Commentary: Modern Man Still Believes In The Big Lie

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).

Elijah and the Priests of Baal by Lucas Cranach the Younger, ca. 1545. With characteristic flamboyance, Cranach illustrates the futility of long repetitious prayers in the famous story from 1 Kings 18.

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

References:

  1. Main image credit: Getty

Podcast Episode 10: The Democrat Machine, Election Interference, and Emotional Manipulation

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Guest speaker Seth Remsnyder lives in Clarksburg, Maryland and is a husband, father, and artist. He is also the voice behind The Weekly Mourner blog. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:

  1. How The Democrat Party Works;
  2. What Is Election Interference And Its Roots In The USA; and
  3. How Emotional Manipulation By The Mainstream Media Continues To Sway Public Opinion.

Reference: 2016 BBC Article On Vote Rigging
Reference: Video Of Media Calling To Burn GOP To The Ground

Recorded November 12, 2020

The MoCo Conservative on Talk Radio (WCBM- The Dr. Stephanie Show)

The MoCo Conservative discusses how the mainstream media successfully manipulates the masses into believing that Joe Biden legally (and prematurely) won the Presidential election (29:00 mark).

The Dr. Stephanie Show – November 8, 2020

Podcast Episode 9: The State of Education, Rocca Prep School, and the Rise of Conservatism

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Guest speaker Everton Rocca is Founder of Rocca Preparatory School, which is now accepting students for Fall 2021. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:

  1. The State of Education Nationwide and in the DC Metro Area;
  2. A New Conservative School is Accepting Students: Rocca Preparatory School; and 
  3. The Rise of Conservatism in Education and Society.

Recorded November 10, 2020

Podcast Episode 8: The 2020 Presidential Election

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Danny lives in Maryland and is the Founder of The Earth Party. Topics discussed during this podcast include:

  1. How The Left & Right See The Election And Election Fraud;
  2. The Green Party & Alt-Left’s Awakening; and
  3. How We Can Discuss The Election With Anyone.

Recorded November 7, 2020

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Trump Freedom Patriot Rally (Poolesville, MD): November 1, 2020

The MoCo Conservative was live at a local Trump Caravan and Freedom Patriot Rally organized by conservative patriots of Poolesville, Maryland.

Watch the Trump Freedom Patriot Caravan procession. (Video credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Organizers (from Left) Ray D., Anonymous Patriot, Kody M., and Jeffrey M. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Flags atop a vehicle. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Family of patriots posing for a photograph. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Stand set up for donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Poolesville Patriot holding a flag. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Organizers Kody M. (R) and Ray D. (L). (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Signage atop a vehicle. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Flags set up atop a truck. (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)
Eagle Trump flag (our personal favorite). (Photo credit: The MoCo Conservative)

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 5: Guest Sumeet discusses “policy vs. personality,” economic revitalization, and MCPS

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Guest speaker Sumeet is a politically active resident of Montgomery County, MD and local attorney. He is also a delegate to the MCCPTA for his children’s elementary school.  Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:

  1. “Policy vs. personality” when it comes to President Trump and other politicians; 
  2. Government’s role in community development and economic revitalization; and
  3. A brief overview of the MoCo Board of Education’s overreach of authority over the last two years. 

Recorded October 26, 2020

Opinion: Why You Should Vote YES to Questions B & D and NO to Questions A & C

Anonymous lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

A David vs. Goliath battle is being waged in Montgomery County over the structure of the County Council.  On one side is a non-partisan citizens’ ballot committee that collected over 16,000 signatures during the COVID-19 lock down to get Question D on the ballot. It would change the structure to nine individual districts.  On the other side, is the powerful County Council, which at the last minute on the last day of summer session, suspended its public comment rules to put a competing Question C on the ballot to confuse voters.

If both measures win, both fail; it doesn’t matter how many votes each gets.  Then it’s back to the status quo, which is the real goal of the County Council.

Currently, seven of the nine County Council members live around the down-county crescent near Silver Spring and Takoma Park, home to the most liberal, progressive, densely populated, and wealthiest part of the County.  This is not a fluke, it has been going on for the past three decades. How does that happen?

Montgomery is a “one-party rule” county. 

Four of the nine Council positions are elected At-Large. “At-Large” is false advertising.  Instead of representing all county residents, the At-Large representatives have demonstrated repeatedly their priorities are those of their neighbors living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park.

The structure is broken. It allows the Council to have a majority of members from the same southeastern corner of the county. Studies have shown that At-Large seats discriminate against women and minority candidates. 

Not one elected official in Montgomery County, county or state, is registered Republican or any other party other than Democrat.  Sadly, it has also turned into a pay-for-play county.  The County gives grants to a long list of non-profit organizations, that in turn exhort its members to vote for the people who will continue to give them taxpayer money. 

MCEA is the union representing teachers in Montgomery County, MD. They also issue the Apple Ballot.

The unions are in on the game and they have a big influence on the county’s unionized employees (i.e. teachers, police, fire, transportation, and other workers).  The teachers’ union even publishes an “Apple Ballot,” exclusively advocating for Democrats, handed out at the polls.  Last year, the County Executive negotiated some of the largest raises in the area for union employees, only to find this year there is not enough money to pay them, thanks to the COVID-19 induced shut-downs.

What to do?  Raise property taxes, of course! 

When families are struggling to make ends meet. 
When schools are closed or partially opened and parents and students are both working from home. 
When businesses are falling like dominoes.

The beauty of property taxes, from the cynical left’s point of view, is that if they aren’t paid, homes will be seized by the government.

Pay up or we’ll take your home away and sell it to someone else.

Property owners bear the burden of paying taxes for services used by everyone, so it’s not fair to raise taxes just on them.  But, for the progressive leftists on the County Council, it’s the path of least resistance.

Interestingly, one Republican saw this coming.  Robin Ficker, who Democrat detractors (and even some high-minded Republicans) label a political gadfly, got enough signatures to place another measure on the ballot—Question B—to limit the amount of any property tax increase to the rate of inflation.  What to do?  Put a competing measure on the ballot—Question A—authored by the County Council.  Even if both of these measures win, canceling each other out, the status quo is better than either of them. 

The County Charter currently allows property taxes to be raised above the rate of inflation only by unanimous vote of the county Council. Easy enough, since 95 percent of all Council votes this term have been unanimous.

Democrats have pulled out all stops to fight Questions B and D, including enlisting former County officials Ike Leggitt, David Blair, and Connie Morella. 

Marilyn Balcombe (image credit: Montgomery Community Media)

Marilyn Balcombe, a Democrat who lost her bid for At-Large Council member in the last election, is running competing ballot committees to defeat B & D.  She’s already on record saying she plans to run for At-Large again, so she has a vested interest in making sure voters don’t approve nine individual districts.  Adam Pagnucco, former Council staffer and blogger for Seventh State, has repeatedly and erroneously tried to scare his readers by painting both citizen ballot initiatives as Republican efforts.

Increased taxes won’t really hurt the lifestyle of the wealthy. 

“I don’t mind paying higher taxes, I’m sure they’ll be put to good use.” 

A well-dressed woman leaving a high-end restaurant recently exclaimed this to me.

Compare that to the worried look in a naturalized citizen’s eyes, standing at the door of his modest townhouse, who says he is telling his friends to look at issues, not just party, when voting this year. “It’s not fair to make property owners bear the burden of services used by everyone,” he said. 

The people hurt the most by the well-intentioned liberal elite are the people they claim to want to help the most.

Please vote FOR Questions B and D and AGAINST Questions A and C.

References:

  1. https://www.nonprofitvote.org/bias-large-elections-works/
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html
  3. https://mceanea.org/

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 3: Guest Eleanor Jones discusses Howard County, the #WalkAway movement, and special needs education

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Special guest speaker Eleanor Jones joined us for our podcast today and we discussed the following topics:

  1. How Howard County, MD politics mirror that of Montgomery County, MD;
  2. The #WalkAway movement and its impact on the state and national level; and
  3. Her experience raising a special needs child during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eleanor Jones is State Lead Moderator for the Maryland chapter of the #WalkAway movement. She is a parent of a special needs child and lives in Howard County, Maryland.

Recorded October 21, 2020

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 2: Guest Speaker Heath Barnes Talks the #WalkAway Movement & Conservative Complacency

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Special guest speaker Heath Barnes joined us for our podcast today and we discussed the following topics:

  1. The #WalkAway movement and how it impacts the LGBT community;
  2. Conservative complacency; and
  3. Frederick County’s present could be Western Maryland’s future.

Recorded October 20, 2020

References:

  1. https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/heath-barnes-a-gay-republican-trump-supporter-reflects-on-actions-at-local-protests-and-treatment/article_b2387be7-d50d-5eac-9786-11080938a15c.html

The MoCo Conservative on Talk Radio (WMAL DC- The Larry O’Connor Show)

The MoCo Conservative discusses the importance of moderate Democrats educating themselves on the ballot questions coming up in the November election (2:54:27 mark).

The Larry O’Connor Show – October 19, 2020

Chinese Immigrant: Leftism Is The Real Virus & It’s Spreading In Montgomery County, MD (Video Testimony #1)

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.

“America is next if we do not defend our core values.”

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.

References:

  1. Main image credit: https://i.redd.it/9hz5umi8zel21.jpg

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 1: Nine Districts for MoCo

The MoCo Conservative talks Question D and what you need to know to make an informed decision come election time. Featuring John A. of Clarksburg as a guest caller.

Topic of the Day

Nine Districts for MoCo:

  1. What you need to know.
  2. What you don’t know.
  3. What you must do to get represented equitably and fairly. 

Special guest: John A. from Clarksburg, Maryland.

Recorded October 13, 2020.

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

From An Anonymous Business Executive In Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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

I look around our Country today and everything is unrecognizable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Commentary: A Conversation With A Liberal

From Anonymous.

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

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

Me: Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hater: Well he handled COVID horribly!

Me: What would’ve you done differently?

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

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

Hater: Well, he refused to wear a mask.

Image credit: CNN

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

Hater: Well, that was too far after!

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

Who I Am

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

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

My Priorities

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

A Matter Of Urgency

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


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

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

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

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

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

Photograph credit: Chris Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a survey from Morgan State University:

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

Institute For Urban Research, March 26, 2020

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

Abandoned factory/plant in Baltimore.

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

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

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

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

Chaplain Christopher Anderson
Nominee,  Baltimore City Council  District 7

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

References:

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

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

By Patricia Fenati Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Thoughts on the Supreme Court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Key Items To Consider

Two important circumstances were in play in 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vice President Joe Biden, 2016

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

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, 2016

Their advice in 2016 was to wait.

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

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 2016

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

Senator Bernie Sanders, 2016

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

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

Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine, 2016

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

Senator Patrick Leahy, 2016

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

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

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

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

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 2016

Was that hearing for Brett Kavanaugh fair?

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

Senator Chuck Schumer, 2016

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

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

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

Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine, 2016

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

Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, 2020

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2016

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

Vice President Joe Biden, 2016

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phase Three: Equitable Redistricting For Equal Representation

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Opinion: Want To Save America? End Conservative Complacency.

From A Fed Up Patriot In Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev 3:15-16

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

Photograph credit: The Verge

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Opinion: Why I’m Leaving Maryland

From Anonymous In Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Good Ain’t Great: How The GOP Failed Me

David Wilson lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaders at the top need to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Kimblyn Persaud is Chair of Nine Districts for MoCo.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Kimblyn Persaud
Chair, Nine Districts for MoCo

References:

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

Opinion: Biden Endorsed Darkness At DNC

From A Concerned Citizen In Maryland.

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

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

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

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

1 John 1:6-7

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

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

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

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

One must assume one of three conclusions:

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

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

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

Book of Genesis 1

Candidate To Watch: Steve Solomon (Board of Education)

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the issues that I believe in are:

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Solomon

Just The Facts: MoCo Voting Information

From the Editor.

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

1. VOTE BY MAIL/ ABSENTEE BALLOT OPTION 

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

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

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

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

2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION 

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

3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 

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

VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY

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

Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:

  • Albert Einstein High School
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Clarksburg High School
  • Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
  • Damascus High School
  • Gaithersburg High School
  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Montgomery Blair High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Poolesville High School
  • Quince Orchard High School
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Rockville High School
  • Seneca Valley High School
  • Sherwood High School
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Conservatives Gone Viral: Kim Klacik Edition

Marc A. King lives in Germantown, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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