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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. $10,000 Is Not Nearly Enough to Compensate for Living in Vermont

 

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I wrote this column about Paul Ryan’s retirement for USA Today, and C-SPAN was nice enough to have me on this morning to talk about it. An excerpt: More

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Marriage and Love In high school my friend Josh and I once discussed marriage and love. Was true love even real? Do people marry other people for reasons of character or more material considerations? Was anyone even capable of keeping their virginity for marriage? He and I had different answers to these questions. More

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According to Anatoly Karlin: Islamic State might have been beaten, but there is a difference between Toyota-riding bearded yahoos and serious military Powers like the US, Turkey, and Israel. The latter cannot be dislodged, and they have now effectively partitioned Syria. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Interwebs and the National Conversation

 

2002 was not a good year for India. Trouble that had been brewing for a while (some say since 1993, some say for much longer) erupted, and almost 60 Hindu Nationalist workers were burned to death on a train in Gujarat by a Muslim mob. The victims were coming home from efforts to build a temple at what is said to be Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya.

This led to (more) horrific violence in Gujarat state — in which about 2,000 people died, many women were raped, and thousands were made homeless. The fabric of our national life was ripped in ways that turned out to be hard to repair. And the person held responsible for the bloodshed by many is now our Prime Minister.

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This really touched me, and left me asking myself, “Why I have never gone to the USS Arizona Memorial?” I will do this, and soon. Ricochet, have you ever been to this? More

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This AEI Events Podcast features the address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks delivered during AEI’s 2017 Annual Dinner at which he was awarded AEI’s Irving Kristol Award. To hear introductory remarks from Arthur Brooks, Robert P. George, or Bill Kristol, visit the event video here. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Some Solid Proof the NFL Is Losing the War

 

The Nielsen company said Tuesday the weekend’s nationally televised games averaged…

13.8 million viewers,

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My youngest three children are athletes. One advantage of attending a small Catholic high school is that, with so few students, anyone with sufficient motivation can play a variety of sports. My kids were both motivated and athletically talented, and participated in pretty much everything the school had to offer: basketball, baseball, football, soccer, softball, […]

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln More

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I’m pleased to see stories reporting on the generosity, heroism, and just plain goodness of those responding to hurricane Harvey. Our elite opinion-makers in the news, entertainment, education, etc. industries are invested in a narrative that portrays America as a grim, mean country peopled by oppressors and victims. It’s always good to hear the truth, […]

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As the nation prepares for its Fourth of July celebration, the question arises of where the Trump presidency fits in the mosaic of American leadership. David M. Kennedy, a Stanford University historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, discusses the current state of the Republic and whether Donald Trump is the second coming of Andrew Jackson, as […]

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In episode 354 of The Ricochet Podcast, Mollie Hemingway suggests that the widespread confusion over Trump’s election is reasonable. Later she reminds us that Trump is but a symptom of what is happening in America. In a sense, I suppose it is right to say that an incessant analytical fussing over a mere symptom would […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Waitress

 

She works in a diner called the Desert Rose which sits along the northwestern edge of Colorado, near the Utah border. It’s a small and undistinguished affair, worn and weathered but always brightly lit and burning like a little beacon in that high American wasteland. Triangles of cherry pie sit bleeding in the pie case, and strips of honey-yellow flypaper spiral down from the low stucco ceiling.

She was born and raised in a tiny mountain town one-hundred miles southeast. She grew up uncommonly good-looking, self-reliant, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes with all the other small-town girls and boys. She began working when she was in the eleventh grade, and she’s not stopped working since. Waiting tables is what she’s done for most of her life. She graduated high school but never went to college. After school, she drifted awhile, developed a taste for books, black coffee, practical knowledge.

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I wanted to post this story, not because it’s about my Texas, but because it’s about how America will get back on track: Boeing to Bring Jobs to Plano More

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I know there are some on Ricochet who will disagree with this assessment by Dennis Prager, but I hope you will take the time to click on the link and read the entire column. Please do it as a favor to me. It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President More

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It is common in my conversations with fellow Millienials to see sneer quotes applied whenever the term “American Dream” is brought up. Far from being limited to those on the Left, I have noticed this trend among disaffected conservatives as well, particularly during the Obama era. It was something noteworthy about the not so diametrically […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Truck Driver

 

The trucker who lives next door is seldom home.

He’s a long-haul trucker, he’s over-the-road. He earns good money and does not spend. There’s something ascetic about him. He’s forty-five. His hair is long. He wears jeans and combat boots. Sallow and haggard, his face is handsome nevertheless. His willowy wife does not ride with him but stays at home. They have no children. The wife is solitary, long-legged and tan. She has a ponytail of sandy-brown. She smokes Marlboros. They do not rent but own. The wife spends hours in her garden, or she reads in her backyard. Her eyes are pensive. She waves to us but rarely speaks.

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