posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 12:52 AM
I'm a Michigan native (though I'm not living in Michigan at the moment) and I was outraged when I first read about all of this. It's an absurd
bill. Governor Snyder isn't even trying to be subtle about this grab for power. I honestly cannot even comprehend the motivations behind it. One
must assume that the man went into politics because of some belief in the ideals of America. Then again, I'd like to think that about most
politicians, yet it still seems that the ideals that this country was founded on have been crumbling for a long, long time now.
What really gets me, though, is the apathy. Many of the people I've spoken too simply do not care about this. This is even true of many people in
Michigan! I get responses like "this is why I don't watch the news" or "it's less stressful just to remain ignorant of these things." Other
people say things like "I don't pay attention to most of this stuff because the media distorts it so much that we never get to hear the whole story
anyway." Well, if what we hear is even a fraction of the truth (it is, tragically), we really are in trouble. This should be causing an uproar.
The issue is hardly causing a grumble. None of the people I've talked to about the bill think that it is a good idea. In fact, they agree that
it's one of the worst things that has happened in Michigan in quite some time. But beyond that...they shrug their shoulders and move on.
I'm heading to Lansing this weekend to do some protesting. I suppose I'll make some phone calls and write some emails/letters, as well. I'm not
sure good it will do, but it's something. If half of those in Michigan who felt the same acted similarly, there might be a chance of our discontent
really being heard. Then again, when the issue in question is something so overtly malicious (let's be honest--Snyder cannot honestly believe that
even a small fraction of the public his fully behind him on this one), I have to wonder if every man, woman, and child in Michigan could shout loud
enough to stop it.
Time will tell, I suppose. I hope this is just an isolated event and not the start of a trend (sadly, I suppose this could hardly be called the
"start" of this authoritarian government action). Either way, I'll fight it.
"Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit into Sightblinder's eye
on the Last Day." ...or some variant of that, haha.
Good luck to all of those living in Michigan right now.
Also: First post on ATS!