Ron is a strong supporter of gun rights. Gun rights are clearly established by the United States Constitution and the Michigan Constitution.
The United States Constitution 2nd Amendment is very clear - the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Ron believes gun control measures circumvent the proper Constitutional Amendment process. Gun control legislation being brought forth under the guise of the “Red Flag” law violates the United States Constitution, as well as the Michigan Constitution Article 1, S6, S11, S14, S17, S19 and S20.
Ron believes that “Gun Control” is simply for the establishment of CONTROL and that once control is in place, the next logical step is to disarm the public.
When it comes to gun violence, it is perpetrated by criminals. It is a criminal action and should be treated as such. Legislation that diminishes an individual’s lawful Constitutional rights is bad legislation. Punishing law-abiding citizens for a criminal’s action does not pass the common sense test. Ron supports legislation that strengthens the punishment for crime with a gun and believes this is good legislation.
Ron believes that abortion is a moral issue. It is between the woman, her doctor and her God.
Ron’s mother was a registered Nurse who once told him abortion should be legal because she had witnessed the bad outcomes when abortion was illegal.
He believes that returning to the 1931 law is a sad commentary on today’s legislators. This is a failure to review the state of current medicine. And criminalizing medical professionals with the 1931 law is reflective of failure of the legislature to perform their legislative duties. The 1931 law should have been rescinded and removed when abortion was ruled legal by the Supreme Court. It has been and remains a wedge issue for both political parties.
Ron believes that a woman who makes the decision to have an abortion will live with the consequences of her decision. It is his belief that a woman has the right to make this decision and not be criminalized for her choice.
In very simple terms, Ron believes that the State should not tell an individual what they can or cannot remove from their body, nor should the State tell an individual what they must put into their body. The individual has the right to body autonomy.
Ron believes elections must be conducted in a manner that provides the voter with an outcome that is fair and freely conducted. He will propose and introduce legislation that supports the following:
The present primary voting system is structured to support the two major parties. Ron wants to expand this to include all parties and independents or eliminate the primary election and require party nominees be determined by party convention. Use tax funds saved by the primary election elimination to support an expanded general election.
On a separate, but related election issue - Ron wants to require a minimum of 51% of the registered voters participating in that election to be declared successfully passed for millage proposals that are placed on any election ballot.
Labor that has organized into unions have benefited every worker, both union and non-union.
Ron believes that Unions protect employees from abusive working conditions, especially when unreasonable managers are involved. Unions have improved workplace safety and working conditions and have brought improved health insurance to workers.
Ron has been a member of the Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
Ron will support organized labor and oppose any legislation designed to weaken labor unions and individual members.
Ron would like to address three areas of concern that should be assessed by the legislature:
1) the expanding loss of productive farmland
2) the lack of access to high-speed internet in rural areas
3) the ongoing damage of the policies pushed by the World Economic Forum and Klaus Schwab.
Currently the farmers in Europe are facing the challenge imposed by the European Union under the guise of climate change and carbon taxing. Farmers are having severe reductions in their livestock dictated by the European Union. When coupled with the increased cost of fertilizers, many farms are on the brink of destruction.
Michigan legislators must remain vigilant to ensure similar climate change legislation that is detrimental to farmers is not adopted in Michigan.
Ron will oppose any legislation that imposes limitations on farmers because of a climate change theory or implementation of carbon taxing.
It is Ron's belief that it is our responsibility to ensure veterans in Michigan do not go homeless and they receive the long-term mental health treatment they may require.
We must always remember the veterans who have served us. We all must go beyond saying “Thank you for your service”. We must elect legislators and a governor who will provide the actual support our veterans deserve and require.
Ron will propose legislation modeled after the Veteran Reemployment Act that helped him. This legislation will provide honorably discharged Michigan veterans with a preference in hiring for all State employment. Ron believes that veterans must have the first hiring preference.
Ron will propose Michigan rescind the Retirement Tax and the elimination of the Michigan income tax on social security payments.
In Michigan there exists a State sanctioned system that can deprive an adult individual of their liberty, property and control of their individual health decisions. This is the Michigan Probate Court. Once an individual is trapped within this system there is little chance of escape. They become a revenue source for those involved. The lack of outside civilian oversight allows this abusive system to continue to exist.
Michigan ranks very high for this type of abuse.
The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches lack the fortitude to confront and correct these abuses. The Probate Court system affords corrupted individuals involved. The Attorney General conducts listening tours, the Legislature proposes and makes marginal changes, and the Supreme Court appears to lack the ability to provide effective oversight or judicial sanctions for the judges involved. This system, which resembles a racket, continues on. People need to realize that they may be one stroke or accident away from becoming trapped in this system.
It is Ron's belief that an independent civilian review commission should be established to investigate and report to the legislative, executive and judicial branches their findings. If the executive and judicial branches cannot or are unwilling to take corrective action when probate abuse is substantiated, then the legislature should use the constitutional authority to remove the judge or public employees involved.
As a reference, “GUARDIANSHIPS AND THE ELDERY : THE PERFECT CRIME” by Dr. Sam Sugar will describe in detail the probate system abuse problem.
The condition of the roads and infrastructure in Michigan are the result of Public Act 51. This act is now 71 years old.
The amendments and modifications are such that a layperson would not be able to understand them - only the lobbyists and bureaucrats understand. What's worse is that there is a matching funds provision that places the rural townships in a disadvantage in qualifying for road funding.
Ron will propose that PA 51 be rescinded in its entirety, as well as any rules or regulations derived therefrom. He will also propose that the Tompkins Transportation Plan (a plan developed by Gary Tompkins, 7th District Calhoun County Board of Commissioners) be adopted to replace the rescinded PA 51. The Tompkins plan will result in a per mile funding allocation that will be provided directly to the township government level.
Ron believes and will propose that all transactions and records of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches should be subject to Freedom of Information requests.
He will propose that all elected officials and staff members should be subject to (the same or better than) standards of reporting that Federal employees are subjected to. And, all State employees should be subject to financial reporting and ethics standards (the same or better than) those applied to their federal counterparts.
Ron also believes hat retirement buy-outs for Michigan government employees should be limited to the same monetary limits of a federal employee. At no time would non-disclosure agreements be authorized.
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