- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 8, 2001

It could be something in the eggnog, except that the esteemed citizens of Montgomery County have probably banned that, too.
After the Montgomery County town of Kensington banned Santa Claus from a tree-lighting ceremony, and the county itself tried to levy heavy fines on the lighters of odiferous tobacco products, heaven only knows what the natives will do next.
Perhaps an outright ban on smoking in public places? Too late. The friendly anti-smoking crusaders in Friendship Heights attempted that a while back. They wouldn't declare themselves to be a "nuclear free zone." That was already done by Takoma Park, a pleasant albeit apparently absolutely atomless hamlet and neighbor to Friendship Heights.
While it is probably only a matter of days until the Montgomery County Council will insist that all children born in the county be named after the Beatles, there's a larger question to be considered. How did this nice suburban county end up with such a Berkeley-on-LSD mentality? Harvard is hundreds of miles away and Haight and Ashbury even further.
Many of the best and brightest boomers (read, the most liberal and least musically talented) came to Washington in the '60s and '70s to make a difference. That difference now consists of cluttering up the Mall with Earth Day posters made of non-recyclable paper, ordering mostly meatless appetizers at the best steakhouses in town and making silly proposals that almost instantly backfire.
When those same boomers decided to settle down, their bleeding hearts led them to settle in a state named after the scheming Queen Henrietta Maria, a member of a persecuted religious minority whose husband was killed by the followers of that religious fanatic, Oliver Cromwell. True believers in the goodness of government, they have helped make Maryland, the Free State, one of the more liberal in the land, judging by anything from elected officials to state mascots. After all, the terrapin is slow-moving, dim-witted and well-shielded from reality.

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