Michigan’s third congressional district is tired of Justin Amash, if you listen to the slate of challengers seeking to replace the increasingly unpopular libertarian-leaning representative from Grand Rapids.
Among them are war veteran Tom Norton, state legislator James Lower, and local retail heir Peter Meijer.
The most serious threat to Amash could be war veteran Tom Norton, the most Trumpian of the set, strikes a decidedly more workman-like tone than the others, and seems willing to go a bit further with his rhetoric than the others.
Norton is also a staunch supporter of gun rights, having called on the entire Michigan GOP, including Ronna Romney and Justin Amash, to come out and publicly oppose Red Flag Laws.
Norton is also committed to protecting the lives of the unborn.
Seeking to ride the coattails of his family’s name, Peter Meijer of the Meijer retail fortune, is looking to capitalize on Amash’s seemingly endless series of gaffe’s and NeverTrumpism.
But soon after entering the race, it was revealed that a venue owned by the Meijer family was to host a “Drag Syndrome” performance — a show that celebrates individuals afflicted with Down Syndrome dressing up in drag in the style of the Drag Queen Story Time abomination — at Tanglefoot in Grand Rapids.
After consulting with various stakeholders and advisers, Meijer decided not to hold the event at his venue.
Norton took the opportunity to take Meijer to task for equivocating and taking too much time — Meijer took two days to issue a decision — to make the right decision.
As of this publication, the event is still set for September 8th, according to Grand Rapids Community Media Center’s website.
The Meijer family is still supporting the Drag Syndrome event, according to ArtPrize.
James Lower is a man on a mission.
The 30-year old state representative from Ionia, Michigan is among a passel of challengers taking on anti-Trump Republican congressman Justin Amash in the 3rd congressional district primary in August 2020. In a hotbed of Trump supporters embittered by Washington’s globalist policies, two candidates have become something of working-class heroes: James Lower and Tom Norton.
“People want this guy out. I don’t know why Amash even runs as a Republican,” Lower told Big League Politics on the heels of a wild Squash Amash rally outside Amash’s office. “There was a ton of excitement there. The voters in the district are angry. 80 to 90 percent completely disagree with Amash. After ten years, his voting record just doesn’t make any sense.”
“We were gearing up to run even prior to the impeachment comments,” Lower said of Amash, who joins Democrats in wanting to impeach Trump, and who even cast the only Republican vote against Kate’s Law named for the late Kate Steinle to protect our people from illegal alien crime. “I’ve been totally disenchanted with the fact that he hasn’t gotten anything done, and he always finds some excuse for it. It seems like there’s always an excuse.”
When it comes to Amash, Lower pulls no punches, but his calm Midwest demeanor makes it impossible for him to come off angry. His barbs at Amash, a man Lower views as a hypocrite, seem level-headed, earnest. Just plain real.
In little over a month, Lower has rocketed to national grassroots prominence with the backing of the vaunted Tea Party Strategy Group — a network of win-at-all-costs populist activists who have been making political miracles happen since 2009. Don Trump Junior tweeted out a poll showing Lower in the lead over Amash, hinting, “See you soon Justin…I hear Michigan is beautiful during primary season.” Small-dollar donations are pouring in. As far away as Richmond, the mere mention of Lower’s name drew wild applause at the Virginia Tea Party Summit Saturday attended by Trump’s beloved economist Steve Moore.
“For state rep, I knocked every single door in the primary,” Lower said. “The tea party has always been an anti-establishment party. People try to define it as something it’s not. Trump has proved that it’s just regular everyday people who are fed up with the establishment. That’s what it was going back to 2009 and 2010, and it’s been mis-interpreted.”
“Trump is talking to voters like me in our area that had been completely devastated by NAFTA. He is re-negotiating and putting America First. That’s why there is so much overlap between the Trump Party and the Tea Party,” Lower said.
Lower scoffs at the idea that he is not a loyalist Trump supporter just because he is friends with NeverTrump former lieutenant governor Brian Calley. Lower points to an op-ed he wrote immediately after Trump’s Access Hollywood tape came out in 2016 — when all the NeverTrumpers led by Paul Ryan tried to bounce Trump from the ticket. Lower’s October 22, 2016 op-ed had a simple title: “Why I’m Voting For Trump.”
“Amash came in in 2010, and rode the tea party movement, saying let’s balance the budget. He got a lot of momentum with that. Then the big donor community in the district got behind him, thinking he would be effective. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way,” Lower said. “But he’s got a lot of his own money, he’s been there for ten years, and he can talk a good game in certain circles.”
Asked about the globalist Koch Brothers, who fund an open-borders nonprofit network masquerading as the tea party, Lower bristles, “I haven’t had any dealings with them.”
The Kochs are pushing to censor populist conservatives from the Internet in coordination with Big Tech. Lower is not a fan of wealthy elites. He is more comfortable with the people. Lower also is not a big fan of Amash’s record on the Middle East, which has “earned” Amash a 75 percent approval rating from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“He’s consistently voted against Israel, be it funding for Israel or any issues related to supporting Israel. What he used was a bogus excuse based on his interpretation of the Constitution,” Lower said.
“We have an opportunity to beat him by a lot, if the race remains how it is. Amash me and Norton I think we end up beating him in a landslide,” Lower said, pointing to a coalition comprised of Second Amendment supporters and most prominently, Trump voters. “That’s what our polling is showing, that’s what third party polling is showing.”
The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement
The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.
Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country.
According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.
As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.
A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.
After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.
According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.
Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.
Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.
However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.
“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”
The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.
How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.
They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.
So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.
Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from:
Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.
The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.
Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.
Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.
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