Tag: American Politics

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Magical Thinking (or, Nobody Knows Nothin’)

 

When I was a budding novelist, I quickly learned that the publishing world didn’t care about my aspirational goals. I had to conform to the publisher, not vice versa. As many positive thoughts as I lavished on my first novel, it never saw print because it wasn’t very good. Eventually I learned, over the 20-year process of writing three more unpublished novels, how to write fiction. It’s true that I probably wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t believed in raw talent worth developing. Positive thinking, while it bridged no gaps, at least provided a launching platform. But between the dream and the realization was a long (like, 20-year) stretch of hard work.

For some time now, I’ve had the feeling that our culture is marked, not by positive thinking, but by magical thinking. Psychologically, “magical thinking” is the belief that one’s personal thoughts, fears, and goals influence the outside world. Young children indulge in magical thinking all the time: a child who prays every night that his parents will stop fighting, for instance, could feel he’s to blame when Mom and Dad stop the fights by splitting up. This is normal for kids, but a grownup who indulges in such fantasies is called schizophrenic. Or a politician.

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Perhaps you remember this story in The Atlantic a few weeks ago, as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced his state was going to begin reopening towards the end of April following a gubernatorial-led national shutdown of our economy. This paragraph is notable: Kemp’s order shocked people across the country. For weeks, Americans have watched the […]

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As a former consumer of public opinion polling for most of the 35 or so US House and Senate campaigns I had some affiliation with, I follow the industry pretty closely. To say it has “issues” is an understatement.   Polls are snapshots of public opinion over a specific period of time. And like the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. While We’re at It….

 

The talking heads agree on one thing—the country will be vastly different on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. While there’s a consensus to embrace the changes, I say—while we’re at it—let’s implement the following:

  1. Death Penalty for any lawyer who advertises on television/radio for any car wreck, mass tort, malpractice, or pharmaceutical lawsuits.
  2. Deficit Spending by any local, state, or federal government will result in the seizure of the enabling legislators’ assets to offset excess spending.
  3. Mandatory Lie Detectors and IQ Tests for every reporter or pundit before publication of any story. Third lying offense or IQ under 85 results in total laryngectomy and surgical removal of all fingers.
  4. Party Affiliation disclosure by any judge at any level or any person talking or writing about any event occurring in the universe, e.g., “story by Chris Wallace (Dem. Fox News);” or “opinion by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Radical Leftist Dem. SCOTUS).
  5. Lobbyists Banned from contacting anyone about anything.
  6. Mandatory Gun-Toting to make everyone a bit more careful about what they say or do.

I’ve got plenty more, but right now I’ve got to go to the bathroom. It may take a while, so feel free to add whatever changes you think are necessary to improve our country post-Coronavirus.

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There are two votes I regret in my adult life. First, was voting for Jimmy Carter for President in 1976 (I was a stupid 20-year-old liberal Democrat and college student at the time), and my vote for Arlen Specter in the GOP Primary for US Senate in 2004. Specter, with strong support from my friend, […]

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Did you see this post from the founder of Politico.com, one of the leading “news” services in Washington, DC? Just focus on the headline: “Admit it: You Are Willing to Let People die to End the Shutdown.” More

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It sent a shudder up and down my spine today when I heard the malevolent partisan, US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) echo something I called for a couple of days ago – a national commission on a path forward, and lessons learned, from Coronavirus. Except, we have VERY DIFFERENT approaches. Schiff wants Democrats in Congress […]

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Even though we’re in for another month of “The Great Hunkering,” it’s not too soon to begin work on the “after-action” report on how to make sure America – and the world – can respond more effectively to the next virus epidemic. We may not have as much time as we think. But the good […]

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Welcome to the debut episode of Mag Men, the Washington Examiner Magazine Editors podcast. The show features Executive Editor, Seth Mandel, Managing Editor Jay Caruso, Deputy Editor J. Grant Addison and Life & Arts Editor Park MacDougald.

  • Please forgive us for some of the sound issues. We’re in the process of making it sound a whole lot better.

On today’s episode, the group discusses the Super Tuesday results and what it means for both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. They also take a look at what could happen in the future and possible VP choices. They also talk about some conservatives’ affinity for Sanders and whether that’s just part of a plan to prop him up or genuine regard for his candidacy.

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There is much experience and more than a bit of wisdom in the Ricochet community. Let’s see what good, practical advice we can offer to candidates and parties right now. You are invited to unearth gold nuggets from the pages and archives, sharing them in the comments below. Think of this as a collection of […]

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Kristin Tate, Author of The Liberal Invasion of Red State America, joins Carol Roth to talk about why domestic migration is an urgent issue that is being ignored and why the “purpling” of America threatens the future prosperity of major states like Texas and could disrupt the balance of power in our electorate. Plus, a “Now You Know” piece on NewHampshire’s role in declaring independence from Great Britain.

Kristin is also a columnist at The Hill and a Novak Journalism Fellow at the Fund for American Studies.

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My wife and I just returned from watching “Created Equal,” the biopic about the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It exceeded my expectations and is a nice sequel to (and incorporates much of) his memoir from 12 years ago, “My Grandfather’s Son.” Michael Pack, who wrote and directed the film, artfully weaves on-camera […]

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Plaudits for Congress and the President for enacting this week the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an important annual exercise that, for the first time since 1947, creates a new branch of our military, the Space Command. As with the Air Force’s creation in 1947 as our then 5th branch, it will take time to […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Recently Acquired a Wife

 

hoboSignI know. It’s news to friends and family. No one was more surprised than I.

She’s very neat and so discreet. She seems to eat like a bird and likes everything I cook. There was not even any sorting out of who sleeps on which side of the bed, or whose clothes and toiletries go where. She is financially independent and undemanding. Indeed, my bank, utilities and even the vaunted tech giants haven’t even noticed her moving in with me.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Here’s Why You Should Care About the Gay Pride Shirt Case at the Kentucky Supreme Court

 

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on behalf of Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson on Aug. 23.For Blaine Adamson, there’s no separating his beliefs from his work. His Christian faith is what guides and drives him. It’s what makes Blaine who he is at home, in his community, and in his business.

Blaines’ faith is why his promotional print shop, Hands On Originals, provides otherwise unemployed women in Uganda with a steady income by hiring them to create hand-woven baskets, which they then give away to customers to raise awareness for the struggles these women face on a daily basis.

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Achilles’ Heels, or Am I Being a Heel?

 

[Updated upon considering some comments. Deletions noted by strike-through; italics annotate additions.]

The conservative media space, social and otherwise, is abuzz with another woman of the left speaking truth we wish to hear to the power of Big Media. Lara Logan is a woman of immense physical courage and moral courage. She has spoken hard truths to real power. She is a real, old-fashioned reporter. Kudos to Lara Logan are warranted. And. Lara Logan is human, like all of us, and we may choose to overlook parts of her humanity that complicate our preferred narrative.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Kudos to Lara Logan

 

Lara Logan’s outspoken comments in recent days regarding the biased media and the death of journalism came and went quicker than a lightning bolt. Yet this flash of light lingered long enough to spark a fire. Her comments were read across conservative radio, highlighted in the Washington Examiner, and talked about on Fox News. When I heard that she spoke out, claiming to commit journalistic suicide, my ears perked up. She called the left-wing media propagandists.

“Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan said, “responsibility for fake news” begins with journalists as she berated the “liberal” media in a recent interview. “The media everywhere is mostly liberal,” Logan said during a podcast with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland on Friday. Logan, who said the interview was “professional suicide for me,” also blamed the media for not pursuing objectivity anymore, arguing journalists have evolved into “political activists.

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Donald J. Trump has been president for two years. He’s at the border and is asking for a wall, oh wait, no – now a steel fence, and compromise and dialogue with the Democratic Party. He was asking for a little over five billion to shore up the Southern border. He said “I’ll take less […]

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As a Louisiana native with two kids at Texas A&M, its been an interesting first semester. My Louisiana family decided that spending Thanksgiving in College Station and attending the LSU/A&M game would be fun. I sported maroon and white (after all, that is where my tuition checks go), while my family wore their LSU purple […]

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