Completed in 2013. Still waiting to open...

Completed in 2013. Still waiting to open…

Introduction 

In a previous blog post, I offered Troy City Council candidates the opportunity for free campaign space by responding to survey questions. This 2014 election, I’ll offer the same to all political candidates, posting their replies on the Patch and on the USA Melting Pot website.

Some of the club principles can be found in the description of our logo. Recent activities of this club, founded in 2011, are detailed in our update to the Troy City Council:

http://usameltingpot.org/usa-melting-pot-club-update-to-troy-city-council/

http://usameltingpot.org/updates-of-usameltingpot-2/

 

Survey Response from Mike Bosnic, Candidate for District Judge

Questions in italics, answers from candidate in bold:

1.  The Troy Transit Center is a government project with federal funds allocated by the state, approved by a 4-3 majority on the Troy Council. All three levels of government were involved: federal, state and local. It has not yet opened because of an ownership dispute over the land. What lessons can be learned from this? (See more background in this article.)

I think one lesson from the Transit Center Episode that we ought to reflect on relates to property rights. We were taught “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours”. Too many now ascribe to the belief, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours should also be mine if I want it.” It is important to value the property rights of others, plain and simple. When property rights aren’t valued, we see much more crime and needless civil litigation.

2.   Have you read The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, by former Reagan Justice Department attorney and conservative talk show host Mark Levin?

I am working on it. For those of you that haven’t perused it, it’s not exactly a light and breezy read. In the first paragraph, the terms “authoritarianism”, “Leviathan”, “fearmongering” and “ubiquitous” are bandied about. The author is, unfortunately like myself, an attorney.   

3.   What do you think of the eleven specific amendments? You can read a summary of them in this National Review article. Should each of them be adopted, modified or discarded? Please explain. 

The following are the specific amendments. I have only recently started the book, so if I am off, I apologize.

1) An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress

2) An Amendment to Restore the Senate

3) An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices and Super Majority Legislative Override

4) Two Amendments to Limit Federal Spending and Taxing

5) An Amendment to Limit the Federal Bureaucracy

6) An Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise

7) An Amendment to Protect Private Property

8) An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Directly Amend the Constitution

9) An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Check Congress

10) An Amendment to Protect the Vote

Suffice it to say: I feel government is too big, and anything an elected official can do to give their constituents more control over their lives is a presumptively good thing. That includes promoting a safe community and respecting private property rights. In my experience in a District Court related context, it has included specialized programs like Veteran’s Court, Drug Treatment Court and Sobriety Court, which allow participants access to tools with which they can reclaim control over their lives.   

4.   What other statements would you like to make on behalf of your campaign?

I have the right experience for the position of District Court Judge. As a prosecutor and locally elected leader with nearly 20 years of District Court experience, I am applying for the job and I ask for your vote.

I would also refer your readers to the League of Women Voter Guides, the OCBA questionnaires and www.mikebosnic.org

 

District Judge Race 52-4

In the August 5 primary, there is a three-way race for an open district judge seat (six year term). Since incumbent judges are rarely challenged and all three well-qualified candidates are young, Troy voters may be choosing their district judge for the next thirty years.

There will be a candidate forum at the Clawson City Hall Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Details of the State Senate (July 8) and Congressional candidate forums (July 16) can be found at the League of Women Voters website.

Candidates submitted detailed questionnaires to the Oakland Country Bar Association and Detroit Free Press, which can be found here:

http://bit.ly/2014JudicialForums

So I have added a fifth question to the survey (see blog article for more) and hope each candidate chooses to respond.

Here are the additional questions:

5. For Mike Bosnic: You have previously served as a Republican County Commissioner. The judge seat is non-partisan. Can you be objective in hearing cases?

5. For AnnMarie Devito: You are the least-known of the candidates, not having held public office before. How will the lack of a voting record affect your chances for being elected?

5. For Maureen McGinnis: You served on the Troy City Council and often voted with the liberal bloc. Can you be objective in hearing cases?

Certainly. As a local prosecutor I have handled thousands of District Court cases objectively. As an attorney with nearly 20 years of primarily District Court practice, partisan identification has yet to influence how I resolve a case.

As a current County Commissioner (I serve until my term expires at the end of 2014), I am an unabashed conservative. Whether a conservative or liberal would make the best District Court Judge is up to the voters to determine. The fact that I serve as a member of one party or another does not predetermine the decisions I make. We have all seen Republicans vote like liberals on a given issue, just as some Democrats have voted in a manner consistent with a conservative position.

I am a local elected leader for over a decade. I served on the non-partisan Clawson School Board for over nine years. I am concluding my second term on the partisan Oakland County Commission. Whether or not the position is partisan, a leader is obligated to do their due diligence on matters and make their best decision. That is what I intend to do as our next District Court Judge.

 

Here are links to previous survey responses from Maureen McGinnis and AnnMarie DeVito.

 

Liberty Amendments Summary

I’ve read Levin’s book and am interested to know what candidates for public office think of it. More description is in a previous blog post, including links to a National Review article summarizing the book. Below is a brief summary:

Term Limits for Congress, Supreme Court and More Control for State Governments

The first amendment limits members to a total of 12 years in Congress! Supreme Court justices would also be limited to 12 year terms. Other provisions would return more decisions to the states and promote economic growth through the “laboratories of democracy.” (the states)

The closer government is to the people it represents, the more responsive and less wasteful it will be.

Fiscal Tipping Point

President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.”

America has reached the tipping point, where its debts will soon be unmanageable if it doesn’t act soon. The growth of the Federal Government must be restrained. Levin’s Liberty Amendments may need some modification. But they are a good start, in my opinion.

Offer to All Political Candidates

I hope candidates choose to read this important book. Since my blog is the most widely read on the Troy Patch, I’ll offer all candidates the exposure to answer the above four questions and give them free publicity for their campaigns.

As with the Troy Council election, I’ll print their responses in the order received.

Easy way to help a great club

If you wish to support the USA Melting Pot club, a Michigan non-profit corporation, you can make your Amazon purchases through the link on our website. The club will get a percentage of the purchase to fund community service activities and our scholarship fund. Thanks for your support.

 

Conservative columnist Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the Troy Patch. You can read his articles on other topics by clicking on the links.