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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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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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More than thirty-one years ago, songwriters Dean Dillon and Royce Porter wrote a tune titled “It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You” about a man who, despite the pleas of his friends, fell for the girl of his dreams and gave all in her pursuit, but whose efforts were ultimately for naught. The poignant, […]

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Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.” This obviously raises the question of “what makes America great?” Is it our beautiful countryside? Our irreverent and non-conformist culture? Our Constitution and unique legal system? Our enormous economic prosperity wherein even our poorest state has a higher household income adjusted for purchasing power than the […]

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Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.

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Thank you to the great @AndrewKlavan for introducing me to this amazing Langston Hughes poem. You’re right, Andrew, it is hard to get through it without choking up.   More

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For me, one of the most difficult aspects of the “unshakable” and “unbreakable” bonds between the United States and Israel, is that at moments of national grief for Israel, Israelis must quietly and reverentially endure a visit from the American officials who come to call. And that was certainly the case today, during the very public […]

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Where were you 15 years ago? It seems so unlikely that the Islamic terrorist attacks that forever changed the world happened so long ago. After that Tuesday, I remember seeing signs of “United we Stand,” “God Bless America,” “Never Forget.” Have we forgotten what happened and its impact? Have we forgotten the 2, 977 souls […]

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Anyone who can’t figure out to whom the headline of this post is directed has been under a rock, in a basement, for the last 8 years. After reading on Townhall that the President could veto the bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia—on 9/11, it makes my brain and heart weep. I can’t […]

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"Aeneas Fleeing from Troy" by Pompeo Batoni (ca. 1750)Few stories have resonated through human protohistory quite like the Fall of Troy. Epic poems have been written about it. Historians believe that some of the story is based in fact. To this day, most people are at least familiar with the Greeks’ winning stratagem. Even now, some people know the names of the major players. However, very few might be able to tell you the moral of the story. In the ancient world, myth often filled the role of fable. One would think that a story as tragic, as bloody, and as enduring as Troy would have a moral.

Of course, some would point to the old, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” — but temporal, tribal hatreds are not the basis of a moral. A bit closer to the point, while still missing it, is a line from the BBC sitcom “Red Dwarf” — “Beware of Trojans, they’re complete [idiots]” — but snark does not a moral make either. Despite these misses, there is a moral to the story of Troy, one that is best understood in the context of the Trojan hero Aeneas, and one that is relevant to anyone who cherishes liberty. However, to understand the moral, one must first know what the moral warns against.

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The Journal of American Greatness, or as we also know it, the PIT, has now reached its 12th volume. I refer you to pages 890 et seq. for one of the more revealing discussions of what’s going on with the Republican party, its electorate, & its political principles. It is fully deserving of your attention, […]

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Breaking news! Brace yourselves, assembled Ricochetti. Put down the coffee. Get your feet off the desk. Rudert, stop taking selfies. Does that about cover it? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The WashPo reports that Americans diplomats are getting bullied by the Russians. Why? Well, Americans being American & Russians being Russian, you’d expect […]

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Can we please stop it with the plethora of rainbow lights, flags, and logos following Orlando Terrorist attack? More

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A very common argument that was proposed by those that were sympathetic or in some cases outspoken supporters of Trump was that he would lead a “Crusade” against the politically correct culture. That he would rally the American people and free them from the chains placed on them against their will by the media and leftist establishment […]

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Donald Trump, thus far, it seems will be the Republican Nominee for President in the 2016 race. One of his most touted characteristics was his knowledge of the economy and “capitalism” along with his prescriptions of how the American economic structure should be ordered and the like. The economy itself is generally a high ranked issue […]

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The phenomena of trump during this Presidential Primary Season has caused a degree of despair, joy, pain, vengeance, and anxiety. But this article is not about that but rather looking to the future. This article is about creating some degree of cohesion and unity on what libertarians and conservatives (of various stripes) can propose as policy or […]

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