Part I of II How did we get here? Prelude to an American Dream/Nightmare

The PolicySmith has observed over the decades a certain element of US society pursuing the goal of the rest of the world embracing “how right and good we are.” How the US purity of purpose should be self-evident and if only they understood us the rest of the world, including Rogue States would embrace us.. read more →

The Bravado of Weak Men — Putin Rhymes History

This is about Vladimir Putin — one in a long line of bullies, murderers, sadists and garden variety sickos that have soiled humanity with their odious presence. They prey on the weak and defenseless — those easily intimidated and with fewer resources and strength to retaliate. Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Kim Il-sung and his spawn.. read more →

On a Departed Friend

My great friend John slipped away today. His departure leaves an aching void that will not soon be salved, much less filled. It, and he, will never be forgotten. In the days leading up we only had reports about him on a web service that provides such updates, and his devoted and exceptional Pearl of.. read more →

On Friends Departing

Each of us has friends that move in and out of our lives. I still connect with my childhood best friend but have seen him only twice in 50 years. My high school and college friends connect once or twice a year. Neighbors are connected by proximity, usually friendly, but only occasionally true friends. It.. read more →

The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part III of III)

Three More Years After decades in the Senate, two terms as vice president and a desultory campaign, Joe Biden entered the White House with the electorate’s understanding/support that he was not Donald Trump. The former president’s rants, self-absorption, and absence of any semblance of diplomacy doomed his reelection effort. Most voters simply had enough drama. Enter the.. read more →

07 Feb 2022

The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part II of III)

How Low Can You Go? REALLY!!!  The arrival of Donald Trump on the political stage coincided with the media’s anointing of Hillary Clinton as the next President. She would be the first woman President (Presidette?), she’d been a senator, Secretary of State, had lived through the vast right wing conspiracy and was hailed as the.. read more →

03 Feb 2022

The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part I of III)

(For Better or Worse) How in Heck Did It Get THIS Bad? Political discourse (dis-coarse!) continues descent to the depths of the chasm separating our nation’s two political parties. Can it go lower than a snake’s butt in a wagon rut? Sure. The animus goes beyond invective — elected officials (Maxine Waters, et al.) and political.. read more →

31 Jan 2022

Rx for the USA: More Indiana…REALLY!!

How in the world did this nation arrive at the point that a rather vanilla state – an island of bland tranquility residing in the middle of chaotic Great Lakes states – could be the model to remedy our national malaise? The PolicySmith offers the following for consideration.  Tumult is not Indiana – it has none.. read more →

Nine & a Half Minutes

What time has not been consumed in media by the pandemic in the recent past seems to have been devoted to policing, racism (real and perceived), resulting riots and looting…and immigration gets what little time remains. The George Floyd tragedy in Minnesota has captured media worldwide, and as media focuses so do our electeds. Officer.. read more →

Carbon Tax Follies

The PolicySmith has long admired the conservative commentariat that frequents the pages of the Wall Street Journal, National Review and the late Weekly Standard. New conservative voices, among them Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk, assure conservative perspectives will be given voice long into the future. Surgical skewering of the Left by Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg,.. read more →