used to be big fan of Twitter
. The former state senator was on the social media site almost every day -- sometimes posting as many as a dozen observations and/or updates about his life.
But the tweets came to a crashing halt on August 8 -- less than a week before rumors began swirling
that he would soon be leaving his post. By the end of the month -- August 25 -- Smith had pleaded guilty
to two felony counts of obstructing justice in a bizarre campaign cover-up
and resigned the state senate.
Smith, 35, is now out on a $10,000 bond awaiting sentencing on Nov. 20
in which he could be assigned up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
In the meantime, he has once again discovered his old friend Twitter.
Smith's first post in six weeks came on September 20
when he tweeted about a New York Times
In fact, it seems that Smith is now spending a lot
of time reading the New York Times
, as all but one
of his tweets in the past week have linked to articles in the Old Gray Lady. Today's tweet
links to a David Brooks column. The column fittingly begins.
Centuries ago, historians came up with a classic theory to explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great nations start out tough-minded and energetic. Toughness and energy lead to wealth and power. Wealth and power lead to affluence and luxury. Affluence and luxury lead to decadence, corruption and decline.