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    Tag: iCaucus Michigan

    Thinking Like Grant

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 07:45:28 AM EST
    Tags: constitutionalist insurgency, Campaign For Liberty - Michigan, Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, Michigan Conservative Political Action Conference, iCaucus Michigan, Michigan Conservative Union, liberty minded network, tea party movement, grassroots conservatives, integrity argument, causa provocare, liberty-minded network, acta non verba, empowered grassroots operation, Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, old guard establishment, Michigan Banana Republican Party, Defending Main Street, Conservative Victory Project, relentless progressive action, heavy-handed bifarceisanship, poisoning the party brand, creeping progressivism, executive-grade arm-twisting, "Mastermind" vs. "Oracle", corinthian scales vs. absolute standard (all tags)

    "Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do.  Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time.  Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do." - Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, to an unnamed Union field commander, on the evening of May 6th, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness.

    In sports, a key to keeping one's opponent off the scoreboard is to keep their defense off the field (or to significantly disrupt their offensive rhythm).  Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush can't do the Lions much good if they can't get off the sidelines; nor can Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder do the Tigers much good if they can't get into the batter's box; nor can Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk do the Red Wings much good if they can't inside the opponent's blue line.

    Similarly, in war, both strategic and tactical success is often determined by whichever side can maintain the initiative, denying the enemy forces the operational latitude to dictate the time, location, and conditions of any engagement more significant than an isolated skirmish.  Doing so keeps the enemy reactive, instead of proactive, and denies them the opportunity to accomplish their objectives, while allowing friendly forces to achieve theirs.

    In regard to maintaining the initiative, politics is no different from either sports or war.  Keep the opposition responding to your actions, or keep them just disorganized enough that they can't do anything productive, and the next thing they know, the election's been won before a single vote gets tabulated.

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    A Warning We Shouldn't Have To Issue

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:34:03 AM EST
    Tags: 2013-HB-4111, House Roll Call 11 (2013), nullification vs. enabling, legislative malfeasance, sending a message, empowered grassroots operation, iCaucus Michigan, 2010 endorsees, Kevin Cotter, 2012 endorsees, Rob VerHeulen, disciplinary action is necessary to protect those who didn't screw up, 2013-HB-4202, 2013-HB4203, politician paper training (all tags)

    As a general rule, I really don't give so much as one airborne rodent derriere what my critics think of me.  This is especially so given that, to paraphrase Pierre S. du Pont IV, critics aren't required to be consistent (assuming that they're even required to know what they're talking about in the first place).  And since the specific critic in question can't seem to move past his standard M.O. of schoolyard-style insults and misleading vividness fallacies, where he doesn't engage in outright argumentum ad hominem, I'm even less inclined to personally give a damn what he thinks.

    That having been said, with regard to a couple of bills that were reported out of the House Tax Policy Committee back on Wednesday (2013 House Bill 4202 and 2013 House Bill 4203), the critic has at least one valid point that, as a matter of professional integrity, I really ought to address.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    At Least One Grassroots Organization Is Through Messing Around

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 02:14:36 PM EST
    Tags: 2013-HB-4111, House Roll Call 11 (2013), nullification vs. enabling, legislative malfeasance, sending a message, empowered grassroots operation, iCaucus Michigan, 2010 endorsees, Justin Amash, Pat Colbeck, Kevin Cotter, Ray Franz, Dave Hildenbrand, Tom Hooker, Ruth Johnson, Dave Robertson, Tim Walberg, 2012 endorsees, Dave Agema, Kerry Bentivolio, Bill Brinkman, David Grant, Scott Harvey, Dale Pomeroy, Jon Rathbun, Jay Spencer, Rob VerHeulen, disciplinary action is necessary to protect those who didn't screw up (all tags)

    First off, let me remind all of my readers that the very fact that 2013-HB-4111 is still sitting on the Senate Schedule means that Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville can call it up for a vote the second he thinks that the grassroots aren't looking (assuming that he has the whip count necessary to ensure passage).  So we need to keep the pressure on our state senators (by all lawful means, including face-to-face discussion when possible) until this Trojan Horse is at least referred to a committee.  However, we also need to keep in mind that the progressives aren't stupid, and will take advantage of our focus to accomplish other things while we're not watching "the other hand," and so in addition to raising a royal stink about the alleged party of smaller government caving to the single biggest expansion of federal government intrusion in our lifetimes, we must keep our other eye on everything else that's going on in Lansing while we're at it.

    You may remember me mentioning a couple of weeks ago that the grassroots are just a tad ticked at 29 "republican" squishies who caved on House Roll Call 11 and brought this state one step closer to what is perhaps the single biggest government intrusion into private lives that I can recall in my lifetime.  While I'm not going to go into too many technical details here, I will say that one particular organization isn't screwing around.

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    Ignoring The Rabbit Trail

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:28:24 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Jane Markey, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, "Trucker" Randy Bishop, Scott Greenlee, rabbit trails, red herrings, chasing shadows and smoke, incomplete puzzles, Michigan Freedom To Work, iCaucus Michigan (all tags)

    A favorite political campaign strategy is to keep one's opponent off balance.  Keep them on the defensive, keep them reacting, get them chasing down rabbit trails and responding to red herrings.  Anything at all to have your opponent operating in "reactive mode" instead of "proactive mode."  In a tight race, getting into an opponent's head, or into the head of her campaign team, can throw them off their game, and perhaps enable an easier victory than otherwise would happen (perhaps even snatching victory from the apparent jaws of defeat).

    (4 comments, 2577 words in story) Full Story

    Democrat Crossover Scheme

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 10:37:43 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan's 11th Congressional District, Republican Special Primary, Michigan Tea Party Patriot Network, iCaucus Michigan, Kerry Bentivolio, Nancy Cassis, Kenneth Crider, Carolyn Kavanagh, Steve King, memory holes, Michigan Banana Republican Party, public record, 11th District Republican Star Chamber, L. Brooks Patterson, Tom Stroup, Oakland County, Wayne County, Operation Chaos, Michigan Democrat Party, David Curson, Syed Taj (all tags)

    Just in case you've forgotten, there is a special primary election taking place in the old 11th Congressional District about a week from now.  According to the Official Michigan Special Primary Candidate Listing, this is going to be a non-issue for the democrats, as David Curson is unopposed.  The republican side of that ballot, however, is the entire reason for next week's special election in the first place.  And that's just what the mischief-makers on both sides are probably counting on.

    (4 comments, 752 words in story) Full Story

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