MD County Republicans Elect Reconstructionist Peroutka


Republican voters in Anne Arundel County, Maryland have officially nominated a Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate as their candidate for the county council. It was a narrow victory, only 38 votes, which is why it wasn’t certified until now even though the vote was taken a couple weeks ago. The Annapolis Capital Gazette is not impressed.

Anyone who thinks we’re being unfair can go to the website of the Institute on the Constitution (www.theamericanview.com), the Pasadena-based organization founded by Peroutka, and start reading his columns.

There’s the recent one in which the lawyer and former Constitution Party presidential candidate asks “whether the people of Maryland may be justified in reaching the conclusion that what we call our ‘General Assembly’ is no longer a valid legislative body.” That’s because it has transgressed against God’s laws by passing the rain tax, legislation legitimizing same-sex marriage, a measure to protect the transgendered from discrimination, a gun-control bill, and so on…

There’s the one in which he declares “God’s word — the Bible — is the ultimate lawbook and the ultimate guide for all actions of civil government at all levels” — including, presumably, the County Council…

If this isn’t enough, peruse the website of the League of the South (dixienet.org), an organization of which Peroutka, by his statement, is a proud member. The current president declares on the website that “The League of the South is a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic.”

Peroutka told voters the truth when he stressed that he was against taxes and stormwater fees. He didn’t stress that he’s also a theocrat and secessionist who thinks it would be great if local officials refused to uphold state laws.

Peroutka’s views are hardly a secret, but they voted for him anyway.

Comments

  1. busterggi says

    He represents his constituents – regressive bigoted Christofascists, of course they voted for him.

  2. raven says

    Peroutka got .09% of the vote when he ran for president.

    He got >50% of the vote when he ran as the GOP nominee for Anne Arundel county, Maryland.

    Either the people of this Maryland county are hmmm, well different from the rest of the USA. Or things have changed a lot in a few decades.

    PS IIRC, Maryland wasn’t even part of the Old Confederacy.

  3. alanb says

    Anne Arundel County is not in the backwards parts of Maryland (Eastern Shore and Western Maryland). It is in the highly blue I-95 corridor. All of the surrounding counties went heavily for Obama, and Romney won Anne Arundel by only 2200 votes or 0.9 percentage points. Most of it is either Baltimore or Washington suburbs where the conservatives tend to be economic conservatives, not radical theocrats.

  4. D. C. Sessions says

    Most of it is either Baltimore or Washington suburbs where the conservatives tend to be economic conservatives, not radical theocrats.

    However, they’re loyal Republicans and won’t look past the (R) on the ballot.

  5. eric says

    @2:

    PS IIRC, Maryland wasn’t even part of the Old Confederacy.

    Wikipedia tells me the volunteer troops went about 3/4 to the Union and 1/4 to the Confederacy. Maryland did not secede, however, I wouldn’t put too much stock in that fact; it could have been an extremely pragmatic decision (on the part of the state government) rather than an ideological one.

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

    have officially nominated a Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate as their candidate

    Stop Ed, I’ve heard that one before:
    A Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate walk into a bar…

  7. robertfaber says

    Maryland was, however, a slave state, one of three which did not secede. Not everyone in Maryland was happy about staying with the union.

  8. freethinkercro says

    I am a resident of the district in question.

    It is a fairly affluent area and although it skews Republican, most are of the economic variety. Peroutka drew less than a third of the vote in a five-person race. The Democratic primary for the same county council seat included a fellow traveler from his “institute”. Fortunately, he lost. I am also hearing GOP voices stating that they do not plan to vote for Peroutka, so I am hopeful that reason will prevail in this race.

    One thing I found interesting was that Peroutka’s campaign signs were red with yellow starts. I thought it made him look like a Chinese communist.

  9. JustaTech says

    As a child growing up in Maryland we were told that Maryland didn’t join the Confederacy because the Union Army (under orders form Lincon) threatened to blow up Baltimore Harbor. Because if Maryland had left the Union, DC would have been surrounded, and that would have been an awkward way to wage a war.

    The Maryland state anthem speaks to this and while the tune is Oh Christmas Tree, the words are, … , unkind.

  10. doublereed says

    Maryland did not secede, however, I wouldn’t put too much stock in that fact; it could have been an extremely pragmatic decision (on the part of the state government) rather than an ideological one.

    Still counts!

  11. says

    “Because if Maryland had left the Union, DC would have been surrounded, and that would have been an awkward way to wage a war.”

    Conversely, after the U.S. War of Southern Treachery v 2.0, surviving politicians in LA, FL and other states will say:

    “Wah, we did not want to secede, but we wuz surrounded by other secessionistical states and had no choice, Suh! No choice, whatsoevah!”.

  12. howardhershey says

    I thought my irony meter would explode when the presidential candidate of something called the “Constitutional Party” was found to be a raving secessionist. Turns out though that the Constitiution he was supporting wasn’t the U.S. Constitution, but that of a former enemy of the U.S.

    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_csa.asp

    So the meter barely budged. It does seem that that Constitution and the U.S. one have a lot of similarity except that the one he likes doesn’t have the amendment meant to supply militias of armed citizens instead of a standing army. Understandable, since all those states had strict weapons control to prevent certain groups (er, colors) of people from having access to weapons.

  13. thalwen says

    On behalf of Marylanders with brains, I apologise.
    Don’t live in that county, nor am I a Republican, so I had no part in this and he’s not in my county, otherwise whoever is running against him would be sure to have my vote.

  14. freethinkercro says

    Another article on Peroutka from today’s (13 July) Capital: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/election/peroutka-donates-m-dinosaur-skeleton-to-creation-museum/article_25cef04f-9950-5947-91ea-6da3ca34af9e.html

    Peroutka donated a dinosaur skeleton to the Creation Museum. The article includes a great quote from the article from University of Cincinnati Geology and Paleontology Professor David Meyer on the notion that the skeleton only dates back 6000 years: “C’mon, it’s rubbish.”

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