August 4, 2006, - 7:12 pm

Endorsement: Why I’m Voting For Rev. KEITH BUTLER for U.S. Senate; Bouchard’s Islamofascist Ties Very Troubling

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve been asked by many readers in Michigan whom I’m voting for in Tuesday’s Michigan Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Some have asked me to make an endorsement.
I will be voting for Rev. Keith Butler.

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It is troubling that neither Butler, nor his opponent, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, support the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative–the measure to get rid of affirmative action and race/gender/ethnic preferences in state hiring and admissions. That said, Rev. Butler is the true conservative (minus his support for affirmative action) in this race.
I am not troubled by the fact that Bouchard is an Arab-American, but I am troubled by the fact that he said in a newspaper article that there is a need for more Arab activist candidates for office. I think I know what that means, and it isn’t good. That Bouchard has allied himself with and identified with very Islamofascist, anti-American, anti-Israel organizations, like the Arab American Institute (AAI) and ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), is even more disturbing. AAI supports HAMAS and Hezbollah.
ACCESS helped fund the 2002 University of Michigan Divestment (from Israel) Conference and has sent out e-mails advertising pro-Hezbollah rallies over the last few weeks. It used tax funds to train accused Al-Qaeda terrorists for commercial drivers licenses and HazMat hauling certificates. It helps illegal aliens, also with our tax money. In 2002, ACCESS was raided for allegedly helping pregnant Muslim illegal aliens obtain phony social security numbers so that they could have U.S. citizen babies here, courtesy of Medicaid. For a guy who claims in his campaign ads that he is so tough on illegal immigration, Bouchard’s association with ACCESS (he attended their dinners, etc.) is proof he’s a hypocrite. I’ve written a lot about ACCESS, including here and here.
Although Bouchard is an Arab Christian, most Christian Arabs–particularly my many friends in the Maronite Lebanese community of Michigan who oppose Hezbollah–are supporting Rev. Butler (he has an ad in their Lebanese Magazine). That is telling.
Like me, they fear that Bouchard–if elected–will turn out to be like another Christian Arab-American U.S. Senator from Michigan, Spencer Abraham. Abraham put CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)–the extremist HAMAS front group–on the map, taking them around the Hill to meet other high-ranking politicians. He also worked with U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg to send at least $86 million (they sought over $200 million) in tax money straight into the hands of Hezbollah, at the request of the Arab American Institute’s James Zogby.
Bouchard is a career politician, who is supported by “moderate” Republicans in Michigan. It was far too long ago that he held a job in the private sector. Butler, a successful businessman and minister, built a giant and impressive empire that has introduced many Blacks to conservative values and thought. He is a fine orator and a strong supporter of our ally, Israel, in the War on Terror. He supports fighting Islamofascism, not embracing or appeasing it. With Bouchard, we’re not so sure. And why take the chance?
That is why, this Tuesday (August 8th), I’ll be voting for Rev. Keith Butler, Republican, for the U.S. Senate in the Michigan primary. If you are registered to vote in Michigan, I hope you will, too.
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8 Responses

If I do vote for Butler, I suppose this will mean that my chances of getting into the University of Michigan Law School will remain exactly ZERO. Forget about my having worked like a dog to maintain a 4.0 gpa, my community service awards, and personal endorsements etc.
I will vote for Butler but I am getting damn tired of paying the price for having been born of the wrong racial group. In the words of Thee Bruno, guess I’ll continue to “enjoy the diversity.”

Mark on August 5, 2006 at 11:58 am

Mark-
I’m a white guy in U of M’s law school. The class I’m in has a vast majority of white students. Sorry you can’t make it in!
But if you’re still having trouble, and you need some tutoring help with your LSATs, I’m sure I could give you a hand.

A.Ron_Hubbard on August 5, 2006 at 12:11 pm

Sorry, but I just have a little trouble voting for a pastor who pay himself over $1 million a year out of the church he controls, not to mention putting his wife and children on the payroll. I wonder how much they get paid?? And a church with a private jet is a little bothersome too. This guy has a strange sense of the teachings of the Lord. Don’t believe me? Check out http://starbulletin.com/2001/06/02/features/adamski.html

michman2006 on August 5, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Uh no, Ron, even a perfect score on the LSAT won’t seem to help. This is one of the few things President Bush and I actually agreed on:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/20030115-7.html
It’s kinda hard to believe Bush actually said those things after his recent visits with old Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the White House. Which reminds me of a little something we all found out in court about the good Rev.:
http://www.judicialwatch.org/5792.shtml
But hey, it’s all for a good cause I know. As I said, I will vote for Butler but he is no J.C. Watts.

Mark on August 5, 2006 at 6:59 pm

Butler on:
Immigration: Very Good
Health Care: Good
Taxation: Very Good
International Trade: Very Good
National Defense: Very Good
Homeland Security: Very Good
Legal Reform: Very Good
Abortion: Very Good
2nd Amendment: Very Good
Education: Formerly Very Good (No longer supports vouchers) Fair to midland
Crime and Punishment: Good
And J.C. Watts endorses him. But…
Affirmative Action: Opposes Ward Connerly’s proposal. Says it’s “wrong for Michigan.” Presumably then it’s right for other states? Seeks to convince women that they too will suffer without it (devide and conquer technique). Our women are slaves don’t you know. Whatever.
To be fair, Butler would probably have no chance of winning in Michigan without being pro-affirmative action. And given that his opponent, Bouchard, could end up in the pocket of Hezbollah, I would cast my vote for Butler. But I still don’t appreciate his ‘women are minorities too and will suffer at the hands of their own men’ approach. Yes, Schlussel is right again on this one. But that doesn’t mean she is right on everything though.
BOUCHARD IS FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, TOO, AND ALSO OPPOSES THE MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS INITIATIVE (AS I NOTED IN THIS POST). BUTLER IS HANDS DOWN BETTER.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Mark on August 5, 2006 at 10:16 pm

Terrorism needs to be stopped everywhere, and we need leaders who will take up the charge.

2footfred on August 6, 2006 at 12:24 pm

Actually, I met Keith Butler a couple of years ago in Dallas, Texas. He seemed like a very nice guy and I can tell you unequivocally that he is VERY pro-Israel. He gets his “prosperity message” from a close friend of his named Kenneth Copeland who is also a pastor in Texas.
Vote for Butler. I just disagree with him on affirmative action that’s all. Other than that, I don’t think the good folks in Michigan could go wrong with him.

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