Thursday, August 16, 2007

Seagraves on the Walberg Recall

Jason Seagraves entered 7th Congressional District politics as a Democratic candidate in 2004. He dropped out of the race and endorsed Sharon Renier, but, feeling she wasn't as strong a candidate as was expected, he re-entered the race as the Green Party nominee. He received 1.3 percent of the vote.

Seagraves wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in today's Daily Telegram, sharing his thoughts on Congressman Tim Walberg and the recall effort. In it, he is... harsh. Well, read it for yourself:
To the editor,

Our esteemed congressman, Rev. Tim Walberg, is opposing an effort to recall him from office, not because he has done an adequate job as our representative, but because he says the recall is “unconstitutional.” His reasoning is that since the Constitution does not lay out a process for recalling congressmen, then it can’t be legal. This is the philosophy of the mullahs in Iran, wherein everything not expressly legal by state decree is therefore prohibited. While Walberg may prefer to inhabit the dystopian religious dictatorship of his own mind, fortunately, the rest of us still get to live in the United States.

Rev. Walberg considers himself a “constitutionalist,” but apparently he’s never read the Tenth Amendment — my guess is that he stopped at No. 2. The powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. The state of Michigan has made its own laws for recalling congressmen, just as it has its own laws for administering elections. I thought conservatives like Walberg were for “states’ rights”?

The truth, of course, is that Walberg is no more a “constitutionalist” or a “conservative” than George W. Bush, or for that matter, Ted Kennedy. Walberg is a career politician, a welfarist parasite who’s been feeding at the government trough for the better part of 30 years. Like all career politicians, he puts his own ambition ahead of country, party, ideology, and especially the Constitution. In Walberg’s world, anything not expressly prohibited to the government by the Constitution is legal — and if those few remaining restrictions are inconvenient, then the Constitution can simply be ignored.

Removing Walberg from office will happen soon enough. If the recall is unsuccessful, then he will surely be ousted in the 2008 election. The following January, when we have a new congressperson aligned with President Hillary Clinton and Madam Speaker Pelosi, the “conservatives” of Lenawee County and the rest of the 7th District can blame themselves for supporting unprincipled self-aggrandizers like Rev. Walberg, who wrap themselves in the flag but desecrate the Constitution at every turn.

Jason Seagraves


In other news, Tim Walberg filed a lawsuit to stop the recall. I'll have more when I get permission to share the text.

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Jeebus on a popsicle stick, Jason, you are one courageous dude!! With every word, I found myself cheering and gulping at the same time.
Thank you.

Wow, you even knew who I was.

Well, I am now a libertarian. Running for Congress in 2004 forced me to contront my political views on a deep level, and I have come to understand the violence underlying big-government "liberal" programs and policies. I am 100% non-violent, so libertarianism has become my creed.

My blog is at I post under the name "G.E. Smith," but it's me; you can see for yourself.

Thanks for posting this. I'm glad you guys liked my letter.
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