Tag: Conservatism

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My county had their annual Reagan dinner last night. The food was, well, food.  The main speaker was not bad and was very non-PC.  She spoke about Islam and its impact on the public school system and police departments.  Was glad some of those there were confronted with these things. Preview Open

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Social Media Alternatives for Conservatives

 

So this may be a topic that is already addressed somewhere on Ricochet, but I am new here and still trying to find my way around. I found Ricochet while searching for social media platforms for conservatives. I’m shocked by the lack of alternatives given the hostile treatment we get on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Is it that difficult to collect resources and technological expertise for a platform to upload videos (serious question, not rhetorical)? If anyone is aware of good alternatives please list them in a comment. As I am aware:

  1.  Ricochet is a close match to a social media platform
  2. CRTV is doing a good job providing media content, but it does not allow general users to upload content
  3. Gab.ai is a Twitter alternative
  4. Others???

Given the current social media environment for conservative ideas, creating alternatives to the leftist giants should be a top priority for conservative/libertarian movers and shakers. If our voices cannot be heard then our ideas cannot be shared. If our ideas cannot be shared then we will lose the next generation of Americans and with them our liberties.

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This last week the Supreme Court prevented the Trump administration from ending DACA. Which gives Trump one of the biggest wins of his short political career. In his characteristic razor sharp analysis Ben Shapiro wrote: “But the Supreme Court’s rejection is actually a win for the Trump administration politically, too. That’s because the Trump administration […]

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It’s Valentines Day, the perfect day for my fellow conservatives to celebrate the fact that we are hotter—and have better sex!

Tom Jocelyn from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies on the national security threat that keeps him awake at night.

Re-redefining RINO in the Trump Era – A Response to Old Bathos

 

In a post you should read, Old Bathos offered a new definition of RINO for the age of Trump. Ol’ Bathos is making an important point: never accept the premise of the Left’s loaded questions. I submit that RINO is being redefined in a more significant way.

Before the election, Trump seemed like the one who was Republican in Name Only. After all, he was a newcomer to the party and had donated money to left-wing Democrats. In the past year, though, Trump has developed some serious conservative Republican credentials.

Heresy of Evangelical Christians?

 

Most of my adult life I’ve been keenly aware of how the evangelical community has defended the Jews and Israel; I realize that this feeling is shared by many other Christian communities, but since the evangelical churches are under attack by their Progressive Christian brethren, I’m calling attention to them.

Signatories of the Boston Declaration covered in sackcloth and ashes. (Courtesy of Susan Thistlethwaite)

A leader in the “Values Voter” movement, Chanel Prunier of RenewMA Coalition, talks about the Alabama senate race and the challenges of defending traditional values in deep-blue Massachusetts;

Do Republicans really believe all the Roy Moore and Donald Trump accusers are lying?

It’s the “MAGA Monday” edition of the podcast with special guest Monica Crowley.

T. Becket Adams on the media’s monstrous weekend meltdown.

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I had a wonderful conversation last night with Cart T. Bogus about a 4-year-old piece – “Burke Not Buckley” – that he wrote for The American Conservative.  Bogus considers himself a liberal, but gave me some wonderful things to think about when it came to Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, and the history of […]

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For James and Other Homeless Conservatives

 

I just finished listening to the most recent Ricochet podcast, which was enjoyable as always, though I was cringing through the part where Peter Robinson explained how advocates for truth and integrity are not “useful,” while political power is. (That’s been a popular position throughout history, Peter, but there are some drawbacks.) That section was not what moved me to post, however.

I was moved by the final segment, where James Lileks meditates on how people with serious objections to Donald Trump should comport ourselves in this new era of politics. Republican politics continues descending into the realm of the crude and vicious. I was joking with a friend yesterday that the GOP could nominate a serial killer for office, and the first thing we’d hear would be, “Hey, he’s only killed 11 people. Do you know how many die at Planned Parenthood every day?”

Like James and many others, I’ve had some difficulty figuring out where to land through all of this. It’s healthy for me to hear from a guy like Erick Erickson because it reminds me that my own recent travails are basically a gnat-level annoyance compared to what some people suffer. I’ve only ever received death threats online, and none ever seemed serious enough to keep me up at night. No armed guards, no kids being tormented at school, no near-death experiences. Life is good!

Did Clinton Cash Crash The 2016 Election? —It’s A Headline the Mainstream Media HATE.

Why Jeff Flake Is No “Hero.”

True to One Another – Dover Beach

 

@amyschley shared this piece of @kevinwilliamson’s with me, and I remarked that I especially appreciated the passage, “The opposite message — that life is hard and unfair, that what is not necessarily your fault may yet be your problem, that you must act and bear responsibility for your actions…”

This is because it doesn’t blame folks for having it tough, and isn’t assuming that those things which we cannot be faulted for are easy to bear. Nobody wants to be called to take responsibility for the crap which isn’t their fault, but often life calls for it, and we’ll fail, and still be obligated to make an effort anyhow.

Conservatives, You Aren’t as Dumb as You Think You Are

 

Okay, you probably don’t really think you’re a dummy. And you aren’t: you have the good sense to visit Ricochet, after all – the home of thoughtful, civil, center-right conversation.

But a conservative could be forgiven for thinking himself simplistic, narrow minded, and provincial, given the formidable collection of sophisticated people arrayed against him. Just look at the left, at its imposing phalanx of professors, journalists, intellectuals, witty entertainers, and Hollywood superstars. Faced with all these celebrities and credentialed thinkers, it’s easy to feel humbled, if not downright intimidated. It’s easy to feel like a Neanderthal.

And what bold new ideas do conservatives have to offer, anyway? The conservative mantras – slow down, be careful, let’s not be hasty – hardly set the blood pounding in our veins. Liberals, progressives, radicals, they propose exciting things. They have ideas. “Yes, we can!” exclaims the left. “But we probably shouldn’t,” the right replies – but quietly, because, you know, if you aren’t part of the solution….

This Chaos Without Tradition

 

New “traditions” are entrenching themselves in America. Spontaneous one-man Civil Rights movements and the desecration of historical monuments have become authoritative expressions of the character and legacy of our society. Of course, these are not real “traditions.” They are the product of the fiery passion of democracy, the ardor of Jacobin fiends who have redefined what it means to be American. This is the chaos of a country without Tradition.

Tradition is a gift–an inheritance handed down over generations and not particular to any one person, family, or nation. It includes the mores of ancestors, and their heroes and holidays (as we had in this week’s Columbus Day) that express shared historical foundations. Tradition addresses the little things, like the proper attire at an evening party, even as it maintains great institutions, like the family, marriage, and religion. Though it cannot be explained by pure reason and logic, Tradition is in harmony with Nature, allowing us to better understand man’s origins and the world around us.

Today, however, Tradition is deemed senseless superstition — an arbitrary and expendable personal preference to be rejected at every turn. One cause of this has been Americans’ shared overreaction to the tumult of the Civil Rights Era. Generations formed in the ’60s and ’70s were riveted by the great courageous heroes of this movement and, of course, the natural justice of its cause. But after relentless revisions of history, future generations have failed to learn many other aspects of our culture’s past that are worthy of reverence — historical virtues without which the Civil Rights Movement would not have been possible. Thus, when we welcome immigrants now, we seem so ashamed of our past that we prefer that they bring their own identity, heroes, language, and mores with them rather than share ours as their common inheritance.

According to Steve Bannon, it was the revenge of the “rubes” in Alabama as voters sent Trump the hero they wanted, not necessarily the one Trump needed.

Of course the GOP tax reforms are going to “cut taxes for the rich.” They’re the ones who PAY taxes.

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I am so sick of the political rancor. I rarely read posts anymore that take one side or the other. Yet from the ones I’ve read, I’ve become increasingly aware of what both sides of the Trump Supporter/Trump Critic arguments involve and how destructive they both are. I also started to recognize how similar both […]

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It’s hurricanes and earthquakes and Bannon—oh, my!

Why Betsy DeVos is right to fight the “campus rape culture” kooks over Title IX.

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While there may be different types of conservatives, I think most can unite around a few simple beliefs: We believe in, and want to follow, the dictates of God: That we do our to best always to follow the will of God. And that we respect one another as children of that God. While we […]

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In the comment section of a recent Post, I made a remark about The Majesty of Conservatism. I would like to expand on that thought. I think I always knew, even as a misguided liberal in his teens, when I couldn’t really express it, that I would ultimately come to a philosophy that expresses the […]

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