Everyone in America has heard of the Tea Party movement. A grassroots movement aimed at taking back our Government by electing representatives that will represent the people, not big Government, and special interest groups.
“Taxed Enough Already” is their motto, and in the 2010 elections, they saw much success in getting conservative candidates elected to Congress. The groups have been maligned since their inception g by liberals who fear the voice of the people rising up across the nation. It is a proven fact that patriotic fervor moves people away from liberalism, and certainly, the Tea Party has had success in this area as well.
The Tea Party is composed of hundreds of smaller groups organized at the grassroots level. These groups are comprised of local citizens who are concerned about our big intrusive Government, which is clearly out of control. Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters all comprise the Tea Parties ranks. These people love God and Country and mean business!
In the Great Lakes State of Michigan, a group was formed called MI4CS, or ‘Michigan for a Conservative Senate‘. This group was formed by a small handful of citizens, business leaders, and politicians, whose goal it was bring several of the Michigan Tea Party groups under one umbrella group, in order to help ensure Michigan gets a conservative Senator in place of Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
Some of MI4CS’s members it appears have resorted to dirty politics to move forward their agenda at any cost. Members associated with the group have misused the organization for their own political purposes. The leaders of MI4CS originally claimed that they would be transparent in the affairs of MI4CS, but they have been much less than transparent, keeping the names of participating groups a secret, and not disclosing other pertinent information pertaining to the groups activities. Some groups are not taking part; while other groups in the state were told that they were not allowed too participate in MI4CS, because they did not fit the “criteria” set forth by the leadership of MI4CS.
One group called ACES, or Americans for Constitutional Enforcement was not allowed to take part due to the fact that they had members in Wisconsin, as well as in Michigan. MI4CS requires groups to be solely based in Michigan. ACES is based in Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
ACES has been is existence for sixteen years, and this may be because they do not endorse any particular candidate, and would not have served MI4Cs’s cause. The MI4CS list of criteria to join the organization and take part in their vetting, and straw poll was never made public by MI4CS, it was leaked by an unknown source. MI4CS purportedly only notified certain groups that met their so-called requirements for membership, and participation in their process. Other groups were left in clueless as to MI4CS’s requirements, and not given any options for joining.
Exactly what is MI4CS’s criteria?
In a letter sent out some tea party members MI4CS revealed its criteria.
“MI4CS TEA Party Involvement
TEA Party groups participating in Michigan4ConservativeSenate must meet the following qualifications unless otherwise approved by the MI4CS District Communication Representatives:
-A TEA Party/912/ Liberty group with a mission or purpose of promoting the Constitution of the United States and/or Conservative Principles through various avenues such as rallies, meetings, education, projects, and activities.
-A TEA Party/912/Liberty group which was started in a grassroots manner by local people who have local decision making control over all aspects of the group and is not influenced or controlled or regulated by a state or national organization.
-A group that is not affiliated in membership with any current political party such as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc.
-An Active TEA Party/912 or liberty group which is active through meetings, rallies, events, projects, or group activities
-An active group for at least 3 months by Nov. 12th, 2011 (the meeting at Dewitt).
-A group with at least 10 active members.
-A group that is not a chapter of a national organization separate from the TEA Parties such as but not limited to American’s for Prosperity, Campaign for Liberty, Ace, etc.
– A group that has an avenue of members holding leadership of the TEA Party group accountable through such ways as annual voting, communication at general meetings or events, etc”
The reports are that certain individual members affiliated with MI4CS have resorted to unlawful harassment of persons who have spoken out in disagreement MI4CS‘s methods, or simply have opposed the candidate of choice, chosen by MI4CS’s members. These members then chose to spread the personal information of those who oppose them across Facebook, information like personal phone numbers, maybe even addresses of those in opposition to the groups agenda. This so other MI4CS activists can take part in the harassment also.
Some of the victims of this harassment have been looking into getting personal protective orders against theses MI4CS members engaged in this unlawful activity. One person who shall remain nameless, reports receiving harassing and even threatening phone calls at his/her private home phone. These incidents have been referred to the State of Michigan Attorney Generals office for investigation.
MI4CS has been losing members for some time as Tea Party groups have decided not to aid MI4CS in the coronation of their chosen candidate, or over other matters. Membership numbers are estimated at aprox. 50, but due to the lack of transparency coming from MI4CS leaders, no one knows for sure how many groups are still in MI4CS, and it appears they don’t want people to know how many, or what groups are still in MI4CS.
Could it be that MI4CS does not want people to know what groups are in, and what groups are out?
It appears that MI4CS is a tool created by a few people in order too co-opt other Tea Party groups for their own political agendas. Many of the people associated with MI4CS are supporting Gary Glenn, and Clark Durant, both are currently running for US Senate. Gary Glenn is also the Director of the American Family Association of Michigan. It is unknown if Gary Glenn and Clark Durant themselves are involved or aware of the shenanigans of some of the MI4CS members or not, but
They have failed to react and take action to stop them.
MI4CS may have been originally formed with honest intentions, but it is clear now that those involved with it have corrupted it beyond hope, and it might be in everyone’s best interest that the group be shut down for good.
MI4CS claims that their mission is to “To ensure the United States senatorial representation of Michigan reflects conservative values and strict adherence with the Constitution of the United States as worded and originally intended by the writers of this sacred document.”
Should a small handful of MI4CS’s members/groups choose and candidate for every Patriot and Tea Party group in Michigan? What about the voices of ‘We the People‘? That what the Tea Party is supposed to be about in the first place? A little yeast spoils the whole batch, and in the case of MI4CS, it appears this is the case. It is a shame that people have to take a perfectly good idea and ruin it because of their own selfish intentions.
Yes, there should be an umbrella group for Michigan Tea Party, and Patriot groups, but MI4CS is not it. I just hope that the various groups throughout the State of Michigan will make the right decisions in this election season, and yet Debbie Stabenow needs to go, but it needs to be done in a way that is truly transparent so that everyone in the state can see what is going on. Any group like this should unify, MI4CS has done nothing but divide.