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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I am wondering what is considered Conservatism now-a-days? I know that there are many that feel that the Republican party no longer represents (especially after nominating Trump) true conservative ideals. Is this true to you (anyone who reads this)? Preview Open
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 […]
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.
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.
This is from James Taranto’s “Best of the Web” column for Thursday (unfortunately behind the WSJ paywall). Taranto does a fine job of summarizing a series of tweets from a NeverTrumper who goes by the handle of “Polimath”: Preview Open
I’m just throwing this out here… So today, both Clinton and Trump held rallies. Preview Open
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 […]
In the inaugural episode of OppCast, hosts John Hart and Ellen Carmichael break down how the current state of American society led to the crazy political year of 2016. Plus: Opportunity Lives contributor Patrick Brennan joins to discuss an innovative fix to the controversial minimum wage increase.
OppCast is a weekly podcast from Opportunity News Media that cracks through the surface of political commentary to reveal the people and passions behind the headlines. Amidst all the negativity in today’s media, we strive to focus on the positive stories in American politics: the doers, the reformers, the people who are making an impact both in Washington DC and your own community.
Your Mission if you choose to accept it, is to read the following and openly discuss: Preview Open
I am still growing in my understanding of the world, and that includes politics. I hope to find good books in the future about the parties to see what really makes them different. I cannot see myself ever joining a party, but never say never. Right? Preview Open
For many on the right side of the political spectrum it would seem that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are unsuitable, very unsuitable, candidates for Presidency. Valid and verifiable evidence exists which indicates their lack of consistency, integrity, and virtuous character. The results of these defects have manifested in various ways from covering up the […]
Senator Ben Sasse… one of the few conservatives the GOP Establishment was unsuccessful in defeating in 2014 … has penned keyboarded a letter decrying the horrible state of our political culture. The TL:DR version is: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are proof that both the Democrat and Republican parties suck worse than anything has ever sucked […]
The Republican Party Civil War The glory and horror of Civil War. The slaughter of individuals you once called brothers or sisters. The hatred and/or rage against your fellow citizens of what was once a whole group you had all belonged to. Where once was love, love is no more. The stench of death is […]