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Wayne 11th District GOP Holds Lincoln/Reagan Dinner

Speakers praised President Barack Obama and Tea Party members.

Between now and the 2012 elections, Republicans must do two things and do them well, according to talk at the Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee's annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner on Monday evening.

Real estate agent and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Robert "Bobby" Schostak said adequate — "and then some" — money would be raised for political war chests.

But Wayne 11th Republicans need to be ready to work hard to develop "an army of volunteers" willing to recruit committed voters to unseat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), he said.

Schostak also thanked Tea Party activists during his speech."God bless you for all you did," he said, to wild applause from the crowd. "You were the wake-up call."

The crowd of nearly 350 Republicans who gathered Monday at Laurel Manor in Livonia — one of the biggest turnouts for the annual dinner in recent memory, according to several present — responded enthusiastically and listened attentively to featured speaker Nolan Finley, editor of the Detroit News editorial page, and keynote speaker John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Finley and Bolton each praised President Barack Obama for approving the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. They also both said the roots of success lay in the foundation created by President George W. Bush's administration. Bolton said the death of bin Laden vindicated "enhanced interrogation" methods, which included waterboarding.

Bolton covered a host of national issues, not the least of which being U.S. debt. Bolton said defense and intelligence spending should take priority over welfare spending, adding that he'd never seen a dollar spent well on education. He said defense spending was important because "when it comes to the U.S., I don't want to be in a fair fight."

He suggested that the president's approach to foreign policy is isolationist and that Obama does not place a priority on national security.

Finley told the crowd there was a time when he, as a journalist, scoffed at the phrase "liberal media," but not anymore. He cited mainstream media coverage of Tea Party rallies as well as the now-infamous Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin, which Finley equated to a civics test.

The crowd included state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), who led the predinner prayer; state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth), who introduced Schostak; and Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, who attended with her husband, former state Attorney General Mike Cox.

Joe Xuereb, Northville Township resident, laywer and Wayne 11th District committee chairman, was master of ceremonies for the event.

Wayne 11th's Volunteer of the Year award, renamed for the late Don Kolhoff, was presented to Cristal Smith.

connie May 12, 2011 at 01:30 PM
It really makes me laugh that when we conservatives give you liberals solid facts you reply with personal attacks. We all realize that is your only defense when the FACTS are not in your favor. Susan Kage attacked John Bolton's education which apparently was fine for the left. however, when I replied in the same way regarding her education then it's a personal attack. Talk about being hypocrites!
KWall May 12, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I can't say I am Republican or Democrat, there are some things I agree and disagree with on both party lines. I like to say that I am an American and just happy that Bin Laden is no longer with us. We all need to stop "attacking" one another and start "acting" in what is best for our country. Not one President has been perfect and it has been the actions of many that resulted in what has happened to Bin Laden. I am the most grateful for those who stepped up on that day and put their lives in danger for us. I salute them all.
CantonTaxpayer May 12, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Did you even read what I wrote?
Denise Nash May 13, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Jim, I'm sorry, I guess I didn't make myself clear. I was responding to Connie, saying I didn't know how to read, and I was saying that yes, I did, and THAT is where I read it. And that I read it before the Patch article. I think that information gathered via torture is questionable at best. You are correct, the special forces are all subjected to it. Ask them what they think of it. Here is one link: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/jesse-ventura-you-give-me-water-board-dick My problem with Bolton is this quote from the article: "Bolton said ... adding that he'd never seen a dollar spent well on education." Maybe you want to live in a country without public education. I don't want to live in a country like India. KWall, I agree with you. I am also overjoyed that Bin Laden is history! I wish that we could all agree on what is best for the country, that is our problem. If we could all agree on what we want the perfect USA to look like - we could work toward that goal. I promise you, that in my perfect USA, there is a great public education system, and that it is a priority for the country. In my perfect USA torture is not "business as usual". I can't imagine what incredible soldiers those Navy Seals are, but to do what they did in 40 minutes....Wow. Professional to the core. The one Navy Seal that I know (Northville family) went to the Naval Academy. In light of that - does Bolton's education remark even make any sense? Not to me.
Denise Nash May 13, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Here is another take on torture. From a man that I once thought would make a good president before he sold out about campaign finance reform and a few other issues. I know that some of you will not respect the fact it's from the huff post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/12/john-mccain-torture-_n_861089.html

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