There’s an old Army Reserve building here in Westminster that hasn’t been in use for around 20 years. It’s been under consideration as a place to house some of the flood of illegal immigrant kids from Central America. Politico has a story about our governor’s reaction that includes this:
But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.
Yes, Carroll County is probably the most conservative area in the state. After all, Alan Keyes and Michael Steele carried the county by huge margins when they ran for Senate. We didn’t vote for the white liberals who won. <sarc>So it’s obvious that we must be redneck haters.</sarc>
The actual reaction in the county has been mixed. Almost everyone thinks using the old armory is a bad idea. The building is not properly configured for that purpose, and the cost of modification could be quite high. However, as soon as the news of the possible use of the Army Reserve facility broke, local groups, such as churches, began looking for ways to provide services to the children while they might be here. We’re mostly conservatives around here, but that does not prevent us from caring for those in need.
I guess that makes us compassionate conservatives. Maybe we should put a gun rack in Mrs. Hoge’s Volvo.