March 31st marks my first Ricoversary!
One year ago, my wife asked if I wouldn’t mind taking over dinner duties for an evening. “Of course,” I replied, “you deserve a night off!” Truthfully though, I’m not much of a hand in the kitchen so I quickly snuck off and Googled “Help me understand Turkey”. 12 months later...
Ok, that’s not even remotely true. My wife is not foolish enough to ask me to enter her kitchen.
Truth is, like many of you, I stumbled over from NRO to listen to the Podcast. A few weeks later I joined for the privilege of contributing to the Main Feed conversation. (Many of you are still waiting for my first sensible contribution.) But I stayed for the Members. The Member side is where one finds the true Ricochet Coffee Shop experience. It's worth joining.
Now, in the interest of making my post longer, I offer a few half-baked Rico-thoughts:
Don’t Josh The New Guy
I’ve noticed a pattern – Big Daddy Blue-Stater joins Ricochet after years of bottling up political frustration. He needs to blow off steam. His posts and comments are passionate and full of fire.
Give him some time and he’ll soon realize he’s among friends.
The passion doesn’t die but the fire does. He is better for it.
Less Tank and More Think
At its best, Ricochet will hover at a level above the news - Informed, intelligent conversation about what the news means. It’s really good stuff.
But then… we have the debates. And the primaries. And the gaffes. And “Who’s in?” And “Who’s Out?” And we analyze, and opine, and argue, and get…. Romney.
We knew that already. Wasted energy.
So going forward, let’s assume we’ll all vote against Obama and we’ll all wish Romney was better than he is. So then… what’s next?
Curb Your Reflex
You don’t hate the light bulbs, you hate being forced to love them. You don’t think recycling is stupid, you think mandatory recycling is stupid. You don’t think diversity is nonsense, you think categorizing your acquaintances is nonsense.
I know what you mean. You know what you mean. They know what you mean. Only, they pretend not to know what you mean so they can draw you down the rabbit hole. Curb the reflex. Stay focused.
The Old Gray Libertarian Ain’t What She Used To Be
The live and let live philosophy appeals to me. It feels right. But a year of Rico-Libertarianism has opened my eyes.
On paper, the Libertarian wants to keep the government out of our lives. In the real world, the Libertarian wants to make us butt out of each other’s lives.
Enforcement of live and let live is not so appealing.
And so, to Peter and Rob, Thank You. Ricochet is a heckuva lotta fun. To all of you behind the scenes at Ricochet, Thank You. To the Members, Thank You. And to the Members who enjoy my poetry, Thank You… but really… what’s wrong with you?