Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. First Post: How I Got Here

 

Hello Ricochet!

After a year or so of member pitches, the guilt finally got to me and I signed up to be a member! I don’t remember exactly how I found Ricochet or how it found me but I’m glad it did.

I was raised in a conservative farming household in southwest Missouri. My parents were high school sweethearts who graduated from the same school I did (as did two of my grandparents). Mom stayed home with my brother and me while Dad spent countless hours on a tractor or in a truck listening to talk radio. That means I grew up with Rush, Beck, Levin, Hannity, and all the others on the AM dial. For that reason I was always interested in politics however I didn’t get truly “radicalized” until after graduating from college. Thankfully my right-wing Reagan-lovin’ upbringing kept me on the right path and insulated me from the effect “higher education” tends to have on young naïve minds.

After graduating and a brief stint in a shingle factory, I eventually got a job with a local utility. This came with an office of my own and plenty of time to listen to what I wanted to listen to. I started with Glenn Beck, which lead Milton Friedman YouTube videos, then “Firing Line” with WFB, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and so on. My reading has taken me to Hazlitt, Hayek, Bastiat, Mises, Friedman, Sowell, and the Great Books. The conservative/libertarian rabbit holes are deep and numerous and I think I’ve explored just about everywhere one can.

One of those holes brought me here and ever since Ricochet has become one of my main sources of political, philosophical, and entertainment fare. I appreciate many of the podcasts and look forward to more!

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  1. Doug Watt Moderator

    Welcome, we are glad you joined.

    • #1
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:34 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  2. cdor Member
    cdorJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Welcome @prestonstorm, great to have you around and contributing. I’m glad you survived your public education. It sounds as though you have gone on to provide yourself with a tremendous private education.

    • #2
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:35 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  3. Kevin Schulte Member

    Welcome Preston !

    • #3
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:41 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    WOOT!

    • #4
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:42 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  5. dajoho Member

    Welcome. C’mon in the water is fine. 

    • #5
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:43 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  6. JennaStocker Member

    Welcome Preston. I’m glad you made your way over!

    • #6
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:44 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  7. Annefy Member

    Welcome!

    • #7
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:52 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  8. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Welcome to the asylum! Good to have you!

    • #8
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:55 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  9. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVeyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Chances are you’re going to like it here…most people do! 

    • #9
    • October 28, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  10. Arahant Member

    Preston Storm: I started with Glenn Beck, which lead Milton Friedman Youtube videos, then Firing Line with WFB, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and so on.

    Glenn Beck, the gateway drug to conservatism.

    • #10
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:04 PM PDT
    • 11 likes
  11. Arahant Member

    Welcome. Now you get to see the Member Feed. You can also participate in some of the fun, such as Quote of the Day and Group Writing.

    • #11
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:06 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  12. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Glad to have you with us, Preston! Welcome!

    • #12
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:09 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  13. KirkianWanderer Coolidge

    Welcome! I hope you stick around for a while, this is a fun madhouse. 

    • #13
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:18 PM PDT
    • 9 likes
  14. Quietpi Member

    Welcome. We all come to our views, and to Ricochet, by different routes. Every one brings to us a fresh perspective, that challenges and improves us all.

    And keep reading!

    • #14
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:25 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  15. kedavis Member

    KirkianWanderer (View Comment):

    Welcome! I hope you stick around for a while, this is a fun madhouse.

    I object! Actually the madhouse is what’s OUTSIDE of Ricochet!

    • #15
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:26 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  16. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy CarterJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    New Kid always buys the next round.

    • #16
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:28 PM PDT
    • 14 likes
  17. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge

    Welcome to the party, pal! Be wary of the PIT ;)

    • #17
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:30 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  18. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    New Kid always buys the next round.

    If I’m buying, it’s Jim Beam. If Preston’s buying, it’s Laphroaig.

    • #18
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:34 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  19. kedavis Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Welcome to the party, pal! Be wary of the PIT ;)

    Just to make certain the reference is understood:

     

    • #19
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:41 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  20. Preston Storm Coolidge
    Preston Storm

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    New Kid always buys the next round.

    If I’m buying, it’s Jim Beam. If Preston’s buying, it’s Laphroaig.

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    New Kid always buys the next round.

    If I’m buying, it’s Jim Beam. If Preston’s buying, it’s Laphroaig.

    Be easy! This young father of 2 with a SAHM and public employee salary has more of a Jack Daniel’s budget!

    • #20
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:42 PM PDT
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  21. Preston Storm Coolidge
    Preston Storm

    cdor (View Comment):

    Welcome @prestonstorm, great to have you around and contributing. I’m glad you survived your public education. It sounds as though you have gone on to provide yourself with a tremendous private education.

    Always working on it @cdor

    • #21
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:43 PM PDT
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  22. Mr Nick Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Preston Storm: I started with Glenn Beck, which lead Milton Friedman Youtube videos, then Firing Line with WFB, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and so on.

    Glenn Beck, the gateway drug to conservatism.

    If it was YouTube videos I’m guessing the culprit was that notorious pusher of uncommon knowledge who uses the street name Peter Robinson….

    But in all seriousness welcome aboard.

     

    • #22
    • October 28, 2020, at 3:44 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  23. Blondie Thatcher

    Welcome, Preston! Glad you took the plunge. 

    • #23
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:00 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  24. Arahant Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    KirkianWanderer (View Comment):

    Welcome! I hope you stick around for a while, this is a fun madhouse.

    I object! Actually the madhouse is what’s OUTSIDE of Ricochet!

    Eh, both in and out. It’s just we like ours and don’t like theirs.

    • #24
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:06 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  25. Preston Storm Coolidge
    Preston Storm

    Mr Nick (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Preston Storm: I started with Glenn Beck, which lead Milton Friedman Youtube videos, then Firing Line with WFB, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and so on.

    Glenn Beck, the gateway drug to conservatism.

    If it was YouTube videos I’m guessing the culprit was that notorious pusher of uncommon knowledge who uses the street name Peter Robinson….

    But in all seriousness welcome aboard.

     

    You can bet one of the first MF videos was Mr. Robinson’s UK interview!

    • #25
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:17 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  26. Arahant Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):
    Be wary of the PIT ;)

    It’s the nicest place on Ricochet.

    • #26
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:20 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  27. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy CarterJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    We have a Code of Conduct Here.

    It’s:

    Preston Storm (View Comment):

    You can bet one of the first [expletive] videos was Mr. Robinson’s UK interview!

     

    • #27
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:20 PM PDT
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  28. Preston Storm Coolidge
    Preston Storm

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    We have a Code of Conduct Here.

    It’s:

    Preston Storm (View Comment):

    You can bet one of the first [expletive] videos was Mr. Robinson’s UK interview!

     

    I’m sorry.

    *Milton [expletive] Friedman

    :)

    • #28
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:23 PM PDT
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  29. KirkianWanderer Coolidge

    Preston Storm (View Comment):

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    We have a Code of Conduct Here.

    It’s:

    Preston Storm (View Comment):

    You can bet one of the first [expletive] videos was Mr. Robinson’s UK interview!

     

    I’m sorry.

    *Milton [expletive] Friedman

    :)

    • #29
    • October 28, 2020, at 4:24 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  30. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Preston Storm (View Comment):

    Mr Nick (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Preston Storm: I started with Glenn Beck, which lead Milton Friedman Youtube videos, then Firing Line with WFB, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and so on.

    Glenn Beck, the gateway drug to conservatism.

    If it was YouTube videos I’m guessing the culprit was that notorious pusher of uncommon knowledge who uses the street name Peter Robinson….

    But in all seriousness welcome aboard.

    You can bet one of the first MF videos was Mr. Robinson’s UK interview!

    Isn’t that the one where @peterrobinson arrives on a motorcycle? Pure gold.

    • #30
    • October 28, 2020, at 5:18 PM PDT
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