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

One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director

Sam Smith - Or on the Supreme Court for that matter. I admit to some personal bias in this, but because I was one of 19 plaintiffs in a case that went before DC's Federal Appeals Court that not only affected me but all the other deprived citizens of the nation's capital. After Garland and … Continue reading One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director

Did Michelle Obama help Trump win?

Sam Smith Reading Michelle Obama’s rant about Trump dismantling her dietary prescriptions for millions of school children, it suddenly dawned me that she might have contributed significantly to her target’s election as president. Michelle Obama’s plan was not about goals or education but about rules, the failure to follow which could result in a loss … Continue reading Did Michelle Obama help Trump win?