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Donald Trump’s rallies with the Rolling Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But If You Try Sometimes, You Get What You Need.” Is that the prevailing conservative attitude 14 months into his presidency? Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review, discusses the right’s complicated relationship with a President who both delivers for and confounds the Republican base, but do they get what they need?

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Are You a Racist or a Bigot?

 

At the Diaspora Museum here in Israel, I saw a video of an Ethiopian Woman, and this was her story:

As a child, her mother deserted her with no explanation. Understandably her sense of abandonment was overwhelming. She waited for her mother to return; she checked every woman on the streets to see if one might be her mother. She never saw her again. When she came to Israel, she continued relentlessly to search for her mother. In the meantime, she became a sculptor, married, and had a family.

She said that once she became a mother herself, she stopped looking for her mother, although many of her sculptures represent her mother; when she sells one, she makes another to replace it. In telling her story, not once did she claim racism, although Ethiopian Jews are known to be victims of racism in Israel. She knew she was entitled to choose her view of the world.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Confederate Statues, Affirmative Action, and Cheap Racial Virtue

 

Facilitated by media manipulation and exploitation, people have lost perspective trying to outdo one another in their moral condemnation of racial supremacy witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

(Because the media finally found actual white racists to cover, rather than smearing white people who reject their coercive, politicized agenda as racists, this was a big story.)

An irony of Donald Trump: in the process of besting Hillary Clinton, he also divided conservatives into three camps. So contends Tevi Troy, a best-selling author and political analyst who worries about the lack of an intellectual presence in the current White House.

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Please check out Episode 45 of Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. @derryckgreen about an old piece that he wrote –> http://ricochet.com/434674/lebron-james-racism-and-a-missed-opportunity/. It dealt with LeBron James’ response to a racial epithet being spray-painted on the gate of his LA home. We had a wonderful conversation and […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 26, 2017 it’s the One Hundred Days Don’t Matter edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews with over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress.

This week our special guest is the inimitable, lovely and perspicacious Mollie Hemingway. Mollie takes time out of her very busy schedule as the latest and greatest Fox News contributor to join us to talk about Susan rice and underpants gnomes and why Hillary Clinton’s team didn’t see disaster coming from a long way out.

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I am a conservative and I come from the social conservative side of that camp. This post is all about building understanding and defining terms. So I will start. For me Conservatism is a reaction to the political consensus that came after 1948. This Consensus rejected much of the classical liberal order that was fully […]

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I know there are some on Ricochet who will disagree with this assessment by Dennis Prager, but I hope you will take the time to click on the link and read the entire column. Please do it as a favor to me. It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President Preview Open

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After having some fun with reports that science proves conservatives are better looking, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome mainstream media condemnation of BuzzFeed. They’re also underwhelmed by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, while noting he does have several strong points. And they lament the San Diego Chargers leaving for Los Angeles after voters rejected paying for a new stadium.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as conservative House Republicans are reportedly prepared to be less demanding on reining in spending once Trump is in office. They also shake their heads as more revelations suggest the Germans should have had the Berlin terrorist out of the country a long time ago. And they discuss three hate crime allegations that turned out to be hoaxes – the latest in a series of fake news.

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I was mulling over how much I enjoy and appreciate Ricochet and how it has encouraged me to think about ideas that I take for granted. I’ve come to realize that being a Conservative doesn’t mean being staid and unchangeable. In addition, I thought that all of us might consider, as we look forward (with […]

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I discovered Ricochet through its flagship podcast in September 2012. I was living in Germany at the time and was ravenous for conversation in a language which I could understand and isn’t exasperating by design. In those days I’d listen to the podcast while hanging clothes out to dry in the basement of our home, […]

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Isis is on the march. The U.S. economy is on life support. The President’s signature law (ACA) is collapsing. Iran is thumbing it’s nose at the world. It’s election year 2016 and Conservatives are outraged about transgender bathrooms? We are being played. We are fools, rubes, useful idiots who easily fall for the latest progressive overreach. Leftists […]

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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 […]

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The Donald Trump campaign has exposed deep divisions within the American political right and driven many conservative commentators to histrionics over the real estate mogul’s antics. Thus, the birth of the #NeverTrump social media “movement.” Preview Open

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In Dan Carlin’s fantastic podcast series on the Mongol Empire (Wrath of the Khans), he recounts one story of a beleaguered army set to face a Mongol force. The army was a patchwork, hastily thrown together to face an unexpected threat. The morning of the battle the warriors awoke to find that half of their […]

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Up here in the Great White North, one of Justin “Time For My Close Up” Trudeau’s big promises was the “legalization” (and regulation) of marijuana. The thing is, the production, sale and purchase of marijuana for medical purposes is already legal and regulated. Preview Open

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Kim-Davis-mugshotAn email from a friend:

“A holiday, like Liberalism, only means the liberty of man. A miracle only means the liberty of God. You may conscientiously deny either of them, but you cannot call your denial a triumph of the liberal idea. The Catholic Church believed that man and God both had a sort of spiritual freedom. Calvinism took away the freedom from man, but left it to God. Scientific materialism binds the Creator Himself; it chains up God as the Apocalypse chained the devil. It leaves nothing free in the universe. And those who assist this process are called the ‘liberal theologians.'” — G. K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy

If like me you listened to NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, you’d know that the entire first ten minutes of the broadcast was a survey of news that the Pope had summoned and met with Kim Davis. The lede of the piece? Its entire conceit? That the Pope had probably made a mistake; that an aide had entrepreneurially set up the meeting; that just a day before Pope Francis was heard to have said something which could be construed as suggesting that he didn’t even know who Davis was, so he probably — certainly! definitely! — did not request the meeting with Davis; it must have been a mistake.

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Mr. Angelo Codevilla, who recently attracted attention on the Ricochet podcast, seems to me to be the mind behind the many complaints conservatives have about the establishment. Many here on Ricochet have complaints about American politics that range from constitutionalism to foreign policy, & there are many clever speakers in America who teach that the […]

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