Sam Smith - The Trump case now before the Supreme Court could be the most important decision by that body in our history. As Paul Waldman put it in the Washington Post: It’s almost impossible to overstate how appalling the arguments by Trump’s lawyers have been. They have claimed kingly powers for the president — … Continue reading The Supreme Court will decide whether America is now a dictatorship
Sam Smith, 2011- Tired of killing Muslims, we are now trying to teach their survivors some democracy. There are a number of practical problems with this, among them being that the curriculum is in the hands of the most authoritarian, deceitful, anti-democratic, and constitution-wrecking administration we've ever had. But there's an even more disturbing matter: … Continue reading The coalition of the shilling
Sam Smith Although the corporate media – the least free segment of the country’s press – isn’t reporting it like this, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s definition of a journalist in its just passed law is a clear violation of the First Amendment, not simply because of the self-serving nature of the definition but because the … Continue reading The Senate’s war on freedom of the press
Sam Smith It used to be that if the White House or Congress did something really stupid to the Constitution, you could at least hope that a federal court would straighten them out. But a number of recent decisions suggest that we’ve lost the judges too. In recent weeks, federal courts have: · allowed the … Continue reading And now the judges are deserting us
The recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and voting rights is a strong reminder of the hazards of ignoring class and culture in thinking about politics. We tend to consider these things one dimensionally as if the Supreme Court was only deciding law - and not culture, class and politics. As if the only … Continue reading Why did gays win while blacks & latinos lost?
Sam Smith Some media made a big thing of a conservative judge joining the appeals court decision upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate. In fact, Obamacare is a highly conservative measure – when compared to Medicare or single payer - and the individual mandate amounts to a huge earmark subsidizing the health insurance industry. Bear in mind, … Continue reading One part of the Constitution the establishment loves
Sam Smith By the standards of the US Constitution as well as American and international law, Barack Obama is a criminal – as are many of his recent predecessors. The fact that most Americans don’t see him as such reflects the degree to which we have come to accept the ad hoc policies of those … Continue reading The crime behind hope and change
Sam Smith One of the things I enjoy about covering the news is being repeatedly surprised. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, something new happens. The most recent example is the rebellion against the techno-authoritarianism being carried out by the TSA in its screening process. For many years, I've sat on … Continue reading One never knows, do one?
By Sam Smith 2000 This article originally appeared in the NY Press What does New York City have more of than Rhode Island, Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, all put together? People. What do Rhode Island, Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming have that New York … Continue reading The case for urban statehood