October 8, 2016 6:11 pm ET
It’s time for a major change, especially for our vets!
Photo credit/Pat McDonough for Congress
Folks, normally I don’t like to refer to myself in the third person, but I wanted the headline to reflect that it is MY endorsement that is coming through and not the endorsement of wherever this column is seen.
With that said…
When I read the front page headline in the 10/5/16 Sundealing with the ongoing mess at the VA, I knew I had to, as the saying goes, speak now or forever hold my peace.
As most of you know by now, I’m not one to hold my peace, but rather give you a piece of my mind.
Sometimes in doing so, though, I forget my own advice.
In my last column, I broke my own standard of conduct and chose some words that have nothing to do what is right or wrong.
I have always tried to articulate rather than denigrate, but the latter is exactly what I did by using the words liberal vs conservative.
In this column, I would rather choose the right adjective based on whether the issue is right or wrong.
I have numerous obvious logical reasons to endorse long-time Delegate Pat McDonough over the entrenched Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
Those reasons are truths verified by the facts.
As far back as I can remember, and that goes back to when I (big mistake) ran for political office, the issue of illegal immigration came up.
Congressman Ruppersberger told a group of people at a community meeting that it was the federal government’s role to deal with that issue.
So, how did he deal with it?
He accepted “blood money” to defeat Kate’s Law, which would have prohibited illegals who committed violent felonies in the U.S. and were deported from coming right back into the country to commit more violent crimes without any consequences.
Kate Steinle was a beautiful young woman who died in her father’s arms after being shot in the head by an illegal who had been previously deported 5 times only to return to commit more crimes.
Before I wrote the article on Congressman Ruppersberger taking the blood money, I sent Mr. Ruppersberger an email asking for a comment and received no answer.
I even posted it on his website only to have it removed; post-haste
Was I surprised? Well, I would have been if he did reply, but as always he did not respond.
That right there makes a bold statement as to why I won’t vote for him. I have lost count of the number of times I have gone longing for a response.
Oh, about the blood money, Congressman Ruppersberger took $57,110 to defeat Kate’s Law.
There is not one good reason not to pass that law. It saves lives!
As I stated in the beginning of this article involving the Sun article on the continuous VA boondoggle, once again MD came to the forefront. As it has done so many times in the past, nothing has seemed to change other than the hype. Or, in this case, the lack thereof.
Here is one of the many articles that appeared in the Sun on the ongoing VA mess and the problems it presented to our vets.
And here is one that I wrote about the situation concerning Fort Howard involving Delegate McDonough getting involved.
Speaking of involvement, I never once saw Congressman Ruppersberger show up at a meeting involving Fort Howard.
For those of you that may remember, this interview with the Congressman was just a bit misleading because he told the Dundalk Eagle that he had been in constant communication with the VA.
This interview is in direct contrast with the current state of affairs at the Fort Howard site.
I especially like the comment related to the potential traffic problems—how could you not enjoy the Congressman’s reply of, “seniors don’t drive that much.”
I guess we can lump that one into his other statements of, “I’m really pro-veteran,” and “I just don’t know what the situation is.”
In a statement to the East County Times, the Congressman was quoted as saying, “As always I was deeply humbled and proud to meet with servicemen and women on the front lines and thank them for putting their lives on the line to protect our nation and from the threat of terrorism.”
The real threat to our great warriors is what happens to them when they get back to this country and into the VA system.
Congressman Ruppersberger has been around far too long and has wasted too many chances to impact a great deal of these problems with his tenure and experience. Instead, we get a trip overseas and a well-manicured press statement that I have heard once too often.
It is time for a change, and at least Delegate McDonough shows up and actually fights for the vets.
One more thing to note—in order to fight a war on terrorism, we need a well-equipped military and not one in tatters.
I think I made my case. Now you can make yours at the polls.