Because The Cycle Must Be Broken
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Mentioning the term "abusive relationship" will often conjure up any number of images in the listener's mind, from a physically violent spouse or parent to a tyrannical employer or a manipulative neighbor. But no matter the scenario or the type of relationship (domestic, intimate, personal, professional, or social), there is one thing that all truly abusive relationships have in common . . . exactly one common thread running through all abusive relationships that is the sole defining characteristic demarcating what does and doesn't make any relationship abusive. And until the person on the receiving end of the abuse gets this, there is no chance of breaking the cycle.
It's beginning to look like the Michigan Republican Party's love affair with the tea party movement was more of a one night stand. The blueblood elites currently occupying many seats of power and influence within the MIGOP (either as public officials or as party officers) have made it very clear by their recent behavior that they have no interest in the tea party movement (or other true conservatives) other than as "grassroots shock troops" to be used for the general campaign . . . and then put back in the closet, to be dusted off again two years from now. But if any tea partier should demand that the Republican Party apparatus be held internally accountable for its failure to advocate and adhere to liberty-minded, rule-of-law constitutional principles . . . well, the "rookies" cannot possibly know what they're talking about, because we haven't carried the party's water long enough to rate a seat at the table.
I think that the most recent example of state party shenanigans is the current mess that we have going on in CD-11. Whether it was villainy or just plain stupidity, Thad McCotter's canvass crew committed a classic "epic fail" with regard to the congressman's nominating petition. Given a perfect opportunity to play by the rules and show the tea party that they are in fact welcome, instead the powers that be in the 11th District republican apparatus (Tom Stroup and Brooks Patterson, among others) decided that a potential congressman who insists on actually using the Enumerated Powers as a litmus test for voting on a bill was too extreme for their taste. Instead, they're going to burn through party resources to fund an expensive and unnecessary write-in campaign, for no apparent reason other than that the by-the-rules results didn't fit the prearranged narrative. (We've seen that theme elsewhere this year, and I'll be getting back to it.) And so yet another backroom cabal decided that the Mother of the MBT career politician would be a better representative of the people than a citizen-legislator who passes the constitutionalist sniff-test.
I didn't mention this in my report on the Showdown in Motown, but the MIGOP establishment made a point of making it tough for the Agema for RNC team to accomplish their job:
Evidently, "... hard-working Republicans, who may not be precinct delegates ..." are now considered a threat to the smooth operation of the internal workings of the Michigan Republican Party. I say this because no sooner had Saul Anuzis been handed his pink slip, about four weeks ago, then at the immediately subsequent State Committee meeting he introduced an amendment to Convention Rule # 9 (which is the reason that it's referred to as the "Anuzis Amendment") "to strike any language that requires a Precinct Delegate to be present in order to have preference." The minutes as published make it seem like there wasn't much discussion on the matter, and reports vary as to whether there were 4 or 12 "nay" votes, or some number in between.
Just to make sure we have the record straight, I spoke to several State Committee members who were at the meeting, and the reference to Rule # 8 in the minutes is indeed a typo. I agree with Richard Anderson's assessment that what this amounts to is deliberately disenfranchising grassroots activists who might be interested in going to convention, and actually participating. County chairs now have free rein to pack their delegations with cronies who are already precinct delegates, regardless of whether or not they show up at convention or any meetings, or even express any interest in participating, and don't think that there won't be some that will do exactly that. That same State Committee is scheduled to meet again in July of this year, and will have the opportunity to repeal the Anuzis Amendment, but I'm not going to be holding my breath; recent history is pretty clear that the MIGOP tends to stick to its guns on bad decisions, even after it becomes plainly obvious to any reasonable observer that the decision in question was a bad call.
Which brings up what seems to be, thus far, this election cycle's premier example of rewriting the rules and then stonewalling any and all requests (and, yes, even demands) to revisit the decision. The RightMichigan write-up on the Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco was, by the time it reached its logical conclusion, 40 installments long, spanning from a February 29 article that called the media meme of a "Romney win" into question all the way through (80 days later) a convention-floor blowout that held the alleged chief engineer of "Dele-Gate" accountable for his actions for probably the first time in his 31+ year political career. The patronage system currently in use within the Republican Party halls of establishment power reared its ugly head early and often in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary, with Mitt Romney being declared the presumptive front runner even before he filed to run, and retaining that designation even when more conservative luminaries such as Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum each in turn surpassed him in the polling. Granted, Mitten's "stinker factor" probably doesn't exceed 17%, but he still had to outspend his opposition by at least 5-to-1 in contested states in order to pick up delegates, even in states where the fix was already in.
Just to review, what we have here is:
The one common thread running through all abusive relationships, that is the sole defining characteristic demarcating what does and doesn't make any relationship abusive, is the concept of power and control. Without it, there is no abuse. And when you think about it, the bluebloods within the Michigan Republican Party have been a little too quick to go all "teabagger" against any who dared to challenge their way of doing things and their foreordained patronage. A party apparatus dominated by mutual respect and equality of merit may have been more willing to live with the results produced by the rules, and perhaps less willing to alienate the "fresh blood" they so regularly claim to need.
Which brings me to my closing thought, a paraphrase of John F. Kennedy's warning: Those who insist on making a peaceful takeover impossible will ultimately make a takeover by revolt inevitable, and perhaps even necessary. The question is how long it's going to take for the blueblood elites in the establishment to get the message.
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+ didn't fit the prearranged narrative
+ Mother of the MBT
+ Showdown in Motown
+ sponsored an amendment to a supplemental funding bill
+ Convention Rule # 9
+ Anuzis Amendment
+ Richard Anderson's assessment
+ plainly obvious to any reasonable observer
+ Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco
+ February 29
+ 80 days later
+ each in turn surpassed him in the polling
+ stinker factor
+ play by the rules
+ Also by Kevin Rex Heine