Sunday, November 13, 2016

MoCo Councilmember says he doesn't feel "safe" after Trump victory

Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal (D - At-large) told a crowd in Silver Spring that he doesn't feel safe after the victory of Donald Trump in last Tuesday's presidential election contest. "I know a lot of us are not feeling very safe this week," Leventhal said, according to the Washington Post. "I know a lot of us are trying to understand what happened on Tuesday."

Leventhal did not elaborate on the specific reasons he does not feel safe. He is expected to run for County Executive in 2018, after being term-limited out of his current office.
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33 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

And a nazi greeting card was found in the Giant card section on Old Georgetown road

Anonymous said...

A nativist, sexist, arguably fascist and racist demagogue has become president.

Aren't you scared?

Anonymous said...

So Leventhal has no faith in the competence and abilities of MoCo Police to keep residents safe? Isn't the County Council in charge of their oversight? If so, this sounds like a failure of the County Council.

Robert Dyer said...

Such racist vandalism has occurred regularly across America and in our area for decades - there's nothing new about that.

Robert Dyer said...

10:23: Did you see it yourself? I find nothing about such an incident online. I would think there would be a lot of outrage in the community if this happened.

Robert Dyer said...

10:34: Which Trump policies would you specifically describe as "fascist?" Isn't that offensive to those who actually lived under fascist governments in Europe and Latin America?

Robert Dyer said...

12;35: I'd say that trying to fearmonger among citizens and stir up a climate of fear is a really strange and bad way to campaign to be executive.

Anonymous said...

Have you read Friendly Fascism by Bertram Gross?

Or Lawrence Britt's 14 Characteristics of Fascism?
The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

Supremacy of the Military

Rampant Sexism

Controlled Mass Media

Obsession with National Security

Religion and Government are Intertwined

Corporate Power is Protected

Labor Power is Suppressed

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts

Obsession with Crime and Punishment

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

Anonymous said...

It's pretty clear that the election has empowered the evil among us. Don't try to downplay the vandalism, Robert. There's clearly been a spike in this activity in our community.

Robert Dyer said...

8:54: That is one definition of fascism, but the question I asked was, which specific Trump policy initiatives are "fascist?"

9:15: I would recommend the local media and elected officials stop trying to create a climate of fear to score some sort of sick political points. How about arresting an actual suspect before jumping to conclusions? At what point has Donald Trump ever utilized a swastika in his campaign? In fact, it was the media who promoted the idea, not Trump, with this loony idea that he is a fascist and a dictator. It's one thing to disagree vehemently with the policies of Trump or Clinton, and quite another to go off the deep end with completely false statements and accusations. Let's try to remain the highly-educated and enlightened area Bethesda is known for being.

Anonymous said...

Robert, I'd term the combined impact of massive, forced deportations (3 million to begin with, as announced by Trump) and the further restriction of abortion rights (a fundamental liberty for women of childbearing age) a darned good start on fascism. Believe me, I don't feel safer.

That said, I'm very glad that Leventhal, whom I've found sanctimonious, will be off the Council after 2018. No, I will not be voting for him for County Executive.

By the way: how are Council members and their staffs reacting to the passage of term limits? Any reflection on what they might have done differently?

Robert Dyer said...

7:23: I'm not sure if the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes while in this country falls under fascism. Restrictions on abortion are clearly a reduction in women's rights, but is a religious or ethical position on when life begins fascism? I'm not able to connect those dots. Pope Francis would be a fascist under that argument.

Most on the Council are publicly pretending to have missed the message voters sent with term limits. Comments by Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer in particular are reminiscent of Monty Python's "It's just a flesh wound."

They and their allies (what few remain) are even saying it was part of the Trump phenomenon. Hysterical, given that the same percentage of voters who chose Hillary went for term limits as well.

We'll have to teach the remaining Council the lesson again in 2018.

Anonymous said...

Dyer, your right to your "religious opinion" ends at my uterus.

Anonymous said...

George, now that you need to look for a real job and don't feel safe, you might want to spruce up your resume. Canada is nice this time of year.

Robert Dyer said...

Catholicism is not fascism - I'm surprised someone would make such an argument in an educated, enlightened place like Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Poland.

Guess what two things all these countries had in common in the early 20th Century, Dyer?

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Robert Dyer said...

2:26: Not surprised the lapdog media for the MoCo cartel would cover a non-story for political reasons. They're the ones creeping around at the schools trying to hang out with the students. Creepy. Meanwhile, the County is facing another budget shortfall - can our "leaders" take a break from the presidential campaign (which has ended) and get back to work?

Anonymous said...

I've read this blog for many years. It provides a great service. I've never commented before. I am commenting now as the last act I'll ever do on this site. I do not need white nationalist propaganda masquerading as political debate on a local news site. I hope you get over your demons and find some peace with yourself.

Robert Dyer said...

9:38: What are you referring to? Where is the "white nationalist propaganda" here?

Robert Dyer said...

We truly have entered the silly season here in Montgomery County, folks. Fearmongering elected officials trying to scare the daylights out of children was just the beginning, apparently.

Anonymous said...

6:51AM - Haven't you learned ANYTHING from Maury? The one doing the accusing is the guilty one !!

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that all prosecutors have committed horrible crimes?

Anonymous said...

7.23 am replying to Dyer's response:

1. Deporting up to 3 million persons will require a substantial increase in federal domestic intelligence gathering. Such an effort is a precondition to fascism.

2. Pope Francis's jurisdiction over abortion begins and ends with the Catholic Church and its members. Using the Pope's position on abortion to justify federal policy violates the 1st Amendment. Additional rolling back of Roe v. Wade violates the 14th Amendment rights of American women. The narrowing of Constitutional protections is a precondition to fascism.

G. Money said...

Let's not forget Trump's plan to impose a religious test for entering the country, and his appointment of a man closely associated with Nazism (aka the Alt-Right) as his chief political strategist in the White House.

Anonymous said...

7:45 AM G.Money- you're several months behind the news. The religious test went out awhile back in place of "extreme vetting".

Robert Dyer said...

6:25: Enforcing existing immigration law is not only not fascism, but the "deportation force" was already used extensively by President Obama. An opinion on the issue abortion is no more fascism than claiming that your opinion for or against legalization of drugs is fascist.

Many steps taken after 9/11 by the Bush and Obama administrations narrowed Constitutional protections, such as the 4th amendment. Will you condemn them as fascists?

G. Money: There's no evidence connecting Bannon to any such group.

Anonymous said...

Dyer, what did Obama do to further narrow Constitutional protections, beyond what Bush had done?

G. Money said...

Dyer, are you saying that there's no evidence connecting Bannon to the alt-right or connecting the alt-right to nazis? (Either way you are easily proven wrong with a quick Google search)

Robert Dyer said...

I said no evidence connecting Bannon to "Nazism." "Alt-right" doesn't even have a defined meaning, and is being applied to good and bad actors alike.

Anonymous said...

Neither does "libtard", yet it too is applied to "good and bad actors alike."
But not as scary.

G. Money said...

Tell it to Andrew Anglin.