I fear for our Republic’s viability. One gauge of our Constitutional Republic’s viability is: How knowledgeable are we citizens of issues confronting our national, and by extension, personal well being? Our federal government owes us truthful information conveyed by trusted media. Currently, we’re disconnected from our federal government due to innumerable current and developing unanswered questions about what’s occurring nationally, such as, how Biden’s failure to secure classified documents has effected national security, and internationally, how Brazil’s becoming a Chinese Communist partner, with Biden’s assistance, effects America policy.

(I’ve insufficient space to address unanswered questions for the federal government. Obviously, questions exist about Chinese Communist Party’s infiltrations, the southern border and fentanyl, the truth about COVID-19 vaccines, the debt, etc.)

We’ve heard “ignorance is bliss.” Ignorant subjects are blissful for totalitarian regimes, but not for free citizens. Our nation of “we the people” and a government “of, by, and for the people” cannot long exist freely without access to sufficient, transparent, and truthful information that’s communicated honestly, completely, and impartially. Maintaining freedom and trust requires our obtaining such information from government and media.

We place the above in context by acknowledging that America’s success as a free, prosperous nation has required the following: (1) Our accepting the founders’ Constitution and the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable — God-given — rights derived from western civilization’s Judeo-Christian values, (2) Free and fair elections, and (3) rational voters with sufficient knowledge of all issues necessary to vote intelligently for candidates who reflect their moral values of what’s right or wrong, good or evil. Just as we apply our moral values to make decisions, politicians use theirs (hopefully God’s morality) to vote for legislation that defines America’s morality.

So we, the electorate, must possess sufficient, truthful government information to govern ourselves. But this isn’t happening because the Democratic Party’s Marxist agenda conflicts with America’s founders’ vision. Democratic politicians denigrate their Constitutional oath in order to advance their globalist, socialist, woke, anti-life, anti-Christian party platform. They, with their mainstream and social media, lie, conceal, limit, obfuscate, or misconstrue information to demonize Republicans and glorify themselves with actions they’ll define as truth.

For example, from Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files,” we learn federal agencies conspired with social and mainstream media to censor anything unfavorable to Democrats, like Hunter Biden’s laptop, or anything  — misinformation — the administration identifies as opposition to its agenda. The following used social media to suppress speech and violate freedom of speech in ways the government couldn’t lawfully do: FBI, CIA; departments of Defense, State, and Treasury, and Homeland Security; Centers for Disease Control, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, director of National Intelligence, Pfizer, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and others. The Epoch Times reported that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Warner (D-VA) was unhappy when Twitter couldn’t find Russian interference in the 2016 election.

We should test media sources according to the “true prophet” criterion (Deuteronomy 18:22). Like prophets who prophesy falsely are rejected, so false media should be rejected.

America’s viability requires an informed citizenship. When politicians or media mislead, vote them out and turn them off.

Donovan "Mark" Quimby is a resident of Frederick County.

(36) comments

Backpfeifengesicht

Geez, you were making some sense until you turned it into a "fire & brimstone" sermon. Please keep your church and fossilized bible out of our government discourse. That goes for ANY organized religion. The US Constitution is clear on this. What don't you understand about the law-of-the-land. Keep your church out of my/our government. Good day Mr. Quimby.

Daniel

Hmmm...not sure what you mean about the U.S. Constitution. Please explain.

Backpfeifengesicht

Sure. Here it is and it is very clear that "congress/government" will not promote one religion over another. That includes ANY religion. "...The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It 'forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others' and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. Mr. Quimby seems to think that our legislatures and leaders should put their bills through a judeo-Christian filter before making them the law of the land. I am simply trying to remind him (and you) that the constitution forbades that. Keep ALL organized religion out of the chambers of our government, as the law of the land makes abundantly clear! Our Supreme Court needs to do the same!

john brown

I want some of what "Mark" is smoking ...LOL

faux news and tRump news is poison to a weak mind as illustrated by Q's rant.

Daniel

The Tourettes'-like Trump Derangement Syndrome outbursts of this commentator are as reliable as the tides of the sea.

CRT

Oh my. Donovan "Mark" Quimby strikes again. Donovan "Mark", how do you feel about Pence having classified documents? I don't know why some people can't accept that private tech companies don't owe you unfettered speech on their platforms. The Twitter files were a big nothing burger. Why didn't Trump root out all these bad actors in his term? Musk seems intent on losing money as fast as he can. Your conspiracy theories are ludicrous, but hilarious. As for "God given rights" the Bible gives the okay to slavery and subjugation of women. Donovan "Mark" won't stop until he can convert everyone to his religion. Most of us aren't having it.

Mr Incredible

And yet it was proven that the completely corrupt FBI violated the Constitution by using those tech companies to trample the free speech rights of conservative Americans. You remember the Constitution don't ya? You know, the LAW of the land? Thus far it's a "Nothingburger" because we have a democrat administration that isn't going to prosecute their buddies in the FBI for helping them out and an "objective" media that is being quiet about it all.

Chupacabra

You're so upset about Pence, but you don't say diddly about the houseplant's issues with his classified documents from when he was VP. Until you quit your partisan what aboutisms, you're dismissed as a typical party hack unable to think for yourself.

Spock Here

The so-called Durham investigation was another big nothingburger.

Daniel

I happen to know Mr. Quimby and know that his knowledge and experience with classified documents far exceeds your, Mr. CRT.

Catherine Giovannoni

Mr. Quimby isn't upset that Americans aren't informed. He's upset that they don't agree with him. As the most recent election demonstrated, American voters don't want the chaos and extremism of today's Republican Party. I do feel badly for Mr. Quimby. It can't be much fun living in a constant state of anger and being so badly misinformed.

Daniel

I totally understand: Progressives much prefer the orderly system of enforced totalitarian obedience to power, whereupon they can rely upon official party shills to issue instructions and talking points on command and without question, with such to be dutifully obeyed without question by the rest of us proles. A world where there is no need to think for oneself anymore...because it has worked out so well in the past.

anon

And Conservatives prefer a cult with Trump as the leader.

Spock Here

No need to think for oneself and follow faux news talking points that Paul Pelosi had an overnight guest and John Durham was credible, right Danny? As we recall you had much fake insight into those two issues.

Daniel

Your comments make me recall Mark Twain's observation that "if you don't read newspapers, you are uninformed; if you do read newspapers, you are misinformed". Today's newspapers are simply Democrat talking points.

cuphaus

sigh

Jim McCarthy

From inception, with for example, the Electoral College, women’s suffrage, political leaders have not desired voters to possess authority nor information I.e., to elect representatives or national leaders directly. At the state level, gerrymanders, incumbency, lack of term limits, and campaign finance laws have sustained a grip on voter power.

Old Western Man

Direct democracy was debated and cast aside as merely a tyranny of the majority by the Founders/Framers and both the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution were written to prohibit just such an outcome.

Many today naively worship the concept of democracy, but it is only that which remains of our constitutional republic (ie. Electoral College, state governments, Bill of Rights, etc.) that protects political minority rights from the inherent tyrannical abuses of a political majority. The best way to protect the individual is to move back to Jeffersonian federalism and move away from Hamiltonian nationalism.

That said our constitutional republic's political minority protections could be improved through political office term limits, a repeal of the 17th amendment so that state governments would once again have representation in the government they created, increase the number of House of Representative seats, establish state office electoral colleges, etc.; but I doubt protecting minority political rights is your cause as those advocating loudest for direct democracy usually only want to inflict their will upon those with whom they politically disagree.

Old Western Man

We'll said Mr. Quimby! The entire purpose of a Free Press is to hold government accountable, not regurgitate political propaganda. Very few "news" sources can still claim such journalistic integrity today. Most are mere appendages of the government as can be seen by the exact same words and phrases being used across the spectrum of available news sources. This is further exacerbated by the fact that many consumers accept political opinion outlets as objective facts rather than subjective interpretations. Such deception is also why politicians name bills with such do-gooder flourish. Anybody who votes against a bill can be attacked on their opposition to a bill title rather than the substance of opposition to a point(s) within a bill. As example, who could oppose such do-gooder grandiosity as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)? When in fact federal monetary policy is the primary cause of inflation, for which the IRA did exactly nothing. A real news source would inform their audience of this economic fact, yet most merely cheer the regime and the electorate remains uninformed, ultimately unserved and in future "need" of some other government action. Until the edu-media-tainment cartel can be shattered, society will continue on down "The Road To Serfdom" (Hayek) in ignorant bliss.

Spock Here

Donovan "Mark" just has to see the irony staring back at him with this latest.....

Mr Incredible

We are in a pickle. As you mentioned, we have a one sided Big Tech manipulating what you see and hear and if they don't do it, we have government agencies that are more than happy to use those companies to violate the 1st Amendment. And maybe 20% of the population cares. The heads of anyone at the completely corrupt FBI that were involved in manipulating the election should be rolling for what they did and yet, they remain in power. On top of it all, you have an administration that tells the American people things like "The search is complete" with regard to biden stashing classified in his garage, where Crackhead Hunter had access to them, and 10 minutes later there were more classified documents found. I could go on and on, but with examples like this, it's little wonder people stormed the Capitol.

Bose-Einstein

So it is OK to break the law in the name of insurrection to attack the Capital? Hunter's laptop is a classic dog whistle designed to con the gullible.

Daniel

Well...there was no insurrection. How do we know this? There are laws against "insurrection". So, how many of the January 6 protestors have been charged with, much less convicted of, "insurrection"? Absolutely...zero! However, there have been hundreds of protestors, arrested for exercising their Constitutional rights, left in prison for close-to 2 years without being charged or left to rot in jail without trial.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2383

lebkuchen

Hunter, Hunter, Hunter. What is the gop suspecting Hunter did with his laptop? Perpetrate seditious conspiracy? If so, then why isn't the gop more concerned with the actual piling up of evidence that got Oath Keepers' leader convicted of the same crime? Why is that not a concern to them?

https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/oath-keepers-trial-verdict/h_2f9db81e573f0c3a9a441780b64b1f12#:~:text=Oath%20Keepers%20leader%20Stewart%20Rhodes%20has%20been%20convicted,lost%20to%20Joe%20Biden%20in%20the%202020%20election.

Chupacabra

Really? You mean to say that Hunter's laptop is fake? All those emails are fake? They have been authenticated. Learn to think critically instead of spouting political propaganda spoon-fed to you daily in your emailbox from corrupt institutions supporting political ideologies that have the founding fathers spinning in their graves.

TonyR

If you aspire to be an informed citizen - which is actually the cornerstone of democracy - and you have labored through this piece you owe it to yourself - and democracy - to read Karen Attiah's column on education in today's Washington Post.

TonyR

The absolute zenith of irony is Donovan "Mark" Quimby writing an Open Forum piece about the necessity of having informed citizens. Epic.

Bose-Einstein

[beam]

lebkuchen

[thumbup][thumbup][lol]

Daniel

You make the consistent Progressive error of deliberately confusing "informed" with "indoctrinated". It's all part of the Marxist objective of taking command of language.

Doc Samson

In before our beloved local Pr0gs prove everything in the letter by parading their ignorance about like they just "won" their first "Participant" trophy... [lol]

Spock Here

One does have to have a reason for living, I suppose.

Bose-Einstein

Ignorance is in the eye of the beholder. It is not believing as you do.

Old Western Man

[lol][lol]

Daniel

The term for their attitude, Doc, is "invincible ignorance".

Doc Samson

@Daniel - It's so funny to know exactly how their programming works. Textbook cultism... [lol]

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