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"The test of morality of a society is what it does for its children." 
Rev. Dietrich Bonhoffer
S enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to schedule a vote Tuesday to bring legislation to repeal Obamacare outright to the floor for debate in hopes of forcing Republicans to own their positions.
"Everybody has to be held personally accountable," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas told  Politico. "Everybody is a good enough politician that if they've got a reason to justify their vote, they'll be able to sell that."   Article
"Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should both be changed regularly... and for the same reason."
Ronald Reagan

Q: Have you heard about McDonald's new Obama Value Meal? 
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
When asked if they would have sex with Bill Clinton, 86% of women in D.C. said, "Not again."
Two political candidates were having a heated debate. 
Finally, one of them jumped up and yelled at the other, "What about the powerful interest that controls you?" 
And the other guy screamed back, "You leave my wife out of this!" 

Michigan Conservative Union 's Board of Directors has set a schedule that includes significant events for serious conservatives. Consider adding them 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 (tentative)
Upper Peninsular MiCPAC
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
MCU Southeast is a new chapter springing from area tea parties. Meetings  monthly. 
Next meeting Aug. 8 7PM American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Rd., Troy
A neat gathering took place in Bloomfield Friday night as author and speaker John Anthony from Chattanooga, TN. briefed us on HUD regulations busting neighborhoods, and how the Trump Adminstration is cutting regulations.

Ambassador John Adams meets

July, 23 2017 

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Because we receive so much information daily, it is not possible to include everything. We try to include links to some of the most important and interesting . One interesting video sent to us this week by a Tennessee college student is this   Rare Color Video of Berlin at the end of WWII July, 1945. It is a reflection on lessons we must not repeat again. 

We have changed the format this issue. We hope you like it. Let's keep the faith and fight, for a free USA and opportunities for our children and grandchildren as we had. 
"The test of morality of a society is what it does 
for its children." Rev. Dietrich Bonhoffer

We include in this edition the Tenets of Good Education as determined by the MCU Education Task Force Phase IV. Enjoy and reflect! 

National and Michigan 

++ Going up 800%! Lifetime Senior $10 National Park and Federal Lands Pass extended to August 28 - then $80.   18 of the 417 National Parks sites charge a fee. Thanks to the Republican US Congress passing a bill last year the fee for those sites goes up from $10 to $80 on 8/28 for seniors.   

++ Jailed for nullification Pamphlet.   Arrested moments after former Pastor and father of eight Kieth Wood handed out about 50 juror rights pamphlets on the public sidewalk outside the courthouse. His attorney David Kallman says it was his free speech. Prosecutor  Thiede said, "We would have a lawless nation if people were to vote their conscience."
   A case that concerned Wood was scheduled about the time Wood passed out his nullification pamphlet. Wood was interested in a case in which  Andy Yoder was accused of violating the Department of Environmental Quality for draining a wetland that was on Yoder's property. Wood  was interested in the idea that the government had a say in someone's private property rights. 
    "He's going straight to jail today," said Judge Booher, before Wood was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom. He was sentenced to eight weekends in jail and six months of probation plus fines after being convicted of a one-year misdemeanor as a first-time offender.  It is being appealed. After all other Mecosta judges recused themselves an Isabella judge granted bail.   (Thanks, George) 
   Mecosta County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Clapp asked Judge Janes to issue a gag order for Wood's appeal process; Judge Janes denied it.   Sentenced - article     Out on Bond

Playing the TRUMP cards
++ President Trump Eliminates 860 Obama-Era Federal Regulations -  according to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, Team Trump has removed or withdrawn about 860 Obama administration-era federal regulations. The massive decrease in regulations is part of the Trump administration's overall deregulatory agenda, Mulvaney said during a press briefing Thursday. Updating reporters on President Trump's 2-for-1 policy for federal regulations - which requires cutting two regulations for every one new  implemented regulation - Mulvaney said we are at 16-to-1,   Link   (Thanks, Nick) 

++ Six Months of Accomplishments listed Here

++ STOP LEAKS!  Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, vowed Sunday to take "dramatic action" top stop leaks within his department .   Link

++ Trump Order to Rein in US Dept. of Education regulations and guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) have unlawfully overreached on education policy to the detriment of state and local control
   According to a senior USED official 
Rob Goad, the order "puts an end to this overreach, ensuring that states and localities are free to make educational decisions as required by" three federal statutes that prohibit federal "direction, supervision, or control" over various aspects of education policy. In compliance with the order, a task force led by USED senior adviser Robert Eitel will "manage this process . . . and work with the public to help determine which regulations are inconsistent with federal law." Link (Thanks, Meshawn) 

++ House rejects attempt to ban transgender surgery for troops - Link (Thanks, James)

++ Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event   Link    

++ Michigan Freedom To Work Spokesman's editorial - Mainstream media tilts the truth in Trump coverage   Linked HERE  (Thanks, Brian) 

++ Clinton Foundation Made $145 MILLION From Uranium Deal With Russia.  
Hillary Clinton approved the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Russia and nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.   Link  (Thanks, Lanny

++ How Politics Works  -  

++ Kid Rock for Senate?  " How dare the foul-mouthed, long-haired, wifebeater-wearing, Jim Beam-swigging, self-described redneck suggest he belongs in the world's greatest deliberative body?"...  Don't count him out. Article

The Tenets of Great Education
We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of the parent to ensure their child is being properly educated and prepared for a productive, fulfilling, life, within our capitalistic constitutional republic.
We defend public education as a legitimate function of LOCAL government.
We believe there is a legitimate role of the State Government in limited oversight duties of local public education, to ensure proper fiduciary attention and a consistency in adhering to any proper State law.
We reject the idea that the Federal Government has - or was intended to have - a role in determining when, how, or what students are to learn. Furthermore, we reject the idea that the Federal Government has been given the constitutional power to return the tax dollars to the citizens with educational mandates attached that impact the learning environment of any local institution. 
A finding of the MCU Education Task Force Phase IV     

Dr. Russell Kirk's 
The Conservative Mind  began the modern conservative movement and was the guide Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Wm.F. Buckley, Jr., and others looked to for clarity and focus on "the permanent things."  
Linked here a  

++ Oxford Dictionaries selected "post-truth" as its 2016 Word of the Year -  
According to Oxford, something is post-truth if it is "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief."  Post-truth dates back to at least 1992, but its usage ballooned in 2016 by 2000%. We liken it to "situational ethics". The truth is what I can convince you of at any given moment
   ...(T) he practice of subordinating truth to feelings is ancient. During the most important trial of all time, Pilate stood before Jesus claiming to have the authority of the world's most powerful empire. Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate and claimed to be truth incarnate. Jesus says that his authority and message aren't based on the vicissitudes of power or feelings, but on unchanging truth
    In the 2004 movie The Passion Of the Christ Pilate's wife asks what is truth?  "Truth?" he snaps back. "Do you want to know what my truth is, Claudia? I've been putting down rebellions in this rotten outpost for eleven years. If I don't condemn this man I know Caiaphas will start a rebellion. If I do condemn him, then his followers may. Either way, there will be bloodshed. Caesar has warned me, Claudia-warned me twice. He swore that the next time the blood would be mine. That is my truth!"
   Though Pilate uttered the word "truth" four times, he subordinated truth to his personal ramifications and desires. You see, Pilate wasn't a true skeptic. He was a cynic. A skeptic doesn't believe a truth claim until there is enough evidence for it. A cynic won't believe even when there is. Pilate is a post-truth man, living with a post-truth mindset.  More    an article "Aspiring Angels" by Abdu Murray
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