Posts Tagged Career

Thomas J. Smith: An American Life


From the minutemen of the American Revolution to the settlers of the old West to the housewives who poured into the factories during World War II to the Tea party movement of recent years our nation began and thrives when ordinary Americans step up and do extraordinary things.

Since the beginning of our Republic the concept of a “citizen legislator” has been the ideal.  Our founding fathers realized that professional politicians are more concerned about their careers than “we the people” posed a threat to our liberty.  Four score and seven years later, President Abraham Lincoln eloquently called it a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Now special interests and professional politicians dominate both Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg while the interests of working families, small businesses and senior citizens take a back seat.  But there are those who are willing to leave the comfort of their private lives and fight to preserve, protect and defend the God-given rights upon which our nation was established.

Thomas J. Smith was one who has answered his nation’s call.

Tom Smith, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 67, was an American success story.  At the age of nineteen, when his father became ill, Tom decided to postpone college and run the family’s Armstrong County farm.  He mortgaged his existing property to purchase a coal mine and – by risking capital and his financial security – successfully expanded his business operations over a 20 year period eventually mining more than a million tons of coal per year and employing over 100 people.

Along the way, Tom and his wife Saundra had three biological children. Then, the Smith’s adopted a family of four children from Texas allowing the siblings to be raised together.

After selling his mining interests in 2010 and becoming alarmed over rapidly expanding federal intrusion into our lives, Tom was in the vanguard of the Tea party movement and helped to found the Indiana/Armstrong County Patriots.

But that level of activism was not enough for Tom Smith.  In 2012 he decided to run for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania.  The sitting governor and state GOP endorsed another candidate, but Tom persevered dealing the party a rare defeat and besting five other candidates to win the nomination.  Despite his best efforts, the headwinds against the GOP in Pennsylvania that November resulted in the re-election of the incumbent.

This is the point where most people give up.  But not Tom Smith.  He was only getting started.  Tom became involved in a wide range of state and national policy battles serving on the boards and financially contributing to a wide range of organizations fighting for individual liberty and personal freedom.

In the summer of 2015 Tom was again planning to enter the political fray as a candidate for congress when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  That cut short his political career, but Tom remained involved fighting for the issues about which he cared deeply until his final days.

Ronald Reagan once said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Thomas J. Smith did his part to ensure that freedom endures for the next generation.  His life and career will continue to serve as both an example of what citizen activism should be and as an inspiration to the rest of us to step up and continue the cause which he has “thusfar so nobly advanced.”

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

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This Week on the Lincoln Radio Journal: Curt Schroder & Gaming Reform


Program Schedule for the Week of September 24, 2011 – September 30, 2011

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Curt Schroder of Chester County on reforming the state’s casino gaming system
  • Joe Geiger of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations has Bets McManus of Leadership Cumberland in the Nonprofit Spotlight
  • Scott Paterno has an Uncomfortable Truth commentary on the role of money and consultants in political campaigns.

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Andrew Moylan of the National Taxpayers Union about how NTU found common ground with the Left on proposed federal budget cuts
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on skirmishes in congress as the federal budget deadline looms
  • Adam Tragone of Human Events has an Off The Cuff talk with Kate O’Hare, blogger for the Los Angeles Times about the recent California state Republican Party convention
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) takes on Warren Buffet and taxes on his American Radio Journal commentary

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Governor James Gilmore


September 17, 2011 – September 23, 2011

This week on American Radio Journal:

Lowman Henry talks with former Virginia Governor James Gilmore now head of the Free Congress Foundation about the President’s jobs proposals

Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on GOP wins in two special Congressional elections

Adam Tragone of Human Events has an Off the Cuff interview with Jeff Lord about his American Spectator article on the political philosophy of Ron Paul

Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on why the rich are paying their fair share of taxes.

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and Matt Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation discuss President Obama’s jobs proposals and the impact of union power on the state economy

Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why unemployment is Barack Obama’s Iranian hostage crisis.

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum


The Week of September 3, 2011 – September 9, 2011
This week on American Radio Journal:
  • Lowman Henry catches up with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in the first of a series of interviews with candidates on the Presidential campaign trail
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on why he is optimistic about our nation’s economic future
This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:
  • David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation talk with Otto Banks of the REACH Alliance about the upcoming legislative battle over school choice
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on the fall of John Perzel

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on The Lincoln Radio Journal: Dan Danner of NFIB


On Air this August 20-26, 2011

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and Kevin Shivers, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) talk about “sensible regulation” with Dan Danner President & CEO of the NNFIB.
  • Lowman Henry will also be presenting a Town Hall Commentary on why Ron Paul may be the GOP’s latest incarnation of Barry Goldwater.

This week on the American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Pat Nolan, Vice President of Prison Fellowship Ministries about alternatives to incarceration
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the latest developments in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination
  • Adam Tragone of Human Events has an Off The Cuff interview with Steven Greenhut author of Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Our Treasuries;
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on the need for a balanced budget amendment.

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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