (violating, endangering, or otherwise infringing upon another person's right to life, liberty, property, or identity through an act of force, fraud, or willful negligence). Law Enforcement Officers should not be used as enhanced revenue collectors, but rather should be peace officers, investigating and prosecuting actual crimes, and that's it. The criminal justice system needs to be shifted to a restitution-based model (the convict is responsible for paying the victim back for tangible damages), civil liability should not attach until and unless criminal guilt has been adjudicated, and prison terms should be restricted to those crimes for which - by their very nature - restitution is not possible.
The connection between protecting and reinforcing the natural family and reviewing and overhauling the criminal code is with regard to Child Protective Services. Make no mistake, child abuse is a crime, but as such it should be handled by the regular police organizations and punishable in the same manner as other criminal behavior. The CPS model (which is funded based upon how many cases are handled, how long they are handled for, and what caseworker services are provided), is a mismanaged bureaucracy that in practice exists to destroy families rather than build them up and fairly resolve problems. Bill Mohr's position is that CPS, if it is to exist at all, should be reduced to no more than a subordinate organization of the duly elected county sheriff, and dependent on that sheriff for its budget and staffing.
If you're paying attention, then you'll notice that Michigan is a border state. Granted, the border is with Canada, but Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard will tell you from his own experience that we do in fact have an illegal immigration problem to deal with. Bill Mohr prefers the term "unlawful entry," as it more accurately describes the invasion of those who insist on bypassing the immigration process. Because Article 1, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution sets establishing uniform rules of naturalization as an enumerated power of Congress, the Supreme Court has long held that this includes the allowing Congress the power to regulate immigration. However, where the federal government neglects or fails to enforce immigration law and/or border security, Mohr holds that Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution empowers the several states to take the necessary stand and individually enforce federal law. With this in mind, Mohr also supports in principle strengthening state laws and policies that make it difficult for those who are not lawfully in this country to have access to employment and social services (not to mention the voting booth); his only concern is that this not increase the cost of compliance for businesses.
Now, as seems to be normal for iCaucus campaigns in Michigan, Bill Mohr's campaign is operating on a shoestring budget, and relying heavily (almost exclusively, really) on mailers, social media, and the door-to-door ground game. (There is an increasing demand for yard signs, and there are some houses where the "Mohr" yard signs are replacing the signs for his opponents.) Of course, donations are always helpful and always welcome, so anyone wishing to do so is encouraged to follow the link and give what they are willing to.
The race for the 76th State House District seat is wide open, at least on paper.
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