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

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

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

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

Recorded November 12, 2020

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

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

The Dr. Stephanie Show – November 8, 2020

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

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

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

Podcast Episode 6: Guest Colleen Meyer Discusses “Toxic Positivity,” Children Suffering During COVID, and Connecting with Conservatives

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Colleen Meyer lives in Howard County, Maryland and is a political activist and organizer for the Reopen Howard County Schools initiative. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:

  1. “Toxic positivity” when it comes to the radical Left’s pressure to keep schools closed; 
  2. The effect of the “pandemic” on the mental, emotional, and physical health of children; and
  3. How conservatives can connect and communicate with each other without fear of retaliation.  

Recorded October 29, 2020

Looking for a Conservative School? Rocca Prep is Accepting Students for Fall 2021

Dear Parents,

Are you worried about teachers using your children as pawns to further their irrational and hateful progressive agenda? 

Do your children’s teachers tell their students that there are infinite genders; that all white people are inherently racist; and that immutable characteristics are more important than hard work?

You know it, and I know it. False narratives, ideological propaganda, critical race theory, and countless other failures have taken over schools, and our children deserve much better. 
Everton Rocca, Founder and Headmaster of Rocca Preparatory School

As a full-tuition merit scholar at Stanford University, where I earned my Master of Arts in Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K – 6), and Additional Authorization in Literature (K – postgrad), I saw firsthand how many schools have become little more than indoctrination centers. 

From preschool to university, most institutions now teach students what to think rather than how to think. I’m trying to change that in the best way I know how: by opening my own private school, specifically designed for conservative families.

Opening in the fall of 2021, Rocca Preparatory School will be located in Northwest DC and will serve the surrounding metro area, including Montgomery County. 

My mission is to help reform our society so that it once again values truth, logic, and the free exchange of ideas. To do that, I feel called to urgently prepare the next generation of great thinkers.

Rocca Prep’s website (www.roccaprepschool.com) is officially live, and I’m scheduling initial phone calls with interested families.

If you are seeking a school for your child that honors critical thinking and stands against social justice indoctrination, please reach out today. 

Warm regards,

Everton Rocca
Stanford University ‘20
University of Southern California ‘18

www.roccaprepschool.com

erocca@roccaprepschool.com

(619) 971 – 8006

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

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

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

Recorded October 26, 2020

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 4: Guest Beth Lawson discusses the “dual pandemic” of masks and marxism.

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Special guest speaker Beth Lawson of Howard County, Maryland joined us for our podcast today and we discussed the following topics:

  1. Following science and not propaganda;
  2. The “dual pandemic” of mask and marxist indoctrination; and
  3. How to recognize when negative and positive semantics are being used in conversation and messaging.

Recorded October 25, 2020

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

Anonymous lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

Montgomery is a “one-party rule” county. 

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

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

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

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

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

What to do?  Raise property taxes, of course! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marilyn Balcombe (image credit: Montgomery Community Media)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

Recorded October 21, 2020

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

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

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

Recorded October 20, 2020

References:

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

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

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

The Larry O’Connor Show – October 19, 2020

Help! I’m A Closet Conservative Teacher: Whites Need Not Apply (Part III)

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

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


“This is a safe space, right?”

This is what was said by one of my fellow teachers during an interview our school recently conducted.

She proceeded to explain why she felt one particular candidate was not a strong candidate.

No, it was not that this candidate was inexperienced. Her resume showed years of experience in the education field.

No, it was not that this candidate spoke of any educational theory or practice that conflicted with our school’s mission.

No, it was not that this candidate lacked the confidence her role would need in order to interact with our school community.

It was that she was white.

I have sat on several interview panels throughout my teaching career. The typical structure of the interview involves the panel identifying strengths and weaknesses of each candidate immediately after the interview.

“This is a safe space, right?”

Of course, our principal replied that we were in a safe space, allowing the teacher to explain to the panel that her whiteness was a weakness. That, despite the fact that this candidate’s way of life was almost identical to the teacher, she was still weak. You see, the candidate is married to a black man and is the mother of biracial children. The candidate even took the time to explain that she felt her family diversity was a strength of hers. The teacher who brought up this “weakness” also happens to be a white woman who was previously married to a black man and has biracial children.

And, if what she was stating is indeed a weakness, should this teacher even be teaching our children?

If I was shocked by her statement, I cannot remember. What I do remember is becoming irritated by how the rest of the debrief unfolded. My principal, along with others in the panel, praised the teacher for her courage.

At the end of it all, the majority of the panel chose a different candidate. The job was offered to a candidate who maybe did not have as much experience, and may have not had the strongest interview. The job instead was offered to a candidate who was unburdened by the same “weakness” as the other candidate.

“This is a safe space, right?”

References:

  1. Main image credit: https://www.gunssavelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/no-whites-sign-700×340.jpg

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

From The Editor: Below is a video produced by Act 4 Greater America. Our combined goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of Leftism (under the guise of the current Democrat Party) and how policies endorsed and enacted by county governments, especially in Montgomery County, are socialist in nature and detrimental to the success of our country and our citizenry.

Christianity, Constitution, and Capitalism.

Paraphrased excerpts below (unless quoted):

The combination of the three C’s mentioned above makes the greatness of America, and we must defend these values. China is trying to destroy these core values.

Like the human body, a nation can also succumb to a virus. In this case, the virus of ideology is even more dangerous and can cause even greater destruction. The virus of ideology is leftism/marxism/socialism/communism (however you want to call it, it is the same thing), and it has left a trail of destruction.

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

Institutions have been infiltrated by this ideology and young people are being indoctrinated by those same people in positions of authority. Handouts and government dependency are going to ruin the economic might of the country. Abortion-on-demand is forcing our faith in God out of our culture; Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Removing prayer from public school and replacing it with questionable material (LGBT++) in its place is also part of that effort to eradicate religion.

The Democrats use word control to control people’s thoughts by using labels and throwing them onto anyone who disagrees with you. It’s exactly what the Communist party used in China.

It wasn’t until 2016 that enough people fed up with these laws against freedom and the P.C. Culture woke up and said, “We’ve got to fight back.” President Donald Trump has kept his promises; he has lowered taxes, reduced government regulation, appointed judges who adhered to the Constitution, and surrounded himself by people of prayer.

When the Democrats couldn’t derail President Trump with their hoaxes and fake news, they adhered to the same playbook of using class and racial strife, and created a lot of chaos. You don’t have to go far outside of the U.S.A. to see what these tactics have caused. American cities, such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland, have turned into ruins because of the failed policies of the Democrats in power.

You must vote for Donald Trump in this election; it is that serious.

References:

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

The MoCo Conservative Podcast Episode 1: Nine Districts for MoCo

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

Topic of the Day

Nine Districts for MoCo:

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

Special guest: John A. from Clarksburg, Maryland.

Recorded October 13, 2020.

Apply For The MoCo Redistricting Commission (Deadline: October 26)

From Anonymous.

Montgomery County is a one-party county.  The County Executive, County Council, and Senators and Delegates to the General Assembly are all registered Democrats. Not one single Republican or any other party member among them!

Consequently, there is no diversity of thought, the economy and educational system are in trouble, and many people feel disenfranchised.   

Part of the reason for this lopsided picture is the fact that Council and Delegate districts are so gerrymandered in Maryland in general, particularly in Montgomery County. 

There are a couple of ways this can be remedied:

  1. First, by changing the structure of the County Council to nine individual districts (Vote YES to Question D and NO to Question C). 
  2. Second, by ensuring that district lines are drawn fairly, no matter what the Council structure ends up being.  District lines are updated once every 10 years, based on the latest census figures, and will begin in 2021.

October 26th is the deadline for applying to be on the Redistricting Commission, which will start work in February. Below is the county press release which describes the role of the Redistricting Commission and the application procedures.

Don’t just complain about how things are run in the county.  Do something about it.  Apply and help ensure that everyone is represented fairly!

References:

  1. https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=26860&Dept=1

Response To MoCo Council Member Hucker: Why Do You Want More Police Deaths?

From A Former Law Enforcement Officer in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Now-deleted Tweet from Montgomery County, MD Council Member Tom Hucker

Tom,

I hope you really did not tweet that there should be “justice” for the family of Berhe? If you did, shame on you.

The call went out as a burglary in progress and the subject was armed with a knife. How the heck is a social worker supposed to handle that? Even if the call was merely a mentally ill person brandishing a knife, no mobile crisis team, psychologist, or psychiatrist would dare go near the scene until it was rendered safe and secure.

Even on those mental health calls where there is a potential for violence and the Mobile Crisis Team is responding, they will have the officers there as back ups. They cannot confront violent and armed people in a non-controlled environment.

Officers must live with their split second decisions. They have to decide in mere fractions of a second how to react to a deadly threat. That difference means the ability to go home in one piece to your family or suffer life changing injuries or death. Likewise, failure of the officer to take action with an armed, emotionally disturbed individual creates a danger to the community members as well.

I personally know this officer, as well as others who have had to use deadly force to protect themselves and the community. Several never recovered from the trauma of taking a human life and had to leave the department. Universally, those officers are forever changed. I have never met a police officer yet that thought, “Tonight I am going to kill someone.” In fact, the opposite is true.

I have seen my share, me included, of those who did some dangerous and stupid things to avoid shooting someone despite the deadly threat. But, when that trigger is pulled and it is a justifiable shooting, the community should be there to support the officer, not to second guess them. That includes the elected officials that have an obligation to know the facts and circumstances and educate themselves on the realities of police use of force.

Having the council members not recognize that the actions of the officer are also predicated on the actions of the assailant and shift blame to the system, the officer, training, or lack of a 24/7, fully staffed crisis team does a disservice to every officer out there. It is unrealistic and just plain foolish to believe that mental health professionals will be the panacea to fix the problem.

The problem with dealing with the mentally ill goes far beyond community crisis team response. Our mental health system has been insurance driven for 40 years. We went from almost 4,000 beds at Springfield State Hospital to less than 300. Hospitalization is a joke. They stabilize them and kick them out because that is all insurance carriers will pay for. I could speak for hours regarding the mental health systems in place or lacking. I will leave that to a later discussion.

The fact is out of the nearly 1 million law enforcement officers serving today and the millions of contacts and arrests made, the numbers of people shot by officers every year has remained constant for decades or decreased despite huge increases in population. The Montgomery County Police Department provides some of the best training in Crisis Intervention. I was one of the first to go through the training. Now, all MCPD officers must complete the 40 hour course in crisis intervention.

In this case, honestly tell me that if a knife wielding individual attacked you and you were a police officer that you would not protect yourself. Tell me you would take one for the team and hope your family could do without you. If you say you would not have fired, I challenge you to do some shoot don’t shoot scenarios. Many people change their opinion after experiencing that training. And, that is still make believe where they know they are not going to get hurt.

References:

  1. Main photograph credit: Associated Press

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

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

Dear Principal X,

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

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

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

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

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

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

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

Slide used by high school teachers in the MCPS system.

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

Sincerely,

A Concerned Mother

References:

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

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

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

Who I Am

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

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

My Priorities

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

A Matter Of Urgency

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


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

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

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

Gail Weiss lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

Seventh State Blog


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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

Photograph credit: Chris Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a survey from Morgan State University:

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

Institute For Urban Research, March 26, 2020

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

Abandoned factory/plant in Baltimore.

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

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

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

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

Chaplain Christopher Anderson
Nominee,  Baltimore City Council  District 7

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phase Three: Equitable Redistricting For Equal Representation

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Virtual Learning Series: Pediatric Patients & Suicides On The Rise

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

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

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

One in the whole pandemic!

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

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

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

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

Suicide is a silent killer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on reading.

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

Today we received a response.

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

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

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

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

Anonymous in Montgomery County, Maryland

Exclusive: An Undercover Look At Montgomery County Public Schools

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

What’s really being taught?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, what are the solutions?

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

References:

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

MCPS Educators To White Parents: Your Child Is Racist

From An Anonymous Parent in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunham et al, 2008.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample Script Pre-k-K: 

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

Watch the video

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample Script 1st-2nd:

Watch the video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Opinion: The Hypocrisy of Anti-Racism and the Left

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

From A Very Concerned Citizen In Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, I ask you, Mr. Jawando:

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

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

We are not Takoma Park.

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anonymous, Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

This IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. PERIOD.”

Jenny F., Maryland

Opinion: Why I’m Leaving Maryland

From Anonymous In Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

How To Kill Cancel Culture

From Anonymous in Maryland.

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

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

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

Albert Einstein

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

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

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

This is cancel culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will the suburbanites fight back?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fox Business News, June 4, 2020

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

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

USA Today, June 3, 2020

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

Firearms are the most effective threat deterrent.

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

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

References:

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

Good Ain’t Great: How The GOP Failed Me

David Wilson lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaders at the top need to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

From A Farmer In Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Tiny Homes (ADUs) Are Killing The American Dream

By Patricia Fenati Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

Why does zoning matter?

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Fenati

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

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

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

“Beto” O’Rourke

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Kimblyn Persaud is Chair of Nine Districts for MoCo.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Kimblyn Persaud
Chair, Nine Districts for MoCo

References:

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

Candidate To Watch: Steve Solomon (Board of Education)

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the issues that I believe in are:

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Solomon

Just The Facts: MoCo Voting Information

From the Editor.

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

1. VOTE BY MAIL/ ABSENTEE BALLOT OPTION 

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

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

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

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

2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION 

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

3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 

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

VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY

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

Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:

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

MORE INFORMATION

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

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

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

Opinion: Takoma Park Politicos Are Impractical

From An Anonymous Resident Of Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s your vote that decides.

Conservatives Gone Viral: Kim Klacik Edition

Marc A. King lives in Germantown, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

Then a shift happened.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All rights Reserved.

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

Opinion: Takoma Park Politicos Are Anti-Business

From A Small Business Owner in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

So, what are the business owner’s options?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Response to Council Member Friedson re. MoCo Charter Amendments

Dear Council Member Friedson,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

References:

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

Do As I Say Or Die

From A Disenfranchised Voter in Maryland.

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

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

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

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

So what was she really saying?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

Distance Learning Is NOT Home Schooling

By Mrs. Lisa Bailey.

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

Unprecedented. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion: Who Is MoCo Council Executive Marc Elrich?

From A Concerned Citizen & Business Owner.

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

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

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

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Marc Elrich (bottom right)

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

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

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

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

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

The Washington Post labeled Marc as anti-business.

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

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

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

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

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

Response to MoCo Executive Elrich’s EO 87-20

From a Small Business Owner in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Response to Mr. Pagnucco re. Nine Districts for MoCo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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