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.

Giving back and giving up

One of the euphemisms frequently heard from social justice promoters these days is giving back. Presumably this assumes that some people have unfairly taken something from others and, thus, should return some of it. Adults volunteering freely and willingly of … Continue reading

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Marxism and climate change

In re-reading the chapter “The Tyranny of Visions” from Thomas Sowell’s classic little book, “The Quest for Cosmic Justice,” he observes that tyrannies “prevail in visions of social and economic activities” as well as in questions of war and peace. … Continue reading

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Trump pulls out of a bad deal

Appropriately, President Donald Trump last week announced from the Rose Garden that he would strike a blow for U. S. sovereignty and not get us sucked into another Euro-scam to take more of our wealth. The garden setting was appropriate … Continue reading

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Multiculturalists destroying American history

Multicultural madness has had its planned effect on American culture—to dilute and destroy it. Federal government immigration policy over recent decades has changed the demography of America from largely European to mostly people from Third World countries. As Dr. Clyde … Continue reading

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Remembering American History

On Memorial Day this year columnist Peggy Noonan wrote “some thoughts on historical memory” in the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Noonan begins with bad news that some of us have known for many years: “We are losing it. We are … Continue reading

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See no evil….

When I was a young boy we often visited my mother’s parents. I was fascinated with a carved figure of three monkeys on Grandpa Stark’s desk. Each had its hands on its head: one over its eyes, one over its … Continue reading

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The President and the Pope – a parody

VATICAN CITY – May 24, 2017 – President Donald Trump meets with Pope Francis, “two men with starkly different worldviews” as reported in the New York Times. (Seated at a small table)- Pope Francis: Welcome Mr. President. I have a … Continue reading

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