Turning rhetoric into action with results

FB IMG 1506084285680There are several reasons to point to as to why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald J. Trump.
The challenges we face as a nation, however, transcend the election of the most unfit and unqualified candidate ever to run for the office. Certainly it wasn't because of Donald Trump that Democrats lost the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 or the majority in the Senate in 2014.
The dwindling of influence by the Democratic Party has evolved over years if not decades as is further evidenced by the fact that approximately two-thirds of the state houses and governorships are held by Republicans.
Certainly the gerrymandering of districts has contributed to this imbalance. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling commonly referred to as “Citizens United” which opened the door to big money influence in elections severely contributed to this imbalance of influence among the two major political parties.
So, you ask, what is the remedy? The aftermath of the election of 2016 unleashed pundit after pundit, advising that the Democratic Party must work from the “bottom up.”


It's all about Russia -stupid

trumpnmeSarah Huckabee Sanders walked out to the podium twice this week and once again spread a false narrative about former FBI Director James Comey. She accused him of illegally leaking information to the public when she and everyone in the present administration have absolutely no proof of it – and in fact have absolute proof that when Comey leaked memos he wasn’t leaking classified information and therefore he didn’t do anything illegal.
It doesn’t matter. The President’s base will buy it. They’ll believe it. They’ll endorse it. They will repeat it. They will cheer it and they will yell “Fake News” at anyone who says otherwise.


Threats to the democratic process

monopoly man2I must readily admit and the readers of this column will most assuredly agree I have had a very difficult time coming to terms with the election of Donald J. Trump. I have not been able to truly understand how anyone could vote for someone as unqualified and unfit as he is. Granted, he did corner the market of “Deplorables.” Certainly, if anyone finds him or herself in that grouping they almost certainly voted for Trump. However, that grouping alone could not have won him the election. There was clearly a grouping not consisting of Deplorables, misguided maybe, but not deplorable, that put him over the top. 


Call it voter suppression not fraud

Anyone remember the claims by President Donald Trump during the campaign that the election was “rigged” against him? Apparently with the president the “end justifies the means” as his claims have calmed down since his electoral college victory.
That is unless you listen to his claims that he actually won the popular vote even though Hillary won that metric by some 2.8 million voters.
The fact of the matter is if, indeed, there was any rigging of the election then it had more to do with the undue influence on the election of outside entities.


Take the Atticus Finch approach

Clinton v. Trump

Think about this for a moment. What if, all things being equal, absolutely nothing different except for one small detail, that detail being: the gender of the two presidential candidates were swapped? What if every detail of the 2016 presidential election occurred as is except that Hillary Clinton was male and Donald Trump was female? Is there anyone, I mean anyone, who could reasonably deny that the election would have had quite a different outcome?


The election and the numbers


2016 Pres. Election Poll

The 2016 presidential election has got to be the most surprising upset in presidential election history and the most devastating to progressive politics.

On November 18, pollster Fred Yang, partner with Hart Research Associates, addressed the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County to attempt to shed some light on how so many pollsters could not have seen this disaster coming.

He made a valiant effort.


Off-the-mark yet insightful!


As someone who doesn't shrink from offering his own political observations, I found the panel discussion on the 2016 presidential election hosted by the Woman's Democratic Club (WDC) of Montgomery County on October 28th to be insightful, informative and, now, in retrospect, as off the mark as every other prediction by the so-called pundits.
The panelists for this event were Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and former Time Magazine columnist and current Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson. The discussion was moderated by former local news reporter, former Congressional candidate and successful business woman the WDC's own Kathleen Matthews.
The discussion focused on the 2016 presidential election and having these experienced journalists provide their perspectives gave insight into how they viewed the 2016 campaign while also confirming how off the mark every so-called pundit was on this election.


The real losers in the November election - the residents of the United States


The results of the 2016 election are in and are not exactly as I predicted in my column back on September 29th.

Hillary Clinton has not been elected as the nation's very first female president even though Maryland is proudly sending Chris Van Hollen to the Senate and Jamie Raskin to Congress. In addition, Marylanders can take pride in also re-electing to Congress both John Sarbanes and John Delaney.

However, regarding this country placing Donald Trump in the White House I have no choice but to quote Charlton “my cold dead hands” Heston in his role as Taylor in Planet of the Apes: “You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!” 


Van Hollen, Raskin Win!

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John Sarbanes and John Delaney also win as Democrats roll statewide

Election Night 2016-0116 editedJamie Raskin celebrates his win in the race for Congressional District 8. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly backed all available Democratic congressional candidates Tuesday, turning out strong for Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, Reps. John Sarbanes (D-3) and John Delaney (D-6) and Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

Next door in Prince George’s County, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) resurrected his political career two years after losing the 2014 gubernatorial race by winning the open fourth congressional district.

Van Hollen won 74.8 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted, Sarbanes won 72.4 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Delaney won 68.5 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts counted and Raskin won 74 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts counted.


Letters to the Editor, November 3, 2016

Voting against Democrats


To the editor;

I am a Chinese immigrant and have been the supporter of the Democrat Party since I got my U.S. citizenship.  I have voted for Mr. Van Hollen for several terms in Congress but not this year as he runs for U.S. Senate, and not anymore.  My family and I have had enough from the Democrat Party. We have had enough injustice and unfairness from the Democrat leaders in government at all levels. The last straw was a car accident that my father was involved with an illegal immigrant last December. That illegal immigrant apparently ran a red light and severely damaged my father's car. Despite much evidence that we had to prove her fault the local police department refused to investigate the case. On the contrary, they were protecting her. As a result my father was not able to get any compensation from her. 

When we shared our story with others we found that what we experienced was just a tip of an iceberg. If people have accidents with illegal immigrants there is no way for the victims to get any compensation from the violators because illegal immigrants are protected by the Democratic leaders in Montgomery County, in Congress and the White House. They are like "super" citizens in Montgomery County!  We need law and order. Therefore I call all my fellow Chinese Americans to vote for the Republican Party - Kathy Szeliga for Senate and Donald Trump for President.  I am proud of becoming a "deplorable and irredeemable Republican". Let's Make America Great Again!

H. Li



Groping with Donald Trump


To the editor;

At many Trump rallies, you hear the chant : Lock Her Up" referring to Hillary.If any one should be in jail, it's Trump!

Trump freely admits that when he sees an attractive woman, he wants to kiss, grope and possibly have sex with them all without their consent. If other men did that they would be arrested and put in jail for sexual assault. Most women don't report the crime and in the case of Trump, he would just deny it. knowing his aggresive attorneys would take care of the issue.

If anyone should be in jail, it's Trump!

J. Marrinan



Tear down this Wall! I mean statue


To the editor;

The German and Japanese warriors who waged World War II were very competent. As for their leaders, their generals and admirals ranged from the merely good to the exceptionally able; today military historians study General Rommel, Admiral Donitz and Admiral Yamamoto.  If these warriors had been less able and fought less well, fewer American soldiers and sailors would have been lost. And I do not doubt that these warriors led virtuous personal lives; they were good citizens, good husbands and good parents. But they were all on the wrong side of history and there are few if any publicly displayed statues of them anywhere in the United States.  

Similarly, many of the warriors who fought in the American Civil War for the Confederacy were also very able.  But that ability also cost the United States dearly.  The skill of the Confederate warriors prolonged the war; the Union and Confederacy armies both lost more men and there was additional collateral damage. But in public places in the United States, there are many statues of these warriors.

The Confederate warriors were also on the wrong side of history. Confederate warriors’ military strategies should be studied but their statues should be removed from public display.  

In addition, the warriors fought for the institution of slavery and the African-American community views reverence for them as nostalgia for slavery. More broadly, the warriors should no longer be revered.

W. H. Friedman



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