Democrat Meltdown Continues Unabated
By Brad Botwin
Citizens across Montgomery County (MoCo) must be wondering what the decisive presidential
election of Donald Trump, and the accompanying shift of national priorities from left to center,
has done to the mindset of Maryland Democrats. From Annapolis to Rockville, legislative
actions and personal decisions by elected Democrats and local activists seem unstable and
thoughtless, raising questions about the continued ability of these “leaders” to maintain their
dominant grip on MoCo voters.
Let’s start with Annapolis. Despite an overwhelming 69 percent of the vote in favor of MoCo
County Council and County Executive Term Limits, state legislators led by black delegate Al
Carr (D-MoCo) attempted to undermine and circumvent the will of the voters. Once the word
got out regarding Carr’s conspiracy (House Bill 348) to help term limited MoCo Democrats back
into office more quickly than the term limit referendum allowed, Carr’s office came under siege
from citizens across the political spectrum. HB 348 was quickly pulled and terminated.
At the county level, there were even more ill-advised actions by an elected Democrat. In this
case, it was a bad case of hubris (wanton arrogance) on the part of flamboyant MoCo County
Council Member, Tom Hucker (D-District 5). For over a year, county officials have been trying
to find a new home for a long-time Confederate statue on county government property. Public
hearings led to the development of a number of possible compromise options to move the statue
away from prime county real estate while simultaneously preserving the historical context and
memory of local fallen Civil War combatants.
But Council Member Hucker decided to independently come up with his own solution to the
statue controversy, citizens be damned. He unilaterally listed the Confederate statue on
Craigslist for $1,000 in an effort to eliminate what he deemed to be worthless garbage. Shades
of the Taliban fanatics in Afghanistan, dynamiting 1,200 year old Buddha statues in an effort to
cleanse all non-Islamic remnants from the country. Thankfully, Hucker’s fantasy solution was a
flop. Unfortunately for MoCo voters, Hucker doesn’t yet qualify for the term limit cutoff in
2018, saving him from the trash heap of MoCo Democrat politicians for a few more years.
Lastly, the case of Jim Reschovsky, long-time community activist, and classic knee-jerk liberal.
You know the type, the one who decrees that you’re a “racist and a xenophobe” because you
don’t agree with him. Jim recently received a “Say No to Rockville Sanctuary City” petition to
sign. Instead of hitting the delete button, or talking with the author offline (Rockville resident
Brigitta Mullican, a long-time legal immigrant from Germany), Jim composed a diatribe to
Brigitta calling her, yes, a racist and a xenophobe among other things. He then sent his hate mail
to the Rockville Mayor, City Council and others.
For good measure, Jim, a first generation Austrian Jewish immigrant, attacked President Trump,
“The words coming from the Trump Administration regarding Muslims and immigrants, and the
President’s demonization of the free press, are too close to the descriptions my family members
told me about living in Austria in the 1930’s during the rise of Hitler for me to sleep easily or to
be complacent.” Clearly Jim in his uncaged outrage made some glaring errors in judgment, the
first of which was attacking Brigitta.
As a second generation American of Eastern European Jewish extraction, I find the comparison
of Hitler to anybody but Mao or Stalin to be beyond the pale and blatantly stupid, especially by
fellow Jews. But Jim goes further down the rat hole, by comparing the Jewish Holocaust and the
systematic roundup and extermination of all Jews across Europe and the eastern Soviet Union to
the plight of Central American parents whose children are threatened by endemic poverty and
crimes in their communities.
Game, set, match! Jim in your “honor,” I signed Brigitta Mullican’s important petition against
making Rockville a sanctuary city.