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    Friday, March 01, 2024 at 10:00 AM · 23 rsvps

    March Coffee with the Chair

    Our coffee with the Chair is a casual event where all fellow Republicans can talk about important issues while enjoying some free coffee and donuts.

    Join us to hear the Chairman's Report from John Schaut.


    Gina Johnsen

    Guest Speaker Gina Johnsen
    MI-78 District Representative Candidate

    Rep. Gina Johnsen was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2022.

    She represents the 78th District, which covers the townships of Lowell and Bowne, and the cities of Lowell and Alto in Kent County.

    Johnsen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

    Gina is a devout Christian and was the director of the Michigan House of Prayer for 12 years. She owns a small insurance business and spent 17 years of her career with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals as a program manager.

    She is active in grassroots politics and in her community, having worked with human trafficking survivor support organization Sak Saum, as well as Crosswalk Teen Center, Forgotten Man Ministries, Protect Life MI, Hannah’s House for young expecting mothers, and Shared Pregnancy Women’s Center.

    State Representative Gina Johnsen


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    Keynote Speaker Ralph Rebandt

    Pastor Ralph Rebandt was a candidate for Michigan Governor in the 2022 primary election.  That platform provided him with a unique perspective on the election process and numerous opportunities to engage with the Michigan electorate and Michigan churches.
     
    During the campaign he was known for highlighting America’s Christian heritage and bringing that discussion back into the public conversation. It has been stated that Michigan politics will never be the same because of his bold leadership to restore our Judeo-Christian values.
     
    Having served as lead pastor for Oakland Hills Community Church for 35 years, he was involved in the development of three additional churches before retiring to run for governor.
    Ralph presently serves on the Board of Governors for the Council for National Policy, Washington D.C., and as chaplain for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police, Farmington Hills Police Department, and Beverly Hills Police Department. He is actively involved in speaking engagements all around the state of Michigan in churches, at community events, and on law enforcement platforms.

    After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education from Summit University in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Ralph earned a Master's Degree in Religious Education and M. Div. at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia where he graduated magna cum laude and acquired credits in the Ph.D. program. Ralph is passionate about serving his Savior, about America and her true history, about his beautiful state of Michigan, and adores his high school sweetheart Carol, to whom he has been married for 47 years, their four grown children and spouses, and will talk to you for hours about his 17 grandchildren.

    Saturday, March 02, 2024 at 10:00 AM
    Huntington Place in Detroit, MI

    MIGOP District Convention

    MIGOP Convention Flyer

    A MESSAGE SENT FROM MIGOP SECRETARY TO ALL DISTRICT AND COUNTY CHAIRS RE: MARCH 2 CONVENTION

    District and County Chairs,
     
    On September 17th, 2023 the Michigan Republican State Committee approved the 2024 County and District Convention Rules and were amended on February 17th, 2024 by the Michigan Republican State Committee. Please see the attachment for the amended rules and Vote Security Rules. The summary of changes are on the last page. The rules are also posted on the website: https://migopconvention2024.org/convention
     
    The Rules state the date and location of the March 2nd 2024 Convention. The location of the March 2nd, 2024 Convention was emailed out to all County Chairs on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 with the County Convention packets. The location of the Convention is the Huntington Place, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 at 10am. There has been no change in location and any effort to usurp the MRSC is only intended to divide and confuse the duly elected precinct delegates.
     
    As a reminder and per the approved County and District Convention Rules, each county chair shall provide the contact information of each elected District Delegate and each elected Alternate Delegate to the Michigan Republican Party by 8pm on February 21st, 2024. Please submit all results to [email protected]
     
    Please read through the requirements in the Rules for your District Milwaukee delegate and alternate candidates.
     
    Further, the information for all delegates is electronic and must be emailed or text out to your delegates and alternates. The delegate and alternate information is found at https://migopconvention2024.org/convention

    Please reach out if you have any questions.

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    GOP: The Natural Political Home for Black Americans

    Conservative Leaders

    By Lance Elliott Griffin

    Republican President Gerald Ford, raised in Kent County, was the first American president to declare that February was “Black History Month”. I am diametrically opposed to any such ethnic heritage months because they inevitably elevate one ethnic group or another over others, while always being very careful to exclude Whites.

    Of course Blacks have an incredible track record of high achievement. However, these great achievers should be celebrated for embodying American values such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and hard work. Instead, Black History Month asks Americans to focus first and foremost on their race. This insulting reduction of Black Americans aligns perfectly with the Left’s obsession with group identity—the importance of the individual is lost.

    Liberals have also hijacked the holiday month as an excuse to push divisive policies, such as critical race theory, affirmative action, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which all focus on separation rather than much-needed unity. 

    Nevertheless, President Ford is included in a rich heritage of Republicans who strived to bring about a “more perfect union” by extending the blessings of liberty to Black Americans. The Republican Party has consistently lead efforts to promote an environment in which all citizens could experience life more abundantly and pursue happiness, including Blacks. In contrast, Democrats have consistently resisted efforts to liberate Blacks.

    In 1865 the 13th amendment, which ended the dark days of legal slavery in America, passed with 100% Republican support and only 23% Democrat support.

    In 1866 the 14th amendment overturning Dred Scott and granting full citizenship and equal rights under the law to black Americans, passed with exclusive Republican support and zero Democrat support.

    The Civil Rights Act of 1866, guaranteeing the rights of black Americans to make contracts and receive equal protection under the law irrespective of the color of their skin, was passed by Republicans and vetoed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson. Johnson was quoted as saying, “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men.” Thankfully, Republicans overrode Johnson’s veto.

    The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, known as the Force Act, empowered federal officials to crack down on the terrorist activities of the Democrat-founded KKK, ultimately leading to its dismantling during that period. This Act was passed by Republicans and signed by Republican Ulysses S. Grant.

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 guaranteed black Americans, women, and other minorities the right not to be discriminated against in jobs and government contracts. It passed in the House of Representatives with 63 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate with 69 percent of Democrats and 94 percent of Republicans.

    Nothing has changed. Republicans continue to stand for common sense and a meritocracy that offers opportunity to all Americans. Meanwhile, Democrat policies and rhetoric 1) promote abortion, which kills more blacks than are born in many jurisdictions, 2) replace fathers with welfare checks, and 3) have created Democrat-governed American cities which are among the most dangerous places on earth. Liberal Democrats are against voter ID because that “would disenfranchise minorities, especially Blacks”, which implies that Blacks are too stupid to know how to get a State ID. Worst of all, Democrats reject the idea that our rights come from God, and therefore, it must be with respect to God that we govern ourselves. For example, the LGBTQABC123 agenda and the transgender delusion are anathema to the values of the Black community.

    Let 2024 be the year that Blacks return to their Republican roots and leave the Democrat plantation which has enslaved them intellectually, financially, and spiritually.

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  • Why I Support Republican Ideals

    By Jason Besley

    Like many young people, while in college I thought that socialist policies had some merit. Lots of visible public good seemed to be accomplished by government intervention – parks, freeways, universal education and myriad other benefits.
     
    But then I moved to the People’s Republic of China after college and experienced firsthand a state that enforced its own view of the public good in nearly every field of human experience. I remember the first time I asked a Chinese college student my standard conversation starter, “Why did you choose your major?” They answered, “I didn’t.” It turned out that each student was assigned a major based on their aptitude test scores. Wherever the state determined that society needed you, that’s the career path it put you on. Your individual desires were not a consideration.
     
    Couples wanting to marry must wait until the man was at least 22 years old and the woman was 20. And college students were not allowed to marry, so they had to either wait until they both graduated or drop out to get married. Then, they were allowed to have one child. No more.
     
    Obviously, the US is far from this level of totalitarianism, but I’m concerned about some trends. In 1930, government controlled about 12% of the economy. Today, it controls 40%.  

    In 1900, there was no federal income tax. Today, the tax code is 74,000 pages long.

    In the past, a family could choose how to educate their children, how to save for retirement, and how to insure for medical expenses. Today, the state collects by force for each of those things, and the family can choose private school, private investments, or alternative health care only if they can afford these options with the leftover income.
     
    My other big concern is how the command-and-control tide can be reversed once it has gone “too far.” If 40% of spending in the country is directed by government, it’s reasonable to suppose that nearly 40% of workers are employed by those tax dollars. (Another 21% of the population are currently receiving social security benefits.) How likely are these individuals to vote for lower taxes and thus cutting these cash flows? As we approach 50% of the country dependent upon public funds, it becomes harder and harder for the other 50% to halt and reverse the growth of the state.
     
    I have lived in a one-party state, and I don’t want my home country to become one. These are some of the reasons I support the Republican party.
     
    [Jason Besley is a writer and editor from the Kent County GOP Public Relations Standing Committee.]

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  • A Resolution Recognizing Kristina Karamo as MIGOP Chairwoman

    Kent County GOP Logo 
    A RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE KRISTINA KARAMO
    AS THE RIGHTFUL CHAIRWOMAN OF THE MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

    Whereas the 85-county parties in the State of Michigan, which are constitutional entities, came together at the convention, on February 18, 2023, to vote Kristina Karamo as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican State Committee (MRSC), by 2100 delegates; and

    Whereas on December 2, 2023, 39 of the 107 State Committee members (36%) submitted a petition for a special meeting, within the 15-day period, per the MIGOP Bylaws, and Chairwoman Karamo called a "special meeting" for January 13, 2024; and

    click here to read the full resolution

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  • Help the GVSU College Republicans go to CPAC

    GVSU College Republicans

    Newest and youngest member of the Kent County GOP Executive Committee, Brock Johnson, is leading an effort to take eight GVSU college Republicans to CPAC. To support these young Republicans, please visit their GoFundMe page.

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  • Educational Freedom: My Choice to Homeschool

    By Lisa Ellison

    Educational freedom is one of the cornerstones of a society dedicated to liberty. Parents have many choices as to how they educate their children.  Homeschooling has proven to be the best choice for my family, because as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.

    My son is twelve years old.  He has been homeschooled the entire time except for kindergarten which was a hybrid program.  Why did we choose to homeschool?  Because we want to raise him with integrity, good moral values, and to love God.  We want to have a good relationship with him.  We did not want to send him away for most of the day, still have homework at night, and get very little time together.  We were concerned about the influence a public school may have on him, and that concern has only grown in the last few years.  

    Because we homeschool, he has a teacher solely focused on him and what he needs in order to succeed.  We are not bound to staying with curriculum designed for his grade-level.  He is only twelve and doing well in Algebra 1.  We can take the time to read books and take field trips whenever we want.  We can research or study whatever interests him.  While most kids were still in school last spring, we had the opportunity to go out west.  We were able to see sites that many people have not; we also learned much about science and our nation’s history.  

    I truly enjoy homeschooling my son.  I am learning right alongside him.  I’m learning history, algebra, philosophy, civics, grammar, Latin, and more.  I got good grades in school, but I did not learn half of what we’re learning together now!  I don’t remember learning any ancient history, I knew nothing about Latin, I had never heard of most of the philosophers we studied this year, and even though I had a good government class, I am learning a lot more now.  Not only is my son learning a lot more than I ever did, but I’m redeeming my own schooling!  I am also growing in my patience and dependence on God as we determine how best to educate him. 

    You may have heard that our legislators are discussing a requirement for homeschoolers to register.  This might not sound like a big deal to most of you, but it is an encroachment on our freedom.  Some legislators are using child abuse as a reason for registration.  This is not logical for many reasons, the biggest of which is, there is no correlation between abuse and homeschooling.  Nheri.org has several research articles on this subject under the research tab, please look them up if you are interested.

    Another reason this is not logical is they already know about our kids.  We have a social security number, health insurance, etc.  Having homeschoolers on another list will not protect anyone.  Do a good job at enforcing the laws we have.  There is no need to make more laws or create nothing-burgers for Child Protective Services to investigate. 

    Why is registration a problem?  Because that’s not their end goal.  A CBS reporter asked Rep. Matt Koleszar, “I imagine a lot of parents would say, ‘Surely they will want to know more than just knowing where the children are.  I mean, receiving a letter that says, ‘This child is homeschooled’… Surely there would have to be some kind of home visits, some interaction, right?”  Rep. Koleszar’s response was, “It’s fair to say that, but I think right now the main thing we need to do…is find out where they are.”  Some people would like to completely control my son’s schooling and tell me exactly what I can and cannot teach him. This is eerily inching toward Hitler, who outlawed homeschooling and required all children to attend German public school where they were immersed in Nazi propaganda.  Here in America, we have the freedom to practice our religious beliefs and raise our children as we see fit (so long as we are not abusing them).  Since my Bible says to raise up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6), and teach him diligently wherever we go and throughout the day (Deuteronomy 6:7-9), and this is a big part of why we chose homeschooling, any encroachment on that freedom is problematic.  

    Maybe your children are all grown, or perhaps you chose a different schooling option, so you are remaining silent on this issue.  I implore you to speak up for our rights to homeschool freely.  This quote from Martin Niemöller comes to mind: “First they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.”  Please speak up for our rights.  Please contact your legislators and ask them to protect homeschoolers from more regulations.  

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