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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Medium Is The Message

Here are the words of one mayoral candidate regarding her canvassing and stumping efforts:

We are getting our message out; we are defining our candidates before the opposition has a chance to try to distort our character, our experience, our intellect and our intentions.”

Here is a mailing featuring that mayoral candidate and her fellow ballot-mates:

So I’d like to know…how should I define the character of someone who would feature herself/himself in a campaign mailing on a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with Troy civic issues? Last I checked, there has not ever been a resolution before the city council regarding abortion.

What would his/her experience and leadership potential in Troy have to do with a stance on the sanctity of life, exactly, and how do they know the other candidates in the city elections don’t also feel the same? I fail to see how holding firm on a personal belief regarding abortion qualifies someone to manage my city’s financial, social and civic issues.

How is it a sign of intellect to tell us they “meet the criteria” for endorsement, but don’t actually HAVE an endorsement? Further, they tell us that “pro-life leaders all over Troy” support and endorse them. But they don’t name even ONE of those leaders. Why?

Last, what does it say about their intentions that they choose a hot-button, highly-partisan, VERY political issue to further their chances in a NON-PARTISAN civic election?

There’s a message this puts out, alright…but I think it’s not the message they thought they were giving.

If you want politics as usual…political trickery for personal gain…vote for this crew.

But if you want leaders in Troy whose character, intellect, experience and intentions are clear, just say no to big political machines distorting our elections.

If you want to SAVE TROY…VOTE FOR BELTRAMINI, BLOOMINGDALE, CAMPBELL AND YASHINSKY.

17 comments:

  1. This is a big old WTF.

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  2. OMG, they really are a desperate lot, aren't they?

    Isn't it interesting that TCU accused TRUST of trying to pull at heartstrings by "trotting out" Troy schoolchildren in an effort to save the library. But it's okay for them to use a photo of a baby on their flyer to promote their stance on abortion which has nothing to do with the civic issues in Troy. Perhaps they will suddenly make become an "issue" at the next council meeting?

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  3. Isn't Janice Daniels the one that criticized the Vote Yes for the Library supporters for "tugging at the heart strings" when using children to support the library? Now she wants to play the child card as well!

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  4. I have no objection to a candidate taking a position on the Life issue. However, if you look closely at the language in the flyer, you'll notice that there is nothing that says they are endorsed by Right to Life. If a voter believes this is an important issue, they should ask each candidate to state how long they've been involved in supporting the Right to Life cause. I would suspect that some candidates have an involvement that goes back as far as one month or less. In other words, some candidates are supporting Right to Life for political purposes only.

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  5. If they don't believe in capital punishment, guns, eat meat or wear leather, then they can claim to be pro-life. Otherwise, they are picking and choosing what life is valuable and which is not.

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  6. I think it is really ironic that they allude to being "pro life," but then are Anti-Troy when it comes to keeping this city one where you would want to raise your family.

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  7. As usual, pick away at a very critical world and life view for your own political gain. World view matters obviously in local elections. Of course there won't be any abortion issues confronting us on council, but letting the folks know where and how you have developed your views and opinions is a very good thing. And to Mr. Lamberts comments, he and I have casually met and I thought we had a relatively good short relationship and understanding of each other. Simply because one doesn't march around in protests or donate large volumes of money to a cause doesn't mean they aren't vehemently pro life (or more accurately anti baby killing). I've held 5 of my own grandkids minutes after they drew their first breath and 2 of my own babies... Impune the others if you'd like, but I'll set the record straight on my own beliefs. Thanks Sharon, this is the first I've seen of this flyer. Not sure who put it out, but it is apparently from one of the many sources that council candidates get bombarded by for questionaire completion once you throw your hat in the ring.

    Dave

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  8. Initially what comes to mind are "grasping", "the last hurrah", and "pulling out the big guns". The problems with these phrases are what the candidates lack. They fall short with strength of word integrity for the "grasp", honesty in the voice for "hurrah", and focus and aim of the city of Troy politics with the "big guns". BELTRAMINI, BLOOMINGDALE, CAMPBELL AND YASHINSKY know they need to keep local politics local.

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  9. This issue is so bogus and has nothing to do with Troy - which has living, breathing citizens who need leadership not platitudes. And something for them to ponder, any Government that can make you carry to term, also can make you abort (i.e., China's one child policy). It is wise to keep Government out of such personal, painful issues.

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  10. Dave Henderson, I have a very simple answer to your little rant and multiple accusations. I didn't write this.
    But thanks...

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  11. Dave, AGAIN...you missed the point completely. NO ONE is impugning you for a pro-life stance. I just find it LUDICROUS that ANYONE would put out this mailer for this election. I condemn the political machine that endorses such shenanigans, and I condemn any candidate who would take part in it.

    The issue is NOT the stance. That you cannot even see that is just further proof you are not worthy of or ready for a seat on our council.

    That you would turn this around and try to label it as something for my own political gain is just plain foolishness. I am merely calling it what it is: a big machine political trick played by big machine political players trying to daze and confuse the good voters of this city.

    It's despicable.

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  12. World view matters. This so called non partisan position of city council cannot be properly executed without having ones ethics and morals interjected. I'm a proud conservative, and my fiscal and moral beliefs will naturally be part of how I govern, it is naive to think otherwise.

    Dave

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  13. During my two campaigns for City Council, I received the official endorsement of Right-to-Life Michigan PAC. If this flyer was from Right-to-Life Michigan PAC, it would clearly state that fact. Nowhere on the brochure does it state that. Instead, it says paid for by "Troy Voter Guide." My endorsement from Right-to-Life Michigan PAC only came after completing their questionnaire. I know for a fact that Council candidate Allen D'Aoust is pro-Life and he would have completed the questionnaire if he had been asked to do so. That is, if there truly was a questionnaire from Right-to-Life Michigan PAC. By the way, on my meager income, I can assure "Anonymous/Dave" that I never could afford to donate large volumes of money to Right-to-Life. Instead, I made small donations to the pro-Life cause and was a member of Lutherans for Life.

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  14. Dave Henderson - Some of us believe that morals may be in the eye of the beholder. I don't think playing games with the survival of our library was moral. I don't think valuing the dollar above education is moral either. So I guess I am far more moral than you.
    What rubbish!

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  15. Well Sharon, I'm not the one playing games with the library, 5/7ths of the current council did. I didn't believe they couldn't find a way to fund it three months ago, and I don't believe it now. We simply have a different opinion of who's argument we trust. I happen to not trust the cities. It doesn't make me bad or immoral, it makes me American and a good citizen especially since I've stepped up to the plate to bash my head against the wall for 4 years in an effort to find actual truth in a sea of horrible options. And I didn't say anyone specific didn't have morals and ethics, I'm simply stating that it is impossible to not govern according to your upbringing general surroundings and moral standards. That's why its critical that all aspects of ones lifestyle be publicised... why hide your views. I noticed there was no mention of legalizing pot on a certain brochure... if one feels so strongly about that, why keep it from the people?

    And Dave, my comment wasn't to diminish anything you've done in the past, or make a commentary on your personal wealth or contribution to a cause. My statement was merely to point out that I didn't realize that brochure was even published. I'm not sure where my position on that issue was disclosed since I haven't been a financial supporter of right to life in the past. It is a little unfair to pile on candidates with a view simply because a well known organization hasn't put their stamp of approval on a brochure. I'm new to the political arena and haven't been exposed to a lot of the people behind the curtain before. I'm generally a private guy that has jumped into the fray. I know now that all things are fair game when running for election. Sorry if you felt this was an attack of some sort. It wasn't meant to be.

    Dave

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  16. Dave, my point was that just because people say they are moral doesn't mean they are. My comments following were meant to be ironic.
    But I must ask...
    Dave what 5/7ths of the city council played games with the library, please?
    I thought it was the 4 members of city council you all marked as bad people. But now, because Robin is running against your buddy Janice Daniels, Robin is bad too?
    Robin is a true moderate and independent, something Janice claims that couldn't be further from the truth.
    And pro-marijuana candidate? You mean Mr. Howrylak?

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  17. Dave Henderson,

    You say that, "I'm not the one playing games with the library." Let's not forget what you previously suggested we do with the library. On Facebook, in a forum created and then deleted by Cristian Teodoridis, you suggested that we shut down the library since we could no longer afford it without raising the property tax rate, and then replace it with a kiosk setup in the Community Center, where people could request books and eventually check them out. THAT WAS YOUR SUGGESTION. That's not "playing games" with the library. Get real.

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