‘Average Joe’ Navy vet joins commentary team

By WND Staff

Brent Smith
Brent Smith

Describing himself as “just an average Joe,” Brent Smith, founder of the Common Constitutionalist blog, today joins WND’s diverse group of columnists as a weekly, exclusive commentator. His columns will be published each Tuesday.

Before beginning his online writing career, Smith led a typical life – “nothing very exciting or interesting,” he notes, doing what many average Americans do: going to work, working out at the gym and raising his kids.

When he wasn’t watching football on television, Smith would tune into the cable news programs in the evening, where he watched political pundits attempt to tell him “what to think and do.” Over the years, he became increasingly frustrated with the direction of the country and the political class he aligned with. He says his frustration boiled over with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. So, rather than continue to only consume commentary and opinion, he decided to take a stab at expressing himself online.

Creating the Common Constitutionalist blog, Smith began to write daily about public-policy issues. He discovered he had a knack for writing, and it gave him a creative outlet for all those years of pent-up frustration. Along with the blog, Smith started a newsletter and podcast. He has written guest columns for several news and opinion sites, as well as being a guest on political radio programs.

States Smith, “I’m proud of the fact that I’m neither a journalist nor an academic, but a completely self-educated common-sense thinker, a la Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck.”

Smith is a Navy veteran and martial arts expert in the Okinawan style, Goju Ryu Karate Do. He enjoys sports and hiking with his children.

Read Smith’s first regular column for WND, “Inequality is the natural state of humans.”

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