Frederick’s Opportunity For Its Own Great Reset

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The holiday season is upon us and although it may not seem like it, we have a lot to be thankful for.  We’ve been through a lot this year.  We’ve discovered many things about our friends, family, and elected representatives.

Many of those representatives turned out to be something other than what we had thought.  Many didn’t display the qualities we thought we voted for.  In two years, we can remedy most of it at the ballot box.

Constitutional rights aren’t play toys.  They aren’t to be set aside when people in power believe “they” know better than “we.”  Has the “pandemic” and the election fraud opened your eyes?  Are you awake now to the corrupting ability of power?  Have you grasped the concept you shouldn’t enslave your neighbor because of fear?

Are you aware now of your true personal responsibility to your family, friends, and neighbors?  It’s not about sacrificing your health for theirs, that’s for sure.  Your personal responsibility is to “know” the content of the character of those you give power to with your vote.  Once you give them that power, it’s your responsibility to keep them honest.  Watchful eyes are what prevents otherwise honest people from being corrupted.  Arrogance grows in darkness.

We see what happened when journalists went from our watchdogs to the propaganda arm of governments and influential people.  There was no one to keep anyone in check. 

I believe most people are good at heart, but I also believe that each and every one of us is corruptible.  It may take some longer than others to get there, but that’s just a matter of time.  It’s our responsibility to let our elected representatives know we are watching them and that there are real consequences to bad behavior. 

It’s time to stop giving people a “pass” because we have dinner with them, or our kids play little league together.  We keep each other honest by being truthful even when feelings get hurt.   Despite what public education has been teaching for decades you do not have the right to not get your feelings hurt.  It’s time to let go of that myth. 

Life is hard while simultaneously being beautiful and joy filled.  Those things can occupy the same space. Teaching our young that it would only be fair and beautiful if we never hurt anyone’s feelings was and is dangerous.  It prevents people from accepting a loss or a negative outcome.  Never knowing failure and heartbreak leads to anger and aggression.  We saw it this past year in the burning of cities and the destruction of property.

As free people we don’t legislate good behavior, we model it, and hope others follow our lead.  Good ideas will be embraced, some take time.  Stop thinking every problem can be solved over night or even in your lifetime.

Anyone who supported lock downs, mask mandates, closing businesses and destroying lives for the “greater good” should NEVER be elected to office.  They have demonstrated the content of their character.  They believe others can be sacrificed.  They believe government rules the people vs. people rule their government.  Remember that. 

Men and women who supported lock downs and social distancing decided who could keep their job, what business could remain open, when you could shop and that you had to muzzle your face to be a member of your community.  All of that was abhorrent.  That’s not leadership, that’s a authoritarian.

Freedom is risky.  Few things in life worth doing are free from risk.  If someone is risk averse, never elect them to office.  Successful people take risks, and let you decide if you want to participate. Freedom is hard, no one should be taught that it doesn’t sometimes come with unpleasant consequences. 

Hopefully, we’ve discovered we need to be more discerning when we elect someone.  Hopefully, we’ve discovered not everyone can be trusted to maintain our freedom, that even good people should not be given the power of elected office. 

The world has been reset thanks to God’s grace through the iron will and uncorruptible character of one man – Donald J. Trump.

It’s now our responsibility to claw it back, maintain it and never let it happen again.

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Cindy A. Rose began writing for the Tentacle in 2011 trying to raise awareness over things happening within Frederick County Public Schools. She began keeping a close watch on FCPS when she learned there were not enough air conditioned buses for special needs children during the hot Maryland summers. The Tentacle offered her a place to share her concerns with her community when local newspapers didn’t always. Cindy had the opportunity to buy the Tentacle from creator/owner John W. Ashbury in 2019, so she did. She believed then, as she believes now, our communities, friends and neighbors have important things to say that needs to be shared with those living around them. Large corporate news companies don’t always share in those passions and concerns. The Tentacle is a local news, commentary and community website run by citizens, for citizens. Its success depends on your participation.