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!
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
“Council Appoints Members to the Commission on Redistricting to Establish Boundaries of Council Districts“
The County Council has just announced the Redistricting Commission. The members were selected from applicants who submitted letters of interest to serve on the Commission. The Council President informed us that of all the applications received, some 32 were selected for interviews, and from those, 11 Commissioners have been selected.
Now a little background…
Please recall that before the election there was a bipartisan, citizen-driven ballot initiative successfully added to the ballot in Montgomery County by collecting well over 15,000 verified signatures. That initiative was seeking to eliminate the “At-Large” Council members and replace them with specific districts in the hope that the far reaches of the county – places like Germantown, Clarksburg, Darnestown, and Poolesville – might be able to gain direct representation on the County Council. However, the Council had other ideas, and rather then let the will of the people prevail, they added their own ballot initiative at the eleventh hour; in their usual manner they were able to confuse the electorate into voting for seven districts and four at-large members.
The scheme that was voted in will be part of the requirement to redistrict the county in accordance with the data that was derived from the 2020 Federal Census. This is a requirement for all levels of government. In Montgomery County:
The Commission shall include at least one but no more than four members of each political party which polled at least 15 percent of the total vote cast for all candidates for the Council in the last preceding regular election. As a result of the 2018 General Election, there are two parties recognized by the State of Maryland: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.Montgomery County Council Press Release (November 12, 2o2o)
However, the Commission’s announcement with the appointed individuals tells us that the following political representations have been selected:
- Democrats – 4
- Republicans – 2
- Libertarian – 1
- Independent –2
- Unaffiliated — 2
The selections based on affiliations do not seem to be in concert with the County’s own requirements as stated in their 2018 Memo. I am sure that the people selected are all qualified to do the job; I am just not sure that they meet the qualifications for selection to the job. Further, what seems dramatically undemocratic with the process is that not one of the selectees for the Commission resides in the outlying area designated as “Upcounty”: Germantown, Clarksburg, Poolesville, Boyds, or Darnestown. It is hard to believe that of all the applications received by the Council, that there was not a single person from Upcounty that could be selected for the Commission. In the words of a now infamous politician: “Come on, man!”
Just to reinforce the point, above is a map of Montgomery County. The RED line connects the dots between the locations where each of the Commission members is reported to reside. The Blue line connects the dots between the locations where the Council Members are reported to reside.
I think there is a decided lack of representation, as there historically has been, for those parts of the county that are the most remote. I submit that the Council President is derelict in his duties to the residents of Upcounty Montgomery – Germantown, Darnestown, Boyds, Dickerson, Poolesville, Clarksburg – and needs to rethink the makeup of the Redistricting Commission.
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!
Listen to our latest podcast.
Guest speakers Richard, Al, and Mike are the voices behind The Richard Dick Show. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:
- Living in Montgomery County and the U.S.A. as an immigrant and supporter of President Trump;
- The dangers of Communism, Socialism, and everything in between; and
- What’s next for the country.
Recorded January 27, 2021
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
Many of you may be familiar with the “League of Women Voters,” who described themselves and their activities in a recent e-mail to Maryland voters:
“Election bills have always been of keen interest to the League. We were established in 1920 to help newly enfranchised women use their ballots effectively, and we have a long tradition of supporting laws that remove barriers to voting.”
Sounds good, right? Who could possibly be against these kinds of activities, especially when it seems to extend additional enfranchisement to women? But let’s take a deeper dive into their agenda and see if their activities represent a nonpartisan approach to politics. Here is how the League of Woman Voters of Maryland describes themselves on their website:
Given their long history in political activism this looks and sounds like a reasonable position to take when it comes to politics, public policy, and the mechanics of free and fair elections. However, their recent e-mail tells quite a different story. Here is their list of activities; lets take a look at them one at a time and discuss.
Let us start at the top: “Voting by mail.” It should be clear to all conservatives and Republicans that this is the voting activity that presents the greatest opportunity for fraud in the history of free and fair elections. We just witnessed a presidential election in which mail-in ballots played a decisive role in the election of a Socialist Democrat and the defeat of a sitting President that garnered more votes than any other in history. The single best example that can be offered is the mail-in balloting that occurred in Pennsylvania.
The State clearly informed us that they mailed out 1.9 million ballots, and the State clearly informed us that they received back 2.4 million ballots… and they were all tallied. Now I am no math genius, but shouldn’t that be a “red flag” to all nonpartisans that “there is something rotten in Denmark,” or at least in Pennsylvania?
I am not going to get into the weeds on all the issues with mail-in voting, but some things are clear:
- Voter boxes are not secure;
- Chain of custody of ballots cannot be maintained;
- Cut-off for receipt of ballots is an issue;
- Backdating of late ballots is easily done; and
- Illegal ballots can be inserted into the chain at any time (1.9M out – 2.4M in!)
So, let’s move on to: “Increasing access to voting for students and other under-served groups.” What we have here is code language for allowing 16 year-olds to vote. The people in this age group are easily manipulated and will vote based on the direction that they are given – I do not think I need to tell you what that direction is. Their public school indoctrination is easily and willfully transferred to the voting booth!
Next, we see that they are supporting “[F]acilitating voting for felons who are no longer incarcerated and citizens behind bars who are eligible to vote because they are awaiting trial or were convicted on a misdemeanor charge.” Not sure where they are going here. The Maryland State Board of Elections website tells us: “Effective, March 10, 2016, if you have been convicted of a felony and have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, you are eligible to register to vote.” The question is: why should a felon who has committed a crime, gone through a trial, and convicted of violating the law be allowed to participate in the voting process until their time is served and they are released from incarceration? A situation rife for ballot harvesting. We already know the answer to that question. More votes for ME but not for THEE.
I think it’s clear by this time that the League of Women Voters is highly partisan, and I would be highly suspect of any support they give to any policy issue.
On a closing note, I would recount my own personal experience as a Republican nominee for Legislative District 15* with the League of Women Voters when in the 2018 election cycle they circulated a “pamphlet” in which they published information about all the candidates on the ballot for the general election. Not surprisingly, they had a very through presentation of all the Socialist Democrats on the ballot, biographies, and policy positions as provided by the nominees themselves. I too responded to their request for this information, providing them a through and complete biography and my political position on policies of concern to the voters of Legislative District 15 and the State of Maryland. However, unlike my Socialist Democrat opponents, I was given a cursory announcement with none of the information that I provided. The pattern continued for all the Republican nominees on the ballot that year.
*January 27, 2021 CORRECTION ADDED FROM AUTHOR
Humble Apologies to the Maryland League of Women Voters
On January 25, 2021 I published a blog in the MoCo Conservative titled: “League of Women Voters: The “Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes” Who Want to Steal Elections.”
In that blog I offered a recollection of my own experience in 2018 when I was one of three nominees for the Republican Party in my legislative district. In the piece I referred to a “journal” which was provided to the voters of Maryland before the General Election. I incorrectly was referring to the League of Women Voters’ “Voting Guide.” An unintentional error resulting from a dwindling recollection of the events of the time.
I went on to comment on the contents of the Voter Guide, incorrectly recalling that the Guide failed to offer equal space for Republican and Democrats to make their case. I was incorrect and would like to correct the record on that point. Had I checked my archived copy of the Guide, I would have found that in fact what I submitted to the League at their request was indeed what was published.
I wanted to correct the record on that point. My humble apologies to the League on that count. I feel it is important in civil discourse to admit a mistake when one is made. The remainder of my thoughts and observations expressed in the blog stand as presented!
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.
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
The show in Washington, D.C. is over for Biden and Pelosi – they showed us all how they can flex their political muscle and have some 25,000+ National Guard soldiers deployed to the nation’s Capital to remind us all that they are now in charge of Washington! It did not bother them in the slightest that they disrupted the private lives of these Guardsmen and women that were sent to D.C. from all 50 states. Pelosi demanded their presence because the threat from you and me was considered extreme – not because they are afraid of us; it was because they stole a presidential election, and they all know it. They are afraid that we are not over it yet – and they would be correct. However, we are not ANTIFA or BLM, and because of that, there were no riots nor even a single inauguration-related arrest in D.C. on January 20th.
But Biden and Pelosi needed a show of force to remind us that we need to stay in our place and just obey! So, the National Guard was brought to D.C., in the middle of a Pandemic which they have told us all was mismanaged by Trump.
But they will get it right…WRONG! What they have done is create a “Super Spreader” event. The troops did not receive proper housing upon their arrival and were told to billet inside the Capital Building.
The picture below tells the story: literally thousands of soldiers sleeping and eating on top of each other with no social distancing being enforced. Sleeping in the halls and on the floors with limited toilet facilities, all so Nancy and Joey could look good.
This is followed by the really bad news. As reported in Politico:
“Already, hundreds of Guard members who poured into Washington…have tested positive for Covid-19 or are quarantining in nearby hotels, three Guard sources said. Guard leadership has declined to release an official number of positive cases, but troops and lawmakers alike worry that the deployment is becoming a super spreader event.”
This was not a deployment to war; this was a presidential inauguration, so why was everyone so careless with the disposition of these men and women who do this job out of love of country?
Where was the leadership in all of this? The Chief of the National Guard Bureau did not waste any time getting on television to tell us about the 12 soldiers they found that might have tweeted that they did not like Biden, but he did not have time to inspect the living conditions that his troops were subjected to?
The Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff – AWOL!
The Secretary of the Army – MIA!
The Governors of the States – “NOT PRESENT SIR!”
It was reported that Governor Hogan of Maryland made a special trip to D.C. to see his troops. Perhaps if he had ever served, he would know the difference between wartime accommodations and sleeping on the floor of your Nation’s Capital. And the unit chain of command from State Attorney Generals to the lowest Second Lieutenant – DISMAL FAILURES!
At last report there are now over 100 soldiers who have tested positive for the virus:
So please Joey, stop lecturing the rest of us about how you are going to “smash” this virus or why we should wear masks or keep the children from school or allow businesses all over the country to fail. This is an EPIC FAIL, and if any of these Patriots die from their exposure, you can be sure that their death is on your hands and the hands of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It could be speculated that you might just be charged with MURDER – right, Nancy?
- Main image credit: Stefani Reynolds/Getty
Anonymous lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.
I’m sure you the reader is as frustrated as I am over the events we see in our nation. Something you need to understand is the changes we see in our Federal Government are first, bipartisan (meaning both political parties are equally responsible), and second, intentional.
The founders of our Constitution believed the structures of a limited government would provide the greatest protection of our liberty. There were to be checks and balances at the federal level. And everything not specifically granted to Congress for legislative control was to be left to the states.
Today we are witnessing a bipartisan effort to enlarge the Federal Government.
Some would call this the deep state. This conspiracy on ideas set forth by our founding fathers has its roots in big business, big tech, and politicians absorbed in the lust for power and control while financially profiting at the expense of the citizens who elected them. This collusion among the aforementioned has overrun the checks and balances outlined in our Constitution. Sadly, once politicians gain power, they are reluctant to relinquish it. Just like a feather pillow is broken and feathers are released into the wind, it is almost impossible to recollect the feathers.
Today we see non-elected bureaucrats in federal agencies writing and enforcing laws. This was not the will nor intent of the founding fathers. Agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Education, among others, are regularly writing laws that affect our daily lives.
Sadly, the persons responsible for writing these laws are not elected by we the people. They are career bureaucrats who thrive on power and control. The decisions they make far exceed the powers spoken of in the Constitution. These powers were intended to remain within the individual states.
This is why both of our political parties look and act the same. Sadly, during election time we are given false promises by politicians who have no intention of keeping their word to the American people. Senators like Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are a prime example of the hypocrisy in government. Graham begged and pleaded for money to help reelect him but then betrayed the Americans who supported him.
So, what is the answer?
- First, we need to advocate TERM LIMITS for all Congressmen, Senators, and Judges. This would eliminate career politicians and judges and allow for an attitude of service rather than provide lifelong careers for self-serving politicians.
- Second, we need to greatly limit the overreach of the federal government and return power to WE THE PEOPLE in the form of states’ rights.
- Third, we must have a balanced budget to prevent our career politicians and bureaucrats from bankrupting our nation and embezzling the legitimate authority of the states.
What we are witnessing today will eventually destroy the blessings of liberty and enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts and bad decisions of the past. Our founding fathers anticipated such a time as this and included Article 5 in the Constitution. Perhaps it would be good for you to secure a copy of the Constitution and read it.
- Main image credit: Jerry Holbert
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
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
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
Marc King lives in Germantown, Maryland.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we are about to enter a new era in our country if the current reported outcome of our recent election is allowed to stand. I refer specifically to the threat that is being garnered in the realm of national security and defense.
The projected Biden Administration reflects the past. A past that we all felt was dangerous in its approach to world threats such as Iran and ISIS, and that is why we elected a political outsider in 2016. However, four years was enough time to “drain the swamp” or drive out all the elements that were left behind to ensure that the echoes of the past remained to haunt us in the future: the slaughter of innocents like Richard Pearl, the Orlando Night Club massacre, terrorists in California attacking a Christmas party, and pallets of cash being delivered in the dead of night to the world’s biggest proponent of terrorism.
While all of that was going on and our government did little to stop it, they were also being manipulated by what is now clearly our biggest adversary and competitor in the world: China.
As recently as a few nights ago, Tucker Carlson of FOX News introduced us to a vetted video of a Chinese economics professor at one of China’s most prestigious universities telling his audience that China has America by the scrotum (my words, not his – he was speaking in Chinese). What he did say was that China has significant influence and friends on Wall Street as well as a tight circle of politicians in Washington who are favorable to Chinese efforts around the world.
It was clear from his presentation that China does not like Trump – “He is the only guy standing in our way – he cannot be bought, we tried.”
China has built its military on stolen intellectual property from the United States. They have prospered for many years on a very unbalanced trade agreement, and now China’s Navy has surpassed the size of the United States Navy. China has demonstrated a hypersonic missile that was developed for the sole purpose of “killing” an aircraft carrier. All of this tells us that China, and not Russia, is the existential threat to America and to the world. We know that Joe Biden and his immediate family have been bought by China.
We have eyewitness testimony (Tony Bobulinski interview above) that tells us this is true; now we have the Chinese themselves telling us about their relationship with Hunter Biden, and I am overly concerned that there is no one listening.
So… who does Biden select as our potential next Secretary of Defense, but a retired 4-star General, General Lloyd J. Austin. Let us not talk about the “revolving door” between the Defense Department and the industrial complex in the case of General Austin, although there is plenty there to discuss. Instead let’s focus on what General Austin is reported to be good at – Middle East Policy.
“I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Joe Biden.
Demonstrating once again what the former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told us about Joe Biden- that he has been on the wrong side of every foreign policy decision for this country over the last 40 years – it appears he has done it again. The Middle East is the quietest it has been in the last 50 years for several reasons, most of which are directly attributable to the efforts of President Donald Trump and his policies. So, if that is the case, why is Biden proposing General Austin as the Secretary of Defense, if we are now sure that China is the main threat? Easy: he is African American, and it punches the diversity ticket.
China, the Pacific, and our allies in that region are the ones that we will need to deal with in the next administration, so shouldn’t we be looking for a Secretary of Defense with the background, experience, and knowledge of that part of the world? This is not simply about diversity and skin color; it is about national security, and it appears that Joe Biden has once again made the wrong choice.
I am sure that General Austin is a great leader and might even be the right man for the job if the circumstances were different – but they are not. Joe Biden continues to show us he is not the right man for the job of President and China continues to show us that we will all be working for them soon.
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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.
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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:
- Updates and discussion on current hearings regarding voter and election fraud throughout the country and the key difference between an audit and a recount;
- How Georgia is a great example of how prevalent the fracture is within the Republican Party; and
- Are attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell’s actions putting pro-Trump conservatives between a rock and a hard place?
Recorded December 4, 2020
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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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:
- How The Democrat Party Works;
- What Is Election Interference And Its Roots In The USA; and
- How Emotional Manipulation By The Mainstream Media Continues To Sway Public Opinion.
Recorded November 12, 2020
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).
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Danny lives in Maryland and is the Founder of The Earth Party. Topics discussed during this podcast include:
- How The Left & Right See The Election And Election Fraud;
- The Green Party & Alt-Left’s Awakening; and
- How We Can Discuss The Election With Anyone.
Recorded November 7, 2020
The MoCo Conservative was live at a local Trump Caravan and Freedom Patriot Rally organized by conservative patriots of Poolesville, Maryland.
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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:
- “Policy vs. personality” when it comes to President Trump and other politicians;
- Government’s role in community development and economic revitalization; and
- A brief overview of the MoCo Board of Education’s overreach of authority over the last two years.
Recorded October 26, 2020
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.
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, 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.
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Special guest speaker Eleanor Jones joined us for our podcast today and we discussed the following topics:
- How Howard County, MD politics mirror that of Montgomery County, MD;
- The #WalkAway movement and its impact on the state and national level; and
- 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
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Special guest speaker Heath Barnes joined us for our podcast today and we discussed the following topics:
- The #WalkAway movement and how it impacts the LGBT community;
- Conservative complacency; and
- Frederick County’s present could be Western Maryland’s future.
Recorded October 20, 2020
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).
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
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:
- What you need to know.
- What you don’t know.
- What you must do to get represented equitably and fairly.
Special guest: John A. from Clarksburg, Maryland.
Recorded October 13, 2020.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
- Main graphic: Ben Garrison
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I believe in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America. Therefore, especially, I will support your First and Second Amendment rights.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
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:
- Divided Senate and Presidency.
- 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:
- No divided government; the President and Senate are the same party.
- 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
- Main photograph credit: AFP
- 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
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
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.
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:
- Ask the difficult questions and establish what success looks like.
- Set the standards for candidates.
- 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?
- You educate the voters.
- You register new Republicans.
- 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!
Kimblyn Persaud is Chair of Nine Districts for MoCo.
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.
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.
Chair, Nine Districts for MoCo
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:
- Joe Biden doesn’t understand darkness;
- Joe Biden is a part of the darkness; or
- 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
From the Editor.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting will not be the same as usual. Here is how it will work in Montgomery County, Maryland for the General Election. You may choose among three options: Vote by Mail, Early Voting Center Option, or General Election Day Option.
1. VOTE BY MAIL/ ABSENTEE BALLOT OPTION
All voters will receive a Vote by Mail Application in the mail around the first week of September. WHAT ALL VOTERS WILL RECEIVE IN THE MAIL IS NOT THE ACTUAL BALLOT. You don’t need to wait to receive this application and can request to receive an Absentee Ballot (also called a Mail-in Ballot) online. CLICK HERE if you would like to order a Mail-in Ballot online. (NOTE: The target date for the Board of Elections (BOE) to begin mailing ballots is September 24.)
Your Vote by Mail Application must be received by BOE (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website. This process slows down the vote counting after the election, so use this only if necessary.
Your completed and signed Absentee Ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd. It is advised to mail your ballot much sooner than that. Instead of mailing your ballot, you may drop it off at a Voting Center Drop Box. There will be Drop Boxes at all Early Voting locations and High Schools as well as the office of the Board of Elections. You have until 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd to drop it off and if you don’t want to drop off your own ballot, you can ask a trusted friend to do it for you. Additional Drop Boxes may be added.
2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION
You may vote at any one of 11 early voting sites. CLICK HERE to see the list of Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County The Early Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day from October 29 through November 2nd. They will also be open on General Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
You will not vote at your usual local polling location. On November 3rd, you may choose to vote at any of the county’s 25 public high schools or at any of the 11 Early Voting Sites, for a total of 36 locations. Keep in mind,the number of voting locations on November 3rd is greatly reduced from previous General Elections, but the voting centers will be much larger to accommodate voters. The reason for the reduction of polling sites is because of a shortage of poll workers. (Many of the mostly elderly poll workers have indicated they will not work at the polls due to the risk associated with COVID-19.)
VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY
On November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 11 Early Voting Centers and all 25 Public High Schools in Montgomery County will be open.
Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:
- Albert Einstein High School
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Clarksburg High School
- Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
- Damascus High School
- Gaithersburg High School
- James Hubert Blake High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Northwest High School
- Northwood High School
- Paint Branch High School
- Poolesville High School
- Quince Orchard High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Rockville High School
- Seneca Valley High School
- Sherwood High School
- Springbrook High School
- Thomas S. Wootton High School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Walter Johnson High School
- Watkins Mill High School
- Wheaton High School
- Winston Churchill High School
CLICK HERE to do any of the following (note: some of this information has not yet been updated to reflect the latest changes)
- Review your voter registration record.
- Request a duplicate voter registration card.
- Find out where to vote (CHANGE: You may now vote at any early voting center of any of the 25 public high schools.).
- Find out your voting districts.
- Find out your local board of elections.
- See the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.
- View your sample ballot.
Not registered to vote yet? CLICK HERE to become a registered voter through an online process. You may also stop by the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office to register in person at 118753 N. Frederick Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.
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!