Jim Smith

Jim Smith


Why we must return to civil discourse

By: - November 26, 2022

Now that the recent elections are essentially completed, can we return to civil discourse in facing the challenges of our nation? And why is this important? Democracy depends on civil discourse between different groups of people and different points of view. It also depends on the discussion being based on “good faith” where the participants […]


The immorality of Gianforte and the ‘New GOP’

By: - August 20, 2022

Since the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs, vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Republican politicians throughout the country have moved to impose whatever abortion restrictions their legislatures can come up with. The Republican dominated 2021 Montana Legislature passed a bundle of laws aimed at restricting access to abortion. Three […]


The ‘right’ to an abortion and the right to have rights

By: - July 9, 2022

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs, vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization did more than simply deny women the right to decide their own health care issues, it denied them full citizenship in the political community of our nation. By stating that the “Constitution does not confer a right to […]


From the ‘Know Nothings’ to the party of ‘We don’t care’

By: - May 20, 2022

In the 1850s in the United States there was a political party called the “Native American Party.” It started as a secret society which opposed immigration, was xenophobic, racist, and fearful of Catholicism, and had nothing to do with Indigenous people. Their meetings were held in secret, they would answer questions about their proceedings with […]


The unhoused: America’s refugees

By: - April 30, 2022

Who are unhoused people? We all have various ideas of who is an unhoused person and how they became unhoused. These are based on what we see in the media, stories from friends and family, or what we see in the street. There simply is no such thing as the “typical” unhoused person. No one […]


Daines is all wrong when it comes to inflation

By: - April 18, 2022

In a letter to his constituency recently, Sen. Steve Daines sent an email that said, among other things, the following: Inflation under President Joe Biden’s administration continues to spiral out of control.  Compared to one year ago, Montanans are paying 8.5% more on everything from gas to groceries. At the pump, it costs Montanans over […]


The arrested development of Rep. Matt Rosendale

By: - March 14, 2022

The term “arrested development” refers to the stoppage of physical, emotional, or mental development before reaching adulthood. In can also mean a form of mental disorder comprising mental impairment, resulting in a lack of intelligence. Children begin to usually understand the word “no” sometime between the age of six to 14 months. And they often […]


Why CI-121 is bad for Montana and public schools

By: - February 8, 2022

Republicans are pushing a new property tax cap initiative, Constitutional Initiative 121, to be on the ballot for Montana voters. CI-121 limits annual increases in valuations of residential property to either 2% or the inflation rate (whichever is lower) when assessing property taxes if the property is not newly constructed, significantly improved or had a […]