Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Is Our Government “At War” With Us?

 

Provocative question of the day: Is our government “at war” with us? This question is ambiguous and this post can go a lot of different ways, so let me be clear in what context I am using “government,” “war” and “us”:

  1. Government = government power and authority by whomever is permitted to employ it without pushback and limits by persons ostensibly holding power over those persons.
  2. War = an overwhelming level of physical coercion and threat consistent with subjugation either temporarily or permanently.
  3. Us = citizens who may or may not be completely compliant with the complex set of laws in our country but who do not represent a reasonable threat of violent response to a government demand for compliance.

The question is stimulated by the circumstances of Roger Stone’s arrest yesterday under the authority of the Special Counsel. Like the Manafort arrest that preceded it, there was no obvious reason to send in a SWAT team conducting a pre-dawn raid. Both men had been cooperating with the Special Counsel through attorneys. Both men assert that they would have been happy to surrender peaceably with their attorneys. In the case of Stone, a judge released him immediately on a personal bond, something that would never be done with a violent criminal and flight risk.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Michael Strain: Against Economic Pessimism

 


Michael Strain is a scholar and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. In this Conversation, Strain challenges the increasingly widespread notion that America is in decline economically—and reflects on the enduring importance of innovation and dynamism in the American economy. Highlighting measures like social mobility and increases in living standards, Strain argues that America remains robust economically even as globalization, technology, and other factors have presented and will continue to present serious challenges to the status quo. Finally, Strain points to several policy goals that promote innovation and growth—including high-skilled immigration, renewed focus on STEM, and investment in research and development—that could increase America’s economic performance.

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Will we get comprehensive immigration reform with a Democrat controlled House that was not possible when Republicans were in control? I know we must have some diverse viewpoints on Ricochet. Preview Open

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For all of the Pac NW folks: Ever wonder why Portland is still considered inferior to Seattle? Preview Open

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Dad died and we buried him out back near a big oak tree. He was an alien and we weren’t sure how well the mortuary would deal with that , so we planted him on the farm. There was room enough, after all. It wasn’t a big farm, only 160 acres with a farmstead that […]

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Doctors meet a lot of people. Pediatric sub-specialists like myself meet a lot of kids from infants to young adults and a lot of parents and guardians. Over time, you have a series of surface interactions mostly aimed at finding out whether they are taking their medication, the reasons they don’t, are the medications helping, […]

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Max the cat was very old, but only very recently did he start to show it. Slightly less recently, he sounded it, or so I inferred from an online search. I like to think I have good google-fu but sometimes it really makes sense just to input something that starts with “Why does my…” Many […]

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I wonder how many American voters will start to notice such dichotomies. I wonder how many of them have studied Stalin. Or Castro. Or the Duke lacrosse case. Or Elian Gonzales. Or Scooter Libby. Or Clarence Thomas. Or Brett Kavanaugh. I think that your rights, in our country, depend very much on who you support […]

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I just finished watching Last Man, the recent movie about Neil Armstrong. The initial controversy was over the planting of the flag and that the movie didn’t portray it. Having watched the film, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. The flag is shown, and that’s enough for me. Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How Things Work in the UK When the Press Gets It Wrong

 

I thought you might be interested to see what happens in the UK when a newspaper publishes something which is factually-challenged and is then challenged on the facts.

It seems that The Daily Telegraph (a historically fine newspaper, and the only one I was allowed to read as a child, after a member of the staff had ironed it, of course), has fallen on hard times, and only last week published a cover story on Melania Trump in its Saturday magazine. Many of the “facts” alleged in the article were false.

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This is welcome news for the students and their parents who have been besieged by threats from the compassionate Left that has been fueled by their media allies. This is welcome news for me as well because I graduated from a boy’s Catholic High School. Covington, Ky., Jan 25, 2019 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- Bishop […]

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From the heyday of male chauvinism; The Syndicate of Sound: Hey Little Girl. Preview Open

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The post title is a play on the term guardian ad litem — a legal relationship where a parent’s supervisory role is assumed by someone else — usually for good reasons necessary to protect the child. But a story I caught sight of today suggests that parental rights are being pared back in ways that […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Wind Farms: What’s Your Position?

 

I’m against them, personally. There is a big push in my corner of the state to build wind farms — my county has one already and another being built. We tried to fight it, but when the editor of the paper at the county seat is gung-ho, we didn’t stand a chance, and none of the 30-some other people did either.

The county where I work is putting up a pretty good fight against them. A couple with a private airstrip (they’ve had it many years) will be severely impacted. The company involved came in and bought leases with ‘hush’ clauses in the contracts, and many of the people who sold leases don’t live where the farm will be. The number of towers planned has increased, as has the height.

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We live in a time where outrage manifests itself daily in the media and on the internet. A lot of the outrage is much ado about nothing, but with the recent actions of the NY Legislature and NY’s Governor Cuomo, on signing into law the state’s new abortion law, I venture to say (as have […]

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I was just listening to the After Show podcast by Duane Patterson (producer of the Hugh Hewitt radio show). He and James Lileks were commenting on how the Republicans could have passed a border barrier spending bill when they “controlled” both the House and the Senate (in the last Congress). Did they have such control? […]

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