In 2018 all levels of Maryland public officials are up for elections: from the governor down to the local registrar of wills. That of course means all the county councils and county executives are up. This past Thursday evening on May 3rd, I attended a debate of candidates for the Montgomery County Executive position held at St. Jude's in Rockville.
I must remind one and all that Montgomery County Maryland is a liberal loony bin. The lunacy was on display tonight in all its macabre glory. First the debate was co-hosted by both Catholic Charities and the Justice and Advocacy Council. I knew that when I got the notice and realized it was a harbinger of things to come.
The moderator of this debate was none other than Msgr John Enzler, who has been known to cozy up to pro-aborts and even to donate to their political campaigns. There were seven candidates who were debating. Six of them were Democrats; Robin Ficker was the lone Republican. Three of those Democrats are current members of the County Council; they are George Leventhal, Roger Berliner, and Mark Elrich. They were also on the council in early 2010 when the council passed its measure to hog-tie pro-life pregnancy centers in the County. If you go back to my archives from that time, you can see video that I took of the hearings in Rockville. Leventhal was particularly contemptuous of the pro-life people who testified against the bill. It did pass, but went down in flames in court. Mind you, all three of the current county executive candidates voted for it, although it was obviously unconstitutional. You'll see later on how they hold the US Constitution in cheap regard.
The first part of the debate focused on "immigration": that is, when the Democrats weren't busy bashing President Trump. Each of the Democrats loudly proclaimed that if they were elected, they would protect the border-crashers and that they'd direct the County police not to cooperate with ICE in any attempt to enforce immigration laws. Let that sink in. The President of the United States is constitutionally charged with ensuring national security; part and parcel of that task is the securing of the nation's borders. We all listened to Democrats vowing to undermine the President as he carries out his constitutional responsibilities. Whoever is elected to the executive position in November will take his or her own oath of office. That oath includes the upholding of the Constitution. But in loudly proclaiming that they would undermine the president, they just admitted that they would disregard their own oaths of office. Moreover, in stating that they'd direct the county police to take a hostile stance towards ICE, they'd be directing those same officers to disregard their own oaths that they swore as police officers. Isn't that, well, special??
Now of course Enzler was just beaming with joy upon hearing such talk. Recall that Catholic Charities, along with other branches of the US church hierarchy, receive billions in federal dollars to "resettle immigrants". Since that amount is predicated on headcounts "served", we can see how they'd be anxious to keep them crashing our national borders.
They moved beyond the Trump-bashing and shilling for border-crashers onto other favorite progressive topics. As I said, there was one lone Republican - Robin Ficker. When the candidates were asked about bringing jobs to Montgomery County, Ficker said he would brook no tax increases on his watch. The others clearly didn't like that and used their time slots to take umbrage at that suggestion. They also lauded the hike in the minimum wage. Clearly we saw a shining example of how progressives simply aren't in touch with the real world. Hikes in minimum wages - hikes in taxes - universal health care - these are all arbitrary costs that make Montgomery County unfriendly to employers - especially to those that are small businesses. Anyone with a scintilla of common sense knows that, but liberals are devoid of even that.
Education was a hot button topic too. The favored solution for the Democrats seemed to be expanding pre-k programs. That's right. They actually want to take the three-year-olds and start the brain-washing early. Perhaps if schools concentrated on the basics instead of allowing and even mandating that the students "walk out" for some gun-control parade, the students might actually learn some useful skills. Perhaps if little children weren't suspended because they pointed their fingers and made gun sounds, they might feel safe enough to learn.
Not every topic was covered. They didn't touch their draconian attempt to gag crisis pregnancy centers by a long shot. There was also no provision for the audience to ask questions. Oh, we could write them down on cards and submit them, but they were screened. Be certain that Catholic Charities would never allow their sugar-daddy puppet-masters to be embarrassed.
Below is a recording of the debate - unedited so that you can hear the socialistic prattle in all its ugliness. Forgive the comments from me and my companions; I trust they don't muffle the nonsense from the stage.