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Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 9 of ?

Removing an elected official from office is difficult, which it should be.

I contacted the Muskegon County Clerk's office to find out the official number of signatures needed and the time frame. Here are the number of votes needed:

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The total number of votes cast for Governor in Dalton Township in November of 2018, was 3,530 of which a recall would require a number of signatures equal to 25% of the number of votes cast or 882 valid signatures of registered voters in Dalton Township.  This is following the process for filing for recall beginning with filing a recall petition with the County Clerk and approval of the petition language by the Election Commission at a Clarity Hearing, prior to circulating petitions for signature.

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And here is the rest of the process:

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Filing for recall is not a quick process.  When you file the wording with us, a clarity hearing is scheduled for not less than 10 or not more than 20 days from the date the wording …

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 8 of ?

It's time to clear the air.

It sometimes happens that people are put in bad spots, almost impossible positions. "Lie or you lose your job." You don't want to lie, but you can't afford to lose your job either. That's a difficult situation. Maybe you make the wrong choice. We all make bad decisions at some point. The question is, can it be rectified?

Personal and public redemption are two different things, but they also complement each other. Personal redemption is more important, by far. You becoming okay with you, the decisions you've made and the actions you've taken, nothing's more important than that. And violating the public trust, that's a big issue.

Here is a statement from U.S. President Grover Cleveland in a speech titled "Good Citizenship".

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...toleration in all things save dishonesty and infidelity to the public trusts.

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I'm not sure the public trust can be restored after something like what ha…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 7 of ?

I see a bright future for Dalton Township.

There comes a day when the mettle of a community is tested. When hard times come, a question is asked, a question that reaches out to each citizen and wonders, "What will You do?"

In that choice, in that decision, lies the entire future of the community. It's a decision that rests in the heart and soul of each individual.

The community that comes together in a show of support is the community that has a bright future.

The community where the citizens find courage and strength in each other, that is the community that has a bright future.

I see hundreds of people coming together, connecting, sharing, supporting, and seeking for that brighter future.

A future where the citizens participate in, and contribute to, the township's policies.

A future where the citizens oversee and approve of the township's procedures.

A future where the citizens of Dalton Township trust the officials of Dalton Township.

That's the future th…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 6 of ?

Why do some people feel that they can trample other people's rights and that's fine? This article will be fast and heavy. We are going to see the eight ways that people detach morality from their actions, why it's hard to tell when politicians are lying, a disturbing statistic related to the dark triad, two experiments that show the tendency of some people to abuse power and other people to follow bad orders, how stories reveal some of these processes, and the possibility for redemption.

There are eight techniques that people use to make the bad things that they do seem okay. The psychologist Albert Bandura wrote the book "Moral Disengagement". He also has a five page paper by the same name. By knowing about these you can be more alert and aware of the various manipulation techniques that are used. This will be a short overview. They have semi-confusing names, so I'll break down what they really mean.

Moral Justification
This is simply doing bad things as a m…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 5 of ?

How do you stand up and talk in front of a crowd? Some people fear it more than death. It's okay to come to the Dalton Township meeting and not stand up, but if you want to stand up and say something then this article will help you.

First, some inspiration. Then we'll dive into specific options.

One of the most important things to realize about a local government meeting like this is that you are not making a presentation. You won't be graded. You are there to say what you have to say. I'm going to put a few of my speeches from the last couple of months here. You do not have to stand up and speak like this. To a large extent you can't. You will only have three minutes during the public comment section. (Notice though, that even these speeches are only about 5 minutes long.)

A couple of weeks ago I requested a 5 to 10 minute spot on the schedule and the township would not give it to me. That's because they don't want to hear what we have to say. That's a…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 4 of ?

Dalton Township has a need for change. We need a change in our policies and procedures. That change has to be slow, steady, consistent, and reasonable. It has to be done in a transparent way that the citizens can trust, and there has to be the opportunity for participation and contribution. But there is a change that needs to happen before all of that, and that's a personnel change.

I will be writing a list of grievances here. I will be presenting this list of grievances at the Dalton Township Board Meeting on June 10th. Let's see what this list might look like. (It might take a couple of tries.)

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We, the citizens of Dalton Township, have found a disparity between the legal and moral conduct that we expect from our representative government officials, and what has been delivered. These violations of trust include, but are not limited to:

Item 1 - Not pursuing just means of mediation between citizens of the community.

Item 2 - Using immoral and illegal means of int…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 3 of ?

The actions that Dalton Township officials have taken against local farms, such as Hidden Creek Farm, that involve intimidation and lying are ethical and legal breaches of conduct that violate the trust of the citizens and the duties of office. The only people that can truly correct a situation like this are the citizens of Dalton Township. They must choose to act, they must decide to make a change. But, that doesn't mean there aren't others that are willing and able to help.

I loathe the politicians that seek to tear the will of the people apart. That seek to divide them into political camps for their own ends. That seek to manipulate every event to their own devices.

For instance, the day after state representative Greg VanWoerkom issued a release stating that he was looking into the Hidden Creek Farm case to make sure that they are being treated fairly, the person that he defeated for that position, Tanya Cabala, started trolling the online posts about the grassroots moveme…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 2 of ?

The citizens of Dalton Township are afraid to speak out against the corruption in our local government because they are scared of the repercussions. They are afraid that the township officials will target them. They are afraid that if the township can ruin their neighbor's life then they can ruin their life too. And, they're right.

When you are made to be aware of government corruption because it has encroached upon your life and your community it is okay to be afraid of reprisals. In that situation, it is the responsibility of the citizens to make corrections in the government. And it is not that we need to eliminate the fear to act, it is that we must have the necessary courage to overcome those fears.

The tactics employed by the township, led by supervisor Tony Barnes, are bully tactics.

For instance, in the street a bully might trip someone and push them to the ground. Then they'll say sorry and go to help the person up. The victim wasn't looking for a fight. Maybe…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 1 of ?

In Dalton Township, Michigan we currently have corrupt and dishonest government officials attacking small farms and businesses.

It recently came to my attention that the farm that I get goat milk from has been sued by a neighbor and the township. There are three tactics that they have tried to use against Hidden Creek Farm so far. The owners of the farm explain the situation well. Then I will dive into the dishonesty that the township supervisor Tony Barnes has shown so far, the immoral and illegal intimidation tactics that they are using, and what can be done about it. Here's a post that Hidden Creek Farm made on their Facebook page:

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Dear friends, family, customers and small farm supporters,

We wanted to give you all an update on the difficult situation we have been dealing with since last Tuesday…

As you know, Lee and I have put our heart and soul into Hidden Creek Farm. Owning a farm that would serve a community with healt…

Anti-Fascists Are Fascists

This will be the shortest article I've ever written.

In response to a Tweet about some Antifa members threatening people in the Brexit Party I commented thusly:

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Does anyone else find it ironic that the anti-fascists and the fascists both use the same means to the same ends: violence, intimidation, and threats to silence opposition and gain power.   anti-fascist = fascist

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It seemed to resonate, because it's true.

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American Universities and Racism

The ideas that Martin Luther King Jr. died for, seem to be dying.

I mentioned to a friend a few days ago that I was afraid to write about racism. Mostly because you know people are going to attack you, and they are the violent type of people. It doesn't really seem like I should need to be involved anyway, I have other things to do. But, then I was thinking about the rise of the Soviet Union and the Nazis. How many good people sat on the sidelines while the society crumbled? How many people thought someone else would handle it? How many people thought that it wouldn't get so bad?

Appeasement to violent people doesn't work well. In the beginning these movements require appeasement. Later, they only require compliance in the face of threats, intimidation, and violence. So, if you aren't willing to stand against racism now, there won't be a point in the future that you will be able to.

The trend reminds me of "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn…

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