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I couldn't tell you how happy I was to be able to pull the trigger yesterday morning, and bring Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to Northern Lower Michigan.
It went of course, as well as I could have imagined, given a mere 30 hours of notice to pull it all together. 30 hours that resulted in a little over 700 folks showing up in support and wishing to hear the conservative Republican alternative in the presidential race. A little over 700 folks who merely had to show up.
I have to tell you, this story was already made before the event began. The news releases mentioning the Santorum Visit and the Romney visit later in the day really dotting the 'i' on what has been perceived as an elite planned campaign and by team Romney. The context showing pretty clear in articles such as this:
"Both candidates planned appearances in advance of Michigan's Tuesday presidential primary election.
I don't pretend that ALL folks will read this the same way, but ..
One merely has to look at the locations where such events can happen in reasonably small towns. Traverse City, MI hosts a few nice venues fit for good sized gatherings, but few have the capability of good sound, video walls, and music.
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Kind of, but from this past Thursday.
Levon Yuille addresses about 500 at the April 14 2011 Rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing Michigan. Interesting speaker.
Once again, apologies for the camera work.
I will have a few more videos out from the Lansing Rally on the 14th. The 500 or so folks who attended enjoyed a variety of speakers and this entertainment.
Heading out to catch some of the early events going on. Bambi get off the road, I don't brake for anything except breakfast.
There will be no shortage of activists in the state's capitol today. Multiple gatherings, and a High Noon rally are calling!
FYI it was noted that a number of public employees called in sick to attend yesterday's leftypalooza. If so, it drives home the disregard for their service to the taxpayers of this state. It drives home the need to consider a total ban on public sector unions that not only allow, but frankly encourage such irresponsible management of our trust.
Gotta go. See you there!!
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By JGillman, Section News
I don't think I am the only one to greet Mitt Romney's announcement that he will be seeking the presidency with a total yawn. Neither exciting nor a practical change agent, Romney represents ALL that is wrong with moderate Republicanism.
Perhaps I could sum it up in one word: "Romneycare"
Add to this, he has already misjudged 60% of the primary electorate by coming out of the gate saying he believes Obama is a legit president, or at least that he is a citizen.
"I think the citizenship test has been passed. I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office ..."
First off, count me as somewhat of a birther. Or at least as one who believes like that crazy-like-a-fox Trump, that Obama has some issues tied with the birth record he has spent gawd-awful amounts of money hiding. Not a good enough reason on its face? I mean seriously Mitt, 60% of people who voted with the Republicans think he wasn't born here. And as to the citizenship test, which one was that? Are you simply trying to not be skewered by the media that you expect to put you in as a McCain type who was easily controlled for 2012?
Controllable and easily manipulated. What a weasel. If he wins the primary, we will have another term of the worst president ever, because people will again sit on their hands. He would probably sell us out like Bush did when the bank situation arose anyhow. No principle whatsoever. No personal constitution.
This time we need to take a real look at the 'posers' like Romney, Gingrich, and even Huckabee who wouldn't do what needs to be done. Talk a great talk, but look at their records. At least Huckabee would be likely to look at a Fair Tax. I could vote for him. Even with him saying Obama grew up in Kenya, when we all know his childhood was spent in Indonesia.
Problem with that? See the "57 states" comment by the guy who is our current white house occupant. Actually, Kindergarten is where we learn how many states there are. Some of us actually might have learned about how Puerto Rico and Guam fit into the scheme too. But the dweller of 1600 Pennsylvania avenue never picked that up apparently.
And that occupant has a lot of questions that have yet to be answered. ~ more below ~
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A couple weeks ago during a trip to Lansing for a counter rally, I was interviewed by WNEM out of Saginaw. WNEM interviewed a number of the protesters gathered at the state capitol, and gave a little time to the voice of those who disagreed with them. The 10 second clip they used (a couple minutes into the piece) was probably representative of the ratio present, and fortunately they didn't chop it up.
Even still, there was a little more.
In the midst of the shouting down by the labor types, the news folks were professional and courteous. We had to move three times before we would not have the disruptive actions of the protesters trying to take attention away from the interview. In fact, for them to do so in the last try, they (the protesters) would have had to stand in traffic.
Sorry to have taken so long to get this up. The interview in its totality (from a separate camera) is below the line.
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There were perhaps 500, not 2000 as the FREEP would like to present. As these things go, its pretty easy to see from their photo. A friend I traveled down with didn't think there were even that (500) many. I felt 500 was about dead on, and the police officer who stood near us to [protect] us from the encroaching types, seemed to think that was the number as well as some of the union supporters passing by.
Interesting time however. About 18-20 of tea partiers vs 500. All I had to do was chant "SUPPORT WORKERS RIGHTS!" holding up my sign to get a "YEAH" in response. "SUPPORT WORKERS RIGHTS!" "YEAH!!" "SUPPORT WORKERS RIGHTS!" "YEAH!!!!" Then I held the sign out so they could see the bottom, and chanted "SUPPORT WORKERS RIGHTS!" and then "SUPPORT RIGHT TO WORK!" "YE... umm what??"
Oh you had to be there.. it was delicious.
Then I finally was able to meet a young MTTM contributor, her siblings and her mom who showed up to counter protest.
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While the country is watching Wisconsin, this might be the best time in which to look at the way organized labor interacts with its employers. In this case that would be the public, as taxpayers. The entire affair and the disconnect that the public sector unions have with reality, underlines the failure that is government, where such entities have undue influence. A small request to have a slightly larger contribution for the public employee benefits is met with an "on no you don't!"
In other words, the bigger the labor presence, the better chance of financial ruin for governments both large and small. For me, it seems that jobs lost, would be far worse than the alternative of giving up a little in concessions. Wisconsin has all eyes on it, and there are those of us who frankly hope they are open to de-certification of the public sector unions. However, we might not be holding our breath in anticipation.
At the very least we can use this attention to point out that Michigan, like Wisconsin needs to face down the public sector 'occupation' by big labor, and restore a little sanity by passing right to work legislation, and addressing the disparities between public and private sector benefit costs, which would solve the state's budget woes nearly by itself. Our legislators need your support and encouragement.
The pro labor forces are paying people to bus in and attend pro labor rallies in many states including Michigan. They have one scheduled for tomorrow.
Be there for a counter-rally.
Southwest Michigan Patriots
Tea Party Rally
Lansing, Tuesday Feb. 22nd
From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
State Capitol, West Side along Walnut St.
Get pictures, and take video. More on this later.
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