This Week in the Blog 1-29-18

Whew!  It just gets better every week! Have you wondered what’s really in the Michael Wolfe tell-all book about Trump’s White House?  Well, Penny Smith read it, all the way through, and has told us all we really need to know about it.  See What I’m...

The United States of Gun Violence

By Penny Smith Another week, another mass shooting. Ho Hum. The kids should have been “carrying” themselves or at least the teachers should be armed. That’s the solution. Strap a gun on everyone and then, the argument goes, it would be more than the bad guys who have...

Best School Reform Measure Ever

By Penny Smith I wake up with coffee and NPR most mornings. In the fog before the coffee I faintly heard a short piece about a school that eschews disciplining their acting out impoverished students in favor of counseling, safe spaces, and understanding the...

What I’m Reading 1-28-18

By Penny Smith Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018. Yes, indeed, my copy came last week and I sat down to a day of shock and awe with Mr. Wolff’s latest book. The basic criticisms that one sees in the...

Chili Supper — February 1, 2018

You certainly know how comforting a hot bowl of chili is on a cold, winter evening, but did you also know that eating foods containing hot chili’s helps with weight loss?  So what better time could the Democratic Women select to host a good, old-fashioned Chili...

New Blog Posts — January 22, 2018

You will not want to miss Penny Smith’s opinion pieces this week in the blog.  Penny gets to the bottom line of what’s really important about the government shutdown in a piece titled, The Dad’Burn Guv’nment.  She also has a firm response to...

I’m a Pro-Thriver

By Penny Smith Obviously, to be a pro-thriver, you have to be pro-life. You can’t thrive, if you’re not alive. So, I must also be pro-life and that’s true. Life is better than the alternative. But I have a very different notion about what pro-life means than the...

The Dad’Burn Guv’nment

By Penny Smith Government shut-down. Great, show the world what a working democracy looks like. A wonderful opportunity to tout our way of life. Bravo, guys and gals. I know, I know. We’re the good guys and they’re the bad guys. It is more a Trump Shut-Down than a...

What I’m Reading 1-22-18

By Penny Smith Lillian Smith, Killers of the dream. Originally published n 1949. I reread the 1994  reprint put out by Norton Press. If you don’t know the work of Lillian Smith (no relative), you should. Born in Florida, she spent much of her life outside Clayton,...

New in The Blog This Week — January 15, 2018

There are three timely and interesting new posts from Penny Smith in The Blog this week.  Along with reviews of the books and articles she’s reading, click here for essays on: The assault on freedom of the press The rise and fall of democracy in the world, and...

Freedom of the Press

By Penny Smith Michael Abramowitz, writing for Freedom House’s 2017 review of global press freedom, notes: Never in the 38 years that Freedom House has been monitoring global press freedom has the United States figured as much in the public debate as in 2016 and the...

The Great Democracy Recession

By Penny Smith Samuel Huntington, in an article in The Journal of Democracy, later expanded in his book The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth-Century (1991), argued  that there have been three surges of democracy-building in the modern world. The first...

What I’m Reading (January 14, 2017)

By Penny Smith David Neiwert, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (Verso, 2017). Neiwert is an independent writer and blogger, currently living in Seattle. Early in his career he was associated with MSNBC as a writer and producer, leaving to...

Republican Gerrymander in NC Ruled Unconstitutional

Here is a link to the best article I have read on the January 9, 2018 Federal Court ruling about the gerrymandered congressional districts in North Carolina.  My key takeaways: The ruling states that the maps drawn by the majority Republican legislature were...

JCDP January Meeting to Host Steve Woodsmall

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30pm at party headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva, the January meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party will feature the third person to announced his candidacy for the Democratic nominee to the U.S. Congress from NC District 11....

Great New Posts in the Blog

One of our most valued members of Jackson Dems is spending more time at home these days.  While we miss her leadership and presence at our meetings, she is keeping contact through the website’s blog.  Penny Smith will be updating us regularly on her observations...

What I’m Reading

By Penny Smith — January 10, 2018 Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, “White Women Overwhelmingly Supported Roy Moore. We Shouldn’t be Surprised.” Google that and you can get a copy. McRae works at WCU; her essay was published in the December 20, 2017 edition of the...

TALENT AND OPPORTUNITY

By Penny Smith — January 10, 2018 Our initial founding document, The Declaration of Independence, states that “all men are created equal” and share an equal right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I’ll leave arguing that Jefferson’s felicitous...