Maryland gubernatorial candidate from the Constitution Party, Eric Knowles, fears more than simply the misguided direction of our state and country. Knowles fears that the very sovereignty of the nation has been compromised.
The Constitution Party, a right-wing minor party, traditionally advocates a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as the basis for American government. It argues that in this day and age the country has strayed from the intentions of the founding fathers and must immediately return to a state of smaller government and increased state’s rights.
Apparently, certain members of the Constitution Party believe much, much more than that.
According to the Eric Knowles for Governor Facebook page, a public page which can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Knowles-for-Governor/135513056468153, this candidate for Maryland governor believes that an international group of bankers is plotting to create one world government and in the process destroy United States sovereignty.
The evidence for Knowles’ beliefs comes in the form of a Youtube video located on his gubernatorial Facebook page. The video depicts Robert Welch Jr., a political activist and founder of the John Birch Society, predicting what later came to be known as the New World Order.
For those of you unfamiliar with Robert Welch Jr., he was a staunch anti-communist during the paranoid McCarthy era and remained so in the years following America’s second “Red Scare”. Later, during the 1960’s when anti-communism was less in vogue, Welch expanded his conspiratorial ideas to include the Illuminati, a secret society founded in Bavaria in the late 18th Century. According to most New World Order conspiracy advocates, the heirs of the Illuminati are all around us today in the form of international bankers, business owners, and politicians, including the American president.
It can be agreed to by most reasonable people that the Democrats and Republicans have let this country down. It can hardly be debated that the United States is now on the slippery slope of decline, both economically and influentially. You may not support either Martin O’Malley or Robert Ehrlich, but exchanging our present two-parties for one that indulges in fantasy is not a wise decision.
Advocating fairy tales such as the New World Order conspiracy theory is not the way to win over the public during an election year. Actually, it will have the opposite effect. When alternative parties publically promote such farcical ideas they are giving all independents a bad name. Being an independent myself, I am among those most frustrated.
It is very important for the voters of Maryland and indeed every state to know and understand their candidates for public office on all levels. Brief biographies of the rest of the Constitution Party of Maryland candidates can be found on its webpage at http://www.constitutionpartymd.com/.