SWAMPOODLE REPORT: THE SUPREME COURT DOES SOMETHING RIGHT

Sam Smith I don't own a gun. I was never any good at shooting a gun. I was educated by Quakers and avoid violence every chance I get. Still, I was delighted by the Supreme Court's Second Amendment ruling. Not simply because it upheld the Constitution, but because, in a land whose leaders are increasingly … Continue reading SWAMPOODLE REPORT: THE SUPREME COURT DOES SOMETHING RIGHT

THE TWO BEST KEPT SECRETS ABOUT SCHOOL INTEGRATION

Sam Smith 1. It would have been much easier if, at the time the country was fighting over school integration, it hadn't segregated its cities with hardly any debate. 2. It would have been much easier if zip code had been included as well as ethnicity. Even today, the issues of segregation by neighborhood and … Continue reading THE TWO BEST KEPT SECRETS ABOUT SCHOOL INTEGRATION

Clues your country may be turning into a fascist state

Sam Smith, 2006 NOTE: Some of these symptoms are found in non-fascist countries where they should be treated as serious warning signs. On the other hand, fascist states - unlike democratic nations - have many, if not all, of these symptoms. Your president asserts the right to ignore part or all of laws passed by … Continue reading Clues your country may be turning into a fascist state

Who cares who was a Communist?

Sam Smith, 2006 - Reading about Arthur Miller's alleged Communist connections brings to mind some unfinished business for American historians: a fair account of American Communists. Even today, the image projected by the media is heavily tilted towards the FBI version of the tale, an absurd melding of fact, rumor, fiction, and extreme rightwing bias. … Continue reading Who cares who was a Communist?

Questions for a senatorial inquiry on gay marriage

Sam Smith, 2006 1. The Ten Commandments outlaw killing and adultery but that doesn't seem to bother your colleagues as much as gay marriage. Why do you think the Ten Commandments are less important to them than gay marriage? 2. Would you accept a compromise in which we outlawed not only gay marriages but support … Continue reading Questions for a senatorial inquiry on gay marriage

Integration of Glen Echo Amusement Park

A HOWARD STUDENT CONFRONTS GUARD AT GLEN ECHO Sam Smith, 2006 - In the summer of 1960, a local movement formed to end the policy of segregation at Glen Echo Amusement Park. Howard University students, members of the Bannockburn community, the local NAACP, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church and the Wheaton-Kensington Democratic Club, all picketed the … Continue reading Integration of Glen Echo Amusement Park

The Post Office pays a visit

Sam Smith - Government censorship was never much of a problem for us. Other publications, however, did not fare as well. In B.W. (Before Web) the Post Office was the most powerful prude around. As a young radio reporter in 1959, I interviewed the Assistant Postmaster General in his office on the subject of obscenity, … Continue reading The Post Office pays a visit

An early terrorist suspect

EDITOR DETAINED AT AIRPORT 1998 - The Progressive Review''s editor, Sam Smith, was detained at Washington National Airport for a half hour on Wednesday Nov. 4 as five US Airways security officials, 3 police officers, and one bomb-sniffing dog attempted to determine if he was, as they suspected, a terrorist. Total evidence for the suspicion … Continue reading An early terrorist suspect