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US Taxpayers Party of Michigan
1. 2018 Ballot Proposals
2018 Ballot Proposals
USTPM Voting Guide and RecommendationsThere are, on the ballot in Michigan this year, three proposals that each Michigan voter must consider. Each of these three proposals is of great importance. Before considering 18-1, which would allow state controlled possession of marijuana, let's take a look at 18-2 and 18-3.
Quoted from the Michigan Secretary of State website:
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and US. Congress, every 10 years
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:
-4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and
-5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties
18-2 is simply bad policy. Those selected at random will be asked if they associate with either of the two major parties or do not associate with either. The commission will be assembled at their word. Radio and television ads, in favor of 18-2 are claiming more power to the people, but the disinterested will not be willing, knowledge or capable of serving on such a commission, and there are plenty of such registered voters. Based on the huge number of party line voters, there are not many voters who would be willing to base their judgments on pure bipartisanism, as the proposal’s policies and i’s supporters suggest.
The potential for fraud is great. Is there a regulative authority to ensure purity in the random selection? There is a lot to gain or lose at risk here and the selector holds a partisan office.
The case could be made that voters currently choose who draws the district lines by the parties and people they elect to office. Vote NO on 18-2.
What would happen if both 18-2 and 18-3 were adopted? Read below.
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution
This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:
Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver's license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election.
Notes on 18-3:
1. The cries of the progressives, since the late 1800’s, have tended toward the degradation of our Representative Republic and their policies would replace it with a true and pure Democracy. A couple of landmark Progressive victories are, 1) the adoption of the 17th amendmen to the U.S. Constitution, which resulted in the elimination of the representation of state interests in the federal government and, 2) the utilization of primary elections, which “give more power to the people”, but has created a situation in which the best salesmen with the most money become their representatives.
18-3 is very much in line with the progressive agenda, further polluting the collection of thoughtful, well prepared and most wise votes with those cast by anyone who simply applies for a drivers license (though they may or may not be eligible to receive one), a Michigan ID card or shows up at the polls at the last minute. Do we really want to reduce the importance of intelligent voting to this level? It would be foolish to encourage those who have not cared enough, nor have not been diligent enough to prepare to vote.
Though parts of this proposal might have some merit, the cost is much too great. Vote NO on 18-3.
What happens if 18-2 and 18-3 are adopted? John Adams said that we should choose the most wise and good for our representation. When it comes to our representation to draw district lines it should be no different. The chances of the most wise and good being randomly selected from the voter pool we've created with 18-3 is zero to not very good. There is just too much potential for this to go bad.
Most registered voters, even if totally bipartisan, are not familiar with the reasons for, or the political advantages of creating district boundaries, nor would they likely be familiar with the processes involved in such meetings. Random selection simply will not work as desired.
Totally fair and bipartisan boundaries are not possible, but there are much better ways to create a much more fair system than the one we currently have in place. The current failed system is certainly not the greatest issue of the day in Michigan, but maybe the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan will address those options at a later date.
The US Taxpayers Party encourages a NO vote on both 18-2 and 18-3.
Regarding 18-1, which is a proposal to allow state regulated possession and use of marijuana, Matthew Shepard, 2nd Vice Chairman of the State Central Committee wrote the following, which is a good reason to vote NO on this proposal:
18-1 NO: First, identify testing measures to determine intoxicated driving for recreational usage. Marijuana would be better to be lawful and remove government from the equation. Hemp oil should not be regulated, as it does not have the narcotic effect without the THC content of smoked marijuana. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use gives more power to the government and little to no power to the People. We may lawfully process 300 gallons of moonshine for our own consumption, but cannot grow one plant for the benefit to individuals.
The USTPM stands strong on replacing many of our current laws with more simpler laws requiring liability for a lack of personal responsibility. For instance, opiates kill pain but the abuse of opiates kills people. Marijuana is an herb bearing seed (Genesis 1:29) and is an excellent healing agent but the abuse of marijuana causes havoc. Should proper personal liability laws be in place, there would be no problem with lifting all regulation.
Meeting of the State Central Committee
Next Meeting - December 8, 2018The next State Central Committee Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 8, at the Delhi Cafe, 4625 Willoughby Road, Holt, MI 48842. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM and last until about noon, followed by a menu lunch.
These meetings are open to the public and are a good place to become acquainted with the party and/or find a place to become more involved. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
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