Tag: American Culture

The Best Commencement Speech of 2021

 

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels warned that the pandemic snuffed out the American eagerness to take risks and move ahead boldly.

There is no finer commencement speaker at any level than Purdue University’s President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. And not because his speeches are relatively short. Nor are they delivered in a flourishing style reminiscent of former Secretary of State and Harvard President Edward Everett, the other Gettysburg speaker in 1863, giving a speech for two hours that no one remembers.

Oh, sure, there are other terrific commencement speakers. Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame comes to mind. Not to a college or university, but this short, memorable unsolicited speech via his Facebook page to trade school graduates and high school grads who forgo college for a trade. Delivered last year during the height of the pandemic, it is timeless.

Quote of the Day: The Left’s Pleasure Palaces

 

“The Left’s pleasure palaces are all around us in their promised utopias of social justice, egalitarianism, sexual liberation, reflexive distrust of authority, and general nihilism. What they’ve brought about instead—as all pleasure palaces must—is death, destruction and despair.” – Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh’s book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, comes out of the critical theory movement, a metaphor for the nihilism built into it. The setting for this Palace is a magical, captivating castle deep in Germany’s Black Forest where a knight is tested by temptations and threats until he succumbs. At that point, his bride vanquishes the final temptation as the entire palace crumbles into nothing. It was merely a hypnotic illusion.

We are now forced to live with that illusion today as if it were inherent to the American culture. Ideas of Utopia of one kind or another abound, including Marxist theory. We see it in the demand for social justice, which insists that American values are racist and dangerous; that we are all entitled to be treated equally, even when we ignore the rule of law; law enforcement is belittled and denigrated as oppressive and unfair. Everything that Americans have valued deserves to be criticized, even annihilated.

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One of the things I learned living in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 is that progressivism isn’t on the left, it’s actually far to the right of “the right.” In the world of rich white progressives, egalitarianism is a racist ideology that poor white people use to illegitimately demand equality in the public […]

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I watched the Washington D. C. parade on television with my daughter-in-law. We decided to award an imaginary prize to the most American thing we saw in the parade. The winner was the Falun Dafa marching band. The Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, are practitioners of a form of Buddhism. Falun Gong members […]

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To Answer the Challenge of MBD

 

Michael Brendan Dougherty posed a challenge on Twitter:

I objected to his choice of target as I think French is a good ally and we should be grateful for what he’s done. But I’d like to see one critic engage Sohrab Ahmari’s point about how liberal principles, divorced from a pre-liberal inheritance, resolve disputes in one direction. (@michaelbd)

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There is a great piece today at PJMedia. com by Bruce Bawer entitled, ‘Some Really Stupid People:’ Our Catastrophically Clueless Congress. His point is that the so many people in Congress would probably fail a test of Cultural Literacy, (e.g., name five chemical elements, four Canadian provinces, three Shakespeare Plays and the king who signed […]

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Mass shootings, the opioid crisis, gang violence. These issues have dominated national news headlines for months, but they had been building for years. Each flashpoint is predictably met with outraged politicians calling for new or more stringent national laws & regulations-a power grab from the top that ultimately will strangle freedoms from individuals; gun control […]

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On Slack today, @exjon observed, “Condemning Nazis is the easiest political move in history. It costs Trump nothing.” I disagreed. There are a lot of ordinary people who fear that “Nazi”, at least these days, is chiefly a stick that elitists use to beat the proles. This fear, as many Trump voters like to put is, […]

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I was reading a book review and a sentence got me thinking. A Greek guy in a lost and ruined city in Cyprus:  “…notices a group of Turkish soldiers eyeing him ‘with that ancient faculty of minute discernment found in any region where ethnic groups collide, where the borders are disputed, where the grievances have […]

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I don’t normally post things such as this, but I wanted to share my own thoughts on current events. This is something that, given that yesterday was the Marine Corps birthday and today is a Veterans Day, has been rolling around in my head since Tuesday. I’ve been watching with some dismay, the reaction of […]

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Are 5K Walks a Sign of Our Growing Narcissism?

 

Michael Scott

The first problem I have with 5K walks and races is that I have no idea how far I am going. Who decided that we should utilize the metric system for measuring the length of fun runs? As has been well documented on Ricochet in the past, the metric system is wrong. To further prove the point, just think of some people who have used the metric system (Hitler and Stalin) and some who did not (St. Paul and da Vinci). I mean, honestly, enough said, right?

Anyway, the point of this post is not to rail against the metric system (as enjoyable as that is), but rather to discuss an odd phenomena of the past few decades called the charity walk or run. During this season of giving, only a deranged member (such as me) would nitpick the specifics around charity events and not just accept them as a fun way to raise money for a good cause. With that said, let’s get a few things out of the way before we go further. No, I am not in favor of disease, poverty, drowning puppies, or denying orphans their multi-vitamins. However, I am asking the question: why do we tie walking or running in circles with “doing something” to help others? Why can’t we just quietly donate money as our ancestors did without putting on the short shorts and overpriced tennis shoes (please don’t see this as an indictment of charity race participants. I was in a 5K myself a few weeks ago, I just find the practice odd)? I argue there are two reasons some (not all) folks need the race and ribbon and don’t just make the donation.