So the Dallas folks got together and it was amazing. Warm and cordial interactions, thought-provoking discussion. Attendees were Jeff, Liberty Belle, Joycelyn, Mary the fifth and her brother Greg Rogers, BrentB67, my friend Laura, the elusive Jimmy Carter, and your humble organizer, Olive.
Topics included concealed carry/open carry laws in various states, the legality of company policies regarding armed employees, Ted Cruz, victories within the Tea Party movement, the state of public education, a beautiful hybrid between homeschooling and private school (ask Jeff), and the benefit of nametags at a Ricochet meetup.
Moving on to the seating area, we had a roundtable discussion on the long march of the Left to take over institutions and the cultural disasters that enabled that march; the growth of government throughout various decades, and how to starve the government in order to correct that overreach; the Iranian revolution and our containment policy regarding Iran; the failure of African nations; the economy of Texas (only 8% oil and gas); how the government usurped the Church in the role of caretaker of the poor and orphans, and how FDR intentionally tried to break the back of the Church in that area.
We were queried as to 1) our reactions to November's election and 2) what other websites we visit; we talked Victor Davis Hanson; the tragedy of abortion and the possibilities for adoption; the willingness of liberals to give money to the government instead of charities; the hope for limited government and whether it could happen in our lifetimes.
Friends, I learned a lot from these thoughtful and well-read men and women. A valuable experience. Many thanks to those who attended.