May is a pivotal month. Winter has ended, crops and flowers have been planted, the end of the school year is in sight, it is time to open the pool and we are beginning to plan our holiday and vacation season.
May has many firsts associated with it.
- First wagon train leaves Independence, Mo for California (1841)
- Famous Abraham Lincoln quote: "“You can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time”. (1849)
- The "Golden Spike" was driven into the railroad tracks at Promontory Summit, Utah, creating the first Transcontinental railroad. (1869)
- The syrup for Coca Cola is invented by Atlanta Pharmacist John Styth Permerton. (1886)
- The lawnmower is patented. (1899)
- "Cheerios" hits store shelves. (1941)
- The movie blockbuster "Star Wars" is released. (1977)
May is a volatile month. Ancient Roman tradition avoided marriages in May. For more than half the past sixty years, May initiates a traditional six month trend in lower stock averages, particularly in a mid-term election year.
But, mostly, we think of May as a month of ‘remembrances’. Mexican forces under Benito Juarez defeated French troops in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, now celebrated as Cinco de Mayo. On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by us, the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to continue the fight for liberty and justice for all. In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, asking people to stop at 3PM and remember those who died for us.
For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles. Service organizations and local politicians join the event as an opportunity to reach the many people they serve.
And so it can with you! You are urged to join one of the Republican groups marching in this year’s parade. It could be Governor Hogan, Executive Steve Schuh, your friends running for countywide office, your candidate for state senator or delegate. You are welcome to march with the Republican Central Committee. We need you and your entire family to be part of a parade, to carry the American Flag, to help others remember those who died for us. Will you be the one to talk with your neighbors about Abraham Lincoln’s quote and bring an end to single-party politics in Maryland?
Please join us for the following parades:
- May 6 Ferndale meet at 11AM at North County High School
- May 20 Glen Burnie meet at Noon at Corkran Middle School
- May 28 Odenton meet at 4PM at Odenton Elementary School.
What else can we do to help?
1) Join a candidate’s team. We have great candidates running for county council, countywide races, and legislative races. We need to elect 5 additional senators and 7 additional delegates to support Governor Hogan. Will you be part of the crucial crew that makes this possible?
2) Help build your community by signing up to be a precinct leader. We have 195 precincts to cover for primary and general elections not to mention 7 early day voting sites. We need people to serve shifts during those days as well as precinct leaders to help organize and communicate with them. We can help you learn what you need to do and you will have fun with your neighbors.
3) Become and Election Judge (and get paid!) http://www.aacounty.org/boards-and-commissions/board-of-elections/election-judges/
4) Join fellow Republicans at their club meetings (http://www.aagop.org/republican_clubs) to learn from elected officials what is going on in Annapolis and the county, and to meet our new candidates.
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