We have the highest share of uninformed voters, misleading public servants, and possibly more thuggery in this state than anywhere else in the union. Our record, this “thing” speaks for itself (Resa Ipse Loquitor) as over the last 6 years we have seen what was once the mighty stallion of Michigan become somewhat docile, and gelded by a false promise of “green” economic gains.
But I am proud to be a Michigander. I am proud to be a part of a state that will recognize its failure in accepting the false premise of progressivism for the last few election cycles. I am proud to be surrounded by people who want to work together towards real and tangible solutions that only hard work and responsibility can bring.
Especially when they come together like this…
On a cold night in February during the governor’s state of the state speech, enough people showed up to express one form of dislike or another for the destructive results of her policies over the years.
Indeed, even the governor acknowledged their presence within the first words in her speech, and recognized that what was seen as fringe by the political class early in 2009 now can be only seen as a significant opposition to her policies.
Even some who have an ideological difference with the Tea Party folks came to protest Granholm’s record:
The protest became animated when a group of about 70 student-age protesters tried to shout down the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) event. The group was trying to stop cuts to education. They tried to drown out the TEA Party speakers and chanted “We’re students united, we’ll never be divided” while the TEA Party protesters were saying the Pledge of Allegiance. While a TEA Party activist was speaking on the Capitol steps, one student grabbed a megaphone and shouted a profanity.
All in their own manner of speaking I guess..
Though some may see it as a plug for the Republican party, the hand warmers donated for the event by the republican caucus was a nice touch, and showed a measure of compassion for those willing to stand around in the cold to be another voice in Lansing. If I am not mistaken, the donuts on hand were provide by the Bouchard for Governor folks, and the Hot Chocolate by The organizer of the event Wendy Day.
Given that none of that HAD to happen, it should be noted that the cold hearted calculating and greedy conservatives and other participants who demand accountability from our government, maybe aren’t so much … cold hearted..
The participation by many in a protest of how things are being run, often stems from self interest, which in and of itself is not such a bad thing, but the patriotic nature and concern which I see from my friends who attend these is sometimes more evident of a concern for the state as a whole. There is a great deal of investment in our future by their actions.
Frankly speaking for myself, the time spent ignoring the business I operate here, and the efforts writing, and activism is more costly to me financially than any new tax that might pass in the next 20 years. But it is so much bigger in the end, than a few dollars I cannot spend on myself or family.. and I am not the only one who feels that way.
I am proud to be a part of a much bigger community that on the whole understands real responsibility, and is willing to stand up for it. I am proud to stand with them and bring about “change” that makes no promise, but that of liberty and the freedom to pursue all opportunity.
I am proud.. to be a Michigander.