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June 18, 2018
It's All Coming Together
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It took a while. For the longest time, the true appeal of Donald Trump escaped me. Where others saw a challenge to the status quo, I saw a fundamental lack of qualification. Where others saw business savvy, I saw a basketful of bovine excrement. Where others saw celebrity status, I saw a narcissist on steroids. Where others saw a conservative firebrand, I saw a former liberal Democrat, one that defended the principle of eminent domain, was pro-abortion and anti-gun.

June 13, 2018
Trumping the National Football League
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Look, there’s no doubt that President Donald Trump brings out the best and the worst in each of us, depending on one’s ideology.

June 11, 2018
Playing the hand we’re dealt in state Senate races
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It’s almost as if the best description of our local political scene is the Mos Eisley bar scene in the first Star Wars movie. An odd and slightly scary collection of characters, many new to the scene, some funny, some familiar, some appealing and some off-putting.

June 7, 2018
At-Large County Council Races
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

So far, we’ve examined the races for Maryland governor, as well as that for Frederick county executive. Now for a look at the more local, rubber-meets-the-road offices at Winchester Hall.

May 31, 2018
The Main Event
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The wrap-up to this series on the June 26 primary election focuses on the race for Frederick County Executive, in what will no doubt be the highest profile local race this year.

May 24, 2018
Been a While: Seen Some Changes
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Call it a sabbatical, or maybe just a chance to let things shake out a bit. Honestly, our national, state and local political scene has been so confounding of late, the smarter play was to observe and process more, and to – therefore – write less.

September 18, 2017
A Caretaker Government
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Natural disasters are reasonably predictable, or at least our 24/7 news cycle presents us with sufficient notice to be at least partially prepared for the worst aspects. Two recent examples, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, offer both proof and consequences.

August 21, 2017
The Seduction of Silence
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Everywhere you look, everything you read, and almost everything you hear these days regards either the existence or the removal of iconic historical monuments to those who fought for the losing side in our “long national struggle.”

July 31, 2017
Governing by Tweet
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

140 characters. Social media platform Twitter created the infamous text limit in order to allow messages to be sent by the Short Message Service, or SMS. Anyone wishing to express a thought on Twitter must cull it down to the essentials, and say whatever needs saying with only 140 characters.

July 24, 2017
The Curtain Hasn’t Fallen on the Congressional Circus
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

C-Span is like crack cocaine for a political junkie. Once you turn it on, even just the audio stream, morbid curiosity keeps you tuned to the unfolding train wreck. Add in the Trump Administration’s responses, and it’s truly one of the world’s most compelling forms of entertainment.

July 17, 2017
Magnolia Battlefield: A clash over aesthetics
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

As a Founding Father, John Adams said: “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”

June 19, 2017
Searching for a Reason
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

They told us it was collusion. Whispered conversations between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials, in the dark hallways of power in Washington, in secret meetings in Trump Tower, or in tightly access-controlled government buildings in the former Soviet Union.

May 2, 2017
The Insolence of Man vs. History – Part Two
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In yesterday’s column, the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney bust from in front of Frederick City Hall was the basis of an examination of the role of monuments to remind us from where we’ve come.

May 1, 2017
The Insolence of Man vs. History – Part One
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It starts with a perceived wrong. It ends with the pretense that by altering a physical representation, we can remove a blight from our nation’s history.

December 12, 2016
Two Years Under Charter
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Recently, Frederick County celebrated the first two years of the Charter form of government. Okay, maybe celebrate isn’t the right word, at least not for everyone.

November 21, 2016
Jefferson’s Enduring Creation
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Take a trip to Monticello, the home and final resting place of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America. Really, if you haven’t already, take the trip!

November 18, 2016
Fighting the Dopey Instincts
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Dopey instincts. We’ve all got them. What distinguishes the real dopes from the rest of us occasional dopes is that most of us skillfully manage the tendency to think and act like a real dope.

November 14, 2016
Ins and Outs as of January 20, 2017
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The funny thing about national elections is that they often don’t end up as envisioned by political pundits. On rare occasions, the outcome rattles the political establish to its core, and the repercussions are felt long afterward.

July 25, 2016
A Gathering of Elephants
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Last week, the National Republican Convention drew party faithful to Cleveland, Ohio, like moths to a flame. Luckily, the only one who got burned was anarchists, whose flame jumped to their own clothing from the American flag they were trying to burn, and to their fellow protestors.

June 20, 2016
Falling in and out of “Like”
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

On some inexplicable level, the idea of the Donald Trump candidacy is truly appealing. Is it the whole outsider thing? Is it the aspirational interest in the rogue billionaire who largely self-funded the primary campaign? Is it the thumb in the eye to the political and media establishment?

May 9, 2016
Consider the Circumstances
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In the last few weeks, Frederick’s local news has been replete with non-political stories about political personalities, both those who serve in office currently and those who used to. Much of that news has been less than flattering.

March 14, 2016
The Promise of Charter
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It sounded like the salve to our political wounds, a form of government that promised focused vision, cooperation and responsibility. For decades, the process of running a large and complex county by committee, with five people who shared executive and legislative duties, was clunky, confusing and often led to crazy ideological swings every four years (Growth vs. No Growth).

February 22, 2016
The value of political insight
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

One would be within reason to expect that two decades of active, involved political experience at the local, county and state level might increase the value of political wisdom to the person who acquired that experience.

January 18, 2016
State of the Union: Show v. Substance
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address last Tuesday night was much anticipated. Democrats (and major media outlets except Fox News) all waited with breathless anticipation for what they hoped would be a historic rallying cry for liberal principles. They were disappointed.

December 7, 2015
Establishment Frustration
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In less than two months, registered voters in Iowa will brave the Midwest cold to gather in community rooms, church social halls and gymnasiums to cast what are loosely defined as the nation’s first votes for president.

November 23, 2015
The State of the Media
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The national news media claims to be under assault by the Republican candidates for the presidency. There’s no question that GOP candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and others see benefit in forwarding a dialogue about the lack of fairness in how Republican candidates are covered versus the more favorable reporting on Democrats.

October 19, 2015
A Mother’s Misguided Passion
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Last Thursday’s Frederick News-Post featured an above the fold, front page news story entitled “Saving lives, raffling guns: Firehouses raise funds with firearms.”

October 12, 2015
When will we learn?
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Another group of students doing nothing more than attending class at their local community college lay dead and wounded at the hands of a sick and twisted loner. They went there to learn, they left there in body bags and on gurneys, victims of an angry and confused young adult.

September 28, 2015
Narrowing The Field
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

First it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He was the guy who told us all that he would be a much better candidate. His past experience (in 2012) had taught him the importance of being healthy, focused and prepared for the grueling slog that is the presidential primary process.

September 7, 2015
Renaming Mount McKinley
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In a move right out of the film Wag the Dog, President Barack Obama flew to Alaska to spend a few late summer days away from DC. Not sure if he was looking for warmer weather, or maybe safer surroundings, but he and his multi-million dollar retinue loaded up the jumbo jets and flew north.

August 31, 2015
It’s a long way to the Primary – Part 2
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In a recent national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, Donald Trump leads the second place candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, by eleven (11) points.

August 27, 2015
Trump v. Univision: A Lesson in Politics
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The Trump candidacy just keeps redefining traditional presidential politics. The most recent example tells us more about the “Trump for President” movement than anything that has happened to date, and considering how much has happened since Donald J. Trump announced, that’s saying something.

August 24, 2015
It’s a long way to the Primary – Part 1
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The last few columns have analyzed the outsider phenomenon in the Republican presidential primary. Time to look at the insiders.

August 10, 2015
Outsiders Advantage
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Last week’s column explored the Trump candidacy, trying to examine the motivation of voters to a candidate unlike any campaign in recent memory.

August 3, 2015
Getting Trumped
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The consequence of having a legitimate celebrity in a contested political race is that our attention is drawn to the process like a moth to a floodlight. Donald Trump is the light, and the media, GOP voters and pretty much everyone else are the moths.

June 22, 2015
President Trump?
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

At first, it felt like a joke. It had to be, right? Real estate mogul, business tycoon, entrepreneur, TV celebrity, beauty pageant producer and bad hairdo owner Donald J. Trump announcing his candidacy for President of The United States? Really?

June 16, 2015
Bud's Dilemma
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Maybe you saw his commercial? There he was, looking very fatherly, sitting sideways with his hands in lap, gazing at us – full of sincerity and seriousness – in his open-collared shirt and blue blazer.

May 4, 2015
A Man in Charge
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

He strode into the press conference reeking of a mixture of confidence and control, exactly the characteristics that had been missing from previous media opportunities. Following a night of rioting, looting, arson and angry confrontations between protesters and law enforcement, the Governor of Maryland simply and clearly described his objectives.

April 13, 2015
The Battle of Trout Run
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It’s a potentially toxic mix. A local elected body, a controversial religious organization, competent staff and a small group of vocal civic activists.

March 16, 2015
Republicans miss the bus…again
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Let’s play the analogy game. This will require an active imagination, but let’s pretend that the Obama Administration is a charter bus. All of the president’s policies, cabinet officers and Executive Branch employees are stuffed inside. His bus is roaring down the proverbial road, the ultimate destination is the end of his term, his legacy, if you will.

February 23, 2015
Rocky Roads and Rough Waters
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

There is no doubt that those of us who strongly supported charter government were employing a measure of hope in our strategy for the new government.

January 26, 2015
Invisible Rabbits and Declining Memory
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

We’re returning to familiar ground, this time the stage at Frederick Community College’s Jack Kussmaul Theater. This column, if you bother to go back through the decades-long history, occasionally touches upon the theme of community theater in Frederick.

January 19, 2015
Letter Writing Legislators
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Recently, 27 state delegates and senators, all Democrats, submitted an open letter to The letter is intended to serve as advice to newly elected Gov. Larry Hogan as he prepares to take the oath of office on Wednesday.

December 29, 2014
Time to Move On
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The Christmas cookies have been consumed, the jolly old man is comfortably back at his workshop at the North Pole, and the world braces for the unknown – both good and bad – that awaits us in the New Year.

December 15, 2014
Curiously Idiotic
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led until January by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., CA) issued a majority report on a two-year staff investigation of enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the War on Terror.

December 1, 2014
No Substitute for Good Judgment
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The only thing obvious about the evening of November 24 in Ferguson, Missouri, was the utter predictability of the outcome. A several-month long grand jury deliberation, the inevitable leaking and speculating about the sealed testimony, and the 24-hour cable news cycle’s thirst for relevant (or even irrelevant) information set the tone.

November 17, 2014
Meet the New Boss
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

A recent column discussing the local general election results consumed more space than the esteemed publisher prefers, so musings about the gubernatorial outcome just didn't fit.

November 10, 2014
Shaken, Stirred and Spilled
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It seems as though everyone is writing about last Tuesday. The results were so mind-altering, so earth-shattering that you can't really blame the keyboard commandos for being drawn to this story like so many moths to a flame.

October 20, 2014
Two Weeks Out
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Really, we shouldn't even be having a conversation about the race for governor. In Maryland, the election of the Democratic Party candidate should be a virtual given. With a greater than 2-1 voter registration advantage statewide, there should be no mystery here.

October 13, 2014
So you think you know Blaine Young? (Part 2)
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

In my column last week, Blaine Young responded to questions about the important personal and professional influences that have informed his view of the world, and the work that he tries to do. It should come as no surprise that some prominent old-school political types fall into that category, but he is far from myopic about what really matters in life.

October 6, 2014
So you think you know Blaine Young?
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

The headline above this column is designed to elicit an immediate response. This is not rhetorical, as almost every person of voting age in Frederick County has an answer. That was the motivation for this two-part piece.

September 29, 2014
Six Weeks and a Wake-up Call
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Back in the Navy, the passage of time was tied to the number of months, weeks, days and hours until some momentous event, such as returning home from a patrol.

September 22, 2014
Into The Looking Glass…Darkly
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Once again, it seems as though we’re learning to hate our own creation. This time, our collective outrage is focused on the world of professional sports. We love them on the playing field, but we cringe at the headlines reporting their human frailties.

September 1, 2014
Getting It Right (Correct)!
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

So, this is my not-so-triumphant return. I've been in exile, the victim of a combination of poor judgment on my part and intolerant elected officials who take offense to opinions that differ with their own.

September 2, 2013
Prepare Yourself: The City Election Is Near
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Consider this a call to arms for registered voters in the City of Frederick. You are one week and a wakeup call away from the Primary Election Day for mayor and the Board of Aldermen.

August 26, 2013
Which Newt Will We Get?
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

So, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich (R., GA) is undergoing his next political reinvention.

August 19, 2013
Different Race, Same Old Horses – Part Two
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

So, the winds of change will blow across Frederick County in 2014. The big question is: Will we see new faces and hear new voices?

August 12, 2013
Different Race, Same Old Horses – Part One
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

It seems as if our whole political world is changing. The 2014 election heralds the beginning of a new phase, a new form of government for our county.

July 22, 2013
How The Scorecard Really Works
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Once again, the always questionably credible League of Conservation Voters is out wi