Author Archives: R. E. Smith Jr.

About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert E. Smith.

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Here we go again

“Sea-level rise too risky for N. C. to ignore”—a view of the opinion editor of the Wilmington StarNews. (Link below) In case readers hadn’t noticed, our astute Editorial Board reminds us that during Hurricane Irma water was “bubbling up from … Continue reading

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Who are the real fascists?

Okay. It’s time to revisit Jonah Goldberg’s book, “Liberal Fascism, The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.” The word fascism has been so frequently flung around and misused that it has no meaning … Continue reading

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Slavery commission report (a parody)

Washington| The final report of the Slavery Commission established by Congress in 2017 was released this week. The Congressional Black Caucus formed a 20-member group made up of prominent black politicians chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Cal. Every Democrat in … Continue reading

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What’s the matter with these people?

Leadership in the Republican Party seems to be dominated with cowardly wimps who prostrate themselves every time some Loony Lefty screams “racism.” They grovel and beg forgiveness even as they are not guilty—except for being the Party of Lincoln. In … Continue reading

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Silent Sam speaks up

The scene: A statue of a young Confederate soldier stands on a monument in McCorkle Place on the University of North Carolina campus at Chapel Hill. A small crowd gathers at the base. Silent Sam speaks: Hey, y’all down there, … Continue reading

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Progressive failures

The very fact that white supremacists still exist reminds progressives of their failure to establish a secular utopia here on earth. It also testifies to their failure to grasp the realities of human nature. Both of these things are deeply … Continue reading

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