Democracy Under Attack Through Appeals Court

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Dear Colleagues:
You can’t make this stuff up. Here we are waiting for
these almost four weeks for the appeals judges to render a decision on the public petition signatures against Public Act 4,
and this is what they come up with.
First page of Court of Appeals decision
The font size, THEY CLAIM, is wrong but even still, the standard is substantially compliant, which MANDATES
that they allow this issue to go on the ballot — a great victory for our
side — and an issue that seems strange since the call is for democracy to
take place by letting the electorate vote on this critical issue. Why
all of these legal ranglings?
WE have to get the language for the
ballot initiative set up, printed out and approved by August 8, 2012 in
time for the November election. Shouldn’t
we all be in support of that American tenet — “let the voters decide”?
Their suggestion is that these three appeals court judges call a meeting of
all 28 state appeals court judges, and from that group, select a
smaller group of seven who will review the “substantially compliant”
decision rendered years ago, overturn it, and follow thru with
overturning every other similar supportive decision rendered from that
date forward until they arrive at THIS issue as a basis to overturn our
efforts. WOW!!!
This damned democracy is too freaking dangerous and
must be done away with. Gov. Snyder has now become the law of the land, and
we must knuckle-under when he wants to overthrow elections then
hand-pick managers who do his bidding. No more back talk! No further
grievances will be filed.  Abandon any further uppity expectations that
the old rule of law is to be followed. Things have changed, so you
should all get with the program and quickly!
Colleagues, I urge you to
all stop these foolish road blocks and attempts to circumvent the will
of our new masters who believe themselves to know more than we do. The
“spirit of democracy” that we grew up with is an old adage, stale,
decayed, unproductive, and not what the country needs anymore. WE need
to stand behind the “new world order,” allow our rights as ordinary
citizens to be trampled and prove our collective love of country by
bearing these assaults in silence and with total compliance.
Last page of Court of Appeals decision
The hour
of decision is close at hand, and so each of us have to decide what do
we want the nation to look like: If we want peace, if we want
silent-suffering, if we want give the appearance of all getting along,
we will bear these moments as good little boys and girls, quietly
praying for a good outcome. Or, we will chose what is behind door
#2…resistance! 
This damned democracy was not everyone’s rule.  We
were taught this concept when we came to this country. Some arrived on
the top or in the bottom of the boat, and others greeted and welcomed
these travelers when they arrived on shores already populated by
natives. We listened to it, sounded like it could work, and we bought
into the “hype” that we are all equal in the eyes of democracy.  This
ruling says something else.
Events of late have demonstrated a new
paradigm that all have heard of, “money talks, and B-S walks.” Every
life is at stake. Every hope is in peril. Every wish is in danger. Every
democratic right is in the line of fire and there are fingers on
triggers at the ready. The future of mankind is in the balance.
Each of
us has to now decide in the face of such a shocking ruling by the
Appeals Court judges what direction does the country now need to go if
we are to protect the State and the Nation. If the “ballot box” is no
longer the pathway to social justice, and the court system is no longer
the bus we can ride to take us there, then what mechanism do we use to
secure the lives and freedoms of our children?  You
either stand down in silence, or you RESIST, ORGANIZE, and WIN. You get
what you organize to take.
Maureen D. Taylor
State Chairperson –
MWRO

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