Library defender runs for City Council in Troy, MI

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13 Responses to “Library defender runs for City Council in Troy, MI”

  1. mtdna says:

    Here’s an appalling thought. Can you imagine the resistance you’d get if you had the idea of starting public libraries today?

    • steamed punk says:

      Yes, I can only imagine.  Benjamin Franklin, what a socialist.  What does he know about America? 

      Next thing we know he will suggest that we pool resources together to fight fires as a community.  What a jerk!

  2. Dale Greve says:

    As a Troy resident it is refreshing to see the Internet support you are receiving.

    • steamed punk says:

      Thanks, Dale.  I hope I inspire you to get more involved.  The reality is we have the system we have because it is the one that is wanted by the people who work the hardest and spend the most money.

      It’s far the worst in the world except when you consider everything else in the world, to paraphrase Churchill.

  3. eaddict says:

    Sent in what I could.  This guy does only what I wish I had the courage to do.

    • steamed punk says:

      Thank you very much, eaddict.  If everyone did what you did, I am pretty sure my fund raising would be done.  Thanks again for your support.

  4. The Chemist says:

    Those people in the last thread who claim to be in favor of idealists instead of partisan hacks: Now’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.

  5. Daniel says:

    I made it out to the last vote to save the library. It can’t be understated how nice this library is, and hopefully it manages to pull through this battle. There are some groups that are highly motivated to see it disappear. Which is sad because Troy isn’t super rich in culture otherwise.

    • steamed punk says:

      Thanks for making it out the last time, Daniel.  I hope you vote again this November.

      Back in 1955 when Troy became a city, it was pretty controversial, many wanted to stay a township to keep the taxes lower.  I would say that history has shown the value incorporating, but I believe the people who were against the City in 1955 are more or less the same people who are motivated to see the city shrink and maybe even die today.  Or at least their ideological inheritors.

  6. wrecksdart says:

    I fired some cash your way, Neil–good luck! 

    • steamed punk says:

      That is awesome, wrescksdart.  I greatly appreciate your support.  You guys are a great antidote for the cynicism in the world.

  7. steamed punk says:

    Dear Happy Mutants,

    Thank you all so much for your support!  Together so far we raised almost $600.  I cannot thank you enough for your donations, sharing, and comments.

    Running for office even at the local level is not easy, but it is incredibly rewarding when people support you like you have me.  The sacrifice you have made in my name shall be put to great use.  I am going to work my butt off to ensure I do everything I can to win.

    Tomorrow I will be knocking on doors for at least 4 hours, and at least that much on Sunday.  If I want to win I need to be knocking doors at least 10 hours a week in addition to all the other campaign work.  This is on top of raising 3 kids, my day job, and coaching my 8 year old son’s soccer team, and last but not least being a good husband.

    My point is that your support makes it that much easier for me to keep working late nights, easier to keep knocking on doors, and to easier to keep fighting the good fight, as I see it.  I encourage you all to think about your level of political involvement.  The system is only as good as the people who are running it.  You don’t need to run for office, although I think everyone should try to be a precinct delegate, it is the most powerful position in the U.S. that you have never heard of (most likely).

    Show up to a local party meeting, be it Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian etc.  I think you will be surprised when they get there.  At that level the leadership is almost always just volunteers, and the members don’t all think that their party cannot do wrong, in fact many are there because of what they think the party is doing wrong.  My eyes were certainly opened up in the process.

    The bad news is, to quote Walt Kelly, we have met the enemy and he is us.  The good news is that is  something we can control.  So if you don’t mind a touch of advice: do what you can when you can, and you will sleep well at night knowing you did what you could.  I do at least.  Once again, thank you so very much for all your support so far.  9 more hours to go, can you help me get over $1,000?

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