Going Down With the Ship
By Brad Botwin
How disappointing to have Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and the entire County Council pass a biased and lawless resolution in the post-election environment under the guise of public safety and trust. The resolution, written with a strong dose of moral superiority, promotes illegal immigration, sanctuary for those with no moral or legal right to be in Maryland, and continued reckless taxpayer funded county spending. This is our elected officials’ idea of “diversity and justice?”
The unanimously passed resolution highlights the increasing foreign born and K-12 public school population in the county but makes no mention of the simultaneous increase in crime, gang violence, social services and school property tax bills thrust upon the county’s citizens by the Council’s sanctuary city actions. The resolution also condemns any action by the federal government that may undermine the trust created in our community, or threaten public safety. Unfortunately this concern only focuses on the growing illegal immigrant population residents in the county, not on average citizens. Ironically, the resolution ends with a statement that Montgomery County will continue to be a “citadel of justice.” Pardon my snickering.
One would have thought that the populist election of Donald Trump for President and the passage of a Term Limit ballot initiative for the County Executive and Council would have cooled the fires of left wing bravado and lawlessness, but clearly that is not the case. Author Pat Buchanan points out that “such declarations of defiance of law have a venerable history in America. In 1956, 19 Democratic senators from 11 states of the Old Confederacy, in a “Southern Manifesto,’ rejected the Supreme Court’s Brown decision ordering desegregation of the public schools.”
How apropos that Leggett followed the resolution with a contrived rally in Silver Spring called the “Montgomery County Way,” which seemingly had more speakers and promoters than actual concerned citizens. The rally, like the resolution, was advertised to “support equal rights, justice, opportunity, reflecting our values as we stand together.” It turned out to be a lovefest for every left leaning politician and organization in the area, depressed by Trump’s victory. What it did not do was provide an inclusive environment, as advertised, for all of Montgomery County’s citizens to feel welcome.
Speakers included Labor Department Secretary Tom Perez who had the audacity to compare letters written by Jewish immigrant Albert Einstein regarding his fears caused by the tragic Holocaust with Maryland’s Hispanic illegal immigrants in fear of possible deportation to their home countries. Rally participants were also subjected to Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and his serene song of no law enforcement or cooperation with the federal government when it comes to illegal immigrants, public safety be damned.
Lastly, the crowd heard from the illegal immigrant support group CASA of Maryland, in Spanish no less. With so many non-English speaking illegal immigrants in the audience, it was only fair that these bussed-in participants understood at least a few minutes of the nearly one hour event. Like the other speakers, CASA lives the fantasy of ever growing populations of Central American and other border jumpers joining their cause, eventually supporting CASA trained candidates like Secretary Perez and Council Members George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro.
I trust that Montgomery County will pay the price in terms of a soon-to-be-implemented federal funds cutoff for jurisdictions continuing to promote neo-Confederate sanctuary policies for illegals. Hopefully, this will convince our elected officials to come to their senses and end the lawlessness and out-of-control illegal immigrant related spending. Historian Victor Davis Hanson said it best: “Only measured, diverse and legal immigration, coupled with rapid assimilation and integration, can ensure that diversity is a strength.” Our elected officials need to represent all the citizens of Montgomery County, not just the politically correct few.
This opinion piece originally appeared in the Montgomery County Sentinel.