Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, American Exceptionalism and Ms. Princella Smith

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

American Pride Strategies: The One-Stop Shop for Political Campaigns and Corporate Marketing

Oh, I do so love the AArkansas Democrat-Gazette! Yesterday it featured a guest editorial from Ms. Princella Smith, she who was once director of education (?) for Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, entitled “Exceptional Nation,” which is one of the new catchphrases around conservative kaffee-klatsches these days.

Earlier this year she had to resign her “educational” post after she was apprehended driving with a suspended driver’s license and no vehicle license or insurance.

She - and the ADG - pretty much did the same thing yesterday.

The usual GOP talking points are in full flower - Obama’s “apology tour, and why Americans are so “patriotic” this year . . .

Beginning with her gushing praise of a recent GOP presidential debate - “There was much applause, laughter, groaning, ooohing, and aaahing during . . .” - she also got a dig in at those Silly People with a “There were no silly ‘If-you-were-a-tree-what-kind-would-you-be?’ type questions . . .”

The rest is her love song to the candidates because they chose to emphasize “American Exceptionalism.”

She then goes on to list all of the reasons that she believes that the United States is exceptional.

I’m not going to bash her on all of her points, because even though I stopped believing in American Exceptionalism some time back, we are a pretty good place to live, and she makes a couple of good arguments.

Her rabid dislike of the president leads her to make the same accusations and draw the same incorrect conclusions about what is in his heart that so many other conservatives make.

And, yes, once again, we hear from someone about the “international apology tour.” Bleh . . .

But here is the really fun part about the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Ms. Princella Smith.

At the end of the piece we read:

“Princella Smith has worked in politics since 2001. She is currently the owner of American Pride Strategies and the founder of American Pride PAC."

Wow, I thought. I’ll just check out her site.

And that’s when my road to hell began.

American Pride PAC? Yeah, well, she sells her political services with “American Pride Strategies: The One-Stop Shop for Political Campaigns and Corporate Marketing” in bold on top of the page.

American Pride Strategies? Oddly enough, it’s just a reworking of the same page, with the same ad atop the page. On the right there is a column marked “issues,” but if you click on any of them, you pretty much just go to her positions from her unsuccessful run for Congress.

On the left are some newer links, but none seem to go back more than a few months.

Even on Twitter, this political commentator just leaves sporadic posts. I couldn’t find a post late than September 21.

I like guest editorials; I’ve written a few myself. But this cobbled together piece of conservative talking points (sort of like Sarah Palin before breakfast) just looks like an ad for Ms. Smith’s political services, which - at least by how well her website is kept up - may not be doing all that well.

******

Quote of the Day

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. — Elizabeth Taylor

rsdrake@cox.net

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Richard Drake

  • Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: Drawing inspiration from Donald Trump . . . or F Troop?

    At first glance, it might seem as though Washington County Judge Joseph Wood has been taking a page from Donald Trump’s book, what with his seeming inability to respond to media inquiries, but after looking over his new hires, it seems more obvious that a far more revered American institution - Fort Courage, home of the stalwarts who made up F Troop - has been the source of his inspiration.
    • Jan 22, 2017
  • Dana D. Kelley: A Profile in Stereotyping?

    It is more than a little intriguing that the only black leader Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Dana D. Kelley could even think to quote in last Friday’s column (“Profiles in Cowardice”) was accused sexual offender Bill Cosby.
    • Jan 16, 2017
  • C.F. Roberts: A Decade in the Margins

    It is with great pleasure that I am able to pass along the following information about my friend C.F. Roberts’s upcoming art show.
    • Jan 14, 2017
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Watch the trailer for 'Shelter,' the Renaud Bros. new doc on homeless kids in New Orleans

    Check out the trailer for "Shelter," the Renaud Bros. new feature-length documentary about homeless teens navigating life on the streets of New Orleans with the help of Covenant House, the longstanding French Quarter shelter for homeless kids.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation