Michigan Regime: Tyrannical State

H. L. Mencken

One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them.The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.

The American Language published in 1919

Off goes the head of the king, and tyranny gives way to freedom. The change seems abysmal. Then, bit by bit, the face of freedom hardens, and by and by it is the old face of tyranny


For those whom chose to believe our nation is not in a transitional State, I offer this under covered worthy news item. On March 16th of 2011, the Governor of the Great State of Michigan, Rick Snyder, signed into Law Public Act 4. Essentially, this law would usurp the authority of publicly elected officials due to financial hardship of those entities deemed to be in distress.

In lieu of the elected public officials, an Emergency Manager would have unlimited authority to resolve financial crisis. Emergency managers have power to break contracts, dismiss public officials and sell public utilities under Michigan's Public Act 4.

Emergency managers are presently operating in Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint, Pontiac and the Detroit public schools system.

At the risk of sounding as if I was an alarmist, does anyone believe this is not an attack on local Constitutional Democracy? And since when did Democracy become secondary to financial considerations within the Constitution of this Nation?

In the spirit of the America, a movement to suspend this law is attempting to gather the 161,000 valid signatures to place it on the November 2012 Ballot.

Hundreds of residents gathered at a local church to protest the impending appointment of a State Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit.

Here’s the kicker, the rub if you will. The five Emergency Managers, whose pay ranges from $132,000 to $250,000, are funded by the local communities of which they rule.

Now I ask you fellow American’s, does that qualify as Insult to Injury?

Promote the Vote 2012

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

ideax,

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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ideax 4 years ago from US

nicely presented views!


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I empathize with the people of your State. Lately it seems the people of States with Republican Governors are on the attack.If I could answer those Questions you posed,Michiganman567, I would.

I do think it will be a matter for the courts. Until then the people have taken to the streets, and that in itself speaks volumes.I wish the best for the citizens of Michigan. Thank you for your patience discussing this matter.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Detroit is going to be out of money in April of this year. What should we do? Do I have to pay more in taxes to fund Detroit because they have a bunch of bad contracts? Should the schools in Detroit shut down? This is the problem that happens with incompetent governments. Demonizing a governor for trying to resolve the issue does not help the problem. I'm not a constitutional Lawyer, so I don't know the actual limits. The state courts will decide that.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Michiganman567,

I appreciate your engagement in this conversation. I respect your opinion.

Having said that, at what point are Governor's overstepping their boundries?

Regarding this issue, the Constitution is a relevant stomping ground, so to speak. My understanding of States Rights governing its citizens, is its provision it doesn't undermine the U.S. Constitutional rights as citizens of America. Is it Constitutional?


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

State governors are allowed to do a lot of things that the US government can not do. Michigan State is force by law to have a balanced budget. In order to balance the budget the Governor has to do certain things in order to allow the state to function. I would like my roads and bridges taken care of, and my schools to function. Detroit is a black hole that sucks the state dry.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Hey Michiganman, thank you for checking in. As you say,"the state should not give state money to corrupt leaders in bankrupt cities if those cities are not willing to change their ways."

Is that Constitutuonal?

If the leaders are corrupt, charge them with a crime. To undermine the one person one vote right seems suspicious especially when the justification is a good investment.

Thanks for your Comments.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Detroit is bankrupt. It begs the state for money. You can not beg for money and demand sovereignty. It is an investment. A bank isn't going to give you money if you are not responsible, and the state should not give state money to corrupt leaders in bankrupt cities if those cities are not willing to change their ways.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thurston Howell? Is that a Gilligan reference. If so I'm still smiling. Very funny... In a sad way, on a more serious note, they have 'taken it to the streets.' A revived lost American Artform. Thanks for the Read & comments Credence2.


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Great article, this is right wing tyranny peaking(peeking), This political rightwing has never been about democracy but power and control. Using the excuse of financial exigency they subvert the democratic process. Thurston Howell knows that he can never win in a tally of votes, so he leverages his vote and supporters through intimidation of the 'otherside'. I surely hope that the people of Michigan puts a damper on this policy. Thanks Cred2


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

onuigbos,

Be safe on the frontlines. Looking forward to updates.Thanks.


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onuigbos 4 years ago from Southfield, MI

Great analysis. I was at the last "we will not be moved" rally in Detroit, and I'm impressed by the turnout and enthusiasm of Detroiters. This policy will be dismissed at the polls. Trust me. With the powers of the Emergency managers, such as the power to sell public assets, what is being planned is selling Detroit to the highest bidder - the rich white suburban dwellers. Pronto.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Your killing me Anjegirl. Maybe you can help me get to that sooner. Does the 14th amendment address establishing Constitutional Monarchies from the governor of a State? Regarding the issues you have raised, I'm merely a voice shouting in the wilderness awaiting the sound of an echo. Are we good?


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anjegirl 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

Hi again,

And thank you for the kind words and the Rolling Stone Angie gift. Who knew they were my all time favorite band and a band I have seen live many many times, but I have to say that I bet you say that or something like it to all the girls because in 48 hours like I got notices that tons of new girls are following you. Have not had a chance to google emergency financial management appointed positions but if you read The Case Against Obama" it tells you this is who he is and how he operated for decades before becoming our President. There is finally a petition headed to the White House and Congress to make them repeal the voluminous invasive unconstitutional will take our country down health care bill. Please sign it. RepealItNow.org Keep on keeping on.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Let me just say, I wouldn't be surprised if it is argued before the SCOTUS. Right now, the debate is only in my mind, of which I'll spare you. Thanks for your input FJ.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

grfalcone, you indicated "The question I pose to you is; where you come down on "The Guarantee Clause". The side of the Citizen or the States?"

First, I assume the clause you refer to is the one quoted. If so, I'm not familar with the issue. My understanding of the Constitution is home-schooled and essentially rogue with respect to any traditianl teachings. You've stated the question in such a way that it leads me to believe there might be an ongoing debate on the matter, which I'd like to be familiar with before stating a preference.

All that said, my reaction is this (without understanding the issue): We The People granted the authority and powers for governance by creating our Constitution. The Peoples of the various States, by way of requesting to be part of the United States through the procedures indicated in the Constitution are essentailly acknowledging 'We The People' as the authority from which their right to govern is derived. Both 'We the People' and 'The States' are provided equal mechanisms for represntation under the Constitition, with many powers not granted to the United States(amendments IX and X). Not sure if that answers your question.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Good Day to you Terrywilliam,

Thanks for your comment. I'd be interested in any information, whether in the form of a Hub or further comment, regarding EFM appointments in Ohio or other states.


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terrywilliam 4 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

I've heard about that in other states as well, such as my home of Ohio. If I could sign that petition, I would because that is unconstitutional. It is nice to see others taking up the torch and supporting the Constitution.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Mr. HSchneider,

Always a pleasure, its been far too long Sir. Thank you for your comments.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great analysis GJF. This Michigan law is unconstitutional. Besides, they only take over Democratic led cities and he installs campaign finance cronies to run these cities. it is totally corrupt and illegal. Also un-American.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

FitnezzJim,

Your point is most relevant. The question I pose to you is; where you come down on "The Guarantee Clause". The side of the Citizen or the States?

Always a pleasure Sir...


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Dear Anje,

Thank you for your comments.

If we were in the same room, I'd offer you a cold beverage, although, personally excuse me while I take a xanax.Enjoy the selection I've chosen in the interim...

http://youtu.be/rXRExocnpUw

Ok, I'm back...and, I love to reply to those good enough to comment. I feel a need to reply to those whom I induce vomiting. To note: regarding my personal history, I seem to have that particular affect on women.

I'm not here to stump for Ms. Maddow, although I find it interesting you use the term Ms.; which personally I find respectful. I also specifically avoided pointing out, Gov. Snyder is a Republican, fore I no longer believe that matters. I choose not to hate the player,

I choose to hate the game. Sounds like you do as well. In fact I support sunlight as the greatest disinfectant. I suppose that includes the Tea Party & OWS.

My New Years Resolution was to write shorter Hubs & take less xanax. But for you Anjegirl I'll gladly reconsider.

Where will it lead us from here?...I don't know...

They can't say we never tried!


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

My simplistic view of the US Constitution (that all our public officials have sworn to uphold) leads me to the conjecture that Article IV Section 4 might be relevant: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government".


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anjegirl 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

This is outrageous and happening all over America. Obama calls them CZARS and states calls them emergency managers. I only planned to be here a minute and when I saw the video was hosted by Ms Maddow, I threw up and came back to make my way through it----Ms. Maddow only does this story to stir up racial hatred and dem vs. repub.hatred which is why I won't watch her reading her nightly hate rant but this was worth a look after reading your hub----

our liberties, the liberties of the Black and White, Indian(east and west) and Hispanic, Asian and European and the bazillions of other races of American people who live in our once free nation are being daily eroded by democrats and republicans and government puppets and this president another government puppet and some states legislators are spending money like never before in our short, short history of freedom. These clowns, dems and repubs are having a heyday with our money every single day that is causing our financial ratings to drop for the first time in history and they are shoving us down the rabbit hole into financial ruin that the experts say will make the great depression look like a carnival. And with each dollar that they spend, we lose another freedom in the deal. I believe nothing short of a revolution that comes from young, educated youth today can stop them. OWS set picketing and protesting way back to the great depression. In the 60's and 70's we knew how to protest and get results and unlike the OWS idiots who have cost American taxpayers 20 million dollars and still have no message, those of you who get it will be leading that charge and because the Constitution backs you up, you can and will have to topple these idiots from the top down and do a clean sweep and you will find Americans of all ages, races and political beliefs will step up and help you once the truth is known to the masses. Keep being part of the solution and not part of the problem,friend. Analise

Obama's Christmas just cost the American taxpayers 400 million dollars and high paying government jobs are being created at every level as the aristocratic politicians get jobs for everyone of their cronies before they run our country off into the ditch, which by all accounts will happen this year. One golf course uses the same amount of water to water it's greens in one week as five families use in five years to water and bath their families. The water in the Great Lakes is owned entirely by the Nestle water company which is owned by either Switzerland or Sweden, I always get this mixed up but don't want to always find my notes on an old story or look it up again. sorry, but it is true. SOPA should be on every single American's mind today not tomorrow and wayyyyy more people know about KIM Kardashians new hair cut than they know about SOPA. It will change our countries freedoms in an unbelievable big brother kind of way that terrifies me. THanks for this hub.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you for the read and comment Terry


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TerryHamel 4 years ago from Canada

Nice article...hopefully it gets put to vote


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Indeed we agree my Hubber neighbor to the North. I too am glad you are Canadian. Tell those whom inform you of this Phenom, we down yonder refer to as America, I'd like a word or two with them. Thank you for your...

... Comment.


alexsaez1983 4 years ago

So glad I'm Canadian. All I hear in the news lately is the U.S. and how it's inching slowly into tyranny.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for the read geordmc,

Scary indeed. I look for feedback, just to make sure I'm not alone in my perspectives. I count on Your voice; geordmc, to set me straight when I go astray. Thanks for the sanity support...or is it insanity support?


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Hey gj

Not only adding insult to injury but completely UN constitutional. Voted up, funny and interesting but I would also include SCARY!!

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