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October 6, 2011

Politics: Good and Bad

Amanda Haddaway

Last week, Gallup released the results of a recent survey on how satisfied Americans are with how the nation is being governed. Not surprisingly, 81 percent are currently dissatisfied.


That’s an all-time high since Gallup started conducting this poll in 1972. If you look at only registered Republicans in that group, 92 percent are dissatisfied.


It seems that our confidence in our elected officials is also declining. Only 45 percent of the survey respondents have trust and confidence in the people currently holding and/or running for office. This number is down from 66 percent in 2008.


These numbers are staggering, especially considering that the survey was a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our dissatisfaction is widespread and there’s not much hope on the horizon…or is there?


Perhaps we have hit rock bottom in our opinions of our government and these feelings will be a conduit for change. Consider the Senate race in Maryland. Long-time incumbent U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is being challenged by political newcomer Daniel Bongino in our own great state.


Mr. Bongino has an impressive résumé that includes law enforcement experience with the New York Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service. The Bongino for Senate website says that “Daniel has both the academic and real world experience to immediately lead in these difficult times.”


Isn’t that precisely what we need? Maybe we need to take a chance on some political novices who have real-world experience and politely show our career politicians to the door. Drastic changes need to be made to get our state and country back on the right path.


Mr. Bongino has been spending quite a bit of time in our area even though the election isn’t for 13 months. He’s become a regular at events hosted by the local Republican Party and central committee, most recently attending the annual trap shoot and bull roast in Thurmont.


If you’re interested in learning more about this candidate, there will be plenty of additional opportunities. According to Fred Propheter, who is working on Bongino’s campaign, his next local appearance will be October 26 at the Shamrock Restaurant in Thurmont at 6 P.M. Additional information is available at


And speaking of political events…


State Del. Patrick Hogan (R., Frederick) is hosting a Halloween party fundraiser. The event will be held at the historic haunted Manchester on New Design Road in Frederick on October 28 from 8 P.M. until midnight. The $25 entrance fee includes open bar, appetizers and a ghoulishly good time. Rumor has it that Delegate Hogan has a few scary surprises planned for the evening, so you won’t want to miss this party!


Additional details are available at or you can contact me for tickets.


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