Category Archives: Justin Amash for Congress

Remember the Un-Cola? How About The Un-Anything?

Just What Has America Turned Into?

It’s almost a cruel joke.  A Race to see who can get nowhere without doing anything about anything and taking credit for it.  But that’s not all!  How about a Celebration, too?!?

Major portions of text and references are from The NY Times here:

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“Never underestimate people’s desire to skip the journey and go right to the finish line.”

Let’s not take anything away (double entendre intended) from this marvelous example of modern marketing.  A time when we nearly worship the act of doing nothing and getting a bigger paycheck for it than the Joneses next door.  And drive a new Escalade while you’re at it on the way to pick up your new food stamp card.

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How about all that action we are taking in the Ukraine?  How about the re-authorization of the Ex-Im Bank – a/k/a Corporate Welfare Program wherein the US Government guarantees you will not fail or your money back (the taxpayer money we don’t have) ??

But Wait!!  There’s More!!

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You may have heard of Title XI.  The Internet Tax Freedom Act.  Public Law 105-277 enacted on 21 October 1998 under President Bill Clinton

We’re all winners.  That is The American Dream, isn’t it?   But we ARE doing something after all.  We’re thinking about taxing the internet.  The FCC will make a historic decision along with the data and analysis performed by existing private industry.  We are leaving this decision up to the (are you ready for this?) cable companies and providers to decide how much we are going to pay for MORE regulation and MORE for a S-L-O-W-E-R internet connection unless we sign on for a new “premium” package.  Absurd?  Is that not unlike allowing the cat inside the birdcage?

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This writer lived in Germany over 10 years and can make one startling observation.  The digital media market – including internet, border-to-border telephone, satellite and digital DVB-T television cost only €19,99 per month for ALL SERVICES Unlimited.  Go Figure.

“All the fun, none of the commitment!”

Depending on one’s view, all of these issues, or races, are an existential comment on engagement and responsibility in America today; a critique or embrace of entitlement and self-importance; a celebration or rejection of couch-potato sloth; a chance for serious runners to shake off the midwinter doldrums with silly fun; or a sly enticement of non-runners, luring them to what may be the best part of a race — the after-party.

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“We wanted to prove that with no hard work, no perseverance and no discipline, anyone can be a winner,” said Dan Babeu, 40, of Levittown, Pa.  They shot the starter pistol – took one step and blew the whistle.  Everybody tied and became a winner.

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Ayn Rand should be proud.  But she shrugged.

BREAKING: Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Charges – Bergdahl Attorney Notified Of Army Charges (video)…

Think clearly about this article. It shows that there is coercion between the forces of BIG information and the control of it by this administration. We should start calling this “The Bergdahl Swap-Gate!”  I am a Patriot and I want Justice from the top down. This message is approved and paid for by me, Tom Urich. No public money was used and no electrons have been sacrificed.

SOTU Reactions: Justin Amash

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The essential error of the Obama presidency is an unfounded belief that greater government power—in our pocketbooks, in our private lives—will make America more prosperous and free. President Obama’s faith in concentrated power was on full display in tonight’s State of the Union address.

Working families feel squeezed by higher health care costs and tuition bills. Those fortunate enough to hold steady jobs haven’t seen a raise in years. They worry about their children’s future and their country’s.

The president seems to have only one answer for them: enlarge the size and scope of the federal government. To help middle-class Americans, the president demands more than $300 billion of tax hikes and a new round of stimulus spending. To rein in education costs, the president creates a federal education entitlement, the type of which led to skyrocketing tuition in the first place. To fix our health care system, the president touts the same law that has caused prices to rise and stripped families of access to their doctors. To make the financial system more stable, the president threatens to veto reforms to Dodd-Frank, his law that made banks bigger than ever. And to protect Americans’ privacy, he offers yet another report instead of reining in his own spies.

Higher federal taxes, more federal spending, and greater federal control of our lives haven’t worked over the past six years. Our country is beginning to turn the corner not because of government but in spite of it. Instead of faith in Washington, let’s put faith in Americans to determine their own lives. Let’s give liberty a chance. ~ Justin Amash,  Jan. 20, 2015

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An Awakening Experience – ArtPrize as Pure Democracy

30 Years Ago You Would Not Have Recognized The Place……

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Nearly 400,000 visitors attend ArtPrize annually.

The idea of inventing the World’s Largest Art Competition and Exhibition would not have happened without an underlying Spirit.  That Spirit was the awakening in the People of Grand Rapids and the result was the Re-Invention and Re-Generation of a City.  (Detroit take note.)

It took money.  Real money from people who knew that money – when properly seeded and cultivated – would stimulate and reinvigorate a dormant giant.  It was not handed out to the homeless in the form of silver coins – it was invested in the infrastructure that brought an estimated $22 million to the area in 2013.*

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The Bottom Line?  This is not Ferguson, MO where civil unrest, rioting and violent protesting attempt to shape public opinion via the media.   These actions become a timid beacon and hollow cry for a higher minimum wage – for racial strife and accusations against authority – a mass hysteria whose basis is solely for increasing economic equality.  This system used for ArtPrize has worked and will work when repeated again without political interference.

This is how Capitalism works.  It works for Everybody.  It works because we as hard-working Americans – Black, White and in Everything In-Between – Strive to Preserve Liberty and Justice and guarantee Equal Opportunity to and for all.

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*Link to WOOD TV-8 Story: http://woodtv.com/2014/09/24/economic-impact-of-artprize-not-felt-by-all/

The 12 Step Program for Wooden Teeth Republicans

They told me it is safer not to discuss politics.  So I won’t.  I’ll just discuss wooden teeth.  Sort of.  Here is STEP ONE.  Admitting you can’t control your addiction and/or compulsion.

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My Wooden Teeth

First there were The Republicans.  The salt of the old Middle Ohio Valley American Tin Crafters who were hanging around hunting raccoon and illegal potato poachers in Jackson, Michigan.  They dreamed of less restrictions on wagon wheel grease and lower conestoga licensing fees.  They also had strong feelings about indentured servitude and buying human flesh labor on the open market to work on tracts of land larger than some Michigan counties.

Even the early conservatives had “in-fighting” to contend with, however.  Some wanted growth based upon ability and merit and some wanted party power based upon the ideals of the “winner-take-all philosophy” only.  (By taking all of the government jobs and giving them as thank you favors to large contributors and family members of elected officials)

These were termed Stalwarts and Half-Breeds accordingly.

Fast forward to 2014 in roughly the same region of the country as originally responsible for the implosion of conservative-minded members in Michigan and we find remnants of the same dichotomy blossoming again after decades of hibernation.

What were the original principles of the party?  Abolish slavery.  What are the apparent motivations today?  Who is going to pay the dinner tab and the hotel room.

Well……….the fact is that you CAN be conservative and poor at the same time.  You can in fact be one of the 98% who still believes in free enterprise and opportunity for all and cultivating a scale of economies that is not based on government created pyramid schemes like going back to college when you are 60 years old.  These are coming to be known as Constitutional Conservatives.  Libertarians.

So Who are those having the biggest issues with party unity?

I will call this new breed The Wooden Teeth.  They are not really RINOS.  They are not Tea Partiers.  They are Whiners.  They lost in the mid-term primaries and can’t seem to put down the hammer and sickle and let go of their losses.

Ever try to get a piece of broccoli out of your teeth with a tooth-pick?  Now imagine that if you were wearing wooden false teeth.  Wood against wood.  These folks – all well intentioned card carrying members of the GOP – are clinging to old principles like broccoli.  They can’t see past the end of their noses to the end of the soup line.

I, for one, happen to be hungry.  Hungry for Reason.  Hungry for Opportunity.  Hungry for a party that embraces the plight of the middle class as seen through a realistic set of spectacles.  A party that is not there because of the “party” afterwards.  A Party for Liberty.

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

When You Start Throwing Rocks, Mr. Ellis,

Don’t expect a hug from Amash Supporters

“Change” of Words Is Not Enough

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To The People – Justin Amash Thanks You!

A lot of staff and volunteers worked very hard in this hotly contested primary, (and will continue on to the general election), and they don’t deserve the kind of rash, rude and ridiculous behavior which Brian Ellis and his staff displayed over the past 10 months.  In the 3rd District you can have differing opinions but it is not a sign of intelligence when you start calling people terrible names thinking it will elevate your image.

It might seem to some that a position of mercy or understanding is more appropriate on the part of the Justin Amash Camp – implying their desires for a classier reaction, but you know – you reap what you sow.   You can’t have it both ways and feel good about yourselves.

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Getting The Pro-Life Record Straight – Justin Amash

Just Where Does It Say Justin Amash Is Pro-Abortion?

 Justin Amash Genuinely Stands Pro-Life with the added understanding of the impacts of legislation set upon mere partisan politic, shifty public relations and false image creation.  If you are genuinely concerned about the Sanctity of Life you’ll read this and understand it for yourself.  This Pro-Life Issue is a BIG one in West Michigan.  We have one candidate who is resting his chances on your ignorance.  This is exactly the kind of thing which Brian Ellis has built his queer campaign against Justin Amash upon.

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May 31, 2012, Statement from Rep. Justin Amash – “When did Republicans start supporting hate-crime legislation? Hate-crime bills, like H R 3541, are apparently okay if they have to do with a baby’s gender but not okay if they have to do with a person’s skin color or sexual orientation. Or maybe they’re okay if it’s an election year and Republicans are trying to make the President look like he doesn’t care about women. I am appalled and outraged that we would take an issue as sacred as life and use it so cynically as a political weapon.

Republicans, and especially conservatives, should oppose abortion. Period. H R 3541 criminalizes the MOTIVE for getting an abortion. In other words, it keeps all abortions legal except those obtained for the “wrong” reasons. But ALL abortions are wrong. And criminalizing motive makes this simply another hate crime. Literally the only difference between a legal and an illegal abortion under the bill is whether the “abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child.”

The bill also shockingly makes it a crime for a medical or mental health professional NOT to turn in someone who they SUSPECT of having committed this thought crime. They can be thrown into prison for a year if they don’t “report known or suspected violations . . . to appropriate law enforcement authorities.” Free societies do not criminalize inaction.

I’m pro-life, and I think all abortion should be illegal. But Congress should not criminalize thought. And this bill won’t stop a single abortion if it becomes law. Every person seeking an abortion simply will sign a form stating her motive is not the sex of the baby. Those of us who are pro-life should demand more from Congress. While we waste time on stuff like this, genuine legislation to protect life is ignored.” ~ Justin Amash

• Michigan abortions decreased 0.59%
from the total of 23,366 reported
in 2011. This is a 52.7% decrease
since 1987—the year with the largest
number of induced abortions.
• In 2012, 51% of abortions performed
on Michigan residents were repeat
abortions.
• In 2012, 295 abortions were performed
in Michigan after the baby was at 20
weeks.
• In 2012, 48% of abortions were
performed on black women, 44.8%
were performed on white women and
3.4% on women who had abortions had
Hispanic ancestry.
• The number of abortions performed
on teenagers dropped again in 2012.
Only 13.5% of abortions performed on
Michigan residents were performed on
women younger than 20. In the early
1980’s this age group had more than
30% of Michigan’s abortions.

Republicans, and especially conservatives, should oppose abortion. Period.

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I Stand with Justin Amash – And Here Is Why

It’s One Thing to be Misquoted – Can a Man Stand By Calmly While Being Completely Mis-Characterized and Accused?

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Justin Amash with his wife and children stand with his supporters at the Byron Center Bicentennial Park after the parade on July 26, 2014.

The election primary for US Representative for the 3rd District has been called “the ugliest” in the nation as incumbent Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is running for his third consecutive 2-year assignment against some powerful “establishment” GOP forces behind challenger Brian Ellis.  But not all of them!!

Both congressional contenders recently staged a “Meet & Greet” at the M-Live Media Hub in downtown Grand Rapids. This writer attended each – the tone and the atmosphere were completely different – if not as opposite as the candidates – and the most striking difference is that only one has a platform that can be clearly defined.

Seated near center are Peter Ross of WZZM and Tom Urich at the M-Live Media Center

Seated near center for Brian Ellis are Peter Ross of WZZM and Tom Urich at the M-Live Media Hub

Justin Amash sat comfortably and relaxed on the podium during his 45 minutes and twice responded directly when asked for his 2 minute encapsulated speech, while Brian Ellis always stood up and went down to the floor when responding to a question – as if he were the “game show host” on Family Feud – and proceeded to try and sell a used car with only promises that it were driven by an old lady to church on Sunday.  He failed to clearly answer the question posed by Zane McMillan at least 3 times and had to be reminded about the subject.  No offense to elderly ladies, btw.

Whereas Justin Amash has explained every vote cast (and he has never missed a single one) publicly on Facebook and elsewhere, he also clearly responded to direct claims and criticisms which have become the hallmark of Brian Ellis’ promotions.  Brian Ellis says, “Voters Aren’t Represented With Justin Amash In Congress.”  He tries to push through the concept that Amash has not voted the popular sentiment of the citizens in the third congressional district.  How?  By extracting the position that Justin Amash is against the support of breast cancer research because he voted not to renew a special interest issue postage stamp for the 5th time since 1998.  That’s like saying you were late for kindergarten class because you did not like wearing green socks, your Mother was crying this morning and your bus number was different so you could not get on board.

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I’ll give credit where credit is due.  Brian Ellis stated that he was “better at building relationships.”  He said,  “congress is a collaborative body….” (he must have forgotten the federal government shutdown last year) and also, “the federal government doesn’t know how to cut anything…”  He claims his 15 years on the East Grand Rapids School Board sufficiently prepared him for the job as US Representative from the 3rd district because,  “that is my best example of building relationships” and that experience has prepared him to enable 435 congresspeople to “reach across the aisle” and come to agreement on issues which prevent progress on conservative issues.  Ellis actually said these things.  And he actually believes he knows what he is talking about.

Imagine what would happen if he strolled into session on his first day in Washington, D.C. as a Freshman Congressman and Brian Ellis noticed there were no doughnuts and cake laid out on a paper tablecloth with blackboards in the background and coffee percolating next to the drinking fountain by the bookshelf.

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Justin Amash has said he will not debate Brian Ellis because he is not a credible candidate.  This has apparently transformed into a ‘worthy’ challenge from the opposing camp, but frankly, the result would be embarrassing for both because of the fantastic chasm of difference in each man’s credentials.  Romper Room experience versus bringing a Bill to the House Speaker.  Justin Amash always votes with a common sense agenda and always with the desires of his constituency in mind.  He does not vote the “establishment” favorite and this should be seen as a quality, not a weakness of morals, character or opinion.  I don’t have to remind everybody that Brian Ellis has largely funded his campaign for himself and repeatedly buys and promotes television ads like the “Al Qaeda’s Best Friend” which is now largely regarded as one of the stupidest pieces of television work ever made and amounts to taking your savings account and burning it like a pile of leaves.  Why will Justin Amash continue to deny a debate?  Let me count the ways…………..

Endorsements?  You Want Endorsements?

How about The Grand Rapids Press?

Popularity Is Obvious When You Watch What Is Happening Yourself

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The largest turnout so far for Justin Amash at The Byron Center “Byron Days Festival” Parade on July 26, 2014.

The Justin Amash contingent was by far the largest group in the parade – larger than the Brian Ellis clad and faithless by almost seven-to-one.  You can’t rely on what you see on television for complete and accurate information for any candidate.  Please visit justinamash.com or stop by the campaign office to pick up flyers or yard signs for yourself.  And VOTE AUGUST 5th.

The Hardest Part About Good Political Writing

I Want To Say Something “Fair” That Everyone Will Accept

Journalists listen to Brain Ellis at M-Live's "Meet and Greet" in Grand Rapids on July 24th.

Journalists listen to Brain Ellis at M-Live’s “Meet and Greet” in Grand Rapids on July 24th.

The Author (Me!) sits (in the right-middle of the picture) and tries to think like the Reader.  The Reader tries to think about why the Author wrote this in that particular way.  Straight away we are dealing with negative acceptance of the product without a word yet shared.

Which brings me to the True Point of this Blog today – How can you “setup” your loyal following of readers (your reader base) with a high quality offering while dedicating yourself to Eternal Truth, Justice and The American way and all that other related stuff from The Daily Planet and Jimmy Olsen……..??

You must say it like it is.  That may not be politically correct and it may not be immediately popular as I write this, but allow me a few more syllables, please…………

Who has been consistently transparent like no other government official before in recorded history?  Who gets called on the carpet for denying the renewal of a US postage stamp for the 5th time since 1998?  Wake Up!!  Voting NO is not denying that breast cancer research is not important – it is being conscious that the world out there has multiple problems and you need to prioritize! The accusations against Justin Amash made by Brian Ellis last evening at M-Live Media Studios were so ridiculous that you would have thought he was running for Kindergarten Monitor and not the United States Congress.

BUT – That is exactly what the “Movers” and the “Shakers” are doing (what some refer to as ‘The Business Elite’) and if you think that is an indication of mental softness or a weak conservative stance on the part of Incumbent Rep. Justin Amash you have another think coming………..You Are Possibly Blind!

Brian Ellis pitiful turnout

Brian Ellis pitiful turnout

Interesting Fact:  Look at all of the Tables where people are supposedly there to hear Brian Ellis speak about his qualifications.  Look very closely.  How many people have glasses or even cups full of any kind of beverage?  How many people have plates of food?  This is a “staged photo.”  You might as well watch a pot boil.

As a Writer I can’t say anything positive about Brian Ellis.  Lord knows I tried.  But you can’t jump from Romper Room school board experience to the Chambers of Congress without taking a few steps in between!  Brian Ellis is NOT your answer for Conservative representation in the 3rd District.  Brian Ellis is not credible.

Justin Amash for Congress #3 – He represents the Common American and he represents us in the 3rd District.  No Questions Asked.

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