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Tag: Dave Agema
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
My pastor, when he's discussing contemporary culture from either the sanctuary pulpit or the classroom lectern, likes to refer to what he calls, "itching ear disorder." The primary Scripture reference is 2 Timothy 4:3-4, referring to a time when people will have no further interest in the truth, and won't tolerate listening to anything that contradicts their philosophical predispositions. As a student of Scripture, I can say with some certainty that the prophets and apostles were well acquainted with this disorder. Hosea even wrote about a time when hostility against the truth would become so great that those who insist on speaking it would be considered fools and maniacs. According to a disputed George Orwell quote ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."), "itching ear disorder" isn't exactly an unusual condition in the human experience.
And this brings us to the current philosophical skirmish involving Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, which involves the latest escalation by some unsavory elements within the Michigan Republican Party, who seem to be in a desperate quest to reclaim lost relevance.
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The recent attacks on National Committeeman Dave Agema and calls for his resignation are nothing new. The attacks on Mr.Agema began in earnest soon after He announced his intentions to challenge incumbent Committeeman Saul Anuzis in April of 2012.
Attacks continued throughout the 5 week campaign,( Saul conveniently has failed to archive his musings from this period) with attacks on the Tea Party Delegates, "The RNC in general is very conservative, but by definition to many, establishment. That in itself makes it impossible to be a Tea Party person," Anuzis said in an email.
Attacks continued the next day. Saul graciously encouraged his supporters to back his replacement from Grandville, yet immediately launched into a tirade about the "`Cancer' threatening Michigan Republicans."
Recent attacks flared in the spring of 2013,after a couple of events occurred at the National RNC Meeting, that in my opinion expose the real agenda behind the character assassination of Dave Agema.
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By JGillman, Section News
He picked the wrong side of the argument once again.
Saul Anuzis former RNC committeeman still has it in for the man who replaced him, OR he really does like promotion of homosexuality, and that which it carries in its side car. Either way, he has made his bed with Dennis Lennox, and other young progressives in the party who wish to pander to the baser instincts of the forbidden fruits.
But ignoring the results of such pandering and adjustment of social conscience to the legal protections we afford our youth is some bad Juju. Just ask prosecutors in Florida:
"The case involves Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt, an 18-year-old in Sebastian, Florida, who was arrested in February after admitting that she had a lesbian affair with a 14-year high-school freshman. .. It is a felony in Florida to have sex with 14-year-olds. Hunt was expelled from Sebastian High School -- where she and the younger girl had sex in a restroom stall -- and charged with two counts of "felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child." The charges could put Hunt in prison for up to 15 years. ..Rules, right?
Rules mean NOTHING when reason is toppled. In the above case, we see the natural progress of 'political correctness.'
And Saul's effort to vilify his esteemed replacement relies on just that method. By contextually abusing comments of Ronald Reagan, and confusing actual bigotry with a conscious disassociation to unhealthy lifestyles, he is solidifying his support for unhealthy, and nontraditional physical relationships.
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For good reason.
Given our support for primaries as a way of determining the most conservative candidates, it would be a little contradictory to announce opposition to a primary itself. However, there is no reason we cannot advocate for the better candidate.
Today, Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema endorsed Kerry Bentivolio for Congress.
"Dave Agema is a veteran and a fighter for conservative principles. While in Lansing, Dave valiantly fought against big government and reckless spending. I'm honored to fight alongside him to keep this seat in conservative hands."Our objective. Of Course.
"While Kerry is busy fighting to get rid of Obamacare and keep us out of war, some establishment Republicans are busy thinking about their political ambitions and targeting Kerry. This seems to be a Tea Party vs. Establishment race. I am proud to stand with conservatives throughout Michigan in supporting Kerry Bentivolio for Congress."As are we.
Prior to being elected as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, Dave Agema served 6 years as a State Representative. While in the State House, he was consistently named one of the most conservative legislators. Dave, a veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard, is a retired airline pilot. He resides in Grandville with his wife Barb.
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By JGillman, Section News
We aren't going to give up because of a few milquetoast GOP types that prefer terms of surrender.
TEA PARTY AND CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS IN MICHIGAN HOLD FIRST COORDINATED EVENT TO GATHER TOGETHER AND GAIN MOMENTUM HEADING IN TO 2014!
Over 200 TEA Party and grassroots leaders and activists from around the state will be gathering at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m..
The event, titled "Taking the Field", will include attendees and speakers from various TEA Party groups and Michigan's Campaign for Liberty.
"This will be the first coordinated statewide meeting between these two major grassroots movements. It is exciting to see two very strong parts of the grassroots coming together to network and unite on issues that both movements feel passionate about," stated Cindy Gamrat, co-organizer of the event and founder of the Plainwell Patriots.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Gretchen Whitmer refers to it as a "civil war" (and Bill Ballenger tempers that to "controlled-fire civil war"); Todd Courser refers to it as "intense fellowship;" both Brian Calley and Wes Nakagiri refer to it as "a competition of ideas;" Saul Anuzis refers to it as "growing pains;" and Garrett Arwa cites it as evidence that the Michigan Republican Party is "coming apart at the seams."
Me? I think the truth is somewhere in the middle of all of that. I also think that these various characterizations dance around an interesting finding of the iCaucus Michigan survey, but which wasn't referred to in the press release in a way that would draw attention, and which by itself explains why a top-down approach to Michigan Republican Party unity is never going to work.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
Solomon's words of wisdom here have been quite helpful this past week and a half, when I've had the sense to heed them. Further relevant advice comes from my dad (a Mustang pilot during WW2) and one of my elementary school teachers (a Mitchell navigator during WW2): If you're not drawing fire, then you're not over your target.
Judging by some of the flak I've been catching since Labor Day, I'd say I've discovered a target the value of which neither the blueblooded old guard party elites nor the Snyder-Calley "nerd herd" want as public knowledge.
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By JGillman, Section News
When was the last time a sitting Republican governor of Michigan was subjected to a primary?
Truthfully, I am not sure if it has ever happened. In 2014 it would likely succeed, according to polling by iCaucus that was completed on Friday and finalized this weekend. The scientific polling was done over a week targeting a specific group that will decide who is the GOP flag bearer going forward; active, educated and engaged republican delegates.
As a foreshadowing through early results had revealed, there is little question of where folks are at this point in time, and on the eve of Snyder signing Obamacare capitulation into law in Michigan. The polling shows Rick Snyder in disfavor with delegates, and unwelcome to nearly half. Less than 40% would NOT like to see a primary challenge.
Not surprisingly to this writer, the results are not as clear with Lt Governor Brian Calley, who has results that are within the margin of error. Outside of the polling there is a sense that many conservatives still find the problem to be with the governor himself, and Calley to be more incidental and possibly holding the governor to more conservative positions than he would be otherwise.
This might be the case, and might be seen as an additional reason to oust the governor who requires such 'care'.
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