Paul's View

Brian Frosh and the AG office

MD AG Brian FroshMaryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.        COURTESY PHOTO

In 2014 Marylanders elected by an overwhelming margin state Senator Brian Frosh to become our new attorney general. Now, closing in on some two years in office, I thought it would be a good idea to catch up with Attorney General Frosh and find out how he viewed his short time heading the attorney general office in Maryland.

The accomplishments of his office in such a short time are quite impressive and highlight his commitment to the well-being of the citizens of Maryland.


And now pinch hitting...

Chris-van-hollenSenatorial candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) COURTESY PHOTO

Montgomery County is quite fortunate to have a collection of outstanding political figures. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett was scheduled to serve as the guest speaker for the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County luncheon on May 18th, but had to cancel. Who steps in? None other than senatorial candidate, Chris Van Hollen.

The closest analogy I can come up with is Cate Blanchette having to drop out of a role only to be replaced by Meryl Streep.


What kind of Fool is Trump?

Some of our readers have expressed a degree of displeasure with how I have been portraying Republicans, especially presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. I have been referred to as, among other things, a "communist" and Hillary's "boy toy".


Anyone who understands the meaning of the term "communist" knows that communism calls for complete government control. Acknowledging the need for government protections against capitalist excess as I do is a far cry from communism. Neither I nor, for that matter, Bernie Sanders espouse anything even close to that hideous label and throwing that label around haphazardly is completely irresponsible or, as they say in Republican politics - business as usual.

As for the other description, I don't know where to even begin to address that depiction, unless it will become a cabinet post.

I will agree, however, that my reaction to a Donald Trump nomination has been rather strong. My reaction, though, is based on my considering Mr. Trump to be the absolute worst, most ill-prepared candidate for any office that I have ever witnessed. Further, in addition to being completely unprepared for the office he seeks which is made abundantly clear by his inability to explain in the simplest of terms how he plans to accomplish any of his rally-rousing sound bites.


The First Amendment and you

The First Amendment to the Constitution covers a great deal in very few words. Specifically it states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

If there is one word that is the most significant among the 44 words that comprise the amendment it is the word "Congress". The amendment is intended to prevent "Congress", and by Congress, the government, from enacting laws that would violate an individual's right to practicing his or her religion or exercising his or her right to free speech, a free press, assembling peaceably, or petitioning the government.


Elections as instructive exercise

After a record-high number of Marylanders voted during the eight day early voting period, the voter turnout on primary day, April 26th, continued to be high and Marylanders made their voices heard.


The case for Super Delegates

There are 719 super delegates who will be voting at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia to select a Democratic candidate for president. These super delegates are unpledged delegates in that they are not required to reflect the outcomes of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their states. The super delegates represent about 15 percent of the overall convention vote and are comprised of Democratic leaders and elected officials including members of Congress, governors, and party leaders from all of the states.

The controversy surrounding the concept of super delegates involves whether the votes of these delegates should reflect the will of the people as demonstrated by the results of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their particular states.


Seeing and saying something

In the world of medicine and combating life threatening diseases there are two primary paths to follow. The path chosen is ordinarily dictated by whether the patient has been infected with a life threatening disease or has not. If the individual, for example let's say a cancer patient, is undergoing treatment that treatment would normally include some chemotherapy combined with radiation to attempt to destroy the malignancy that is rearing its ugly head in the patient. For all those who have not yet been infected by a life threatening disease, the focus is ordinarily on prevention, such as no smoking, proper diet and the like.

Contrary to the ego-driven rhetoric of some of the presidential candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to be more specific, the same paths are required when dealing with ISIS. Limiting their response to a military action against existing terrorists without addressing the ever growing recruitment problem only serves to demonstrate their complete misunderstanding of how to deal with this deadly threat not just in the immediate but for the long term.


No place for distortion politics

Republican presidential campaign tactics have finally found their way into the Democrat campaigns. I was rather proud that, until now, the Democrat campaigns focused on issues and not personal attacks and mudslinging. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

The recent childish exchanges between Hillary and Bernie regarding whether either was "qualified" to be president was embarrassing to say the least. However, the campaign tactic that was even more disturbing to me was the intentional distortion of an opponent's record by Senate Democratic candidate Donna Edwards against fellow Democrat Chris Van Hollen.


Finding a case where Trump is actually sane

It has finally happened.  After months of mocking the candidacy of Donald Trump in these weekly columns, I have finally found an issue that, as completely offensive as the rest of the sane world finds his position to be, I actually understand his position and how he arrived at it.  Will wonders ever cease?


The haunting images of being "Great Again"

We are going to "Make America Great Again" is the rallying cry for Donald Trump and his supporters. We hear it over and over again, but it raises some very important questions. The most important question is: When, exactly, is "again"?