Why the Schneiderman saga is especially grim

Sam Smith – I had my money on Eric Schneiderman as the last play in bringing Trump down and saving what’s left of America’s democracy – after perhaps the firing of Mueller and the legal dehydration of the New York US Attorney. Schneiderman, after all, had handled the Trump University case well and was reportedly … Continue reading Why the Schneiderman saga is especially grim

When television took over politics

Sam Smith - It's been my long held thesis that few things have altered American politics more than the arrival of television's popularity as a source of news and opinion.  As noted here before, for example, it had a profound effect on political corruption. Prior to television, corruption was a feudal arrangement i.e. politicians were … Continue reading When television took over politics

A few thoughts for those looking for a presidential candidate

Sam Smith Politics is not a religion in which your faith is being judged, but rather a pragmatic community matter based on consensus. It is okay to support someone who doesn't meet all your standards if they generally good and stand the best chance of winning. There is no lord of politics who won't forgive … Continue reading A few thoughts for those looking for a presidential candidate

Finding greener pastures and greener voters

From a talk to the Green Party of Montgomery County, MD, May 14, 2005 Sam Smith - Ten years ago next month a small group of us staged a conference of third party activists that led to several other meetings culminating in this country's first Green presidential campaign in 1996 and, in suitably confused order, … Continue reading Finding greener pastures and greener voters

There’s no business like show business. . .and certainly not politics

Sam Smith – The other day I came across a poem I wrote about a week after the first Kennedy-Nixon debate (probably for Roll Call newspaper where I was working at the time): I’ll Take My Candidate Without Cream or Sugar, Thank You Pollster, spare that candidate Give him a chance to run Free from … Continue reading There’s no business like show business. . .and certainly not politics