Tag: American Politics

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    The following is an email I sent to a liberal friend who, when I asked (innocently) what she thought of the election, gave me a very long, dreadful earful. She works in academia in a liberal state. She couldn’t go to work after the election because of a migraine, and apparently two students went […]

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A Statement to Mike Pence from Alexander Hamilton?

 

I love the Broadway hit Hamilton. I think the music is amazing. My husband surprised me with tickets last summer for our anniversary, and it was worth every ridiculous penny he paid for them.

You see, I teach US History. I owned the Ron Chernow biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write his ode to Alexander long before he performed that first rap at the White House that was really the first step in birthing his wildly wonderful production.

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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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Richard Epstein shares his reaction on learning that Donald Trump will be the 45th president and provides recommendations for the new administration’s policy agenda.

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Donald Trump is the President-elect this morning. It is the most stunning political upset in my lifetime, rivaled only by the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress. It is time to give credit where credit is due. Kellyanne Conway is a genius. She educated Trump and got him on message with a reasonably disciplined campaign. She […]

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Divisive Politicking and Reviving Civil Debate

 

shutterstock_433218895I’m on day two, after essentially a week off due to a death in the family. It’s election day, and I’m only slightly paying attention — for now, I have more interest in “glitches” on a large scale, as opposed to who actually wins or loses. People having trouble voting in the first place is a bigger problem in my mind, of course. I don’t have a horse in any race this time around, and while I intend to vote, I don’t intend to cast a ballot for the presidency. As a Pennsylvanian who knows Philadelphia will be in play thanks to SEPTA no longer striking, there is no point (not that I had any intention of voting GOP anyway).

At least a few people have accused me of being at least a little apathetic, which is inaccurate. I merely recognize that as one of the candidates might put it, it doesn’t make any difference who moves into the White House in January. I’m not talking about ideology, or agendas. I am pointing out a Constitutional fact that has been at least a little ignored of late, but I suspect will not be during the next presidential term. Please, let us be brutally honest with ourselves, and recognize that the checks and balances created by the Constitution will regain their meaning.

No, I am not focused on the identity politicking that has eclipsed everything else for the past several years. It came to a head of sorts this election season, and I’m hoping that tomorrow will finally be the beginning of the end of it. True, it may be wishful thinking, but we all need a little bit of that.

Victor Davis Hanson explains why many Americans are increasingly removed from the nation’s core political, economic, and cultural institutions.

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I had lost touch with a high school friend in the 15 years or so since we both graduated, only to be reunited via Facebook a few years ago.  After catching up on where our lives had taken us, I settled into the typical Facebook routine of seeing general updates about friends and family from […]

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My Long Introduction: First, since this is my first post, I think I should do a brief introduction in the communal spirit of this site.  I’ve been reading Ricochet almost every day for more than a year.  I imagine I’m relatively young for this site (31).  When my favorite radio personality (semi)retired, I decided to look […]

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Now that we are right on top of the elections lets make some predictions with some hard political analysis.  I don’t want this to be another Never/Ever Trump thread no need to rehash that stuff here. So Clinton or Trump is going to win Nov. 8th.  Trump has some momentum and it looks like it […]

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I am sure that now most of you have heard about Donna Brazile. She is the interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman and the one who got that position after Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from the position after leaked emails from her showing bias against Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Now, leaked emails are showing Brazile shared a question […]

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First thing in the morning, at about 0530 hours after receiving my Cat Scan from a real cat I dole out some cat treats. Which is of course the reason the cat does what he does at 0530 hours. I have been trained by a cat. After the cat has been rewarded I make the coffee and […]

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There is a famous mythical exchange between Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway concerning the rich. Fitzgerald is supposed to have observed, “The rich are different from you and me.” To which Hemingway is supposed to have wisecracked, “Yes, they have more money.” This argument didn’t really happen like that. But supposing that it had, I […]

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A Trump Rally in Pictures

 

I attended Donald Trump’s rally at the Collier County Fairgrounds in Naples, FL on Sunday. As I also had a previous career as a professional photographer and photojournalist for a dozen years, I also gave myself the assignment to document the rally and how people were using their smartphones to broadcast and remember what was going on. To make matters even more interesting (and to further demonstrate how empowered we are as individuals thanks to the internet and our smartphones), I shot, edited, uploaded, and composed this post using nothing but my iPhone.

We are the media, and the deer now have guns. What that will mean for 2020 and beyond, I don’t know. What I do know is that 15 years ago, it would have taken me hours (if not days) to develop the film for this story and get it out to the public. Now, the only reason why I couldn’t send out pictures as they happened was because I had a lousy cell signal at the fairgrounds and had to wait until I encountered better coverage.

The Caligula Candidate

 

Many people have expressed concern with the remarks that Donald Trump made in the recently released videotape, demonstrating as they do the candidate’s extreme crudity and his contempt for the humanity of women. However there is another aspect of the Don’s character readily observable in the celebrated tape that should be even more alarming. This is Trump’s complete inability to restrain his primal impulses.

Trump is clearly an aspiring dictator, and so has sometimes been compared to Adolf Hitler. However, while sharing Hitler’s national socialist method of invoking the tribal instinct to mobilize mob support for a program of unlimited government, socialistic policy, and one-man rule, Trump has a very different personal character. Until he went insane late in the war, Hitler was capable of a certain amount of intellectual focus and self-discipline. Trump, on the other hand, is completely lacking in those traits. Rather, he is a man of unlimited appetites who sees no reason to control himself, even when an appearance of such control is required to achieve his own strategic ends. Instead of Hitler, the mad Roman emperor Caligula serves as much closer historical model for the dissolute Don.

Richard Epstein considers the arguments for and against the Electoral College, describes how the process of choosing a president has changed over the years, and provides prescriptions for electoral reform.

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This year has been a cacophony of agitated politics. Most of us agree that we’ve never seen anything like it. It’s the kind of change, chaotic and angry, that some of us might thrive in. I can’t speak for you, but I feel pretty tired and distracted, wishing it were all over. I even put […]

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