Democratic gubernatorial candidates Helen Mizeur, Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler are now campaigning in our neighborhoods. I thank them for their service to Maryland and the country even though they do not see things the way I do.

However, I do understand the value system of the Democratic Party. I used to be a Democrat. I would ask the candidates to please keep connected with the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who disagree with their basic political and social values and policies. The best leaders don't want to be cheered all day by those who agree with them; they want to hear and think about the ideas they are not comfortable with.

I help run a medical business with 100 employees in Maryland. We give fine care, provide many jobs, pay too many taxes and suffer under too many regulations from the state and federal government. Like many medical practices, we live on the edge and may not be here in several years.

As a Democrat, I never really learned why our American founders were so great and why their values were so wonderful. I also never really understood how far the current Democratic Party has strayed from these core American values and replaced them with a European leftist value system. I now see the awful consequences of that. A small government and a big people are what our founders envisioned. The Democrats have flipped that idea on its head.

For example, the values of the Democratic Party crush charity — the greatest one being the ability to create good, honest businesses that are not made profitable by having unfair connections with government. Democrats consider charity forcibly taking money from people who they consider unworthy of it and handing it to others.

They consider charity redistributing income that was never "distributed" in the first place. They consider charity piling on regulation after regulation to fit their version of social justice. They consider charity making people feel like we are all in a state of social welfare with the "rich neighbor."

By defining charity thus they harm us all, especially the most vulnerable. The experiment of charitable big government, crony capitalism and welfare states has been tried over and over. It always fails, if not immediately, then over time. The city of Detroit, run by classic leftist Democratic values and policies, is now bankrupt and can't even provide light bulbs for its street lamps.

Maryland is on its way to becoming the next Western Europe, with business people fleeing or hoping to leave. Maryland has a big buffer because so many in Montgomery County feed from the huge trough of the federal leviathan, sucking wealth and liberty from their fellow citizens so that unproductive jobs in government can be maintained.

But reality will come. It will come in the form of a dispirited, much less free, much less wealthy state and citizenry.

Howard Sachs, Chevy Chase

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