Stand With Senator Patrick Colbeck


Americans witnessed this week our elected representatives in Congress dance to a different tune than the rest of the country is singing.  While Americans jammed the Capitol switchboard urging Congress to elect a new Speaker of the House to replace John Boehner, only 25 members of Congress actually demonstrated the courage to buck the wishes of the House leadership, and to instead vote the will of the People.  We the People have become sick and tired of those who would trample our Constitutional rights, and ignore the Principles of Liberty upon which the Constitution is based.  And We the People are becoming increasingly aware of who is willing to stand strong on principle and who will bow down to the will of special interests in both Washington, D.C., and in our home state capitols as well.

While John Boehner is busy doling out consequences to those who stood against his business-as-usual politics in D.C., a similar purge is taking place in Michigan’s capitol.  Michigan Senate Majority Leader, Arlan Meekhof, has chosen to punish Constitutional stalwart, Sen. Patrick Colbeck, who has repeatedly stood on principle rather than bow to GOP party leadership when it strays from the Principles of Liberty.  For example, during the battle over Medicaid Expansion, Sen. Colbeck refused to bow to Gov. Snyder’s wish to do Obama’s bidding.  As this blog has previously pointed out, the Medicaid Expansion was part of Obama’s plan to impose his socialized health insurance scheme on America, and it was GOP leadership in Lansing who made that happen here in Michigan.  Instead of invoking 10th Amendment authority to oppose the Medicaid Expansion, GOP state congressional sell-out leaders voted with Democrats to do Obama’s radical bidding.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck stood on principle and refused to cave in to the GOP party leadership’s demands.  While others swayed under the arm twisting and back room deal making, Sen. Colbeck stood firm.  Sen. Patrick Colbeck is a Platform Republican who is not afraid to stand up to the Beltway GOP’s efforts to feather their own nests at the expense of the Principles of Liberty.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck urged Caution, but instead Michigan Senate GOP leadership urged capitulation to the Obamacare Piper's tune.

This photo on Sen. Patrick Colbeck’s Facebook page was posted with the caption, “I believe that this picture from the Senate Floor today sums up how the Senate should proceed on the subject of Medicaid Expansion” Sen. Patrick Colbeck urged caution, but instead Michigan Senate GOP leadership capitulated to the Obamacare Piper’s tune.


Now, just like John Boehner seeks to punish those who chose loyalty to the Constitution over partisanship, so too Michigan Senate Majority Leader, Arlan Meekhof, apparently seeks to punish Sen. Patrick Colbeck by refusing to re-assign him to any committee chairmanship.  During his previous senatorial term, Colbeck had overseen the State Police and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs budget of the Appropriations Committee.   Not only did Meekhof not assign Sen. Colbeck to any senate committee chairmanship, but he actually assigned some freshman senators to chair two senate committees.

This is how the Boehner-Meekhof-Business-As-Usual GOP gets things done.  It honors those who play by the Good ol’ Boys’ rules and dishonors those who actually uphold and defend the Constitution from those who are radically transforming America.

If this sort of backroom deal form of punishment disturbs you, and if you want to help send a message to the Lansing Good ol’ Boys that we are watching them, and that there are those of us who respect the work of true Patriots like Sen. Colbeck, then please consider joining others of us who will be in Lansing next Wednesday to show our appreciation for Sen. Patrick Colbeck.

More details will be forthcoming, but just so you know there is an effort by grassroots organizers to attend Sen. Colbeck’s swearing in ceremony.  On Wednesday, January 14th, sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., there will be a swearing in ceremony for all newly elected senators in the Senator chamber.  As details become available I will post them here to let readers know when and where we will meet to demonstrate our support to Sen. Patrick Colbeck for holding the line on principle, and to also send a clear message to those in Lansing who need a reminder that they work for the People, and not just for their own selfish interests, nor the interests of special interest groups alone.

We the People can continue to turn up the heat on those in Lansing and D.C. who seek to ignore and trample the Principles of Liberty.  Be there and stand strong in support of Sen. Patrick Colbeck next Wednesday, January 14, in Lansing.

Tim Keller
About Tim Keller
Tim Keller has taught American History, World History, government, writing, speech and related courses at both the high school and college level since 1997.
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