Chairman’s Message - July

How are you celebrating Independence Day?  Will you be attending a barbecue, parade and/or fireworks?  You can provide your family the unforgettable experience of participating in a parade by marching with any number of candidates in Severna Park or Annapolis on July 4th.  You can contact me at my information listed below and I will help you get plugged into a parade.

Why do we celebrate Independence Day?  On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress petitioned King George III with a long list of grievances which includes but is not limited to...

How are you celebrating Independence Day?  Will you be attending a barbecue, parade and/or fireworks?  You can provide your family the unforgettable experience of participating in a parade by marching with any number of candidates in Severna Park or Annapolis on July 4th.  You can contact me at my information listed below and I will help you get plugged into a parade.

Why do we celebrate Independence Day?  On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress petitioned King George III with a long list of grievances which includes but is not limited to, and is summarized:

That they are entitled to life, liberty and property
Entitled to all the rights, liberties and immunities of free and natural-born citizens
Emigration to the colonies was not a cause of forfeiture of those rights
The foundation of English liberty …is a right in the people to participate in their legislative council
That the respective colonies are entitled to the common law of England, and more especially to the great and inestimable privilege of being tried by their peers
They have a right peaceably to assemble, consider of their grievances, and petition the King
It is indispensably necessary to good government, and rendered essential by the English constitution, that the constituent branches of the legislature be independent of each other.

If these look familiar, it is because they form the foundation of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution with a particular emphasis on the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments.  

Independence Day may be officially celebrated on July 4 but we celebrate it every time we elect new representatives, when we join campaigns that reflect our values and beliefs, when we question why things are done and investigate if there are better ways, when we testify before our elected officials, when we join our local civic groups to develop peace and harmony in our neighborhoods, when we volunteer in our schools to help develop the next generation of citizens.

The 2018 elections will decide if we continue to live in a one party state with Ben Jealous ready to raise your taxes to provide ‘free’ college, build mass transit that not enough people use to pay for itself and ‘universal’ health care.  It is our collective responsibility to make Maryland a two party state, end gerrymandering so that our citizens elect their representatives rather than the representatives pick their constituents, and ensure our families don’t suffer from burdensome taxes.

You can do this by joining a campaign for a local candidate, someone running for county council, running for states delegate or senator or a county wide office like states attorney or sheriff.  We need your help reaching your neighbors, manning the polls in November, and keeping signs upright. This is an opportunity to be active citizens participating in our constitutional republic, educating others about our candidates.

What we cannot do is declare our independence from responsibility. We will win with your help.  Let’s get busy.

Wayne Smith

Chair, AAGOP

wsmith@aagop.org

MDGOP Candidate