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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Disgrace

 

Judicial Watch has obtained a memo that shows that John McCain and his Senate staff sought to collude with the Obama Administration to target conservative advocacy groups.

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer (Henry) Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells (Lois) Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all.”

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Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America agree that it was time for VA Secretary David Shulkin to leave after months of ethical woes – but also a year of some progress at one of government’s biggest and most important bureaucracies. They also take on the identical script recorded by […]

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The Democrats will have you believe, that money does buy elections, and thus citizens united must be re-instated law, even if it means a constitutional amendment. Recent election results would dispel this view. Several recent candidates have outspent their opponents only to loose, for example: Jeb Bush, raised and spent $100m, to get 3 delegates […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In Defense of Dangerous Art

 

For almost two years, I have submitted occasional opinion pieces to Ricochet. However, for over eight years, under what is obviously a pseudonym, I have blogged a fair amount of political satire. It is not satire that one would describe as light-hearted and jocular. Rather, it is satire that is Juvenalian in mood: a more apt description would be “spitting.”

Before I would post them, quite a few of my satires caused me substantial anxiety: would this be the piece that finally prompts some sort of retaliation? As ridiculous as that anxiety might sound to some, for me it was very real. However, despite that anxiety, I reasoned that “God hates a coward” and posted each one. As far as I know, no retaliation ever came. However, that is probably not because the Democrats are not shockingly petty, vindictive, and intolerant, but rather it is probably because my satires are either too obtuse or too stylistically out of the mainstream to garner anything more than a handful of readers.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Intimidation Game: We’re on the Losing Side

 

“Then it was the five-year-old’s turn. You could tell she’d been thinking hard about her answer. She fixed both her brother and sister with a ferocious stare and said: ‘Free speech is that you can say what you want—as long as I like it.’”

This was the lead-in anecdote to Kimberley Strassel’s article in the latest issue of Imprimis from Hillsdale College. She was having a conversation with her children about free speech, and her five-year-old basically mimicked the words of the Left. Fortunately, she has time to grow out of it!

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That’s what she means when she says she’ll appoint justices to the Supreme Court that will overturn Citizens United. More

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museAs is their wont, a muse appears in the oddest of places. Yesterday, one appeared at our local Safeway as my wife and I were doing our weekly shopping. This particular muse took the form of a politically ignorant young woman ranting into her phone about “Citizens United.”

I was already in an agitated mood. Before shopping, I made the mistake of checking my “family only” Facebook account. Out of courtesy, I keep my posts on this account clear of politics. However, the same can not be said of some of my relatives. On viewing the feed, I saw one meme after the other of fallacy-laden bromides from one such relative: a typical, ill-informed, virtue signaling, Bernie Sanders supporter. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, a few years back, this same relative, in an argument with my wife, insisted that Sarah Palin actually said, “I can see Russia from my house,” and was therefore “stupid.” When presented with the evidence of the actual and factual statement which Palin made, and Tina Fey’s parody of it, this relative did not care – Sarah Palin (and not this relative) was still, and would continue to be, the stupid one. There is a word for such stubborn attachment to one’s beliefs in the face of overwhelming and contradictory evidence. That word is “faith.”

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Sympathy among disaffected conservatives for Trump’s rhetoric is understandable. The President avoids the words “victory” or “winning” when discussing war and tries whenever possible to equate organized terrorist groups with common criminals. In stark contrast, Trump promises victories, vows to win wars, and pledges swift action against terrorist threats. The President downplays any crisis at our […]

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I have been a big fan of Lawrence Lessig for years, mainly for his work versus SOPA, PIPA, and earlier fights. But his latest campaign is a different matter altogether. His MayDay PAC just completed a pledge drive that raised $5M to “reduce the influence of money in politics.” Fighting flooding with water, or something. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Brief Research Bleg, or, the New York Times Could Use a Hand

 

Continuing its usual theme that corporations are wicked, that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision will undermine democracy, and, well, blah, blah, blah, today the New York Times presents a story on a company that makes all its corporate contributions to Republicans:

The political action committee of Flowers Foods, a Georgia company that produces the pillowy sandwich bread [Wonder Bread], Tastykakes and Nature’s Own baked goods, has given more than 99 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans. Only three Democratic congressional candidates have gotten money from its PAC since 1984, and not one in the past 20 years.

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