And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
A Letter to the MD Mainstream Media:
You may not have heard of me or my organization before, so we would like to introduce ourselves. My name is Dan Bongino & I am a former Secret Service agent & a candidate for Congress here in Maryland.
I have been reading through your newspapers & watching your local broadcasts & here are some of the “eye-popping” stories you have covered recently about MD Democrats (these are actual stories):
-3rd place candidate for Governor in Dem. Primary, Del. Mizeur, supports doctor-assisted suicide
-Rep. John Delaney changes his office location in Washington County
-Gov. O’Malley takes a break from fundraising.
Now, I understand your ideological marriage to the Democratic Party here in MD but may I suggest that you try covering the news as it is & not as you want it to be. I took an oath once in my prior career, & I took it seriously. Do you do the same? I thought journalism was a non-partisan attempt to convey information. What happened to your oath to responsibly disseminate information to a population hungry for it? And, aren’t your dramatically declining readership numbers a clue that something is wrong?
I write this because, if it were not for social media, local Conservative radio, & national cable allowing us a venue to introduce ourselves to the public, you would have been successful in ensuring the anonymity of our campaign. You were more than happy to write about my 2012 campaign for the US Senate & the Republican candidates for Governor here in MD when the fundraising & support was thin but, now that I regularly out-fundraise my Dem. opponent & most of his Dem. colleagues, you regularly ignore us. Convenient?
In short, I expect no response from you & a continued de-facto blackout. And, fear not, we will still pay your ransom & advertise in your mediums because we have no alternative but, know this, the days of honest journalism have long since passed & many of us anxiously await the coming day that your near-monopoly dies as well.
Nice to meet you,
Tax day; this is the time to reflect on the very serious & growing burden which the cost of government forcefully imposes on our lives.
Of all the economic burdens we face, it is only the growing cost of government which, if not paid, will cost you your freedom. On average, you will spend over one-quarter of your working life, sweating and toiling to pay off your share of your government burden.
Finally, remember that although the economy is not zero-sum, a dollar earned by you is. Your earned dollar cannot be spent by both you & the government at the same time. Growing your small-business, supporting your family’s needs, & saving for your retirement with your dollar is not possible when the government has taken it from you. Fight back & let nothing keep you from the polls in November.
Just take a second to digest this. The government takes from us over one-quarter of what we earn and, in some cases, much more.
What other service or product do you spend a quarter of your working life to support?
An Open Letter to the Opponents of Free Political Speech:
Many years ago, as a young Secret Service agent, I was given an assignment. I was tasked to be part of a team assigned to provide protection for former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a known anti-semite and totalitarian despot. During the assignment, I vividly remember being asked by a local police officer we were working with, “why would you put your butt on the line for this guy?” Taken aback a bit, I responded, “I’m not, I’m putting my butt on the line for us.” What I was attempting to communicate was that I would have proudly sacrificed my safety to ensure the safety of a despot like Ahmadinejad because we are a nation that passionately defends not only the right to freely speak, but, even more importantly, the right to be RIGHT OR WRONG.
Friends, this basic right to express an opinion is under unprecedented attack by a growing group of hyper-partisans determined to use economic, political and social pressure to silence any opposition. A few, of the many, recent examples include:
-the current movement to remove Condoleezza Rice from the Board of Directors at Dropbox due to nothing other than her political views
-the removal of Brendan Eich from Mozilla because of a political donation he made years ago in support of traditional marriage
-and, the rescinding of an invitation to speak at Brandeis University from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born activist who has dedicated her life to speaking out against “honor” crimes against women in the Islamic world.
In each of these cases, a similar model of attack was followed; isolate the target, attach a derogatory label to him/her, and pressure the host to deny them access. Always remember, when the organized Left begins to use terms ending in “ist”, “phobe”, “ism” and “denier” you are someone they fear.
I am writing this for two reasons. First, because although I have numerous disagreements with many of my Democratic friends and opponents, I would passionately and vigorously defend their God-given right to express their opinions, just as I did for the vile Ahmadinejad. Second, I write this as a warning. You are doing yourselves no favors by forcefully silencing your opposition. You are stirring a Witch’s brew among an ever-growing alliance of Americans, across the political spectrum, who are tired of falsely and maliciously being called racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes, Islamophobes, and worse, simply because they have different political beliefs. This Witch’s brew is coming to a boil and I am growing increasingly concerned with the talk I hear from everyday Americans who feel like “this is not their country anymore” as if they are not welcome, or the growing feeling of alienation many have expressed to me.
Remember, tolerance is a not a one-way-street but it is a multi-lane highway. If my wife and daughter can forfeit away my security to ensure the right of a despot to freely, and safely, speak here, in our great country, what’s your excuse for taping the mouths of millions of Americans.
In case you needed another reason as to why I walked away from a promising career with the Secret Service to battle the DC cesspool, yesterday’s sad demagoguery provided another sad example.
Here’s the rub; the President and his congressional allies are struggling with female voters based on polling for the upcoming elections. As a response, and to manipulate female voters, they introduced the strategically named “Paycheck Fairness Act”.
Despite the fact that pay discrimination against women has been illegal since 1963, and despite the fact that the legislation would hurt more women than it would help due to its effects on a woman’s ability to accumulate compensation time instead of pay, the President chose to divide the country yet again, because that’s all he has left.
The far-left wing of the Democratic Party has become the party of division and disappointment. They cannot run on their record of higher taxes, a failed Obamacare debacle, fighting school choice, and a devastating jobs record, so they default to division. Their strategy is, “If we can’t get you to vote for us, we’ll get you to hate the other guy.” They are well aware that they are not telling the truth and manipulating female voters with ridiculous claims by the President such as, “I don’t know why you would resist the idea that women should be paid the same as men and then deny that that’s not always happening out there,” but they do it anyway.
Keep in mind that they play this game despite kicking young girls out of quality schools, bankrupting female small businesses through endless taxation, and kicking millions of women off of their healthcare plans via Obamacare’s failures. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Refuse to be manipulated, stand up, fight back, and let your voice be heard in November.