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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Detroit News article on Smith

Smith believes he was targeted because of his support of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels.
There's a backlash because his words and signs show him to be scary, crazy and not terribly nice. (Or, in short, a psycho and embarrassment to his city!)

From the end of the article:
Smith said he suspects the video's surfacing this week is tied to his support of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who sparked controversy with her use of the word "queers" in a Facebook post and for telling a group of high school students that "the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous."
Daniels, who Smith called a close friend of his family, will face a recall election in November after members of Recall Janice Daniels last month submitted enough valid signatures to place the recall on the ballot.
Daniels did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

From The Detroit News:


  1. The motivation of people such as this interests me. Having watched them speak at meetings, observing the way they conduct themselves at rallies and listening to the things they say in interviews, it is obvious they are very angry and do not possess the ability (or desire) to express themselves in a social acceptable, civil manner.
    To a degree their anger is understandable; the other side seems to be ramming their beliefs down their throats, the values they hold are ridiculed, their opinions are marginalized and the media is stacked against them. You might think the proceeding is a justification of the actions of the "right"; you would be wrong. Those on the "left" feel the same way and respond in the same fashion. Don't believe me? Check the images of signs from protests against President George W. Bush and other prominent "right wing" politicians. Listen to "left wing" radio
    and TV hosts. Clearly, they are just as angry and their anger has the same basis as the "right". Figuring out who started us down this road is a chicken or the egg situation; you can never figure it out.
    One thing I do know is that both sides have their extremists and they are equally wrong. If you want to change this environment we have to stand up whenever someone acts in this fashion; regardless of the "side" their on. As a conservative Christian I find Ms. Daniels and Mr. Smith's actions reprehensible. I urge responsible people on both sides to stand up and put a stop to this behavior.

    1. Exactly what the recall is about... recall for Smith comig

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with Anon 9:59. There are extremists on both sides of the spectrum and both sides behave equally poorly. Whatever happened to the good old days where the congressmen/women would all sit down together and hammer out their differences and compromise. (by compromise I mean the old fashioned idea of I give up something and I get something I may not love the whole package at the end but I can live with it). I swear to God, it seems like to the democrats all republicans have cooties and to all republicans the democrats have cooties and if they so much as smile at each other they will catch them! It's not the economy that is the major problem with this country right now. It's the fact the country is being run by egocentric individuals (on all sides of the spectrum) who are so extreme in their views and so loyal to their "party" platforms that they cannot see the truth that is blazing in front of their eyes. It is truly a sad time in American politics. I hope I am still around when the pendulum swings back to the middle ground where compromise isn't a 4 letter word and what is best for the people of the country is more important than keeping the party pure. I would like to be around still when office of the President of the United States is afforded the respect it deserves regardless of party affiliation. I would like to be there when our leaders can sit down and have a civil discussion, be seen together, and be content in their efforts to maintain this country as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    The place we are in right now, I see as not the fault of the politicians not is it the fault of those who exercised their right and honored their obligation to vote. Let's face it. When extremists vote they elect other extremists. It is the fault of the those who choose to disregard both their right and obligation to vote who are at greatest fault. I know that I am preaching to the choir here, but I think it is pitiful that less than 25% of registered voters voted in this primary election. It is a slap in the face to the men and women who fought and continue to fight to this day to give all of us the right to vote. Let's hope that by publicizing and reporting the truly reprehensible behavior that the current crop of politicians (again both sides of the spectrum) participate in that eyes will open and people will see the power of one vote. Thanks again for letting me vent.

  3. April,

    Right on. They do elect/appoint other extremists. Look at the recent appointment/reappointment to Troy Boards. This is frightening.

    That's why we need everyone to make a statement that this is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. Go to to see how you can help.

  4. Restating the obvious: I would suspect if you asked most people about why they were against George Bush, they would tell you it was the fact that he lied our country into a war that has cost us billions upon billions and hundreds of thousands of needless civilian and military casualties. I know that was the last straw for me.

    If you wanted to know the real truth behind what drives people like Paul Smith to make signs like that, it would start with the fact that President Obama is black. All the other stuff Tea Partyers spout off about, spending, taxes, bailouts, etc., were all started under Bush. Not a word was spoken by them until Obama took office.

    Case closed.