‘Talking Turkey’ Columns by Jim Smith

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Oct. 27, 2022 — Is the U.S. Supreme Court the Biggest Threat to Our Democracy?

Oct. 13, 2022 — Republican Control of Either House of Congress in 2023 Will Be a Sh*t Show

             Also: A Timely Reminder by Thom Hartmann of Founding Father Thomas Paine

Sept. 29, 2022 — ‘Majority Rule’ Is a Bit of a Constitutional Myth in America

Sept. 22, 2022 — Let’s Look at the Christian Evangelical Aspect of Trumpism — Are We in God’s Hands?

Aug. 25, 2022 — We Can Thank Donald Trump for Waking Us, Not Just the Alt-Right

July 28, 2022 — ‘Critical Race Theory’ May Not Be Taught in K-12, But Perhaps It Should Be

June 23, 2022 — The ‘Big Lie’ Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving — for a Man With No Shame

May 26, 2022 — A Stark Warning by Martin Baron About Threats to Truth, Science and Democracy

Apr. 28, 2022 — What Defines and Motivates the Right-Wing in America Is Intolerance

Mar. 24, 2022 — Democracy Is Looking More and More Like an Experiment — That Could Fail

Feb. 24, 2022 — Let’s Look at the New Civil War and How It Is Evolving

Jan. 27, 2022 — If They Loved America, Wouldn’t Anti-Trump Republicans Speak Out?

Dec. 23, 2021 — America, Alone Among the Major Democracies, Is ‘Autocratizing’

             Also: Do You Believe in American ‘Exceptionalism’?  Here’s How Exceptional We Are

Nov. 25, 2021 — It’s Hard to Be an Optimist About the Future of Our Country, Isn’t It?

Sept. 30, 2021 — Trump’s #1 Legacy Will Be His Subversion of Our Democratic Republic

Sept. 23, 2021 — Aren’t Trump and His Supporters the True RINOs (Republicans in Name Only)?

Sept. 16, 2021 — Our Constitution Guarantees that American Will Never Be a True Democracy

Sept. 9, 2021 — How Russia Seeks to Hurt America (aka the Trump/MAGA Playbook)

             Also: It’s All About ‘Ownership’ — How Much of America Do You ‘Own’?

Sept. 2, 2021 — A Reader Asks: Why Do I Keep Writing About Donald Trump? He’s Gone!

             Also: We Need to Honor and Appreciate Immigrants

Aug. 26, 2021 — Every President Leaves a Legacy, So What Will Be Donald Trump’s Legacy?

             Also: How Trumpers Respond to This Column

Aug. 19, 2021 — Supporters of Donald Trump Say They Love America, But That’s an Oxymoron

             Also: Please Congress, Raise My Taxes — and Yours

Aug. 12, 2021 — Is America Strong Enough to Withstand the Authoritarian Direction of the GOP?

             Click here to read Heather Cox Richardson lesson on Voting Rights

Aug. 5, 2021 — Will Trump Followers Ever Realize How Insecure and Dangerous Their Idol Is?

July 29, 2021 — Fox News, OAN & Newsmax Are ‘Killing People’; Facebook Is Just a Multiplier

July 22, 2021 — How Did You Feel When a Friend, Partner, Employer/Employee Lied to You?

July 15, 2021 — The 2022 Mid-Term Elections Will Test How Gullible and Misinformed We Are

July 8, 2021 — Trumpers’ Hatred of ‘Democratic Socialism’ Only Betrays Their Ignorance

July 1, 2021 — Remember the Concern About ‘Low-Information Voters’?  It’s So Much Worse.

June 24, 2021 — The Dumpster Fire We Know As the Trump Presidency Is Still Smoldering

Apr. 22, 2021 — Are You Prepared for the Death of America As We Know It? The Indicators Are There

Feb. 11, 2021 — If the Senate Were to Use a Secret Ballot, It Would Likely Convict Trump Unanimously

Feb. 4, 2021 — From Slate: Trump Didn’t Believe His Election Lies; Pollster Autopsies Explained Loss

Jan. 28, 2021 — ‘The Perfect Target’: Russia Cultivated Trump as Asset for 40 Years, Says ex-KGB Spy

Jan. 14, 2021 — The Insurrectionists Are Themselves Victims — Of Donald Trump’s Big Lies

Jan. 7, 2021 — The Washington Post Counts Trump’s Lies. Who’s Keeping a Body Count?

Dec. 31, 2020 — Did Melania Get Her “I Don’t Really Care” Jacket from Donald’s Closet?

Dec. 24, 2020 — It’s Time to Stop Calling Democrats ‘Socialists, Communists and Leftists’

Dec. 17, 2020 — Some Say to “Move On” and Stop Talking About Trump. Here’s Why I Disagree.

Dec. 10, 2020 — Michael Cohen’s Book ‘Disloyal’ Tells the Story of How Trump Won Over the Evangelicals

Dec. 3, 2020 — Job #1 (of many) Should Be Restoring Trust in Professional Journalism

Nov. 26, 2020 — It Couldn’t Be Clearer Now: It Was Always “Trump First,” not “America First”

Nov. 19, 2020 — Like Jimmy Kimmel, It’s Hard for Me to Understand Trump’s Increased Following

Nov. 12, 2020 — Joe Biden Is Wrong: Trump’s Refusal to Concede Befits His Legacy

Nov. 5, 2020 — I Can’t Get Over the Fact That Many Voted for Trump Based on Lies

Oct. 29, 2020 — It’s Time to Sum Up the Dumpster Fire We Know as the Trump Presidency

Oct. 22, 2020 — We Can Make America Great Again — By Defeating Donald Trump and His Enablers

Oct. 15, 2020 — Trump’s Hostility to Obamacare Is Emblematic of His Narcissistic Psychopathy

Oct. 8, 2020 — Will Trump’s Biggest Legacy Be the Ending of the Peaceful Transfer of Power?

Oct. 1, 2020 — What Is Fascism, and Why Has It Become a Topic of Interest in This Election?

Sept. 24, 2020 — By Supporting Donald Trump, You Indicate That You Believe the Following...

Sept. 17, 2020 — Trump’s #1 ‘Accomplishment’: Getting Americans to Trust Putin and Russia—But Why?

Sept. 10, 2020 — When Did Telling the Truth Stop Mattering in American Politics?

Sept. 3, 2020 — What Is Behind Trump’s Opposition to Immigration, Legal or Illegal?

                          Also this week: Mr. President, Just Say These 3 Words: “I Hear You.”

Aug. 27, 2020 — Trump Boasts About Deregulation. Here Are Some Environmental Ones.

                          Also this week: I Could Use Your Help Paying for This Weekly Column

Aug. 20, 2020 — Okay, Enough About Trump’s ‘Flaws.’  Let’s Look at His Policies and Goals

                          Also this week: Let’s Be on the Lookout for Dirty Tricks in This Campaign

Aug. 13, 2020 — Trump Supporters Overlook His ‘Flaws,’ But Here Are Some They Ignore

Aug. 6, 2020 — Have You Ever Been Conned?  (If You’re a Trumper, No Need to Answer)

July 30, 2020 — “I’m More Fearful of the Radical Left Than I Am of Donald Trump.”

July 23, 2020 — It’s Useful to Know the Arguments Trump Supporters Make About Their Man

July 16, 2020 — Why Did Trump’s Top Republican Critics of 2016 Become His Top Apologists?

July 9, 2020 — There’s One Question That Supporters of Donald Trump Don’t Want to Answer

July 2, 2020 — A Brave Psychiatrist Diagnoses the Mental Condition of Donald Trump

June 25, 2020 — Trump Appears Uninterested in Winning Others Over, Content to Energize His Base

June 11, 2020 — Trump’s Worst Legacy May Be Modeling His Communication Style to His Followers

June 4, 2020 — Trump’s ‘Enemy of the People’ Rhetoric Has Led to Police Assaults on Reporters

May 28, 2020 — Forgiveness Is an Important Trait, and Trump Supporters Get to Practice It a Lot

May 14, 2020 — Dems Need to Realize That People in Trump’s Base Are Simply Unreachable

                          Also this week: There’s Only One Woman for the Job [Michelle Obama]

April 30, 2020 — Why Are Trump Supporters So Unwavering? They Have Given Me Some Answers

April 23, 2020 — Why Are Trump Supporters So Committed That Nothing Will Change Their Minds?

April 9, 2020 — Covid-19 Is Putting Trump’s Disdain for Science to the Test. How’s He Doing?

Mar. 26, 2020 — Now That Biden Is the Presumptive Nominee, I Suggest He Create a ‘Shadow Cabinet’

Mar. 12, 2020 — What Values Would You Like to See Reflected in Our Social & Political Discourse?