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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 10:13 AM

The Real Stolen Government: A bloodless coup has taken place in this state


from the Metro Times:


The Real Stolen Government
A bloodless coup has taken place in this state

By Jack Lessenberry
Published: March 27, 2013


Detroit now has an emergency manager, and there’s a lot of rumbling that, as a result, government has been stolen, and democracy has died. Greg Bowens, for example, had an eloquent column arguing that in the Free Press last Sunday.

“A bloodless coup of the largest democratically elected government in our state has occurred,” he began.

Well, let’s leave aside, for now, the question of whether an emergency manager here was legal or necessary. Regardless of that, here’s the elephant we are all missing. Forget Detroit: A bloodless coup has taken place in this state, at a far higher level: state government itself.

Fanatic right-wingers first gerrymandered the Legislature to make sure that it would always elect a majority of Republicans, even if — as happened last fall — more citizens voted for Democratic candidates. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://metrotimes.com/news/politics-and-prejudices/the-real-stolen-government-1.1463705



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marmar Apr 2013 OP
catbyte Apr 2013 #1
Demeter Apr 2013 #2
MichiganVote Apr 2013 #3
catbyte Apr 2013 #4
maddogesq Apr 2013 #5
MichiganVote Apr 2013 #6
Lefty48197 Jul 2013 #7

Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 10:33 AM

1. Amen to that. I used to love Michigan and now I hate it. I am stuck because my

husband is much too ill to leave. My heart breaks every day. I hope there are enough fed up people in like me in 2014.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:00 AM

2. Second that hope

 

They couldn't have done it legally...so they didn't.

It can be fixed...but we have to work at it. This is my home, and they're gonna have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 07:12 PM

3. There are no more jobs here b/c of Snyder and his Legislative Brown shirts.

 

All they've done is lie to citizens in this state. They tell lie on top of lie and nobody calls it what it is. Total bullshit.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 09:20 PM

4. You know, I never thought I would see a worse governor than John Engler.

Tragically I was wrong.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 10:42 PM

5. At least with Engler, a.k.a. Gov. Big Turd....

most "informed" folks knew what they were getting.

Again, I warned about Snyder. Even if he was once really a "moderate," his coporate background made it easy to become drunk with power once he realized how lopsided things were because of gerrymandering.

Sooner or later voters need to figure out that success in business should not always be a reason to vote for someone. Too many uninformed voters in this state were really foooled by Tricky Ricky, and our state will never be the same...in my lifetime anyway.

For my part, I will volunteer around election time and take part in local government where I can. That's where change starts.

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Response to maddogesq (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:14 PM

6. Snyder is a Kochead. And what's with the no necktie thing? Like he's a host at Denny's or something.

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 01:39 AM

7. Detroit's biggest problem was the "at large" city council

The city council was elected "at large". i.e. they didnt' represent any specific district within Detroit. The elections were merely a popularity contest or a test of name recognition. The candidates simply ran as "Detroiters", instead of representing the citizens of specific neighborhoods and regions within the city. What the city needed for many years was to have their council members live in and represent specific wards. Detroiters recently voted to change to a ward style system which will be in effect from now on.

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