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Quick Notes & Activists
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"Labor to keep alive in your Breast that little Spark of Celestial fire called Conscience." 
 George Washington

"Fighting is obligatory for you, as much as you dislike it." Mohammed (Sura 2:216)

Conservative  Principles:
Free Link: Dr. Russell Kirk's  The Conservative Mind Condensed

MCU Membership Application at the bottom or on line  HERE!

Cnn Meltdown - They don't trust our anonymous sources, lol.  Video   (Thanks, Jim)

Charlie Daniels tweet: I'll just come out and say it. I know bovine scatology I raise bulls. One CNN broadcast contains more than we dig out of our barn in a year."

GOP Senators: Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before FBI interview  Link 
(Thanks, Bernd) 

Republicans go out of their way to blast Trump for pardoning Arpaio were silent of Clinton's Pardongate: Link   (Thanks, Dawn)

Why do sorority sisters travel in odd numbers? Because they "can't even",,, (Thanks, Tom) 
Detective goes nuts - illegal demand for patient's blood
- The detective didn't have a warrant, first off. And the patient wasn't conscious, so he couldn't give consent. Without that, the detective was barred from collecting blood samples - not just by hospital policy, but by basic constitutional law. (And by agreement in a written policy negotiated between the Police Dept. and Hospital)
  Still, Detective Jeff Payne insisted that he be let in to take the blood, saying the nurse would be arrested and charged if she refused.
  Nurse Alex Wubbels politely stood her ground. She got her supervisor on the phone so Payne could hear the decision loud and clear. "Sir," said the supervisor, "you're making a huge mistake because you're threatening a nurse."
  Payne snapped. He seized hold of the nurse, shoved her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back. A bewildered Wubbels screamed "help me" and "you're assaulting me" as the detective forced her into an unmarked car and accused her of interfering with an investigation. Article

Follow up- Nurse released, detective (partially) suspended Wubbels, a nurse at the University of Utah Hospital since 2009, was also an  Alpine skier at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics . She said she has watched the video a few times since the incident and still becomes emotional.
  Ultimately, she wants police to understand that blood is a person's property - and it can't be taken by force.  "This was not peaceful. This was not even civil," Wubbels said. "So at the very least, there needs to be som e significant discussion about what their duties are to society." More
At the start of the Civil War the USA had about 31 Million inhabitants. Nearly 2.5% of the population - an estimated 750,000 in all would be killed in that conflict
- more than all other wars combined. As a percentage, it would be like 7 Million today.   Death and the Civil War   Documentary
  And that happened at a time when most people on both sides shared the same basic values. Why the War? This Civil War Veteran  Recording   said it was about states rights . (Thanks, Zhanna)
  It has become commonplace among some "libertarians" to denegrate the North and President Lincoln in particular. We are reminded that at the time no states were being forced to leave the Union or to end slavery. The first shots were by a militia in South Carolina against a Federal Fort. In eny event, we do not want to repeat such a devastating experience. 

Can we handle  Antifa, BLM, a few Nazi's, white or black or brown or green supremicists, a few Islamic terrorists? Yes, but we need to snuff this deadly extremism sooner than later, and we need to defend our Nation and it's traditional values. 

Regretfully there may be some latent racism , but the truth is, it is among all races. Take the quotes from BLM leadership, e.g. What will or can YOU do, if anything is possible, to mitigate racial hatred? And what about hate amongst all races, against their own. Aren't 93%+ of black murders by blacks, and 87% of white murders by whites? The far left wants to bring down our Nation and end our freedoms. All races share an equal stake on stopping that. Blacks and whites all need to stand up for America.

Students Forced to "Apologize" for Being White & Christian - Amid a public uproar at a North Carolina school board meeting over far-left "equity training" for government-school teachers, allegations were made by furious parents that a teacher forced white and Christian students to stand up in class and apologize for their "privilege... More
(Thanks, Melanie)

Scrambled Brains - Boston University has a medical team that has examined 121 brains of former NFL players. 120 had CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) disease, often caused by impacts or rattling of the brain. To be sure, they sought victims of early deaths, many suicides and/or with brain problems, memory loss, etc. One was a 22 year old college player. Now, I really, really love football. Not so much the NFL variety any more - millionaires disrespecting the flag and the Country that gave them the chance. The NFL ignored and lied about their own studies for years, tried to buy the BU study with a million dollar grant and $30M to NIH (some of which they pulled back), but they have committed to pay more than a billion dollars to players, wives and wives to settle a suit. The question is, would we encourage our children and grand children to play?

We are thinking MCU and/or Up Righ t Michigan PAC and several local groups should be sending the message that we expect Republicans to adhere to their principles of limited, shrinking government, less taxes, government at the lowest possible level, closest to the people . If they ran on that ticket it was a promise we expect them to keep. 
  We might target ANY program or bill or law that automatically increases taxes. Seniors in particular will get it. They do not get cost of living increase in SS, but their taxes and costs of insurance, food, etc. keep going up, squeezing them more. 
   We will work for prevailing wage repeal, school reforms for more local and parent control and choice, insurance reform, and might target PA51 , but that is a huge hill to climb. Even "conservative" local officials get visions of grandeur or greed when they benefit from a program that takes tax money from neighbors.
 PA51 is "revenue sharing", taxing statewide to redistribute the wealth (tax dollars). For example, MDOT gets merely 39% or $468 M out of the $1.2 B in tax increases, if and when any of the fuel tax dollars gets to roads. It steps on local governments and the will of voters who say NO to local tax increases then have them imposed by the State. 
    Insurance reform is badly needed. Hispitals can triple-dip in billings for medical care. Michigan's auto insurance is by far, the highest in the Nation. Would you be willing to decrease unlimited medical coverage on car insurance in exchange for lower rates? In some cases medical insurance is covered three times in a single incident as workers comp., personal medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid and auto insurence all might apply. Why pay three or more times for the same coverage? Despite a kitty of more than $14 Billion for catostropjic medical care, our rates went up again last year. MCU will call a Citizens Task Force to evaluate how We The People might address the issue. More in our next Newsletter. 

Off FB: 
Thomas Sowel l - "When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination."
  Brian Webb  - Through most dialogue there is a common thread: Conservatives speak with Facts; Liberals speak with Feelings.
Zach Eineman - So if people are mad that President Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe because he violated a Court Order, those same people should also want sanctuary cities punished for disregarding American law.....right?
David Alan Ryan - Arpaio was held in contempt but the people crossing our border illegally are not held in contempt?
Cindy BeachVERY IMPORTANT!  In case you haven't noticed MANY here(FB) suggesting they are being targeted censorship. I have witnessed/experience this also. Here is just one instance on my page yesterday with the message from  Norm Hughes  a integral part of conservative movement in MI. 
PS If this doesn't cement the idea of a possible presidential run by Zuckerberg and real need for FB alternatives, not sure what would.

COMMENT: Yes, there should be a conservative alternative.  
TANSTAAFL - their ain't no such thing as a free lunch. FB is generating billions off advertising and is trying to think for us. We have Conservative Choices Newsletter that speaks for the people and includes several FB posts each issue , but that costs thousands of dollars and hours a year to do. Conservatives need to put some money into communications or be limited by what platforms the liberals allow. Will you join MCU and help us keep communicating?
Ross Ensign Between the communist and the islamist all Americans should be very fearful and start following what's really happening and just who is really inciting the violence at the different events... would you be surprised that both sides that are brought together at these events are being orchestrated by the same people in the shadows? (it's how revolutions are started)

Michigan Conservative Union
's Board of Directors has set a schedule that includes significant events for serious conservatives. Consider adding th em to your calendar:
11/11/2017 Campaign Tool Kit - Seminar for candidates, families and staff - principles, strategy, tactics, tools.
4/7/2018 MiCPAC (Michigan Conservative Political Action Conference)  Holt, Michigan -  Annual issues and strategy conference for most conservative leaders across the state. Features top National, state and local speakers.
5/19/18  Upper Peninsular MiCPAC,  Marquette.  Plans are going well. If you are in the UP, a committed conservative who wants to help plan this event email micpac.hughes@gmail.c om
Book the Movie for your group: email   micpac.hughes@gmail.c om
September 3, 2017
President Donald Trump is declaring TODAY, Sunday, Setpember 3 a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey and our National Response and Recovery Efforts and "for those suffering in this time of crisis." The president noted that from the nation's beginning, "Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God's blessings and guidance."  Source

For Tomorrow: Happy Labor Day!

Thank you again, for YOU and the thousands of volunteers the made labor freedom possible in Michigan. It was an unbelieveable campaign and we were blessed to be in the right place at the right time to make the difference. 

It is no mystery why Auto Workers are shunning Unions - MFTW OpEd 

If pictures or the entire newsletter is not on your screen, please scroll to the bottom and hit the view entire message link. Occasionally a link is taken down or changed after we publish it and does not work as we would like. Where we can we will email you with a corrected link. 

Dramatic Aeriel Views of Harvey Flooding aftermath -  Slides

John Taylor shared Donald J. Trump's  Video  of his second Texas flood visit stating: "No matter your feelings about our President or his actions to this point, I believe he truly loves this country and is trying his best to be a president to all the people, not just those that elected him. He needs our faith, our prayers and our support as he navigates what must be the most difficult job on this Earth." We agree John. Thanks!

They have no voice - where is the moral outcry? Some believe Roe v Wade can be overturned. Abortion petition video  Here

Are Conservatives sleeping? Wake up! 
We are needed!

Interested in a White House Internship? For spring 2018 Information    Here    Apply  Here

President Trump's  Taxation Message

At $1.2M, Obama Set to Become Most Expensive Ex-President - More  When they leave the White House as millionaires, have monstrous book feals and charge $400k a speech, should we taxpayers pay for offices and staff, travel, etc.?  

We change public policies by changing public knowledge and perceptions.  You may notice as you scan the articles and information that some are submitted by readers, facebook friends, and interested individuals.  Feedback, thoughts and recommendations are always welcome by emailing micpac.hughes@gmail.com.   
   Because we receive so much information daily, it is not possible to include everything. Occasionally a mis-spelling slips though. Sorry! The mind is wonderful in understanding what is meant. We carefully select information useful to grass roots activists AND political leaders. We try to include links to some of the most important and interesting  Let's keep the faith and fight for a free USA and opportunities for our children and grandchildren as we had. 
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."  Isaiah 43:2.
Hurricane Harvey
  At a time or personal strife
t he re are scams out there. Here is FEMA's
Rumor Control  w eb  site where you can  check it o t. BTW, one link is to apply for disaster management leadership paying up to $5,000 a week. 

Want to donate or help? We suggest you contact a local church that has a connection with actual on-the-scene relief efforts. More money and goods typically get to where it is needed most with the lowest overhead. 
Thanks Sen. Tim Scott: 
My thoughts and prayers remain with Houston, southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana this morning. Disasters like Hurricane Harvey cause so much damage, not just to possessions but psychologically as well. Know that we are all here for you.
   We have seen so many acts of heroism and bravery over the weekend into today. I want to thank all the first responders, emergency officials and neighbors from across the  country for their efforts!  AMEN!

++ Texas Hurricane Flood - Life and death.  TV Reporter saves Trucker: Brandi Smith and her cameraman, Mario Sandoval, were covering the devastation from the hurricane when they noticed that there appeared to be a man trapped in the cab of his truck...  Video  Rescue Video Wow, KHOU may not be all fake news!
++ Harvey survivor reaches missing father on the phone -   Article
++ Remodeler Magazine gives 15 strategies for builders dealing with flood repairs   Link

++ Mid-Michigan residents might be eligible for June storm assistance  - Total Individual & Households Program  Dollars Approved to date: $3,964,353.98  Link
++ Antifa riots at Berkley: "Police have completely disappeared...People are getting beaten up."  Hundreds of black-clad masked Antifa rioters descended on a park in Berkeley, California, after a "No to Marxism" rally was canceled.
   A few people showed up anyway, and were viciously beaten and attacked.
Mainstream media journalists caught in the middle described the Antifa rioters arriving in battle formation armed with shields (which were specifically prohibited under published police rules) and the police appearing to stand down. Journalists who were filming were repeatedly attacked by Antifa.
   They were taking phones and cameras and declaring it their park.
  The San Francisco Chronicle has a timeline of the riots. Here are a couple of the key timeline entries: More

We better understand that we are under attack on several fronts from both foreign and domestic terrorists. We must insist our governments deal with this. If goons are untouched by law enforcement while they are cloaked in masks and riot gear, beating up on people and looting, there is no price they pay. There must be a lawful defense as they tear down our Country and destroy our peace, and threaten our families. 

++ Supreme Courts in review - More Pictures Here!

++ Celebrate Patriot Week this upcoming 9/11 - 9/17.  Patriot Week renews America's spirit by celebrating the first principles, Founding Fathers and other patriots, vital documents, speeches and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Co-created in 2009 by  Judge Michael Warren and his then 10-year-old daughter Leah, Patriot Week has captured the imagination and support of citizens across the nation. For more information about events (including Patriot Festival, American Foundations Seminar, movie, runs, Leadership Forum, and others) and how you can participate, visit  www.PatriotWeek.org.

National and International 

(Thanks, Steve and Susan)

++  Obama Admin. banked tax dollars for political operations.  One example is a $350,000 State Department grant to OneSource - run by Obama campaign operatives who then worked to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister. Video   (Thanks, Jim)
++ Southern Christian Poverty Law Center holds more than $300 Million and is sheltering money of shores. 
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.
  Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
  A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an "anti-gay" group on SPLC's website.
  The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC's Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have "financial interests" in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda...
   The SPLC, which claims to boast a staff of 75 lawyers who practice in the area of children's rights, economic justice, immigrant justice, LGBT rights, and criminal justice reform, reported spending only $61,000 on legal services in 2015.    More

++   What does it mean for me to be an American?  American history needs to be seen  in the context of a larger drama. But there is sharp disagreement over the way we choose to represent that relationship.
  Is, for example, the nation and culture we call the United States to be understood fundamentally as one built upon the extension of European and especially British laws, institutions, and religious beliefs?
  Or is it more properly understood as a modern, Enlightenment-based post-ethnic nation built on acceptance of abstract principles, such as universal individual rights, rather than bonds of shared tradition, race, history, conventions, and language?
  Or is it a transnational and multicultural "nation of nations" in which a diversity of subnational or supernational sources of identity-race, class, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual practice, etc.-is the main result sought, and only a thin and minimal sense of national culture and obligation is required?
  Or is it something else again? And what are the implications of each of those propositions for the answers one gives to the question, "What does it mean for me to be an American?"
+ The City Upon a Hill: America as moral exemplar
+ The Empire of Reason: America as the land of the Enlightenment
+ Nature's Nation: America as a nation uniquely in harmony with nature
+ Novus Ordo Seclorum: America as the new order of the ages
+ Redeemer Nation: America as redeemer of a corrupted world
+ The New Eden: America as land of newness and moral renewal
+ The Nation Dedicated to Proposition: America as land of equality
+ The Melting Pot: America as blender and transcender of ethnicities
+ Land of Opportunity: America as the nation of material promise and social mobility
+ The Nation of Immigrants: America as a magnet for immigrants
+ The New Israel: America as God's new chose nation
+ The Nation of Nations: America as a transnational container for diverse national identities
+ The First New Nation: America as the first consciously wrought modern nation
+ The Indispensable Nation: America as guarantor of world peace, stability, and freedom, or ???  More

+++ Sabastian Gorka resigns - to work for MAGA outside the White House  President Trump Loses another Solid Conservative  "In the last thirty years our great nation, and especially our political, media, and educational elites, have strayed so far from the principles of our Republic's Founding that we faced a grim and godless future. 
   Your victory last November was truly a "Hail Mary pass" on the way to re-stablishing America upon the eternal values enshrined in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
   It is, therefore, all the more difficult for me to tender my resignation with this letter.
   Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices finally to be heard.
   Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will "Make America Great Again," have been internally countered, systematicall y removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week.
   The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of "radical Islam" or "radical Islamic terrorism" proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost..."  More   (Thanks Cindy) 
   Your editor invested time with Gorka earlier this year  discussing strategy an dpolicies. He will be greatly missed on the inside. It appears Gen. Kelly is closing ranks and eliminating any other thoughts or rivals. Will Trump allow himself to be "ivory towered"? 
(T hank Goodness the Legislature is on Recess)  
This feels like that slight amount of peace before the next pending nasty storm - when the (part time) Legislature returns from a long recess, eager to regulate and tax.
  Will we play defense, or go on offense with a conservative legislative agenda? Email your suggestions for conservative priorities to Norm@mcu.today. 

++ State Police Pay 43 Officers Over $300k Each To Not Retire -  Legislature creates incentive for early retirement - then pays people to not take it.  The DROP program is responsible for adding $85 million in unfunded pension liabilities, according to state civil service and actuary reports .    MCPP Article
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Dr. Russell Kirk's   
The Conservative Mind  began the modern conservative movement and was the guide Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Wm.F. Buckley, Jr., MCU, and others looked to for clarity and focus on "the permanent things."  
Linked here a
++ Russell Kirk, quotes from The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot
   "In a revolutionary epoch, sometimes men taste every novelty, sicken of them all, and return to ancient principles so long disused that they seem refreshingly hearty when they are rediscovered."
   "The twentieth-century conservative is concerned, first of all, for the regeneration of the spirit and character - with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its highest."
   "Rousseau and his disciples were resolved to force men to be free; in most of the world, they triumphed; men are set free from family, church, town, class, guild; yet they wear, instead, the chains of the state, and they expire of ennui or stifling lone lines."
   "Either order in the cosmos is real, or all is chaos. If we are adrift in chaos, then the fragile egalitarian doctrines and emancipating programs of the revolutionary reformers have no significance; for in a vortex of chaos, only force and appetite signify."
   "Even the wisest of mankind cannot live by reason alone; pure arrogant reason, denying the claims of prejudice (which commonly are also the claims of conscience), leads to a wasteland of withered hopes and crying loneliness, empty of God and man: the wilderness in which Satan tempted Christ was not more dreadful than the arid expanse of intellectual vanity deprived of tradition and intuition, where modern man is tempted by his own pride."
   "Freedom can be achieved and retained only by sober men who take humanity as it is, not as humanity should be."

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