A Citizen’s Perspective

Society, Hypocrisy and the 2016 Election Season

by Paul Schwartz



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/14/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781524587376
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781524587383
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781524587369

About the Book

This book is a compilation of my columns for the Montgomery County Sentinel during the period leading up to and including the 2016 election season. These weekly columns for the Sentinel, which began in February of 2015, comprise the content of this book. The topics are topics that captured the attention of the members of our society. As such, these columns represent a snapshot of the issues we have faced and my analysis of them. I have categorized the columns under six themes relating to societal challenges, such as those that we experienced somewhat recently in Baltimore and Charleston; needed steps to improve our communities, such as our failing infrastructure; today's political landscape, including voter identification to fix a nonexistent problem; the impact of Supreme Court rulings; campaigns and candidate interviews; and the economy, which includes the ever-shrinking middle class and its relation to the Reagan cure-all—trickle-down economics. More than anything, these columns are intended to capture the hypocrisy rampant throughout today's society. As you will see as you read these columns in order from earlier to later, some prognostication was a bit more accurate than others. Please consider the time frame within which each column was written as you read them. While the columns cover more than just what has turned out to be a presidential election like no other before it, it is the 2016 election that is the main focus of this book. However, it was always my intention in writing these columns to capture the many challenges we face as a society, provide you with my own personal perspective on those challenges, and motivate the reader to consider widening his or her own perspectives on the various issues reflected in the columns. I will leave it to the reader to determine if I succeeded.

About the Author

Paul Schwartz has been married for more than forty years to his lovely wife Ruthy, has two children and six grandchildren, and currently resides in an historic little town in Montgomery County, Maryland which just happened to have served as the capital of the United States for one day on August 26, 1814 during the War of 1812. He was an official with the federal government for 37 years working for U.S. Customs at the World Trade Center in New York and, later, Headquarters in Washington. He served in the Department of Homeland Security when that Department was created in 2003 and completed his federal career at FEMA post Katrina. After his retirement from federal service, he became a member of a subcommittee for the National Commission on Children and Disasters, worked as an advocate for gun safety in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy and worked to have passed Maryland's Firearms Safety Act of 2013, worked on President Obama's 2012 campaign and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's successful 2014 campaign, has worked in support of Congressman John Sarbanes' efforts to reform campaign financing, is serving as the State Legislative Committee chairperson for the NARFE Maryland Federation, and is currently a member of Montgomery County's Committee on Public Election Funds...AND he is very proud to be a weekly columnist for the Montgomery County Sentinel.