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Thad McCotter on Principles & Values

Republican Representative (MI-11)


Our American Dream is endangered, economically & militarily

Our American Dream is endangered. America is dismantling. Abroad, our troops fight terrorists and tyrants; Iran goes nuclear; and communist China claims the 21st Century. At home, we have 14 million unemployed; over 30 million underemployed; inflation up; real wages down. Big Business claim they are bigger than We, the People. And we wonder if we matter anymore. You matter more than ever!
Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com , Jul 21, 2011

GOP must honor Tea Party, or they'll make a third party

Q: What role do you think the Tea Party will play in the 2012 elections?

A: The Tea Party's role remains to be determined--not by its members--but by the GOP's actions. If they honor the Tea Party's 2010 support by fighting for self-government, liberty, prosperity & security, the Tea Party will be a critical component of the GOP's victory coalition. If they do not, the Tea Party could become a third party, thereby cementing the Left's electoral victories for years to come.

Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com , Jul 21, 2011

T-Mac: studies philosophy; plays guitar

"T-Mac" (as Dennis Miller branded him) doesn't write like a congressman; he writes like a writer--because he is a writer. Being a congressman seems a step down for a man who could write books on philosophy in between playing guitar solos behind his head at White House picnics. (He's done the latter.) In this one sense, he is the anti-Obama. I cannot imagine Obama being anything but a politician, much like the Clinton of your choice. But with T-Mac, I can imagine him being everything but a politician. T-Mac is an authentic, old school conservative--meaning, he doesn't mind if you think he's the bad guy; he embraces it. In T-Mac's world, the concept of "the moderate" should be mocked. It's simply another version of "if you can't beat them join them," which might have worked for the French, but not for the Americans. This makes T-Mac a throwback who will never forget two things: he works for his constituents, and Washington is nuts.
Source: Greg Gutfeld in Seize Freedom, by Thad McCotter, p. 12-14 , Feb 8, 2011

2006: Republican majority governed too ideologically

In the wake of 2006 & 2008 Democrat "wave" elections, pundits & activists lamented the death of the GOP. Having squandered its majorities in the Senate & House and its control of the White House, the rudderless Republican Party was expected to drift away during the Age of Obama. When Americans realized that the Republican majority had governed too ideologically and ineffectively, they had provided Democrats the opportunity to govern.

Immediately, though, the Left took a cannonball dive into a cesspool of radicalism and statism. Americans are inherently practical people who want gradual, constructive change, not radical, destructive change. Thus, by Nov. 2010, the American people reaffirmed that America is a center-right country. But this does not mean that the public again trusts Republicans. The 2010 conservative "wave" election was a victory for the American people, not the Republican Party. The question remains whether the GOP has learned from its past self-imposed wounds of venality and ideology.

Source: Seize Freedom, by Rep. Thad McCotter, p. 49-50 , Feb 8, 2011

Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation.

McCotter scores 0% by the AU on church-state separation

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 AU scores as follows:

About the AU (from their website, www.au.org):

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

Americans United is a national organization with members in all 50 states. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and led by the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director. AU has more than 75,000 members from all over the country. They include people from all walks of life and from various faith communities, as well as those who profess no particular faith. We are funded by donations from our members and others who support church-state separation. We do not seek, nor would we accept, government funding.

Source: AU website 06n-AU on Dec 31, 2006

Member of the House Republican Young Guns.

McCotter is a member House Republican Young Guns

The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."

Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.

What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.

Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.

Source: Young Guns 10-HRYG on Sep 14, 2010

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