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First a caveat: I am a British born son of a capitalist who left England with his family for economic policy reasons (pre Thatcher). Second: I am a small business advocate who sees first-hand how ever increasing regulatory atmosphere stifles business owners. While not a total Austrian economist, (I heavily lean toward Milton Friedman & Adam […]

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His royal Yeti-ness suggested I post about this, so here goes: An important aspect of modern American politics is that smart, honest supposedly liberal people might actually agree with conservatives on a lot of issues, but they have been convinced that conservatives are basically dumb. It’s actually easy to watch Fox News and come to this conclusion; but […]

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Americans seem to live with the illusion that love is a good thing. This is because democrats do not read books. In English, the great writer is Shakespeare, than whom no greater can be imagined. One cannot read the love stories in Shakespeare without coming to three basic insights: First, love leads to civil war […]

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shutterstock_209614678I would like to pose two questions to my follow Ricochet members: What should be the conservative answer be to unwed single mothers? How should the GOP/Conservatives support existing single mothers (to include widows, separated, divorced, unwed)?

I think we have a tendency to focus on the origins of the issue of single mothers — such as the rise of the welfare state and the sexual revolution — without addressing how we would support those single mothers that need help today. Social Conservatives are pro-life, pro-motherhood, and pro-marriage. However, the Left perpetuates the stereotype that Conservatives are not supportive of single mothers, and it works for them politically. In the 2012 presidential election 75% of single mothers voted for the Democratic ticket.

So what say you, Ricochet? Should we cede that portion of the electorate to the Democrats and to likely dependence on the state? I believe we can do better than that.

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In the summer of 2012, I fell out of love with Conservatives. It was that summer that Professor Rahe was predicting a Romney landslide. It was that summer that my Ricofriends called me a nattering nabob. It was that summer that it became clear to me that Conservatives are delusional losers. Preview Open

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Here are some questions about economics. I’ll post the incorrect answers after I get sufficient responses or after 24 hours. Please leave one comment, with just your answers, without explanation. (We’ll discuss later.) Try not to look at others’ responses. I expect Ricochetti to do very well. Your options are: Strongly agree Somewhat agree  Preview Open

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American study proves, right-wingers tend not to blame their problems on other people, and they are happier than liberals. There just few conservatives in my country, so I cant really compare, but is it so in a big world? I can say there is a lot depressed people in Finland. Preview Open

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Tony Alter (CC)The GOP has been struggling to deal with social issues and the ballot for some time now. In the conservative echo chamber that is a fact that is daily denied, and the proof offered is the continual support of vocal social conservatives. They are a very vocal minority, and that is not helping the situation. It’s further complicated by the fact that in hindsight, it has been generally assumed that the only reason Barack Obama ended up with a second term was because conservative Republicans decided to stay home on election day, instead of voting for Mitt Romney. Or maybe that isn’t a complicating factor.

For some time now, political pundits and strategists have been going back and forth over precisely where liberty-minded millennial voters will land in upcoming elections. It is hoped that they will decide to follow Tea Party leaders like Rand Paul and Justin Amash, at least since these people are aligned with the GOP, if in name only. That would probably be the case if economic, foreign policy, and deficit spending were the only issues these voters cared about. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

The fact is that while younger voters might agree with many conservative principles when it comes to fiscal and foreign policy issues, they can’t get past the social issues to choose conservatives where it counts — at the ballot box. This is something that Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics has already explored in depth. Boil it down to basics, and the bottom line is that there isn’t a majority of young voters that are for pushing social conservative issues. On the contrary, they’re largely opposed to the conservative stand.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Since Sufficient War is Unrealistic, What is the Best Course of Action?

 

Libertarians are often accused of being unrealistic or ideological and are forced to give secondary positions, since their ideal is not possible. They are told: high immigration is unrealistic, getting government out of marriage is unrealistic, and legalizing drugs and such is unrealistic.

That’s fine, but it’s unrealistic to think Americans are willing to engage in the kind of war that stands of chance of obliterating ISIS, or even to engage them enough to reduce the threat. Yet, pointing this out causes many conservatives to yell all the louder about how dire things are, as if doing so will make things possible. It won’t.

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rolling_stone_obamaBack in the summer of 2008, I remember asking my liberal friends if they were put off, even a little bit, about how Barack Obama wasn’t just admired, but nearly worshiped.

A normal American, I said, thinks it’s creepy that his fellow “free citizens” produce iconography like this, or this, or this. That’s the kind of stuff produced by artists in totalitarian societies, usually against their will. Yet some Americans did it willingly in 2008.

A normal American thinks it’s chilling to discover that public school teachers are drilling children to sing songs in praise of a complete stranger — a politician about whom we knew so little, and who had accomplished exactly nothing of consequence in his public life.

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Quoting from the Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to stem the surge in children and families from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border, with most of the money to be spent on detention facilities to hold the migrants. Preview Open

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(Note: For entertainment purposes only. – DD) The family I grew up in, like so many American families, was divided politically. On one side there was my mom and two brothers (the conservatives) and on the other there was my dad, sister and me (the right-wing nut jobs). As an adult, the milieu I live […]

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I’ll try to believe that, as I would like to think the best of people. But I have to admit that it’s going to be difficult:

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy, mentioned potentially getting a job at an offshoot of President Obama’s campaign, according to newly released documents.