Dingell Project

 

Thank you Rush Limbaugh for uncovering the following and for giving us a perfect segway into opening this expose. There are some very dangerous things going on today in American politics, a culmination of decades yes, but a push today worse than it's ever been. You will soon see how Dingell ties into this; how although we will not call him outright a communist - we will call him an outright progressive (and today, whats really the difference?) as he is certainly an enabler, an ally of the movement; how money, power, and influence has long since corrupted his ways, and why he is a perfect example of why we need term limits in Congress. (Consider the culminating effects that progressivism, which reared it's ugly head after the turn of the last century, has had on our Country - leading to the many un-American problems and Constitutional crisis' we face today. Whether we're talking progressivism or communism, marxism, socialism, maoism, statism -all shades of the same gray, it is officials like Dingell and his father that for over 70 years have been contributing to their advancement)(We submit that the Communist agenda today is far worse than the McCarthy (who was right) era, having now infected (as planned) the Union halls, the halls of Education, he halls of the Media, and the halls of our Government!).

 

SEIU Union Thugs Ready to Fight for the Laughable Obamacare Bill
February 23, 2010

RUSH: I have this in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers from the Communist Party USA's People's World, formerly the Daily Worker.  Columbus, Ohio: "'I'm tired of rallies. I want to fight!'  So said Tim Burga, operations director of the Ohio AFL-CIO, addressing the hundreds who had braved the cold Feb. 20 to attend a 'Pass It Now' rally for health care reform at the SEIU Local 1199 hall here."  In other words, Obama's number one supporters showed up, these union thugs, and they said: "We want to fight! We don't want any more rallies, we don't want any more speeches, we want to fight."  

"There was a sense of real urgency in the hall, as speaker after speaker pounded on the point that, as Brian Rothenberg of Progress Ohio stated, 'We now have 6 weeks to win the fight our people have been fighting since the Truman administration: health care for all!'"  Exactly what I told you yesterday.  It's the Lord of the Rings being played out right before our very eyes.  "Becky Williams, president of SEIU, 1199, was interrupted by loud cheers as she led off the rally, telling the crowd, 'We have three things to tell the administration and the majority in congress.  One -- we worked for and voted for change last year. That means actually changing what was there when you got there. Two -- we need for you to lead with courage, not be intimidated by Fox News and Teabaggers. Three, don't be fooled by lies!' she said. 'If you do these things we'll be with you, and the 66% of Americans who, according to polls are demanding that health care reform be passed.'" That's a wrong number, union thugs, an outright lie!  

But look where we get the information, from the Communist Party USA.  You don't get this from the State-Controlled Media.  You get this from the Communist Party USA, and they're out there.  Let me check something.  Grab audio sound bite number 13.  More union thug stuff here.  This is last Friday in Los Angeles at the SEIU offices, Service Employees International Union, the same bunch of thugs demanding a fight, no more rallies in Ohio on the 20th of February.  This is the Reform Immigration for America rally, Representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat, California, is in attendance, and an unidentified man, unidentified female rally leader have this exchange about how to start the meeting. (to add to how outrageous this is, they aren't even respectful partiotic people)

(MAN:  Can we start this meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance?  (laughing) No, I'm serious, Congressman, shouldn't we say the Pledge of Allegiance if we all want to be citizens?  Wouldn't that be appropriate to say the Pledge of Allegiance?    WOMAN:  Sure, of course.    MAN:  Okay, let's do that.  Can everybody stand?  I'm happy to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.   WOMAN:  Okay, let's go for it.)

RUSH:  If you see this, the room breaks out in laughter.  And this congressman, Xavier Becerra, is laughing along with the rest of the crowd at the thought of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They then finally say okay and they do it.

So your wondering how that involved Dingell. Well true he wasn't there but once you've reviewed below and see how all things tie together, you will understand how dangerous he is, how he is a major player behind it all (think wizard of Oz and the man behind the curtain) ((how ironic that nationally you don't here too much about him (like you do Pelosi, Reid, et al)), and just so you know - the TEA party groups in Michigan may want to take note - he recently announced that he isn't worried about any challenge in his district and is running for re-election once again.

It all starts with daddy (between the 2 Dingell's, they have held a Congress seat for 77 years!):

John D. Dingell, Sr., D- Michigan

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 15th district
In office January 3, 1933 – September 19, 1955
Preceded by new district. Succeeded by John Dingell Jr.
Religion, Roman Catholic (see John Jr.)
Occupations, Worked as a newsboy, printer and newspaperman. He had also engaged in the Construction of natural gas pipelines, was a wholesale dealer in beef and pork products, and was an organizer and trustee of Colorado Springs Labor College.

 

Following the 1930 U.S. Census, Michigan gained four new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1932, Dingell was elected as a Democrat from the newly formed 15th District in western Detroit.

Reflecting his prejudices, a memorable letter from Dingell to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 18, 1941 suggested that ten thousand Japanese-Hawaiian Americans be incarcerated in order to ensure "good behavior" from Japan.

Another hallmark of his tenure was his proposal for nationalizing the American health insurance system, first introduced in 1933 and re-introduced since, at every Congress by he, and subsequently his son John Jr.

Upon his death a special election was called to fill the remainder of his term and was won by, John, Jr., who took his father's place in Congress on December 13, 1955.

[Note: the Dingell's ideological attacks upon the Amereican way are now 2 pronged -Dingell's grandson, Christopher D. Dingell, has also taken to politics, having been elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1998.]

 

John D. Dingell, Jr., D - Michigan

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 15th district
Incumbent, Assumed office December 13, 1955.
Preceded by John D. Dingell, Sr.
Born, July 8, 1926  (age 83) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Spouse, Deborah Dingell (see section on her below)
Residence, Dearborn, Michigan (the Islamic capitol of America)
Alma mater, Georgetown Prep School, House Page School, Georgetown University.
Occupation, Attorney (one of way too many in US government)
Religion, Roman Catholic (well sort of, views on gay marriage, abortion, not so much)
Military service, US Army 1944-1946, Second Lieutenant, never deployed to combat action

 

John David Dingell, Jr. is currently the Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the longest serving Representative and the third longest serving Congressman ever. Since 1955, he has represented a district that was first in western Detroit but has successively moved further into that city's western suburbs, currently Michigan's 15th congressional district. Currently Dingell is the longest-serving member of the House and second longest-serving member of Congress, after Senator and President pro tempore Robert Byrd, D - West Virginia (former KKK member and another guy that's got to go, though we will give him credit for having alot more respect for the Constitution he is sworn to than many of his counterparts).

Seemingly groomed for a life of politics and working for government, in Washington, D.C., John, Jr. attended Georgetown Preparatory School and then the House Page School when he served as a page for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1938 to 1943. In 1944, at the age of 18, Dingell joined the United States Army, served as a Second Lieutenant (the lowest officer rank, probably automatically granted due to his schooling), and although never deployed  - received orders to take part in the first wave of a planned invasion of Japan in November 1945. The Congressman has later said that President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb to end the war saved his life. (It is worth noting that Dingell has not always enjoyed high favorable ratings from Veterans groups, see ratings below.)

He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with a law degree in 1952. He was a lawyer in private practice for a short while, a research assistant to U.S. Circuit Court judge Theodore Levin, a Congressional employee, a forest ranger, and assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County until 1955, when John, Sr. died and John, Jr. won a special election to succeed him.

His district was numbered as the 15th District from 1955 to 1965, when redistricting merged it into the Dearborn-based 16th District; in the primary that year, he defeated 16th District incumbent John Lesinski, Jr. In 2002, redistricting merged Dingell's 16th District with the Washtenaw County and western Wayne County-based 13th District, represented by fellow Democrat Lynn Rivers, whom Dingell also bested in the Democratic primary. The current 15th District ([1]) includes Wayne County suburbs generally southwest of Detroit, the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas in Washtenaw County, and all of Monroe County. For many years, Dingell represented much of western Detroit itself, though Detroit's declining population and the growth of its suburbs has pushed all of Detroit into the districts of fellow Democrats John Conyers and Carolyn Kilpatrick.

    A good headline for all this would be "Beware of re-districting, gerrymandering, and the subsequent advancement of progressives".

A few recent notables: 

On December 15, 2005, on the floor of the House, Rep. Dingell read a poem that was sharply critical of, among other things, Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, and the so-called "War on Christmas to which he derided much to the pleasure of closet communist and media derelict Keith Olberman.

Along with another derelict, Congressman John Conyers, in April 2006 he brought an action against George W. Bush and others alleging violations of the Constitution in the passing of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. (rather laughable coming from 2 representatives that have about as much adherance to the constitution as cooking oil). Though a former prosecutor, he failed to successfully prosecute this matter and the case (Conyers v. Bush) was ultimately dismissed. (It should also be noted that for some strange reason Mr Dingell doesn't seem to have a problem supporting Obama, Reid, and Pelosi even though they are pushing agenda that is much more aggregious with respect to the same violations he alleged against Bush).

September 6, 2006, He joins Democrat Reps. John Conyers, Jane Harman, and Louise Slaughter-Ny to block the release of "The Path to 9/11" (2006 Docudrama) for the benefit of the party and specifically Hillary Clinton.

Michigan Governor Granholm, another failing Democrat, and fellow supporter of the disgraced former Detriot Mayor and progressive Kilpatrick, declared February 11, 2009 to be John Dingell Day in honor of the record. (His record? In honor of tenure maybe, but his record is nothing to gloat over).

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First gaining the Energy and Commerce Committee in 1981, at which time he married GM Lobbyist "Debbie" Dingell who then resigned as a Lobbyist but took other executive positions within GM and remains as one of GM's most familiar faces in D.C., he quickly became regarded by analysts as one of the four or five most powerful members of the House. He has been described as well known, and often feared.

After serving as the committee's ranking Democrat for 12 years, Dingell regained the chairmanship in 2007. He has stated that he intends to oversee aggresive legislation that addresses global warming and climate change. Despite enlisting lobbyists, union leaders and current and former government officials, including Gov.Granholm, Dingell lost the chairmanship for the 111th Congress to Congressman Henry Waxman of California (whom Pelosi backed) in a Democratic Caucus meeting on November 20, 2008. Waxman mounted a challenge against Dingell on grounds that Dingell was stalling certain environmental legislation, which would have tightened vehicle emissions standards—something detrimental to the Big Three automobile manufacturers that constitute a major source of employment in Dingell's district. The truth be told, Waxman's agenda is even more radical and more dangerous than Dingell's and that's quite all right with Pelosi. She instead gave the title of Chairman Emeritus to Dingell surely in part to appease him and narrow any rift caused by Waxman. (As Chair emeritus of the full committee, Dingell may serve as an ex officio member of all subcommittees of which he is not already a voting member.)

Of note:  A Nov. 2008 article in the NY Times primarily on the subject of Dingell's Chairmanship fight with Waxman, Mr & Mrs Dingell are called a "power duo" and the article goes on to say that one Dingell ally describes it as "King Kong versus Godzilla."

That ally is none other than (Maoist and now former Obama advisor/Minster of Propaganda) Anita Dunn, a main architect of the Administrations War on Fox News. In the article wrote by John Broder, Dunn is referred to as a longtime aide to Mr. Dingell and one of Mrs. Dingell’s best friends. Dunn calls Dingell and Waxman two legendary lawmakers but said “You can’t find two people who deal better with adversity,” “And, frankly, you’re not going to find two tougher people in Washington.”(refering to John & Debbie Dingell).

 

Political views

Dingell is generally classed as a liberal Democrat, and throughout his career he has been a leading congressional supporter of organized labor, social welfare measures and traditional progressive policies. At the beginning of every Congress, Dingell introduces a bill providing for a national health care. the same bill that his father proposed while he was in Congress. Dingell also strongly supported the fiasco that was Bill/Hill Clinton's managed-care proposal early in his administration. He has also lauded himself for successfully fighting any efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare.  

 
Dingell is pro-Global warming, pro-environment-EPA. He helped write the mandatory automobile fuel efficiency standards during the1970s and as recent as July 2007, Dingell indicated he planned to introduce a new a tax on carbon that would increase the gasoline tax by 50 cents. Then November 2007, working with House Speaker Pelosi, Dingell helped draft an energy bill that would mandate 40% increase in fuel efficiency standards. This is a bill, that; as part of the overall Energy legislation pushed by Democrats by itself, as well as coupled with the Climate legislation being pushed by same, is going to have negative and regressive effects on jobs, growth, and overall economic conditions, at the most in-opportune time no less. 
 
On some issues, though, he supposes to reflect some conservative values of his largely Catholic and working-class district (though as a chameleon, disingenuously, more later-see ratings). Although he backed the Johnson Administration's civil rights bills, the massive expansion of social programs, spending, and overall Federal government anyhow, he opposed expanding school desegregation to Detroit suburbs.
 

A sportsman and hunter, he strongly opposes gun control (sort of), and is a former board member of the National Rifle Association for many years enjoying an A rating, although after backing controversial legislation in 2007 he left and was happily shown the door. (see article)

Th fact that he doesn't vote to outright erradicate the 2nd Amendment as some of his colleagues would gladly do given the chance, is one of the few reasons he does not have a flat 0% on the Freedom index (see chart this page).

 

Private sector ties: Now that you have some background, it gets more interesting. Now we tie in the segway) 

Dingell has drawn criticism for his ties to the automotive industry. The three largest contributors to his campaign for the 2006 election cycle are political action committees, employees, or other affiliates of General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and DaimlerChrysler; since 1989, intermediaries for these corporations have contributed more than $US 600,000 to his campaign. Dingell also holds an unknown quantity, more than $US 1 million, in assets through General Motors stock options and savings-stock purchase programs; his wife, Debbie Dingell (see inset), worked as a lobbyist for the corporation until they married, whereupon she moved to an administrative position there. At present Mrs. Dingell is a senior executive at General Motors and vice chair of the General Motors Foundation. (Though we reference 2006 above, this relationship continues to the present)

On November 11, 2008, American columnist Thomas Friedman wrote about the lack of innovative business culture in American auto industry, singling out Representative John Dingell:

The blame for this travesty not only belongs to the auto executives, but must be shared equally with the entire Michigan delegation in the House and Senate, virtually all of whom, year after year, voted however the Detroit automakers and unions instructed them to vote. That shielded General Motors, Ford and Chrysler from environmental concerns, mileage concerns and the full impact of global competition that could have forced Detroit to adapt long ago. Indeed, if and when they do have to bury Detroit, I hope that all the current and past representatives and senators from Michigan have to serve as pallbearers. And no one has earned the “honor” of chief pallbearer more than the Michigan Representative John Dingell, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who is more responsible for protecting Detroit to death than any single legislator
 

Note:  

  • John Dingell’s net worth was between $2,357,088 and $6,134,000 in 2007, according to Dingell’s mandated financial disclosure statements.
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    Deborah "Debbie" Dingell (born in 1954), is the wife of Congressman John Dingell (born in 1926) and a major figure in the Michigan Democratic Party. She, along with Carl Levin were the big proponents of moving up Michigan's Presidential Primary before February 5th, in order to attempt to garner greater political clout for Michigan during the 2008 Democratic Primaries. That decision ultimately proved erroneous, as the 2008 Democratic Primaries were closely contested even through May of 2008. She is a member of the DNC from Michigan and chaired Vice President Al Gore’s campaign in Michigan in 2000. In 2004, she also helped seal victory for John Kerry in Michigan.

    Debbie Dingell serves as Vice Chair of the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center and serves on the Executive Committee where she co-chairs the Government Relations Committee. She is a 1975 graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

    She was a lobbyist for Detroit-based General Motors. When they married Debbie switched to an administrative position at GM where her actions are overseen by a company lawyer. She stated, "Fortunately ... GM is large enough that I could change jobs." Debbie Dingell is the grand-daughter of the Fisher brothers, the founders of General Motors (now known as Government motors).

    Mrs Dingell has also has served as the vice-chairman of the General Motors Foundation and executive director of Global Community Relations and Government Relations at GM. Her husband owns over $1 million in GM stock, and GM has been the biggest contributor to his campaigns, and that is besides her own wealth and influence. 

    Between her and Chris Dingell, we have no doubt that they are poised to inherit John's congress seat and keep it in the family another 70+ years !

     

    ISSUE POSITIONS

    Abortion Issues

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 92 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association 100 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2007.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Democrats for Life of America 40 percent in 2003-2004.

     

     

    Agriculture Issues

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Wheat Growers 93 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to National Farmers Union's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 87.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Wheat Growers 90 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Council of Agricultural Employers 0 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the United Fresh Produce Association 100 percent in 2007.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Farm Bureau Federation 35 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Farmers Union 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    Animal Rights and Wildlife Issues

    2008  In 2008 Sportsmen and Animal Owner's Voting Alliance gave Representative Dingell a grade of 100.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 Big Cat Rescue gave Representative Dingell a grade of 66.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 94 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Humane Society Legislative Fund 42 percent in 2007-2008. Members of Congress who led as prime sponsors of pro-animal legislation received "extra-credit" equivalent to one vote or one co sponsorship, 17% for a Senator or 8% for a Representative of the House. 2005-2006 was 14 percent.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Humane Society of the United States 42 percent in both sessions of Congress in 2007-2008.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Animal Interest Alliance Trust 100 percent in 2006.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Sportsmen and Animal Owner's Voting Alliance 100 percent in 2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Big Cat Rescue 75 percent in 2005-2006.

    Arts and Humanities

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund 94 percent in 2006, 95 percent in 2004, 100 percent in 2002, 100 percent in 2000.

     

     

     

    Budget, Spending and Taxes

    2008  Americans for Fair Taxation considered how each congressional representative stood on the FairTax, illustrated with +3 as a sponsorship, +2 as a co-sponsorship, +1 as support, 0 as does not support, and -1 as against. In 2008, the actions of Representative Dingell is represented by 0.

    2008  In 2008 National Taxpayers Union gave Representative Dingell a rating of F.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Tax Limitation Committee 0 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the FreedomWorks 15 percent in 2007, 0 percent in 2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice (social justice progressives) 2005-2006.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Shareholders Association 30 percent in 2004.

    Business and Consumers

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 20 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Alliance for Worker Freedom 0 percent in 2008 and 2007.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 56 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime 28 percent during their legislative career up until 2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to American Forest and Paper Association's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 66 percent.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Associated General Contractors of America 75 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Manufacturers 30 percent in 2007-2008, 17 percent 2006-2007.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business gave Representative Dingell a rating of 60 in its 110th (2007-2008) Pre-Election Congressional Report. (Rating has since decreased), 15 percent in 2005-2006.

     

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to National Restaurant Association's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 60.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to National Retail Federation's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 40 percent.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Small Business Association 72 percent in 2007-2008, 37 percent in 2005-2006.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association 70 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association 70 percent in 2007-2008, 27 percent in 2005-2006.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 7 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security 0 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Alliance for Worker Freedom 0 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association 20 percent in 2007.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Warehouse Logistics Association 20 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Manufacturers 17 percent in 2005-2006. The following ratings indicate the degree that each elected official supported the interests of the organization in that year.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Electrical Contractors Association 31 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Restaurant Association 20 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Retail Federation 25 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Public Citizen's Congress Watch 76 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Maryland Business for Responsive Government 28 percent in 2005.

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council 22 percent in 2005.

    Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the (ACLU) American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Arab American Institute's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 100.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 85 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Leadership Conference on Civil Rights's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 100.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (who just recently gave one of it's highest awards to an avowed communist) position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 95 percent.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 45 percent.

    2007  In 2007 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots gave Representative Dingell a rating of 60..

    2007  In 2007 National Council of La Raza gave Representative Dingell a grade of 100.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) 100 percent in 2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Iranian American Political Action Committee 100 percent in 2005-2006.

     

     

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Council of La Raza 66 percent in 2005.

     

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Arab American Institute 100 percent in 2004.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Council of La Raza 100 percent in 2004.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the League of United Latin American Citizens 100 percent in 2003-2004.

     

    1999  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda 91 percent in 1999.

     

    1997-1998  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Campaign for a Color Blind America 0 percent in 1997-1998.

     

     

    1991-1992  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force 85 percent in 1991-1992.

     

    Congressional and Legislative Affairs

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Grassroots Netroots Alliance 46 percent in 2007-2008.

    Conservative

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Conservative Index - The John Birch Society 18 percent in 2007-2008.

    2008 the American Conservative Union gave Representative Dingell a rating of 4 percent.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Eagle Forum 30 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Americans for Prosperity's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 0.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Campaign for Working Families (Not to be confused with the Acorn-Working Families Party) position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 0.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Christian Coalition 10 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Concerned Women for America 13 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the GOPUSA 0 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 26.5 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 24 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 33 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 17 percent in 2007.

    2007  In 2007 Traditional Values Coalition gave Representative Dingell a grade of 25.

    Crime Issues

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 80 percent in 2005-2006.

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    1995-1996  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 100 percent in 1995-1996.

    Education

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Association of University Women 100 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 (NEA UNION) National Education Association gave Representative Dingell a grade of A.

    2007  On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2007, the Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development gave Representative Dingell a rating of 100 percent.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Elementary School Principals 100 percent in 2007.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National School Boards Association 80 percent in 2003-2004.

    2001  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the English First 0 percent in 2001.

    Employment and Affirmative Action

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Employment Lawyers Association 66 percent in 2007.

    Energy Issues

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Alliance to Stop the War on the Poor - Affordable Energy 10 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security 0 percent in 2007.

    2001  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Coalition for (Ethanol, an abject failure) 100 percent in 2001.

    Environmental Issues

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Environment America 92 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 94 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 94 percent in the First and Second Sessions of Congress in 2007-2008.

    2007  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to American Land Rights Association's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 8, in 2006 and 2005 a rating of 0.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Partnership for America 0 percent in 2005-2006.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Sierra Club 100 percent in 2003.

    Family and Children Issues

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Arc 57 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the (CHIP government programs) The Children's Health Fund 100 percent in 2007-2008.

    Foreign Aid and Policy Issues

    2008  In 2008 Armenian National Committee of America gave Representative Dingell a grade of C-.

    2008  In 2008 Citizens for Global Solutions gave Representative Dingell a grade of B+.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Friends Committee on National Legislation 100 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Peace Action West 90 percent in 2008.

    2008  Based off when the senators or representatives came into office and how many of the possible actions during their terms they have taken to help end LRA violence and support lasting peace in Uganda, Resolve Uganda - Career gave Representative Dingell a grade of F.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the ACT! for America 0 percent in 2007-2008 when voting on Issues in the 110th Congressional Session.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 Council for a Livable World gave Representative Dingell a rating of 100 percent.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation gave Representative Dingell a grade of 66 percent.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans - Immigration gave Representative Dingell a rating of 0.

     

     

    2007  In 2007 Citizens for Global Solutions gave Representative Dingell a grade of B+.

     

     

    2006  In 2006 Church World Service gave Representative Dingell a grade of 66.

     

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations 100 percent in 2005.

    Government Reform

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens Against Government Waste 4 percent in 2007.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the State PIRGs Working Together 86 percent in 2006.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group 86 percent in 2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Freedom Democrats-Economic Issues 10 percent on economic issues in 2005-2006.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Radical Middle 15 percent in 2003-2004.

    Gun Issues

    2007  In 2007 Gun Owners of America gave Representative Dingell a grade of F-.

    2006  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Dingell a grade of A+ (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 20 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House).

    1999-2000  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all candidates in 1999-2000, the Common Cause assigned Representative Dingell a grade of 0 (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

    Health Issues

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Academy of General Dentistry 100 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Breast Cancer Coalition 75 percent in 2007-2008.

     

     

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Academy of Family Physicians 100 percent in 2007.

     

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 100 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Association of University Centers on Disabilites 60 percent in 2007.

    2007  In 2007 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance gave Representative Dingell a rating of 50.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the League of Women Voters 67 percent in 2007.

     

     

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2006.

     

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the AIDS Action Council 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine 50 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Nurses Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Rural Health Association 50 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The American College of Physicians 0 percent in 2005.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American College of Emergency Physicians 50 percent in 2004.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens for Health - Whole Person Health Rating 0 percent in 2004.

    Housing and Property Issues

    1995  On the votes that the American Land Rights Association considered to be the most important in the "first 100 days" of 1995 , Representative Dingell voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time.

    1990-1992  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Housing Institute 100 percent in 1990-1992.

    Immigration

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 English First gave Representative Dingell a grade of F.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 8 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 U.S. English gave Representative Dingell a grade of F.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 100 percent in 2006.

    2005-2008  Based on lifetime voting records on immigration issues in 2005-2008, the Americans for Better Immigration assigned Representative Dingell a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Iranian American Political Action Committee 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the U.S. Border Control 0 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Americans for Immigration Control 0 percent in 2005.

    Labor (of all those showing 90-100, Dingell gets the same every year going back many years. Especially those such as the UAW, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and gov employees unions.)

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 100 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the AFL-CIO - Lifetime 94 percent during their legislative career up until 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees 100 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees - Lifetime 94 percent during their legislative career up until 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the  SEIU Service Employees International Union 100 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Alliance for Worker Freedom 0 percent in 2008.

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Utility Workers Union of America 100 percent in 2008.

    2007-2008  Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Federally Employed Women's position, Representative Dingell received a rating of 70.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (non-union) 0 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the United Food & Commercial Workers (union) 100 percent in 2007-2008.

     

     

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Int (union) 100 percent in 2007.

     

    2007  In 2007 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers gave Representative Dingell a grade of 100.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association 20 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 100 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Communication Workers Union 100 percent in 2007.

     

     

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 100 percent in 2006.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 100 percent in 2006.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors 75 percent in 2006, 33 percent in 2005.

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Transportation Communications Union 100 percent in 2006.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    2005  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Federation of Government Employees 100 percent in 2005.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Postal Workers Union 100 percent in 2004.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Workplace Fairness 0 percent in 2004.

    2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Benefits Council 0 percent in 2002.

    1999-2000  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the International Association of Fire Fighters 100 percent in 1999-2000.

    Legal Issues

    2001-2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Bar Association 100 percent in 2001-2002.

    Liberal

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Americans for Democratic Action (a progressive/DSA group) 90 percent in 2008. (very year 90+)

    2007  In 2007 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots gave Representative Dingell a rating of 60.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 73.5 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 73 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy 65 percent in 2007.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 77 percent in 2007.

    Military Issues

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL 50 percent in 2006.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Non Commissioned Officers Association 67 percent in 2003.

    National Security Issues

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation 30 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  In 2007-2008 Center for Security Policy gave Representative Dingell a rating of 0 percent.

     

    Senior and Social Security Issues

    2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime 96 percent during their legislative career up until 2008.

    2005-2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Retire Safe 14 percent in 2003-2004.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging 50 percent in 2003.

    Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 100 percent in 2007.

    Social Issues

    2008  In 2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (another progressives group) gave Representative Dingell a grade of A.

    2008  In 2008 NETWORK, A Social Justice Lobby gave Representative Dingell a rating of 100 percent.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of Population Action International 100 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Based on the votes, committee votes, co-sponsorships and other leadership actions that took place between 2007-2008 the Secular Coalition for America assigned Representative Dingell a grade of B. With grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F.

    2007  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the National Association of Social Workers (more government workers) 100 percent in 2007.

    2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Californians for Population Stabilization 33 percent in 2002.

    Trade Issues

     

     

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Barrier Votes 73 percent in 2003-2004 for Trade Barrier Votes.

     

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes 0 percent in 2003-2004 for Trade Subsidy Votes.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the USA Engage 40 percent in 2003-2004.

    2001-2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Barrier Votes 36 percent in 2001-2002 for Trade Barrier Votes.

    2001-2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes percent in 2001-2002 for Trade Subsidy Votes.

    2001-2002  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the USA Engage 40 percent in 2001-2002.

    1999-2000  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Barrier Votes 44 percent in 1999-2000 for Trade Barrier Votes.

    1999-2000  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Center for Trade Policy Studies -- CATO Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes 0 percent in 1999-2000 for Trade Subsidy Votes.

    Veterans Issues

    2006  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2006.

    2006  In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Dingell a grade of B+.

    2006  Representative Dingell sponsored or co-sponsored 29 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

    2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 33 percent in 2004.

    2003-2004  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 50 percent in 2003-2004.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the American Veterans 0 percent in 2003.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 50 percent in 2003.

    2003  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the The American Legion 20 percent in 2003.

     

     

    1997-1998  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 40 percent in 1997-1998.

     

    1989-1990  On the votes that the Vietnam Veterans of America considered to be the most important in 1989-1990 , Representative Dingell voted their preferred position 20 percent of the time.

    Welfare and Poverty

    2008  In 2008 The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law gave Representative Dingell a grade of 100 percent.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of the Alliance to Stop the War on the Poor - Affordable Energy 10 percent in 2007-2008.

    2007-2008  Representative Dingell supported the interests of RESULTS 82 percent in 2007-2008.

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    fellow liberal Congressman and now White House right hand man to Obama and the radical agenda - Rahm "the retard" "dead fish" Emanuel.

    Dingell votes with his party 98.5% of the time. He supports major Legislation items such as the Democrats Healthcare bill(s) while opposing amendments by Stupac and all those by Republicans, supports the massive budgets-debt ceilings, supports the Cap N Trade bill, began showing his true colors regarding 2nd amendment legislation supporting a controversial gun control bill.

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    John Dingell: Congressional Chameleon

    By Larry Pratt, on October 17th, 2006

    www.intellectualconservative.com - Conservative-Libertarian Politics

    Congressman John Dingell pretends to be a friend of gun owners with his membership in the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

     

    Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is an example of why politics has a bad name.

    As an NRA board member, Dingell voted to ban semi-automatic firearms owned by millions of Americans.  Of course, these were guns protected by the Second Amendment as well as the militia clauses of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.  The militia of our Constitution is predicated upon individuals owning their own firearms.

    But Dingell joined with the hysteria of the early 1990's and went with the crowd rather than his oath of office to uphold the Constitution.  To add insult to injury, the gun that was allegedly bringing death to our streets was used many times less to kill than were (and are) hands and feet.

    Dingell got a free ride as a supporter of the Second Amendment for years as a member of the National Rifle Association board of directors. Happily, there was enough of a furor following his vote (that especially pleased Sarah Brady of Handgun Control, Inc.) that he left the NRA Board.

    But Dingell is still clinging to his pro-gun disguise with his membership in the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.  This organization gives pro-gun cover to some flaming gun banners.  In addition to Dingell (who most years earns a D), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-IL) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) are a few of the D and F rated members of Congress as scored by Gun Owners of America. These chameleons try to snow gun owners by their membership in the Caucus. The entire membership of the Caucus and their GOA ratings can be found at https://gunowners.org/op0636.htm.

    There are a growing number of votes that reveal Dingell as a firearms chameleon.  For example, at a time when Muslim jihadis are trying to destroy airliners, Dingell voted against arming pilots in their cockpits.

    Perhaps this vote can be better understood by a recent statement made by Dingell about the Muslim terrorist group, Hezbollah: "I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah: I don't take sides for or against Israel."  Does Dingell think that in addition to keeping airline pilots disarmed that Israel should be also?  Does he believe in any self-defense?

    Perhaps he thinks that the UN will bring peace to the world.  Is that why he has opposed congressional measures to bring the UN to account for its corruption and toleration of genocide?

    Dingell's view of the moral equivalence between Hezbollah and Israel suggests that the Representative is in a moral tailspin.  

    Happily, I am not trying to disseminate my opinion about Dingell on radio or TV within sixty days of a federal election. It would be tempting to do so, but alas, Dingell has blocked that exercise of our First Amendment freedom – he voted to gag criticism of federal officials in the run up to Election Day.  This was done in the McCain/Feingold Incumbent's Protection Act of 2001.

    Dingell had a chance to remove advocacy groups from the pre-election gag law the next year, but he voted to keep the gag in place.  At the same time he voted that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right.

    So, criticism is muted, and meanwhile the Congressman continues to pretend to be a friend of gun owners with his membership in the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

     

     

    Ward Connerly responds to Rep. John Dingell



    July 20th

     

    On July 9, 2003, Ward Connerly--founder and director of the American Civil Rights Institute and the driving force behind California's abandonment of race-based college admissions--received the following letter from Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan.

    Mr. Connerly has asked that Rep. Dingell's letter, which is currently posted at the congressman's website, be given wide publicity, along with Mr. Connerly's response.

    Since 1993, Mr. Connerly has been a member of the University of California Board of Regents and is credited with ending race-based admissions at UC. He also led California's successful Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) in 1996. His associate Dr. Richard Ferrier, President of the Declaration Foundation, served as Vice-Chairman in the Proposition 209 campaign, which was strongly endorsed by Ambassador Alan Keyes.

    Regent Connerly has been profiled on 60 Minutes, the cover of Parade magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and virtually every major news magazine in America. He has also appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Crossfire, Firing Line, Hannity & Colmes, The Crier Report, Meet the Press, Rivera Live, Dateline, Politically Incorrect, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and C-SPAN.

    He is the head of a new ballot initiative in California, the Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI). RPI has qualified for the ballot. It would prohibit the state from forcing citizens to declare their race, and would block the collection of race-based data by state agencies. We encourage you to visit the website of the RPI at https://www.racialprivacy.org


    Congress of the United States
    House of Representatives
    Washington, D.C. 20515-2215

     

     July 9, 2003

     

    Mr. Ward Connerly
    American Civil Rights Coalition
    P.O. Box 188350
    Sacramento, CA 95818

    Mr. Connerly:

    The people of Michigan have a simple message to you: go home and stay there. We do not need you stirring up trouble where none exists.

    Michiganders do not take kindly to your ignorant meddling in our affairs. We have no need for itinerant publicity seekers, non-resident troublemakers or self-aggrandizing out-of-state agitators. You have created enough mischief in your own state to last a lifetime.

    We reject your "black vs. white" politics that were long ago discarded to the ash heap of history. Your brand of divisive racial politics has no place in Michigan, or in our society. So Mr. Connerly, take your message of hate and fear, division and destruction and leave. Go home and stay there, you're not welcome here.

    With every good wish,

    Sincerely yours,

    S/signature
    John D. Dingell
    Member of Congress

    This mailing was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense
    This stationery printed on paper made of recycled fibers (much like the Congressman—WC observation)

    **********************************************************

    July 21, 2003

    The Honorable John D. Dingell
    Member of Congress
    House of Representatives
    Washington D.C. 20515-2215

    Congressman Dingel,

    Thank you for such a warm and hospitable welcome to Michigan.

    Amendment I of the United States Constitution is, in part, as follows:

     

      "Congress shall make no law …abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

       

    Amendment XIV of the Constitution is, in part, as follows:

     

      "All persons born and naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside…"

       

    Over the years, the courts have consistently held that these Amendments, taken together, grant to all American citizens the right to travel freely, to express their views, and to participate in the affairs—short of exercising a vote—of any village and hamlet in the nation. For most, this is so well established as to be beyond question.

    Perhaps, you are unaware that I am an American citizen—a distinction from which I derive the rights and privileges enumerated in the Constitutional Amendments noted above. It is quite clear from your reaction to the recent decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court to sanction the use of racial preferences, notwithstanding Amendment XIV, that you have little regard for that Amendment; so I should not be surprised that you would also want to deny me the rights that I enjoy pursuant to the Constitution.

    I am obliged to tell you, Congressman, that I, on the other hand, do believe in and honor the Constitution of this nation. And, it confirms that my right to visit Michigan, as a full-fledged American citizen and not simply as a tourist, is not contingent on your invitation. As a taxpaying U.S. citizen, anywhere I set foot on American soil is my "home," just as much as it is yours.

    If you would grant me a waiver so that my tax dollars would not be used to support racial discrimination in the State of Michigan, I would more respectfully entertain your impudent advice. Absent that, the term arrogance does not begin to capture the essence of a United States Congressman advising an American citizen to refrain from participating in the affairs of his government. Ironically, your advice is the echo of southern segregationists who sought the comfort of states' rights to practice their discrimination against black Americans. Have you learned nothing about "civil rights" from that horrible chapter in our nation's history?

    There is such an eerie similarity between them and you that it bears comment.

     

    • George Wallace, Lester Maddox and others who shared their rabid and abhorrent views believed in treating people differently on the basis of skin color…and so do you.

       

    • They wanted to practice their brand of racism free from the interference of "meddling, outside agitators"…and so do you.

       

    • They called those who disagreed with them and merely wanted to exercise their right to assemble "carpetbaggers" and "non-resident troublemakers" who were "stirring up trouble where none exists"…and so do you.

       

    • They were arrogant and intolerant bullies…and so are you.

       

    Your letter is a prime example of why the texture of civil discourse in our nation is so coarse. It is an indication of why Members of Congress need the police to intervene to separate them from fighting. What a terrible example for our children and our grandchildren.

    As a member of the Congress, you have the right, I suppose, to send narrow-minded and venomous letters, at taxpayers' expense, to anyone of your choosing. But, you ought to be ashamed of telling any American citizen to "go home and stay there." How dare you!

    By promoting the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, those of us who believe in this cause—I among them—are doing what the Constitution of Michigan allows; and you should not be seeking to abridge the right of American citizens to use processes allowed by law to implement their civic beliefs and values. Candidly, if you were true to the oath of office that you have sworn to defend and uphold, you would not be so content to look the other way while Jennifer Gratz, Barbara Grutter and Pat Hamacher were being discriminated against. You would object to the Supreme Court's defiance of the simple command of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that all Americans be treated equally "without regard to race, color or national origin."

    The thought does not escape me, Congressman—and it should not you either—that some of my tax dollars contribute to your salary. That makes me an involuntary constituent of yours. Therefore, I must ask, do you treat all of your constituents with such contempt, arrogance and high-handedness, or do you reserve such treatment for the "uppity" ones who insist on using their civil rights to participate in public policymaking?

    You say that I am not welcome in Michigan and that the "people of Michigan" don't want me there. I believe you represent the 15th Congressional District of Michigan and nothing else. Longevity has its way of creating delusions of grandeur, and I believe that has happened to you. In addition, I must ask whether you have run your "get out of town" sermon by the hundreds of other Michiganders who have called, written and emailed me to come to Michigan and assist in the restoration of the principle of "equal protection under the law?"

    You have said I am "stirring up trouble where none exists." That certainly isn't what I hear from other prominent people in Michigan or what I have read in the dailies of your state. And, it is certainly inconsistent with my observations about Benton Harbor and other racial circumstances in Michigan. It defies credulity that you could be so out of touch with your state as to not recognize the racial tension that lies within, much of which has been engendered by racial preferences at the University of Michigan.

    I note with great interest that Reverend Jesse Jackson has announced his intention to open an office of his Rainbow Coalition in Benton Harbor. Would you please be kind enough to send me a copy of your letter to him demanding that he "go home and stay there." I understand that he is also a non-resident of Michigan.

    Since you so proudly posted your letter to me on your website, I trust that you will do the same with my response.

    With equally good wishes.

    Sincerely,

    Ward Connerly

     

     


     

     

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