[NOTE: PERSONAL OPINION PIECE: I attended a U.S. Senate Candidate forum (Brighton, 2 Candidates in attendance). Here is what (I came away with, and) I felt was most important to share with those at their site following that event. It is worth sharing with all of you too.]
A TEA Party principle/value: GET INFORMED - don't take the platitudes and speeches as the determining factor of your votes, but instead the starting point on which you do your "due diligence" and think through the whole process.
There is an old saying: "Don't sweat the small stuff!" Well, my friends, in this case, that is wrong, Wrong, WRONG!!! It is the little things that make all the difference in the world! While they all (at least claim) to agree on the big issues; whom among them are walking the walk, not just talking the talk (and dancing about play both sides of the issues (duplicity games))? If they are actually all "equal" on the big things, those little differences are where you should be distinguishing/voting your conviction!!!
Most of the Candidates are mouthing the words they think you want to hear - WHAT IS THERE RECORD?!?!? If they don't have a "voting record" to go on then you need to carefully further examine their comments and see how much in line their rhetoric REALLY IS with TEA Party beliefs, principles, values, etc... Are they telling you their CORE CONVICTIONS or PLAYING ALL SIDES (like the folks we're trying to get rid of)???
Most Candidates will give you some song and dance about how they will 'self limit' and 'serve only two Terms in Office.' WOW, really.... Think that through, they refuse to take a real stand! There is ONE Candidate that supports TERM LIMITS. To those that want you to take their word they will only serve 2 terms (even if they keep their word), let me drop a name: JOHN DINGELL. What about those OTHER career/lifelong Politicians who want to serve until they die in Office and the folks that keep voting them back into Office just because it's a name they recognize on the ballot. TERM LIMITS MATTER. Pick a side, either TERM LIMITS must be expanded to encompass House and Senate members or they should be removed from the POTUS! Pick a side, take a stand, stop pretending! Is your guy taking a stand, or just dancing around it (platitudes or substance)? (see: STOP TALKING, START LEGISLATING! ("Contrast for America"))
Some want to pay you lip service when it comes to FREEDOM (RIGHT) TO WORK. They are for it, but...... Where does your Candidate stand? Is he "dodging" this one too?!?! Is he giving wishy-washy reasons or excuses (it's a State issue) to PLAY BOTH SIDES or (like ONE BOLD CANDIDATE) is he telling you his core conviction? There is only one that is ON the MICHIGAN FREEDOM TO WORK team - fighting for those principles - while the others dance about and lobby for Union money. Many Union members in Michigan favor FREEDOM TO WORK, while your Candidate may want to play both sides and play it safe, you should be picking the Candidate that TAKES A STAND with you (substance, not platitudes). (see: "FREEDOM To Work" Legislation in Michigan report)
I heard one Candidate say "well... we're all for Marriage between one man and one woman" - what a cop-out. What he/they are really telling you that while Obama does NOT uphold the Defense Of Marriage ACT (Law), they don't really want to be 'on the record' as for it nor do they really want to stand up and do anything about it. They want to play it safe, just PANDER to you by paying it lip-service. Do they really have core convictions, or are they PLAYING YOU? There is only one Candidate that helped write Michigan's Marriage ACT that was on the ballot and passed overwhelmingly.
Differences between someone who mentions "States' Rights" and the ONE Candidate that engages you in the discussion of the 17th Amendment! ObaMAO-care's violation of the Commerce clause, and the like.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK... Core values/convictions matter... The little things/differences matter!! Do you really want another Politician placating you with words but NOT promising to do anything about them?!?!
If they are PLAYING you on these issues, can you trust them on the other Issues?!?!?! We need someone that will PUSH the Republican Senate establishment to do the Right/Conservative thing, as much as they will resist the Democrat Left's Liberal/Progressive agenda (and RINOs desire to cave in to it). They say they want to CUT, but are "fuzzy" on the details (don't want to take any real sides, do they really want to cut anything?), while ONE Candidate tells you specifically where and what he'll cut. (see: Base-line Budgeting and STOP TALKING, START LEGISLATING! ("Contrast for America"))
Notice how I purposefully DID NOT name any names (I am confident, if you do your due diligence, you will reach the right conclusions)!?!? DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK! These differences can be heard during debates (find many of them to listen to or watch at http://www.michigan4conservativesenate.com) and DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK and think things all the way through, not just give into the "feel good" (checklist) talking-points and discern who PROMISES to actually do (and/or already is doing) something about it!!!
The choice is NOT between the Washington insider or the Party insider, but of the REAL TEA Party Candidate that has grassroots support and why he is winning TEA Party straw-poll after straw-poll (not just an occasional one here and there, or like another Candidate who now says "I won't go to TEA Party events where a Straw-poll is conducted" and has dodged some TEA Party debates).
We must have a BOLD contrast between our Candidate and Debbie Stabenow. One with core convictions and who takes FIRM positions rather than attempts to pander for your vote by giving some lukewarm answers to your questions.
It is the minor differences that are CRITICAL and tell you whether you have someone with Conservative core values/convictions and a strong positive foundation of such in their Character, or another CINO mouthing the words.
Lastly, while everyone is claiming to be a Reagan protege, some of those same folks (or those supporting a Candidate) are the ones that told you he (Reagan) was UN-ELECTABLE. Don't fall for that garbage again. Vote for THE most Conservative Candidate - WE make him electable. Then there's that whole "TEA Party Candidate" they all proclaim to be - well ONLY ONE has been working with, involved, and even helping to get them up and running from the grassroots from the very beginning (years ago), the other Johnny-come-latelies just expect to "claim" (without merit) to be one of you and want to be annointed the "TEA Party Candidate" without EVER having EARNED the title. ONE has been in the trenches with you, while others are really TPINO (TEA Party In Name Only)!
My opinion, with due respect,
Joseph (@JLenardDetroit) Lenard, 1108 Mulberry St, Wyandotte MI 48192
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