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If only Churchill and FDR had hashtagged the Nazis and the imperial Japanese, a world war could have been averted. President Roosevelt could have reassured us that, “We have nothing to fear but a Wi-Fi disruption,” while Prime Minister Churchill, through clinched fist and chewed cigar, could have promised that, “We shall hashtag them on the beaches, we shall hashtag them on the landing grounds, we shall hashtag them in the fields and in the streets, we shall hashtag them in the hills…”

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime,” declared US Secretary of Capitulation John Kerry last week, adding, “we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice.”

And action soon followed, as our government released a photo of a downcast First Lady holding a sign which read, “#BringBackOurGirls.” How enlightened! How non-violent! How cosmopolitan! How resettable! How community-organizationally harmonious! What intoxicating, hopey-changey pablum, pathetically devoid of any substance save the warm feeling a liberal always gets when he surrenders someone else’s freedom!

Welcome to the United States of Hashtag, where Secretary of Castration Chuck Hagel busily dismantles the most feared and respected military on the planet; where Secretary of Capitulation John Kerry advises us that the biggest threat we face is not that of blood-thirsty savages slaughtering innocents in the name of Allah, but climate change; where Vladimir Putin pauses from his territorial conquests just long enough to introduce Barack Obama’s reset button to his digestive processes; and where Jay Carney, over at the Ministry of Obfuscation, applies his Jedi Mind Trick on the national press corpse with embarrassing success. Let it never be said, when innocent people in their hour of peril are subjected to raw and cruel brutality, that the United States doesn’t give a tweet. 

* Ideological Cross-Dressing

Bill Buckley once described Congressman Charlie Rangel as one, “…who so cheerfully exploits the immunities of invincible ignorance.” Buckley’s observation endures, for the most part, though Rangel may have recently stubbed his toe on a smidgeon of truth when he lamented a Republican Party that, “…would destroy itself in 2016 by not having one issue that the American people believe should be a priority.”

At which point the GOP cavalry arrives in a dusty tumult with an avalanche of issues. “I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage,” said failed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently, “…Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.” How either goal is achieved by raising the cost of doing business on those who are already struggling to keep their enterprises afloat in a sea of regulatory flotsam and jetsam seems to elude Governor Romney, who has imbibed too deeply the elixir of collectivist dogma and now has the entire premise stuck in his windpipe.

Not to be outdone, Rand Paul has decided that such ID requirements as are in place for the purchase of a plane ticket, a pack of cigarettes, an EBT Card, or entrance into the Democratic National Convention, are now suspect when applied to voter registration. Why? “It’s offending people,” he said, which appears now to be gravest offense of all in the United States of Hashtag. Better to count the multiple votes of the dead and fictional, thereby invalidating and disenfranchising the votes of American citizens of all races, than risk offending the sensibilities of those susceptible to liberal strawman arguments.

Add in Jeb Bush’s diagnosis that those who disregard our national borders and immigration laws commit an “act of love,” rather than a crime (a burglar couldn’t have made a better case), and you have capitulation not seen on a scale since John Kerry’s last public pronouncement. With Obamacare floundering, with people’s disposable income dwindling as fast as their employment prospects, with international regard for the United States tanking to Jimmy Carter levels, and with Barack Obama’s approval numbers dropping faster than lawyers at a Dick Cheney Commemorative Quail Hunt, why exactly are Republicans throwing him ideological lifelines? Which begs the question …which party do these people seek to represent in the first place?

* Pothole Filler

I was driving from Denver to Cincinnati recently when it hit me. No, really, it literally landed in my lap. It was the top of the gear shift, which went flying up in the air when my 18-wheeler slammed into a pothole that would have swallowed a Prius. The inaugural stimulus, which, if memory serves, was in the neighborhood of $800 billion, was desperately needed, we were told, to address crumbling highways and bridges.

Since then, I’ve seen entire divisions of orange barrels overtake huge swaths of the nation’s highways, with brigades of concrete barriers funneling traffic to a single lane so as to set aside space for platoons of workers and observers (the observers generally outnumbering the workers a dozen to one). This is industrious. It’s comprehensive. It’s relentless. It’s a jobs program. And the potholes remain.

I’ve seen drivers swerve to avoid these craters only to run into a canyon they hadn’t seen yet. I’ve seen hubcaps fly like frisbees into oncoming traffic, and pickup trucks relieved of the contents of their truck beds as they careen from one asphalt abyss to the next. I’ve seen things become dislodged to the point that it is now raining truck components inside my cab. Where did those hundreds of billions of dollars go exactly? Is that a racist question? Is it lining union coffers? Is it assisting political campaigns? The thought occurs that it would have been cheaper and more effective to fill the potholes with cash.

* A Final Personal Note

Many of you have been kind enough to ask about my Dad’s condition as his struggle with Alzheimer’s continues, particularly in the aftermath of the death of his wife of some 35 years just eight months ago. In short, the situation is deteriorating and doing so rapidly. You see, Alzheimer’s not only steals the memory of its victim, it steals their identity as well, breaking the heart not only of the patient, but of everyone who tries to help. He’s had a stroke or two, and lately he’s taken so many falls that if he breaks his nose again I think it may tilt upward and allow him to look down into his own nostrils (yes, that’s a cheap laugh, but I’ll take any I can get on this topic).

For reasons of privacy, and to maintain Dad’s dignity, I hope you will understand why I demur from going into further detail, and why I must now draw the curtain around him. Through the stories I’ve shared over the last few years, I know many of you feel like you know him personally, which is why I provide this final update, and why I continue to solicit your prayers not only on his behalf, but on behalf of those in his family with the fortitude to try and help him in his time of need.

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  1. Hammer, The Member

    Well, Dave… however long your breaks, you’re very present in the thoughts of the Ricochetti, and the prayers of those who do so.

    I’ve found that jotting down random thoughts does sometimes help to relieve an over-worked mind.

    p.s. I had previously hoped for Rand as a front-runner, but I knew he’d give me some good reason to question his better judgment. I’m sure it will happen with anyone, but as happened in 2012, I feel the same dread for 2016… that I won’t fall in love. That I won’t feel that spark. I won’t gather with swooning masses like the obamanauts in Chicago’s Grant park (or wherever it was). I’ll take a shot of burbon, slam down the glass, and vote angrily. Then, I suppose, I’ll check to see how Dave Carter managed to articulate that same frustration.

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    • May 10, 2014, at 10:59 PM PDT
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  2. Melissa Praemonitus Member

    When I find myself restless late at night, it’s helpful to read a little Dave Carter; it always settles the soul.

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    • May 10, 2014, at 11:25 PM PDT
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  3. Randy Webster Member

    I’ve seen drivers swerve to avoid these craters only to run into a canyon they hadn’t seen yet. I’ve seen hubcaps fly like frisbees into oncoming traffic, and pickup trucks relieved of the contents of their truck beds as they careen from one asphalt abyss to the next. I’ve seen things become dislodged to the point that it is now raining truck components inside my cab. Where did those hundreds of billions of dollars go exactly? Is that a racist question? Is it lining union coffers? Is it assisting political campaigns? The thought occurs that it would have been cheaper and more effective to fill the potholes with cash.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=money+hole&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=9F705725DD07ACC215CF9F705725DD07ACC215CF

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    • May 11, 2014, at 12:09 AM PDT
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  4. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Dave Carter:

    At which point the GOP cavalry arrives in a dusty tumult with an avalanche of issues. “I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage,” said failed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently, “…Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.” How either goal is achieved by raising the cost of doing business on those who are already struggling to keep their enterprises afloat in a sea of regulatory flotsam and jetsam seems to elude Governor Romney, who has imbibed too deeply the elixir of collectivist dogma and now has the entire premise stuck in his windpipe.

     I’m sure in his own mind, this was about unleashing the economic potential of America to improve everyone’s prospects, but Romney seems to have a history of failing to communicate at times when communicating clearly could make a difference. He wasted time at the convention trying to soothe people when they were thirsty for someone with vision, pandering when he needed to be cementing support of conservatives and libertarians, and gaining respect of middle of the road democrats. He’s past learning.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 12:39 AM PDT
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  5. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    The thought occurs that it would have been cheaper and more effective to fill the potholes with cash.

    I know it’s been said but this is still funny.

    Speaking of funny, how come we don’t see Action Jackson Biden out on the campaign/vice-presidential buffoon tour (meaning public appearances) touting the great accomplishments of the stimulus, since it was his to manage? No one is talking about how Barry tripled the prior record-setting deficits under Bush anymore, as we collectively scratch our heads in wonder at how unemployment goes down but GDP drops to near zero.

    Our gov’t is largely a waste – the politicians who appropriate funds for it are the ones driving the bus, and when we get Republican candidates speaking idiocies from the Waffle House (not a literal Waffle House), I feel like that uphill battle we lost with Romney is only going to be harder in 2014, and 2016.

    Momentum is a difficult thing to change, let alone stop. The spending has to be stopped.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 4:37 AM PDT
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  6. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Our best short term play for 2014 and 2016 is like it or not attempt to use the dead, stinking, rotted, corrupt husk of the Republican party to attempt to effect change. If the Republicans control the White House, House and Senate there is a very meager chance, but a chance none-the-less of at least slowing, and maybe even turning around and getting a respite from, the rocket-sled descent into authoritarian Leftist government the Democrats have us strapped to.

    Two more electoral cycles is the limit though. If Republican candidates and office-holders FUBAR 2014 and 2016, as is their wont, and/or fail to deliver, then it will be time to leave the GOP

    For where though? That is the question. A constitutional convention is a promising idea, but it will be like shooting the moon in Hearts 6 times in a row to get actual results from it. Secession is looking better all the time.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 5:42 AM PDT
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  7. Concretevol Thatcher

    Dave, the whole hashtag business is very effective in achieving the actual objective…..making the person feel better about themselves. The goal is a boost of self esteem by making said person appear concerned without them having to risk anything, either personally or as a country. Heck that describes the administration’s foreign policy to a tee.

    On the personal front Dave my family has been through a lot of what you describe as well and there is no easy way to do it. I keep an eye out for you at truck stops across the southeast and will keep you and yours in my prayers.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 6:00 AM PDT
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  8. The Mugwump Inactive

    Hashtags are bumper stickers for the world of electronic communications. They truncate thought and distill complex ideas into the caloric equivalent of cotton candy. If you thought government monitors in your home were evil, rest assured you carry worse in vest pocket or purse. You are broadcasting your thoughts directly into the computer banks of the NSA. And doing so voluntarily.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 6:50 AM PDT
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  9. Kay of MT Member

    Dave, my heart absolutely breaks with the ordeal you and your family are experiencing with your dad. Hardest thing in the world to watch your wonderful, vibrant parents go backward in time. One of the last things she was able to say to me, before her speech failed her, after I asked if she knew who I was.

    “Oh yes, you’re Kay, the one who loves me.”

    She no longer knew I was her child/daughter, she had already forgotten my siblings, but I’ll treasure her final words, because she knew I was the one who loved her.

    It won’t get easier Dave, just treasure the occasional moment when his mind breaks through the fog. Hugs.

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  10. Sandy Member

    Thank God for Dave Carter.

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  11. Instugator Thatcher
    InstugatorJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sandy:

    Thank God for Dave Carter.

     Amen.

    Dave, when it comes to your dad, I entirely understand. You are in my prayers. My only concern is that the now shouldn’t take away from the then.

    Blessings to you and yours.

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  12. TeamAmerica Member
    TeamAmericaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @Dave Carter- Good article- One suggestion- If you began it with a link to a mainstream media source reporting that someone in the administration called for the use of hashtags to combat Boko Haram (I forget who), your post’s meaning would be both clearer and more credible to any LIV/swing voter who comes across it.
    I’m sorry about your dad’s situation, and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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  13. Liz Member

    My mom was sending me your posts long before she gave me a Ricochet subscription for my birthday, so though my membership is young, I am an old-time Dave Carter admirer.

    Wonderful post. My very best wishes to you and yours.

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  14. Profile Photo Member

    Thanks for so eloquently dropping by, Dave! You and yours are in ongoing thought and prayer…

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    • May 11, 2014, at 1:03 PM PDT
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  15. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    What’s screamingly ironic about Michelle Obama’s idiotic tweet is that she lives in the house with the ‘man’ who’s most capable of actually doing something, anything, to help in this issue that she roused enough energy over to get a staffer to sharpie-up a piece of cardboard for a tweet.

    This is like being the lifeguard’s boyfriend, sitting on a towel next to the tower, seeing someone drowning, and asking everybody but her boyfriend to help.

    Oh, and I’ll add: Since horrors like this occur in the world of Islam all the time, why wasn’t she tweeting “Help Save Our Girls From Ritualized Abuse In The Middle East” while supporting President Bush in the Iraq War/War On Terror, in general?

    Hmmm. Need a new hashtag. Here’s one: #SelfIndulgentAss

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  16. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    6foot2inhighheels:

    When I find myself restless late at night, it’s helpful to read a little Dave Carter; it always settles the soul.

     You’re very kind. Truth be told, somtimes I put me to sleep too! 

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    • May 11, 2014, at 4:57 PM PDT
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  17. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Ray Kujawa:

    Dave Carter:

    At which point the GOP cavalry arrives in a dusty tumult with an avalanche of issues. “I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage,” said failed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently, “…Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.” How either goal is achieved by raising the cost of doing business on those who are already struggling to keep their enterprises afloat in a sea of regulatory flotsam and jetsam seems to elude Governor Romney, who has imbibed too deeply the elixir of collectivist dogma and now has the entire premise stuck in his windpipe.

    I’m sure in his own mind, this was about unleashing the economic potential of America to improve everyone’s prospects, but Romney seems to have a history of failing to communicate at times when communicating clearly could make a difference. He wasted time at the convention trying to soothe people when they were thirsty for someone with vision, pandering when he needed to be cementing support of conservatives and libertarians, and gaining respect of middle of the road democrats. He’s past learning.

    Would that he were passed talking too, in that case. 

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  18. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Concretevol

    On the personal front Dave my family has been through a lot of what you describe as well and there is no easy way to do it. I keep an eye out for you at truck stops across the southeast and will keep you and yours in my prayers.

     Thanks much buddy. Hoping our paths cross on the road soon.

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    • May 11, 2014, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  19. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Instugator:

    Sandy:

    Thank God for Dave Carter.

    Amen.

    Dave, when it comes to your dad, I entirely understand. You are in my prayers. My only concern is that the now shouldn’t take away from the then.

    Blessings to you and yours.

     Very good point. Perspective is crucial and yet elusive at times. Thank you for the reminder. 

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  20. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Liz:

    My mom was sending me your posts long before she gave me a Ricochet subscription for my birthday, so though my membership is young, I am an old-time Dave Carter admirer.

    Wonderful post. My very best wishes to you and yours.

     Liz, you just made my day. Thank you so very much, and welcome aboard! Don’t be a stranger!

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  21. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    Dave, you and your family remain in my prayers. Safe travels, friend!

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  22. Sisyphus Coolidge
    SisyphusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    My introduction to the fragility of the human condition came when I was six and a great grandmother with whom I was in frequent contact went from extremely lucid, intelligent, and witty to disoriented, time displaced, but deceptively rational in her demeanor. Even then it was heartbreaking. Regrets and best wishes.

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  23. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Random thought on Dave Carter posts —

    Dave, it makes me (us?) feel special to recognize that you read every comment and send most back what feels like a little post card. That’s so different, it’s almost what I would think could be called a most gentlemanly thing to do, and I say that thinking that this is the kind of courteous behavior that they must nurture in the South. It makes me feel a little shame faced to admit I’m originally an East Coaster. But it’s not the East Coast thing though, more likely being 2nd generation American with old world roots in Eastern Europe. Hey, I think I learn something about what a graceful state of consciousness it is to be an American every day, and some of it just happens to come through and hit me thanks to Ricochet. It was great meeting you in person. I’m only up to “A Day at Niagara” in the Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain.

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  24. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Ray Kujawa:

    Random thought on Dave Carter posts —

    Dave, it makes me (us?) feel special to recognize that you read every comment and send most back what feels like a little post card. That’s so different, it’s almost what I would think could be called a most gentlemanly thing to do, and I say that thinking that this is the kind of courteous behavior that they must nurture in the South. It makes me feel a little shame faced to admit I’m originally an East Coaster. But it’s not the East Coast thing though, more likely being 2nd generation American with old world roots in Eastern Europe. Hey, I think I learn something about what a graceful state of consciousness it is to be an American every day, and some of it just happens to come through and hit me thanks to Ricochet. It was great meeting you in person. I’m only up to “A Day at Niagara” in the Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain.

     Well, first, thank you! It was a pleasure meeting you,..a couple of times so far if I remember correctly. I think you put your finger on something when you highlight regional differences,… a fact that will become starkly apparent to me in the next few days as I head to New England, or as I like to call it, The Land Of The Middle Finger. I hope I’ve saved enough money to post bail…

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  25. Son of Spengler Contributor

    Concretevol: Dave, the whole hashtag business is very effective in achieving the actual objective…..making the person feel better about themselves. The goal is a boost of self esteem by making said person appear concerned without them having to risk anything, either personally or as a country. Heck that describes the administration’s foreign policy to a tee.

     As long as the media praises hashtags instead of results, and as long as the voters reward hashtags instead of results, the politicians will deliver hashtags instead of results.

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  26. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Dave Carter:

    I hope I’ve saved enough money to post bail…

    If not, just put the word out, and you’ll get a Ricochet Dave Carter Bail Bond Meetup at the speed of a flash mob.

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  27. iWe Reagan
    iWeJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ray Kujawa:

    Random thought on Dave Carter posts —

    Dave, it makes me (us?) feel special to recognize that you read every comment and send most back what feels like a little post card. That’s so different, it’s almost what I would think could be called a most gentlemanly thing to do.

     Absolutely. The fact that so many Main Feed posters do NOT do this is a major turnoff.

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  28. AUMom Member
    AUMomJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Eeyore:

    Dave Carter:

    I hope I’ve saved enough money to post bail…

    If not, just put the word out, and you’ll get a Ricochet Dave Carter Bail Bond Meetup at the speed of a flash mob.

     I’ll contribute to that.

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  29. La Tapada Member

    Chris Campion:

    What’s screamingly ironic about Michelle Obama’s idiotic tweet is that she lives in the house with the ‘man’ who’s most capable of actually doing something…

    Yes, and in addition to the United States doing something now, it should have insisted a long, long time ago, that the Nigerian government actually serve its citizens.

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  30. Albert Arthur Lincoln

    Dave Carter: The inaugural stimulus, which, if memory serves, was in the neighborhood of $800 billion, was desperately needed, we were told, to address crumbling highways and bridges. … Where did those hundreds of billions of dollars go exactly? Is that a racist question?

     In February my wife and I spent a week on St John in the US Virgin Islands. The island is 70-80% national park land. One day I saw a park worker, on a lonely road, quite literally in the middle of no where, with a leaf blower, blowing leaves off of the road.

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