The Montgomery County Republican Party published the following piece from The MoCo Conservative. Read the full text below:
“There is a clear lack of diversity of thought in the D.C. Metro Area. The advent of technology has made the cancel culture mob even more vengeful as Democrat operatives order their minions and tech soldiers to dig through social media accounts of suspected free thinkers and conservatives.
The sole intent of these operatives is to destroy livelihoods and eviscerate reputations in supposedly “tolerant” D.C.-area communities led by the Democrat majority.
So, how can everyday citizens fight back? Named after and located in its namesake (Montgomery County, MD) I created The MoCo Conservative blog to solve a problem that many conservatives and independents are facing: their voices and influence have been diminished by the “woke mob” and they remain silent for fear of retaliation. The goal of my blog is to provide a “safe” space for those same targeted individuals to express their thoughts, concerns, and opinions anonymously (or named, should they choose that path). I only have two requirements (for now): the contributors must live in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. and it must be original content. All but one of the blog’s commentaries have come from anonymous and named contributors and whistleblowers; I’ll let you figure out which one came from me.
I must be doing something right (pun intended): established in August 2020, my blog and new podcast have reached almost 100,000 people in the Beltway through social media, including over 30,000 individual blog views. My blog is a social and technological experiment in exercising the First Amendment of the Constitution as a private citizen, with no allegiances or affiliations except to this country. I am an independent, conservative, free thinker who sees that the Republic as I know it is being attacked by those put in positions of authority by the ignorant and intolerant liberal majority.
Debate is not illegal. Listening to opposing viewpoints is not illegal. Yet, the mainstream propaganda networks effortlessly manipulate public perception to make it so that people who question the narrative can be justifyingly and publicly shamed, ridiculed, and targeted for thinking differently. I refuse to bow down to the technocracy and cancel culture, the same way that I refuse to tolerate intolerance. I encourage you to do the same.”
“Council Appoints Members to the Commission on Redistricting to Establish Boundaries of Council Districts“
The County Council has just announced the Redistricting Commission. The members were selected from applicants who submitted letters of interest to serve on the Commission. The Council President informed us that of all the applications received, some 32 were selected for interviews, and from those, 11 Commissioners have been selected.
Now a little background…
Please recall that before the election there was a bipartisan, citizen-driven ballot initiative successfully added to the ballot in Montgomery County by collecting well over 15,000 verified signatures. That initiative was seeking to eliminate the “At-Large” Council members and replace them with specific districts in the hope that the far reaches of the county – places like Germantown, Clarksburg, Darnestown, and Poolesville – might be able to gain direct representation on the County Council. However, the Council had other ideas, and rather then let the will of the people prevail, they added their own ballot initiative at the eleventh hour; in their usual manner they were able to confuse the electorate into voting for seven districts and four at-large members.
The scheme that was voted in will be part of the requirement to redistrict the county in accordance with the data that was derived from the 2020 Federal Census. This is a requirement for all levels of government. In Montgomery County:
The Commission shall include at least one but no more than four members of each political party which polled at least 15 percent of the total vote cast for all candidates for the Council in the last preceding regular election. As a result of the 2018 General Election, there are two parties recognized by the State of Maryland: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Montgomery County Council Press Release (November 12, 2o2o)
However, the Commission’s announcement with the appointed individuals tells us that the following political representations have been selected:
Democrats – 4
Republicans – 2
Libertarian – 1
Unaffiliated — 2
The selections based on affiliations do not seem to be in concert with the County’s own requirements as stated in their 2018 Memo. I am sure that the people selected are all qualified to do the job; I am just not sure that they meet the qualifications for selection to the job. Further, what seems dramatically undemocratic with the process is that not one of the selectees for the Commission resides in the outlying area designated as “Upcounty”: Germantown, Clarksburg, Poolesville, Boyds, or Darnestown. It is hard to believe that of all the applications received by the Council, that there was not a single person from Upcounty that could be selected for the Commission. In the words of a now infamous politician: “Come on, man!”
Just to reinforce the point, above is a map of Montgomery County. The RED line connects the dots between the locations where each of the Commission members is reported to reside. The Blue line connects the dots between the locations where the Council Members are reported to reside.
I think there is a decided lack of representation, as there historically has been, for those parts of the county that are the most remote. I submit that the Council President is derelict in his duties to the residents of Upcounty Montgomery – Germantown, Darnestown, Boyds, Dickerson, Poolesville, Clarksburg – and needs to rethink the makeup of the Redistricting Commission.
This letter is to let you know how very disappointed I am in how you are representing me and the other citizens of our Congressional District 8. Specifically, I want to tell you how very unfair I find your one-on-one interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Mr. Tapper asked you, “[w]hy go through the impeachment process?” Your blaming [of President] Donald Trump for the violence of a mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 was not only appalling, it has also now been proven to be factually incorrect. But I suspect you already know that.
It has been reported that the FBI and the Capitol Police had information of premeditated plans of violence at the Capitol Building at least a day before January 6. How then could President Trump have caused the violence which had already been set in motion before his speech had even been given? There are more important matters Congress should be working on than to impeach Donald Trump. You are simply demonstrating hate.
I was one of the 99% of Trump supporters in D.C. on January 6 who were there to peacefully support the President in a law-abiding way. We were peaceful protestors who exercised our 1st Amendment rights of freedom of assembly and speech. None of us were violent nor were we incited to be violent. [President] Donald Trump did not incite me or my friends. We were practicing our Constitutional rights and were there to celebrate President Trump’s accomplishments.
The inflammatory rhetoric of the Left caused the January 6 mob to storm the Capitol. It is well past time for Democrats and the mainstream media to take responsibility for dividing Americans and attempting to humiliate, silence, get fired from jobs – and perhaps most menacingly of all, talk about “reeducation camps” – for those who support Donald Trump, like me and others who have conservative views. It’s time for careful reflection and change on all sides. You are failing to do this with your impeachment process.
Please make sure you and all the other members of Congress separate the violent offenders from the peaceful American people at a rally. Conservatives should be treated exactly the same as those who attended the BLM rallies throughout 2020.
We demand that the double standards and censorship stop. We demand that the threats to our personal safety and job security stop.
How can our country heal, if you make such poor decisions for the citizens you represent?
On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 you issued a Statement to the residents of Montgomery County extolling them not to participate in the planned demonstration in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 in opposition to the stealing of a Presidential election… a theft that you wantonly and enthusiastically support.
It appears that the only thing you correctly stated in this statement was the first line: “The right to protest is a fundamental right of every American.”
It is reassuring to know that even a left-wing Socialist Democrat such as yourself is still able to understand this fundamental principle of democracy.
In addressing those who will gather in support of the President you have stated: “Protest organizers and the groups they represent have shown an alarming affinity for violence. Sadly, they have not been shy about suggesting the need for violence.”
It is clear that your Socialist Democrat ideology has you sadly confused with the groups ANTIFA and BLM on the matter of mob violence, intimidation, property destruction, burning, and looting. Do not try to tell me what I saw with my own eyes this past summer. I do not need you to try and convince me or anyone else that these Anarchists and Marxists that you so openly support were peaceful protesters. I could see with my own eyes how they turned Minneapolis into a mini-Mogadishu, New York City into a wasteland, and the center of D.C. into a virtual war zone. I am sure that the fire set in St. John’s Church was not started by someone who was a supporter of the 1st Amendment but rather someone who would see us under the boot heel of a Marxist government. After all, it was one of your heroes (Karl Marx) who so famously stated in part that “Religion is the Opium of the People”… so burning down a historical church is all in a day’s work.
You need to know that not every resident of Montgomery County believes what you believe and supports what you support. There is no basis for you to assume that those who support the President will act in a manner that will endanger anyone – even a counter protestor. Recent events hold that if there is violence it will come from your friends and supporters on the Left.
That is the message you should send to your constituents -Loud and Clear – “ELRICH: WE STOLE AN ENTIRE ELECTION AND NOW WE NEED TO DEFEND THE STEAL” from those who honestly believe in the sanctity of the honest vote, the Constitution of the United States, and the processes that the Constitution affords a free people in deciding who their leaders will be.
Your Statement is ill advised and sorely misguided. And 2022 is only a scant 24 months from now!
Marc King | Germantown, Maryland | January 5, 2021
Guest speaker Marc King of Germantown, Maryland is a frequent contributor to The MoCo Conservative blog. Marc ran for election in 2018 to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent District 15. He is a career officer of U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Among his many awards and decorations, Marc holds a combat infantryman’s badge and has credit for two combat tours during his career.
Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:
Organizing a 1776-era militia is not feasible; what options do we have?
Will the GOP need to completely dissolve in order to herald in a new political party, ready to embrace all freedom-loving patriots?
What does the future hold for the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America?
Have you recently wondered why the Democratic left is targeting and persecuting small businesses? It saddens me greatly that our own County Executive, Marc Elrich (who is an admitted Marxist), chooses to punish and harass small businesses. His harassment of the Clarksburg Tavern shows his contempt for the small businesses of Montgomery County. His executive order closing all restaurants is a total abuse of power.
At the beginning of the pandemic all mom-and-pop stores were forced to close while box stores such as Walmart, Target, Costco and Home Depot were allowed to remain open. It doesn’t make sense, nor does it seem scientific, that I should be less likely to contact the China Virus in big corporate box stores and more likely to be infected in Joe’s mom-and-pop clothing store or restaurants such as the Clarksburg Tavern.
During the Christmas season, millions of people traveled in airplanes, seated next to each other after enduring long lines to take off their shoes and stuff their jackets into bins that dozens of others have used. Yet, the airlines remain open.
The hypocrisy of politicians is unbelievable. The exemptions and excuses they make for themselves as they break their own rules truly show the double standard that exists in America today. These politicians are drunk on power, the same power that encouraged patriots to leave England and develop a new world where they could experience FREEDOM.
So, to answer the original proposed question of why is the left targeting and persecuting small businesses, I suggest the answer to the question requires you to understand and acknowledge that small business owners have a self sufficient and determined attitude.
The same spirit that this country was built on lives inside these independent thinkers and hard workers who have an entrepreneurial spirit, unlike community organizers or politicians. They do not like government controls and unreasonable regulations. They do not need government but rather tolerate it.
The reality is small business is a threat to big government. Corporate box stores and big businesses bribe politicians for favors. Small businesses are not able to provide the big dollars that politicians expect from large corporations. Consequently, small businesses are a thorn in big government’s side. The pandemic (“Dem-panic”) is an excuse to reduce the number of small businesses. Government wants us dependent on them. Small businesses don’t fit into their business plan.
The MoCo Conservative has received information from Ashley Mouktafi, co-owner of Clarksburg Tavern LLC, who believes she is the target of retaliatory measures from the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department for filing a lawsuit to keep her business afloat and offer jobs to help end systemic discrimination the County is subjugating minority residents to experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of the alleged intimidation tactics reported by the owners within the last week include:
The appearance of a Montgomery County government-owned vehicle and a MCPD cruiser in the dining establishment’s back parking lot for about 35 minutes. The occupants of both cars never came out of their vehicles while parking on private property. Mouktafi believes that this incident was an intimidation tactic to arouse fear and anxiety in her, Clarksburg Tavern staff, and patrons of the dining establishment.
The Licensure and Regulatory Division of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department sending an inspection report citing a non-existent violation claiming that owners and immediate family are not able to “sit and eat or drink” on premises (no such law or code exists). Mouktafi claims that the County “wants to fast track our warnings to get to the fines.” As of this article, the Licensure and Regulatory Division of the County Department of Health and Human Services has redacted the report and warning, after failing to acknowledge there is an ongoing lawsuit regarding this very matter in the County’s circuit court system.
A mentally unstable, non-compliant individual (not a customer) aggressively walked into the dining establishment, threw a mask at one of the owners, and called the owner a “murderer.”
The staff took a telephone order for ten entrees and two appetizers that was a no-show. When the call-back number was dialed and connected to the initial caller, the customer had no intention of purchasing the food and subsequently told the owner, “I hope you die of COVID.”
Mouktafi – a single mother of two young, school-age children who co-owns Clarksburg Tavern with her mother, Janice Allen – had this to say about the situation:
As a self-identifying female small business owner and single mother, I have had to work through the institutional patriarchy that is inherent within the business community and hospitality industry. I love and appreciate the diversity of my customers, community, and staff. What I don’t love is being strong-armed by a tyrannical male like County Executive Marc Elrich and being forced to lay off almost all of my employees, who rely on a paycheck to help break through the systemic, socio-economic institutional racism affecting communities in Montgomery County and the country.
Threatening me only exacerbates the problem. These intimidation tactics have caused undue stress to my staff and me, and I plan on taking additional legal action against those entities that are taking retaliatory measures against me.
Community and county-wide problems require community and county-wide solutions from residents, not just bureaucrats who don’t understand what it’s like living from paycheck to paycheck and who have never owned a small business as a single mother. I take my business and the health of my patrons and staff very seriously; it’s time that the local government does the same.
Marc Elrich, County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland was served with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and preliminary injunction by Clarksburg Tavern, LLC on December 20, 2020.
Responding to Marc Elrich’s draconian overreach in his capacity as County Executive, the two owners of Clarksburg Tavern, a dining establishment run by mother/daughter duo Janice Allen and Ashley Mouktafi, believe that they stand on solid, legal ground and precedent set forth in Anne Arundel County, Maryland:
“Public health is at the core of the hospitality industry. We are not asking to return to full capacity; we are asking to have a chance to keep our staff employed and to keep our business afloat so we can make it through this Pandemic. The health of the public, including our community, guests, and staff has been our priority since day one; we have not had one positive case contract-traced back to our establishment since limits on indoor dining establishments took effect.
Clarksburg Tavern has food service licenses that require public health training on food borne illnesses, pathogens, viruses, and communicable diseases. In addition to this training on alcohol serving, the public trusts our judgment to keep them safe and prevent alcohol-related accidents and tragedies from occurring. We should be trusted to monitor these new regulations imposed by County Executive Marc Elrich as well.”
The TRO comes in response to Elrich’s latest directive to ban indoor dining in all dining establishments in Montgomery County, putting most restaurant staff (including chefs, servers, busboys, hosts/hostesses, owners, and others) out of work and unemployed right before what should be the one of the most joyful times of the year.
Clarksburg Tavern’s lawsuit also comes on the heels of the Restaurant Association of Maryland filing similar TRO’s and preliminary injunctions in Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Will Clarksburg Tavern’s legal complaint be upheld by a Montgomery County Circuit Judge? Owners Allen and Mouktafi and their legal counsel, State Delegate Dan Cox, say yes:
“We have to find common ground that makes sense and is supported by facts. Restaurant owners and their staff are committed to public health. We are the trusted professionals because we serve food and alcohol; that takes training, preparation, and oversight.”
A similar order in Anne Arundel County, Maryland helped set a precedent for other counties in the State when a judge issued a temporary order to block Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Jr.’s measure to prohibit indoor dining.
The MoCo Conservative is the special guest on Dr. Stephanie’s show and discusses the art of Gaslighting and how the media uses it; many examples are discussed throughout the call. Recorded live on WCBM 680 AM (26:00 mark).
Guest speaker Sumeet is a politically active resident of Montgomery County, MD and local attorney. He is also a delegate to the MCCPTA for his children’s elementary school. Topics discussed on today’s podcast include:
“Policy vs. personality” when it comes to President Trump and other politicians;
Government’s role in community development and economic revitalization; and
A brief overview of the MoCo Board of Education’s overreach of authority over the last two years.
A David vs. Goliath battle is being waged in Montgomery County over the structure of the County Council. On one side is a non-partisan citizens’ ballot committee that collected over 16,000 signatures during the COVID-19 lock down to get Question D on the ballot. It would change the structure to nine individual districts. On the other side, is the powerful County Council, which at the last minute on the last day of summer session, suspended its public comment rules to put a competing Question C on the ballot to confuse voters.
If both measures win, both fail; it doesn’t matter how many votes each gets. Then it’s back to the status quo, which is the real goal of the County Council.
Currently, seven of the nine County Council members live around the down-county crescent near Silver Spring and Takoma Park, home to the most liberal, progressive, densely populated, and wealthiest part of the County. This is not a fluke, it has been going on for the past three decades. How does that happen?
Montgomery is a “one-party rule” county.
Four of the nine Council positions are elected At-Large. “At-Large” is false advertising. Instead of representing all county residents, the At-Large representatives have demonstrated repeatedly their priorities are those of their neighbors living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
The structure is broken. It allows the Council to have a majority of members from the same southeastern corner of the county. Studies have shown that At-Large seats discriminate against women and minority candidates.
Not one elected official in Montgomery County, county or state, is registered Republican or any other party other than Democrat. Sadly, it has also turned into a pay-for-play county. The County gives grants to a long list of non-profit organizations, that in turn exhort its members to vote for the people who will continue to give them taxpayer money.
The unions are in on the game and they have a big influence on the county’s unionized employees (i.e. teachers, police, fire, transportation, and other workers). The teachers’ union even publishes an “Apple Ballot,” exclusively advocating for Democrats, handed out at the polls. Last year, the County Executive negotiated some of the largest raises in the area for union employees, only to find this year there is not enough money to pay them, thanks to the COVID-19 induced shut-downs.
What to do? Raise property taxes, of course!
When families are struggling to make ends meet.
When schools are closed or partially opened and parents and students are both working from home.
When businesses are falling like dominoes.
The beauty of property taxes, from the cynical left’s point of view, is that if they aren’t paid, homes will be seized by the government.
Pay up or we’ll take your home away and sell it to someone else.
Property owners bear the burden of paying taxes for services used by everyone, so it’s not fair to raise taxes just on them. But, for the progressive leftists on the County Council, it’s the path of least resistance.
Interestingly, one Republican saw this coming. Robin Ficker, who Democrat detractors (and even some high-minded Republicans) label a political gadfly, got enough signatures to place another measure on the ballot—Question B—to limit the amount of any property tax increase to the rate of inflation. What to do? Put a competing measure on the ballot—Question A—authored by the County Council. Even if both of these measures win, canceling each other out, the status quo is better than either of them.
The County Charter currently allows property taxes to be raised above the rate of inflation only by unanimous vote of the county Council. Easy enough, since 95 percent of all Council votes this term have been unanimous.
Democrats have pulled out all stops to fight Questions B and D, including enlisting former County officials Ike Leggitt, David Blair, and Connie Morella.
Marilyn Balcombe, a Democrat who lost her bid for At-Large Council member in the last election, is running competing ballot committees to defeat B & D. She’s already on record saying she plans to run for At-Large again, so she has a vested interest in making sure voters don’t approve nine individual districts. Adam Pagnucco, former Council staffer and blogger for Seventh State, has repeatedly and erroneously tried to scare his readers by painting both citizen ballot initiatives as Republican efforts.
Increased taxes won’t really hurt the lifestyle of the wealthy.
“I don’t mind paying higher taxes, I’m sure they’ll be put to good use.”
A well-dressed woman leaving a high-end restaurant recently exclaimed this to me.
Compare that to the worried look in a naturalized citizen’s eyes, standing at the door of his modest townhouse, who says he is telling his friends to look at issues, not just party, when voting this year. “It’s not fair to make property owners bear the burden of services used by everyone,” he said.
The people hurt the most by the well-intentioned liberal elite are the people they claim to want to help the most.
Please vote FOR Questions B and D and AGAINST Questions A and C.
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.
From The Editor: Below is a video produced by Act 4 Greater America. Our combined goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of Leftism (under the guise of the current Democrat Party) and how policies endorsed and enacted by county governments, especially in Montgomery County, are socialist in nature and detrimental to the success of our country and our citizenry.
Christianity, Constitution, and Capitalism.
Paraphrased excerpts below (unless quoted):
The combination of the three C’s mentioned above makes the greatness of America, and we must defend these values. China is trying to destroy these core values.
Like the human body, a nation can also succumb to a virus. In this case, the virus of ideology is even more dangerous and can cause even greater destruction. The virus of ideology is leftism/marxism/socialism/communism (however you want to call it, it is the same thing), and it has left a trail of destruction.
Institutions have been infiltrated by this ideology and young people are being indoctrinated by those same people in positions of authority. Handouts and government dependency are going to ruin the economic might of the country. Abortion-on-demand is forcing our faith in God out of our culture; Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Removing prayer from public school and replacing it with questionable material (LGBT++) in its place is also part of that effort to eradicate religion.
The Democrats use word control to control people’s thoughts by using labels and throwing them onto anyone who disagrees with you. It’s exactly what the Communist party used in China.
It wasn’t until 2016 that enough people fed up with these laws against freedom and the P.C. Culture woke up and said, “We’ve got to fight back.” President Donald Trump has kept his promises; he has lowered taxes, reduced government regulation, appointed judges who adhered to the Constitution, and surrounded himself by people of prayer.
When the Democrats couldn’t derail President Trump with their hoaxes and fake news, they adhered to the same playbook of using class and racial strife, and created a lot of chaos. You don’t have to go far outside of the U.S.A. to see what these tactics have caused. American cities, such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland, have turned into ruins because of the failed policies of the Democrats in power.
You must vote for Donald Trump in this election; it is that serious.
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:
First, by changing the structure of the County Council to nine individual districts (Vote YES to Question D and NO to Question C).
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!
From A Former Law Enforcement Officer in Montgomery County, Maryland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Concerned Mother
Main photograph credit is from an anonymous YouTube video screenshot.
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.
Gregory Coll is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.
Who I Am
I am a rocket scientist, businessman, and family man. I am married with three children.
My work as an aeronautical engineer has helped me to hone skills in the STEM area, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I have become a skilled team leader, manager, and negotiator. I have interacted with Members of Congress in the Capitol and have traveled to foreign locations, including Russia and South America.
My Health Care and Education priorities mean that I will address Covid-19 in a safe and rational manner resulting in the opening of businesses and schools.
Safety in our homes, our neighborhoods and our cities is the right of every American. Therefore, I will be working to maintain the highest technology in the military to keep us safe domestically and abroad, and also focus efforts to end violence in our streets addressing equality for all.
As a parent, a Christian, and a scientist, I believe that life begins at conception. Therefore, I am a pro-life candidate and I will fight back against late term abortions and partial birth abortions and support alternative services and options rather than abortion.
I believe in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America. Therefore, especially, I will support your First and Second Amendment rights.
With my eye on global economics, I will exert maximum influence in controlled spending, reasonable taxation, setting realistic budgets, and discouraging increased national debt, all while ensuring sufficient services for our most vulnerable, such as our veterans, our seniors, our infants (including the unborn), and our individuals with disabilities.
A Matter Of Urgency
Please vote for me in order to increase the conservative representation in our government. I care about every one of my constituents and will seek your input on a regular basis so that you have an opportunity to have your voice heard on the national level.
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.”
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.
Phase One: Submit Over 10,000 Certified Voters’ Signatures (COMPLETE)
The bi-partisan fight for nine council districts in Montgomery County (MoCo) successfully concluded Phase One of the effort by getting over 10,000 certified voters’ signatures to qualify getting the proposal on the ballot this coming November. This led the effort’s organizers to initiate Phase Two – getting the voters educated on the Nine Council Districts initiative and how to mark the ballot when they vote. Ballot marking became more critical when the County Council, in an effort to kill the Nine Districts proposal and in a most un-Democratic fashion, entered their own proposal; there was no public debate on the Council’s proposal, just nine council members happy with the status quo looking to thwart the interests of the county’s residents. So, Phase Two now requires us to educate voters on how to cast their vote.
Phase Two: Educate The Voters (Vote YES on D and NO on C)
The ballot will offer two Questions. Question “C” is the Council’s proposal to retain the 4 “At-Large” members and add two (2) more district seats, thereby increasing the Council’s participation to a total of 11 with all of the associated costs, which is estimated to be well over $2,000,000.00 in additional budget requirements. Question “D,” the Nine Council Districts proposal, will also be on the ballot. Voters need to know that if they do not want “C” and they do want “D” they must mark their ballot – against “C” AND for “D.” Should both questions receive the same number of votes, they will “cancel” each other out and the status quo remains.
Phase Three: Equitable Redistricting For Equal Representation
During Phase Two the education of the MoCo voter will continue as early voting approaches. Phase Two must inevitably lead to Phase Three of the effort: the redistricting of the County in a fair and equitable manner that will finally make available on the Council the voices of county residents who have been systematically ignored by the County Council( except when its time for re-election, of course). Councilmember Evan Glass tipped his hand on a Zoom Call with county residents in attendance when he made it clear that if Question “D” passes there is still the process of redrawing the district lines- a process that will be done by a Committee of county residents using Census data to help guide this Committee through their efforts.
Having lived in MoCo for some 30 years, my expectation is that this Committee will be stacked in a manner that insures the gerrymandering of the County is consistent in a way that guarantees not a single dissenting voice will ever make it to a council seat – ever.
If the Phase One and Phase Two efforts are to have any chance of successful implementation, it will be critical to understand:
Who gets appointed to this Committee;
Political affiliation must count and be represented fairly;
There cannot be any overt interference from either the Council or the County Executive as the Committee goes about its work; and
The Committee’s work cannot be nullified by the Council or the County Executive.
A true effort must be made by this Committee to apportion the representation on the Council in a fair and equitable manner, drawing boundary lines consistent with county residents’ needs, so that the voices of all the county residents can be heard, even when those voices do not agree with the longstanding single party rule that has dominated MoCo for so long.
From 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.
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.
Written by a former educator and a retired teacher of the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System (MCPS).
What’s really being taught?
As a former educator I have a deep appreciation for education. What’s happening in the Montgomery County School System and systems across our nation is not education- it’s indoctrination. The children of Montgomery County are being programmed to accept the Marxist ideology by teachers whose jobs are at risk if they challenge the system. This is happening under the watchwords: equity, 1619 project, social justice, racism, police brutality, cancel culture, and social reform.
“We want our sons and daughters to know the truth.”
“Our country wasn’t built on cancel culture, speech codes, and crushing conformity; we are not a nation of timid spirits.”
My wife, who is a retired teacher from MCPS, recently contacted several of her conservative friends still teaching in the system. She asked them how the current cancel culture environment is affecting their teaching. Here are some of the responses:
“I was given the book ‘White Fragility’ and was told we’d be discussing it during staff development. We also received an email after the George Floyd incident that expressed the administration’s white guilt we all should feel. It was re-sent at the beginning of the school year. Conservative teachers are frustrated and many are ready to retire.“
“Teachers and para educators are required by the county to view 10 videos redefining race, sexual orientation, and inappropriate words considered politically and socially incorrect. Teachers and paras must adhere to these new standards or risk disciplinary actions or termination. Many of these new guidelines conflict with the moral and ethical values that Judeo-Christian teachers hold.“
“I assisted in a classroom where the teacher had a large picture of president Obama on the wall with the caption under it that read, ‘Greatest President Ever.’ The flag was placed next to the American flag so children were forced to view this every morning as the pledge was recited.”
“I recently posted a clip on my personal Facebook page following the attempted police assassination in Los Angeles that read Police Lives Matter. I was told by the administration that I must remove it or face disciplinary action.“
“As a history teacher I’m expected to teach the narrative, ‘It’s not a black fight but rather a human fight.’ Every teacher in every context is expected to teach something regarding it. It’s also taught in homeroom.”
“I see bias. When the kids go to a source to site examples during an assignment MCPS always uses very liberal news outlets like CNN, New York Times, Vox, etc.“
Another testimonial we got was from a Montgomery County police officer who shared that the police had been called because a teacher was offended during her zoom class because a student had a “Trump 2020” poster on his bedroom wall. She reported she was subject to cyber bullying and wanted the police to investigate. As it turns out, the student was suspended for two days. Sadly, we don’t hear this on the nightly news.
Another testimony quoted from The MoCo Conservative blog from a 1st grade mother was that her child was read to from a book entitled, Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi. Another junior from Rockville High School had to write a report on the black lives matter (BLM) movement.
Another student at Montgomery College wrote a paper on anti-abortion. Her teacher told her the paper was written extremely well and would have received an “A,” but because of the content she would only receive a “C.”
Conservative teachers in Montgomery County are being bullied, intimidated, disciplined, and reprimanded for their conservative beliefs. They are mandated to teach using the new narrative. As a result, we see middle school and high school students standing on street corners holding up signs which support BLM, “social justice,” and de-funding the police. They are clueless and naïve relative to the history of Marxism and Communism.
Middle school and high school students are the product of our failed school system that devotes more time to social reform than teaching basic curriculum.
So, what are the solutions?
Remove the Marxist leaders governing Montgomery County, most of whom live in Takoma Park, Maryland, and replace them with conservative leaders who appreciate patriotism and embrace our historical past embedded in Judeo-Christian values;
Elect a school board that is willing to take a stand to resist the liberal teacher unions and Marxist leadership of Montgomery County;
Campaign for school vouchers so that those who cannot afford private schools can have the right to have their children receive a non-biased, normal education;
Place your children in private schools that reflect your moral and ethical values;
Move to a state or county that has a more conservative agenda; and
Accept that a do-nothing attitude will result in your child’s indoctrination and acceptance into the new narrative of Marxism.
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.
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:
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:
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!
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.”
“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.”
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?
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.
Ibram X. Kendi is a toxic person who sows seeds of discord, hatred, and division while speaking in a subtle, gentle tone in order to deceive his audience.
Those who genuinely support this anti-racism philosophy are not purposed to eliminate racism or establish equality, but to dismantle society in order to establish an upper hand of power. It is a political play – it’s all about votes for the white liberals, and it’s about black supremacy, power, and retribution for those who want to be lawless without consequence.
Here is an example of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) using racially discriminating propaganda. Which specific group is portrayed as the mad one?
If a white liberal pretends that they support anti-racism rhetoric, they are hoping to gain the minority vote. Yet, the politicians cater to this are the ones less likely to invite a person of color over to their home for dinner or to simply hangout.
Supremacy by any color is absolutely unacceptable. Nobody is better than another. Ever since Obama was in office, he has stoked the flames of racism and brought us nearly back to the 60’s with his rhetoric. If the majority in this country were made up of all white supremacists (as claimed the main problem today), Obama would not have been elected for two terms. Decades worth of healing and unity was all undermined during his terms. Yet, the very establishment that created this will blame it all on those who are not responsible.
“Privilege” is a political term. Everyone living in America is privileged to be in this great country. However, some disagree and covet (want) what others have so bad, they will do anything to demand or take it, even to go as far as murder. The term privilege is awful when color is paired with it. Whenever someone has something that the other desires, it is considered privilege even though the person has worked for it. The term privilege is loosely used as if the person who earned something got it for free, and that the anti-racists themselves should be entitled to have that also. This is what the welfare system has gotten us, from catering to it for all these years. This victim-hood/entitlement mentality is very toxic and destructive.
If anything, there is non-white privilege. There is preferential treatment for people of color receiving:
extra points on the SAT,
priority in college acceptance,
first right of refusal for government contracts,
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.
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.
From a conservative teacher in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School (MCPS)System.
Conservatism, Education, and Montgomery County Public Schools is a combination that is not welcome. I have seen it firsthand. My hope is through a series of articles, I can share my experiences as a conservative teacher within the MCPS system. I look forward to shedding some light on what is happening within our public school system.
Apparently, we are in a dual pandemic.
Dual. That means two.
At least that’s what Montgomery County Public Schools would have its staff and students believe.
I suppose one of these would be COVID-19. The reality is that there is a virus out there that is novel to us. Many of us are now forced to work and learn from home. We currently aren’t able to enjoy a game at Nationals Park or attend a concert venue. Heck, we can’t even listen to a guy on a guitar play while we sip a glass of wine at a local winery. Many around us are experiencing a heightened level of stress. This year is like none other.
Sure, let’s call all the above part of a pandemic that our nation is experiencing.
According to MCPS, there is yet another pandemic. Not only does the county require schools to provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to help support the well-being of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to help them “navigate” through pandemic number two.
The exact wording from a lesson plan goes as follows:
The goal is to demonstrate to students that there are two major events that are happening in the world right now. One due to COVID-19 and the other due to social justice responses to combat systemic racism that is and has been occurring for hundreds of years.
Kids as little as pre-K are subjected to lessons with images of protests and signs saying “black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe.”
A book called The Antiracist Baby is being read to thousands of elementary school children, many parents unaware as they are busy at work. The book includes steps that the reader must take to make “equity a reality.”
Fast forward to the 3rd through 5th grade lessons, where students are exposed to the following:
People in African American and Latinx communities have been more likely to get sick from COVID-19 because of how racism and unfairness impacts their lives.
And those are just the elementary level lessons.
Montgomery County Public Schools has been in the throes of indoctrination for years. This is infuriating as a parent and tax payer of the county. Furthermore, as someone who is required to teach it to your children, I am being asked to compromise my values to shove it down your children’s throat. My conservative values, though, will not let me.
I will not teach this garbage. I will, yet again, find peace in that my students, at least for a year, will not be subjected to such indoctrination.
At the same time, I see this as another sign that my years as a county teacher are numbered. My hope is that this sheds more light on what our children are being exposed to. Teaching is not the career I thought it would be.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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:
Utilize sleeper cells in all institutions to shove the same agenda down the throat of every student, customer, and viewer to increase reach;
Force defectors to apologize in order to create a feeling of shame for others who wish to do the same;
Dox and “swat” famous and well-known conservatives as a tool to prevent naturally-occurring, and at this point, increasing defection;
Slowly and consistently introduce radical, marxist ideas that your loyal followers must now obey in order to remain compliant and in the “popular” clique; this includes sanctioning murder of those who disagree with you;
Take the agenda out in the streets when an event (staged or not, but usually with a preventable casualty) provides the perfect opportunity to further divide based on issue/label of the day;
Declare war on anyone who lives in the suburbs, no matter what their political affiliation, because they are all selfish and evil; and
Stage a physical, tangible war between law abiding citizens and brainwashed, paid, and “zombified” communists of the Democrat party.
I believe we are currently, as a nation, somewhere between numbers 11/12 and 12/13 (depending where you live). Before we go into what needs to happen to get to the last two, however, let’s take a step back and talk about the types of behavior that allow cancel culture to flourish in our society.
The types of behavior that allow cancel culture to permeate in our society:
Apologetic/no backbone. When someone in the public eye takes a stand on an issue and provides a counter argument to the ideas put forth by the leaders of the radical, progressive Left, they are usually pressured to issue a public apology. When the apology is made public and shared, the Left has once again controlled opposition through their cancel culture agenda. So, what happens when that person does NOT apologize? Apart from clearly becoming persona non grata, something shifts in the narrative; since the Left can no longer control the individual, they employ tactics to make sure that the resistance to their ideals does not reach many people. Since they control the news and social media (to a certain extent), this is easy to do.
False sense of moral superiority. How many times have conservatives heard that we are selfish for putting our needs and our children’s needs above other’s needs? How many times have conservatives and to a lesser extent, moderate liberals, been told they need to “check their privilege”? The Left strategically brainwashes its loyal followers to believe that what they are espousing, the public shaming they are doing, is for “the greater good” of humanity. Don’t have kids! It’s bad for the environment. Don’t start learning pods! Your kids will have a higher chance to succeed later in life than others. Don’t go outside with your mask off! You can kill someone. The list is never-ending.
Overly emotional. Leftist liberals are the most hyper emotional people I have ever met. They rely on their emotions to guide their decision-making skills, thereby prioritizing goals and actions that make them feel good, instead of focusing on long-term, realistic, and pragmatic solutions that will do good. Is there a middle ground? Absolutely! But not for the cancel culture mob, which brings us to #4.
Refusal to compromise. Time and time again, the cancel culture mob’s devoted followers have stated that they refuse to listen to the “other side” and refuse to compromise. This means that it’s basically their way or the “highway.” No wonder they sound like they’re little children throwing a tantrum- would you teach your children to never compromise? I didn’t think so.
Will the suburbanites fight back?
At this point, I am confident that we can follow specific consumer spending trends of American citizens to find a solution/deterrent to cancel culture’s ultimate goal of instigating a civil war.
There is no doubt in my mind, and in the minds of millions of first-time gun owners, that there is a shift happening based on the number of firearm-related purchases by law-abiding citizens.
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.”
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?
David Wilson lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Most people are frustrated with, and even angry about, the two-party system. It’s even worse when you’re frustrated and angry at the party you belong to. Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud to be a conservative and a Republican (in that order). I grew up in the Democrat-dense state of West Virginia in a family of Democrats (I’ll contend that West Virginia Democrats are closer in ideology to Maryland Republicans than they are to Maryland Democrats, but that’s a discussion for another time).
From a conservative voter’s perspective, the GOP in the DC Metro area is simply…there.
As a voter, I do my own research and make my own decisions; I make the effort to vote for the person and not for the party. Now, here’s what I expect from my political party: leadership, guidance, and support. Do YOU know who the GOP leaders are in the area? Governor Hogan, whose at-times questionable leadership makes him less of a conservative than former Governor Ehrlich, doesn’t count.
If you think you’re a leader, but no one is following, you’re just out for a walk by yourself.
I spent 23 years on Active Duty with two combat deployments. Leaders establish goals and objectives and everyone down to last man/woman knows what their goals are in order to succeed. They know what their role is to make the mission a success.
From a conservative Republican candidate’s perspective, the GOP in the DC Metro area is ineffective at best. Over the past year or so, I’ve began asking a simple question to individuals and to groups where I attend meetings. I ask,
“What are the top three priorities of the Republican party?”
The responses are interesting. They’re sad, but interesting. No one knows. Sure, I hear things like “the economy” and “jobs,” but I never hear the same three priorities, EVER! That’s a leadership problem.
Republicans find it easy to laugh at and to make fun of a teenager from Sweden or a Freshman Congresswoman who is already so well-known we need only to know her initials. Yet they find it difficult to consider what caught Democrat voters’ attention and to speak to the issues half of America is concerned about. The “Green New Deal,” in my opinion, is absolutely ridiculous, but at least they have a plan.
What plans do Republicans have to tackle environmental issues? If you have to Google the answer, you’ve made my point!
Now, try being a candidate in the DC Metro area. I encourage good people to run for office. I encourage them to focus on Statesmanship, not Politics. It’s not an easy task, nor should it be. However, it should be easier than it currently is.
Leaders at the top need to:
Ask the difficult questions and establish what success looks like.
Set the standards for candidates.
Establish a system and a process to really, truly support candidates.
The first difficult question is, “Can we win?” Leaders at the top should be constantly collecting and analyzing data to identify districts that are winnable. Again, in my opinion, we shouldn’t even run a candidate unless there’s a chance to win. Governor Hogan came close to this strategy when he established the “Drive for Five,” which was an effort to balance the Maryland General Assembly. It didn’t work, but at least it was a valid plan (sort of). Maybe it’s my military experience, but if I need five, I’m identifying 15 and putting a significant effort in to winning every single one.
What do we do in the districts if we don’t have candidates?
You educate the voters.
You register new Republicans.
You begin to balance the odds.
It may take one, two, or three election cycles, but it must be done. This all starts by establishing specific goals. Nothing too complicated, but goals that speak to the issues of all voters. Know what affects their lives. Know it by district. Know it by county.
Why should hundreds of new candidates pay to obtain data the top leadership of the party should already know? I actually asked that question when I was a candidate. The answer, true or not, infuriated me:
“There’s too much money involved in running and supporting campaigns.”
I say all this knowing how much support the leaders in my district provided me during my campaign. In fact, after speaking with candidates from other districts, my district GOP team was quite admired for their support. We have years and years of experience in my district and lots of wonderful volunteers who dedicated hundreds, maybe thousands of hours of their personal time. And yet the result was pretty much along party lines. It wasn’t for lack of trying and it wasn’t for lack of a plan; it was a lack of registered voters who actually cast a vote for their party.
I’ll stick with my earlier comment about being better off spending time to educate and register voters, rather than putting candidates on the ballot. But a drastic move like this takes real leadership. Real leaders who can develop a strategic plan and who know what success looks like. Real leaders who can think for themselves, can cast a vision for the voters, and can excite the public by properly identifying and solving their problems.
The GOP doesn’t have to step up in the DC Metro area. They do a good job now. But good ain’t great. And to Make (or Keep) America Great Again, good ain’t good enough. Lead, follow, or get out of the way!
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:
How do solar panels increase our food supply?
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.
What financial or political gain is in this for you and your cohorts?
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.
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.”
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?
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.
Kimblyn Persaud is Chair of Nine Districts for MoCo.
Congratulations! We have been officially notified by the Board of Elections that Nine Districts for MoCo has been certified with more than the necessary 10,000 signatures, and will be Question D on the General Election ballot.
None of this would have happened without your support, but it’s not over!
On August 4th, just one day after we delivered our petitions, the Montgomery County Council suspended their rules of procedure and took counter action against us. Rejecting the Charter Review Commission’s recommendation for no action and without holding a public hearing on their proposal, the Council decided to place an alternative question on the ballot. Their referendum expands the Council to 11 members, maintaining the 4 at-large Council seats. The Council, once again, is demonstrating their disconnect from the people.
Montgomery County is experiencing the worst economic crisis in history; businesses have closed their doors, evictions are looming, and people have lost their jobs.
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.
Steve Solomon is a candidate for the Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education, District 4 seat.
My name is Steve Solomon, and I am a candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education – District 4.
I wanted to thank The MoCo Conservative for allowing me to write something and reach more voters of Montgomery County. I hope to tell you a little more about me, why I’m running for Board of Education, and what issues I think are important.
I’m a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. I’ve spent my career in the radio and podcasting business, but I’ve always wanted to help my community in some way. One of the radio shows I did early in my career was a Public Affairs show, where I learned how important local government was. I met many local officials and saw the impact that they could have on the everyday lives of our residents, so I thought that one day that would be something I would like to do.
I believe we have great schools in Montgomery County, and I want to be a Board of Education member so that I can make sure we continue to have great schools, and avoid any bad decisions that might be made. Although I have no elected experience, I believe that voters want a candidate who will tell you what they really think, and work hard once they are in office.
Some of the issues that I believe in are:
A need for more vocational and technical programs. We currently only have one high school (Edison) that has programs designed to teach kids to be plumbers, carpenters, or electricians. These are good paying jobs that can be found right here in Montgomery County. We need to better prepare our kids for the real world, and I believe that vocational programs are a great way to do that.
Retaining our best teachers. Did you know that nearly half of new teachers in Montgomery County don’t last past their third year? That much turnover is not the way to ensure success for kids. Teachers need to be able to find their own niche, get mentored by older teachers, and not be suffocated by the bureaucracy above them.
We will need to rethink how we spend money in Montgomery County overall and in our schools. We will not see the full economic results of COVID-19 for several years. Tough decisions will need to be made and a cost/benefit analysis of more budget items will need to be conducted.
A lot of attention this election is focused nationally, but it’s the local elections that have an impact on people’s lives in many other ways.
That’s why I need help spreading the word before this November. Most Montgomery County residents have no idea who the Board of Education members are. Campaigning and raising money are always tough, but especially in these times.
I ask that you visit my website www.VoteSteveSolomon.com to learn more about me, the issues I believe in, and if you can, please donate to the campaign. Money means everything in smaller races like this one. It allows me to buy some advertising and reach more Montgomery County voters. The most important thing that you can do is tell a friend. Most people are not committed to a Board of Education candidate, but if they hear from a friend, family member, or neighbor, that would really help.
Thank you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at VoteSteveSolomon@gmail.com.
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.)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website. This process slows down the vote counting after the election, so use this only if necessary.
Your completed and signed Absentee Ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd. It is advised to mail your ballot much sooner than that. Instead of mailing your ballot, you may drop it off at a Voting Center Drop Box. There will be Drop Boxes at all Early Voting locations and High Schools as well as the office of the Board of Elections. You have until 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd to drop it off and if you don’t want to drop off your own ballot, you can ask a trusted friend to do it for you. Additional Drop Boxes may be added.
2. EARLY VOTING CENTER OPTION
You may vote at any one of 11 early voting sites. CLICK HERE to see the list of Early Voting Centers in Montgomery County The Early Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day from October 29 through November 2nd. They will also be open on General Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
3. GENERAL ELECTION DAY OPTION, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
You will not vote at your usual local polling location. On November 3rd, you may choose to vote at any of the county’s 25 public high schools or at any of the 11 Early Voting Sites, for a total of 36 locations. Keep in mind,the number of voting locations on November 3rd is greatly reduced from previous General Elections, but the voting centers will be much larger to accommodate voters. The reason for the reduction of polling sites is because of a shortage of poll workers. (Many of the mostly elderly poll workers have indicated they will not work at the polls due to the risk associated with COVID-19.)
VOTING CENTERS ON GENERAL ELECTION DAY
On November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 11 Early Voting Centers and all 25 Public High Schools in Montgomery County will be open.
Here is a list of the 25 High Schools:
Albert Einstein High School
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Clarksburg High School
Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
Damascus High School
Gaithersburg High School
James Hubert Blake High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Montgomery Blair High School
Northwest High School
Northwood High School
Paint Branch High School
Poolesville High School
Quince Orchard High School
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville High School
Seneca Valley High School
Sherwood High School
Springbrook High School
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Walt Whitman High School
Walter Johnson High School
Watkins Mill High School
Wheaton High School
Winston Churchill High School
CLICK HERE to do any of the following (note: some of this information has not yet been updated to reflect the latest changes)
Review your voter registration record.
Request a duplicate voter registration card.
Find out where to vote (CHANGE: You may now vote at any early voting center of any of the 25 public high schools.).
Find out your voting districts.
Find out your local board of elections.
See the status of your absentee or provisional ballot.
View your sample ballot.
Not registered to vote yet? CLICK HERE to become a registered voter through an online process. You may also stop by the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office to register in person at 118753 N. Frederick Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.
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?
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!
From a Concerned Citizen in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Throughout history, the world has experienced the practical application of many philosophical theories. From the beginning, mankind has sought to worship various forms of these theories, turning these theories into religions and gods.
In 1848, a German man by the name of Karl Marx gave birth to a document known as the Communist Manifesto. The ideas and theories of Marx became known as Marxism, which were later interpreted into practice and became Communism.
It was Karl Marx’s objective to dethrone God and destroy Capitalism.
Marx upended the definitions of good and evil to mean that the church and family presented obstacles to utopia. The concept of sin changed, from rebellion against God into striving for individual ends opposed to the collective. The institution of property rights represented original sin. The end goal of Communism replaced the Garden of Eden. The new utopia was heaven.
This view, especially under the funding of billionaire Marxist, George Soros, has been absorbed by academia, media, the entertainment industry, and many in government. They promote cultural Marxism in the form of political correctness. Everyone is equal. The reality is, the Bible speaks of God’s justice as measured by adherence to God’s standards, not by shifting goals of secular academics.
No where in scripture does it task government with equalization of wealth. The bible requires work, frugal living, and honest dealings. It mandates impartial justice, sound money management, and property rights. It also endorses liberty and limited government, all essential elements of capitalism.
In a recent television interview, U.S. Attorney General William Barr was asked about Antifa, the black lives matter (BLM) movement, civil unrest, and the media. He began by saying politics has fundamentally changed; where once we were able to have discussion and debate and then vote, it has been replaced by one side’s desire to tear down the system with no compromise.
Mr. Barr said this revolutionary movement has become a new secular religion.
It has become a political pilgrimage to create a progressive utopia.
Barr went on to compare this revolutionary movement to Marxism. During the interview, a June 12, 2020 report published by the Soeren Kern Gatestone Institute was quoted:
“Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded, and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups. Antifa’s stated long-term objective, both in America and abroad, is to establish a communist world order. In the United States, Antifa’s immediate aim is to bring about the demise of the Trump administration.”
From day one of President Trump’s administration, radical leftists have made it their goal to shred the norms of the system. BLM is also focused on bringing down this administration. Why?
They desire POWER and want to run the lives of everyone. This lust for power has become their new religion. The urban guerrilla warfare currently taking place in America is Antifa and BLM shielding themselves under the protections afforded to them in the 1st amendment. They hijack these so-called “peaceful” demonstrations and are highly organized in creating riots and civil anarchy. The media does not fully cover these riots because they are funded by billionaire Marxist and globalist, George Soros.
So, who is George Soros? Forbes has listed him as the 46th richest individual in the country with a net worth of 22 billion dollars. Soros has funded pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration, pro-national health care, pro-drug legalization, pro-big government, anti-Israel, and anti-America movements. He has direct ties to over 30 main stream media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, CNN, NPR, and ABC. Each of these operations have high-level employees on the Boards of Soros-funded media operations. Soros’ contributions have secured ownership of politicians and have funded Antifa. Many leftist politicians refuse to condemn the anarchy and riots taking place in our country because their very own campaigns are being funded in part by George Soros.
Consequently, Soros is accomplishing his Marxist goal of dismantling America through the use of riots and his manipulation of racism and open anarchy.
BIG MEDIA was born with Soros money.
George Soros discovered he had enough money and know-how to buy options in floundering publishers and individual reporters. He controls the narrativeused by the media, which in turn controls the Democrat party and prevents Americans from hearing the truth. Democrats don’t talk about big media because they are the ones who benefit from it. Each of the most influential big media outlets, with the exception of Fox, are campaigning for far-left causes and radical, liberal candidates.
The deep state is not a conspiracy theory. The corruption within the FBI, CIA, IRS, Congress, and NSA is real and openly evident.
Justice is a word of the past. The Left’s lust for power places them into the category of Marxist. Sadly, most Americans are too naïve and have accepted the narrativeof the media without fully understanding who is creating and funding the narrative. I can only pray Americans will learn to think for themselves and understand how they are being deceived by the narrative.
The November election will shape the direction of America and the world. If Biden is elected it may well be the last president America will see.
The shadow government and deep state will have achieved victory. Our form of government may become history, replaced by the Marxist agenda of Communism. Please, America, wake up. We are one election away from losing the freedoms we have taken for granted. Everything is on the line.
Sadly, on our local Montgomery County, Maryland level we have a Marxist in power as County Executive (Marc Elrich) and a surrounding cast of cronies who live in and support the Marxist agenda of Takoma Park. Your vote to create nine districts is a vote to end this Takoma Park control.
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.
From A Small Business Ownerin 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?
They can raise their prices to compensate for the labor increases.
They can absorb the loss.
They can leave Montgomery County.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.