Category Archives: politics

“After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”

  “For more than a year, members of the Baltimore City Council, like officials in many communities across the nation, had drifted indecisively about the fate of the city’s increasingly controversial Confederate monuments. Then, last weekend, white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., … Continue reading

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post mortem thoughts on the election

    Some post mortem thoughts of mine on the election, based on an email exchange with a friend over the past few days.   *************************************   I am fundamentally apolitical, although I follow politics pretty closely. Let’s put it … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “Walt Whitman, Immigration Policy, and Donald Trump’s Wall”

    In response to: “Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan,” The New York Times, June 23, 2016     I offer the following brief comments of my own as well as quotations from Walt Whitman and about him. … Continue reading

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Trump vis-à-vis Hitler

      “Anyone who thinks Trump is Hitler never studied European history.” comnet posted by a reader of an op ed piece, The York Times, May 9, 2017       *****************************************************     An acquaintance of mine posted … Continue reading

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re Melania’s outfit and its designer

      “There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.” — Erich Fromm, Man for Himself: An Inquiry into … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “‘Hamilton’ actor disses VP-elect; a few comments in response to a Broadway “lecture”

    Re: “‘Hamilton’ Cast’s Appeal to Pence Ignites Showdown With Trump,” by Patrick Healy, The New York Times, November 19, 2016     *****************************************************   Some highlights, as per the New York Times story: A controversy erupted two days … Continue reading

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a voter on “Clinton Fatigue”

  I remember the Clintons from back when they tap danced around the Gennifer Flowers story. Then came Whitewater and then Hillary Clinton’s billing records were nowhere to be found, and then there was Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton looked … Continue reading

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