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    Amash Should Be Primaried - Part III

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 12:18:55 AM EST
    Tags: fear, GOP, Primaries, Elite, Establishment, Ideas, Conservatives, Republicans, Strength, Weakness, Electability, Sporting, Membership, Excitement (all tags)

    Part III Whew.

    Welcome back.  Its part III.  And while Justin Amash may or may not "deserve" to be primaried, maybe its not such a bad idea. Right?

    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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    Amash Should Be Primaried - Part II

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 10:39:26 PM EST
    Tags: fear, GOP, Primaries, Elite, Establishment, Ideas, Conservatives, Republicans, Strength, Weakness, Electability (all tags)

    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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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 08:48:24 AM EST
    Tags: Overpaid Faculty, Fear, Jobs, High Income Brackets, Michigan, CMU, Strike, Judges Order (all tags)

    A Judge has ordered the striking faculty back to work.  And they will.
    Faculty association leaders say members will be back in classrooms Tuesday.

    "We will obey the court order and return to work tomorrow," Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association president, said in a statement. "But this does not end the issue. The faculty remains strong and committed to securing a fair and equitable contract for members."

    That's right you will.  

    The faculty strike was illegal. Not in the normal civil sense, but that it would have allowed the ultimate response from the administration that would be appropriate. Firing their greedy a$$es.  The use of union tactics against employers must occasionally be squashed, as in this case.  The labor tactics designed to extract all that is takeable from employers does indeed have legal refute. For Michigan taxpayers who support higher education, that is a good thing.

    But those workers, all 97% who voted to pursue the action are apparently not without some reservations about their actions.  Seeing the writing on the wall, they rightfully understand that its all over for them in this economy if they were to remain negligent and unmindful of their obligations in order to receive compensation at all.

    Nothing like wondering where the next Filet Mignon and red wine dinner will be coming from.

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