My VIP for this week is conservative activist Scott Presler, who saw a need in Baltimore and organized a group of volunteers to take care of it. In July President Donald Trump drew national attention to Baltimore by calling Congressman Cummings a “bully” and Baltimore “a disgusting rat and rodent-infested mess.”
On August 5, 2019, more than 170 volunteers descended on Baltimore to pick up trash, and members of the community joined the effort. According to Pressler, they worked from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and picked up more than 12 tons of garbage. The group made a huge difference in a short period of time, and they have pictures to show the change.
Of course, liberals could not let conservatives do a good thing without finding fault with them. The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed with the title, “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”
“Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore.
More than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash, according to Mr. Presler’s Twitter feed,” the paper claimed.
“But if this was all about ‘Americans helping Americans,’ why all the videos of Baltimore residents thanking Mr. Thump for bringing attention to the issue? We happen to know that not everybody in West Baltimore feels that way. And in the same posts as the videos, why the frequent reminders that this is in … Mr. Cummings’ district?” the editors pondered.
They then attacked Presler for posting a photo of a newspaper from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008 that the organizers and volunteers stumbled upon while hauling debris from the streets.
The writer continued with his complaint that Presler’s visit to Baltimore emphasizes the problems of the area: the failing urban cores, difficulty of poor people to take care of their own neighborhoods, and the public officials who continue to fail the people they are supposed to serve. “The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?”
Democrats need look no further than Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, and many other cities that have existed under the control of Democrats for years or even decades. Democrat policies and politicians fail time after time. It seems that the federal government continues to dump money into such areas, but there are no improvements.
I believe that President Trump had every right to ask where all the money went. Why is Baltimore covered in trash and its residents living in “a disgusting rat and rodent-infested mess”? The liberals at the Baltimore Sun and elsewhere may be upset to have Democrat weaknesses shown so clearly to all Americans, but what are they going to do about it? Are they going to start cleaning up their own messes – look at Los Angeles and San Francisco – or are they going to continue to blame conservatives who try to make a difference?
I want to recognize Presler and his fellow volunteers for giving of their effort, money, and time to travel to Baltimore to help their fellow Americans. Their service should be appreciated, and their example should be followed by the rest of us.