Ideas and Principles

"You don't tell people who disagree with you they'd be better off somewhere else. And you don't reduce them to stereotypes; you address them as fully formed people worthy of respect. You try to persuade them."  - Peggy Noonan

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It is important to understand how a candidate thinks - not just where he stands on issues. As such, I am beginning a series of posts with quotes from writings, speeches and other things that have influenced my ideas and how I approach important challenges.


Not everyone will agree with every word - in fact, I don't necessarily agree with everything each of these thinkers has said or done. But, together, these posts will recognize a body of work that has helped shaped me as the candidate asking for your support as the next State Representative for Michigan's Spectacular 107th District.


"What Democracy Means to Me" is a speech delivered by my Grandfather, Naseeb Ghareeb Damoose, as America braced for war in November 1940. He would go on to accomplish many great things as City Manager for Traverse City and other towns throughout Michigan. He was born in the year 1900, just after his parents left their homeland of Syria and traveled by steamship to America to begin a new life. In this piece, he writes, "the greatest event of my life, the most vital incident in my career - the experience about which my very life began and will end, is the experience of having been born an American."


The words in this speech should be an inspiration to all Americans. They helped cultivate within me a love of our country from the beginning.   Please enjoy.

Ideas and Principles #1

"What Democracy Means to Me"

My Grandfather,

Naseeb Ghareeb (Ance) Damoose,

former City Manager,

Traverse City, Michigan


In his 2004 book entitled State of Fear, Michael Crichton - the author who gave us Jurassic Park and so many other well-known novels - offered a chillingly accurate portrait of how various bad actors in society use a perpetual state of fear to paralyze the masses.


While I’m sure parts are not 100% accurate, his words have proven to be prophetic as we watch so much of our culture move from one supposed crisis to the next. I remember when I first read these passages, and they seem more true now than ever.

Ideas and Principles #2

"State of Fear"

Copyright 2004 by Harper Collins