From One Conservative To Another: Grow A Pair And Speak Up Already

From An Anonymous Business Executive In Virginia.

FACT: Throughout American politics and mainstream media today, corruption runs rampant.

We the people know it, we complain to each other about it, and yet we do nothing. By doing nothing we are part of the problem.

The few that attempt to stand up and do the right thing often get publicly smeared, slandered, and straight up filleted for everyone to see… yes, these few are completely and utterly destroyed.

An example is made of these people who dare to do the right thing, so nobody else will dare try it again. All of this is WRONG!

There are a handful of politicians, like Trey Gowdy, who came in believing in justice and tried to make a difference. He fought with conviction, passion, and always told the truth. Pay attention: Gowdy voluntarily left his seat in the House (which included the role of Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Select Committee on Benghazi) because he, like many of the good ones before him, became disheartened over the ugly truth. Watching Hillary Clinton go unpunished for her direct involvement in the Benghazi Scandal and blatantly lying to the American people and families of the slain… it all became too much.

I look around our Country today and everything is unrecognizable.

We must continue to support young agents of change like Candace Owens.

Full Congressional Testimony of Candace Owens During House Hearing on Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.

This woman gets it and no matter what some do in an effort to hurt, scare, and/or intimidate her, Candace comes back swinging, relying only on facts and data.

Never be afraid to stand up and tell the truth… regardless of the consequences.

Who knew there would be consequences for being honest? In any event, the corrupt people who sit in positions of power will one day answer for their crimes. No question about it. They might not answer to you or me but I promise you they understand they’ll be faced with a true day of reckoning, and there is no amount of money that will be able to buy them out of the mess they helped to create.

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence may not be perfect, but they have both been honest and have done their best to do right by the American People. The biggest and only failure I’ve witnessed over the last four years is the utter and complete downfall of American Journalism. The horrific behavior of Mainstream Media toward our President, and quite frankly the gross abuse of their “special privileges,” is horrible to watch.

People like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi need to be removed from office and criminally charged for the fraud, waste, and abuse of American tax dollars. That woman has spent MILLIONS solely on trying to hurt The President of the United States… last I checked, isn’t that considered treason?

I am supporting the Trump/Pence ticket (exactly as I did last election) because in this election they truly are the only choice.

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: Reuters
  2. https://www.westernjournal.com/next-trey-gowdy/
  3. Graphic credit: Branco

Commentary: A Conversation With A Liberal

From Anonymous.

Literally every conversation I’ve had with a Trump hater (“Hater”) about the upcoming election:

Hater: I can’t wait to get Donald Trump out of office.

Me: Why?

Hater: Why?!?! Don’t tell me you don’t think he colluded with Russia!

Me: According to Robert Mueller’s exhaustive, multi-million dollar investigation, there was no evidence of that. But there was evidence that the Obama administration spied on him and his campaign using the FBI.

Hater: Well, he said he’d repeal and replace Obamacare. What happened to that?

Me: Well, he removed the tax penalty which removes the mandate. Congress now just has to move with its replacement. He can’t do it by Executive Order. You do know Obama had very little to do with the writing of the Affordable Care Act, right?

Hater: Well, he said he’d build a wall and Mexico was gonna pay for it. Haha. What happened to that?

Me: They’ve built over 265 miles of new wall so far and he’s renegotiated NAFTA (now USMCA), costing Mexico billions of dollars that were given to them by Bill Clinton through the returning of jobs in America.

Hater: Well, that’s not them paying for it!

Me: BILLIONS. Did you think he literally meant Mexico was gonna write a check with “Wall” in the memo?

Hater: Well, he’s buddy buddy with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [North Korea Supreme Leader] Kim Jong-un.

Me: Getting along with your adversaries is not a bad thing. Or would you prefer he antagonize them? By the way, when was the last “test missile” North Korea sent Japan’s way?

Hater: Well, he doesn’t like the military! He called the dead soldiers “losers!”

Me: You’re referring to a report made from “anonymous sources” when over nine people who were with the President that have gone on record saying that it wasn’t true? That doesn’t send up any red flags for you? He’s brought our Veterans home and has taken great strides- and put a lot of money into fixing the Veterans Administration- ask any veteran you know. Funny way to treat people you think are “losers,” don’t you think?

Hater: Well, he got impeached for God’s sake!

Former Vice President Joe Biden admitting to arranging a quid pro quo while Vice President.

Me: Yes, impeached by a partisan House and subsequently acquitted as there was no evidence that the President did anything wrong (no quid pro quo) in his communication with the President of Ukraine. By the way, you did know that Joe Biden actually admitted on national television to doing that exact thing while he was in office as Vice President though, right?

Hater: Well he handled COVID horribly!

Me: What would’ve you done differently?

Hater: He didn’t close the borders in time!

Me: He announced travel restrictions on January 31, 2020 and was called xenophobic for doing so, all the while Nancy Pelosi and Bill DeBlasio were walking in Chinatown telling everyone to come on down, the water is fine.

Hater: Well, he refused to wear a mask.

Image credit: CNN

Me: Here’s a picture of him wearing a mask.

Hater: Well, that was too far after!

Me: After what? He had two of his experts on national TV every day giving updates and telling everyone to wear a mask?

Hater: Well, he said everything will be fine and this will end!

Me: Did you want him to run around screaming that the sky was falling?

Hater: Well, listen to the way he talks! He’s nasty! He’s not how I want my President to sound.

Me: Ahhh. NOW we’re getting somewhere. You don’t like his personality. And everything you’ve mentioned up until now is because you don’t like his personality. So for you it seems personal and not about the job he’s done.

So listen, if you want a President who will tell you whatever you want to hear, flip- flopping on every issue, not getting anything done his entire time while in office, but who sounds like a nice guy (even though he seems seriously impaired), then Joe Biden is definitely your man.

References:

  1. Main graphic: Ben Garrison
  2. https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf
  3. https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/09-29-20_Letter%20to%20Sen.%20Graham_Declassification%20of%20FBI’s%20Crossfire%20Hurricane%20Investigations_20-00912_U_SIGNED-FINAL.pdf
  4. https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/385722-trump-has-quietly-saved-millions-from-obamacares-individual-mandate
  5. https://www.expressnews.com/news/us-world/border-mexico/article/Border-wall-progress-15467427.php
  6. https://www.trade.gov/usmca
  7. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/john-bolton-shoots-down-atlantic-story-saying-trump-called-soldiers-losers/
  8. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/01/31/801686524/trump-declares-coronavirus-a-public-health-emergency-and-restricts-travel-from-c
  9. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/yes-biden-called-trumps-travel-restrictions-xenophobic/
  10. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/02/24/coronavirus-speaker-house-nancy-pelosi-tours-san-franciscos-chinatown/
  11. https://youtu.be/67SnwhJQO_o

Response To MCPS High School Principal: Your Curriculum Is Racist (My Son Is Not)

From A Concerned Mother In Montgomery County, Maryland To A Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) High School.

Dear Principal X,

The mandatory re-education this morning in homeroom is appalling. Your school has been very good about telling my sons what racists they are by virtue of being white.  I have not complained for these many years because I know that the people who believe this are hateful and vindictive people.  They would baselessly brand me a racist and make my children suffer significant consequences.

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

My husband and I supported the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson, a national hero.  Dr. Carson disagrees with the stance of BLM, et al.  We follow Dr. Carson’s lead. He is black and grew up super poor in a very poor, inner city neighborhood.  He taught us about the soft racism of low expectations; we will not participate in that because we believe in the ability of black people to make it just like we believe in the ability of any other person to make it in a free country under a system of free enterprise.

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

We believe those to who think otherwise are racists who cause significant harm to our country, to the cause of true equality, to our communities, and to the black community, in particular.   

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.
Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

I read that we will have to prove our son has had his “lesson” if he does not attend this morning’s atrocious lecture.  Please understand, you have spent nearly four years now teaching my son how hateful a human being he is, just by the virtue of his skin.  His textbooks contained it, his reading assignments were on almost nothing but this topic; you never taught him the other argument or about wonderful men like Dr. Carson, and X understands, viscerally, how much he is hated because of the color of his skin.  So do we.  That’s enough.  

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

If you want to force my child into proving to you that he has adopted the DNC platform, heart and soul, we will take it public and ask the court to rule on it.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Mother

References:

  1. Main photograph credit is from an anonymous YouTube video screenshot.
  2. Due to the contributor’s request for anonymity, we cannot provide a direct link to the PPT slides, as they contain the high school’s name.

Reviewing The Three “R’s”: Racism, Rage & Revival

From Anonymous In Montgomery County, Maryland.

Many people – regardless of political affiliation – fail to fully understand that the seeds planted by the Leftists over several decades have begun to bear fruit in the United States of America.

Racial division is not something that just happened. It has been cultivated from one generation to the next.

As a result, there are people who look at every problem through a racial lens. This lens distorts the truth. I’m afraid our society will collapse if we don’t find a way to communicate openly about difficult issues without jumping to personal attacks.

That’s why we have President Donald J. Trump, my friends. His constant disruption is a beautiful thing in my eyes. You may not see it now, but you will. Prepare yourselves for a difficult year ahead.

All HELL is going to be unleashed when President Trump is re-elected. People may be driven to the brink of insanity.

I actually feel a bit insane suggesting it, but I think it’s the only way people will be driven to a point where they have to ask, WHY…and actually seek the truthful. This is a God-thing, my friends. Many have prepared for a revival in our nation.

A revival comes in the midst of hardship and turmoil…when people are forced to seek the face of God. I believe we may be approaching that point.

References:

  1. Main graphic: Dave Granlund

Opinion: COVID-19 Forced Me To Accept Public Education’s Tremendous Failures

From An Anonymous Educator In Virginia.

On the “upside” of COVID-19…

After six weeks or so of anguishing over my son’s decision to attend a private school to complete his senior year of high school, I have come to realize there is finally something positive from COVID-19.  Having had an excellent public education, I actually thought my children would have the same.  COVID-19 finally made me accept just how badly the public school system is failing U.S. students and most educators.

After years of hating school, my spectrum son began to find his niche in secondary school.  While not a social kid, he loved all of his high school teachers, especially his language and theatre teachers.  Beginning in eighth grade, my son would only teasingly joke about not wanting to attend school in the morning, but would come home happy with funny stories to share at the dinner table.  I thought:

“Well, maybe the public education system cannot be too bad if my son is happy.”

What I used to think.

Between subbing for 11 years in my son’s school district and the appearance of COVID-19, I had to finally accept the reality:

Public education is a tremendous failure. 

While there are many gifted educators, the curriculum is purely politically motivated and created to “dummy down” the students who do not have the motivation to succeed on their own.  

Common core mathematics not only encourages failure but deters students from pursuing STEM degrees.  Even accomplished mathematicians and nuclear physicists have admitted if they were in school today they would hate math.  Children do not read classic or historical literature; they read books that explain their feelings, gender identities, and racial perplexities that only confuse them and encourage divisiveness (but that is a post for another time).  Computers and calculators are the norm in public classrooms to insure students are adept at taking on line standardized testing.  Beginning in first grade, three letters students and teachers alike hate, “SOL’s” (Standards of Learning).

Forget about actually learning, it is all about teaching to the test.  Students are not pushed to work the most important muscle of the human body for creating, researching, and communicating – the brain.

Thank you to the Chinese Communist Party for COVID-19, as I finally accepted the reality of the failing U.S. public education system.  My son chose in August to transfer to a private school providing in-person classes.  As we discussed the curriculum, I knew if my son chose to pursue his full potential he would do amazingly well in the private school he chose to attend.  He had to admit the school seemed to offer him more academically than his public secondary school.  A tremendous choice for a boy who does not like transitions or school work. 

No computers, no calculators, no cell phones, no multiple choice tests, no cursing, uniforms for all, manners a must, and the worst of all, only respectful dialogue allowed!  In other words, be open to different opinions without verbally attacking another student and instead present facts why you disagree.  Classical education that teaches all aspects of history; history that parallels the literature students read and write about in class. Yes, they actually write their answers (which must be neat and legible).  Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are also graded, which is almost unheard of in our public school system.  In public schools there is a grading rubric for just about everything.  If spelling, grammar, and punctuation are not listed on that rubric, then a teacher may not grade on those concepts. Gosh forbid you offend anyone who does not have the desire to learn proper grammar skills.  As someone who has lived overseas, I can tell you firsthand their school systems do not dummy down their language arts or any part of the curriculum for anyone.

Granted, class sizes are much smaller than in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Instead of 25 to 30 students in tight spaces, my son’s new school has class sizes of 5 to 10.  The private school has kept the in-person sizes small to meet social distancing requirements.  The school also has students who are virtually attending the classes as some live overseas or local families were not ready for their children to return to “brick and mortar.”  The smaller class sizes truly do make a tremendously positive difference for teaching and learning.

Another bonus for private school educators: there are consequences for disruptive students.  Not only may the disruptive child be immediately sent to the headmaster, if the bad behavior is not corrected the parents are called to retrieve their child. Teachers instruct and students learn without the constant disruptive behavior. 

Unlike public schools, private school parents actually have to take responsibility for their children’s poor behavior. 

There was a time when this was the same expectation in public schools but no more.  Parents threaten to sue if a teacher hurts a student’s feelings:

“How dare you expect my child to be quiet during class.  The audacity!”

Imagine what could be accomplished in the public schools with:

  1. smaller class sizes;
  2. classical education instead of ideological indoctrination; and
  3. creative, critical and cognitive curriculum for all students.

Not to mention behavioral expectations that parents must reinforce at home. Instead, politicians, academia, and unions use the public schools as their personal platforms to encourage divisiveness among the masses while promoting ideological agendas.  They do not care about what is best for students or educators, only what will insure their power and influence.  Sadly, most public school teachers fall for the ideological agendas or fear for their jobs if they rebel instead of standing up to those who continually dummy down public school curriculum. 

The answers are easy for change: replace the Prussian education model controlled by power-driven ideologues with a system that promotes open and respectful discourse; cognitive, critical and creative thinking; all history (ancient and modern); and common sense mathematics. 

While the failures of the U.S. public education system have been obvious for decades, thanks to COVID-19, I accept fault for not sooner accepting the truth.

References:

  1. Main graphic: https://modernalternativemama.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Why-the-Public-School-System-is-a-Failure-2.jpg
  2. https://newspunch.com/top-scholar-says-common-core-math-is-making-our-children-really-dumb/
  3. One of many articles on the failures of common core math: https://www.educationviews.org/engineer-explains-common-core-math-disaster/
  4. https://storage.googleapis.com/classcraft-1188.appspot.com/uploads/2019/04/0f26a1b8-blog-feature_2019-04-19.jpg

Candidate To Watch: Gregory Coll (Maryland Congressional District 8)

Gregory Coll is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

Who I Am

I am a rocket scientist, businessman, and family man. I am married with three children.

My work as an aeronautical engineer has helped me to hone skills in the STEM area, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I have become a skilled team leader, manager, and negotiator. I have interacted with Members of Congress in the Capitol and have traveled to foreign locations, including Russia and South America.

My Priorities

  1. My Health Care and Education priorities mean that I will address Covid-19 in a safe and rational manner resulting in the opening of businesses and schools.
  2. Safety in our homes, our neighborhoods and our cities is the right of every American. Therefore, I will be working to maintain the highest technology in the military to keep us safe domestically and abroad, and also focus efforts to end violence in our streets addressing equality for all.
  3. As a parent, a Christian, and a scientist, I believe that life begins at conception. Therefore, I am a pro-life candidate and I will fight back against late term abortions and partial birth abortions and support alternative services and options rather than abortion.
  4. I believe in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America. Therefore, especially, I will support your First and Second Amendment rights.
  5. With my eye on global economics, I will exert maximum influence in controlled spending, reasonable taxation, setting realistic budgets, and discouraging increased national debt, all while ensuring sufficient services for our most vulnerable, such as our veterans, our seniors, our infants (including the unborn), and our individuals with disabilities.

A Matter Of Urgency

Please vote for me in order to increase the conservative representation in our government. I care about every one of my constituents and will seek your input on a regular basis so that you have an opportunity to have your voice heard on the national level.
Thank you for your support.


Gregory Thomas Coll
Candidate, Maryland’s 8th Congressional District

P.O. Box 34640 | Bethesda, MD 20827
Phone: 386.679.1251 | E-mail: info@gregorycoll.com
Website:  https://www.gregorycoll.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gregorycoll2
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/collforcongress
Donate: https://secure.winred.com/gregory-coll-for-congress/donate

Response To MoCo Politicos: It’s Not “Free” If Taxpayers Pay For It

Gail Weiss lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

To Whom It May (or who I hope will be) Concerned:

Please let me be clear – I do not have a blanket opposition to the county government providing goods or services to those who need it without the recipient being required to pay an additional fee for its receipt.  However, I continue to be increasingly offended every time I see a government communication proclaiming ‘they’ are giving “FREE” this or that, as the county notice attached below does.

Government cannot give anything for FREE.  You are providing something that TAXPAYERS HAVE FUNDED VIA OUR TAXES.  So please stop diminishing what MoCo taxpayers contribute while you – the county government – acts like Santa Claus on OUR dime.

The lack of transparency of the cost of “FREE” stuff in Montgomery County government is bad enough, as this blog post discusses:

Unlike out-of-pocket costs paid by hospital patients, MoCo’s testing costs don’t directly hit the wallets of those being tested. But they do hit residents’ wallets through their tax bills. On top of that, possible litigation with AdvaGenix looms. The fact that MoCo taxpayers do not know how their tax dollars are being spent is highly problematic. And that is the case because their county government wants it that way.”

Seventh State Blog


Do you not want to remind taxpayers how and where you are spending our money?  Or is it that you want the “credit” for being so generous (with our money)? Or is it both?

If you may or may not be ripping off taxpayers without disclosing it, AT LEAST GIVE US CREDIT FOR FUNDING IT, whatever it is you are giving away with possibly foolish contracts you are entering into on our behalf. Henceforth, I hope in place of “FREE” we will see “TAXPAYER FUNDED.” It is much more accurate and much more honest.

I often hear “words matter” and if that is the case then let’s see it.  Please stop disrespecting the taxpayers and please correct the lack of precision and accuracy of county government communications and STOP saying ANYTHING is “FREE” when it in reality has been PAID FOR by taxpayers or, on occasion, with the help of other private stakeholders.

That is the sole request here. This is not rocket science.  But if this is beyond the capabilities of any of the current county government elected officials to fix this, then voters should bear that in mind in two years. 

Voters should expect a higher level of communication from our county government-elected office holders, as well as from the county government employees who execute their will.  And we need a county government structure that allows us to know much more clearly exactly WHO to hold accountable when there is a lack of performance.

 I am viewing this – replacing “Free” with “Taxpayer Funded” in official government communications –  as a tiny test that has now been brought to the attention of the entire Council –  and it has also been shared with a few fellow-MoCo voters too, to raise their awareness. This test will be graded Pass / Fail. We will all benefit together if you earn a Passing grade.

References:

  1. Main image credit: Ben Garrison
  2. http://www.theseventhstate.com/?p=13650

Candidate To Watch: Chris Anderson (Baltimore City Council District 7)

Chris Anderson is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, chaplain, and lifelong Baltimorean. He is running to represent District 7 on Baltimore’s City Council.

My grandfather, Christopher Bland, had an eatery on Riggs Avenue & Carey Street in Baltimore’s 7th District. Bland’s Carryout was a family business that helped the community, as well as fed it. I used to play in front of Carryout as a child.  Now that store is gone. A child can’t play in front of that building anymore. There are memorials in front of that store now where people have been shot and have died from street violence.

Photograph credit: Chris Anderson

Now, in 2020, I’m one of nine Republican, African American candidates running for office in Baltimore; I’m running in the 7th district.

I do not want to see another street memorial in front of my grandfather’s store. I want children to be able to play there again.  I want that community to heal. Some say I’m too serious about this race and am angry.  Others associate my party and me with the “Grand Old Party” (GOP) of 1967 and say we don’t have a chance.

I am very angry and I am very serious about the conditions of District 7, but I’m not the return of the GOP to the city. I’m part of the “Grand New Party” that’s frustrated, mad and angry (yes!) about how far this city has fallen.

I feel the pain of Michelle Andrews running in District 6. 

I’m just as frustrated as Jovani Patterson, nominee for City Council President.

I’m just as mad as the first African-born nominee, Eugene Boikai, running in District 12. 

These are just some of the Republicans that are running for office frustrated by the conditions and deterioration of Baltimore City. This city is predominantly Democrat, but I know most of the city residents are just as fed up with how this city is governed.

In a survey from Morgan State University:

“A vast majority of participants (more than 90%) describe Baltimore’s crime rate as high when given a choice between high, moderate, low and ‘no description.’ Participants provided no single explanation for what the majority believed to be a high crime rate. Instead, they provided varying explanations, ranging from drugs and lack of economic opportunity…”

Institute For Urban Research, March 26, 2020

Most are not going to take drastic steps like joining the Republican Party for change; those same people should not see us who join the Party with the intent to hurt the City.

Abandoned factory/plant in Baltimore.

I’m just as concerned with boarded-up houses, abandon schools, and government corruption in City Hall as most of the citizens of Baltimore.

We need a change. I am part of that change needed for Baltimore’s District 7. 

I didn’t put my name on the ballot for status quo or to inflate my ego. I’m running for office to bring communities back. Communities should not have to witness another black life gunned down in front of any store in Baltimore. I am not part of the “Grand Old Party” and old ways of doing things; I, with my colleagues, are part of a new party that wants fiscal responsibility in City Hall, anti-corruption put in place, and to see this city grow again.

I want to see stores, like my grandfather’s Carryout, build generational wealth in District 7 again. I’m part of new solutions and new ideas.  I’m with the “Grand New Party.”

Chaplain Christopher Anderson
Nominee,  Baltimore City Council  District 7

Website:  http://www.chrisanderson2020.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisanderson2020
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CAnderson2020
Donate: https://secure.anedot.com/people-for-chris-anderson/chrisanderson2020

References:

  1. Photograph credit: https://allthatsinteresting.com/abandoned-baltimore-ghetto-photos
  2. https://issuu.com/morganstateu/docs/dojpolicereport?fr=sYzIxMzEyNTEzNzg

Top Posts For September

From The Editor.

Our blog published 24 opinions, commentaries, and responses in our second month of operation. Below are the ten most viewed posts:
  1. Response to Mr. Jawando: Are Antifa & BLM MoCo’s New Traffic Cops?
  2. Exclusive: An Undercover Look At Montgomery County Public Schools
  3. MCPS Educators To White Parents: Your Child Is Racist
  4. Think Pre-K Indoctrination Is Bad? Look At High School Level Curriculum
  5. Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#2)
  6. How To Kill Cancel Culture
  7. Opinion: An American Massacre Is Imminent
  8. Help! I’m A Closet Conservative Teacher (Part II)
  9. Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#3)

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our anonymous and named contributors for continuing to take a stand against the wave of authoritarianism that is currently gripping the D.C. Metro Area.

The best is yet to come.

Opinion: We Are Living In A War Against God

From Anonymous In Maryland.

Throughout history mankind has been in rebellion against God.

Beginning with Adam and Eve and original sin, which is defined as disobedience of God, humans have consistently challenged God’s laws and commandments. Our nature has been to historically rebel against God.  In biblical terms this is called sin.

Today, more than any other time in American history, we see the distinct differences in our two political parties. It’s easy to place our two parties into one of two categories, with God or against God. It’s obvious how the Democrat Party has sought to divide our nation using racial, socioeconomic, and religious themes.

This article deals with religious differences. The attacks from Democrats on the religious faith of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett show the extreme anti-God feelings that run deep within the Democrat Party. Barrett’s life and beliefs represents everything that the Democrats oppose. Amy Barrett represents what the Bible in Philippians 4:8 calls good, pure, noble, lovely admirable, and true:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Philippians 4:8

Its opposite, as embraced by Democrats, would be defined as evil, hateful, untrue, dishonorable, impure, abominable, and deplorable.  

It’s no secret the Democrats seek to remove the phrase “under God” from our national pledge. Nativities are banned in many Democrat-controlled cities and towns. Plaques showing the ten commandments have been removed from many government courthouses.  Prayer has been banned in schools.

Teachers are not permitted to mention God. Churches have been closed and attendance limited during the recent China Virus. Churches have been issued huge fines and congregants arrested for violating local laws restricting church attendance and public worship. Abortion clinics are ruled essential and allowed to be open for business while churches are deemed non-essential.  The phrase “Merry Christmas” has been replaced with the phrase “Happy Holidays,” while Halloween grows bigger each year. Christians are ridiculed by the Democrat-controlled media, and those who embrace Judeo-Christian values are scoffed at by Hollywood.  

Sadly, life itself has been devalued by the Democrat left. Murder and violence in the streets is no longer criticized by them. The killing of millions of unborn babies through abortion is commonly embraced by Democrats. I would go so far as to say the Democrat Party has become the party of Satan.

Spiritual warfare is not a new word. The apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians addresses this issue. In the sixth chapter of Ephesians verse 12 he writes:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:12

The army of Satan is alive and well in the Democrat Party. Never in my lifetime would I have envisioned this in America. One has to ask themselves: how long will God allow this to continue? If one believes in Biblical prophecy then they would understand that one day God will step in to reclaim the world He created. This is referred to in Revelation as Armageddon.

I believe the spiritual warfare, the battle between good and evil we are experiencing today, is placing us closer to God’s return to reclaim His world and defeat Satan and evil once and for all.

The battle lines are drawn. You must decide which army you embrace. I choose God’s army. 

References:

  1. Main graphic: still from movie, “Hail Satan?”
  2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:8&version=ESV
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Op8VxsXsEs
  4. https://thepostmillennial.com/fact-check-democrats-did-indeed-omit-under-god-pledge-of-allegiance
  5. https://www.christianpost.com/news/beach-town-threatened-with-lawsuit-for-banning-nativity-display-from-boardwalk.html
  6. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/10/16/supreme-court-backs-removal-ten-commandments-monument/1vm3zBGY4fQqoitvOYkbjL/story.html
  7. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154852944710047
  8. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/baptist-church-members-given-500-tickets-for-listening-to-church-service-in-their-cars-via-radio-in-parking-lot
  9. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rbg-mom-joins-satanic-temple_n_5f6b3565c5b629afbe990c15
  10. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:12&version=KJV

Fenati: Hullabaloo, Feelings, and Precedent, Oh My (The Supreme Court Drama)

By Patricia Fenati Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Thoughts on the Supreme Court.

There has been a lot of “hullabaloo” on the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice in the year of the election of the president. The Democrats are saying that a new justice should not be appointed until after the next inauguration… this is not what they said in 2016.

It is interesting to note that, at least in recent history, it is only Republican nominees who have gone through hell during the nomination process (e.g., Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh, among others).

Thomas Jipping, Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, on Direct Line (sound starts at 13:00)

According to Thomas Jipping, Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, that is because Republicans believe that justices should only look at the law and not consider their personal beliefs and preferences when deciding cases.

Since Democrats believe that Supreme Court decisions are made on feelings of the Justices, they are much more critical of the personal background of the nominees.

Actually, for 127 years after the Constitution was ratified, the Senate did not hold public confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees. Senators looked at the nominees themselves and simply voted “yea” or “nay.” There was no “hullabaloo” at hearings because there were no hearings.

Today’s familiar image of a President’s Supreme Court nominee sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be grilled about his or her views did not begin until President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court in 1916, just over a hundred years ago; the Senate held public hearings for the first time that year.

In 2016, before President Obama nominated a Justice, the Republican Senators sent a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell saying they would not vote for a Supreme Court nominee before a new president was sworn in. The election was certain to give a new president and we must remember, at that time, many thought it likely that Hillary Clinton would win. 

Some Key Items To Consider

Two important circumstances were in play in 2016:

  1. Divided Senate and Presidency.
  2. The current president would not be in office after the election.

Previously in U.S. history when the above circumstances occurred, only 2 out of 9 times was a new Supreme Court judge appointed. The similarity of the 2020 situation to 2016 is only surface similarity.

In 2020, the circumstances are the exact opposite of what they were in 2016:

  1. No divided government; the President and Senate are the same party.
  2.  The incumbent president may continue into a second term if re-elected.
Historically in 17 out of 19 times when same party was in the White House and Senate, a new judge was appointed to the Supreme Court in the year of election.

Interesting how four years can completely change a person’s views. Below are quotes from Democrats in 2016 (my comments below the quotes are in italics):

“The American people deserve a fully staffed Court of nine.”

Vice President Joe Biden, 2016

“The president nominates and then the Senate advises and consents, or not, but they go forward with the process.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, 2016

Their advice in 2016 was to wait.

“What we are seeing here, and I hope this is temporary, is a disrespect for the Constitution.”

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 2016

“The constitution is 100% clear; the President of the United State has the right to nominate someone to be a justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate’s function is to hold hearings and to vote.”

Senator Bernie Sanders, 2016

FACT CHECK: FALSE. Actually, no, the Constitution says nothing about hearings, and there never were confirmation hearings before 1916. The Senate’s function is to advise and consent (or not, to quote Hillary).

“The blockade on filling a naturally occurring vacancy, in my view, is harmful to the independence of the Article III Branch.”

Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine, 2016

“You cannot keep a seat on the Supreme Court which represents all of us, you cannot keep it vacant against the Constitution.”

Senator Patrick Leahy, 2016

FACT CHECK: FALSE. The Supreme Court represents the LAW, not us.

“They do pretty much everything they can to avoid acknowledging the legitimacy of our democratically-elected President.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

Oh that’s right… the Republicans impeached President Obama for non-crimes and non-misdemeanors …..WAIT…NO… It was the Democrats who avoided acknowledging the legitimacy of President Trump and fabricated a nonsensical  impeachment.

“The American people expect the President’s nominee to be given a fair hearing and a timely vote in the Senate.”

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 2016

Was that hearing for Brett Kavanaugh fair?

“Every day that goes by without a ninth justice is another day the American people’s business is not getting done.”

Senator Chuck Schumer, 2016

And what business did the House of Representatives get done over the last two years?

“I say to you: do your jobs, vote for a Supreme Court Nominee.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

“Instead of just saying the blanket rule is no matter who you are, no matter what your qualifications, because you were sent by this president we will create a unique rule for you and refuse to entertain you.”

Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine, 2016

“One of the most important consequences of who is president of the United States is who sits on the United States Supreme Court.”

Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, 2020

“If you want to stop extremism in your party, you can start by showing the American People that you respect the President of the United States and the Constitution.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

“The American People deserve a fully staffed court of nine.”

Vice President Joe Biden, 2016

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: AFP
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork_Supreme_Court_nomination
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas_Supreme_Court_nomination
  4. https://reason.com/2020/07/31/when-joe-biden-tried-to-paint-clarence-thomas-as-a-crazy-libertarian/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Kavanaugh_Supreme_Court_nomination
  6. The information on the history of the Supreme Court nominations was taken from Thomas Jipping, Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Sound starts at 13:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBtkgWvKo28
  7. https://ij.org/sc_courting_history/the-dramatic-story-of-the-first-senate-confirmation-hearings-for-a-supreme-court-nominee-courtinghistory/
  8. https://mobile.twitter.com/i/status/1307877608487628802

Here’s Why Corrupt Politicos Reject Nine Districts For MoCo (Question D)

From A Supporter of Question D (Nine Districts For MoCo).

Phase One: Submit Over 10,000 Certified Voters’ Signatures (COMPLETE)

The bi-partisan fight for nine council districts in Montgomery County (MoCo) successfully concluded Phase One of the effort by getting over 10,000 certified voters’ signatures to qualify getting the proposal on the ballot this coming November. This led the effort’s organizers to initiate Phase Two – getting the voters educated on the Nine Council Districts initiative and how to mark the ballot when they vote. Ballot marking became more critical when the County Council, in an effort to kill the Nine Districts proposal and in a most un-Democratic fashion, entered their own proposal; there was no public debate on the Council’s proposal, just nine council members happy with the status quo looking to thwart the interests of the county’s residents. So, Phase Two now requires us to educate voters on how to cast their vote.

Phase Two: Educate The Voters (Vote YES on D and NO on C)

The ballot will offer two Questions. Question “C” is the Council’s proposal to retain the 4 “At-Large” members and add two (2) more district seats, thereby increasing the Council’s participation to a total of 11 with all of the associated costs, which is estimated to be well over $2,000,000.00 in additional budget requirements. Question “D,” the Nine Council Districts proposal, will also be on the ballot. Voters need to know that if they do not want “C” and they do want “D” they must mark their ballot – against “C” AND for “D.” Should both questions receive the same number of votes, they will “cancel” each other out and the status quo remains.

Phase Three: Equitable Redistricting For Equal Representation

During Phase Two the education of the MoCo voter will continue as early voting approaches. Phase Two must inevitably lead to Phase Three of the effort: the redistricting of the County in a fair and equitable manner that will finally make available on the Council the voices of county residents who have been systematically ignored by the County Council( except when its time for re-election, of course). Councilmember Evan Glass tipped his hand on a Zoom Call with county residents in attendance when he made it clear that if Question “D” passes there is still the process of redrawing the district lines- a process that will be done by a Committee of county residents using Census data to help guide this Committee through their efforts.

Having lived in MoCo for some 30 years, my expectation is that this Committee will be stacked in a manner that insures the gerrymandering of the County is consistent in a way that guarantees not a single dissenting voice will ever make it to a council seat – ever.  

If the Phase One and Phase Two efforts are to have any chance of successful implementation, it will be critical to understand:

  1. Who gets appointed to this Committee;
  2. Political affiliation must count and be represented fairly;
  3. There cannot be any overt interference from either the Council or the County Executive as the Committee goes about its work; and
  4. The Committee’s work cannot be nullified by the Council or the County Executive.

A true effort must be made by this Committee to apportion the representation on the Council in a fair and equitable manner, drawing boundary lines consistent with county residents’ needs, so that the voices of all the county residents can be heard, even when those voices do not agree with the longstanding single party rule that has dominated MoCo for so long.

References:

  1. https://www.ninedistrictsformoco.org/

Opinion: World Peace Is Being Suppressed By Big Tech

From Anonymous In Maryland.

When I was young, I was watching what happened in Kosovo on the news. Major metropolitan area with snipers on the roofs, people getting killed in the street. Then came the Gulf War, followed by Gulf War II. A conflict that lasted longer and has been more expensive than WWII. Each has a unique horror, both in terms of what happened and what has been done to prolong each conflict.

Peace has seemed so fleeting, and the solutions politicians have put in place seem to continue wars for reasons I can’t fathom.

At some level, we all remember these events even if we can’t recall the specifics. They were the defining conflicts for my generation and leave me with questions for the purpose of foreign policy; definitely different from the wingtips and briefcase diplomacy certain neo-liberals like to project.

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci signs the Order of Freedom awarded to U.S President Donald Trump, in capital Pristina, Kosovo on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Kosovo’s president awarded U.S. President Donald Trump with one of the country’s highest medals – Kosovo’s Order of Freedom – for his government’s efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

President Trump received Kosovo’s highest award last week for bringing peace to the region. The week before that, Jared Kushner took the first direct flight from the United Arab Emirates to Israel and was not shot down by a surface-to-air missile. These are things worth celebrating; it’s deeply concerning that the media is not trumpeting these victories over chaos.

Both events are a triumph for civilization and result from an administration that’s not tied to a set of perverse incentives. If anything, they are the result of outsider politics and the Constitution working as designed for the benefit of all Americans and the world.


In January, we completed a sham impeachment where the President was accused of doing the exact things the Bidens did as detailed in this report. While I’d like to be optimistic, the odds of this report penetrating the public conscience are statistically irrelevant.

There’s a system in place, and it protects itself by saying reports like this are discredited conspiracy theories constructed by racist, sexist white nationalists who need to be thrown in jail.

Big tech companies will suppress it; the number of media mentions as of 6:00am were about 70 [Editor’s note: this piece was written on September 23, 2020]. By comparison, LeBron James and Michael Bloomberg had over 2,700 mentions for paying fines for Florida felons so they could vote.


Something is rotten in Denmark. We’re all watching the Queen marry the new King.

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: Wayne Goddard
  2. https://apnews.com/article/robert-obrien-kosovo-richard-grenell-serbia-hashim-thaci-48d83c2bbd072a24922154c60132e0da
  3. https://nypost.com/2020/08/31/historic-first-israel-united-arab-emirates-commercial-flight-takes-off/
  4. Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns
  5. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/517522-bloomberg-pays-fines-for-32000-felons-in-florida-so-they-can-vote

Virtual Learning Series: Pediatric Patients & Suicides On The Rise

From Anonymous Working In Howard County General Hospital’s (HCGH) Pediatric Emergency Room (ER).

“I cannot be silent anymore. I work in the HCGH pediatric ER.

Starting last week, our pediatric mental health patients exploded. I know of at least one suicide of a high school student this past week. This is a serious problem. One child in the state of Maryland has died of Covid-19.

One in the whole pandemic!

How many suicides are OK? I am shaking as I write this.

Kids are resilient to a point. You have to open schools. You can do this safely.

You spent a fortune on Chrome books. You could have easily used that money to buy enough PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] for all of the kids and teachers.

Parents, have conversations with your kids NOW. See how they are doing. Check in with your adult friends and neighbors, too.

Suicide is a silent killer.

Opinion: Want To Save America? End Conservative Complacency.

From A Fed Up Patriot In Montgomery County, Maryland.

Webster’s dictionary defines complacency as “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”  Laziness and complacency are semantically related. In some cases, you can use “Laziness” instead of “Complacency.”

Recently, if one has been following the news, they are aware that our country is at a positional crossroads.

America as we know it is being fundamentally challenged by extreme leftists bent on transforming America into a socialist/Marxist country.

The Washington Free Beacon last week reported that big money and forces are behind the Democrats to assist in this cultural revolution. The article went on to say post-election mobilization isn’t just a project for the liberal fringe, but is rather a powerful Democrat interest group with a massive dark money network.  The author went on to detail how many hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled through laundering organizations into Democrat causes.

We are up against enemies of America who are expertly organized and well-funded.

So, what does this mean for America? It means American voters must no longer be complacent. Normal, conservative Americans must take a stand. They must vote their conscience if America is to continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave. If you are a student of the Bible, you are aware that the apostle John wrote to seven of the early churches of that day. One church in particular, the church at Laodicea, located in modern Turkey, was a focus of John’s writing.  The message to Laodicea is one of judgement with a call to repentance. The traditional view has been that the Laodiceans were being criticized for their neutrality or lack of zeal (hence “lukewarm”). In Rev 3:15-16 John describes the Laodicians:

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

Rev 3:15-16

No one likes lukewarm soda or water; to be lukewarm in today’s political climate is to write the final chapter for America as we know it.

Photograph credit: The Verge

Should the Democrats succeed in winning the election, they have already told us they will change the structure of our court system, stacking our courts with leftist, liberal judges. The 2nd amendment will be revoked. The killing of babies through abortion will continue. Our freedom to worship will be revoked even as churches have been penalized and silenced during the coronavirus. Our 1st amendment freedom of speech will go away through the elimination of words that are designated as not “politically correct.” Our freedoms that we have enjoyed in America will be limited, as we have witnessed during the pandemic, or as I call it the “Dem-panic.” The violent lawbreakers will be given a free pass and the law-abiding citizens will be punished.

The America we have witnessed over the past several months will become the norm. 

Those Democrats who lead us in the House and Senate will continue their disgusting politics. The Justice Department will become the Injustice Department. The double standard between the elite class of rulers will become even more visible and tolerated.

The time for straddling the fence is over. Every vote counts. Franklin Graham reported that 30 million Christians did not vote in the last election. In the 2020 election every vote is needed. Please don’t be complacent. Our Judeo-Christian values are at stake.

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group
  2. https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/lefts-point-person-for-post-election-violence-prep-leads-coalition-housed-by-massive-dark-money-network/
  3. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A15-16&version=NLT
  4. https://billygraham.org/story/franklin-graham-urges-christians-to-vote-in-the-most-critical-election-of-our-lifetime/

Think Pre-K Indoctrination Is Bad? Look At High School Level Curriculum

From an anonymous teacher and parent in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System (MCPS).

The graphics below are from a PowerPoint presentation provided to teachers in MCPS.

One look at Angel Kyodo Williams’ website and you will understand how important it is to educate yourself about what exactly is being taught to your children, and who is influencing these curriculum decisions.

The slide above makes the assumption it is difficult “to talk about race.” Making wide, generalized assumptions is once again furthering the divide and forcing people to have “conversations” about a problem that does not exist in the majority of the population, and an issue that was exacerbated by former President Obama.

The goal of this slide is to curb free speech, plain and simple. From the slide above, the definition of a “microaggression” could be anything that offends another person. ANYTHING. Best to shut up at this point in the event you appear racist.

Nothing like an MTV video to class this discussion up. Apparently, only White people can cause “microaggressions” by simply breathing air.

This slide comes from tolerance.org. Enjoy reading their entire guide to combating everyday prejudice, bias, and stereotypes. Another reminder to curb free speech and limit actual debates through interruption, “education” a.k.a. indoctrination, and “echo,” which sounds eerily similar to creating an echo chamber of intolerance.

Keep on reading.

Both slides above provide instruction on how to act, how to think, and what to do to prevent an offended person from….what? Lashing out and calling you a racist? Burning your car? Destroying your business? Are we supposed to be tiptoeing through life making sure we don’t offend someone?

This slide is showcasing how misinformation helps to further racial tensions. Note the need to provide “powerful” photographs to emotionally manipulate people into thinking and feeling a certain way. I’d like to know how many Hispanic residents were tested compared to other races, as well as what percentage of that entire population of the suburb is Hispanic. I’d like to know if Black children are so scared of dying, why are they out protesting instead of quarantining themselves? Who told that woman that her ethnicity is a “virus”? Are my questions “offending” you? Unlike the slides’ instructions, I refuse to apologize; guess that makes me a “racist” with “implicit bias.”

Didn’t think you needed to panic during a conversation about race? No problem, because the school system wants you to use this calming video to stop a panic attack before it even happens. This is classic psychological conditioning, folks: repeatedly telling someone that they will need to calm down after having a “courageous conversation about race” when they aren’t having any anxiety issues, will lead them to eventually associate having a panic attack or experience anxiety when discussing this topic.

I encourage all parents to click on the reference links below to get a better idea of where we are headed; if this continues, our children will not be educated to become productive members of society. They will become social justice warriors with no marketable skills, thereby relying more heavily on government handouts to create a comfortable standard of living.

References:

  1. Main photograph and all content source are slides in the MCPS PowerPoint presentation for teachers in high school: https://cutt.ly/cfH0s5E and https://cutt.ly/YfH0Sf7
  2. Angel Kyodo Williams on Self Care for Activists: https://www.eomega.org/article/self-care-for-activists
  3. https://angelkyodowilliams.com/
  4. https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/how-to-implement-speak-up-at-school
  5. https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/2019-04/TT-Speak-Up-Guide_0.pdf
  6. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BF0E4Ohle2IUS_0emGJn_0PDaQhh9a4IwvHHcDV4x_0/edit

Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#4)

We are bringing awareness to the unjust and unfair treatment our nation’s children are experiencing due to state-sanctioned indoctrination and certain schools not reopening in the DC Metro Area.

I wanted to share something that ties into Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), black lives matter (BLM), and Law Enforcement (LE).

Recently I saw my son’s high school teacher wearing a BLM shirt on their zoom meeting for class. We addressed it by expressing our concern with the principal, informing him of my husband’s service and how my entire career has been in support of all levels of LE in many different ways throughout the years.

Today we received a response.

“MCPS does not recognize Black Lives Matter as political speech. It is recognized as an advocacy group started as a response to police shootings, as you can read on their website. The organization’s mission is aligned with the MCPS core values, and it is representative of our inclusive environment. That said, I did discuss the shirt with the teacher and let her know that one of her student’s families took offense to her wearing of the shirt so she was aware of the possible impact on some of her students and community members.”

The first issue is the principal speaking for the district. The second is the BLM site. Their political advocacy isn’t listed on the “About” page but it is listed on the “What’s Next” portion of their site.

My question is why is this acceptable? They are saying that the district’s core values align with civil unrest and the targeting of LE? MCPS is the largest school district in MD.

THIS is what our kids are seeing and secretly learning? I’m utterly speechless right now.

Anonymous in Montgomery County, Maryland

Exclusive: An Undercover Look At Montgomery County Public Schools

Written by a former educator and a retired teacher of the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System (MCPS).

What’s really being taught?

As a former educator I have a deep appreciation for education. What’s happening in the Montgomery County School System and systems across our nation is not education- it’s indoctrination. The children of Montgomery County are being programmed to accept the Marxist ideology by teachers whose jobs are at risk if they challenge the system. This is happening under the watchwords: equity, 1619 project, social justice, racism, police brutality, cancel culture, and social reform.

President Trump recently shared his concern for teaching alternative American History.

“We want our sons and daughters to know the truth.”

“Our country wasn’t built on cancel culture, speech codes, and crushing conformity; we are not a nation of timid spirits.”

My wife, who is a retired teacher from MCPS, recently contacted several of her conservative friends still teaching in the system. She asked them how the current cancel culture environment is affecting their teaching. Here are some of the responses:

“I was given the book ‘White Fragility’ and was told we’d be discussing it during staff development. We also received an email after the George Floyd incident that expressed the administration’s white guilt we all should feel. It was re-sent at the beginning of the school year. Conservative teachers are frustrated and many are ready to retire.

“Teachers and para educators are required by the county to view 10 videos redefining race, sexual orientation, and inappropriate words considered politically and socially incorrect. Teachers and paras must adhere to these new standards or risk disciplinary actions or termination. Many of these new guidelines conflict with the moral and ethical values that Judeo-Christian teachers hold.

“I assisted in a classroom where the teacher had a large picture of president Obama on the wall with the caption under it that read, ‘Greatest President Ever.’ The flag was placed next to the American flag so children were forced to view this every morning as the pledge was recited.”

“I recently posted a clip on my personal Facebook page following the attempted police assassination in Los Angeles that read Police Lives Matter. I was told by the administration that I must remove it or face disciplinary action.

“As a history teacher I’m expected to teach the narrative, ‘It’s not a black fight but rather a human fight.’ Every teacher in every context is expected to teach something regarding it. It’s also taught in homeroom.”

“I see bias. When the kids go to a source to site examples during an assignment MCPS always uses very liberal news outlets like CNN, New York Times, Vox, etc.

Another testimonial we got was from a Montgomery County police officer who shared that the police had been called because a teacher was offended during her zoom class because a student had a “Trump 2020” poster on his bedroom wall. She reported she was subject to cyber bullying and wanted the police to investigate. As it turns out, the student was suspended for two days. Sadly, we don’t hear this on the nightly news.

Another testimony quoted from The MoCo Conservative blog from a 1st grade mother was that her child was read to from a book entitled, Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi. Another junior from Rockville High School had to write a report on the black lives matter (BLM) movement.

Another student at Montgomery College wrote a paper on anti-abortion. Her teacher told her the paper was written extremely well and would have received an “A,” but because of the content she would only receive a “C.”

Conservative teachers in Montgomery County are being bullied, intimidated, disciplined, and reprimanded for their conservative beliefs. They are mandated to teach using the new narrative. As a result, we see middle school and high school students standing on street corners holding up signs which support BLM, “social justice,” and de-funding the police.  They are clueless and naïve relative to the history of Marxism and Communism.  

Middle school and high school students are the product of our failed school system that devotes more time to social reform than teaching basic curriculum.

So, what are the solutions?

  1. Remove the Marxist leaders governing Montgomery County, most of whom live in Takoma Park, Maryland, and replace them with conservative leaders who appreciate patriotism and embrace our historical past embedded in Judeo-Christian values;
  2. Elect a school board that is willing to take a stand to resist the liberal teacher unions and Marxist leadership of Montgomery County;
  3. Campaign for school vouchers so that those who cannot afford private schools can have the right to have their children receive a non-biased, normal education;
  4. Place your children in private schools that reflect your moral and ethical values;
  5.  Move to a state or county that has a more conservative agenda; and
  6. Accept that a do-nothing attitude will result in your child’s indoctrination and acceptance into the new narrative of Marxism. 

References:

  1. Main photograph: https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/07/24/disturbing-video-shows-protesters-march-out-kids-and-tots-holding-f-the-police-signs-in-portland-950885
  2. https://fox2now.com/news/national/trump-says-department-of-education-will-investigate-use-of-1619-project-in-schools-2/
  3. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-white-house-conference-american-history/
  4. Photograph credit: https://biodork.wordpress.com/category/abortionpro-choice/

MCPS Educators To White Parents: Your Child Is Racist

From An Anonymous Parent in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Here is proof that Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools (MCPS) is teaching children as young as pre-K that White people are inherently racist. The following materials are being used to help teachers indoctrinate our children into becoming marxist, anti-White foot soldiers to help herald in a new era of radical, government-sanctioned ideology.

MCPS PowerPoint slide for teachers, including notes on how to start the “discussion of race” with children from birth.

Let’s start with the first hyperlink, which is also this post’s main graphic. As you can see, based on a short, paraphrased blurb from a single study, it has been understood by the makers of this sheet that, “[W]hite children remain strongly biased in favor of whiteness.”

The Children’s Community School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made a graphic using paraphrased and falsified language from one study, and now MCPS is utilizing it for their own curriculum. What do we know about the Children’s Community School?

Their commitment to social justice is prevalent throughout their website, and I think they falsely paraphrased a scientific study in the hopes of creating an echo chamber within the education/indoctrination system. Take a look at the study’s summary:

Challenging the view that implicit social cognition emerges from protracted social learning, research now suggests that intergroup preferences are present at adultlike levels in early childhood. Specifically, the pattern of developmental emergence of implicit attitudes is characterized by (i) rapidly emerging implicit preferences for ingroups and dominant groups and (ii) stability of these preferences across development. Together these findings demonstrate that implicit intergroup preferences follow a developmental course distinct from explicit intergroup preferences. In addition these results cast doubt on ‘slow-learning’ models of implicit social cognition according to which children should converge on adult forms of social cognition only as statistical regularities are internalized over a lengthy period of development.

Dunham et al, 2008.

Did you understand that the first time reading through it? I’m more interested in learning why and how a pre-school educator is able to decipher this cognitive study, concisely paraphrase it, and provide an inaccurate description of what the study is actually about…unless she (or he) had some help.

From the same MCPS PowerPoint slide titled, “Teacher Notes,” I have learned that the book, Antiracist Baby, is being used to further divide people by their race:

MCPS provided this guide from Ibram X. Kendi for caregivers and parents “to begin explicit conversations about race and racism with our children from a young age.”

And now we have the slide below, which is clearly showing that children enrolled in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade do not belong in a classroom where they are nurtured to grow and become successful, intelligent, and good adults in society–no, they belong out in the streets, protesting against the Bad Orange Man and his evil, racist ways!

From a PowerPoint presentation for teachers of children in levels Pre-K, K, 1, and 2.

Below are the notes for teachers in the PowerPoint slide, providing scripts for discussing the purpose of what the MCPS school system considers social justice in today’s society:

Sample Script Pre-k-K: 

“Let’s talk about why Black and brown people are treated
unfairly. Here is a book about why that happens. Let’s watch and listen.”

Watch the video

Sample Script: “The book talks about racism. What did the
author say about racism?”

(Racism definition from video: When people believe that
having different color skin means you aren’t as good as others.)

Say, “People who don’t think it is fair to treat people
differently based on their skin color work for “Social Justice.”

“Social Justice is believing that all people have equal
rights, no matter their race or background, and doing actions to change rules or systems that cause some people to be treated unfairly.

There are protests happening all over our country and the
world because people are acting on their beliefs that all people should be treated fairly and are protesting to change things that make life harder for some people.”

Hyperlinked video (“A Kid’s Book about Racism”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnaltG5N8nE&t=2s

Sample Script 1st-2nd:

Watch the video

“The book talks about racism. What did the author say
about racism?” (The book stated that some people get more and
some people get less because policies don’t always give equal access. Racism is when people create policies or rules that are not fair to everyone because of their skin color.)

Say, “People who don’t think it is fair to treat people
differently based on their skin color work for “Social Justice”.

“Social Justice is believing that all people have equal
rights, no matter their race or background, and doing actions to change rules or systems that cause some people to be treated unfairly.

There are protests happening all over our country and the
world because people are acting on their beliefs that all people should be treated fairly and are protesting to change things that make life harder for some people.”

Hyperlinked video (“Antiracist Baby”):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw3DjP7HSts

To parents who want their children to learn reading, writing, arithmetic, and kindness in their formative years, this social justice agenda is being shoved down the throats of your impressionable, innocent, young children. Ask yourself:

1. Are you willing to take the chance and not have a say in what your child is being “taught,” or better yet, what your child is being indoctrinated with?

2. Do you want your child to immediately start judging people by the color of their skin before even speaking to them?

3. Do you want your child to consider every thing they read, and every person they speak to, through the lens of what that person looks like and their race, instead of how they act and treat them?

4. Are you comfortable with having your child labeled as inherently racist because of the color of their skin?

5. Have you considered why this is being done to your children at such a young age?

References:

  1. Main image graphic: http://www.childrenscommunityschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/theyre-not-too-young-1.pdf
  2. http://www.childrenscommunityschool.org/social-justice-resources/
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364661308001344
  4. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16i4z4osLEeD5X3BznGtpEcLeULVBAgR3VR6w_s45esE/edit#slide=id.g90b30977f5_0_512
  5. https://storage.googleapis.com/classroom-portal-production/uploads/2020/06/e7158e42-antiracistbaby_spread.jpg

Police Reform: Two Treatises And The Case Of Dijon Kizzee

Thomas Black lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

As the debate regarding police reform grows in intensity, we must consider the legislation Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) are being asked to enforce.

More importantly, what is the governing philosophy to which the legislators must hold LEOs and citizens accountable?

I recently became aware of an individual in Los Angeles, California who was allegedly unarmed at the time of being shot by local law enforcement; while I do not wish to take the tragedy of a life lost and turn it into a mere political discussion, further reflection may – in fact – save lives. Furthermore, it is worth noting that all of the information about the Dijon Kizzee case has likely not been made public, and this discussion must be tempered with the understanding that more information could, in fact, nullify or modulate aspects of my opinion. Nonetheless, I believe it is important to examine why law enforcement began interacting with Mr. Kizzee. 

What law was Mr. Kizzee breaking which initiated LEO contact?

According to the article, Mr. Kizzee was stopped while riding his bicycle for vehicle code violations. Permit me, for a moment, to frame the criminal activity like this:  Mr. Kizzee was engaged by LEOs for operating the same instrument of transportation that my two year-old son is currently learning to master. Should we now pause and consider what principles of government would lend itself to such legislation, and require armed officials to police such behavior?

To answer this question, I would submit that there are two fundamental philosophies of government in modern American politics. 

One philosophy, as evidenced by a tweet from U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), suggests that the function of government is to create laws that would progress society toward a better future – according to the government’s relative understanding of betterment at the time – and the popular election is the primary source of justification needed for subsequent legislation.  The other philosophy would espouse a view concluding that the primary role of government is to protect the individual liberty of citizens.  In the case of Dijon Kizzee, Eric Gardner, and others, these two perspectives proved immeasurably consequential. 

As ambiguity has no friendship with good intentions, I will clearly state that it is my belief that a governing body, no matter how well-intentioned, will often subject the governed to unforeseen and unintended consequences of laws which go beyond the intent of protecting individuals to an encroachment on their civil rights and personal liberties.

Our Declaration of Independence states,

“…to secure these [inalienable] rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

Our Constitution, under the 14th Amendment, broadly recognizes that the government is responsible for protecting “life, liberty, or property.”  This, therefore, begs the question: 

What benefit did Eric Garner and Dijon Kizzee derive from their local governments and the laws they passed, which I have to assume were well-meaning and intended for societal betterment and progress?

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: Associated Press
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/us/los-angeles-fatal-police-shooting-protest-investigation
  3. https://twitter.com/JenniferWexton/status/1298772320488693767
  4. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript
  5. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27

Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#3)

We are bringing awareness to the unjust and unfair treatment our nation’s children are experiencing due to state-sanctioned indoctrination and certain schools not reopening in the DC Metro Area.

“After just two days of attending 9th grade in FCPS [Fairfax County Public Schools], my child has had multiple lessons on white privilege, police brutality, social injustice, and systemic racism with some erroneous statistics and politics sprinkled in.

On the first day, she was also threatened by two students who want to beat her up, because they heard a rumor that she was a Trump supporter.

Of course, she’s afraid to speak up and report the threats, because she said the rules/Student Rights and Responsibilities don’t apply to her, because she is white, and reporting it will make things worse.

It’s a shame what’s happened to our public schools. She and other students were threatened over the summer when they posted American flags and commented online against violent rioting.

I can’t believe this is what people are voting for and what they want for our children and their future. It’s sad that kids can’t just go to school to learn, but have to have politics forced on them at a such a young age. Even my 6th grader had to deal with politics this week with classmates starting political arguments in the classroom chat.”

Anonymous, Virginia

Opinion: The Hypocrisy of Anti-Racism and the Left

From an anonymous resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The liberal establishment is working overtime to create propaganda in order to punish, accuse, label, and cancel those who disagree with their philosophy or who refuse to support the Democrat Party.  They are the very ones creating division and racism in our country, right down to our local communities.  It’s a “don’t look at the man behind the curtain” moment, where they try to create a diversion so that you don’t see the real people behind the scenes. They are the ones – the racists – who are dividing the people.

The term “anti-racism” sounds good and seems to make sense on the surface, but it’s deceptive. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, an anti-racist activist and author of a children’s book titled, Antiracist Baby, claims that you are either a racist, or an anti-racist.

If you say that you are not racist, then you are racist. Unless you are involved in anti-racism activism, then you are a racist.

“There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’” If you disagree or reject this philosophy, then you are an absolute, racist denier without exception. The interesting thing is that this philosophy is directed at white people as expressed in his interviews and writings. 

In a live seminar hosted by the Prince George’s Public Library in Maryland on July 20, 2020, when asked by a moderator if racism exists in the black community, Kendi would not answer the question and quickly changed the subject. The interview has since been taken down as of August 20, 2020.

Ibram X. Kendi is a toxic person who sows seeds of discord, hatred, and division while speaking in a subtle, gentle tone in order to deceive his audience.

Those who genuinely support this anti-racism philosophy are not purposed to eliminate racism or establish equality, but to dismantle society in order to establish an upper hand of power. It is a political play – it’s all about votes for the white liberals, and it’s about black supremacy, power, and retribution for those who want to be lawless without consequence.

Here is an example of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) using racially discriminating propaganda. Which specific group is portrayed as the mad one?

From the MCPS PowerPoint presentation, “3rd through 5th grade Psychoeducational Lesson”

If a white liberal pretends that they support anti-racism rhetoric, they are hoping to gain the minority vote.  Yet, the politicians cater to this are the ones less likely to invite a person of color over to their home for dinner or to simply hangout.

Don’t be deceived. Minorities are being used as pawns by those claiming to help their cause. Many blacks realize the bigotry of their phony alliances, but will use any avenue necessary to accomplish their goal. This is the real systematic racism, but the illusionists would lead you to think otherwise.

Author

Supremacy by any color is absolutely unacceptable. Nobody is better than another. Ever since Obama was in office, he has stoked the flames of racism and brought us nearly back to the 60’s with his rhetoric.  If the majority in this country were made up of all white supremacists (as claimed the main problem today), Obama would not have been elected for two terms. Decades worth of healing and unity was all undermined during his terms. Yet, the very establishment that created this will blame it all on those who are not responsible.

“Privilege” is a political term. Everyone living in America is privileged to be in this great country. However, some disagree and covet (want) what others have so bad, they will do anything to demand or take it, even to go as far as murder. The term privilege is awful when color is paired with it. Whenever someone has something that the other desires, it is considered privilege even though the person has worked for it.  The term privilege is loosely used as if the person who earned something got it for free, and that the anti-racists themselves should be entitled to have that also. This is what the welfare system has gotten us, from catering to it for all these years. This victim-hood/entitlement mentality is very toxic and destructive.

If anything, there is non-white privilege. There is preferential treatment for people of color receiving:

  • college scholarships,
  • extra points on the SAT,
  • priority in college acceptance,
  • first right of refusal for government contracts,
  • program eligibility,
  • lesser penalty for breaking the law (opposite of what is portrayed),
  • health prioritization and approval (opposite of what is portrayed), and
  • all hands on deck with formally filed complaints (establishment fears of civil rights violations).

White-filed complaints are mostly disregarded or dismissed. The liberal establishments and the legal system are rigged against white, heterosexual males.

Whites are more likely to be pulled over for moving violations than blacks, because it is assumed that whites will behave, comply, and are able to pay the fine (yes, that’s racist). Yet, if a white person told the officer “you pulled me over because I am white,” they would be laughed at.  When a black person says to an officer “you pulled me over because I’m black,” the officer may not respond or buy into that statement, but they certainly would not laugh either. The bottom line is, whites are also profiled and yes, they receive different treatment that is not always positive or privileged as some would lead you to believe.

This machine, fueled by mere hatred and evil, includes: BLM, Antifa, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Nation of Islam, Black Liberation Movement, New Black Panther Party, the Democrat Party, Cancel Culture, Liberal States, and indoctrination mills. They use propaganda placed in school systems, news media, and social networking. There is nothing unifying about them or what they are doing.

Cities are being burned and people are being labeled, blamed, and assassinated. The machine consists of lynch mobs, and their goal is to destroy America.

In addition, the blame game, degrading others, and a fight for policy changes cannot address racism. Racism exists in the heart of man, regardless of color. Policy cannot change heart, where the true problem resides. Racism is also not a one-way road. Certain groups get a pass-go and are allowed to be justified in their racism as if it does not exist or apply to them. This is the real systematic racism that exists today.

School systems are pandering to this philosophy, and they work to establish that stereotypes and racism can only stem from white people.  Ironically, they themselves are the ones stereotyping and being racist through their anti-racism activism, curriculum, and mandated training for teachers.

Both Wicomico County Public Schools as well as Montgomery County Public Schools are an example of the racist, Marxist, indoctrination movement that we see going on in our local schools and throughout the country.

We as citizens are calling on ALL people of ALL races to be as one. We cannot let the establishment segregate us into groups, turn us from each other, and destroy our country. It’s time to replace this hatred with love and respect for others.  We need to clean up our act, get it together, and not allow others to control or mandate the evil that they call good, and the good that they call evil.

References:

  1. Main image photo credit: The Guardian
  2. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist-tickets-110866502694#
  3. https://www.washcolibrary.org/news-maryland-libraries-kendi-virtual-event
  4. https://www.relib.net/news-ibram-x-kendi-how-be-antiracist-virtual-event
  5. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BY2ZdxFqB03VO1rdqQ1p10d-76SPC4py1wYPf-32sOo/edit#slide=id.p1
  6. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/photo-of-obama-louis-farrakhan-to-be-released
  7. https://www.wcboe.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=6939&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=9940&PageID=1
  8. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BY2ZdxFqB03VO1rdqQ1p10d-76SPC4py1wYPf-32sOo/edit#slide=id.p1

Help! I’m A Closet Conservative Teacher (Part II)

From a conservative teacher in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School (MCPS) System.

Conservatism, Education, and Montgomery County Public Schools is a combination that is not welcome. I have seen it firsthand. My hope is through a series of articles, I can share my experiences as a conservative teacher within the MCPS system. I look forward to shedding some light on what is happening within our public school system. 

Apparently, we are in a dual pandemic. 

Dual. That means two. 

At least that’s what Montgomery County Public Schools would have its staff and students believe. 

Source: MCPS 3rd through 5th grade Psychoeducational Lesson PowerPoint slide

Teacher note: 

The term “dual pandemic” is a term used in the secondary lessons.  The students are reading an article that discusses the term.  Depending on your school’s equity journey in the building, staff may have concerns with the term for multiple reasons.  The goal of this slide is to demonstrate to students that there are two major events that are happening in the world right now.  One due to COVID-19 and the other due to social justice responses to combat systemic racism that is and has been occurring for hundreds of years.  If students do not understand or there are concerns with calling social justice responses a “pandemic,” the “dual pandemic” wording can be replaced with wording that your students recognize in your building.  The content of the slides should remain the same.

Teacher script: 

“Right now, there are two pandemics that are happening. You may have heard about these and seen pictures or videos about them. Sometimes it is called a “double pandemic” or a “dual pandemic.” These two major events that are impacting the whole world. The first is COVID-19 and the other is racism. Let’s review these.”

MCPS’s 3rd through 5th grade Psychoeducational Lesson PowerPoint

I suppose one of these would be COVID-19. The reality is that there is a virus out there that is novel to us. Many of us are now forced to work and learn from home. We currently aren’t able to enjoy a game at Nationals Park or attend a concert venue. Heck, we can’t even listen to a guy on a guitar play while we sip a glass of wine at a local winery. Many around us are experiencing a heightened level of stress. This year is like none other. 

Sure, let’s call all the above part of a pandemic that our nation is experiencing.

According to MCPS, there is yet another pandemic. Not only does the county require schools to provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to help support the well-being of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to help them “navigate” through pandemic number two. 

Systemic racism. 

The exact wording from a lesson plan goes as follows: 

The goal is to demonstrate to students that there are two major events that are happening in the world right now.  One due to COVID-19 and the other due to social justice responses to combat systemic racism that is and has been occurring for hundreds of years.  

Kids as little as pre-K are subjected to lessons with images of protests and signs saying “black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe.”

A book called The Antiracist Baby is being read to thousands of elementary school children, many parents unaware as they are busy at work. The book includes steps that the reader must take to make “equity a reality.” 

Fast forward to the 3rd through 5th grade lessons, where students are exposed to the following:

Source: MCPS 3rd through 5th grade Psychoeducational Lesson PowerPoint slide

People in African American and Latinx communities have been more likely to get sick from COVID-19 because of how racism and unfairness impacts their lives. 

And those are just the elementary level lessons. 

Montgomery County Public Schools has been in the throes of indoctrination for years. This is infuriating as a parent and tax payer of the county. Furthermore, as someone who is required to teach it to your children, I am being asked to compromise my values to shove it down your children’s throat. My conservative values, though, will not let me.

I will not teach this garbage. I will, yet again, find peace in that my students, at least for a year, will not be subjected to such indoctrination.

At the same time, I see this as another sign that my years as a county teacher are numbered.  My hope is that this sheds more light on what our children are being exposed to. Teaching is not the career I thought it would be. 

References:

  1. https://cutt.ly/tfOeJKM
  2. https://images.randomhouse.com/teachers_guides/9780593110416.pdf
  3. https://storage.googleapis.com/classroom-portal-production/uploads/2020/06/e7158e42-antiracistbaby_spread.jpg

Response to Mr. Jawando: Are Antifa & BLM MoCo’s New Traffic Cops?

From A Very Concerned Citizen In Montgomery County, Maryland.

When does the emphasis on community activism end and real governing begin?

Apparently not any time soon in Montgomery County, Maryland. As long as the seats on our county council are primarily filled with community organizers and political activists, we will continue to see Montgomery County become more like Takoma Park and Berkeley, California.  Unfortunately, five of the nine council members are from either liberal Takoma Park or Silver Spring.

As liberal Democrat mayors and council members from across the nation are crying for police reform and defunding police, the liberal Montgomery County Council has also joined the narrative. Recently, the Council has declared racism a “public health emergency.” In a spin off move, liberal Council member Will Jawando, another At-Large member from Silver Spring, was tasked with leading “re-imagining policing in Montgomery County.” Jawando, whose resume describes him as an attorney, political activist, and community leader, boasts to have worked with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on “civil rights” issues.

Sadly, Jawando, along with most of the other Council persons in Montgomery County, have no business or work experience. Consequently, their total focus while on the council is on community activism. 

When Will Jawando joined the council as one of the At-Large Council members in 2018 he immediately began inserting his agenda into legislation. He had now found a new platform for his lifelong passion.  Jawando immediately introduced legislation for hair discrimination in the workplace; his ultimate passion was to reform the police department of Montgomery County. In an article published by dcist on August 26, Jawando tells a story of how he was arrested in the mid 2000’s while riding in a car with several law school friends. They were admittedly shouting obscenities at an undercover female police officer. Apparently, his parents did not teach him manners or respect for fellow human beings. Instead of recognizing his fault for his misconduct, he chose to process the incident as police harassment and developed a victim mentality. Sadly, this happens all too often. It’s sad when people do not accept responsibility for their actions. His concern was how this arrest would affect his future career. Today, he counts himself as a victim because of his race. He sees himself as a statistic rather than a foul-mouthed young man who got caught for his poor behavior.

Today, because of his victim mentality, Jawando is on a mission to reshape policing in Montgomery County. Along with Hans Reimer, a Marxist from California, they are proposing that police no longer make traffic stops and issue traffic citations. They would like to use the Berkeley model, utilizing the department of transportation as traffic enforcers. They are also suggesting more traffic cameras.

By Will’s own admission and his distrust of police he is suggesting we throw out the baby with the bath water. Again, it’s legislating to the lowest common denominator.

In a lengthy conversation with a Montgomery County police officer over the Labor Day weekend, he and I discussed policing in Montgomery County. He shared with me that morale on the force is at its lowest point. I asked him if he had been given stand down orders.

He acknowledged most officers are reluctant to make arrests because of fear of reprisal and lack of support from the County Executive, Marc Elrich.

He also shared that many activists purposely provoke police hoping for a negative response while they stand by with their cell phones filming the event. I asked him to tell me how the police would respond if I was a victim of black lives matter (BLM) harassment or if my business was threatened or looted or burned. He sadly responded they would most likely stand down.  He shared that the risk of losing his job or being sued or jailed for doing his job caused him to think differently on how he performed his work.

So, I ask you, Mr. Jawando:

1. How do you propose protecting the law-abiding citizens of Montgomery County who are at risk of the anarchists, rioters, and criminals?
2. Do you propose protecting the rioters over the law abiding taxpayers of Montgomery County?
3. Why do you allow your poor, disrespectful behavior as a student shape your policy-making for this county?

I suggest we need businessmen and persons with common sense to lead our county-not community organizers, civil rights activists, and attorneys who have a chip on their shoulder.

We are not Takoma Park.

References:

  1. https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=26728
  2. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/racism-a-public-health-emergency-montgomery-county-to-discuss/65-84a8dc4e-6a57-46cd-9587-76c24aad8162
  3. https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=26775&Dept=1
  4. https://lefthandview.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/11-16-13-its-2014-in-maryland-politics-d20-candidates-forum/
  5. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/crown-act-passes-in-montgomery-county/65-471853d9-53c0-4c53-bce0-b9a7ebff186c
  6. https://dcist.com/story/20/08/26/montgomery-county-will-jawando-defund-the-police-reform/
  7. We had to dig up via web archives Jawando’s original article on the incident involving his arrest, because it had been scrubbed from the original website (I wonder why): https://web.archive.org/web/20160524085845/http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/08/what_makes_black_men_run_from_the_police.html
  8. https://en.paperblog.com/051714-md-d20-is-will-jawando-stupid-we-already-knew-he-was-unqualified-894733/

Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#2)

We are bringing awareness to the unjust and unfair treatment our nation’s children are experiencing due to state-sanctioned indoctrination and certain schools not reopening in the DC Metro Area.

Shaky, static-filled voices and constant freezing is our experience thus far.  When we can hear clearly, offerings like Anti-Racist Baby make you wish you couldn’t hear at all.  This mom is torn between wanting her children to have a normal educational experience and being terrified as to what MCPS will attempt to indoctrinate them with. 

My children are bored, their teachers are frustrated, the focus is on TIME, and breaks are too frequent.  Specials, as they like to call them, are not special at all; both of my children dread going to art and music class. 

Overall this is a huge let down. MCPS doesn’t have our children’s best interests in mind with the decisions they’ve made regarding opening schools and propaganda-embedded curriculum.       

Anonymous, Maryland

Virtual Learning Series: How The School System Is Failing My Child (#1)

We are bringing awareness to the unjust and unfair treatment our nation’s children are experiencing due to state-sanctioned indoctrination and certain schools not reopening in the DC Metro Area.

“We are not doing well and our mental health is in jeopardy.

My kids have melted down, yelled, and cried several times not wanting to do any work or go to their virtual classrooms because they are not able to connect with other people in a real and tangible way.

We are frustrated that we have to “color” on a computer instead of paper and do jumping jacks for gym class in front of a chrome book.

This IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. PERIOD.”

Jenny F., Maryland

Rittmeyer: Using Mental Toughness To Handle People With Opposing Political Views

Eric Rittmeyer is a former U.S. Marine & Mental Toughness and Emotional Intelligence Expert.

There’s great danger in allowing emotions to dictate our decision making. In business it means lost sales; in politics it can translate into something much worse. Our nation is “drunk in emotion” and people’s reactions about how they respond to things are all based on their political beliefs.

It’s time we stop allowing what we FEEL in our hearts to override what we SEE with our eyes.

We’re living in a time where it’s become borderline impossible for everyone to get along with each other. Whether it’s with co-workers, family members, or our social media contacts, it’s more important than ever to understand how to accept opposing points of view. Mental Toughness is the answer. 

Below is a list of some of the secrets mentally tough people use to help them handle people in any situation.

1. They don’t let their feelings get in the way

Mentally tough people understand that maintaining control of their feelings at all times is absolutely imperative (especially when dealing with a difficult person). Feelings and emotions are great, but allowing them to get the best of you when dealing with a hostile situation will spell disaster. The secret is to have a very thorough understanding of when you’re becoming emotional and to offset it with logic. Mentally tough people understand that logic and emotion are inversely related; as emotions go up, logic goes down. They have mastered their emotions and they NEVER allow their feelings to cloud their judgment. 

2. They’re willing to suspend their beliefs

This is definitely easier said than done, but mentally tough people work hard to master it because they understand how powerful it is. Our nation has become incapable of accepting opposing points of view. Mentally tough people are very self-aware. They’re able to analyze their own beliefs and also the beliefs of others – even if they’re not in line with their own. Temporarily suspending their beliefs gives mentally tough people the ability to see someone’s stance with an open mind, devoid of any bias. 

3. They use compartmentalization to find common ground   

Compartmentalization is the ability to focus on one problem or challenge at a time, without allowing your emotions to “spill over” from one problem to another. Compartmentalizing gives mentally tough people the ability to keep their opposing views separate from other views they may actually agree on. Finding common ground on things that you agree on can be critical in a difficult situation. Without keeping your feelings under control, it can be very easy to find disagreement on things you might otherwise agree on – simply because you’re “emotionally charged.”

4. They’re professional listeners 

We’ve all heard the old saying –

“There’s a reason we were given two ears and one mouth.” 

Epictetus (paraphrased)

Mentally tough people are experts at one of the most underrated skills available to humans – listening. We all have an innate desire to be heard and understood. Listening is an interactive process, and showing someone you’re truly comprehending their words is critical. Mentally tough people listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. 

       

Learn more about Eric Rittmeyer at https://mentaltoughnessspeaker.com/

References:

  1. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/738640-we-have-two-ears-and-one-mouth-so-that-we

Racist Opinion: Racist Racists Are Racist

From Anonymous in Maryland.

“Racism” and “racist” are two of the most overused words in the English language.

Today the word “racist” is used to define any person, black or white, who makes a public statement that could be construed to be anything but complimentary. Loosely translated, if I disagree with you or your politics, I’m considered a racist. 

Human beings are now afraid to speak for fear of being labeled a racist.

The entire civil rights movement has been corrupted by political correctness and hypersensitivity. The liberal left has exploited this label to benefit their agenda and narrative. Racism is big business; just ask Jessie Jackson, net worth $9 million and Al Sharpton, admitted net worth of $2 million. Both of these men have made a successful living exploiting racism. The black lives matter (BLM) movement, which is an admitted Marxist organization, along with Antifa, are in fact hiding places for looters and rioters. They do little to bring unity to the races. Sadly, the democratic party receives significant funding from these organizations.

One could potentially label me a racist for speaking out against these two men and organizations.

If one would ask my view on racial equality, I would begin by sharing my family history. My ancestors were in fact abolitionists and members of the underground railroad. My grandfather, several generations removed, was in fact a defendant in a year-long trial because of his involvement in harboring a fugitive slave.  He lost the case and was forced to pay punitive damages to the slave holder. This case, which took place in Philadelphia in 1823, became one of the many legal cases used to determine the right to own a slave. Later in January 1863, another grandfather of mine fought for the Union Army. He was captured at the Battle of Murphysboro, Tennessee and incarcerated at the Libby prison, a confederate prison located in Richmond, Virginia. The hardships he endured in this deplorable prison were inhumane and cruel. Mind you, he fought and suffered greatly so black men could be free and equal. 

My past is deeply rooted in the advocacy of civil rights. I should not have to apologize for having white skin.

My ancestors would be saddened to learn how civil rights and equality are defined today. The term racism and racist have been cheapened to reflect political rhetoric without true meaning. Sadly, I see reverse discrimination in today’s society.

It’s politically incorrect for me to say this, but it is the elephant in the room. Why do we have a NAACP and not a NAAWP? Why do we have negro college funds and not white college funds? Why do we have Black Entertainment Network and not White Entertainment? Why do we have black history month and not white history month? Why do we have black Miss America and not White Miss America? Why aren’t professional sports teams more racially balanced? Why are 90% of the players on men’s basketball teams black? Does affirmative action only apply to black? 

I just said what most white Americans think but are too afraid to say publicly for fear of being called a racist.

I had a dear neighbor who is black tell me she is fearful of police. She is fearful of being singled out because of her skin color. She has never personally been arrested or detained. Her husband and children are very successful and hold prominent positions in the government and academic world. She is very down on America even though America gave her husband and children opportunities for success. I fail to see the logic in her fear and hatred, but it is impossible to have an honest, open conversation with her when it comes to this subject.  Sadly, I believe she has bought into the leftist narrative of oppression and truly believes what she hears on the news.

The reality is her family was successful not because of their skin color, but because of hard work and determination in an America that provides this opportunity for ALL.

References:

  1. Graphic: https://comicallyincorrect.com/
  2. https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/democrats/jesse-jackson-net-worth/
  3. We’ll never know the truth from this mess: https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/al-sharpton-net-worth/
  4. https://nypost.com/2020/06/25/blm-co-founder-describes-herself-as-trained-marxist/
  5. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/breaking-exclusive-early-july-blm-contributions-moved-tides-center-george-soros-linked-entity/ and https://www.dailywire.com/news/fact-checkers-black-lives-matter-not-recognized-irs-charity-raises-funds-through-fiscal-sponsor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libby_Prison

Opinion: Why I’m Leaving Maryland

From Anonymous In Maryland.

It wouldn’t do any good to try to wake people up; the socialists don’t care. Their goal is to destroy and redistribute wealth. The voters of this County get what they vote for. I hope to move from this County shortly, since most of my children have left already.

I realize the futility in attempting to educate those ignorant in their own subjugation. They vote for handouts and freebies with no regard for the future, and the “elected representatives” continue to pander to them with dwindling funds. They will endure a day of reckoning and at that point they will merely move on to another wealthy area. It’s easily followed as the only counties in this state losing tax payers are the sanctuary counties- same as in Virginia.

This last election told me that those leaving are the Republicans and conservatives, as the Democrats easily won their races; the voters didn’t turn up because they simply no longer lived there or were leaving prior to the election.

Maryland is the absolute worst state to retire in. If it weren’t for the first responder’s exemption, I would have already moved. I don’t view Maryland as a changeable state. It’s been corrupt for generations and not likely to change. The populous are too ignorant or lazy to realize what it is they are voting for; honestly, I was surprised when Hogan won twice.

When you consider approximately 90,000 tax payers fled Baltimore, and the “government” was willing to fill those Democrat-owned apartment buildings with illegals, you realize that it’s all about the money, and it always will be.

Personally, I don’t think Maryland is worth the effort.

References:

  1. https://moneywise.com/a/the-worst-states-for-your-retirement-in-2019
  2. https://www.howmoneywalks.com/irs-tax-migration/

Candidate To Watch: Marya Pickering (D.C. Council At-Large)

Marya Pickering is the Republican Candidate for the Washington, D.C. Council At-Large seat.

Who I Am

I am an immigrant/refugee and Mom. I am a long-time D.C. resident with extensive experience in Government and industry, including the startup of small companies and service in Government agencies and large companies. As an immigrant, I know that an education is everyone’s ticket out of poverty.

Why I Am Running

My campaign motto is, “No more business as usual.”

It is time to bring true diversity of ideas and prudent management to the D.C. Council. My experience in industry and government uniquely qualify me for the Council’s oversight role.

  • As a mother, I believe that all D.C. children deserve a quality education. I support choice for parents, including vouchers and charter schools;
  • As a homeowner, I support a strong and well-trained police force to keep our city safe;
  • As a businesswoman and taxpayer, I support the improvement of our contracting process; and
  • As a senior, I favor reduced taxes on pension income and support passage of the Pension Exclusion Restoration and Expansion Act, 23-0060.

Why Vote For Me?

As a former small business owner, contract management professional with an M.B.A. degree, and government employee, I am the best qualified candidate to effect positive change for all D.C. residents.

Contact Information

Website: www.MaryaDC2020.com

Mailing Address:

MaryaDC2020

P.O. Box 40057

Washington, D.C. 20016

E-mail: pickeringcampaign@gmail.com

Phone: (703) 967-5023

Campaign Chair: Dr. Charles Vincent, (202) 239-7244

Opinion: An American Massacre Is Imminent

From A Disenfranchised Voter in Montgomery County, Maryland.

This famous aphorism should be a model by which we all live:

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

Have you ever wondered why some people continue to make the same mistakes?

While in college, one of my psychology professors declared change does not take place in one’s life unless the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.  In context with today’s political climate, it appears we are in danger of repeating past mistakes.

To complicate matters, monuments representing our history are being torn down and history textbooks are being censored to reflect the new Marxist dialogue. Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa are working diligently to erase and change the narrative of history. The deep state is also working feverishly to spin and distort history, especially when it comes to the Democrat party’s involvement in slavery and civil rights. The truth is that the Democrat party is the party of slavery and Abraham Lincoln was a Republican who took a stand against slavery. That is one example of how those in power used a special technique to manipulate the masses.

In 1925, the German propaganda machine used a technique called the big lie.

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

The idea behind the German propaganda technique was that by using a lie so colossal, no one would believe that someone could have produced it to distort the truth so infamously. The most recent examples of this in modern times are the Russian collusion hoax and false claims perpetuating that President Trump is racist.

In 1933 Germany disarmed the Jews. This initially began in Berlin where large-scale raids took place to confiscate weapons, and later spread throughout the country. Mandatory registration of guns and firearms was required, which the Gestapo used to locate weapons owned by Jewish people. Jewish weapon owners were disarmed through warrants issued by the police. Newly released documents show how the Third Reich used gun control to disarm and repress its enemies, ultimately rendering them defenseless, which eventually led to the Holocaust.

The famous “Brownshirts” (goon squads): vandalized Jewish homes; ransacked Jewish businesses; burned Jewish synagogues; and terrorized, beat, and murdered those who resisted. Very similar tactics are being attributed to the Antifa and BLM anarchists today. The Holocaust could have been prevented if the guns owned by German Jews had not been registered or given up.

1. Do we see history repeating itself?

2. Are we so naive that we do not recognize the same techniques used by the Germans to control the Jews?

3. Why do we still believe the colossal lies of the Marxist left politicians?

Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 prepare to sign the U.S. Constitution.
credit: “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” by artist Howard Chandler Christy.

Our forefathers recognized the importance of citizens bearing arms. Alexander Hamilton, writing in the Federalist Papers, called a well-regulated militia “the most natural defense of a free country.” The men writing the Bill of Rights wanted every citizen to be in the militia, and they wanted everyone in the militia to be armed. The text of the Second Amendment reads in full:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

The framers of the Bill of Rights adapted the wording of the amendment from nearly identical clauses in some of the original 13 state constitutions.

With the dissolving of police departments across America and the refusal of leftist politicians to criticize or condemn street violence, who is left to defend our great country and Constitution? Alexander Hamilton had wisdom beyond his time. 

The removal of guns and disarming of law-abiding Americans will only lead to history repeating itself and a new Holocaust in America. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

References:

  1. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/george_santayana_101521
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie
  3. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/553-if-you-tell-a-big-enough-lie-and-tell-it
  4. https://www.c-span.org/video/?320721-1/gun-control-reich
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilung
  6. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed29.asp
  7. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Second-Amendment

Top Posts For August

From The Editor.

Our blog published 25 opinions, commentaries, and responses in our first month of operation. Below are the ten most viewed posts:
  1. Opinion: Who Is MoCo Council Executive Marc Elrich?
  2. Distance Learning Is NOT Home Schooling
  3. How To Kill Cancel Culture
  4. Tiny Homes (ADUs) Are Killing The American Dream
  5. Help! I’m A Closet Conservative Teacher (Part I)
  6. A New Secular Religion: Marxism, Soros & Takoma Park
  7. Response to Mr. Riemer: You Know Nothing (About Farming)
  8. Response to Mr. Pagnucco re. Nine Districts for MoCo (inaugural post)
  9. Do As I Say Or Die
  10. Response to Mr. Pitt re. BLM Support in Eastern Shore, MD

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our anonymous and named contributors for taking a stand against the wave of authoritarianism that is currently gripping the D.C. Metro Area.

The best is yet to come.

How To Kill Cancel Culture

From Anonymous in Maryland.

This article will explore my theory on how cancel culture’s ultimate goal is that of a civil war in the United States, and how certain spending habits of Americans, particularly involving firearms, will help determine the outcome.

I’ve always started papers and articles with a specific quote in mind. For this particular topic, the quote comes easily:

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

Albert Einstein

We live in an age of technological advancement that is not only rapidly advancing our quality of life, but is also rapidly deteriorating our peace of mind. As a certain three-star General once stated, “[w]e live in a digital battlefield.”

Going on Twitter and, to a lesser degree, Facebook, you can clearly see that humanity is already at war in a battle hosted by servers, where the opposition (a small but loud and dangerous army) is aided by tyrants like Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Dorsey (Twitter), who brazenly carry an unlimited supply of artillery and ammunition (e.g., angry liberals, bots, shadow banning, blacklisting, blocking, suppression algorithms, etc.).

Digital warriors consist of conservative-leaning individuals who fight against left-leaning radicals online with memes and rhetoric intentionally mischaracterized by the Left as “divisive.” Both sides are pawns in the clash of ideas and morals; where one side’s sole intent is on damaging a person’s livelihood no matter the cost, the other side is fighting a behemoth of rage and idiocy funded by billionaires with a twisted agenda.

This is cancel culture.

Where just one “errant” or unpopular opinion psychologically triggers the snowflake social justice warriors and causes an avalanche of action to destroy reputations, families, and livelihoods, causing irreparable damage to those without job protection.

This is not, in the general sense, about scaring people with job protection; it’s about scaring those who don’t have a stable platform for speaking their mind and going against mob mentality.

Cancel culture is, at first glance, an exercise of power to prevent the open debate of ideas. But I see its goal as more violently oppressive.

Journalist Jonathan Rauch recently created a “Cancel Culture Checklist” containing six warning signs explaining how to determine if you are an impending victim of cancel culture. The warning signs include: punitiveness, deplatforming, organization, secondary boycotts, moral grandstanding, and truthiness. It’s a good read for those who wish to learn more about specific actions being taken against those who refuse to adhere to the tenets set forth by the marxist mob of the Democrat party.

Below are the different phases of how cancel culture’s movement and its operatives work, based on my observations and research:

  1. Create politically progressive coalitions and other entities with innocent, feel-good sounding names;
  2. Strategize on plans of action to eliminate the “threat” of conservative thought;
  3. Initiate social media flood, accrue followers, and get people angry via emotional manipulation;
  4. Start boycotting products that “support conservative thought” and that contribute to any political campaign not endorsed by the DNC;
  5. Utilize sleeper cells in all institutions to shove the same agenda down the throat of every student, customer, and viewer to increase reach;
  6. Force defectors to apologize in order to create a feeling of shame for others who wish to do the same;
  7. Dox and “swat” famous and well-known conservatives as a tool to prevent naturally-occurring, and at this point, increasing defection;
  8. Slowly and consistently introduce radical, marxist ideas that your loyal followers must now obey in order to remain compliant and in the “popular” clique; this includes sanctioning murder of those who disagree with you;
  9. Take the agenda out in the streets when an event (staged or not, but usually with a preventable casualty) provides the perfect opportunity to further divide based on issue/label of the day;
  10. Encourage destruction of property, looting, arson;
  11. Encourage violence against people who do not look like you (aka white people) and who wear the American flag on their hat, shirt, shorts, jacket, etc.;
  12. Mobilize your army of foaming-at-the-mouth, cash-strapped anarchists and send them to the suburbs;
  13. Declare war on anyone who lives in the suburbs, no matter what their political affiliation, because they are all selfish and evil; and
  14. Stage a physical, tangible war between law abiding citizens and brainwashed, paid, and “zombified” communists of the Democrat party.

I believe we are currently, as a nation, somewhere between numbers 11/12 and 12/13 (depending where you live). Before we go into what needs to happen to get to the last two, however, let’s take a step back and talk about the types of behavior that allow cancel culture to flourish in our society.

The types of behavior that allow cancel culture to permeate in our society:
  1. Apologetic/no backbone. When someone in the public eye takes a stand on an issue and provides a counter argument to the ideas put forth by the leaders of the radical, progressive Left, they are usually pressured to issue a public apology. When the apology is made public and shared, the Left has once again controlled opposition through their cancel culture agenda. So, what happens when that person does NOT apologize? Apart from clearly becoming persona non grata, something shifts in the narrative; since the Left can no longer control the individual, they employ tactics to make sure that the resistance to their ideals does not reach many people. Since they control the news and social media (to a certain extent), this is easy to do.
  2. False sense of moral superiority. How many times have conservatives heard that we are selfish for putting our needs and our children’s needs above other’s needs? How many times have conservatives and to a lesser extent, moderate liberals, been told they need to “check their privilege”? The Left strategically brainwashes its loyal followers to believe that what they are espousing, the public shaming they are doing, is for “the greater good” of humanity. Don’t have kids! It’s bad for the environment. Don’t start learning pods! Your kids will have a higher chance to succeed later in life than others. Don’t go outside with your mask off! You can kill someone. The list is never-ending.
  3. Overly emotional. Leftist liberals are the most hyper emotional people I have ever met. They rely on their emotions to guide their decision-making skills, thereby prioritizing goals and actions that make them feel good, instead of focusing on long-term, realistic, and pragmatic solutions that will do good. Is there a middle ground? Absolutely! But not for the cancel culture mob, which brings us to #4.
  4. Refusal to compromise. Time and time again, the cancel culture mob’s devoted followers have stated that they refuse to listen to the “other side” and refuse to compromise. This means that it’s basically their way or the “highway.” No wonder they sound like they’re little children throwing a tantrum- would you teach your children to never compromise? I didn’t think so.

Will the suburbanites fight back?

At this point, I am confident that we can follow specific consumer spending trends of American citizens to find a solution/deterrent to cancel culture’s ultimate goal of instigating a civil war.

There is no doubt in my mind, and in the minds of millions of first-time gun owners, that there is a shift happening based on the number of firearm-related purchases by law-abiding citizens.

War is (almost) here, and it will only be a matter of time before suburbia starts experiencing the effects of “peaceful protests” that end in the destruction of apartment buildings, town homes, and single-family homes. These violent and aggressive mobs get organized on multiple online platforms; platforms that allow this to happen:

More than 2 million new gun owners were reported in the first half of 2020.

In case you weren’t paying attention, that is a HUGE number. You can clearly identify consumer spending habits with how safe a consumer is feeling at that time. Based on the number of gun sales alone within such a short time frame, it’s clear that personal, physical safety is being prioritized by many citizens living in the cities and suburbs.

“Gun sales have skyrocketed during the past three months, and a record-breaking 80.2 percent increase in sales was reported in May compared to last year, according to the shooting foundation. April’s data showed a 71.3 percent increase from 2019, and there was an 85.3 percent increase in March, according to information previously released by Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting.”

Fox Business News, June 4, 2020

Here’s another fun number to look at, this time from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):

“The spark in investor interest came after the FBI reported that there were more than 3 million background checks last month, the highest for any May on record.”

USA Today, June 3, 2020

So, what is the point of showing you this data? It’s clear that more and more people are preparing to have to defend themselves, their families, their homes, and their businesses.

Firearms are the most effective threat deterrent.

You will kill cancel culture’s main, long-term goal of destroying and wreaking havoc on suburbia when you: legally buy at least one firearm (per adult); learn how to use that firearm; and practice self-defense techniques (with a trained professional) that will help you and your family stay safe and eventually escape from immediate danger when (not if) the mob comes for your community.

P.S. Did you think that I would tell you to “fight back” with words and feelings? We are way past that stage, don’t you think?

References:

  1. Graphic by Ben Garrison (https://grrrgraphics.com/)
  2. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/albert_einstein_163104
  3. https://www.cato.org/publications/survey-reports/poll-62-americans-say-they-have-political-views-theyre-afraid-share
  4. https://www.jonathanrauch.com/jrauch_articles/2020/08/
  5. There are so many, we just included one: https://front.moveon.org/
  6. https://donegood.co/blogs/news/boycott-trump-companies-to-avoid
  7. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mob-chants-threats-outside-tucker-carlsons-dc-home
  8. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/07/21/the-nyt-reporter-who-tried-to-dox-tucker-got-taste-of-own-medicine-n2572870
  9. https://twitter.com/CTULocal1/status/1299101069163859968
  10. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300200578367152129
  11. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300176579234988032
  12. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300243510440808450
  13. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300240511261835264
  14. https://www.foxnews.com/media/mark-mccloskey-st-louis-home-armed-protesters
  15. https://twitter.com/PNWYLF/status/1300181446976516096
  16. https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/million-americans-new-gun-owners-2020
  17. https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/million-americans-new-gun-owners-2020
  18. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/06/03/americans-buying-guns-and-ammo-wake-race-protests/3124011001/

Opinion: What’s Happening Now Is Insanity

From M.E. In Virginia.

Everyone can have their own opinion and believe what they choose to believe. It’s America. Not everyone is the same.

But I know I’m not alone in my beliefs that what is happening now is insanity.

Mask up. Don’t gather. Hide in your house. Defund the police.

They say we are the silent majority. I’m not going to be.

We get no air time.

We don’t burn things down or tear things up.

We don’t hurt others.

We go to work and support our families.

We love America!

We want to protect the unborn.

We salute the flag, always.

We sing when “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays.

We respect law enforcement, appreciate them, and obey the law.

We appreciate the military.

We are the very backbone of this country.

We believe all lives matter because that is what we learned from reading the

Bible and watching our parents.

We treat everyone with respect no matter what color their skin is.

But they want us to be invisible!

Let’s be heard! It’s time to start making some noise.

References:

  1. Both drawings copyright of Ben Garrison.

Good Ain’t Great: How The GOP Failed Me

David Wilson lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Most people are frustrated with, and even angry about, the two-party system. It’s even worse when you’re frustrated and angry at the party you belong to. Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud to be a conservative and a Republican (in that order). I grew up in the Democrat-dense state of West Virginia in a family of Democrats (I’ll contend that West Virginia Democrats are closer in ideology to Maryland Republicans than they are to Maryland Democrats, but that’s a discussion for another time).

From a conservative voter’s perspective, the GOP in the DC Metro area is simply…there.

As a voter, I do my own research and make my own decisions; I make the effort to vote for the person and not for the party. Now, here’s what I expect from my political party: leadership, guidance, and support. Do YOU know who the GOP leaders are in the area? Governor Hogan, whose at-times questionable leadership makes him less of a conservative than former Governor Ehrlich, doesn’t count.

If you think you’re a leader, but no one is following, you’re just out for a walk by yourself.

I spent 23 years on Active Duty with two combat deployments. Leaders establish goals and objectives and everyone down to last man/woman knows what their goals are in order to succeed. They know what their role is to make the mission a success.

From a conservative Republican candidate’s perspective, the GOP in the DC Metro area is ineffective at best. Over the past year or so, I’ve began asking a simple question to individuals and to groups where I attend meetings. I ask,

“What are the top three priorities of the Republican party?”

The responses are interesting. They’re sad, but interesting. No one knows. Sure, I hear things like “the economy” and “jobs,” but I never hear the same three priorities, EVER! That’s a leadership problem.

Republicans find it easy to laugh at and to make fun of a teenager from Sweden or a Freshman Congresswoman who is already so well-known we need only to know her initials. Yet they find it difficult to consider what caught Democrat voters’ attention and to speak to the issues half of America is concerned about. The “Green New Deal,” in my opinion, is absolutely ridiculous, but at least they have a plan.

What plans do Republicans have to tackle environmental issues? If you have to Google the answer, you’ve made my point!

Now, try being a candidate in the DC Metro area. I encourage good people to run for office. I encourage them to focus on Statesmanship, not Politics. It’s not an easy task, nor should it be. However, it should be easier than it currently is.

Leaders at the top need to:

  1. Ask the difficult questions and establish what success looks like.
  2. Set the standards for candidates.
  3. Establish a system and a process to really, truly support candidates.

The first difficult question is, “Can we win?” Leaders at the top should be constantly collecting and analyzing data to identify districts that are winnable. Again, in my opinion, we shouldn’t even run a candidate unless there’s a chance to win. Governor Hogan came close to this strategy when he established the “Drive for Five,” which was an effort to balance the Maryland General Assembly. It didn’t work, but at least it was a valid plan (sort of). Maybe it’s my military experience, but if I need five, I’m identifying 15 and putting a significant effort in to winning every single one.

What do we do in the districts if we don’t have candidates?

  1. You educate the voters.
  2. You register new Republicans.
  3. You begin to balance the odds.

It may take one, two, or three election cycles, but it must be done. This all starts by establishing specific goals. Nothing too complicated, but goals that speak to the issues of all voters. Know what affects their lives. Know it by district. Know it by county.

Why should hundreds of new candidates pay to obtain data the top leadership of the party should already know? I actually asked that question when I was a candidate. The answer, true or not, infuriated me:

“There’s too much money involved in running and supporting campaigns.”

I say all this knowing how much support the leaders in my district provided me during my campaign. In fact, after speaking with candidates from other districts, my district GOP team was quite admired for their support. We have years and years of experience in my district and lots of wonderful volunteers who dedicated hundreds, maybe thousands of hours of their personal time. And yet the result was pretty much along party lines. It wasn’t for lack of trying and it wasn’t for lack of a plan; it was a lack of registered voters who actually cast a vote for their party.

I’ll stick with my earlier comment about being better off spending time to educate and register voters, rather than putting candidates on the ballot. But a drastic move like this takes real leadership. Real leaders who can develop a strategic plan and who know what success looks like. Real leaders who can think for themselves, can cast a vision for the voters, and can excite the public by properly identifying and solving their problems.

The GOP doesn’t have to step up in the DC Metro area. They do a good job now. But good ain’t great. And to Make (or Keep) America Great Again, good ain’t good enough. Lead, follow, or get out of the way!

References:

  1. https://www.marylandmatters.org/2018/11/07/gops-drive-for-five-stalls/

Response to Mr. Riemer: You Know Nothing (About Farming)

From A Farmer In Montgomery County, Maryland.

A Takoma Park Councilman’s idea of farming: solar farming? Hans Riemer, Takoma Park marxist and former Oakland, California resident is proposing a change to the Montgomery County Agriculture Reserve.

Mr. Riemer, who has absolutely no farming experience, believes solar panels are a form of agriculture and farming.

In his e-mail he compares solar panels to growing grapes and grazing sheep. I’m not sure where he is getting his information from but it is apparent that he is clueless regarding the growing of crops for consumption and the raising of animals. Perhaps he believes as AOC does, that groceries originate from the grocery store. 

If he had farming knowledge, he would realize that once land is developed, including solar panels, it never reverts back to workable farm land that produces a crop.

If he had farming knowledge, he would also realize that grapes cannot be grown organically. They require regular, preventative pesticide spray; in fact, Mr. Riemer advocated and supported passing legislation that prohibited the use of pesticides in Montgomery County.   

Mr. Riemer’s partnership with the liberal Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Poolesville Green are indicative of the agenda that he holds. He can be placed in the same radical category as AOC and her “Green New Deal.” Their belief that the world will end in 10 years if the carbon footprint is not reduced is driving them to radical ideas which are not in the interest of agriculture. He, along with his Takoma Park cronies Tom Hucker and Evan Glass, are pushing their liberal agenda much like the Takoma Park ban on fossil fuels. It’s inevitable what happens in Takoma Park will bleed over into Montgomery County.

Hans Riemer’s e-mail is rushing this proposal to meet a September deadline. His goal, like the bill passed in Takoma Park, is to shut down power plants forcing wind and solar power as the only source of power. You can bet the next step will be to follow the lead of Takoma Park banning combustion engines, and natural gas to meet the county’s goal of zero emissions by 2035. We saw these failed attempts during the Obama presidency and how failed energy businesses profited from taxpayer dollars.

Hans Riemer is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz. He has never had a job in the business world for profit but rather was (and still is) a political activist, having held positions as director of the national youth vote for Obama, political director of Rock the Vote, public policy associate, and on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. In 2010 he was elected to an At-Large position on the Montgomery County Council. Nowhere in his biography does it suggest he has agriculture of farming experience. He currently resides in the liberal urban city of Takoma Park. I bet he has never attended the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. One has to laugh out loud to think he can offer comments and expertise on agriculture.

The liberal left’s hysteria over climate change is not based on solid science.  Science and history show us the earth has been evolving for billions of years. Hans Riemer’s motivation is purely political, solely crafted to reducing valuable farm land.

I grew up on a farm and understand agriculture. So, I ask Mr. Riemer:

  1. How do solar panels increase our food supply?
  2. How do they benefit agriculture? It’s a far stretch to equate solar panels with farming and agriculture unless you are a Takoma Park liberal with no understanding of farming or agriculture.  
  3. What financial or political gain is in this for you and your cohorts?

References:

  1. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/05/actual-aoc-quote-like-honestly-gardening-food-that-comes-out-of-dirt-like-its-magic/
  2. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/lawns/law/

Tiny Homes (ADUs) Are Killing The American Dream

By Patricia Fenati Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

If you’ve ever read anything about the Russian revolution and the early days of the Soviet Union (or saw the movie Dr. Zhivago), you know that one of the consequences of the communist takeover was to require the sharing of homes by seizing individual properties and moving numerous people into those homes.

Nazi socialism did the same by taking property of those they considered enemies and giving it to others.

Agenda 21’s plan is to get you living in a “stack and pack” tiny home with no freedom.

No one is moving into my home (yet) but Montgomery County, Maryland, which is facing a housing shortage because we are a sanctuary county, has come up with a neoteric (I think off-the-wall)  solution. The County Council recently passed a proposal to provide additional housing in the county termed “Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs),” which allows additional dwelling places in virtually all residential zones. 

This dictate essentially negates home zoning laws and allows homeowners to add an apartment in their home, basement, or garage or to build a small house (up to 1,200 sq. ft.) on their property, no matter what the size of the lot. It is intended to increase affordable housing in Montgomery County by encouraging smaller, more cost-accessible units as additions to individual properties.

Why does zoning matter?

According to Wikipedia, the primary purpose of zoning is to segregate land uses into divisions that are meant to be compatible. In practice, zoning is also used to prevent new development from interfering with existing uses and/or to preserve the “character” of a community. By allowing individual homes to be separated from commercial and dense housing such as apartment buildings, residents can be assured that their neighborhood homes have coherence, thus protecting the existing neighborhoods.  Zoning restrictions and standards help prevent overcrowding and protect home values. ADUs will promote overcrowding and houses built too close to each other. 

Montgomery County citizens have major investments in their homes, sometimes acquired at great sacrifice. They carefully chose the neighborhoods where they live and expected that their elected representatives would assure the quality of life in those neighborhoods would remain the same. Additional dwelling units everywhere will have a significant negative impact on the quality of neighborhoods.

As residents start to add dwelling units built in back yards and convert basements and garages to additional units, the value of neighboring homes will decrease.

I predict “investors” will then purchase those lower cost homes, making separate apartments in the house and putting small rental units in back yards. This will have a serious impact on all housing developments in the county. To avoid this, the new county law requires that the owner live on the property. This sounds good, but once hundreds of these ADUs are built around the county, who is going to police this situation? A person can move away from a site and never notify the county.

“We moved to Montgomery County over 40 years ago. We relied on county zoning to regulate the size of lots and homogenize the structures in our neighborhood. We thought we were assured that new building on a neighboring property would be in harmony with the home in which we live. Now that that assurance is gone, I do not think additional homes in my neighbors’ yards are compatible with the neighborhood into which I moved.”

Patricia Fenati

What effects will these additional units have on parking? The law also loosened parking restrictions for ADUs, so that owners are only required to ensure two off-street spots. Thus, there will be additional parking on the streets.

What about water supply and sewage capacity? What if there is a septic tank? A home in a neighborhood near mine was converted into five apartments (against regulations at that time) and rented to several families. That house had a septic tank which soon was over capacity and caused raw sewage to creep to the surface. Since that was an illegal situation, it was eventually remedied. But since the county did not even police that situation, how will there be adequate oversight when small homes are going up all over the county?

“Living close to work shouldn’t be a luxury for the rich.  It’s a right for everyone.  Here’s the tough thing to talk about, though we must.  Rich people are gonna have to allow — or be forced to allow — lower income people live near them, which is what we fail to do in this country right now.” 

“Beto” O’Rourke

Voters need to understand that what’s happening in Montgomery County is the forerunner of a radical Obama plan, AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) and Joe Biden promises to implement AFFH nationally. But Biden is planning to go further than the Obama plan and follow Cory Booker’s plan to end single family zoning in the suburbs and create little cities everywhere. 

Suburban living was initiated to afford a choice for living, away from crowded cities. People were willing to spend the time commuting to jobs in the city in order to have that option for living.

When we moved into Montgomery County those 40 years ago, it was the richest county in the country, with the best education rating in the nation (neither is true today).

When we moved here, we could not afford to live in the wealthy suburbs near Washington, D.C., but we found a home in a new development in a small town in rural farm country. We were able to get a larger home with more property than any we could have purchased with a shorter commute near the city. We have worked for many years to maintain our home, make improvements and pay on our mortgage. We were not rich, Mr. O’Rourke; we knew a move to a home in the country meant a lifetime commitment to a long commute to jobs in the city. But now we are going to be forced to allow lower income people to move into our neighborhood. Buying our home required many sacrifices, but we felt the wholesome atmosphere with fields and woods for our children to play in was worth being far from work. And our children did have many carefree hours exploring the countryside near our home (that was when children were free to roam, not always tethered to a nearby adult). Now the opportunity of open spaces will be denied to other hard working families.

Granted, there are no requirements to force others into our homes (yet) and I am not required (yet) to have additional housing on my property, but make no mistake, forcing ADUs into existing neighborhoods is a move toward socialism.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated by the author. The original post may be found at: https://voxdeplorables.com/accessory-dwellng-units-adus/

References:

  1. https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=23341&Dept=1
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoning

Call To Action: Vote FOR Question D & AGAINST Question C

Kimblyn Persaud is Chair of Nine Districts for MoCo.

From the Editor: New to the Nine Districts for MoCo ballot measure? Here is a short video made to inform and educate.


Congratulations! We have been officially notified by the Board of Elections that Nine Districts for MoCo has been certified with more than the necessary 10,000 signatures, and will be Question D on the General Election ballot.

None of this would have happened without your support, but it’s not over!

On August 4th, just one day after we delivered our petitions, the Montgomery County Council suspended their rules of procedure and took counter action against us.  Rejecting the Charter Review Commission’s recommendation for no action and without holding a public hearing on their proposal, the Council decided to place an alternative question on the ballot.  Their referendum expands the Council to 11 members, maintaining the 4 at-large Council seats. The Council, once again, is demonstrating their disconnect from the people.

Montgomery County is experiencing the worst economic crisis in history; businesses have closed their doors, evictions are looming, and people have lost their jobs.

From the Editor: MoCo Council Member Will Jawando, vehemently against the Nine Districts for MoCo initiative, had this to say in February 2020. The internet is forever, Mr. Jawando.

For the first time, the county government has applied for a line of credit

Yet, despite all that, the Council still proposed the addition of two more District Council seats, which will include eight staff members and a need to renovate office space.

Enough is enough!  Montgomery County needs a more responsive County Council that we can hold accountable, not more government that we will have to pay for.  Nine Districts for MoCo is our opportunity to change this! 

We need your help! With a donation today, your contribution will help us reach voters throughout the county with advertising and yard signs. 

Click the link below to donate today, as little as $9 or whatever you can afford, at ­­­­­­­­­­­https://secure.anedot.com/nine-districts-for-moco/donate.

Together, by voting for Question D (Nine Districts) and Against C (for County Council), we can have equitable representation in Montgomery County.

Sincerely, 
Kimblyn Persaud
Chair, Nine Districts for MoCo

References:

  1. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/2020/20200720/20200720_GO1.pdf
  2. https://secure.anedot.com/nine-districts-for-moco/donate
  3. https://www.ninedistrictsformoco.org/

Opinion: Biden Endorsed Darkness At DNC

From A Concerned Citizen In Maryland.

I found it very interesting that Joe Biden referred to the comparison of “dark and light” during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). This is not a new comparison. This phrase has been used metaphorically since the beginning of time to convey deep spiritual truths. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus used the same analogy. Both political parties claim to be the light while accusing the other to be the dark; Biden was using the phrase to compare the alleged actions and personality of President Trump to a dark place in our history.

Often, one side will equate capitalism as self-interest and refer to it as the side without light. I believe those who wrote Joe’s speech had this in mind. His speech writers were in fact endorsing Marxism and collective interest. Sadly, most Americans did not understand the comparison.

Jesus in the gospel of John Chapter 8 Vs 12 said, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

1 John 1:6-7

Throughout the Bible we see references to light and darkness. It also teaches the concept of truthfulness. Ultimately, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth and I am the truth.” He knew 2,000 years ago the world was a dark place full of untruthfulness.

Sadly, I don’t believe Joe Biden fully understood what he was saying or the history behind the phrase he used. I don’t intend this to be a bible lesson, but I do seek guidance from God’s word. The bible equates darkness with untruthfulness, murder (abortion/killing and taking of life), corruption, greed, lust for power and possessions, hatefulness towards one’s neighbor, and failure to give God the recognition He is due, among other attributes. The opposite, light, would suggest mankind’s love and respect for one another, a value of life as the creation of God, honesty and integrity, contentment as apposed to lust, the recognition of God as the creator of all things, and the worship of Him above all other things.

So, one must ask why didn’t Joe Biden, in his acceptance speech, refer to or condemn the darkness and violence taking place in the world and in America today?

Why couldn’t he condemn Antifa or the bigotry, violence, and racism of black lives matter (BLM)? Why couldn’t he condemn anarchy in the streets, murder and violence, lies, and corruption at the highest levels of government?  

One must assume one of three conclusions:

  1. Joe Biden doesn’t understand darkness;
  2. Joe Biden is a part of the darkness; or
  3. Joe Biden is being told by dark forces what to say relative to darkness.

It is you, the reader, who must decide which side you are on. You must decide what defines dark and light. You must decide what is good and what is evil. You must decide what is right and wrong. Sadly, the world has lost its moral compass. We have set aside God’s guidelines and adopted our own moral code. As for me, I choose to set my moral compass and determine dark and light according to God’s word as recorded in scripture. 

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Book of Genesis 1

Candidate To Watch: Steve Solomon (Board of Education)

Steve Solomon is a candidate for the Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education, District 4 seat.

My name is Steve Solomon, and I am a candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education – District 4.

I wanted to thank The MoCo Conservative for allowing me to write something and reach more voters of Montgomery County. I hope to tell you a little more about me, why I’m running for Board of Education, and what issues I think are important.

I’m a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. I’ve spent my career in the radio and podcasting business, but I’ve always wanted to help my community in some way. One of the radio shows I did early in my career was a Public Affairs show, where I learned how important local government was. I met many local officials and saw the impact that they could have on the everyday lives of our residents, so I thought that one day that would be something I would like to do.

I believe we have great schools in Montgomery County, and I want to be a Board of Education member so that I can make sure we continue to have great schools, and avoid any bad decisions that might be made. Although I have no elected experience, I believe that voters want a candidate who will tell you what they really think, and work hard once they are in office.

Some of the issues that I believe in are:

  1. A need for more vocational and technical programs. We currently only have one high school (Edison) that has programs designed to teach kids to be plumbers, carpenters, or electricians. These are good paying jobs that can be found right here in Montgomery County. We need to better prepare our kids for the real world, and I believe that vocational programs are a great way to do that.
  2. Retaining our best teachers. Did you know that nearly half of new teachers in Montgomery County don’t last past their third year? That much turnover is not the way to ensure success for kids. Teachers need to be able to find their own niche, get mentored by older teachers, and not be suffocated by the bureaucracy above them. 
  3. We will need to rethink how we spend money in Montgomery County overall and in our schools. We will not see the full economic results of COVID-19 for several years. Tough decisions will need to be made and a cost/benefit analysis of more budget items will need to be conducted.  

A lot of attention this election is focused nationally, but it’s the local elections that have an impact on people’s lives in many other ways.  

That’s why I need help spreading the word before this November. Most Montgomery County residents have no idea who the Board of Education members are. Campaigning and raising money are always tough, but especially in these times.  

I ask that you visit my website www.VoteSteveSolomon.com to learn more about me, the issues I believe in, and if you can, please donate to the campaign. Money means everything in smaller races like this one. It allows me to buy some advertising and reach more Montgomery County voters. The most important thing that you can do is tell a friend. Most people are not committed to a Board of Education candidate, but if they hear from a friend, family member, or neighbor, that would really help.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at VoteSteveSolomon@gmail.com.

Steve Solomon

Just The Facts: MoCo Voting Information

From the Editor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting will not be the same as usual. Here is how it will work in Montgomery County, Maryland for the General Election. You may choose among three options: Vote by Mail, Early Voting Center Option, or General Election Day Option. 

1. VOTE BY MAIL/ ABSENTEE BALLOT OPTION 

All voters will receive a Vote by Mail Application in the mail around the first week of September. WHAT ALL VOTERS WILL RECEIVE IN THE MAIL IS NOT THE ACTUAL BALLOT. You don’t need to wait to receive this application and can request to receive an Absentee Ballot (also called a Mail-in Ballot) online. CLICK HERE if you would like to order a Mail-in Ballot online. (NOTE: The target date for the Board of Elections (BOE) to begin mailing ballots is September 24.) 

Your Vote by Mail Application must be received by BOE (not just mailed) by:

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website.  This process slows down the vote counting after the election, so use this only if necessary. 

Your completed and signed Absentee Ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd. It is advised to mail your ballot much sooner than that. Instead of mailing your ballot, you may drop it off at a Voting Center Drop Box. There will be Drop Boxes at all Early Voting locations and High Schools as well as the office of the Board of Elections. You have until 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd to drop it off and if you don’t want to drop off your own ballot, you can ask a trusted friend to do it for you. Additional Drop Boxes may be added.

2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION 

You may vote at any one of 11 early voting sites. CLICK HERE to see the list of Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County  The Early Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day from October 29 through November 2nd. They will also be open on General Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  

3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 

You will not vote at your usual local polling location. On November 3rd, you may choose to vote at any of the county’s 25 public high schools or at any of the 11 Early Voting Sites, for a total of 36 locations. Keep in mind,the number of voting locations on November 3rd is greatly reduced from previous General Elections, but the voting centers will be much larger to accommodate voters. The reason for the reduction of polling sites is because of a shortage of poll workers. (Many of the mostly elderly poll workers have indicated they will not work at the polls due to the risk associated with COVID-19.)  

VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY

On November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 11 Early Voting Centers and all 25 Public High Schools in Montgomery County will be open.

Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:

  • Albert Einstein High School
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Clarksburg High School
  • Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
  • Damascus High School
  • Gaithersburg High School
  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Montgomery Blair High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Poolesville High School
  • Quince Orchard High School
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Rockville High School
  • Seneca Valley High School
  • Sherwood High School
  • Springbrook High School
  • Thomas S. Wootton High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Walter Johnson High School
  • Watkins Mill High School
  • Wheaton High School
  • Winston Churchill High School

MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE to do any of the following (note: some of this information has not yet been updated to reflect the latest changes)

  • Review your voter registration record.
  • Request a duplicate voter registration card.
  • Find out where to vote (CHANGE:  You may now vote at any early voting center of any of the 25 public high schools.).
  • Find out your voting districts.
  • Find out your local board of elections.
  • See the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.
  • View your sample ballot.

Not registered to vote yet? CLICK HERE to become a registered voter through an online process. You may also stop by the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office to register in person at 118753 N. Frederick Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.  

Opinion: Takoma Park Politicos Are Impractical

From An Anonymous Resident Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

I thought it would be fun comparing two styles of leadership and relate it to conservatism and progressiveness (liberalism). These two styles are pragmatism and its antonym, impracticality.

The dictionary definition of pragmatism is: practical, matter of fact, realistic, sensible, down to earth, businesslike, and rational. A further definition of a pragmatic person is one who deals with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based upon practical experience, rather than theoretical hypothesizing.

Someone with a pragmatic approach to politics is a person with common sense who knows how to get things done. This person’s mentality and outlook on life emphasizes practical consequences in the determination of meaning, truth, or value.

The antonym of pragmatic is impractical. Its dictionary definition is: unsuitable, not sensible, inappropriate, unserviceable, unworkable, unfeasible, impractical, and nonviable. Sometimes academia fits into this category. So, let’s ask ourselves a question: On a national level, how much has our House of Representatives and Senate accomplished in the last 12 years? How much have they accomplished in the last four years? Each side masterfully plays the blame game, but if you really examine the pork that many of these bills contain, it makes them impractical.

It’s a sad commentary on society that many politicians have no business experience. Successful business owners are generally pragmatic. They are able to solve complex problems in a cost-effective manner; prioritize schedules to identify, isolate and solve problems; and enlist teams, staff, and employees who complement and bring value to the job.

The choices for the business owner are to solve the problem in a cost-effective manner or face bankruptcy. Politicians and community activists do not face the same consequences.

They are using money they did not earn, and they consequently spend it as if they had a limitless supply. The results of their choices in solving problems do not have the same consequences as that of a business owner. Thus, many of the decisions they make tend to be impractical, unreasonable, unworkable, and unfeasible.

Let’s look at several local Montgomery County, Maryland examples.

Montgomery County has horrific traffic congestion. Rush-hour in Montgomery County is a nightmare. A pragmatic approach to the problem would be to widen the roads to accommodate traffic. Instead, our County Council, led by the Takoma Park delegation, invest money into bike lanes and sidewalks. They further push mass transit, car pooling, and toll lanes.

The problem with our naïve Takoma Park representatives’ liberal, impractical approach is that they dance around the problem and avoid pragmatic and real solutions.

The question is: are these politicians prioritizing changing our behavior, or are they focused on solving a real-world problem? Part of the problem with impractical decision making is these liberal politicians tend to legislate and design laws focused to the lowest common denominator. They also play to the crisis of the moment. If one person is killed in a police shooting then our county writes a law directed at racial disparities and equity. It’s difficult for me (and countless others) to understand how this issue can be equated with a public health crisis.

Montgomery County has a budget crisis and a shortfall of revenue. When my budget faces turbulence I adjust my spending and cut extravagance. I don’t spend money I don’t have. Solving budget problems by raising taxes only kicks the problem down the road and does not systemically solve the budget crisis. Our Takoma Park delegation of Councilpersons approach our budget crisis using illogical and non-sensible solutions, that if used by a business, would drive them into bankruptcy.

We are witnessing the same lowest common denominator approach used in manufacturing rules and laws governing COVID-19. There are many inconsistencies and inequalities used in applying rules and regulations to manage the virus. The closure of schools and regulations on churches, combined with closure of targeted businesses, are not based on a pragmatic problem-solving approach, but rather on partisan politics based upon illogical and impractical decisions. One can see the bias when riots are allowed to take place but worshipers are not allowed to meet. One has only to compare the numbers of COVID-19 deaths to persons dying from the flu to see the disproportionate logic applied to this problem.

Don’t misunderstand me; I admit we have a problem, but the politicians addressing the crisis are not acting or governing in a pragmatic manner to address the issue.

One can look to Takoma Park, from which most of our County Council live, to see the impractical approach to problem solving taken with politics. Does their nuclear free zone prevent foreign countries from launching a nuclear attack? Does banning lawn mowers and leaf blowers solve the alleged climate change problem? Does the bag tax improve the Chesapeake Bay? Does a $15 per hour minimum wage eliminate poverty? Does providing free health care and rent subsidies to illegals solve our immigration problems? Does limiting the sale of firearms to one per month reduce the murder rate? Does taking firearms from law abiding citizens and taxing ammunition reduce gun violence? Does a ban on petting zoos and circuses make animals safer?

So, how do you prefer your elected officials to base their decision? In pragmatism or in impractical decisions?

It’s your vote that decides.

Conservatives Gone Viral: Kim Klacik Edition

Marc A. King lives in Germantown, Maryland.

As the election draws closer and I scroll through all the Conservative and Republican Facebook and Twitter accounts, I am struck by the seeming lack of enthusiasm for the Maryland Conservative and Republican candidates that will be on the ticket this November.

Now the one glaring exception is the candidacy of Kimberly Klacik, the Republican candidate running for the Congressional seat in Maryland District #7, representing Baltimore. Kimberly recently upset the Twitter/Facebook world by posting a campaign ad that received over 9.8 million views. This of course is an outstanding return on the money spent to produce the ad, and it was effective. Imagine if all our candidates could garner 9.8 million views on Twitter or Facebook… it is hard to imagine, isn’t it?

But let us look at the reality here. Maryland District #7 does not have anywhere near 9.8 million voters, so while the ad was widely seen, we really do not know how effective it will be in moving Kim’s campaign forward.

Remember, it was only about six months ago that she was the Republican candidate in the Special District 7 election, and we all know how that turned out. Interviews on FOX are always a good thing, but given the constituency of Baltimore I am not encouraged to believe that a lot of voters in that district are tuned into FOX.

This is not a criticism of Kim by any means; in fact, I had the unique opportunity to meet her face-to-face at CPAC in February of this year, and I think she represents all of the right policies that Republicans and Conservatives should bring to the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

We have a slate of candidates across this state who are just as worthy of attention as Kim, who face tough, uphill races in their respective districts and who we should vote for on the Republican ticket to ensure a house win… but many remain a mystery to the voters because the Republican apparatus in Maryland is not paying close attention to these candidates.

Every once in a while, there is a post about a political event, such as it is given the health challenge, and enthusiasm for that candidate builds… but then it’s over and the excitement (and sometimes, the candidate) seems to disappear.

So I would like to call on all of those Republican Woman’s organizations, County Republican Central Committees, and the State GOP Central Committee with Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to start a campaign of their own.

Start to publish a daily post for the candidates in your districts; get the word out so that voters will know and understand the importance of getting our Congressional candidates elected. I know from my own past experience that many times you will hear voters who might otherwise be like-minded say, “What’s the use? My vote does not count in Maryland.”  Even if (and we all hope this is not the case) they do not want to vote for the President, they still need to vote to change the U.S. House of Representatives–that happens district by district.

In my own Maryland Congressional District #6, our candidate Neil Parrott faces David Trone, a multi-millionaire who spent $15 million dollars to buy the District #6 seat. Neil has been serving in the Maryland State House, but now he faces the challenge of his life. How much is incumbent Trone prepared to spend this election cycle to keep his seat? On the other hand, how much does Neil have to fight back? Trone sends mailers to every household in the district, under the guise of being our (complacent) Congressional Representative. Neil has no such advantage; he needs us to get the word out as do his counterparts across Maryland. Yes, even Kim is not done yet.

So, we need to band together, use the resources available to us, and make sure that Republicans and Conservatives across Maryland know that district-by-district, their vote does count. Make sure they know who their candidates are and that it is important they GET OUT THE VOTE!

References:

  1. https://kimkforcongress.com/
  2. https://youtu.be/7S_Xl2eOeeY
  3. https://www.parrott2020.org/front-page

Opinion: Rep. Clyburn Lacks Courage Of Conviction

Marc A. King lives in Germantown, Maryland.

I spent some time this morning listening to an interview on “Fox and Friends” of Congressman Jim Clyburn, regarding the first night of the virtual Democrat National Convention. The interviewer, Brian Kilmeade, seemed to be lobbing softball questions at first, but when he changed the subject to the rioting in the streets across America, the tone of the interview shifted.

It was clear that the Congressman did not like being questioned about defunding the police, looting in Chicago, and the rioting in Portland and Seattle. 

When pressed on the lack of response to these matters, the Congressman dodged the question by stating that neither he nor Congressman Lewis (now deceased) supported such actions. But when pressed again by the interviewer, however, Congressman Clyburn launched into a response about his Civil Rights fight of the 1960’s and how that was “hijacked” by desperate groups who rioted in the streets, chanting “Burn Baby Burn.” Kilmeade, to his credit, then asked, “[W]hy are you allowing them [Black Lives Matter/BLM] to hijack this movement?”

At this point, the Congressman got visibly angry and refused to condemn the rioting being conducted in the name of Black Lives Matter.

What is most interesting, is that throughout the entire discussion and constant references to the 1960’s Civil Rights struggle that Congressman Clyburn defaults to on every question – not once in the discussion is the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. mentioned. Now, I am old enough to have lived through the 1960’s and remember the Civil Rights movement very well. As I recall the man who led that movement was not Jim Clyburn or John Lewis, although they were involved.

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who preached non-violence and had the courage of his own convictions to act in a non-violent manner.

It was King who was on the television many nights and it is King whose statue stands in Washington, D.C. I find it curious that in the year 2020 it seems that the history of the Civil Rights movement of old is being rewritten by the likes of Congressman Jim Clyburn, who now claims “first rights” to the activities and outcome, especially as he is called to task on the behavior of leaders in his party in response to the BLM movement, Antifa, and the actions of those who loot in the name of reparations.

I also find it completely disingenuous on Congressman Clyburn’s part when he supports the anti-Semitic diatribe that is often spewed on the floor of the House of Representatives by Representatives Omar, Tlaib and other members of “the Squad;” seems to me that the Congressman forgot about the “Freedom Riders,” some of whom were Jewish and gave their lives in support of the Civil Rights movement.

The remains of three civil rights workers whose disappearance on June 21, 1964 garnered national attention, were found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, both Jewish white New Yorkers, had traveled to heavily segregated Mississippi in 1964 to help organize Civil Rights efforts on behalf of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The third man, James Chaney, was a local African American man who had joined CORE in 1963. The disappearance of these three young men led to a massive FBI investigation that was code-named MIBURN, which stood for “Mississippi Burning.”

Congressman Clyburn seemingly reverts to this era every time he does not wish to answer particularly probing questions focused on the differences between both movements; you would think that he would be appalled and ashamed to know that “the Squad” denigrates the very people who helped him with his struggle, died for his cause and, to this day, remain staunch supporters of the Democrat Party. You would think that, but that is not the case at all.

This man feigns all knowledge of what is happening on the streets of America today because he thinks this approach will help defeat Donald Trump and return his party to power.

He will look, as is evidenced in the most recent interview on Fox, right into the camera and lie to the American public. As Conservatives we must be sure to defeat this “Democrat” ideology and its political platform and return Donald J. Trump to the White House for a second term. If we fail, this country will be heading toward a very dark place with only people like Clyburn left, who lack the courage of their own convictions to lead the way. 

References:

  1. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/james-clyburn-violence-protesters-black-lives-matter
  2. https://www.britannica.com/event/Freedom-Rides
  3. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/price&bowers/schwerner.htm
  4. https://andrewgoodman.org/who-we-are/about-andy/
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-freedom-riders-then-and-now-45351758/
  6. https://aaregistry.org/story/james-chaney-fought-for-civil-rights/
  7. https://vault.fbi.gov/Mississippi%20Burning%20%28MIBURN%29%20Case

A New Secular Religion: Marxism, Soros & Takoma Park

From a Concerned Citizen in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Throughout history, the world has experienced the practical application of many philosophical theories. From the beginning, mankind has sought to worship various forms of these theories, turning these theories into religions and gods.         

In 1848, a German man by the name of Karl Marx gave birth to a document known as the Communist Manifesto. The ideas and theories of Marx became known as Marxism, which were later interpreted into practice and became Communism.

It was Karl Marx’s objective to dethrone God and destroy Capitalism.

Marx upended the definitions of good and evil to mean that the church and family presented obstacles to utopia. The concept of sin changed, from rebellion against God into striving for individual ends opposed to the collective. The institution of property rights represented original sin. The end goal of Communism replaced the Garden of Eden. The new utopia was heaven.

This view, especially under the funding of billionaire Marxist, George Soros, has been absorbed by academia, media, the entertainment industry, and many in government. They promote cultural Marxism in the form of political correctness. Everyone is equal.  The reality is, the Bible speaks of God’s justice as measured by adherence to God’s standards, not by shifting goals of secular academics.

No where in scripture does it task government with equalization of wealth. The bible requires work, frugal living, and honest dealings. It mandates impartial justice, sound money management, and property rights. It also endorses liberty and limited government, all essential elements of capitalism.

In a recent television interview, U.S. Attorney General William Barr was asked about Antifa, the black lives matter (BLM) movement, civil unrest, and the media. He began by saying politics has fundamentally changed; where once we were able to have discussion and debate and then vote, it has been replaced by one side’s desire to tear down the system with no compromise.

Mr. Barr said this revolutionary movement has become a new secular religion.

It has become a political pilgrimage to create a progressive utopia.

Barr went on to compare this revolutionary movement to Marxism. During the interview, a June 12, 2020 report published by the Soeren Kern Gatestone Institute was quoted:

“Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded, and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups. Antifa’s stated long-term objective, both in America and abroad, is to establish a communist world order. In the United States, Antifa’s immediate aim is to bring about the demise of the Trump administration.”

From day one of President Trump’s administration, radical leftists have made it their goal to shred the norms of the system. BLM is also focused on bringing down this administration. Why?

They desire POWER and want to run the lives of everyone. This lust for power has become their new religion. The urban guerrilla warfare currently taking place in America is Antifa and BLM shielding themselves under the protections afforded to them in the 1st amendment. They hijack these so-called “peaceful” demonstrations and are highly organized in creating riots and civil anarchy. The media does not fully cover these riots because they are funded by billionaire Marxist and globalist, George Soros.

So, who is George Soros? Forbes has listed him as the 46th richest individual in the country with a net worth of 22 billion dollars. Soros has funded pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration, pro-national health care, pro-drug legalization, pro-big government, anti-Israel, and anti-America movements. He has direct ties to over 30 main stream media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, CNN, NPR, and ABC. Each of these operations have high-level employees on the Boards of Soros-funded media operations. Soros’ contributions have secured ownership of politicians and have funded Antifa. Many leftist politicians refuse to condemn the anarchy and riots taking place in our country because their very own campaigns are being funded in part by George Soros.

Consequently, Soros is accomplishing his Marxist goal of dismantling America through the use of riots and his manipulation of racism and open anarchy. 

BIG MEDIA was born with Soros money.

George Soros discovered he had enough money and know-how to buy options in floundering publishers and individual reporters. He controls the narrative used by the media, which in turn controls the Democrat party and prevents Americans from hearing the truth. Democrats don’t talk about big media because they are the ones who benefit from it. Each of the most influential big media outlets, with the exception of Fox, are campaigning for far-left causes and radical, liberal candidates.

The deep state is not a conspiracy theory. The corruption within the FBI, CIA, IRS, Congress, and NSA is real and openly evident.

Justice is a word of the past. The Left’s lust for power places them into the category of Marxist. Sadly, most Americans are too naïve and have accepted the narrative of the media without fully understanding who is creating and funding the narrative. I can only pray Americans will learn to think for themselves and understand how they are being deceived by the narrative.  

The November election will shape the direction of America and the world. If Biden is elected it may well be the last president America will see.

The shadow government and deep state will have achieved victory. Our form of government may become history, replaced by the Marxist agenda of Communism. Please, America, wake up. We are one election away from losing the freedoms we have taken for granted. Everything is on the line. 

Sadly, on our local Montgomery County, Maryland level we have a Marxist in power as County Executive (Marc Elrich) and a surrounding cast of cronies who live in and support the Marxist agenda of Takoma Park. Your vote to create nine districts is a vote to end this Takoma Park control. 

References:

  1. https://thewillcountynews.com/install/index.php/2020/01/11/complete-list-of-u-s-organizations-funded-by-george-soros/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QfB7gRNQ_U

My Take On Police Reform

From Thomas Black of Leesburg, Virginia.

As Virginia’s General Assembly prepares to discuss police reform, I pray emotional impulse and situational ethics surrender to principled rationale.  Without proper foresight, it is possible to do well-intentioned harm.  

The most obvious reform I hope to see is a mandate for all uniformed officers to have body cameras, in addition to dashboard cameras for all law enforcement vehicles. 

I believe this will serve a variety of parties.  First, it will help serve the citizens, as the knowledge that their engagement with law enforcement is being recorded should help provide peace of mind.  Second, it will help protect our law enforcement officers from fraudulent claims of civil disobedience and conduct unbecoming of an officer.  Finally, these recorded interactions can, and should, be used for training purposes.  Having academy students watch real interactions will help them see how to appropriately respond to challenging situations.

I also believe there is wisdom in removing qualified immunity for law enforcement officials.  This is not because most officers abuse their authority, but because the principle of checks and balances in government have served us well. 

Officers who cannot be easily held accountable could abuse authority and create a sense of micro-tyranny for communities. 

Furthermore, before an experienced law enforcement officer is hired into another department or jurisdiction, I believe state law should require the professional file of that individual be sent from their old office to their new one, prior to hire.  Officers who are commonly and formally rebuked should not be hired by another department.  

Finally, I believe it would benefit officers to receive training on how traumatic experiences can affect an individual’s brain.  When officers enter potentially dangerous situations, they often interact with traumatized individuals, many of whom have had early and/or frequent exposure to violence, drug use, etc.  The late Karyn Purvis conducted remarkable research on the effects of trauma on the brain, how it governs an individual’s actions, and most importantly, how to appropriately address it.  Admittedly, her research is geared for foster and adopted parents, which is not the responsibility of the police; however, the principle of knowing how a traumatized individual may behave, and how to counteract the potential for escalation, is noteworthy.  

Richmond should not denigrate an officer’s ability for self-preservation. 

We trust law enforcement officers to be wise stewards of lethal weapons, so how would legislation be consistent if it took away options and tactics that may lead to the prevention of lethal force?  Rather, Richmond should seek to give officers as many non-lethal options as possible to avoid chaos and protect innocent life.  Furthermore, officers should retain the ability to serve no-knock warrants; knocking on the door of an alleged weapons trafficker places a tactical disadvantage on law enforcement, benefits the alleged criminal, and unnecessarily increases risk.

In this debate, police officers are not adversaries, nor are concerned citizens antagonists. 

May the passions of the day give way to temperance, and perhaps subsequent legislation will further protect the citizenry without sacrificing protections for law enforcement.

References:

  1. https://richmond.com/news/virginia/police-reform-will-be-at-center-of-general-assemblys-special-session/article_0193e868-a9cd-5059-9b4c-79476d6bf115.html
  2. https://child.tcu.edu/

Help! I’m A Closet Conservative Teacher (Part I)

From a conservative teacher in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School (MCPS) System.

Conservatism, Education, and Montgomery County Public Schools is a combination that is not welcome. I have seen it firsthand. My hope is through a series of articles, I can share my experiences as a conservative teacher within the MCPS system. I look forward to shedding some light on what is happening within our public school system. 

I love teaching. I began my teaching career in 2003, my soul eager to have a role in shaping the future. My first few years as a teacher for MCPS provided me with a sense of fulfillment, a sense that I was part of a group that had the same purpose in mind: to foster the “basics” that an elementary school student needs in life. Such basics include reading at the correct reading level, knowing the multiplication tables, and having good spelling and grammar skills. At times, lessons of respect and appropriate social skills were embedded. That is what the hallways of my school building demonstrated during my first years.

Then a shift happened.

Our staff meetings began to touch on the topic of race. “Courageous conversations,” they called it. An emphasis on discussing a child’s race first replaced looking at the child as a whole. The racially-sectioned children assigned to each classroom were closely analyzed, so that each child had someone that looked like him or her. As a conservative, who also happens to be a minority, this shift frustrated me. My conservative values leaned towards focusing on the needs of the individual. While such a task is time consuming, it is what is morally right to do for the dignity of the child. My conservative values did not want to accept a focus on a collective group.

My conservative values wanted to embrace a focus on the individual, acknowledging that race does not categorize one into a box. 

These were the first signs that my conservative values set me apart. I became uncomfortable when our staff meetings started to place a heavy focus on race. I felt that my ethnic background was causing me, and students of my background, to be cornered into a specific category. I uncomfortably sat at these meetings, while coworkers from other races would discuss the implications that people of my race supposedly all had.

It felt like my brownness was being exploited. It felt like my family was being stereotyped. All for the sake of those attending to be enlightened to understand the plight of my people and consequently become better educators. I was enraged! What ever happened to the idea of judging someone by the content of their character?

It is unfortunate that race discussions are what first led me to see that I had a disconnect with the ideals that my employer was (and still is) imposing on me. The continued emphasis the county has on race relations is just one disconnect I have with Montgomery County.

There are other aspects that I find to be troubling as well, including other ways in which the children are indoctrinated and concerning practices that some schools utilize when hiring staff. I survive by staying focused on the four walls (now virtual) of my classroom. I survive by focusing on the good that I passionately believe is found in all people, even when they would ostracize me for being a conservative.

I’m a closeted conservative. What I value as right and true is, for the most part, seen as the complete opposite.

I am the modern version of what it means to be “closeted.” It is truly a shame that a field with such great implications to society is entangled so deeply in ideals that will ultimately be our demise; the demise of our great American experiment. While my children are within my (now virtual) four walls, it is my hope I can protect and focus on what is really needed to foster their development.  

The Power of Prayer: My Adoption Story

Mr. Thomas Black lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

On Friday, April 7, 2017, my wife and I received a call from the Department of Family Services in Virginia informing us that there were three children – ages 5, 7, and 9 – who needed a safe home. We were visiting family when we received the call, but knew God desired us to head back to Northern Virginia to show His love to these children.  In an instant, Christ led us from being DINKs (“Double Income No Kids”) to a single income family with three youngsters.  One week later, we found out my wife, Lauren, was one month pregnant – taking us from zero to four children in eight months. 

This is the story of my relationship with Jesus Christ and how the power of prayer brought us through it all.

I was blessed to grow up with a mother and a father who would come to be defined by their love for God, their love for each other, and their love for my sister and me.  In many ways, our family could accurately be described as a 1990’s version of the 1950’s sitcom, Leave it to Beaver.  Church was a staple of our family, as was prayer, Bible study, and Christian music. Unfortunately, as the years went by, Christianity began to feel like a mirage.  Rather than experiencing a deep and peaceful relationship with the Creator and Savior – a relationship others seemed to enjoy – I could only watch and wonder.  Week after week, knowing something wasn’t right, I was determined to try harder.  I was convinced, if I rededicated myself to the Christian ethic, and became more disciplined in my study of the Bible, I could finally experience the love and security of a right relationship with God.  This effort was just a feeble attempt to drink the waters of the mirage, and left me as unsatisfied as a mouthful of sand in the desert.

Finally, when I was 13 years old, I realized that I did not understand Biblical Christianity when I previously had asked Jesus into my heart. My definition of Christianity was an expressed attempt to deflect the punishment for my imperfections, while still maintaining control of my life.  I had misinterpreted that Christianity was a relationship with God, through Jesus alone, where the teachings of Jesus took full control of your life. 

Christianity, I learned since then, is a relationship between a child and their father.  The child, formerly orphaned, now lovingly submits to their Father; while the Father adopts the child and exercises perfect love, authority, and forgiveness.  As this truth became evident to me, I not only recognized my need for forgiveness of sin, but became overwhelmed by my desire for a relationship with God, bound by the covenant of perfect and eternal affection.  Upon experiencing this relationship, and maturing over the years of following Christ, I began to read the Bible and pray with greater frequency and passion – akin to a child longing to spend time with their dad.  

Eventually, God brought along Lauren, a brilliant, compassionate, and beautiful woman who would later give me the honor of calling her my bride.  As we began spending time together, dedicating ourselves to prayer and the instruction of our Father, we grew to have a heavy heart for children who were in need of loving parents (James 1:27).  For months, we prayed together while meditating on scripture, and eventually God made it clear to us that He wanted us to follow Him into foster care. 

This led to the most joyful, difficult, and heart-wrenching times in our marriage.

Prayer has been the lifeline of our journey following Christ, but most especially when we got the call from the Department of Family Services.  Immediately, we prayed for God’s direction and providence.  In many ways, we were ill-equipped to be parents (aren’t we all?).  We were less than half way through our foster parent training, and still needed to purchase basic necessities, such as clothes, beds, toiletries, dressers, toys, etc.  Nevertheless, God gave us direction, and we told the county we’d be there as soon as possible.  During our drive home from Williamsburg, we prayed and tried to make others aware of our situation.  Although both of our families lived over 10 hours away, God supplied all of our material needs through our local church; when we arrived home, the first floor of our town home was covered with the necessities to begin our journey as parents.

Throughout the following years, we experienced some of the most difficult days of our lives, and when we felt that we had nothing left of ourselves, we found God’s strength to be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Today, we are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

We finalized the adoption of our oldest three in November 2019 and Lauren gave birth to our fifth on February 18, 2020.  Time and discretion will not permit me to explain how God has answered our prayers and miraculously healed our oldest children, allowing them to make sense of the injustices they’ve experienced; nor will it allow me to express how God proved Himself to be the perfect and faithful Father He always promised us He would be.  Therefore, let it prove sufficient to conclude, my relationship with Christ and experience with prayer is best summarized by this declaration:  God, my Father, makes many promises – and He keeps them all!

Response to Mr. Pitt re. BLM Support in Eastern Shore, MD

Written by a Concerned Parent and Patriot in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.

As a parent involved with the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools for the last twenty years, I am writing to provide some much needed context regarding Jonathan M. Pitts’ article entitled, “On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a County School Superintendent is Under Fire for Supporting Black Lives Matter”.

Mr. Pitts’s article, while creating a compelling victim narrative, is an incendiary misrepresentation of families and communities across Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Since the publication of this article, neighbors have escalated their radical Alinsky-style personal attacks against other neighbors, calling them “racists” and trying to get them fired from their jobs. 

But Mr. Pitts’s assessment abandons the true victims –  innocent school children who have been targeted for radical leftist re-education.

Kent Island Patriots and Eastern Shore Patriots represent a bi-partisan, multi-racial, multi-ethnic group of more than 2,000 parents who are standing up for the right of all children to receive an equal, quality academic education – free from political indoctrination and racial polarization. 

Dr. Andrea Kane, Superintendent of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, violated state law and parent trust by using her taxpayer-funded position to promote a radical political ideology in schools.  Kane circumvented the knowledge and approval of both parents and the County Board of Education when she used school e-mail addresses to directly solicit and recruit students to join her political cause. 

Kane’s defense that she endorsed the Black Lives Matter organization, “not as a political movement but as a human movement,” is intellectually dishonest.  No doubt the good will of many who are legitimately concerned with racial justice has been co-opted by the Black Lives Matter movement. But the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network that inspired the movement, finds its roots and funding, not in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, but in the anti-democractic, Marxist political ideologies that form the basis of the Communist political system. 

As violence and property destruction ravages our cities, BLM has done nothing to alleviate racial injustice.  Many of their stated political priorities, most notably defunding the police, are disproportionately disadvantaging Black communities and the American institutions that support them.  

Our public school systems should not be training American children to become anti-American revolutionaries. Instead, they should be providing children the academic skills necessary for each to achieve the American Dream.  The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. claimed not canceled this uniquely American legacy for all children, “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, Black men as well as White men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Kent Island Patriots and Eastern Shore Patriots stand for the human dignity of each child, the promise of America’s founders, and the dream of a better America built on equal opportunity through excellence in education.  If people want to make an example out of Queen Anne’s County, we should work together to make it known for outstanding academic achievement.

All rights Reserved.

Reference: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-md-queen-annes-schools-black-lives-matter-controversy-20200806-7mf5wqnly5bmzigkgfvwcdxqki-story.html

Opinion: Takoma Park Politicos Are Anti-Business

From A Small Business Owner in Montgomery County, Maryland.

I want to discuss the real-world effects of the $15.00 per hour wage.

As a small business owner in Montgomery County, Maryland my business feels the negative effects of the new law initiated by County Executive Marc Elrich and his Takoma Park delegation. Fifteen dollars sounds good to the employee working at fast food and entry-level jobs, but the minimum salary requirement has consequential effects to the small business owner who is dependent on labor to operate his business. Fast food restaurants and box stores have circumvented the effects of the raise in minimum wage by installing kiosk machines, thereby eliminating labor costs.

Have you also noticed the dollar menu has gone away and prices have increased on most items? 

Contrary to activist politicians who have never owned businesses, businesses are not created to provide jobs and benefits to the population, but rather to turn a profit. This involves managing overhead, which includes labor and employee costs. The majority of the general public do not realize that labor costs are minimally 20% higher than the actual wage paid. When you factor in unemployment, workers’ compensation, and social security matching, the increase is about 20%. If you add in mandatory sick leave required by Montgomery County (thanks to Marc Elrich and his Takoma Park associates) and health insurance, then the employer’s cost for an employee raises significantly. 

So, what are the business owner’s options?

  1. They can raise their prices to compensate for the labor increases.
  2. They can absorb the loss.
  3. They can leave Montgomery County.
  4. They can go out of business. 

When you have career politicians who have no experience at running a business, you create an anti-business climate. 

I highly value my employees. I am careful to hire and retain hard working, loyal, ethical, and moral individuals. As my business is labor intensive, I pay my employees a fair wage between $25.00 and $30.00 per hour. Because of my size, however, I am unable to absorb the cost for health insurance or a 401k.

Let’s now discuss the graduated expectations of minimum wage.

What politicians need to realize is that minimum wage jobs are entry-level positions. People who need additional wages need to find a trade or seek advanced education. The message that is not told when raising the minimum wage is the graduated expectations that employees have. The employee making $25.00 and $30.00 per hour now expects $30.00 to $35.00 to keep up with the graduated expectation of minimum wage. Bear in mind a wage of $35.00 per hour is actually $45.00 per hour. Think about that the next time you pay $7.00 for a fast food hamburger and $4.00 for a tomato because the laborer in the field was paid $15.00 per hour.  

During the County’s public hearing to debate raising minimum wage and mandatory sick leave, the sessions were (unsurprisingly) heavily stacked with political activists who have never owned businesses or worked for profit. The voices of business owners were silenced by outcries of naïve politicians opposed to capitalism and clueless of how to run a successful business.

Montgomery County is controlled by the activists of Takoma Park and they are not friendly to small business. Most recently we have seen this negative attitude towards business communicated in the forced, unjustified closures of many small businesses because of the alleged dangers of COVID-19.

Interesting how one can be safe from infection while shopping in Walmart and Home Depot but not in Joe’s Boutique. Again, it’s political activists with no business experience making the rules. 

Opinion: The Persian Patriot

The Persian Patriot lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

So many Americans take their God-given 1st Amendment for granted.

Unfortunately, many Iranian-Americans also support the pandering Left just because former President Obama wishes them a “Happy Nowruz” (Persian New Year), while Joe Biden’s last administration funneled money to the Mullahs and Dictators of the Islamic Republic of Iran, all of whom continue to oppress their citizens (specifically women and anyone who shows support for the West).

Liberal Iranian-Americans reminisce in their memories of Iran. They dream of taking their American dollars to tourist hot spots in Iran and come back to the states with more stories to share of the old Iran.

But it’s no fairy tale living under the brutal fist of Sharia law.

Stoning for alleged adultery or being thrown off a rooftop for simply being a homosexual is common. I am a first generation immigrant, whose father immigrated to the U.S. for fear of persecution because sympathizers to the Shah (King) were strung up from light poles.

This only reaffirms the fact that nothing has changed in Iran; if anything, the government has become emboldened to perpetuate its hate and propaganda with the support of companies such as Twitter, all who justify the content as foreign affairs.

This commentary was provided in response to an opinion written by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist.

Response to Council Member Friedson re. MoCo Charter Amendments

Dear Council Member Friedson,

I read with interest your message on Fiscal Responsibility and ask that you please reconsider your stance against the [Montgomery County, MD] Charter Amendments.

These are good, solid Charter Amendments that will be good for the citizens and good for the county!

I am a proud, 30-year resident of Montgomery County [MoCo], and I believe, along with a great many of my neighbors, that a cap on Property Tax is an excellent form of fiscal responsibility.  It will help our county search for and eliminate duplicative and wasteful and unneeded programs – of which there are many. It will help the county reevaluate employee compensation and pay raises – these are far higher than the U.S. government pays for comparable jobs. It may force the county to reevaluate the 6% dividends the county guarantees for MoCo employees’ retirement plans: Maintaining such a high dividend must certainly be dragging down the budget since no one in the world, except for Montgomery County, MD employees, can obtain a guaranteed 6% dividend in any one retirement plan.

Approving the cap on property taxes may force the county to stop the county’s hidden payments to a private trash hauler to haul out and dump half of our recyclables because they are unsalable – why are we paying recycling fees in our property tax to have them hauled? We could remove this expensive and illegitimate recycling  program and go back to openly hauling trash, which you doing anyway, and save us all some money.

These are only some of the things a property tax cap could accomplish!

As for the 9 districts – what a fabulous idea for each area to have one of their own to represent them. A great many of us are delighted by this prospect!

Think about this Mr. Friedson. If you support these amendments and do not disparage them, we will all support you.  

Be strong! Stand up to those bullies on the council and be a true representative of your citizens!

If you like, I can gather a list of citizens for you so you can see how many of us really like these ideas. But wait – you already have a list of 10,000 signatures for each Amendment. You do not need anything more from me, do you?

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

References:

Montgomery County, MD Council Member Friedson: Fiscal Responsibility, Not Fiscal Insanity

Do As I Say Or Die

From A Disenfranchised Voter in Maryland.

What does the phrase “Follow The Science” really mean?

The political left has adopted another phrase to endorse their policies. That phrase is “follow the science.” I’d like to share a conservative perspective on that phrase. 

Seventeen-year-old millionaire, Greta Thunberg from Sweden, recently testified in front of our U.S. Congress relating to her fight for ending “climate change.” Her words were:

“I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind science and then I want you to take real action.”

So what was she really saying?

Let me paraphrase her words. Do as I say. Ever wonder why President of Russia Vladimir Putin holds elections? It’s because he knows he has to give a nod to democracy in order to claim legitimacy. Similarly, men or women who use the phrase “follow the science” pretend to have science on their side. 

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “[T]he West Coast is — and will continue to be — guided by science.” Also, in the past several weeks we have heard that phrase used by our Montgomery County Council Executive Marc Elrich and our un-elected health advisor Travis Gayle. The phrase has been used to justify the closure of businesses, schools, and churches. 

So what does the phrase actually mean? Science is good, please don’t misunderstand me. It’s when science replaces God that I have a problem. Sadly, many scientists forget it was God who created science. Man can not create anything on his own. He can only rearrange the molecules that God gave us. Science is not in competition with God; science comes from God.  We need to remember this first and foremost. 

The problem as I see it is that man’s science is not always accurate or exact.

Global warming scientists claim the earth will be destroyed in less than 10 years and we must reduce our carbon footprint immediately to reverse the coming destruction. Last summer my wife and I took a trip to Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. During our trip we visited many national parks and took in many geological wonders. We listened to several park rangers lecture.  One topic they discussed throughout our time there was the ever-changing world. The layers of rock and sand we witnessed as we viewed the landscape suggested rivers, lakes, tropical forests, and deserts had occupied the same space over billions of years. An official national park sign posted in Mesa Verde National Park read, “[C]limate change is not new. According to archaeologists, it was one of the reasons Ancestral Pueblo people left Mesa Verde over 700 years ago.” 

Sadly, people use the word “science” to scare, manipulate and control the population. Please understand I respect and admire science. Two things we must ask ourselves is 1) how accurate is the science, and 2) who is funding the research?

We must admit science can be influenced and directed by politics.

Sadly, we have different scientific opinions and conclusions on the use of hydroxychloroquine. The tragic story is if we believe those who downplay its usage in its fight against COVID-19 then we endorse the death of thousands who might have been cured if it had been administered at the right time. This is a good example of how we decide which approach or scientific opinion we follow.

Are the two scientific outcomes science-based or politically-based? 

I witnessed the double standard of the phrase, “listen to the science,” several years ago when the Montgomery County, Maryland Council was involved in a debate over the use of pesticides in our county. Those defending the safe use of pesticides called upon scientists from the Department of Agriculture to explain how pesticides could be administered safely. They further spoke about regulations and laws already in place to monitor and guide those using these products.  The irony of the public debates is that those in opposition to the use of pesticides (spearheaded by our own County Executive Marc Elrich and a large contingency from Takoma Park), spoke out and gave testimony that was purely emotional. They ignored the science and played to the heart. They spoke of loved ones who had died from cancer and spoke of children who would die from cancer if they played on athletic fields that had been sprayed with weed killers. Their testimonies were based entirely on raw emotion. They did refer to studies but failed to mention who did the study or who funded it. 

So, in conclusion, when a Travis Gayle and Marc Elrich tells us to listen to the science, we must ask ourselves: how has this science been poisoned by politics? We must be careful not to worship at the feet of science but rather the God who created science. 

References:

Greta Thunberg Testimony: https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/climate-activist-greta-thunberg-urges-182623530.html

Distance Learning Is NOT Home Schooling

By Mrs. Lisa Bailey.

I will say this loudly for those in the back of the room:  DISTANCE LEARNING IS NOT HOME SCHOOLING.  When you home school you get to choose your curriculum.  You get to decide what material is presented, when, and in which manner best suits the child.  

Unprecedented. 

I hear this a lot.  This means that we have never before seen this combination of circumstances, including guidelines regarding how to work, travel, shop, and how to teach our children.  

Educators are scrambling to come up with a way to keep teaching their kids.  I say “their kids” because for a great many teachers there is a sense of ownership in this process we call “education.”  They celebrate when their classroom kids reach a milestone or master a skill.  They are discouraged when a kiddo is struggling with something the rest of the class seems to understand.  They see the troubles that kids carry with them to school from their homes. 

These teachers are invested, and they CARE.  They are equally stumped right now.  This current model of schooling doesn’t resemble what they were expecting when they left college with an education degree. 

This lock-down has overwhelmed them, too. Practically overnight, an entirely new educational model had to be created.  Thankfully, we live in the age of the interweb (ha!) and that gives us options that didn’t exist a generation ago.  There are video-chats, websites, e-mails that include worksheets and other “printables,” physical packets of materials can be sent home, for some kids they even have tablets with apps to further help them study and learn, lists of questions to answer, diagrams to review, etc., and scheduled video-chats with other students. 

That sounds great, right?  Is Distance Learning the way of the future? NO. 

To assume that this mimics the classroom experience is the height of ignorance.  Parents are desperately trying to juggle working from home while other children may be in the home (perhaps with their own packets of schoolwork to finish), and it would be nearly impossible to overestimate the impact of the significant amounts of anxiety in these kids and grownups; that has an almost paralytic effect on people. 

You can’t learn if you don’t feel safe.

This whole mess is being termed, very loosely, home-schooling.  It, this new style of education, is then discussed in less-than-glowing terms, such as “frustrating,” “difficult,” “upsetting,” and “complicated,” just to name a few.  I see families in great distress in Facebook groups for COVID-19-impacted students, almost panicking at the thought of continuing this process for what seems like forever.  Parents are so incredibly discouraged because they think they can’t home-school their kids; they also don’t understand the material or the processes involved in completing the work. What if they don’t have internet at home: would they have to drive around to find a hot-spot?  Instead of having several hours a day with a teacher, or series of teachers, now they may have only 30 minutes or an hour of instructional time, and that time is shared with other students.  Who can cover new material or ask their questions in so short a time? 

Over and over, I hear that “home-schooling is so hard.”

The state law for Maryland (COMAR 13A.10.01) regarding home schooling includes the following language: 

“….Provide regular, thorough instruction in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age…” 

That does not say, “[p]rovide instruction at the kitchen table every day of the week, using a textbook, a notebook, and a #2 pencil.”  It says regular instruction.  There is no rule that says you must provide 1.5 hours of instruction in every subject, every day (to use an example).  

One of my favorite examples of how wonderfully flexible home schooling can be, started very simply with my son watching a television show on animals, featuring an okapi.  My son was fascinated and wanted to know more.  There were a number of educational videos available on YouTube, made at the London Zoo.  They had a baby okapi born some time ago, and it took full advantage of the opportunity to engage kids and families.  The videos were not enough and he then wanted to SEE an okapi; I looked up the exhibits at the Baltimore Zoo and wouldn’t you know it–they have an okapi there! 

Get in the car, child, we’re off to the zoo! 

He had a clear interest in this rather random creature that I was able to encourage and support because we home school.  The teacher in a typical classroom could never have satisfied this level of curiosity.  THIS is home schooling.

My main point in providing this anecdote is not that you need to drive to the Baltimore Zoo in order to successfully home school; it is that you can stay engaged with your child and help them learn exactly what they are interested in.  Skills don’t have to be mastered on a specific timeline; just on your child’s individual timeline. 

Spatial reasoning, problem-solving, sequencing, verbal stacking, handwriting, reading comprehension, and on, and on, can be learned gently, quietly, indirectly, often by performing tasks and activities that seem to be unrelated. Pushing a child into a skill they aren’t ready for may seem like you’re building character, but you’re more likely to teach the child that they don’t like to learn.  That’s a terrible lesson.  How many kids have thought they were dumb or not as capable as their classmates simply because their brain wasn’t ready for a skill yet, but the syllabus demanded it?  It’s like expecting every child of the same age to wear the same size shoes.  It’s just absurd.

If you are participating in Distance Learning and feel like you’re drowning, you aren’t alone.  I have yet to hear from a family who likes it and finds it an effective way to learn.  But if you don’t get to pick your own curriculum, then you are not home schooling.

References: http://www.smcps.org/files/StudentServices/Home%20schooling/Home%20Schooling%20-%20COMAR%20-%20Home%20Instruction_copy.pdf

Response to WSJ Opinion: Gunning for the NRA

From A Law Abiding Citizen in Maryland.

You can really tell when the Left is starting to sweat.

Once again the NRA is under fire. Even if there is any validity to these claims, would this be the first nonprofit organization to have fraudulent leaders or misappropriation of funds?

From the Article:

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday calling for the dissolution of the National Rifle Association, and you have to smile at her audacity. The suit claims to speak for millions of donors it alleges were cheated by the NRA’s self-dealing executives.

Do they think that the National Rifle Association’s over five million members will just toss their 2nd Amendment rights because they’ve been “taken”? So far there’s no proof to these accusations and we know the liberals are frothing at the mouth to further restrict our 2nd Amendment rights.

This is the legal equivalent of toppling over a national monument and another pathetic attempt to destroy American history and our traditions.

Article: https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/gunning-for-the-nra-11596756500

Opinion: Who Is MoCo Council Executive Marc Elrich?

From A Concerned Citizen & Business Owner.

I want to give your readers insight into what’s happening in this county.

To fully understand what’s taking place in Montgomery County (MoCo), Maryland, one needs to understand the man who is behind the helm. That man is Marc Elrich.

Marc was born in 1949. He attended University of Maryland where he was a participant of the counter culture. File photos show Marc, with his long hair, participating in anti-war demonstrations at the University of Maryland. It was these same demonstrations that shut down Skinner Hall in 1970. 

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Marc Elrich (bottom right)

Marc taught 4th and 5th grade for 17 years before he launched his career as a public activist and politician. He was a city commissioner in Takoma Park, Maryland for 19 years; he currently resides there.

To understand Marc we also need to understand the culture of Takoma Park. Takoma Park is affectionately referred to as the “Berkeley of the East.” It is a city of 17,000 and is rated as the 8th most liberal city in the country.

Takoma Park. Conservatives refer to it as Granola Park (fruit, flakes, and nuts), the capital city of hippy land. 

Takoma Park has a legal voting age of 16. It declared itself a nuclear free zone. It was a leader in banning all pesticides. It has a peace delegate and most recently voted to become a fossil-free community banning gas stoves, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and gas water heaters. Its hopes are to close gas pipelines, force gas stations to relocate, and ban vehicles that run on fossil fuel by 2045. Marc Elrich was a council member in Takoma Park from 1987-2006. 

In 2006 Marc set his sights on taking his liberal views to the entire county. After running for office of commissioner several times, he was finally elected to an At-Large position on his fourth attempt.

The Washington Post labeled Marc as anti-business.

As a commissioner, Marc voted for the bag tax, voted in a ban on petting zoos and circuses, led the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 and signed a bill prohibiting police from inquiring into a person’s immigration status. He further spearheaded a campaign to cripple the landscaping industry by pushing the lawn weed killer ban; interesting that golf courses were exempt.

His agenda continually pushed for lower cost housing and rights for illegal immigrants. To support his liberal agenda, Marc continues to seek ways to increase our taxes. 

In 2019 Marc ran for the position of County Executive and narrowly defeated David Blair in the primary by 77 votes. David Blair was a successful businessman, having built a Fortune 500 company. Elrich’s tactics in defeating David Blair included enlisting his Takoma Park cronies and portraying David Blair as a rich kid from Potomac who was opposed to helping the poor and illegals of MoCo.  

Today, Marc Elrich embraces his radical past. He opposes capitalism and free enterprise. He is not sympathetic to reopening MoCo. His leadership style has changed to that of a Marxist. His priority as a Marxist is to keep the population dependent on big government. His goal is remake MoCo into an image of Takoma Park, literally in his own image. His failed attempt at closing private schools is also a way to control the competition.  

So, the question we must ask ourselves is, do we want Montgomery County to be the mirror image of Takoma Park? Do we want to be labeled as a “Granola” county?  It’s time for conservatives and those with common sense in the county to wake up and realize the real threat of socialism/ communism in our county. If these Marxist trends continue, we will see ourselves as the Berkeley of the East.

Response to MoCo Executive Elrich’s EO 87-20

From a Small Business Owner in Montgomery County, Maryland.

According to the Montgomery County Department of Alcohol Beverage Services, there are 1,050 liquor license holders in Montgomery County, Maryland. This number does not include the thousands of food-only service businesses in Montgomery County. HHS claims they’ve closed or cited 8 restaurants/bars total in Montgomery County for failure to abide by COVID-19 regulations. Of these 8, HHS cannot confirm how many of them held liquor licenses.

Now, every establishment that serves alcohol, including those that pay $2,500.00 per year for an extended license to serve alcohol between 12:00 am-2:00 am on the weekends, are being forced to stop serving at 10:00 pm.

With all the millions being spent on contact tracing, one would think it would be fairly easy to identify establishments not adhering to the regulations.

The County charged existing businesses additional fees for new applications to conduct business during COVID-19; they are doing all they can to hurt businesses with policies that don’t make anyone safer. This is another chip away at our freedoms and another step towards complete government control.

Original Press Release: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=25677

Executive Order 87-20: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/Resources/Files/orders/087-20.pdf

Response to Mr. Pagnucco re. Nine Districts for MoCo

From an Up-County Resident in Montgomery County, Maryland.

As many of you know, because you signed the petition, there is a ballot initiative underway to restructure the county into 9 distinct council seats each with its own elected council member eliminating the 4 “at large” positions. This is an initiative that was born from a non-partisan effort to try and bring more accountability and responsiveness to that part of MoCo designated “UP-County.” What you may not know is that the representation on the council lives in that part of the county known as the Takoma Park and Silver Spring “triangle,” thereby limiting their ability to live and perhaps work among the constituents they claim to represent.

Below is an article written by Adam Pagnucco, a long-time observer of MoCo politics, and Paul Bessel published in the blog, “Seventh State.” It lays out the case for not changing the current makeup and distribution of the county council. In fact, he takes exception to a move by the council to offer their own alternative to the 9-district solution so that voters might have a choice when voting in November. I think it’s important to look at this article closely to understand what is being proposed and how it might affect the way voters view the recommendations it offers. 

The article is titled “The MoCo Council Structure Should Not Be Changed” and opens with the following:

“With due respect to the members of the MoCo Council, I believe they made a mistake when they voted to put on the ballot the issue of adding 2 District Council Members. We do not need more Council Members and the voters benefit greatly from the current structure.”

This is a position that I believe those who want to see a change can support. The Council’s efforts here are a measure designed to obfuscate the real issue and to try to convince the voters that they are being fairly represented. Further, I agree we do not need two more council members and staff and all the costs that come with such an expansion. But here is were we must part ways with Mr. Pagnucco and Mr. Bessel because they go on to say:   

“The item on the ballot by petition, to eliminate At Large Members and have 9 District Members, is even worse for our citizens. The argument that we want to give voters choices is wrong. The vast majority of voters don’t care about the Council structure. They care what the Council does, not its structure.”

Besides the fact that the assumption that “giving voters a choice is wrong” strikes me as not being very supportive of our system of government “by the people”… the notion that “[T]he vast majority of voters don’t care about the Council structure” but rather “what the Council does” are tied together and are not standalone issues to be casually tossed aside. It is by its very nature HOW the Council is structured that ultimately determines what the Council DOES; they cannot be separated.

There is clear evidence that over the years the development of the county has been focused on those areas that are inhabited by the members of the Council (e.g., Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda) and UP-County has become the place where developers can off-set their Section-8 housing and development requirements; where water run-off requirements can be shifted to and solar panels erected so as not to disrupt the development of “Down-County.” 

We can see the results of this disproportionate representation every election cycle… those candidates for the Council At-Large positions will make themselves known in such far corners of the County such as Poolesville, Darnstown, Clarksburg, Beallsville, Boyds, Barnesville, and Damascus. But for the 4 years between elections it is difficult to recall when the council held a “town hall” meeting in Poolesville, Boyds, or Clarksburg. These places just disappear from the radar for all manner of county requirements and interactions. For example, Poolesville has advocated for a new High School that could be combined with a Senior Center and a County Police Substation to service a remote and dispersed section of the County. This has been a long-standing issue with that part of the county. 

Pagnucco says: “[E]liminating At Large Members would be even worse. If a citizen lived in a district where her or his District Member didn’t care much about constituent service (it happens!) they would have no one to turn to, while now they have 4 others who represent them.” Well, that appears to be the case with District 1. An ineffective Council Member and nowhere else to turn. Perhaps the size of the District is to expansive or the current Council member is just not interested in what is going on in the Ag Reserve… in either case the problems of Poolesville have persisted for years. This can be verified by speaking to the local government in Poolesville. So it is viable to assume that if District One were to be subdivided into a smaller District and that the citizens of the Poolesville area elected a “local” to the Council it would not be unreasonable that they would at least have a voice — that might possibly be heard.  After all what do the residents the Poolesville and the Ag Reserve and the residents of Bethesda and Potomac have in common other then they all live in MoCo.  

The blog goes on to address “the issue of Council structure has been studied in detail by 5 separate Charter Review Commissions and ALL recommended that there should continue to be 4 At Large and 5 District Members. That allows each county voter to vote for a majority of the Council Members and to turn to 5 different representatives when they wish.”

But like so many other things that happen in Montgomery County, the demographics change and the needs and the wants of the citizens change right along with the county itself.

I myself have lived in MoCo for 30 years and I have seen the changes and I have recognized the inequity of the way the Council has for years concentrated its attention and dollars to those areas they can most benefit from, even if its just a road that will increase their own property value. This is not an indictment of any one person or member of the Council, but there is no objection to the “Purple Line” but enormous push-back on I-270 improvements that would help to relieve Up-County congestion.

Perhaps a resident of Clarksburg sitting on the Council would see this differently.

Pagnucco tells us that, “[A]dding members to the Council will cost a lot of money: Council Member salaries, staff salaries, reconstruction of the Council building. What would be gained? Nothing. The 9 Council Members do all the work needed”. Again no argument – so if we already have the 9 members with offices and staff and the proposal is to simple redraw some lines on the county map and reapportion the 9 council members in a more equitable and representative manner if that is what the citizens want — what could possibly be the objection.

“There is no need to tinker with the Council structure. There is no need to put any questions about this on the ballot. The current structure works well. Leave it alone.”

No Mr. Pagnucco… over 15,000 citizens of MoCo feel differently. With all due respect you do not get to decide this issue for the citizens of the Montgomery County. It will be on the ballot in November, the electorate will be further educated on the issue and We The People will decide how we want our County Council to be structured and how we want to be represented on the Council… after all I think you would agree — IT’S THE AMERICAN THING TO DO!