Living with Republicans and Republican Politics
For twenty-something years, I was in Livingston County and living with Republicans and Republican politics. It is not easy being a Democrat there. If it was not for the stupid things many Republican constituents say, it would have been downright difficult if they had a brain. They kept pitching down the center with their remarks and I kept hitting homeruns on Facebook and in replies locally.
Livingston County population makeup is 96.4% White. It is also the richest, or one of the richest counties in Michigan. The rest of the county population make up consists of minorities of which less than 1% is African Americans.
When there were issues with police interactions with Black citizens, the local newspaper asked the county population what they thought. Did similar issues occur in their communities? How did police react, etc.? In pointing out the county demographics to the editor, I suggested he should find a Black resident and ask. That is, if he could find a local Black resident given the scarcity. The editorial comment disappeared.
Livingston County is the home base for Michigan State Senator Lana Theis. Lana will be competing in an upcoming primary to select a candidate. Opposing Theis in the primary is car salesman Mike Detmer. Mike is a gem of a Michigan Republican. He attended an Operation Lockdown/pro-Trump rally in Lansing with the Proud Boys in 2020. In his last primary to become a US House Representative, he lost, and then refused to support the primary wining Republican. Republican Junge lost to Elissa Slotkin.
Laying a foundation for what is to come next.
As stated, the State Senator Lana Theis represents Livingston County. A week ago, (Wednesday [13th]) in the beginning of a Senatorial session, she delivered the invocation.
“Dear Lord, across the country we’re seeing in the news that our children are under attack. That there are forces that desire things for them other than what their parents would have them see and hear and know. Dear Lord, I pray for Your guidance in this chamber to protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Dem Senators took issue with the prayer and some walked out during the invocation. Lana was referring to Critical Race Theory in her prayer.
Republicans are in the majority in the Michigan, having been so for decades and especially in Livingston County. Much is due to gerrymandering which may go away due to redistricting by a citizen commission. Today and by their status, Republicans say whatever they want to say without fear of retribution.
It was not enough with just the prayer. Senator Theis decides to take it a step further in a fund-raising mailer. A mailer attacking Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow as a “groomer.” McMorrow was one of several senators walking out during Theis’s invocation.
Lana Theis’s mailer:
“Groomers outraged by my invocation.”
Last Thursday, I opened the Senate session with an invocation praying for our children’s safety. Several of my Democratic colleagues were so offended, they walked out!
Our children are under assault in our schools – the last place we should be worried about them.
Gender-bending indoctrination, confusing them about their identities
Exposure to inappropriate sexual content, stealing their innocence
Race-based education – Critical Race Theory – pitting children against each other
These are the people we are up against. Progressive social media trolls like Senator Mallory McMorrow (D-Snowflake) who are outraged they can’t teach can’t groom and sexualize kindergarteners or that 8-year olds are responsible for slavery.
They believe that we, as parents, do not have the right to help our children navigate their adolescence or their education. These enlightened elites believe our rights end at the curb of the school drop-off and we must surrender to the wisdom of teacher unions, trans-activists, and the education bureaucracy.
Not on my watch.
As Chair of the Senate Education Committee, I promise you that I will never back down from this fight.
– Fundraising email for Lana Theis
‘Accused me by name’ — Michigan Sen. McMorrow blasts striking claims by Education Committee Chair (wilx.com)
In the full story, Senator McMorrow wonders why the attack on her as well as others who walked out during the invocation. She comes to realize that even in the minority, she represents the opposition to Theis’s claim. A claim to represent marginalized children using an argument of parental rights as the basis if another parent says the claim is wrong.
Addressing Senator Theis and Republicans, Senator Mallary McMorrow gave a seven hundred-and sixty-one-word straight to the point speech. Five minutes and using few words, Senator McMorrow delivers her rebuttal hitting them hard in answer to their divisive politics and lies.
I didn’t expect to wake up yesterday to the news that the senator from the 22nd district had, overnight, accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an email, fundraising for herself. So I sat on it for a while wondering: Why me? And then I realized: Because I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme. Because you can’t claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of “parental rights” if another parent is standing up to say no.
So then what? Then you dehumanize and marginalize me. You say that I am one of them. You say: She’s a groomer. She supports pedophilia. She wants children to believe they were responsible for slavery and to feel bad about themselves because they’re white.
Well, here’s a little bit of background about who I really am: Growing up, my family was very active in our church. I sang in choir. My mom taught CCD. One day, our priest called a meeting with my mom and told her that she was not living up to the Church’s expectations, and that she was disappointing. My mom asked why. Among other reasons, she was told it was because she was divorced, and because the priest didn’t see her at mass every Sunday.
So where was my mom on Sundays? She was at the soup kitchen. With me.
My mom taught me at a very young age that Christianity and faith was about being part of a community, about recognizing our privilege and blessings and doing what we can to be of service to others—especially people who are marginalized, targeted, and who had less, often unfairly.
I learned that service was far more important than performative nonsense like being seen in the same pew every Sunday or writing “Christian” in your Twitter bio and using that as a shield to target and marginalize already-marginalized people.
I also stand on the shoulders of people like Father Ted Hesburgh, the longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, who was active in the Civil Rights movement, who recognized his power and privilege as a white man, a faith leader, and the head of an influential and well-respected institution, and who saw Black people in this country being targeted and discriminated against, and beaten, and reached out to lock arms with Dr. Martin Luther King when he was alive, when it was unpopular and risky, and marching alongside them to say, “We’ve got you,” to offer protection and service and allyship, to try to right the wrongs and fix injustice in the world.
So who am I?
I am a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom who knows that the very notion that learning about slavery or redlining or systemic racism somehow means that children are being taught to feel bad or hate themselves because they are white is absolute nonsense.
No child alive today is responsible for slavery. No one is this room is responsible for slavery. But each and every single one of us bears responsibility for writing the next chapter of history. Each and every single one of us decides what happens next, and how we respond to history and the world around us.
We are not responsible for the past and cannot change the past. We can’t pretend that it didn’t happen, or deny people their very right to exist.
I am a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom. I want my daughter to know she is loved, supported, and seen for whoever she becomes. And I want her to be curious, empathetic, and kind. People who are different are not the reason that our roads are in bad shape after decades of disinvestment, or that healthcare costs are too high, or that teachers are leaving the profession.
I want every child in this state to feel seen, heard, and supported, not marginalized and targeted because they are not straight, white, and Christian.
We cannot let hateful people tell you otherwise, to scapegoat and deflect from the fact that they’re not doing anything to fix the real issues that impact people’s lives.
And I know that hate will only win if people like me stand by and let it happen.
So I want to be very clear right now: Call me whatever you want. I hope you brought in a few dollars. I hope it made you sleep good last night.
I know who I am. I know what faith and service means—and what it calls for in this moment. We will not let hate win.
“Michigan lawmaker blasts GOP colleague’s Christian bigotry in viral speech” (onlysky.media)
I avoid Twitter. Everything I saw in Twitter was incomplete or snippets of McMorrow’s rebuttal. Or Twitter commenters were deciding what was important, and more important than the entire speech. Twitter was missing most of McMorrow’s speech.
This is one of the few times when I did not have to wonder why, a person or politician did not say more and get right to the point. Senator McMorrow, a State Senator said what needed to be said. I wish there were more Democratic politicians like Senator McMorrow who will talk more to the ugly politics brought on mostly since trump. We need them and we need them now.
For now, it appears the US seems to be shifting its politics inexorably to the right.
Put it down as a reaction to an inexorably shrinking white voter plurality, or an existential threat to the future standing of the GOP.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe liberality will restore itself spontaneously.
I note however that Massachusetts’ outgoing moderate GOP guv’nah has in recent days offered his support for a guy known as The Sheriff of Trumpachusetts.
Why is Governor Charlie Baker giving his blessing to the sheriff of Trumpachusetts?
Boston Globe – April 18
Donald Trump attacked him as a “Republican in Name Only” and endorsed his Republican challenger, Geoff Diehl. That helped Governor Charlie Baker build a national brand as a heroic voice for moderate politics.
Yet Baker, who is not running for reelection, is giving his blessing to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson — a.k.a. the Sheriff of Trumpachusetts. This week, the governor is scheduled to stand with Hodgson at his reelection campaign launch, which means he will be standing with someone who served as honorary chair of Trump’s 2020 Massachusetts campaign and didn’t back down from false claims about election fraud after the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol. Hodgson also runs a jail that’s regularly decried by prison reform advocates and he’s all-in with Trump’s anti-immigration policies. The sheriff offered to send prisoners to the southern border to help build Trump’s infamous wall, and he let federal immigration authorities build a detention center on prison grounds, where people held were mistreated. …
(Not sure how well this bodes for the future of the Bay State. The assumption is however that the MA GOP will nominate a Trumper to run against the Dem nominee, and that the Dem nominee will therefore prevail regardless in November, despite that the overwhelmingly Dem Legislature in this overwhelmingly Dem state prefers GOP guvnah’s because they have less power to interfere with said Legislature. And Charlie Baker is bowing out.)
Why does McMorrow have to defend herself? Why is Theis not shouted down by the people?
What are Democrats doing wrong that allows this sick lie to spread. This is what Nazi’s did to the Jews before the concentration camps. Are people so stupid? or is this just primal hate that lives in human hearts until released by a Hitler or a Trump…or for that matter ante-bellum Southern newspapers?
The slander against Jefferson did not work. why the difference?
I have written a few times in other place locally about Michigan and how the Repubs have had control of the Senate since 1994 and the House (mostly) since 2000.Two times a trifecta with a Repub governor. Yet, the state mostly votes Dem for president and senators. Hopely the new redistricting will fix the issues since a mostly civilian commission is doing it.
People like me do push back. After I moved, I was thanked by the head of Dems in my county for all the work I did. We are not enough in intellect and knowledge.
You have to keep in mind, not everyone is like our AB commenters. I am assuming we woul all have something to say.
VA got Youngkin for governor mostly because he was relatively unknown while the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe was too well known. Also, historically VA has elected a governor of the opposite party from POTUS a year later than the POTUS election. After all, when Republicans in 2013 tried to bank on that historical trend with a Tea Party dominated caucus to nominate, then that was how Terry McAuliffe got elected governor of VA for the first time running against far right Ken Cuccinelli. It was a lesser evil choice.
Despite that VA is not nowadays really representative of the South regardless of its history given the influence of the national capital area, large military presence, and huge influx of damn yankees (moved to South and stayed is the damn part), then it still is surprising to me that Michigan and the upper mid-west in general is more reactionary than we are. Back in the 60’s then Ann Arbor was our Mecca. What happened?
For the various followers of Timothy Leary such as hippies and Dead Heads, then San Francisco was Mecca for the 60’s. But my “our” was referring to the followers of Medgar Evers and Abbie Hoffman that were also generally just a bunch of potheads, all politics aside. OTOH, for those folk all politics were never aside.
Full disclosure, back then I only smoked politics. I told all my pothead friends that pot was an establishment plot to make us lazy and vulnerable. That was in the 60’s, but then I got drafted and sent to Vietnam.
good for you. I was thinking about “the people” as in of the people by the people for the people. all (all) those folks who go to public meetings.
I was on the Planning Commission for our municipality. I had to attend those public meetings. I was a member of other public things too.
“…The slander against Jefferson did not work. why the difference?…”
[Twitter – but also Facebook and Internet echo chambers in general. Twitter is for the most useless twits of all though.]
McMorrow said everything short of “Fuck You!”. Eventually that will be the only reply to those people.
I sometimes wonder if that is what it takes. Our last night in Brighton, we went back to the restaurant we had a meal in when we first arrived in Michigan. That first night, a tornado lighted nearby and we all went downstairs in the basement. We came back and finished our meal. Some people skipped out and did not pay.
We sat at the bar this evening because we knew the bartender for years. It really was a good evening for a meal and people watching. One guy got angry because his girl friends old boy friend came by. Two men and a woman sat near us. One guy was bigger than the other and reeked of macho. I never understood why size gives a person superiority.
Marine Corp did not love me because I was big. Although in my forties I was pressing 250# and doing squats at 300#. They did not love me because I shot 40 of my 50 rounds one day and still qualified at 191 out of 200 possible points. They did not care I could outrun the others, carry more than them, and do it longer. The Corp like me because at 19, I had a brain.
They were friendly at first. And then Mr. Big tossed down the first glove. “I don’t believe in masks.” Shrugged and said ok and continued my conversation. The next, “This is a hoax.” I responded I hope it is. I was not there to fight or engage in stupid. I was there for a meal and to say goodby.
In the end and after we paid our bill. I wished him good luck in his beliefs and we left. These people who deny, in the end panic when they finally realize they are going to die. Or as Daniel and I have discussed another alternative is the shrinking of your brain after catching Covid.
We still mask, stay away from crowds, hop when the crowds are not around, stay home . . .
Theis is trying to provoke an irrational argument. McMorrow did not rise to Theis stale political bread crumbs scattered on the waters surface. McMorrow asked “why me?” And realized the lead in to irrationality.
McMorrow; “We cannot let hateful people tell you otherwise, to scapegoat and deflect from the fact that they’re not doing anything to fix the real issues that impact people’s lives.
And I know that hate will only win if people like me stand by and let it happen.”
The beauty of this is McMorrow realized she had to say no, I will not play your game. And I will stand in your way.
i guess maybe i wonder why those who oppose what ‘their ‘ politicians do stay in that state/city. in some cases, they really have no choice. moving is expensive. nd companies stopped paying that (seems they can no longer take that off their taxes. and we cant either. course that also reduced the number of jobs, but who care right?). course most politicians only listen some of the time (when they are in a primary, if any). so they really only a few things, and will be all in with that, knowing that they will get elected (or not) based on what party they are in. and they do they are really only interested in staying in power, taking care of those who donated to their campaigns, and if that happens to mean doing some thing for the state (which rarely is the case), and making it so they stay in office. but not much else