At the core of my effort with PeteHoekstra.com is my concern over the Congressman’s judgment, and my belief that if he is elected Governor, his polarizing style and poor management would drive the State of Michigan further into decline.

Take his behavior in the health care reform debate as an example. Do we hear positive, bi-partisan, lets-work-it-out, solutions-oriented efforts from Hoekstra? Never under any circumstances. He’s so caught up in “beating the Democrats” — winning at all costs — he’s developed a cut-throat, ruthless style that’s as ineffective as it is unsavory.

I’m not saying the health care bill in its current form, is the best possible piece of legislation. It isn’t by any stretch of the imagination. But being both pragmatic as well as thinking on a human level, the country needs to make some changes with how we approach and pay for health care. And some sort of reform at this time is the first step.

I’ve never heard a good explanation as to why it’s only Democrats who push the issue of the health care. There were many years in the George W. Bush Administration where Republicans had control of the White House, House of Representatives and Senate, but they did not choose to take on this challenging issue. President Bill Clinton’s failed attempt was in 1993, and if the current bill is defeated — which is looking unlikely as the Democrats appear to have the 216 votes needed to pass the bill in the House — no President will touch the topic for another decade or longer. Meanwhile the situation will get worse as costs continue to climb and more individuals are priced out of the market.

The system, as it stands now, is not sustainable and it just doesn’t work for too many Americans. It’s very tough for the 80-90% of Americans who do have good or at least decent coverage to want to make sacrifices, but I’ve come to believe we have a moral imperative to make changes for the 10-20% who aren’t so fortunate. In the United State of America, we need to take care of our own because it’s the right thing to do. Those are my values. Obviously, I have a deep disagreement with Pete Hoekstra on this issue. I’m sure there are many reading this who take issue with this position as well. I hope you’ll at least consider my position with an open mind.

I watched an interview with Hoekstra on Newsmax.tv this evening, and I can’t help but think the Pete Hoekstra of 1992 would be embarrassed about the 2010 version. Hoekstra’s solution to the health care reform effort goes beyond simple partisanship. He’s urging supporters via Twitter to “swamp” the phone lines of Democratic legislators, including state representatives who aren’t even involved in the vote. Essentially, clog up the phone lines and make a nuisance — that’s Pete Hoekstra’s solution to the health care crisis.

But the icing on the cake was his philosophy on leadership in which he said: “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead. This is an example of leadership where the Speaker is saying, ‘I’m the leader and it’s your job to follow me. I’m in charge here I don’t care what the American people say. I don’t care about the rights of the minority or rights of members in Congress, I’m going to skew this process so that I get what I want.’ It’s totally wrong.”

No, Pete, real leadership is hearing all sides of an issue and doing the right thing, even if some of the positions you take are controversial. REAL LEADERS stand up for those less fortunate. Real leaders educate and inform people on why it’s important to live with empathy and compassion. Real leaders don’t embolden and empower those with bias and intolerance. Real leaders make a difference for the better, rather than obstruct progress.

You, Sir, are not a “real leader”.

Here’s hoping the People of Michigan agree come election time.

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