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This Week On The Ricochet Podcast: Question Time

 

Twice a year, we forego guests and let you, the Ricochet Membership ask the questions. Any topic is on the table, so ask a question in the comments below and then stop by this Thursday at 8AM PT/11AM ET and listen to the show live and chat with your fellow members and Rob, Peter, and James (the show will also be available as a regular downloadable podcast). 

We’ll kick things off by answering the most obvious question first: yes, they actually do wear those suits while recording the Question Time podcasts.

Thanks to Mr. EJHill for the haute couture.

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  1. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member

    I think I asked this before, but it’s relevant again in the election’s aftermath:

    Do you guys actually have a cut-off point, an “enough is enough” threshold when you throw up your hands in frustration and just give up the fight?

    What is the one big outrage you identify as the tipping point, the final straw which, if it came to pass, would make you sincerely conclude that the party/republic/nation is beyond saving?

    (This isn’t an optimism vs pessimism question; I am curious if you admit the possibility of fatalism at all.)

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    • November 27, 2012 at 2:00 am
  2. Profile photo of Daniel Turner Member

    For Peter: How do you prepare for an Uncommon Knowledge interview? How do you come up with the questions that you ask?

    For all of you: Along with politics, a major theme on Ricochet is the arts (literature/music/tv/film) past and present. When are you going to develop a podcast that is devoted to these subjects? Acculturated is great, but it’s exclusively “pop” art. I would love to listen to a podcast that is more like your interviews with Prager or the literary podcast that James did once.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 3:04 am
  3. Profile photo of Blue State Curmudgeon Member

    Should conservatives consider some form of civil disobedience to protest how this adminstration has slowly but surely eroded our political and economic rights ? If so, what form should that take ?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 5:57 am
  4. Profile photo of Pony Convertible Member

    We have QE III, which is likely to push up inflation, yet the banks are issuing mortgages at, or near, 3%. What is going to happen to those financial institutions which hold these mortgages, when the inflation rate goes well beyond 3%?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 6:01 am
  5. Profile photo of Scott R Member

    To each of you: Who is your one political kindred spirit — that writer, pundit, or politician whose opinions you agree with seemingly in every instance?

    • #5
    • November 27, 2012 at 6:13 am
  6. Profile photo of Yeah...ok. Member

    What happened to Mark Steyn?

    • #6
    • November 27, 2012 at 6:27 am
  7. Profile photo of Crow's Nest Member

    Let’s take a moment to focus on the positive. Republicans hold 30 governorships. What initiatives should our governors be pursuing in the coming years to mitigate the damage of another Obama administration and to set the right example for the Republican party in 2016?

    Pick your top 3 most important.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 6:29 am
  8. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    If this truly Question Time, will you refer to each us as “The Honorable Member” before telling us what a horse’s rear end we are for asking such a stupid question?

    • #8
    • November 27, 2012 at 6:30 am
  9. Profile photo of The King Prawn Member

    Why do I never hear Ricochet mentioned in the credentials introduction of any of the contributors when they do radio interviews? Seems like free advertising to me.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 6:49 am
  10. Profile photo of Britanicus Inactive

    For Peter: Which version of the Master and Commander Aubrey/Maturin Series do you recommend? The one narrated by Patrick Tull, or by Simon Vance?

    This is most important, as I am about to embark on a wonderful journey that will take me around the world, and I need to be sure that the right voice will be my guide.

    Thanks!

    Edit: the Audible edition, naturally.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 6:59 am
  11. Profile photo of Arizona Conservative Inactive

    1. Along the lines of what Crow’s Nest asked, I am wondering if there might be a way to push an annual meeting of Red State-only governors? We don’t invite Blue State governors. Let the Red Staters hash over what to do. Good idea? How do we get this going?

    2. Quite seriously, I think the way to handle all this is to give the lefties enough rope to hang themselves. Go along with their moronic ideas, but tell everyone the Dems have full responsibility. They won’t take it, of course, but the American people will see through that. How viable is this idea and how do we get traction for it?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:02 am
  12. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    When is Our First Annual International Ricochet Meet-Up at Hillsdale College?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:03 am
  13. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member
    Frank Cwiklik: Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like? · 6 hours ago

    Yes, that happened last year and also once in 1949.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:05 am
  14. Profile photo of Scott R Member
    The King Prawn: Why do I never hear Ricochet mentioned in the credentials introduction of any of the contributors when they do radio interviews? Seems like free advertising to me. · 9 minutes ago

    Amen, brother. Plus, now that Prager himself is kinda sorta a contributor, we’ve got to get him to routinely make a mention on his show. Truly, it would help a lot.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:06 am
  15. Profile photo of Edward Smith Inactive

    I believe that the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement needs to be on a War Footing against the Liberals and Progressives. Who among the Conservatives and Republicans will wage this War are seriously and ruthlessly as Ulysses Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:17 am
  16. Profile photo of Edward Smith Inactive

    Why are you all dressed up like the 7th Doctor?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:18 am
  17. Profile photo of Illiniguy Member

    What’s your plan to leverage this site to give it greater influence on the public stage? Are you making inroads with groups, public officials or potential candidates to help frame the debate from our point of view?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:22 am
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    EJHill: If this truly Question Time, will you refer to each us as “The Honorable Member” before telling us what a horse’s rear end we are for asking such a stupid question? · 52 minutes ago

    You mean “Most Honorable Member”, don’t you?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:25 am
  19. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member

    What do you guys think we should do about the media in this country?

    Isn’t it about time to go after them ethically and professionally? They are our political enemies and no one wants to fight this flanking attack.

    This is the 600 lb. gorilla and no one on our side seems to have any strategy whatsoever to deal with it. It was so embarrassing to watch Romney filter all the Mike Murpy type advice in his head when Candy Crowley stepped onto the platform, took off her mask and declared herself an Obama supporter. Newt would have gone directly after her and stopped that cold and forced the country to see what had just happened. It could have been used as a teaching moment.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:26 am
  20. Profile photo of TaleenaS Member

    Rob – if someone offered you the chance to change any scripted show on tv what would it be? (e.g. Walking Dead folks suddenly realize there are better ways to kill Zombies than personal angst sessions)

    James – Charlie Brown Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

    Peter – What one food/experience encapsulates the Christmas holiday to you. (e.g. Thanksgiving is not complete without a turkey sandwich the day after)

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:27 am
  21. Profile photo of Casey Member

    Discuss what victory looks like to you.

    If you had your (realistic) way, what would the country look like in 20 years? In 50? What BHAGs should conservatives set for themselves?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:29 am
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    Pony Convertible: We have QE III, which is likely to push up inflation, yet the banks are issuing mortgages at, or near, 3%. What is going to happen to those financial institutions which hold these mortgages, when the inflation rate goes well beyond 3%? · 1 hour ago

    It’s not going to matter, since interest costs will necessarily rise to counter inflation, the interest cost on government debt is going to swamp the “budget”, home prices are going to fall more than they did the first time around, banks are going to go out of business holding foreclosed property they can’t unload, and Uncle will start printing dollars faster than Germany created deutschmarks in 1923.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:34 am
  23. Profile photo of Sean Inactive

    Bill Clinton left office in disgrace over a decade ago. The last minute pardons, the fundraising scandals, impeachment & the butt of every oral sex joke in the country. A decade later he makes the convention speech that attempts a plausible (to the center-left) defense of the Obama economic record.

    By contrast, Jeb Bush meets with donors and the right goes ballistic.

    When do we get over this, and start defending George W Bush, for better or for worse? Give him a prime time speaking gig at the next convention. Stop wetting our pants when a debate moderator asks ‘how are you different’. Treat him as an honored former president who kept the country safe after 9-11 and embrace him the way the Dems have embraced Clinton. Unlike McCain & Romney, he did manage to win two elections.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:40 am
  24. Profile photo of Free Radical Inactive

    To initiative conversations are there center-left thought influencers that could be on the podcast from time to time? I try to read some of them but would like more “Peter Robinson style” probing questions to find out the center-left’s motivation and goals. For example what is an ideal tax system that responsible center-left thought leaders want? Or do they really just want to erase W. from the historical records.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 7:57 am
  25. Profile photo of Free Radical Inactive

    Secondly I’d like to know from our mythical center-left guest what an ideal health care system would be and what do they consider long term benefits and negatives.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 8:07 am
  26. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    After a long, long primary season and election campaign in which Republicans were portrayed as Thurston Howell III, I ask this all male Ricochet podcast the question that all of America has been wondering:

    Ginger or Mary Ann?

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    • November 27, 2012 at 8:08 am
  27. Profile photo of Sabrdance Member

    We need to better persuade our fellows. How, short of launching a fullscale propaganda war, do we do that? In particular, since this is Rob’s bugaboo, I’d like his insight into how we get the public to hear our arguments rather than just say “oh, the conservatives are grinding their axe again.”

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    • November 27, 2012 at 8:16 am
  28. Profile photo of Britanicus Inactive
    Free Radical: To initiative conversations are there center-left thought influencers that could be on the podcast from time to time? I try to read some of them but would like more “Peter Robinson style” probing questions to find out the center-left’s motivation and goals. For example what is an ideal tax system that responsible center-left thought leaders want? Or do they really just want to erase W. from the historical records. · 19 minutes ago

    I second this notion. I truly enjoy having center-left people on board–providing, of course, that they can be civil and have a reasonable discussion.

    Heck, I’d even go so far as to say invite a far leftie. We aren’t afraid of a good debate, and like Free Radical said, Peter’s probing questions are great.

    Naturally, we wouldn’t want too many lefties. This place IS center right, after all.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 8:21 am
  29. Profile photo of swatter Inactive

    Can we have a little less whine with our steak and potatoes?

    Look, we have this chap and Lord and Saviour, Barack Obama, for another 4 years. It is what it is.

    Can we neuter his policies and at the same time make it look like we are supporting him? Frankly, I don’t care how he looks in the kaleidoscope of history, but I do care about the country.

    I think I set myself up for retirement, but I am still working because I am expecting that second shoe. I knew something would come down the pike with the ‘baby boomer’ aging and retirements, I am glad it happened when it did instead of when I ‘needed’ my retirement money more, but I would certainly sleep better if there was a way for us to praise Obama (choke,choke and gag,gag) where possible and use the soft touch to get what is needed for the country.

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    • November 27, 2012 at 8:23 am
  30. Profile photo of edwarddentzel.com Inactive

    This is an easy one: 

    Rob, how ticked were you to come down the escalator into the Customs Area after the National Review Cruise to find that the line was over a quarter mile long AND you were at the end of it?

    I was only about 50 people ahead of you.

    • #30
    • November 27, 2012 at 8:31 am
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