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The moral decay of the Md. GOP

Freedom without a moral compass based on Judeo-Christian values cannot be sustained. That is a fundamental belief of most social conservatives.

The Founding Fathers seemed to agree with that basic premise as well. John Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the second president of the United States, said "it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue."

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The ebbs and flows of American politics become easier to read as one gets older and one can generally get a vibe of what the electorate is craving from election to election. There are times when voters are in the mood for a liberal candidate and other times when voters want to get back to the basics and elect a conservative candidate.

It was clear to many of us that Marylanders were in the mood for a conservative candidate last year. That was evident in the Republican primary, when 57 percent of GOP voters supported conservative candidates Charles Lollar, David Craig and Ron George.

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As we know, the three conservative candidates split the vote and Marylanders ended up with Larry Hogan, the most left-wing Republican candidate in a generation, who received a mere 43 percent of the primary vote. A compelling argument could be made that Democrat Doug Gansler ran a more conservative campaign in the Democratic primary than Mr. Hogan did in the GOP primary.

Maryland GOP voters could have nominated a sock puppet last year and it would have won the general election because people were fed up with the Democrats' failed progressive policies. Many of us knew that and shouted it from the rooftops, but, alas, the moderates had their say.

Yes, they won, but ultimately we all lost because of the missed opportunity to elect a true conservative who could have seized the opportunity to articulate real solutions to what ails us. Instead, we got a mirror image of former Gov. Martin O'Malley on morality issues.

Mr. Hogan benefited from the electorate's fed-up mood and from former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's historically bad campaign. Mr. Hogan will not stop the moral decline because his social policies betray the Word of God, as have those of the Democrats.

Americans are left scratching their heads as to why there have been so many school shootings over the past 15 to 20 years. Why has violence increased in our society as a whole? Why does there seem to be an overall moral decline around the country?

America is not being called to judgment because of rain taxes, bag taxes, the Purple Line or school overcrowding. America is being called to judgment because she has betrayed the Word of God, just as the ancient Israelites.

The Maryland GOP missed a golden opportunity to nominate a real conservative last year. President John Adams said "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

We should pray that Mr. Hogan moves to the right on moral issues and that he starts to understand that America has only been blessed because she adheres to the Word of God. The Republican Party used to understand that, but lately it seems to have forgotten.

Marvin Finley, Bethesda

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