April 4, 2008

Spencer Withdraws; Endorses Larkin

I have good news and bad news.

First, the bad news. Tom Spencer withdrew from the race, this time for good. He never had enough funding to be a serious candidate.

The good news is that this primary is not over. The reason that Spencer withdrew was the entry of Livonia attorney Joseph Larkin. Spencer released the following statement explaining his decision:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The upcoming election is one of the most important elections to come along in a long time. It will determine the future of this country as a republic based on the rule of law and not on the rule of men. For several years now this District has not had a representative that represented the people and as I visited with people in the District, I found that to be one of the most important issues people were disgruntled with.

It is time for us to take back the seat that Mr. McCotter has held and abused and give it back to the people. This election isn’t about me or other single person; it is about the future of our District, State, and Federal Government. In other words, it is about our people and their future. I feel it is important that we get behind someone that truly has the ability to beat Mr. McCotter in the upcoming election and that is why I am throwing my whole-hearted support behind Joe Larkin. He is a progressive Democrat with connections to the party for many years. But even more important, he wants to represent the people of the District and do what is best for our country.

I am asking for those who have supported me in the past and who signed my petitions to give their support to Joe. It will be a hard fight to overcome the entrenched candidate, but I feel Joe is the one to do it. I plan to continue to work to remove Mr. McCotter from office in anyway that I can.

Please visit Joe's website at www.larkinleadership.com. Thanks again for all your support and kind words of encouragement over the past several months.

Sincerely,

Tom Spencer
Larkin looks like he could be a good candidate. His website, Larkin Leadership, contains a detailed platform. He's against our continued occupation of Iraq, he has some great ideas on how to fix the nation's economy, and places an emphasis on the environment that I think will need to be a major issue this fall if we are to defeat Mr. 15%.

The one issue that seems like it might be trouble in the primary for Larkin is the fact that he is pro-life. But I like how he phrased his position to the Observer:
"It seems the only area he's concerned about pro-life is when you're in the womb and not when you come out of the womb," he said. "For example, he voted against extension of health care benefits for poor children. That is an area where I absolutely would have voted yes."
To recap, we still have an interesting primary and there is still a lot of work to do. I think that a heated primary campaign between Ed Kriewall and Joe Larkin would be good for the party, as neither of them have the name recognition needed right now. My message to the candidates: keep it clean, stick to the issues, and together we can win this November.

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Hexmate said...

Here is another good reason for not voting for this individual.

A German's point of view on Islam.

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to
World War II owned a number of large industries and
estates. When asked how many German people were true
Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude
toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis 'he said,' but many
enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were
too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought
the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just
sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew
it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the
end of the world had come. My family lost everything.
I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies
destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking
heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that
the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in
peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be
true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless
fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to
somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging
across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is
that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in
history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who
wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the
fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or
tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually
taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.
It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor
killers. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after
mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the
stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful
majority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and
extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just
wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists
were responsible for the murder of about 20 million
people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but
Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70
million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II
was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and
slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy
of killing that included the systematic murder of 12
million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword,
shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into
butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of
Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt,
yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the
most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by
their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our
enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend
from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that
the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will
have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese,
Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis,
Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many
others have died because the peaceful majority did not
speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay
attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics
who threaten our way of life.

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