Bowing out. God speed.

It is with no small sense of mixed emotions that I bid you all adieu.  I have been aboard since fairly early in Ricochet’s development and have enjoyed so much of what has transpired here on line, as well as a chance to get together with Roberto and Bereket for lunch in Old Sacramento.  And I have come to anticipate the threads and comments from so many that I have not been privileged to meet.

But, for good or ill, I find my interests and priorities changing.  Whereas it seemed that politic…

  1. iWc

    I cannot argue with the conclusions, and certainly California is leading the charge of the “We Are Screwed” states.

    Maybe we’ll all end up on a Ricochet colony in Texas or Louisana or somesuch. It’ll be interesting to see how much pushback key states can manage. If it is enough, then we may get another chance to create our City on a Hill.

    Good hunting!

  2. dash

    I know exactly how you feel Tom, and I dropped out for a couple months after the election. But I have no other online community with the depth and breadth of discussion that Ricochet offers, so, here I am again, albeit avoiding the political discussions like the plague, for a time at least.

    Hope you’ll find your way back too.

  3. Franco

    Best wishes, Tom.

  4. katievs

    Tom, I’m sorry to hear it.  I hope it’s only temporary!

    I bailed out for ten weeks over the summer, and found I really missed it.  It’s been nice being back.  So many people here have become friends.  

    I hope you’ll come back later too.

    Meanwhile, fare thee well, friend.

  5. Ryan M

    No offense, but why the fanfare?  Seems like you could pretty easily de-prioritize politics, and therefore places like ricochet (at least when we’re talking about politics), but your approach is kind of like saying “I’m going to play fewer video games” and announcing it before throwing your x-box from a 3rd story window.  Why not just frequent the site less?  Or is it the $30?  Seems kind of silly…   especially if you wake up in a month feeling somewhat interested in politics, again.

  6. Lance

    God speed and happy adventuring.   My own time at Ricochet is far less than in the past, partly because I am finding other things competing for my attention, partly because I am trying to force my attention elsewhere.    So I can appreciate your choice.  I do really like having Ricochet there to tap into, and I find the community impossible to give up.  Yours was always one of my favorite avatars.  

    Take care!

  7. Jimmy Carter

    Not “bowing out.” Let’s go with,”I’ll see Y’all later.”

    We’ll see Ya later, Tom.

  8. Mendel

    Sad to read this, but your sentiments are understandable.  There is most certainly a different atmosphere after the election, not just on Ricochet but in the entire “commentariat.”

    I don’t think everything is “beyond the point of no return.”  But the election and the political events since have made it clear that, for the most part, the collective energies of so many passionate people posting online have amounted to yelling into a hurricane.  It is sobering, to put it mildly, when one realizes that so much effort among so many people has had the practical effect of changing perhaps three peoples’ minds.

    Fair winds and following seas, Tom, and hopefully we’ll see you again here soon after all.

  9. Black Prince

    I understand and share your sentiments: the system is irreparably broken and there’s not a glimmer of a hope of a game changer on the horizon.  All the chatter on Ricochet is a frustrating exercise in futility and isn’t going to change anything in the end.  It’s time to cut our losses and seek out the next “shining city on a hill” where opportunities to better one’s self abound.  God bless!

  10. katievs
    Mendel: I don’t think everything is “beyond the point of no return.”  But the election and the political events since have made it clear that, for the most part, the collective energies of so many passionate people posting online have amounted to yelling into a hurricane.  It is sobering, to put it mildly, when one realizes that so much effort among so many people has had the practical effect of changing perhaps three peoples’ minds.

    Yes.  Well said.  Exactly so.

    I think most of us our regrouping and thinking about where and how to spend our energies. 

  11. Susan in Seattle

    I will miss you and as Katie said, hope you come back. 

  12. Douglas

    Tom,

    I, too, agree with you that the country has probably reached that tipping point we so long feared, and that attempts to “take the country back” are probably futile. But “taking the country back” isn’t why I still come to Ricochet. I see Ricochet as an outpost for the refugees of the America we all loved. The country has gone to hell and is never coming back, but we don’t have to follow them. Please consider staying as part of a community of people that need a refuge from the rot outside of Ricochet’s gates.It’s pretty nasty outside of here (witness what NR’s Corner has become, with all of the leftist trolls that dominate the comments). Not having to put up with those people is worth the price of admission here.

  13. Black Prince
    katievs

    I think most of us our regrouping and thinking about where and how to spend our energies.

    Yeap, our energies are better spent on figuring out an exit strategy with our health, wealth and families intact.

  14. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    I am grieved to hear it.  But I understand your motivation in doing so.  Godspeed, good sir.  Do keep in touch.

  15. DocJay

    You are a classy man Tom, and a pleasure to interact with.  My God hold you in the palm of His hand…….

  16. Masked Man

    Although Ricochet’s focus clearly is politics and political philosophy, I have come to appreciate the unexpected (for me, at least) non-political discussion topics, which the newsweeklies used to refer to as “back of the book.” I’m delighted to encounter thoughtful commentary on poetry, literature, religion, theater, film, travel, and education to name just a handful of eclectic topics that represent a break from the heavy lifting. If Tom enjoys such a well informed and articulate community beyond Ricochet, he’s a lucky guy.

  17. Casey

    No Mr Clean?  The thought upsets me.

    I’m sure there are plenty of stupid people in Sacramento but if not, and you find yourself needing a fix, I’ll be here.

    Good luck.

  18. raycon and lindacon

    Tom;  Yes, it does appear that all is lost, at least politically.  But the Masked Man, #13, gives us many reasons to call Ricochet our home, apart from the conservative political movement.

    We are political junkies, but recent events, especially the degree to which America is embracing progressivism, are discouraging.  For us, however, our politics are lived out through the prism of our relationship with our Creator.  It is to Him that we look for the future of our lives and those of our friends.  America’s politics are changing, but our Creator is not.  He is the Rock we hold on to, and regardless of the direction America and the world takes, He will never let us go.

    Our hope is built on nothing less.  God ruled over men long before there was an America, and he will continue to bring blessings into our lives as we look to Him.

    Hang on Tom.  There is so much more.

  19. Jimmy Carter

    Huh… Three hours in and no Rico Overlords have yet to pay respect.

  20. Ryan M
    Jimmy Carter: Huh… Three hours in and no Rico Overlords have yet to pay respect. · 5 minutes ago

    Should they?

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