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Democrat-Controlled Michigan House of Representatives Fails to Pass Resolution Condemning Hamas

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I'm starting out this piece on the state of Michigan by saying something that I've said a number of times over the past couple of years and that is more true today than it was when I started harping on this: 

The state of Michigan is a blue state until further notice.

Even though Donald Trump won this state by 11,000 votes in 2016 it is still a blue state. If you want to argue or contend otherwise, then obviously you do not believe in the track record of elections in this state going back to 1998 and there's nothing that can be done to make you believe facts and figures. Truly, it's just that simple, and it's also part of the reason why this state continues to slide backward — because people argue this very simple point.

Just a reminder from an article I wrote a while ago reiterating this point:  Michigan Is a BLUE State and Lying About It Won't Change That Fact

My friends, how is Michigan a red state when we haven’t elected a conservative Republican since 1998 with John Engler nor a United States Senator since 1994 with Spencer Abraham? Republicans have lost legislative control of both Chambers for the first time in over 30 years, and while it’s only by one seat in each chamber, the redistricting that was done after the 2020 census does not look promising for the next 10 years.

Now, some might say, well, Donald Trump won here in 2016 and it gave him the presidency. Trump won that election in Michigan by just under 11,000 votes out of a vote total of over 4.5 million. Just four years later, Trump lost Michigan by 154,000 votes, thus once again throwing Michigan for a POTUS election to a blue state from the ever-so-slight shade of purple it was for a mere second in 2016.

Now, this is where I always get in trouble with people who think Michigan is a red state, and if only blah blah blah would happen, Republicans would magically win elections here.

Now that I have established that point, the rest of this story will make a tad bit more sense.

Imagine my surprise when I read about the Michigan legislature, which is run by Democrats, choking on a simple resolution here.

State lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives clashed last week over the fate of a resolution to support Israel in the wake of Hamas attacks on the Jewish state, highlighting lawmakers' differing stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

State Rep. Bill G. Schuette, R-Midland, introduced a nonbinding resolution with the support of Republicans and six Democrats voicing support for Israel, a longtime U.S. ally, and condemning the Hamas attacks.

But the resolution, instead of being taken up on the floor, was referred to the House Government Operations Committee, which is traditionally used to stash and forget legislation that is not supported by House leadership. Democrats hold a narrow 56-54 majority in the House.

So the Democrats put this resolution, which is akin to sending a get-well card, in the legislative freezer.

"The statements of this body are significant," Schuette said Thursday. "And the fact that leadership has decided to not allow this to even come up for a vote, that is an abdication of the moral duty of this body."

Then:  

Schuette addressed media twice on the efforts and was involuntarily joined by Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash, who argued Schuette's resolution was a "political cheap shot" in a body that doesn't legislate on international affairs. Aiyash, D-Hamtramck, argued any condemnation of the Hamas attacks or support of Israel should include a recognition of the plight of Palestinian individuals.

I'm going to take a guess and claim that the only cheap shot done here was when Hamas snuck over into Israel a couple of Saturday mornings ago and raided Israeli towns and kidnapped, raped, and killed a number of Israelis. 

If Aiyash was legitimately concerned about a resolution that also included the Palestinians he could have very simply struck a deal to do two separate proclamations. Yet of course he didn't because the Palestinians aren't really the issue here, they never are. 

The issue is recognizing Israel in any way, shape, or form in a positive light. That's one of the reasons why the people who claim that Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighters always shake off the very simple fact that in both of those organizations' charters, they call for the destruction of Israel. The blank stares always turn to angry glares because you are not supposed to know that.

Think of it this way. What organization that is truly peaceful calls for the destruction of another country and its people? None of these people can answer this, and believe me, I have heard all the excuses.

Even though this is the official stance of the Michigan Democratic Party and their elected officials, I'm happy that this was done.

This is quite simply exposing the leadership in this party and about the things that they value.

While there are a number of people talking about banning or expelling those who hold these views, I'm 180 in the opposite direction on this. I want people who think like this to out themselves in public. I want discussions about this to show them how wrong they are. I don't want them to shut up and sit down I want them to be encouraged to stand up and speak out so that we know who they are and tell them that they are wrong.

And if there were a competent Michigan GOP leadership and party right now, I would hope that they'd be able to take advantage of that. However, with the current group in charge here, there is zero hope of this being taken advantage of by this state, but hopefully, it will be in other states on the national level. 

If you don't know why the Michigan GOP is not capable of this, then this article will help you greatly. With Just Over 30k in the Bank, the Funeral March Has Begun for the Michigan GOP.

Keep calm and carry on and just know that as long as the people with abhorrent views are allowed to keep speaking up, America will operate as intended. 

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