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Legislative Update - June 2017

Too Broke for What?

By the time this gets back from the printer everyone should be gearing up for the 26th Annual Too Broke for Sturgis weekend up at Mormon Lake. That got me to thinking because I hear it all the time.

“I don’t have enough time to be involved.”
“I don’t have anything I can do to help.”
“I can’t talk in front of people.”
“I don’t know enough about politics or whatever…”

So basically people are saying they are too broke in whatever capacity to be involved except for the party.

TOO BROKE TO BE INVOLVED

What can I do then? Have you ever invited someone to your chapter meetings? Or maybe even to the Party on the Patio events? Maybe just to hang out and talk about riding? Everything that we do as motorcyclists can lead into a conversation about freedom. I talk to motorcyclists at the gas station, grocery store, in line at Circle K, even at a stop light. Why? Because ABATE of Arizona fights for the freedom for ALL 200,000 plus motorcyclists in our state.

  1. You aren’t forced to wear a helmet and other gear.
  2. You don’t have to put your motorcycle through emissions any longer.
  3. You can ride in the HOV legally throughout the state.
  4. There are designated funds for motorcycle safety and awareness.
  5. You can customize your bike without government intrusion.

Those are just a few of the things ABATE has successfully fought for over the years. Every motorcyclist should know who is on their side.

TOO BROKE TO BE EDUCATED

Now I am not talking about college. I am talking about the basic civics education that every American should know. I saw a t-shirt recently:

FRONT: Before you argue with me about what the Constitution says…
BACK: Have you actually read it?

Have you read the US Constitution recently? I will be contacting the Freedom Works Foundation to see if they can provide us with one of their “Restoring the Constitution” handbooks for every ABATE member. I only have one left that I carry with me at all times. I have given dozens of copies of the Constitution away over the past few years. You should know your Constitutional rights.

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
- Bob Dylan

TOO BROKE TO BE TRAINED

I will be launching a grassroots training program for our chapters in the next few months. This will consist of a few basics. I’ll keep you updated on the progress and when I will be rolling it out. I can’t be at every city council, county commissioner meeting in the state. I try but it’s impossible. So it is my goal to train our PAC officers to know what to look for on a local level so we can take immediate action if necessary. All of our members should be able to assist in this process.

I will be launching a grassroots training program for our chapters in the next few months. This will consist of a few basics. I’ll keep you updated on the progress and when I will be rolling it out. I can’t be at every city council, county commissioner meeting in the state. I try but it’s impossible. So it is my goal to train our PAC officers to know what to look for on a local level so we can take immediate action if necessary. All of our members should be able to assist in this process.

I am also in the process of being able to offer a civics class starting in October for those who want to brush up on their Constitutional freedoms.

TOO BROKE TO VOTE

Oh that’s BS right? I’ve asked this recently. Are you even registered to vote? Do you know the issues on the table? Do you know how to research in order to make an educated and informed decision when it comes time to vote? I have never cared who you vote for as long as it’s an educated decision and you vote like an Arizona motorcyclist. If you are not registered to vote, contact me and I will walk you through the process.

TOO BROKE TO SUPPORT

It takes money to make the organization run. It takes money to make sure we are not pushed around by certain governmental individuals and agencies. TOO BROKE FOR STURGIS is our state’s biggest fundraiser in order to do this. Support that. Support the businesses that support us as well. I started keeping my change in an old growler jug and plan on giving that to my chapter when it’s full. I’d like to challenge you to do the same.

You may be TOO BROKE FOR STURGIS but never too broke to make a difference.

See you up at Mormon Lake.

Be good to one another.

Mike Infanzon
ABATE of Arizona
State Designated Lobbyist

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