Late last year, a friend bought me a shirt that read “January 20, 2021 – The Beginning of a Mistake.” I never imagined how prophetic that saying would be.
This year has been a dreadful experience for our country and for Montgomery County. At the national level we had the tragic Afghanistan pull out; the invasion of our borders; the unprecedented spike in the cost of living; concerns regarding election integrity; and supply chain issues. At the local level our Democratically controlled leaders push to defund the police, sanction the teaching of CRT in our schools, impose indiscriminate masking, lockdowns and vaccine passport restrictions, while continuing their rampant spending and pushing for “Thrive 2050.”
However, I predict that 2022 will be the year of the Republican Resurgence.
The Emperor Has no Clothes
Wearing the WOKE Cloth
By Pat Fenati
There were once some WOKE weavers. They created a small movement of people to spread the “TRUTH” that they were the best weavers in the world and THEIR clothes were woven with a material so fine and their styles so beautiful that no one could top them. In fact, the cloth they wove was colored with dyes so vivid and their styles were so unique that it took a special discernment to even see the clothes. So, everyone knew they must have that special discernment to be able to see the clothes.
The weavers movement spread the TRUTH and the movement grew. Everyone understood if you could not see the clothes made from that special fabric you were not WOKE, you were filled with hatred, you were racist, you were a misogynist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, and probably even an arachnophobe. So, everyone was prepared to see and love these wonderful new garments which came to market in the early summer.
People fought to purchase the latest and greatest styles as quickly as they came to market. They donated large sums of money to the weavers, and they made sure that their children wore the clothes too.
As the clothes came out of the factory, the first thought people had was, “These clothes are invisible. I can’t see anything.” But everyone was afraid to say that because they did not want to be called an un-WOKE, hate filled, racist, misogynist, homophobe, xenophobe, and probably even an arachnophobe. So, they all put on those clothes. And they marveled at their beauty. With impatience they looked at those stupid neighbors who did not don those beautiful clothes.
Those fine new clothes were the truth. They were light as a feather. They had no substance. That was what made them so easy to wear. … And … everyone else was doing it!
As they looked at themselves in their mirrors, they obviously did not want to believe what they actually saw because then they would be like those stupid neighbors. They did not need facts or their lying eyes to get in the way of the declared truth.
The leader of the country, President Brandon, also wore the clothes. His were VERY special. Everyone saw that he was truly WOKE, love filled, inclusive and he even loved spiders. And the world was happy.
Unfortunately, this time there was no small child who could call out, “The Emperor has no clothes.”
The summer ended and winter came.
Patricia Fenati is a Member of the Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee from Legislative District 14 and a former candidate for Maryland Delegate.
MONDAYS WITH MOCO SPEAKER’S SERIES
DECEMBER TOPIC: “DO WE HAVE THE TOOLS TO FIGHT THE VAXX MANDATES? USING THE CONSTITUTION TO UPHOLD OUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS!”
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:30PM, ZOOM SEMINAR
SPEAKERS: MICHAEL PEROUTKA AND PASTOR DAVID WHITNEY
FIRST SPEAKER – MICHAEL ANTHONY PEROUTKA
Michael Anthony Peroutka is a Christian and an attorney, and co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College (now University) in Maryland and University of Baltimore School of Law.
Discovering that the teaching of the law in America had been perverted away from its original design, Michael determined to investigate America’s founding and the roots of our law, in English Common Law and the Bible. This led to the founding of the Institute on the Constitution, which is an educational outreach of the law firm of Peroutka and Peroutka, also in Pasadena, Maryland. IOTC presents the real view—the founders’ view—which is the American view of law and government.
The Constitution Party’s candidate for President in 2004, Michael had a platform which sought to honor God, protect the family, and restore the Republic. The platform came to be known as “The American View of Law and Government,” and inspired the name of his website, www.TheAmericanView.com. IOTC teaches that American view:
- There is a God, the God of the Bible.
- Our rights come from Him.
- The purpose of civil government is to secure our God-given rights.
Michael and Senior Instructor, Pastor David Whitney, travel around the country, graduating classes from IOTC’s course on the United States Constitution, in addition to teaching classes in IOTC’s Pasadena, Maryland classroom. Under their instruction, those who take the course become very familiar with the words, meaning and purpose of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Biblical principles on which those founding documents are based. IOTC teaches the only known course on the Maryland Constitution, and a course on the lawful duty and role of the Jury.
SECOND SPEAKER – PASTOR DAVID WHITNEY
Pastor David Whitney graduated from Rutgers University as a Henry Rutgers Honors Scholar with Honors in History. He received his Master’s Degree from Denver Seminary. He has pastored churches in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, and Maryland for more than 40 years. He is currently the Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church.
In addition, for 21 years he has been teaching the Christian heritage and history of our country with Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) where he serves as Senior Instructor, and Radio show host. His show, “We The People—The Constitution Matters”, can be heard on 1180WFYL.com 8am Fridays. David is currently teaching the only course offered anywhere on the Maryland State Constitution.
David has also been active in the pro-life cause and defending the family on the street as well as in the State Legislature. In 2006 he ran for State Delegate against the 3rd most powerful man in the Maryland State House. Though he did not win a seat, his message resonated with many as he called for a return to Constitutional government in the State of Maryland.
"Anyone who desires to be ignorant and free desires what never was and never will be” -- Thomas Jefferson
Back in early September 2021, the Biden Regime issued two executive orders mandating vaccines for federal workers and contractors and announced new requirements for large employers and health care providers that he said would affect around 100 million workers, more than two-thirds of the U.S. workforce.
"We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin," Biden said, making a direct appeal to the 80 million people who he said were still unvaccinated. "Your refusal has cost all of us."
President Biden asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency rule requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any unvaccinated workers to produce a negative Covid test at least once a week.
In reaction to the vaccine mandate, the Republican National Committee, among many others, threatened to sue the Biden administration, calling the mandate “unconstitutional” and “authoritarian”.
Our speakers tonight, Michael Peroutka and Pastor David Whitney, will examine what a mandate is legally while exploring both the U.S. and Maryland Constitutions regarding the vaccine mandates. They will also “drill down” to the bedrock of our Constitutional Republic, the Declaration of Independence which is the Organic Law of these United States.
From these three documents, they will answer the question are vaccine mandates Constitutional? Finally, our speakers will delve into the question of what we the citizens can do to oppose the mandates both on a political level and from a business perspective.
If Americans are to prevail in the cause of liberty, they must be able to understand, and willing to articulate and defend the Biblical and Constitutional foundations of the American law and government.
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Monte Gingery and Sandy Tuttle
Monte’s story begins during the depression when his parents met in DC, the only place they could find work. His mom, Mary Helen, hailed from the Mesabi Iron range in Minnesota, near Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated from St Catherine’s in Minneapolis. She got a job at the Department of Agriculture, and both of her sisters moved down, married here, and raised families.
Don, Monte’s dad, was from Clearfield, Pa. His grandfather was a hardware salesman, and the local Democrat machine put him on as Congressman under Roosevelt from 1932-1936. Don's dad made more in DC at 18 as a man hole mucker for Pepco than he would unloading coal cars at 5 cents a ton in PA. He attended Columbus Law at night, was in Sea Bee’s in DC, and was a homebuilder after the war. He built half of Twinbrook, and more buildings, homes and commercial developments in MD and Va until late 1960’s when he retired as a Virginia farmer.
Their grit, determination and an open mind plus caring for people of all walks of life were traits Monte greatly admires. More importantly, they put up with their kids and rambunctious young adults (Monte’s description).
Monte loves a challenge and when he is told “it can’t be done,” he has to try even if it flames out. “You gotta try and learn something new, do something new, even if not in your wheel house” is his philosophy.
At 19, Monte and a buddy road tripped for a month across America in an old Cadillac convertible. He has since loved old cars.) He still enjoys traveling to new places. Lately his travels have taken him to antique car events like ‘Peking to Paris’, ;Baltic Tour’ and ‘Himalayan Challenge’ and ‘Mille Miglia’ in Italy. He likes going to a new place for a month and learning about the city and people.
His favorite vacation was a month in Paris at Montparnasse in October with no itinerary. He loves to wing shoot, go to antique car rallies, and enjoys clubs like Carlisle or small venue concerts and bands. Books on US and political history and autobiographies he finds “way more wild that fiction in most cases”. Properly made seafood and meat are favorite foods. The Palm Restaurant, Old Anglers, Tune Inn, IL Pizzico, and Met Club are favorite eateries.
Beginning early in his life, politics were central in the lives of Monte’s parents who were FDR Democrats and worked A LOT in Montgomery County politics. However, after Kennedy, civil unrest, and general societal unraveling then following Chicago ’68, his parents changed party to vote for Nixon and then Reagan and were Republicans thereafter. His brother volunteered, went to Viet Nam after attending Villanova so the Washington DC atmosphere did not appeal to him then.
Congressman Metcalfe –(who ran with Jesse Owens in the ’36 Olympics, and founded the Black Caucus)—was over to watch Super Bowl III, and he told Monte who was 11, what really happened during the Democrat ’68 convention with Tom Hayden and Abby Hoffman et.al, and how bad it was and was designed by them to create chaos with police and to cause rioting. Monte was to then declare himself a Republican since. The ’68 crowd are the ones in power now.
His most interesting experience in this DC political arena, he says, was attending the Reagan Inauguration in ’81. “We went to the Irish Times for Lunch where it was very crowded so we shared a table with Central Ohio Teamsters Local Presidents, ate burgers, drank beer and howled it up—THEY LOVED REAGAN-BTW! After the Inaugural on the West Steps of the Capitol, following Carter’s Malaise Speech and 21% prime interest rates, I knew things could only get better with Reagan.”
In the summer of 2021, Monte was appointed to fill a vacancy until November ’22. He helped Ann Hingston get 9-D on the Ballot in 2020, and feels that had an impact on this election. He was also part of Term Limits proposals in 2016 .
Being a life-long Republican (“I think I gave the 1st donation to buy the current HQ in ’90-91?”) I still did not know what MCGOP did.”
Monte’s formula for success is: “Being schooled on what was past history and obvious results, I said we have to change now. The past is past and we don’t have time for it anymore, My goal is : Reagan’s 11th Commandment, copy the Dem machine template. It’s impressive. Like them or not, we get out messaging, raise money for messaging, recruit heavily, build a deep bench in ’22 and ‘24 and GET OUT THE VOTE,WIN ELECTIONS. REPEAT. I think we have turned the corner and are on our way.”
Real Estate Development and Management from Baltimore to Richmond since college at AU has been Monte’s professional pursuit. It is creative and allowed him to reshape things and to work for himself. The most frustrating aspect is, he found, dealing with small-minded,politicos , governmental departments and staff.
MoCo has had a liberal bias since to 60’s with an ever-growing government workforce Monte observes. However, he adds, unlike Virginia and other States – Business was the ox to gore whilst having it pay and pay—while business was good --it was a détente. When the 2008 crash occurred, business never came back to Md like when you think of growth in Virginia and North and South Carolina. An Empower Montgomery Study found Montgomery County had LOST 14,000 white collar jobs to elsewhere. He states, "we have socialists - with a small s, running the County. They really believe the world will end and we must become California only ‘better’”.
Asked how to change things in MD, Monte repeats the solution is to FIND AND ELECT REPUBLICANS.
With all he has accomplished, Monte replies that he doesn’t yet know what has yet to achieve until it comes across his desk. If he could start over, he would still do what he is now doing. He freedom of choosing what to do and where to go and when. When much younger, he loved skiing, but not as a job because he didn’t want to live on Chef Boyardee for dinner and sleep on a couch!
Why is he called Monte, and not Jim? That was a family joke because of all his work in Montgomery County!
Sandy is currently in her second term on the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee and has enjoyed working with others on the committee in a variety of capacities over the years. “There are so many opportunities to be involved,’ which she finds is one of the most satisfying aspects of being on the Committee.
She was born in Canada to a mom who was a translator and a dad who was in the Canadian Military. “I credit my dad for jumpstarting my interest in politics, and right after college, [I] went on to work on Capitol Hill for a Congressman and then later...for a subcommittee chair working on environmental issues. Later [I managed] the biomedical waste institute (part of the National Solid Wastes Management Association).
She eventually went back to school, and obtained a masters in social work, and became licensed two years later. "My experience working in public housing taught me a lot and I appreciated the difference between giving people a hand out, vs a hand up.’ “We see the fall out of continually rescuing people, right now. And it’s not good.” Until recently she was working in the Emergency Room at a local hospital. “I worked the entire pandemic, and it was getting to the point, that I needed to take a ‘temporary break.’ “
Fortunately, this time off has provided all sorts of great opportunities, including working on the ‘Back the Blue event” with Patsy Dillingham, President of the Rural Women’s Republican Club – an event they began last year. They receive donations and volunteers – from many of the womens’ clubs in Montgomery County as well as members of the Central Committee, to enable visits to every district police station. Sandy has personally worked with the police for several years, both at the hospital and through her county job. “I would contend,” she says, “that most of us would not last a day in their line of work – I know I wouldn’t.” The last few years, she has witnessed how the police have not received the support they deserve form our elected leaders. The police are enforcing the laws these leaders had passed, and yet they continue undermining the police who are supposed to abide by them. County Council member Will Jawando and his quest to “reimagine policing” in Montgomery County has not helped. Sandy hopes that the support efforts can be expanded, and it’s a worthy cause for Republicans to get out there and show support. Every single police station liaison has profusely expressed gratitude to the Back the Blue teams.
In the meantime, she reports that she gets to spend time with a beautiful, 19 month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, her son’s pet, she calls a “gentle giant” for whom she bakes cookies and makes popsicles. He can do no wrong in her book.
Travelling is something she has been doing a lot of over the past several years and in particular, World War I and World War II battlefields. Sarajevo with her two adult sons was really memorable. As far as the future holds, she "would like to take a few months off to live in Spain and immerse myself in the language – I have been taking Spanish lessons (on my phone) for the past year and a half, but have a long way to go," she states.
“I really admire Governors De Santis and Abbot who are doing their best to secure our borders - the job the current President and Vice President should be doing. Both are pushing back on the 4th Estate which has been given special rights and privileges and have miserably failed the American people.”
At the conclusion of the interview, this writer asked her if there was anything else that she could say that no one else would know about her? She responded, “I once won a limbo contest on ice skates, but that was more than a fortnight ago.’
Karol Smith is a writer, former candidate, organizer of GOP Asbury and a member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.
By Mark Lautman
In my neighborhood, residents display the “We Believe” yard signs that many of you have also seen. These yard signs evoke principles to which I personally subscribe (and not everybody does): Black Lives Matter, No Human is Illegal, Love is Love, Science is Real, Water is Life, and Women’s Rights are Human Rights.
I have found that while people articulate and rally around these principles, they more often than not do not live up to them, particularly “Science is Real.” We see so often, and so disappointingly, that humans, by virtue of human nature, first come to a conclusion and then select the science that supports it.
We see this happening with the current proposal to give county employees a stark choice: subject yourself to a COVID injection or be dismissed. The objective, as Council Member Hans Riemer mentioned, is twofold. First, vaccination is one of our most powerful tools to contain the pandemic; second, county employees who are getting vaccinated deserve to know that their workplaces are safe.
Wholesale forced vaccinations have nothing to do with achieving these objectives. Regarding the first objective, containing the pandemic, forced vaccination defies both logic and recent history. Suppose we forcibly inject every single county employee with the COVID vaccine. With 7.8 billion people on the planet, injecting 49,000 county employees (0.0006% of the world’s population) will not contain the pandemic. If anything, the county should donate those 49,000 doses to third-world countries where they will have a much higher incremental contribution toward slowing hospitalizations and mutations. From a historical perspective, we have seen that Montgomery County has a muted impact on world history. In 1982 Garrett Park voted to become a nuclear free zone; did that stop the arms race? No, forcing county employees to get a vaccine will not contain the pandemic; that’s the science.
The second objective, ensuring a safe workplace for employees, can be achieved without a forced vaccination regime. Much of the county’s office staff are working remotely full time or part time, so vaccination is not required to make them safe. Furthermore, wearing masks, frequent hand washing, spacing out workstations, and checking temperatures was the successful protocol before the vaccine was available; that protocol is still valid for county workers who must work inside physical facilities. Mr. Riemer specifically notes that only 63% of employees in the Department of Corrections and Fire and Rescue Services had at least one injection. Those employees (actually, all county employees) must be allowed to come to their own arrangements regarding unvaccinated co-workers. If they cannot do so, then those individual workers who are indeed posing a risk to their associates should be given the choice first of re-assignment, then vaccination, and only as a last resort dismissal. (It’s hard to believe that forced vaccination will ensure a safe workplace for FRS employees. These heroic public servants tend to victims of accidents and violence, not all of whom are vaccinated. Following Mr. Riemer’s line of reasoning, to keep FRS employees safe, they should check a resident’s vaccination record before responding to a domestic violence call.)
Vaccination ultimatums do not achieve, or are not needed to achieve, the two objectives Mr. Riemer has articulated. His proposal is not about health and safety, and it’s not about science—it is about force and violence. History, including American history, has seen episodes of forcibly using science and medicine for nothing other than eliminating “domestic enemies.” It’s a chapter in Montgomery County’s history we must avoid writing.
Mark Lautman is an independent voter who collaborates with Democratic, Republican, and third-party initiatives when he sees a need for reform. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the MCGOP.
Rockville, Shady Grove Metro station reopenings delayed until January!
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From Montgomery County Leslie Grizzard, Maria Sofia and Anne Koutsoutis were recently sworn into leadership positions for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women at their annual conference on Maryland's eastern shore. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership.
Jan. 6th detainees must receive due process
Why are some still in jail 10 months after the fact?
OPINION By Robert L. Livingston - - Wednesday, November 10, 2021
There can be no doubt that the January 6th demonstration on the east side of the US Capitol got out of hand, no matter how well-intentioned the vast majority of participants may have been. I’ll leave it to witnesses, investigators and historians to determine exactly what prompted participants to push their way into the Capitol, resulting in events that have been excessively hashed out in the media. The actions of many of the troublemakers were indeed threatening and might justify the word “riot,” but to repeatedly call the events an “insurrection” is a less than credible stretch. The sole victim intentionally killed that day was Ashley Babbitt, a US veteran whose misfortune was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A Capitol Hill policeman shot her, the only person alleged to have discharged a firearm in the vicinity of the Capitol.
Clearly, the Capitol was inadequately defended by the civilian leadership and uniformed law enforcement. But once the tragic events had occurred, it was not surprising that many arrests were made. To this day, almost 700 people have been arrested and charged, the vast majority of whom have been released and had their cases disposed of in varying ways.
But in his television show this past Monday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson highlighted a trip by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to the Washington, DC prison where she spoke with some January 6th detainees who, to this day, 10 months after the fact, are still in jail.
Why? As a former US Congressman and criminal prosecutor with three separate agencies, I am hardly one to sympathize with those who deliberately break the law. But I was proud to have carried out my prosecutorial duties in the name of justice and fair treatment for those who found themselves under legal scrutiny. I took seriously the rights bestowed on all citizens by our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, including the rights of a defendant to be told of the charges against them (Article V); the right to avoid excessive bail (Article VIII); the right to a speedy trial with the assistance of Counsel (Article VI); and the right not to be deprived of liberty in unreasonable conditions without due process of law (Article V).
I wasn’t at the Capitol on January 6th. I don’t know and have never met Ms. Greene or any of the people still held in the DC prison. I know nothing of the individual cases or the evidence against any of them. I am simply a citizen who has watched events unfold these past 10 months. I observed a fence erected around the Capitol, removed after six months, and then put back up for the July 4th festivities. I’ve seen the House of Representatives appoint an Investigation Committee accepting some but not all Members proposed by Minority Leadership. None of this is of immediate concern to me.
But I am concerned, nay, I’m shocked by the ongoing stories of prospective defendants who have been arrested and deprived of their livelihoods; confined in solitary confinement with little or no reasonable access to the outside world, their families or adequate legal counsel; and denied formal charges levied against them without bail and in contravention to their right to a speedy trial. This past summer, I spoke with an employee at the federally appointed Public Defender’s Office who told me that they were not even representing any of these folks.
Where is the ACLU? Where are the “civil rights” defenders who should be screaming from the rooftops about this flagrant denial of due process? We made exceptions for due process at Guantanamo for terrorists who took up arms against us in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is America! Most of these people are at worst guilty of trespass or destruction of government property. But for crying out loud, charge them, arraign them, and bring them to trial with counsel of their choice. Stop simply confining them without respect for their rights as American citizens. Otherwise, they are no better off than if they were victims of a “star chamber” process that Kafka (“The Trial”) and Koestler (“Darkness at Noon”) warned us about. This atrocity must stop, and it must stop soon.
- A distinguished former Republican Member of Congress from Louisiana, Robert L. Livingston is a Founding Partner of The Livingston Group.
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Reprinted from The Washington Times https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/nov/10/jan-6th-detainees-must-receive-due-process/
Explore MoCo for the Holidays
Explore all that Montgomery County has to offer this holiday season! Here are a few great activities to enjoy with family and friends:
- When: November 19 - January 2
- When: November 26 - December 31
- When: November 27 - December 18
- When: November 19 - December 19
- When: November 27 - December 7
- When: December 4
- When: November 15 - November 30
- Opportunities available year-round