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29 Feb 2012

Why You Should Not Join A.B.A.T.E. Or Support Our Motorcyclist Rights Organization

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This article is written by a guest blogger from ABATE of Michigan and the opinions that he shares are his own personal opinions and not necessarily the opinions of the Michigan law firm, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.. Our Michigan Motorcycle Lawyer Blog is a forum for all bikers to post their opinions as part of their right to freedom of speech in our country. We welcome anyone with opinions to share on our blog.

I am a newly elected member of ABATE of Michigan’s board of directors. I have been a member of ABATE of Michigan for 20-25 years. I got my license and endorsement in 1976 when I was 16. I suspect I am more like most BIKERS than not, yet most BIKERS are not supporting members of ABATE. I can only surmise as to the reasons why, but rather than blab away about why you SHOULD be a supporting member of ABATE, I am going to tell you why I think you should NOT be.

If you choose to be an apathetic individual, not interested in politics, law, government intrusion, or your constitutional rights, save the annual $20 support membership cost, as you have no use for ABATE. That 20 bucks’ll get you an evening’s belly full of beer and you’re a winner.

If you don’t have a problem with Uncle Sam taking your money for licenses, registrations, fees, and fines, in whatever amount and for whatever reason Uncle Sam decides, you should not support ABATE. Consider it your patriotic duty.

If you believe, like another Michigan Organization, S.M.A.R.T.E.R. (than you), that it should be mandatory for ALL motorcyclists to practice ATTGATT (All The Gear All The Time) and you share the nanny nazi attitude that what YOU think is the right way to ride is the way everyone else must ride, WE DON’T WANT YOU!

If you have no problem with having the government determine what exhaust system you MUST use, and make it mandatory that your exhaust have certain factory stamped EPA metal doohickies attached which may be inspected by police any time they want to….Nah, you do not want to support ABATE.

If your perfectly happy with the Insurance Industry, both auto and medical, lobbying bills to create laws that decrease or eliminate your benefits, while increasing your premiums…., not covering your work related health care if you even RIDE a motorcycle,… do not ride with us.

If you agree that automobile drivers have more right to use the roads, and highways, parking lots, and parks, than motorcyclists – stay clear of ABATE.

If your uneasy in the knowledge that real bikers, are in the Capitol in Lansing talking to legislators in regard to bills and laws that effect every aspect of motorcycling….so often that they are on a first name basis with most of the legislators…YOU REALLY don’t need the stress of being associated with ABATE.

Red light bills, training and awareness bills, insurance bills, right to repair bills, HIPPAA, enforcement bills, equipment requirement bills, distracted driver bills, penalties for right of way violations bills, MCCA bills, Discrimination bills, ……… Are you paying attention to these motorcyclist concerns? WE ARE!

ABATE originally, and for me still, stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Some are more at ease with American Bikers Aiming Towards Education. Either way, we do the same thing. We watch, listen, engage, and pursue whatever we need to keep our way of life, and our freedom to ride, SAFE.

ABATE is not a club. Abate is not about parties, patches, and donating to causes. We do party, we do have patches, and we love to help our communities. But we are about motorcyclists rights.

We do not segregate ourselves by the brand, or type, of motorcycle people ride. We do not care what race, creed, sex, or religious affiliation anyone has. We do not care if you’re a MC member, a lone wolf, or a former or wannabe rider.

If you’re a veteran organization member, a HOG member, or a member of another state or national rights organization, WE are the recognized grassroots biker organization that carries weight in Lansing.

If you love the freedom our creator endowed us with at birth, and believe in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution our founding fathers wrote to GUARANTEE us keeping those rights…..you should be a member of ABATE.

If you don’t, China has a functional communist republic you may enjoy.



Written By; Rusty Bongard, Communications Director for the ABATE Board

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