God help us to overcome this pandemic of fear and panic. No further comment necessary.
A Righteous Rant From Germantown’s Marc King (At the One Year Anniversary of the MoCo Conservative Blog!)
By Marc King
As the past several weeks have gone by, I find myself more irritable than usual. Everything seems to be a bit off and my wife has even asked me: “Why are you being so short about things”?
Well I have given it some serious thought and here is what I have concluded — I’m not “testy” — I am flat out ANGRY about the way things have been going in this country and I suspect that they will not be getting better any time soon. I also suspect that what is making me angry is also making a lot of other American angry — so just what is driving these feelings.
I would start with the loss of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
It takes an enormous amount of “CHUTZPAH” (Oxford Languages Dictionary defines as “extreme self-confidence or audacity and in this example it is audacity) for Jen Psaki to stand on the platform of the White House Briefing Room and inform the American people that if you have an opinion that is different than Joe Biden’s it should labeled “misinformation” and you should be banned from the social media platform that your speech was posted on. For that matter, you should be banned from all social media.
Now, I was taught in 9th grade civics that if the people want to change the Constitution, we do that by amending it. Study.Com tells us the Constitution’s Article V lays out the process by which the Constitution may be amended. There are actually four different ways, but only one is widely used … so let’s just focus on that: “Proposal by Congress, with ratification by the state legislatures. This method was used for all current amendments except one.”
The Constitution that the current Executive branch is degrading, is the very same Constitution that I swore an oath to protect and defend on December 6, 1966. So when I hear Ms. Psaki speak in the manner she does, it really ticks me off.
I’m angry that we cannot have faith in the election just held months ago because we cannot be allowed to know what took place in the Socialist Democrat strong holds across the country. And believe me, something was very, very, wrong. There seems to be enough smoke to generate a fire, but those who are in charge have steadfastly refused to allow a full investigation to take place! Why is that? Information is leaked out every day that diminishes our belief in an election process that is fair and transparent. Politicians could bring forth information that can deny or confirm the numerous irregularities that seem to be there, and yet they will not. What are they hiding? Their behavior ticks me off!
No one seems to know where they are going or how they will be supported when they get there, and still they come. Is this enough to make you angry? No?! If not, why not? Their arrival here is illegal. Their arrival is a clear violation of our statues regarding immigration. What is more, we know for a fact that helpless children are being trafficked and sexually abused along the way. Therefore it must be concluded that any use of the military and its assets to harbor or support the movement of those breaking the law, and those being victimized by the lawbreakers, has now turned those in the military into lawbreakers themselves. The Uniform Code of Military Justice, the UCMJ is clear on this matter — lawful orders must be obeyed. However, when the base commander orders his airmen and woman that they cannot communicate what they are seeing take place under the cover of darkness on the airbase, that is not a lawful order! A member of the US military cannot be ordered to break the law intentionally and knowingly! So when this occurs, and it is occurring, it really gets my dander up!
Black lives matter… they really do… except in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York! Every weekend it’s the same report — young people, innocent bystanders are being gunned down in the streets of their cities and no one seems to give a hoot. Blame the gun — not the gunmen — it really pisses me off!
I’m angry about the uneven application of the law! For example, in Portland and Seattle, if you begin to burn down a federal Courthouse and injure those inside protecting it, you walk free in 24 hours. But if you walk around the Capitol, you are considered an insurrectionist and you’re given an 8 month prison sentence. Many who committed no crimes have been locked up for 8 months, pre-trial! Loot, burn and destroy property — no problem! You earned it! Firebomb police cars, even if you are a sworn Officer of the Court, and nothing happens! Nor does anything happen, of real consequence, when you are the Governor of New York and are accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. In fact, you can kill helpless old folks in nursing homes, with COVID, and nothing happens! Oh… wait… something does happen: You make a book deal for millions and the people you executed are still dead. Why wouldn’t I be angry?
The next generation of military leaders at West Point are being taught that the color of your skin matters… so maybe the person you need to rely on will not be so reliable. I never saw racial discrimination in the foxhole when the bullets were flying. It seems that we were all of the same mind then, as we should be now, but we are not. That ticks me off.
Then there is China and Russia — and they really tick me off. The fact that we are seriously compromised by the Biden Crime Family — Hunter Biden’s Laptop tells the tale — both of these international rivals have their hand in Biden’s back pocket, and at least 50% of the country does not care. Why is that? That really ticks me off.
I am paying more for my gasoline; and that seriously ticks me off. Food is costing more, for no good or justifiable reason, just bad economic policy, so why shouldn’t Americans be angry? I certainly am. Because of Biden’s inflationary policy, the money I worked hard to save for my “Golden Years” is being eroded away. My family is forced to make choices that Americans should not have to make, like seeking out private schools when we pay taxes to support the public school system. That ticks me off. Taxes are going up and services are coming down. We are turning into a nation of “good enough” rather than a nation that is proud of what it achieves. Socialism and Communism look good to way too many people in this country! That really, really, really, ticks me off.
They are trying to, and in many ways, they are, wearing us down – and that My Fellow Americans — is why I am not just ticked off; that is why I’m ANGRY!
Mekkah X Mohammed is a Muslim Republican Conservative who ran for Baltimore City Council District 10 in 2020.
I have analyzed the subject matter of which this letter pertains for many months now. As stated by Malcolm X in his letter from Mecca: “[T]he color-blindness of the Muslim world’s religious society and the color-blindness of the Muslim world’s human society,” not only influenced the change in Malcolm X’s mindset towards white people while in Mecca, but also influenced my mindset towards the Republican Party after seeing the color-blindness in the GOP and the color-blindness in conservatism.
I attended the Million MAGA March on November 14, 2020 in our nation’s capital, in a rally protesting the injustice of a rigged election and the denial of the people’s right to vote for whom they choose. Like Malcolm X was blessed by Allah to see the true meaning of Islam in Mecca, I was blessed by Allah to see the true meaning of patriotism in Washington, D.C.
As Malcolm X understood America’s racial dilemma in the 1960’s, I understand America’s political dilemma in 2021.
While in Washington, D.C., where the fifteenth amendment was passed, I felt a sense of pride, not only as an American (being born in America) but as a patriot- as Fredrick Douglas later in his life viewed himself as a citizen. I witnessed the presence of fellow patriots from all nationalities, backgrounds, and walks of life; we were there to fight for the integrity of this election and future elections, as well as for President Trump.
Many Americans need to understand true patriotism today, as many Americans needed to understand true Islam in the 1960’s and need to understand true Islam in the present day. Patriotism and Islam both create brotherhood, unity, and loyalty to one’s country and the belief in God/ Allah.
As we stood together as patriots, there wasn’t any focus on economic, religious, educational, racial, or social status, but the focus was on our rights as citizens:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”U.S. Declaration of Independence
Now we know Malcolm X said “By Any Means Necessary,” which brings me to my next point. The United States witnessed many riots stemming from violence, from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Rodney King, and most notably George Floyd.
As Dr. King said in the video above, riots are the result of the people’s voices not being heard. Now, in 2021, rioting is no longer a form of the people’s voices not being heard due to racism alone, but is used as an excuse by Marxists to steal and plunder. With the green light given by some politicians on the left, Marxists have become the most dangerous people in America today. They too are not restrained by anything, having no moral concept, religion, civic responsibility…nothing!
And just like the ghetto hustler back in the 1960’s, Marxists prey upon others and are ready for action at any cost to life or property. They have made up their minds not to respect anything or anybody, especially if anyone disagrees with them!
Sixty years later history has repeated itself; gone are the days of Jim Crow. Yet, social injustices on our first amendment rights and right to peacefully protest without being ostracized – like the civil rights protestors of the 1960’s – are in full swing. Now, cancel culture is slowly stripping away our first, second, and fifteenth amendment rights, turning our country into a socialist society.
I end this letter with the Islamic greeting,
السلام عليكم و على اهلكم
(peace be unto to you and your family).
Chaplain Christopher Anderson is a Republican Conservative who ran for Baltimore City Council District 7 in 2020. Learn more about his platform in our candidate spotlight here.
For months now, our government has been pushing for vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the public have questioned vaccines and are not convinced that they are necessary. There are concerns with mistrust of mandatory government vaccines and with good reason.
During the height of the pandemic, when cases were at their worst, several remedies were suggested for possible treatment of COVID-19.
One was hydroxychloroquine, promoted by former President Trump, and the other was Remdesivir, promoted by Dr. Fauci – both of whom worked on finding a solution to combatting COVID-19. Former President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, took hydroxychloroquine, and recovered in four days. Dr. Fauci stated if Remdesivir was taken at the first sign of infections it would shorten not only the infection but the length of time a patient would be hospitalized. Also, monoclonal antibody therapy is an effective and reliable treatment for Covid-19 infections, and would definitely be a life-saving game changer and reduce infection rates.
So the question becomes, where are these medications for the general public, and why are they not being used as treatments for COVID-19 versus the general public getting vaccinated?
In a sense, the vaccine could cause as many deaths as the virus because not much knowledge about possible and future side effects are known. Another concern of those who oppose vaccines are that effective vaccines take upwards of three to eight years, not only to be tested, but to be approved by the FDA. Dr. Fauci has said that another, more improved vaccine will be presented to the public in the next three to five years, so then what is being injected in the immune systems of millions of Americans now?
Dr. Fauci has stated that the vaccines available to Americans right now – from Pfizer and Moderna- will not even prevent you from getting COVID-19; you would still have to practice social distancing and wear a mask. Dr. Fauci claimed that taking these vaccines will help the public to reach 80% herd immunity – this means at some point, many of us will catch the virus anyway.
Also, let us also remember the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, giving hundreds of African-Americans syphilis from 1932-1972; hence the mistrust of the government from the Afro-American community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is seen as a way of violating their civil liberties or giving access to basic needs being met to only those who have taken the vaccine, and denying both civil liberties and basic needs to those who decline to receive it.
In conclusion, even with the hope of better vaccines in the coming months, we still have to continue to social distance and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. We should consider the use of hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, and monoclonal antibody therapies to save millions of lives now, even if we have to wait for better vaccines to be available in the future.
Marc King is a frequent contributor to The MoCo Conservative and lives in Germantown, Maryland.
The events that have been occurring in our country since the inauguration of President Donald Trump just over four years ago have been truly startling. The events and history surrounding the activities of our Intelligence Community, The Swamp, the Special Council, and the media are well known to all of us. I do not intend to recount them again. Instead, I would like to look further back in history – since not knowing history will cause us to repeat it – and perhaps the replication is happening right before our eyes, right now!
The day was January 10th in the year 49 BC when an event occurred that forever changed the very nature of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar entered Rome with his Legion, an act that was considered treason by the Roman Senate:
“Julius Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon river on January 10, 49 BC precipitated the Roman Civil War, which ultimately led to Caesar’s becoming dictator and the rise of the imperial era of Rome.”
Today, the phrase “crossing the Rubicon” is a metaphor that means to pass a point of no return. History goes on to tell us the Rubicon was the boundary between Gaul and Italy, the border that no Roman general could cross with an army, without being prosecuted by the Senate; Caesar crossed this because he knew he was going to be prosecuted by the Senate when he returned.
And just for the record… Julius Caesar commanded four Legions. Each Legion consisted of 4,000-6,000 soldiers. So, on the average of 5,000 soldiers in a Legion, Caesar only had one Legion in Italy at the time, so we can assume that some 4,000-6,000 soldiers might have crossed the Rubicon with their Caesar!
Now we fast forward to January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. It’s Inauguration Day and what do we see: over 25,000 soldiers have entered our Capital city at the direction of the about-to-be inaugurated President Elect and Commander in Chief and his minions – almost exactly what Caesar’s soldiers did in 49 BC.
As history shows us Caesar transforms the Republic of Rome to a dictatorship by committing “lots of illegal stuff.” Well, we know for sure that he did not have to steal an election – that is left up to 21st Century politicians and their party to do. So, with our very own Caesar occupying the Capital City of America, how can we be sure he is fulfilling the historical role of “DICTATOR”?
It is past week two of the occupation and Joe Biden has issued 49 Executive Orders, ranging in scope from singlehandedly destroying women’s sports and ensuring men can use the women’s locker room if they so choose, to killing the Keystone XL Pipeline, and to halting the building of the Border Wall, putting some 60,000+ Americans out of work at a time the country is struggling with a pandemic.
Folks will not be worrying who is missing at their breakfast table, Joey, because they will not have a breakfast table at all.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our First American Caesar!
While work of the first American Caesar continues unabated, what is our Senate doing? Why, they are busy impeaching someone who is not there! They have failed to notice that the Republic is crumbling before their eyes, and short of having “Nero” to play a lively tune for them, they essentially are doing NOTHING! And neither is the House of Representatives, which brings us to the point of my article.
We have our Caesar, so why do we need a Congress at all? There no longer seems to be the need to pass legislation and laws. That is now being done by Executive Order. If you want the federal government’s 650,000 gasoline powered vehicles ditched and new electric vehicles procured to replace them – well just write an Executive Order and make it so. Want to use the US military as a social engineering lab? Make it so with the stroke of the pen. Re-enter the Paris Climate Accords or the Iran Nuclear Deal! Who needs Congress and the Constitution? I HAVE A PEN!
So why are we spending billions on a Congress? Our First American Caesar can just dismiss them, thank them for their service, hand out a few Gold Star Certificates, and then send them packing. What can be better than Term Limits? Wait for it…NO TERMS AT ALL!
It’s 2021 and we have “Crossed the Rubicon” – The Republic Is Lost!
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Dear Representative Raskin,
This letter is to let you know how very disappointed I am in how you are representing me and the other citizens of our Congressional District 8. Specifically, I want to tell you how very unfair I find your one-on-one interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Mr. Tapper asked you, “[w]hy go through the impeachment process?” Your blaming [of President] Donald Trump for the violence of a mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 was not only appalling, it has also now been proven to be factually incorrect. But I suspect you already know that.
It has been reported that the FBI and the Capitol Police had information of premeditated plans of violence at the Capitol Building at least a day before January 6. How then could President Trump have caused the violence which had already been set in motion before his speech had even been given? There are more important matters Congress should be working on than to impeach Donald Trump. You are simply demonstrating hate.
I was one of the 99% of Trump supporters in D.C. on January 6 who were there to peacefully support the President in a law-abiding way. We were peaceful protestors who exercised our 1st Amendment rights of freedom of assembly and speech. None of us were violent nor were we incited to be violent. [President] Donald Trump did not incite me or my friends. We were practicing our Constitutional rights and were there to celebrate President Trump’s accomplishments.
The inflammatory rhetoric of the Left caused the January 6 mob to storm the Capitol. It is well past time for Democrats and the mainstream media to take responsibility for dividing Americans and attempting to humiliate, silence, get fired from jobs – and perhaps most menacingly of all, talk about “reeducation camps” – for those who support Donald Trump, like me and others who have conservative views. It’s time for careful reflection and change on all sides. You are failing to do this with your impeachment process.
Please make sure you and all the other members of Congress separate the violent offenders from the peaceful American people at a rally. Conservatives should be treated exactly the same as those who attended the BLM rallies throughout 2020.
We demand that the double standards and censorship stop. We demand that the threats to our personal safety and job security stop.
How can our country heal, if you make such poor decisions for the citizens you represent?
Ms. Mullican lives in Rockville, Maryland.
David Kinderdine is a retired pastor and lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Those who have studied Hitler’s rise to power and the extermination of six million Jews should see the parallels to the events currently taking place in America today.
Step 1: Create A Villain
One of Hitler’s strategies was his plan to create nationalistic pride and a superior race. To support this goal, he needed to create a villain; he found his villain in the Jewish race. Between November 9th and 10th, 1938 the Nazis carried out a mission against the Jews while authorities looked on without intervention. This night became known as Kristallnacht, or “Night of Broken Glass”; on this night, Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked as paramilitary and civilians alike attacked and demolished 267 synagogues and over 7,000 Jewish businesses. As a result 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. The pretext for these attacks was the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by a 17 year-old German-born Polish Jew living in Paris.
Step 2: Censorship
A second strategy used by Hitler was censorship. Censorship within the Nazi party included control of mass communication, which encompassed paper, literature, radio, and film. The Reich ministry of propaganda produced their own literature solely devoted to Nazi ideals; this literature was also very anti-Semitic.
Hitler knew if he isolated people and created his own narrative, he could control his opposition. He used a strategy called Gaslighting. Those who spoke out against Hitler and his policies faced intimidation and threats from the Gestapo or imprisonment and in some cases execution. All political parties had been banned. Economic opposition was eliminated as trade unions had been banned. Sadly, many Germans genuinely believed that the Nazi’s were improving Germany.
Step 3: Control The Youth
A third strategy was to control the minds of Germany’s youth, and he did this through the Hitler Youth movement. Hitler’s goal was to control the activities and teachings in classrooms and make them loyal to him. Those within the youth movement were given positions of responsibility and rewarded for their loyalty, and curriculum was biased and supportive of the Nazi narrative.
Step 4: Eliminate Opposition
A fourth strategy was to eliminate the opposition. On June 30, 1934 Hitler authorized a purge of Nazi leaders he feared were too powerful. This night became known the “Night of the Long Knives.” Hitler ordered his elite SS guard to murder hundreds that night who opposed him.
Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?
In Germany a pastor/theologian named Dietrich Bonhoeffer wanted the Church to speak out against the war and the atrocities that were taking place in Germany. Yet many church leaders were frightened of the consequences. In 1940, Dietrich was forbidden by the Reich to speak out; he was further required to report regularly to the secret police. Dietrich was deeply distressed that the whole world was falling apart in an orgy of suffering and pain while the Church was strangely impotent, even unconcerned to take a stand.
On September 19, 1941 a decree was issued that required all German Jews to wear a yellow star attached to their clothing. In October 1941, the first gas chambers were installed at Auschwitz. Dietrich felt the Church’s impotence was because of their lack of moral courage. Dietrich – even though he was forbidden to speak – continued to do so in opposition to German atrocities. Norway fell to Germany early in the war, but unlike the pastors in Germany, Norwegian pastors spoke out in opposition. This brought about many arrests, though Norway’s pastors continued strong in their resistance.
Dietrich was later detained and imprisoned for his resistance. In prison, Dietrich declared if the government demanded that Christians sign away their submission to Christ in order to serve the state, then Christians had a responsibility to resist that Government absolutely. Under a biblical view, such a government was a false one in that it was not operating within the sphere God intended. Dietrich was eventually hanged for treason on April 9, 1945 in a concentration camp just two weeks before U.S. soldiers liberated the camp.
Bonhoeffer showed that it is possible to grow in faith through any circumstance, and to take a stand in any situation or dilemma. He was willing to pay the price for his beliefs. I ask American pastors: Are you willing to do the same, or have you been rendered impotent by fear and intimidation? It’s time for the Church to stand up and speak out for what’s right or we will lose the rights given to us by the patriots who lived and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Bill Hanrahan lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.
So now some liberals are beginning to talk of “cleansing” Trump followers. “Cleansing” like the Nazis “cleansed” the Jews. That kind of “cleansing?”
That kind of “cleansing” resulted in the murder of millions. Again, that kind of “cleansing?”
Is this what Biden promised when he recently spoke of healing the nation and bringing us all together? Is that before or after the “cleansing?” Just checking so I’ll know where I am in line.
Should all us “Trumpers” be required to wear yellow stars with bold “T” in the middle to identify us? Will you come and strip all of our possessions like the Nazis did? Will you separate us from our families? Will you try to herd us onto cattle rail cars in the middle of the night? Will you then ship us off to be gassed because of our beliefs?
Can someone explain also why this person acting like a Nazi, Rick Klein, still has a public voice on ABC News or anywhere else for that matter? Or do the liberal elite plan to just give him a pass, accept his alibi, and just tell him to lay low for a few months?
Where is the outrage from the Left had a Republican had made a similar statement? Oh that’s right: liberals always get a pass from their associates and the media. Republicans would get hung out to dry, chased from the public square, forced into hiding and assailed from any friends we had.
This is how actual civil wars get started. Perhaps that’s their plan…
From The MoCo Conservative.
I participated in the protest and march in support of President Trump, election integrity (you know, where every ballot is verified by signature), and the Constitution (without it we are Venezuela; and no, that is not a good thing) on January 6, 2021. I spoke to countless patriots who traveled from all over the country and world, each with their own unique stories; a select few are published below. For example, I met an individual who had just arrived to show his support after a 15-hour flight from Israel. Why does this matter, you ask? Why are people flying from all over the world to support the one country standing in the way of the Communist Party of China (CCP)? I just gave you the answer.
This movement is worldwide; for those smug, insolent, ignorant, and intolerant liberals who are reading this post, you best be prepared for a lifetime of misery from “the other side of the political spectrum.” You have awakened a behemoth of rage in patriots (not all of whom are Republicans, by the way) who just want to be left alone and live their lives without the threat of communism looming over them. They are being smeared for falsely inciting and instigating violence while only truly “guilty” of exercising their Constitutional and God-given right to peacefully protest, which they did today and will continue to do.
I am one of those patriots being wrongfully accused, and I will not rest and will never stop sharing THE truth until every single corrupt elected official and crony (that’s you, media and the establishment) is arrested for treason and sedition. You foolishly thought that your blueprint for resisting President Trump was just going to die when Lyin’ China Joe “won.” Patriots are quick studies when it comes to the fine art of resisting, and they are just getting started.
I was expecting paid-off thugs to incite violence to smear this ever-burgeoning conservative movement, so I stood in the cold, as still as possible, to film a 25-minute, uninterrupted video of what the protest and rally were really about: peaceful conservative patriots from all over the country (and world) who support President Trump and the Constitution. This video below was recorded on Constitution Avenue as supporters left the Ellipse and headed to the Capitol Building after President Trump’s speech.
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Troy Smith lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. He operates Project Freedom on YouTube.
Debate is the most important tool in forming a set of ideas. Different points of view coming together in the name of a good cause will breed better ideas and therefore a better world. In these times, it is more important than ever to embrace debate.
This election was like none we have ever seen before. Millions of people went to bed into the wee hours of the morning of November 4, 2020 with President Trump having sizable leads in most of the “Swing States.” It seemed like it was 2016 all over again, but better. Not only was President Trump doing well with those within his base, but he was setting records with all different kinds of voting blocks. People who the media had espoused as the mortal enemy of Donald Trump actually VOTED for Donald Trump, more so than any Republican candidate in modern history (2nd place being Trump in 2016).
When President Trump spoke on Election Night, November 3, he had leads of
- just under 700,000 votes in Pennsylvania;
- 120,000 votes in Georgia;
- 295,000 votes in Michigan;
- 116,000 votes in Wisconsin; and
- 77,000 votes in North Carolina.
Biden led in Nevada by 29,000 votes and in Arizona by 155,000 votes.
For reference, Trump only carried Pennsylvania by less than 50,000 votes in 2016. These were unprecedented numbers. It all looked great…but then the counting stopped. In Georgia, claims of problems with Dominion voting machines, and a “burst water pipe” were used to explain a stopping of the count. In North Carolina and Pennsylvania, the states continued to receive ballots for up to nine days after the election. The Supreme Court allowed Pennsylvania and North Carolina to do it.
The Establishment, left or right, has shown itself incapable of defending our freedoms at the most basic level.
They have allowed COVID-19 restrictions to decimate small businesses in this country, while Main Street has their doors locked shut and Amazon goes on hiring sprees. They have allowed countless infringements upon our right to bear arms which “shall not be infringed,” as I remember correctly. They have legalized warrantless spying through the passing of the Patriot Act. They have destroyed individual freedom, liberty, and commerce with their regulations and taxes, and yet, the worse is yet to come.
COVID-19 has given the government the ultimate pass to spend as they please, and they’ve done just that. The federal government has spent over $7 trillion in the last year, and what do the people have to show for it? Even those who treasure the hand of the state must wonder why we do not receive more for exchanging so much.
This is the true nature of Government. It consumes more than conceivable, whilst providing next to nothing for its citizens.
We won’t be limited to failing to see the fruits of our sacrifice, but instead receiving the fruits in a poisoned state. Government spending of this magnitude guarantees only one thing: rampant inflation. I must ask, is the devaluation of the dollar, to a valueless state, not the same as a mass murder? A valueless dollar would guarantee us the sight of our brothers and sisters starving in the street, with not a single man left with a cent to help. History shows us the atrocities committed by a desperate people encumbered by inflation. Is the creation of this state not a threat to the very existence of life itself?
I believe that this is a war that government is waging on individual liberty. Though gunfire is not heard in our backyards, our rights have long been destroyed. Our vote has already been desecrated. Soon, most of all the small businesses in this country will be gone. Amazon will still be open. Google will still run. The Federal Government is still open for business, and our taxes are still due.
Had another country done to our small businesses what we allowed our own government to do, there would certainly be a declaration of war. However, war is not something to be taken lightly. It isn’t some video game fun. It is evil, brutal, and terrifying in ways that most of the general public couldn’t even comprehend. At what point does it become necessary?
How far must we be stripped down before we decide to fight? And at what point will we be more capable of defeating an enemy so dead-set on destroying our way of life? These are questions that you are not allowed to ask, and they may be shocking to some, but they aren’t illegal. They shouldn’t be banned. These things need to be debated. Governments just like ours have committed unimaginable atrocities throughout history when left unchecked, and in my opinion, it’s just as bad to submit to their terror as to conduct it ourselves.
Our Constitution is not a rule book for government, but a Declaration of our human independence from government. An establishment of the God-given rights of man. They are non-negotiable. The people in this country will know when the time is right by vigorously debating the circumstances in which they find themselves, and I believe that position grows worse every day. My only question is this: when will the people of this country exercise their Constitutional control, and God-given duty to restrain the evil hand of government?
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On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 you issued a Statement to the residents of Montgomery County extolling them not to participate in the planned demonstration in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 in opposition to the stealing of a Presidential election… a theft that you wantonly and enthusiastically support.
It appears that the only thing you correctly stated in this statement was the first line: “The right to protest is a fundamental right of every American.”
It is reassuring to know that even a left-wing Socialist Democrat such as yourself is still able to understand this fundamental principle of democracy.
In addressing those who will gather in support of the President you have stated: “Protest organizers and the groups they represent have shown an alarming affinity for violence. Sadly, they have not been shy about suggesting the need for violence.”
It is clear that your Socialist Democrat ideology has you sadly confused with the groups ANTIFA and BLM on the matter of mob violence, intimidation, property destruction, burning, and looting. Do not try to tell me what I saw with my own eyes this past summer. I do not need you to try and convince me or anyone else that these Anarchists and Marxists that you so openly support were peaceful protesters. I could see with my own eyes how they turned Minneapolis into a mini-Mogadishu, New York City into a wasteland, and the center of D.C. into a virtual war zone. I am sure that the fire set in St. John’s Church was not started by someone who was a supporter of the 1st Amendment but rather someone who would see us under the boot heel of a Marxist government. After all, it was one of your heroes (Karl Marx) who so famously stated in part that “Religion is the Opium of the People”… so burning down a historical church is all in a day’s work.
You need to know that not every resident of Montgomery County believes what you believe and supports what you support. There is no basis for you to assume that those who support the President will act in a manner that will endanger anyone – even a counter protestor. Recent events hold that if there is violence it will come from your friends and supporters on the Left.
That is the message you should send to your constituents -Loud and Clear – “ELRICH: WE STOLE AN ENTIRE ELECTION AND NOW WE NEED TO DEFEND THE STEAL” from those who honestly believe in the sanctity of the honest vote, the Constitution of the United States, and the processes that the Constitution affords a free people in deciding who their leaders will be.
Your Statement is ill advised and sorely misguided. And 2022 is only a scant 24 months from now!
Marc King | Germantown, Maryland | January 5, 2021
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
All should watch the video titled, “The Plot To Steal America.”
I have no disagreement with the narrative, but I am left wondering what can be done short of an outright civil war with Americans killing each other over a stolen election and a descent into Socialism, and eventually Communism.
The problem as I see it lies in two places:
1. The current Republican Party and its leadership; and
2. The continued funding of a corrupt system that gives us the results that we are now wrestling with post-election.
On the matter of political party and actions that might be taken going forward.
Our President, Donald J. Trump, has started a movement in the United States that has not been seen since the days of the American Revolution. The times are different, the social fabric of the country is significantly changed from our 1776 beginnings, and the issues differ.
Perhaps it is time to divest from the political party that seems to not have the will to fight on behalf of the people who have supported them since its creation as the modern Republican Party. The creation of a new party (perhaps the “MAGA Party”) is what is needed. I am not proposing a third party that ultimately dilutes its votes and is never able to win an election.
I am proposing dissolving of the Republican Party – the Party of White Gloves and Party Manners – to be replaced by a political party that will have the will and the stamina to stand up to the Democrat Party, look them in the eye and say: No More cheating, No More corruption, No More intimidation, No More attacking religion, No More “wokeness” and No More ignoring the Constitution and the history of America.
If anyone can do this it is President Trump, and over 70 million people will support him. It will not be easy. Not only will we need to change the party at the Federal level, converting selected politicians to the new party, but at the State level as well. State legislatures will have to agree that the Republican Party is defunct and that the “MAGA Party” is the way forward for our country.
In the words of Thomas Paine,
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”Thomas Paine, The Crisis No. I (written 19 December 1776, published 23 December 1776)
Paine goes on to tell us that American colonists do not lack force but “a proper application of that force,” and so it is today; the American people need to understand that they are a force and how to now properly apply that force. I do not believe that such will happen by the guidance of a Mitch McConnell or a Ben Sasse or a Mitt Romney. This will have to come from a new political party with gumption, understanding, and application of the force generated by the people of this country.
There is a saying often used in the military – “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way” – it is time for the Republican Party to get out of the way.
So, if the analysis tells us that the American people are a force and that force needs to be properly applied, how do we go about making an application of force that brings corrupt government to heal? I believe that this can be done the way all things in government are done: through an agreement with the American people that they will exercise their will through the government’s purse strings.
Simply stated, those who genuinely believe the words of the Declaration of Independence and the guiding structure of the Constitution must agree not to pay taxes to the government until corrupt government is rooted out and the corrupt politicians along with it.
I understand that this is a truly radical notion. I also understand that this cannot be the response of only a few patriots; this needs to be the actions of over 70 million Americans in unison and without fear of retribution by the government, the very same government that the people control. We can only imagine the impact on the government if on April 15th it was announced that 70 million Americans will not be filing their taxes, in protest of the corrupt management and waste of the taxpayer’s money. Street protests with American flags and Trump flags are a great expression of support, but they could never have the impact felt in Washington, D.C. if 70 million American in unison said, “Stop the Steal, Stop the foreign entanglements, Stop the stealing, and Stop ignoring the will of the people.”
Can this happen? I believe that it can.
Will it be easy? No, it will not, but it must start with the launching of a new political party with leadership and membership that will do what is required to right this ship.
Should this happen? Absolutely!
Will it happen? Only time will tell us.
Until it happens we must continue the Resistance. We have been given the template for Resistance; use it wherever it can be applied. The future of the Republic depends on it.
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Guest speaker Marc King of Germantown, Maryland is a frequent contributor to The MoCo Conservative blog. Marc ran for election in 2018 to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent District 15. He is a career officer of U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Among his many awards and decorations, Marc holds a combat infantryman’s badge and has credit for two combat tours during his career.
Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:
- Organizing a 1776-era militia is not feasible; what options do we have?
- Will the GOP need to completely dissolve in order to herald in a new political party, ready to embrace all freedom-loving patriots?
- What does the future hold for the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America?
Recorded December 29, 2020
Anonymous lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Have you recently wondered why the Democratic left is targeting and persecuting small businesses? It saddens me greatly that our own County Executive, Marc Elrich (who is an admitted Marxist), chooses to punish and harass small businesses. His harassment of the Clarksburg Tavern shows his contempt for the small businesses of Montgomery County. His executive order closing all restaurants is a total abuse of power.
At the beginning of the pandemic all mom-and-pop stores were forced to close while box stores such as Walmart, Target, Costco and Home Depot were allowed to remain open. It doesn’t make sense, nor does it seem scientific, that I should be less likely to contact the China Virus in big corporate box stores and more likely to be infected in Joe’s mom-and-pop clothing store or restaurants such as the Clarksburg Tavern.
During the Christmas season, millions of people traveled in airplanes, seated next to each other after enduring long lines to take off their shoes and stuff their jackets into bins that dozens of others have used. Yet, the airlines remain open.
The hypocrisy of politicians is unbelievable. The exemptions and excuses they make for themselves as they break their own rules truly show the double standard that exists in America today. These politicians are drunk on power, the same power that encouraged patriots to leave England and develop a new world where they could experience FREEDOM.
So, to answer the original proposed question of why is the left targeting and persecuting small businesses, I suggest the answer to the question requires you to understand and acknowledge that small business owners have a self sufficient and determined attitude.
The same spirit that this country was built on lives inside these independent thinkers and hard workers who have an entrepreneurial spirit, unlike community organizers or politicians. They do not like government controls and unreasonable regulations. They do not need government but rather tolerate it.
The reality is small business is a threat to big government. Corporate box stores and big businesses bribe politicians for favors. Small businesses are not able to provide the big dollars that politicians expect from large corporations. Consequently, small businesses are a thorn in big government’s side. The pandemic (“Dem-panic”) is an excuse to reduce the number of small businesses. Government wants us dependent on them. Small businesses don’t fit into their business plan.
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland. Mr. King is responding to Tom Kurzeja’s post, “Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures.”
First, I would like to thank Mr. Tom Kurzeja for his response. I found, after reading his response, that I am in violent agreement with his expression of frustration regarding the stolen election and the response that we have had from our elected officials. I also agree with his assessment of the actions taken by our Governors in response to the unprecedented pandemic which has assaulted all of us.
But I do take exception to his musings on the following: “Mr. King stated that his oath never expires. Every true veteran believes that. But he dodges. We took an oath ‘to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.’ “ I do not believe that I have dodged anything. I understand the oath that we all swore all those many years ago and still believe today.
The issue is not the oath; the issue is that it is the clear and unequivocal fact that calling BLM or Antifa a terrorist organization does not make it so in the eyes of the law.
To take any overt action against any member of these organizations would at this time be an act of vigilantism.
a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.
There is no wiggle room here; the words are clear without further interpretation – “without legal authority.” My oath binds me to act within the bounds of legal authority, and to the best of my knowledge, the federal government has not yet taken action to declare either organization a domestic terrorist organization. There is a bill in the United States Senate to do so in the case of Antifa, but it is proposed, and no action has been taken to pass it.
We still reside in a Constitutional Republic, one which has bound all of the states together in one union, and that has not changed; therefore the requirements of my oath have not changed.
As I said in my article, I will defend my property and the very state of the nation if called to do so by legitimate government. If there is a further recognition and designation of a specific domestic threat, I will stand in defeat of that as well. I will offer my firepower to the legal entity that will ensure that at the end of the day I am not treated as a common criminal for the crime of vigilantism.
In closing, I would like to add that it is clear the situation in our largest urban areas is chaotic and criminal, and that the Democrats bear the responsibility for this. However, I am not yet convinced that we have reached a level equivalent to the lawless clan driven violence of Mogadishu…
“When you land at Mogadishu’s international airport, the first form you fill out asks for name, address, and caliber of weapon. Believe it or not, this disaster of a city, the capital of Somalia, still gets a few commercial flights. Some have not fared so well. The wreckage of a Russian cargo plane shot down in 2007 still lies crumpled at the end of the runway. Beyond the airport is one of the world’s most stunning monuments to conflict: block after block, mile after mile, of scorched, gutted-out buildings. Mogadishu’s Italianate architecture, once a gem along the Indian Ocean, has been reduced to a pile of machine-gun-chewed bricks. Somalia has been ripped apart by violence since the central government imploded in 1991. Eighteen years and 14 failed attempts at a government later, the killing goes on and on and on — suicide bombs, white phosphorus bombs, beheadings, medieval-style stoning’s, teenage troops high on the local drug called khat blasting away at each other and anything in between.”Foreign Policy, “The Most Dangerous Place In The World“
The point is we have not descended yet into a Mogadishu-like scenario — even our worst run cities have not reached this level of absolute lawlessness, but lest we not think it cannot happen here!
The MoCo Conservative has received information from Ashley Mouktafi, co-owner of Clarksburg Tavern LLC, who believes she is the target of retaliatory measures from the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department for filing a lawsuit to keep her business afloat and offer jobs to help end systemic discrimination the County is subjugating minority residents to experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of the alleged intimidation tactics reported by the owners within the last week include:
- The appearance of a Montgomery County government-owned vehicle and a MCPD cruiser in the dining establishment’s back parking lot for about 35 minutes. The occupants of both cars never came out of their vehicles while parking on private property. Mouktafi believes that this incident was an intimidation tactic to arouse fear and anxiety in her, Clarksburg Tavern staff, and patrons of the dining establishment.
- The Licensure and Regulatory Division of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department sending an inspection report citing a non-existent violation claiming that owners and immediate family are not able to “sit and eat or drink” on premises (no such law or code exists). Mouktafi claims that the County “wants to fast track our warnings to get to the fines.” As of this article, the Licensure and Regulatory Division of the County Department of Health and Human Services has redacted the report and warning, after failing to acknowledge there is an ongoing lawsuit regarding this very matter in the County’s circuit court system.
- A mentally unstable, non-compliant individual (not a customer) aggressively walked into the dining establishment, threw a mask at one of the owners, and called the owner a “murderer.”
- The staff took a telephone order for ten entrees and two appetizers that was a no-show. When the call-back number was dialed and connected to the initial caller, the customer had no intention of purchasing the food and subsequently told the owner, “I hope you die of COVID.”
Mouktafi – a single mother of two young, school-age children who co-owns Clarksburg Tavern with her mother, Janice Allen – had this to say about the situation:
As a self-identifying female small business owner and single mother, I have had to work through the institutional patriarchy that is inherent within the business community and hospitality industry. I love and appreciate the diversity of my customers, community, and staff. What I don’t love is being strong-armed by a tyrannical male like County Executive Marc Elrich and being forced to lay off almost all of my employees, who rely on a paycheck to help break through the systemic, socio-economic institutional racism affecting communities in Montgomery County and the country.
Threatening me only exacerbates the problem. These intimidation tactics have caused undue stress to my staff and me, and I plan on taking additional legal action against those entities that are taking retaliatory measures against me.
Community and county-wide problems require community and county-wide solutions from residents, not just bureaucrats who don’t understand what it’s like living from paycheck to paycheck and who have never owned a small business as a single mother. I take my business and the health of my patrons and staff very seriously; it’s time that the local government does the same.
Tom Kurzeja lives in Darnestown, Maryland. Mr. Kurzeja is responding to Marc King’s post, “The Insurrection Act And A Stolen Election.”
I don’t think any sane, reasonable person wants to start shooting other Americans over the election. However, we’ve not seen a lot of sane, reasonable behavior from the America-hating left.
What’s happened in this year’s election is unconscionable on many levels. Equally unconscionable is the tolerance that ordinary citizens have shown for the result, because it was their preferred outcome.
Election integrity facilitates the peaceful transition of power, a foundational principle for the preservation of peaceful western societies.
We saw the unrest caused by the left during 2016’s legitimate election; what should the left now expect from conservatives with this illegitimate election? The horrific conduction of the election was topped off with a giveaway of many, many billions of American dollars to “foreign aid.” It’s almost as if Joe Biden’s Ukraine money laundering gambit was a test run, and now that the bad actors have worked out the kinks, they’re franchising it around the planet. Egypt, Sudan, and even the Ukraine are now well-funded money washers for a select few politicians whose corruption knows no bounds.
We have a flaming constitutional crisis of a magnitude not seen since the beginning of the Civil War. Add to that mess the notion that President Donald Trump still has a narrow pathway to re-election through an objection to the Electoral College results filed by a Republican Senator, and this country is a powder keg with a lit fuse.
As a military veteran, I understand Mr. King’s desire to not, in his words, “turn Gaithersburg into Mogadishu.” What he fails to recognize is that Democrat-run cities around the country are already more dangerous for Americans than any war zone on the planet.
More Americans die in Chicago, Los Angeles, and a half dozen other Democrat hellholes than in active foreign combat zones every day. Mogadishu is here, created and maintained by lawless urban Democrats. Democrats are not content to maintain their hellish fiefdoms and leave conservatives to live in peace separately. Their ambition is to export the dystopias they’ve created to suburban and exurban America, and bring troublesome conservatives who value their freedoms to heel.
Don’t believe me? Look no further than the actions of Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, Kate Brown, Tom Wolf, and Phil Murphy. They’re killing their entire states. Sprinkle in some Lori Lightfoot, Bill DeBlasio, and Ted Wheeler, and you’ve got a formidable organization, at state and local levels across the country, coordinating efforts to restrict our God-given freedoms, while providing free rein to any group with which they find common cause; without exception, domestic terrorists calling themselves “progressive groups” such as BLM and Antifa, whose stated goals are to dismantle our society. And they’ve been hard at work.
I don’t need to show you the “mostly peaceful” riots, as described by a CNN reporter (video above) while a city block burned behind him. It is not we, conservatives, who are creating Mogadishu in this country. Mogadishu has existed here for years, in places like Camden, New Jersey, the south side of Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The treachery of Democrat political machines has known no bounds this year.
With the Democrats’ ambition to multiply and expand their misery outside its current boundaries, we conservatives must be vigilant. We must resist this intrusion into our communities.
Mr. King stated that his oath never expires. Every true veteran believes that. But he dodges. We took an oath “to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The domestic enemies of the Constitution now include homegrown terrorist organizations – BLM, Antifa, et al – as well as other individuals in elected office ignoring the Constitution to act and rule at their whim. We must resist them, and we must demand from them and their benefactors a return to a lawful, ordered society. Otherwise, they will create the Mogadishu that neither Mr. King nor I wish to create or live in. If we allow that, we’ll have no choice but to defend our communities here with the same ferocity and resolve we showed when we defended communities overseas.
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
In the past several weeks, an article (Open Letter to President Trump: You Must Use Insurrection Act to “Stop the Steal” and Defeat the Coup) has been circulated through various social media platforms that discusses the frustration with the election being stolen right in front of our eyes, and what exactly our reaction as Patriots of the Republic should be.
My first response, like many first responses to the idea of the President invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807, is that we need to “grab this ‘bull’ by its political horns and bring it to heel.”
However, on further reflection, I find that I must fully consider the consequences of taking such a bold step over election fraud. The piece calls for mobilizing the militia; a call to arms for all men between the ages of 17-45 who own a gun to report for duty in the militia. A very noble and perhaps even a romantic gesture, to be sure, and one that had true meaning and value in 1807 when the standing army of the day was some 5,000 soldiers and there was a heavy reliance on the citizen soldier.
The militia that is spoken about does not exist today. The militia of the 1800’s was most often a company of men, an infantry company, in each town; the Captain, usually from the wealthiest family in town, was appointed and commissioned by the Governor of his state (see example below)…
… and his mission was to ensure good order and discipline among his men the men of his village: attend to appointed drills on the village green and prepare for assignment to the state’s Regiment commanded by a Colonel or perhaps a General also appointed and commissioned by the state Governor.
That was the context of the times then, but what of now?
There are no village greens on which to assemble. The state’s military organization, the National Guard, is a complex military organization of diverse military skills and occupational specialties. They are not just infantry anymore.
Who would lead this group of militias for which that paper calls? It is true that there are a lot of rifles out there, and I would hasten to say there are a significant number of armed Americans who own rifles and who would need to be controlled, ordered, and disciplined. It is important to note that the lawful right to “command” came in the form of the Governor’s commission… or even a Federal commission, and such granting of authority has not been given to anyone as far as this letter reflects.
Make no mistake, I stand ready to defend my property. I exercise my rights under the Second Amendment, but I do not believe that the “Well Regulated Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment is what this letter envisions, at least not initially.
I stand ready to engage any foreign power that would attempt to invade our country and I feel that I have the moral obligation to do that. I swore an oath as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and I believe that oath as good today and the day I raised my right hand.
However, I do not believe that my oath obligates me to turn Gaithersburg or Rockville or Germantown into another Mogadishu; nor do I believe that without the proper authorization from the Congress of the United States do I have the legal authority to shoot another American.
It is not 1776. There is no King, and while we are all very pissed off about an election that is about to be stolen, I for one do not want to see Americans shooting each other in the streets of their hometown. It is not a video game; there is no hitting a button and you are a new soldier once again. In this game, when you are shot, you are DEAD!
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Guest speaker Thomas Black lives in Leesburg, Virginia and is a frequent contributor to The MoCo Conservative blog. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:
- Addressing a dearth of consistent, conservative principles amongst elected officials;
- Why the approach of strawman arguments during an election fails to address underlying issues on the local and national level; and
- What the future elections may look like, with predictions.
Recorded December 22, 2020
Thomas Black lives in Leesburg, Virginia.
It seems inarguable to state that poverty creates desperation. Through casual observation, one can come to understand this statement as a self-evident truth. For instance, in the most innocent of circumstances, a single mother working two full-time jobs at, or near, the minimum wage standard for both occupations is unlikely to pursue these professions out of passion, or because she believes this will ultimately prove to be lucrative. Contrarily, she is honorably striving to provide for her family and make ends meet to the best of her ability.
In more dire situations, those who live in impoverished circumstances are more likely to turn to criminal activity in an attempt to address financial short comings. Algis Sileika and Jurgita Bekeryte (2012) discuss this correlation in the Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues. The authors note a correlation between high poverty rates and a growth in criminal activity, while also observing the negative side effects poverty produces on an individual’s physical and mental health.
So, what does poverty look like for individuals and families long term? Well, in the first scenario, it not only looks like an exhausted mother trying to provide for and raise her children, but the effects of poverty-based desperation are paid forward to the child. Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs notes that children who do not receive consistent responses from their parents are more likely to be, “aggressive, defiant, and hyperactive as adults” (Huber, 2014). Furthermore, Huber (2014) notes that children who do not create strong bonds with their “mothers or fathers,” through having basic emotional and physical needs met regularly, will likely enter kindergarten with deficient language and behavioral skills. While an impoverished mother and/or father are desperately trying to meet the basic necessities for survival, their child is already developing a pattern that is likely to conclude with poverty in their own adulthood.
Poverty begets desperation which begets continued poverty.
While I do not intend to over simplify the problem or the solution, a few observations regarding modern responses are relevant to this discussion. First, our well-intentioned policy makers who would self-identify as left or left-leaning often seek to ensure a more equal outcome between those who are currently in poverty with those who are currently experiencing greater affluence.
Public housing plans, social welfare policies, and minimum wage mandates are often points of discussion in this debate.
While I can choose to trust that the intention of these policy makers is to provide families and individuals with the necessary breathing room to more appropriately care for their children and better themselves, I fear the conclusion to these principles results in well-intentioned harm. These programs are often, I believe, unsustainable. Moreover, it can lead to a type of practical slavery experienced by sharecroppers in the Jim Crow South.
Sadly, however, many policies to address this situation from well-intentioned policy makers who would self-identify as right or right-leaning, often offer responses that do not recognize or satisfy the urgency of the situation. Tax cuts, while necessary and helpful, take years to move a family from one socio-economic environment to another. Additionally, school choice – which will be addressed momentarily – is a non-immediate benefit experienced by the next generation. When considering the plight of the economically depressed, policies need to be both sustainable and as immediate as possible.
Algis Sileika and Jurgita Bekeryte (2012) identify, among other variables, a lack of education and sustainable employment opportunities as two great factors that contribute to poverty. To address the shortfalls of education, I believe school choice needs to be the cornerstone of public policy regarding academic advancement. This conclusion is both practical and principled.
- Why should the government be permitted to dictate where free men and women educate their children?
- Why is it that the government – which is an organization constituted by nothing more than fellow citizens – can mandate where my children go to school and my only response to benefit from this publicly funded option is to say, “yes, master”?
- How does this design benefit our most vulnerable and impoverished citizens? Public schools are primarily funded through property taxes, and impoverished communities generate less revenue which leads to underfunded and less effective schools.
The prevailing laws of the day encourage a cycle where poverty propagates poor education, and public policy forces impoverished students to learn in ineffective institutions. The conclusion of this system results in a student that is less prepared to compete for well-paying jobs where upward professional mobility is also a possibility. And yet again, poverty begets poverty, which begets greater desperation, which begets further poverty.
However, school choice cannot be the only answer. Rather, if the point of education is to prepare for a career, why not foster a greater bond between professionalism and education? I believe a greater partnership between tradesmen (e.g., welders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, contractors, etc.) and public education institutions would benefit individuals, communities, schools, and businesses. This is not to be confused with a current system where career and technical education are options in the existing curriculum.
I believe a partnership between companies that specialize in a particular trade will practically enhance the principles, curriculum, and opportunities of technical education.
Tradecraft education could permit a company to assist in the development of a curriculum, ranging from one to four years for completion, where they are able to teach the “tricks of the trade” and possibly help students prepare for initial certification(s); this would make the student immediately marketable upon graduation, and just as quickly lift them – and potentially their family – out of poverty in a sustainable fashion. Internships for upperclassmen could also be offered, much like a professional version of dual-enrollment courses, allowing graduates to have work experience and academic success on their initial résumé.
Finally, schools should be able to choose which companies they want to participate in this program from a pre-approved list of interested businesses. As I said earlier, this program must be a consensual partnership between a school and a company participating by their own volition. Of note, within the framework of school choice, schools would be even more likely to participate in this program, as this would enhance the product/service they’re bringing to market by appealing to a wider array of consumers.
This idea, of course, cannot be forced upon companies. However, I believe there are a number of benefits companies could derive from the structure of this program, which would be both naturally and legislatively achieved.
First, I believe companies could be incentivized to participate through tax legislation.
For example, the state could provide tax credits of a set amount to participating companies; or they could treat every hour of an employee’s time spent on this program as a charitable contribution from the company, by multiplying the hours spent by the average revenue generated by an employee, and reducing the corporation’s taxable revenue by the total of that amount.
Additionally, to further incentivize business, you could apply a tax credit for every former student a company employs out of this program. However, the tax credit for this action would need to be relatively minor, or you create a market for hiring poor employees – which would, in all likelihood, result in termination of employment for an individual, a potential return to poverty, and a greater budget deficit for the state government. Rather, this particular credit would need to be an added bonus, which responds to corporate hiring patterns that would have likely happened with or without the credit, based on the merit of the former student and prospective employee.
To this end, there are natural benefits a corporation has to participating in this program, one of which is the ability to establish a pipeline of prospective employees. By participating in this program, companies would be able to become very familiar with the character, skills, and qualifications of a potential employee. Instead of making hiring determinations based solely on a résumé and short interview(s), the company could now establish a channel of prospective employees who they personally know have the necessary qualifications, skills, and work ethic to grow the business and represent the company well.
Governing at any level is not a simple task. It often requires officials to engage in complex challenges while making difficult choices from a myriad of options, none of which promise success and all of which carry risk.
Rather than viewing the primary role of government as a means to progress society, I believe the primary role of government is to protect individual liberty.
Secondary to that principle, government does have a responsibility to promote the general welfare through careful investments, striving for equal opportunity within its jurisdiction, and removing obstacles to success not resulting from personal choice. I believe the framework of this plan champions both liberty and sustainable socio-economic advancement by recognizing that an individual’s freedom is both inalienable and necessary if an individual is to seize control of their own destiny, and that taxes are both essential for society and an obstacle to wealth generation.
- Main image credit: Brandy Taylor/ Getty Images
- Huber, B. (2014, March 27). Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved from “Four in 10 Infants Lack Strong Parental Attachments.”
- Sileika, A., & Bekeryte, J. (2012). Theoretical Issues of Relationship Between Unemployment, Poverty and Crime in Sustainable Development. Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues, 59-70.
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
In the year 2020 AD we are faced with the most challenging health issue of our time – the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a nation we have been locked down, let loose, masked up, unmasked, and locked down again and masked up again. We have been subjected to the whims and biases of questionable health officials who have ordered us to set aside our Constitutional freedoms for the greater good – with no Constitutional authority to order us into submission – yet submit we do.
Now, with the specter of a Biden/Harris administration getting closer, we are faced with the reality that defunding our police and releasing murderers, rapists & child molesters from our prisons is becoming a reality. We just have to look at what the new Los Angeles (L.A.) County District Attorney George Gascón stated a few days ago:
Based on what L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón is directing his office to do for the handling of murderers, you can expect that it will be coming soon to a jurisdiction near you.
No more prosecuting the street level drug dealer – “he does it because he is poor.” No more prosecuting the street prostitute – “after all, a girl has got to make a living.”
No cash bail, no death penalty, and no charging juveniles as adults. A lawless society in L.A. County.
Then we have Cancel Culture. Statues commemorating significant historical events on state land and in public parks have already suffered the wrath of Cancel Culture; even memorials that stand on Federal land upon hallowed battlefields places that were deemed to be “off limits” to this wave of history’s destruction have been attacked.
On September 17, 1862, 4,000 Americans died at Antietam; the battle is remembered as the single bloodiest day in U.S. history from both sides. Just this past week we were informed that the statue of Robert E. Lee is to be removed from the battlefield at Antietam.
History is being erased.
But it does not stop here… today the press reported that there is a school in San Francisco that is changing its name from Abraham Lincoln High School because: “he (Lincoln) didn’t show ‘black lives mattered to him.’ “
So, we have seen street and school names changed, so now we must ask just how long it is going to take this movement to convince our socialist democrat Congress to change the name of our Capital city: Washington, D.C. After all, we all know Washington’s history regarding slave ownership, so why should his name adorn the most enduring seat of government ever envisioned by man? Why should his monument stand when others have been removed?
You see, this is a never-ending erosion from within; the decline that will lead to the fall. Much like the Fall of the Roman Empire, it was the decay within that allowed it to become susceptible to the “Barbarians of Europe.” Our “barbarians” come much more neatly packaged in 2020. They are, in fact, the Chinese Communist Party, and our internal decay will be what they rely on to bring the “American Experiment” to its fall.
The MoCo Conservative is the special guest on Dr. Stephanie’s show and discusses the art of Gaslighting and how the media uses it; many examples are discussed throughout the call. Recorded live on WCBM 680 AM (26:00 mark).
Reference from our blog: A Guide To Understanding Gaslighting
Anonymous lives in Maryland.
Gaslighting is defined in psychological terms as a specific type of manipulation where the manipulator is trying to get someone else (or a group of people) to question their own reality, memory, or perceptions.
The term “gaslighting” actually comes from a 1938 play, “Gas Light” (which was turned into a more widely known movie in 1944, “Gaslight”), where a husband manipulates his wife to make her think she’s actually losing her sense of reality so he can commit her to a mental institution and steal her inheritance.
Robin Stern, Ph.D., Co-founder and Associate Director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale, and author of The Gaslight Effect says it may start with seemingly small offences. The problem is when you begin questioning your own judgement or reality, thanks to the deliberate intent of someone else.
As it snowballs you can end up in a cycle of not being able to negotiate your daily life in a way where you are clear minded. It can affect your focus, and cause one to make poor decisions.
Gaslighting happens in personal relationships. One such case for gaslighting happened in my family. I have a brother who at age 51 moved in with his parents after his home was foreclosed for nonpayment of the mortgage. Additionally, he was evicted from his home by the sheriff. To complicate matters he was involved in a nasty divorce. To help put this story into perspective this brother had been arrested multiple times for petty theft. He had multiple judgements against him for indebtedness and had his drivers license suspended for failure to pay child support. Since the time he was 18 he had been fired or terminated from more than twenty jobs. At the time he moved in with his parents he was unemployed.
Under normal circumstances a parent is usually willing to assist a child who is down on their luck or facing hard times. A wise mature parent usually establishes parameters and timelines in a situation such as this. As days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years my brother became comfortable in his living arrangement with his parents. As time progressed and years went by, he found ways to exploit his situation. My brother found ways to exploit my parents’ assets and bank accounts. He took full advantage of our parents’ failing cognitive skills and declining health.
Dr. Stern explains there usually tends to be a power dynamic when gaslighting happens. The manipulator holds enough power that the target of gaslighting is terrified to change the relationship or step out of the gaslighting dynamic because of the threat of losing that relationship.
If it is happening by someone you love and care about, you’re going to want to believe the other person and the gas lighter may use that against you, explains Darlene Lancer JD MFT, a marriage and family therapist in private practice and author of Codependency for Dummies.
Lancer explains that many people, as targets of gaslighting, change their perception in order to avoid having conflict. Many times, the gas lighter does not even realize the impact of their gaslighting. In the case of my mother and the false stories told about me by my brother in the presence of her friends, my mother would hang her head and remain silent.
In this case my brother was a desperate man. You have heard the phrase desperate people do desperate things. He was desperate. His gaslighting included telling false stories about me to his mother and to anyone who would listen. These false and persistent stories escalated and intensified for almost 10 years. This was the period during which he lived with my parents. During this time, he never sought employment. After my father died, his false stories escalated to the extent he had created a false narrative about me. The narrative was so exaggerated that I would compare it to the Big Lie, a technique used to create false narratives often used by governments to deceive its people.
Sadly, when I would call or visit my mother, she would confront me with crazy, false accusations that were baseless and untrue. These stories were the result of many years of gaslighting by my brother.
Ultimately, gaslighting was used by my brother to persuade my mother to rewrite her will and trust. My brother was successful in cheating me out of half of my inheritance totaling one million dollars. I contested this change but the judge was not familiar with the technique of gaslighting nor was it allowed as proof for creating undue influence.
Sadly, gaslighting happens in the shadows and is difficult to prove. Today, we see gaslighting in full display. From the moment President Trump descended down the escalator and announced his intention to run for president, he became the target of gaslighting. Russian collusion, inappropriate phone calls, false quid pro quo accusations, racism accusations, and tax evasion accusations were used to create a massive false narrative. This false narrative was likely created by the deep state, who feared his presidency threatened to expose the massive corruption within our country.
Now we see the largest most colossal gaslight ever. We the American people are told repeatedly by the main stream media, the deep state politicians, and deep state leaders, there was no election tampering. No fraud, no significant evidence. This is the BIG LIE 4.0.
Desperate people do desperate things. Desperate politicians and leaders do desperate things. Gaslighting is a huge tool in their plan to create and control the narrative.
Anonymous Pastor lives in Maryland.
What is truth?
In today’s political climate it is difficult to find the truth. I personally have stopped watching the news because it can not be trusted. I am distrusting of all of our institutions because of their blatant disregard for the rule of law. I do not trust politicians because of their history of regularly telling lies, spinning the truth, and manipulating facts to promote their narrative. Sadly, some pastors live outside the boundaries of truth and honesty.
We are regularly bombarded with untrue stories of Russian collusion, false and/or inaccurate polls, inflated virus statistics, and fake impeachment charges. Currently we are in the midst of the largest conspiracy of voter fraud known to Americans.
The idea of finding any truth or meaning to life has escaped modern man. This statement reflects the inability to conceive of something outside of one’s self. Even though we live in a day in which we all have definite beliefs about things, the climate seems to be the act of belief rather than any real object of belief.
Belief will not create fact. Truth is independent of belief. No matter how hard I may try, believing something will not make it true.
People today are believing whatever they wish to believe, but this will lead to their ultimate destruction.
One of the darkest periods in the history of Israel occurred in the time of the kings. During this time, there was a contest between the Lord God and Baal, a highly regarded cult deity. An altar of wood was built, with pieces of an oxen laid upon it as a sacrifice. The god who answered by fire and consumed the sacrifice would be acknowledged as the true god in Israel. Baal went first. If anyone could start a fire from the sky, it was Baal—the great nature god who controlled the weather (e.g., rain, thunderstorms, lightning).
The priests of Baal paraded around the altar all morning and until late afternoon, beseeching Baal to respond. These false priests jumped all over the altar, cut themselves with swords, danced into a frenzy, raved, and pleaded all day. Yet nothing happened. No one can say they were not sincere or did not believe. After they were finished and the altar was rebuilt, the Lord God answered with fire from heaven and consumed the altar and sacrifice. The false prophets of Baal were then slain.
Today we see Democratic politicians, Hollywood celebrities, news broadcasters, media corporations, and the liberal left coming unhinged defending their beliefs even though they are untrue.
Perhaps we who embrace the truth, should remain patient and allow God to consume their alter of corruption and restore truth to its rightful place of dignity and honor. Repeatedly, when Jesus was on earth, he used the phrase “I tell you the truth.” He also called himself the truth. He knew Mankind has difficulty telling and believing the truth. He was giving us a source of ultimate, unbiased absolute truth.
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Danny lives in Maryland and is the Founder of The Earth Party. Topics discussed during this podcast include:
- The detrimental and terrifying agenda of the technocracy;
- How COVID-19 lock downs and international vaccine/injection mandates are a precursor to the 4th Industrial Revolution; and
- How humanity can fight against these restrictions.
- Moderna’s CEO on hacking “the code of life”
- Alan Dershowitz making the case that forced vaccination is fully constitutional
- National Law Review endorsing “Vaccinate or Terminate” as workplace requirements
- USA Today editorial advocating forced vaccination for every man, woman, and child – no exemptions
- Bill Gates saying you won’t be allowed to travel unless you have proof of vaccination
- New Zealand announcing that all people who test “positive” will be forcibly removed from their homes and sent to “managed isolation facilities”
- Concentration camps coming to Canada for those who “test positive”
- From The Intercept: General exposition of the high-tech digital dystopia being planned, and how “covid” is central to it
- The Atlantic: “China has the right idea about censorship”
Recorded November 1, 2020
From The Editor: Below is a video produced by Act 4 Greater America. Our combined goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of Leftism (under the guise of the current Democrat Party) and how policies endorsed and enacted by county governments, especially in Montgomery County, are socialist in nature and detrimental to the success of our country and our citizenry.
Christianity, Constitution, and Capitalism.
Paraphrased excerpts below (unless quoted):
The combination of the three C’s mentioned above makes the greatness of America, and we must defend these values. China is trying to destroy these core values.
Like the human body, a nation can also succumb to a virus. In this case, the virus of ideology is even more dangerous and can cause even greater destruction. The virus of ideology is leftism/marxism/socialism/communism (however you want to call it, it is the same thing), and it has left a trail of destruction.
Institutions have been infiltrated by this ideology and young people are being indoctrinated by those same people in positions of authority. Handouts and government dependency are going to ruin the economic might of the country. Abortion-on-demand is forcing our faith in God out of our culture; Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Removing prayer from public school and replacing it with questionable material (LGBT++) in its place is also part of that effort to eradicate religion.
The Democrats use word control to control people’s thoughts by using labels and throwing them onto anyone who disagrees with you. It’s exactly what the Communist party used in China.
It wasn’t until 2016 that enough people fed up with these laws against freedom and the P.C. Culture woke up and said, “We’ve got to fight back.” President Donald Trump has kept his promises; he has lowered taxes, reduced government regulation, appointed judges who adhered to the Constitution, and surrounded himself by people of prayer.
When the Democrats couldn’t derail President Trump with their hoaxes and fake news, they adhered to the same playbook of using class and racial strife, and created a lot of chaos. You don’t have to go far outside of the U.S.A. to see what these tactics have caused. American cities, such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland, have turned into ruins because of the failed policies of the Democrats in power.
You must vote for Donald Trump in this election; it is that serious.
- Main image credit: https://i.redd.it/9hz5umi8zel21.jpg
From An Anonymous Business Executive In Virginia.
FACT: Throughout American politics and mainstream media today, corruption runs rampant.
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.
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.
- Main photograph credit: Reuters
- Graphic credit: Branco
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.
- Main graphic: Dave Granlund
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.
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.
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
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.
- Main graphic: still from movie, “Hail Satan?”
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:
- Who gets appointed to this Committee;
- Political affiliation must count and be represented fairly;
- There cannot be any overt interference from either the Council or the County Executive as the Committee goes about its work; and
- 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.
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.
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.
- Main photograph credit: Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group
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.
“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?
- 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;
- Elect a school board that is willing to take a stand to resist the liberal teacher unions and Marxist leadership of Montgomery County;
- 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;
- Place your children in private schools that reflect your moral and ethical values;
- Move to a state or county that has a more conservative agenda; and
- Accept that a do-nothing attitude will result in your child’s indoctrination and acceptance into the new narrative of Marxism.
- 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
- Photograph credit: https://biodork.wordpress.com/category/abortionpro-choice/
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?
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?
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.
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.
- Main image photo credit: The Guardian
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.
- 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
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/
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.
- Graphic: https://comicallyincorrect.com/
- We’ll never know the truth from this mess: https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/al-sharpton-net-worth/
- 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
From A Disenfranchised Voter in Montgomery County, Maryland.
This famous aphorism should be a model by which we all live:
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.
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?
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:
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.
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:
- Create politically progressive coalitions and other entities with innocent, feel-good sounding names;
- Strategize on plans of action to eliminate the “threat” of conservative thought;
- Initiate social media flood, accrue followers, and get people angry via emotional manipulation;
- Start boycotting products that “support conservative thought” and that contribute to any political campaign not endorsed by the DNC;
- Utilize sleeper cells in all institutions to shove the same agenda down the throat of every student, customer, and viewer to increase reach;
- Force defectors to apologize in order to create a feeling of shame for others who wish to do the same;
- Dox and “swat” famous and well-known conservatives as a tool to prevent naturally-occurring, and at this point, increasing defection;
- 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;
- 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;
- Encourage destruction of property, looting, arson;
- 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.;
- Mobilize your army of foaming-at-the-mouth, cash-strapped anarchists and send them to the suburbs;
- Declare war on anyone who lives in the suburbs, no matter what their political affiliation, because they are all selfish and evil; and
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Graphic by Ben Garrison (https://grrrgraphics.com/)
- There are so many, we just included one: https://front.moveon.org/
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.
- Both drawings copyright of Ben Garrison.
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.