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By Freedom Vox

On October 12th, Maryland Public Television held the one and only debate between the two 2022 Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates: Dan Cox (R) and Wes Moore (D).

The audience observed the two men taking the stage as the future of Maryland rests in one of them.

Dan Cox was the first to reach out to Wes Moore to shake his hand at the beginning of the debate and at the conclusion of the debate.

Dan Cox opened with thanking MPT for the opportunity and for organizing the debate; introduced himself as the father of ten children and clearly setting his vision for Maryland which can easily be remembered as S.A.F.E.

S stands for SAFETY. The ticket of Cox/Schifanelli pledges to end gun violence in Baltimore, to fund and support police officers and to end endless plea deals which result in violent criminals out on the streets.

A stands for AFFORDABILITY by working to lower gas prices, reduce taxes where possible to make housing more affordable and working to reduce inflation.

F stands for FREEDOM for an individual to make their own medical decisions (by themselves or in conjunction with their own doctor) against government overreach. Cox specifically promised that he would never impose mask or experimental vaccine mandates and that any vaccination decision rests with each person individually.

E stands for EDUCATION: Cox explained his school of choice program where each parent must be included and informed about their child’s curriculum and that parents should be allowed to send their child to a non-failing public and/or private school.

Wes Moore then opened up with his story of moving out of Maryland after his father’s death. He did not mention his upscale private education and his privileged lifestyle. Wes Moore stated he would make Maryland an abortion state –equating abortion with healthcare and he ended his opening statement with his campaign slogan “Leave no one behind”.

Pamela Wood, a reporter from the Baltimore Banner opened the questioning with this statement to Delegate Dan Cox: “You have a history for promoting distrust in elections . . .” It was evident that Ms. Wood has serious issues with asking simple, relevant and non-loaded questions without inserting her own political bias against Delegate Cox. Cox responded that he wants to follow the constitutional process and not change the stated laws/procedures in the middle of the election.

Wes Moore then took the question to the next level — calling Cox an election denier and that it is dangerous to question election results.

Cox then came back citing the examples in his own county between two Democrat candidates in which Frederick County in fact overturned the outcome for a Democrat challenger.

It became clear that under Moore, no one will be allowed to challenge an election process or the outcome because he deems it “dangerous”.

Perhaps Pamela Wood forgot that election results have been challenged before in both the nation’s and in Maryland’s history: from Bush v Gore in 2000 to all the way back to Ellen Sauerbrey v Paris Glendening’s race in 1994.

The next question dealt with Wes Moore’s declining to debate Dan Cox at Morgan State University.  Wes Moore had no answer other than that he showed up this time (for the MPT debate) and that he’d rather be on the campaigntrail talking to his donors and supporters.

Alexis Taylor, a reporter from The AFRO asked both candidates how they intend to remedy the disproportionate impact of inflation on the Black community and “To close the racial wealth gap.” Ms. Taylor asked, “Do reparations play a part in your plan at all?”

Full question:

Alexis Taylor: Gentlemen, as you know, Americans across the nation are feeling the effects of inflation. Residents of this great state feel the pain at the pump and in the grocery store aisle. Marylanders of every race, every creed and color are making tough financial decisions. But when it comes to Black Marylanders, the effects of inflation are magnified. Black Americans make .71 cent [SIC] for every white dollar. And as You pointed out this year, Mr. Moore, white families in Maryland on average eight times the wealth of Black families in this great state. What will you do, if elected Governor, to close the racial wealth gap? Not just talk about it. What will you actually put in place to address this and do reparations play a part in your plan at all?”

Cox said as a civil rights attorney that transferring wealth on the basis of skin color is “. . . racist.  It’s wrong.”  He also said, “I’m for equal justice for all of Maryland. 

Dan Cox (Full answer): So the only thing we need to talk about with reparations is making sure that the people who were robbed of their business and their wealth in the last two years with an authority that my opponent supports – and that is a lockdown authority. We need to make sure we’re back in the position to prosper once again. That’s my platform and plan. When you look at my opponent, he’s talking about – um, transferring wealth away from people because oftheir skin color. That is racist. It’s wrong. I will stand against that and say . . . I’m about – I’m a civil rights attorney. I’m about equal justice for all of Maryland, making opportunities, bridge loans, opportunity zones. We need to make sure that our – our — all of our citizens in Maryland have what they need to have an education. I mean it’s preposterous. When you go to Baltimore City and I’ve been there playing ball. And I’ve been to Morgan State when Mr. Moore refused to attend and the cry of everyone’s heart is “We’ve got to get our city and our state back on track – both economically and safe.” That’s my platform. Mr. Moore wants to undermine that.

Mr. Moore’s answer was shocking: Wes Moore said he wants reparations by using the words “reparative action” at the 15:28 mark in the debate:

Wes Moore (Partial answer):   “We’ve gotta moveinto a direction where we’re taking meaningful actionand reparative action to be able to address the economic gaps that we continue to see in our society.”

He also said that we are systemically racist and that racism didn’t start during COVID. Why did Moore forget to mention that he is wealthier than 90% of the people in Maryland, including Dan Cox and his ten children combined, and that the racist system he intends to dismantle is the same system that made him one of the richest people in Maryland?

Dan Cox spoke about lowering the gas tax and his numerous bills he introduced in the last four years as a delegate.

The experience between the two candidates was unmatched.  

Then, the MPT reporter Jeff Salkin asked a simple question about solutions to the declining (public school) test scores. 

Instead of addressing the issues of failing student scores which is the equivalent of a substantial loss of learning, Wes Moore spoke about implementing the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations which were passed by the Maryland General Assembly and he proudly statedthat he was endorsed by the teachers union.

Cox addressed the need to refocus teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic and ending political indoctrination in schools. Cox promoted the need for school choice as well as the need for parental involvement and the need for parents to know what their children are learning.

In a pre-recorded question, a representative from the Salisbury University student newspaper asked about gun violence. Moore indicated that we need to have gun control and to scrub the criminal record of some non-violent criminals. Cox, on the other hand, promised to fund police officers stating that no meaningful crime reduction occurred under Democrat control and that crime is rising in Baltimore City.

Delegate Cox mentioned several times during the debate that as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Delegates that people aligned with Wes Moore came to Delegate Cox’s Judiciary Committee numerous times trying to get criminals who used a gun to commit a crime to have those felony charges dropped (19:21) and people aligned with Moore from (George Soros’s) Open Society came to the committee to “reimagine policing”, asking for police to be defunded which would make Maryland less safe (21:25 and at 41:05).

In another pre-recorded question, a representative from the Morgan State University student newspaper asked about supporting historically Black colleges and Dan Cox responded it was important to expand the Pell Grant program while Wes Moore talked about settlement.  Cox also responded by saying he was a recipient of a Pell Grant and he understands the need for students to not drop out because they cannot afford college.

Pamela Wood again asked Dan Cox the next question asserting and implying Dan Cox has a “national ban on abortion” stance. While Dan Cox publicly stated that he is pro-life, has a special needs son and that he authored the “Down Syndrome Protection Act” as a state delegate in the Maryland General Assembly, he clearly explained that the legislature is the one crafting the abortion law and as Governor he has to uphold Maryland’s abortion law which is one of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation.

Wes Moore then said that abortion is healthcare. (27:21)

That’s when the jaws dropped. Moore said that he wants to make Maryland an abortion sanctuary state and that he supports late term abortion and that the only decision whether to have an abortion or not is between a woman and her doctor.  (26:22 “I want Maryland to be a safe haven for abortion rights.”)

Alexis Taylor then asked a question regarding $600 million dollars in marijuana-related revenues and Wes Moore answered that he plans to rollout fair and equitable distribution of marijuana revenues and licenses.

Candidate for Governor Dan Cox has not received any campaign contributions from medical marijuana growers.)

Cox called the social justice approach racist and he vouched to ensure equal justice under the law.  

MPT’s Salkin asked the candidates to rate Governor Hogan’s performance (as Governor of Maryland during his eight years in office).

Wes Moore refused to give Hogan any grade because his term is not over. (However, Hogan has been in office eight years and the winner of the November 8th election will replace Hogan.)  Moore also stated he applauds Governor Hogan’s “anti-MAGA” movement and not supporting Cox.

Cox, albeit repeatedly slandered by Governor Hogan,stated that during the last eight years he worked with Hogan as a member of the Judiciary Committee.  Cox gave Hogan an “A” for the good work on some issues he had done in the past but he disagreed with Hogan’s (COVID) mandates (which hurt Marylanders by shutting down ‘non-essential’ businesses, houses of worship andled the way for counties to restrict indoor dining, etc. while allowing big box stores, liquor stores and abortion clinics to remain open).

Cox specifically addressed the need to lower taxes for Marylanders and seniors and he further claimed that Wes Moore will raise taxes which will crush our already troubling economy.

Pamela Wood then asked how each candidate would end “discrimination among LGBTQ+ students” in schools.

Cox responded that we must include parents so they know what their child is being taught in public school and ensure that no one is forcing transgenderism on kindergarten students (and by implication other students). Then Ms. Wood engaged in an argument with Delegate Cox asking for clarification and he cited the book “Gender Queer” which is currently in most Maryland school libraries which shut her down.

Moore stated that he supports a local school system’sautonomy, clearly not understanding the State of Maryland Board of Education mandates and overreaches by withholding funding to local school boards who refuse to enforce the Maryland State Health Curriculum. Wes Moore touched on transgenderism and mental health.

The next Governor will be able to make appointments to the Maryland State Board of  Education which will dramatically affect what students are taught.  “The State Board consists of 13 regular members, and 1 student member, all appointed by the Governor.” https://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/pages/default.aspx)

The last question highlighted a drastic difference between the candidates:  Expanding and widening the I-270 corridor to combat climate change.

Wes Moore promoted the idea of electric cars and Dan Cox explained that this “California approach” (as California has banned the sale of gasoline-fueled cars as of 2035 — https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-08-25/california-ban-gasoline-mandate-zero-emission-2035)will destroy Maryland businesses and that he supported Governor Hogan’s widening of the I-270 corridor so people can get home quicker from work instead of sitting in traffic for hours which is not good for the environment.

The closing arguments were clear:

Wes Moore wants universal health care which includes abortion on demand; electric cars and reparations (taking money/goods from one group of people because their ancestors – not living Marylanders — are alleged to have contributed to the economic downfall of another class and giving money/goods to another group based upon their skin color).

Dan Cox wants to Make Maryland S.A.F.E. – through SAFETY (supporting law and order), AFFORDABILITY (providing economic conditions which will provide the structure for more affordable living conditions which includes doing what can be done to lower property taxes and other taxes within the powers afforded to the Governor of Maryland), FREEDOM (from mandates, providing school choice, and freedom to own a gasoline-fueled car or an electric vehicle) and EDUCATION (providing the necessary instruction in reading, writing and arithmetic which equips children for the real world; not advancing students to the next grade without being able to adequately function on the appropriate grade level; and providing a safe school environment through placement ofSROs/school resource officers in schools; ensuringfunctioning heat and air conditioning in all public schoolsand a state school system which provides parents better school choices – AKA ‘school choice’ where tax dollars allocated to each student ‘follow the child’ to whichever school a parent wants their child to attend, whether it’s public, private or homeschool education).

Marylanders have a clear choice between the two candidates running for Governor of Maryland:  a candidate (Cox) who is a constitutional attorney and state delegate and desires a S.A.F.E. Maryland or a candidate (Moore) who has not held elective office but has profited from his book sales of “The Other Wes Moore” which is based upon the tragic death of a Baltimore police officer who was killed by another man named Wes Moore.  Meanwhile the family whose loved one was slain has not received any proceeds from the book which made Moore a wealthy manas Moore touts reparations and favoritism in the guise of ‘equity’ as a solution for all ills.  Additionally, the Baltimore City government, controlled by Democrats for decades,cannot provide a safe environment for its residents nor an adequate education and climate-controlled environment for its public school students but Moore has the backing of many in the Democrat leadership of Baltimore City.  And people affiliated with Moore and Open Society have petitioned the Judiciary Committee, on which Cox sits, for those who used guns in a crime to not face felony charges.

Candidate Wes Moore dangerously promises much but he does not state the economic consequences for what he “promotes” although he clearly states he prefers one class of Marylanders over another through the Robin Hood principle (taking from the rich and giving to the poor, or in this case based upon seemingly racist overtones).  Incidentally, in Moore’s recent past, he worked at the Robin Hood Foundation in which he (Moore) was paid over $900,000 a year to redistribute resources and he lives in a house valued at over $3 million.  

Moore’s economic policies could adversely affect all Marylanders through spending proposals which need to be funded.  Where does the revenue come from to fund proposals like Moore mentioned?  As always, taxes will need to be raised in order to receive monies – either from the federal government or from the state coffers.  Thus, the one certain thing Marylanders can know about Wes Moore is there will be a “Moore” financially uncertain future because of Wes Moore’s radical policies.

Who will best keep all Marylanders SAFE?

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