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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: An Existential Threat

 

“We ran. As the siren droned on that July 7 night, I gripped Sally’s hand and sprinted across the abandoned lawn of Kibbutz Na’an. I headed for the nearest house, which was made of concrete and might provide partial shelter. But its front door was locked. So we huddled on the porch, together with Lee, Dar and several other Bar Mitzvah guests, beneath a corrugated awning. A couple shielded their infant son with their bodies. Sufficiently experienced in shellfire, I kept my composure, though others shook and even whimpered. Any second, the rockets would hit.” — Michael Oren, from Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide

Michael Oren was born in America, but eventually felt called to move to Israel and eventually became its ambassador to the US. He describes in this quotation his visit to a kibbutz for a bar mitzvah. His visit preceded a 50-day war with Hamas in 2014, when they shot 4,500 rockets toward Israel. More recently, Gazans (and Hamas) threatened to tear down the border fence between Gaza and Israel. Then they sent flaming kites across the border, burning Israeli farmland.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: America

 

“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. It enunciates that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice, and that their authority is for that reason just. It certainly does condemn anarchism, and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived. Nobody expects a modern political system to proceed logically in the application of such dogmas, and in the matter of God and Government it is naturally God whose claim is taken more lightly. The point is that there is a creed, if not about divine, at least about human things.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that you can come to and become a full part of that country. You can move to America from anywhere in the world and become an American. You become an American. You don’t have to wait for your children to become Americans, while you remain an outsider, or your grandchildren to become accepted as Americans while you and your children are considered outsiders. All you have to do is adopt the American creed in your heart.

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I was talking to a missionary about to go to northern China and work with a minority Muslim people group there. I asked him, “So what is your cultural learning plan?” He replied, “I don’t have one. What is a cultural learning plan?”

So, I explained to him that you need to find out what makes people laugh, what makes them cry, what makes their spirits soar in their own culture and where people get their names from. Names are important but a subject for a different post. People of all cultures make the mistake thinking that, broadly speaking, people are motivated broadly by the same thing. That is not true but there is just enough evidence to make it seem true.

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After a particularly contentious June, America settles into the 4th of July holiday – and with it, an opportunity to reflect on the privileges of living in a free society. Thomas Gilligan, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, discusses the individual, economic and political freedoms that are quintessentially American – and Hoover’s mission as the Stanford-based think tank approaches its centennial anniversary.

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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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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.

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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 Trump would have us believe, or similar to a more recent Oval Office occupant.

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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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