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 Our old friend, Claire Berlinski, has a very good piece in the City Journal about a communist festival she attended last Fall. In classic Berlinski style, she captures the fist in the air punch with all its Marxist glory, using her funny/serious, tongue-in-cheek writing style. It’s a snapshot of the mindset of current zombie European […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Progress, Immigration, and the Question of Rule

 

One of the complaints in the Declaration of Independence addresses the king’s position on immigration. Let’s have a look, shall we?

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States, for that reason obstruction the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

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Today I thought about the year 2018, who started as Baby New Year, and will soon be dying out to make room for a brand new page in history, a clean slate, a chance to start fresh. The year 2018 already seems a blur, and as I try to slow the stories and pictures that […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Who Was Renia Spiegel?

 

“Hear, O Israel, Save Us” “Oh God Almighty! Help us! Take care of us, give us your blessing.” 

Last week I was given a copy of the November issue of Smithsonian magazine, featuring a story on a young Jewish girl in Poland named Renia Spiegel. She created a diary right before she unknowingly entered Hell, as the horrors of the Holocaust infiltrated her innocent world. It’s a miracle that this diary survived at all if you read how it came to be found, and how it traveled over 70 years to become a powerfully troubled voice once again in 2018. The Smithsonian translated it in its entirety.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Solzhenitsyn on Freedom

 

“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

As others on Ricochet have noted, today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As it is my turn to provide a quote of the day, I thought it appropriate to draw on his fund of wisdom for today’s quote.

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On the eve of the mid-terms, I’m reading a book on my back porch with a glass of wine. Since we “fell back” in daylight savings, dusk comes early, but the Hispanic work crew building the house next door is still hard at work. Among the sounds of drills and nail guns, Spanish ballads lull […]

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When I realized it was my turn for the November Group Writing Series and the theme was elimination, I started to fret a little. Elimination is a challenging word, turning it over and over in my mind. It became complicated – talk about the all consuming Mid-terms? The Caravan? Did the Founders stress out this […]

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This past week, we witnessed emotional testimony from both Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanugh, and Dr. Christine Blasé-Ford, who alleges a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in high school. Both described vicious attacks from social media on them and their families following these allegations. Ms. Ford has had to move from her home, and Judge […]

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday night. Unlike our secular New Year, it is the Jewish time for re-establishing our relationship with G-d and acknowledging His kingship. In addition, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews are directed to ask for forgiveness of all those we have hurt, before […]

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Andrew Klavan had an interesting fable about freedom. Say someone with a gun was behind you directing everything you did. The gunman always told you to do the right things; you had a productive and successful career, you married a wonderful spouse, you were nice to your kids and generous to the community. On your […]

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Today I saw What Will People Say at the Scandinavian Film Festival in Sydney. It’s based on Pakistani-Norwegian director Iram Haq’s own story of being kidnapped by her family and sent back to Pakistan.

In the film, Oslo teenager Nisha sneaks her boyfriend into her room for what looks like some innocent snogging and her father busts them and gets violent. After some back and forth with social services Nisha, is basically lured out of protective custody by a phone call from her mother. Her father then drags her off to Pakistan and dumps her with his sister in Rawalpindi.

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Here’s something else to sip on, along with your local craft beer over the grill tomorrow. On Election Day 2016, there were approximately 8,500 that identified themselves as Democratic Socialists via membership to the DSA. Last year, that number was clocked at 24,000, a three-fold increase in 18 months. Their membership and target groups range […]

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As Independence Day 2018 approaches, Hal Lindsay quoted conservative commentator and Ricochet contributor Molly Hemingway last week as follows: “Molly Hemingway made an interesting observation yesterday. She noted that two days ago, the Left was in complete outrage that children were being “ripped away from their parents” at the border. Around mid-afternoon yesterday, Justice Anthony […]

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During the 2016 election, my conservative county and specifically, my neighborhood, sported a few Hillary signs, but more noticeably were the Bernie Sanders signs. One neighbor is a young couple with little children, self-employed, successful and Bernie was gracing their driveway. That gave me pause. At one point, he was almost neck and neck with […]

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After a particularly contentious June, America settles into the 4th of July holiday – and with it, an opportunity to reflect on the privileges of living in a free society. Thomas Gilligan, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, discusses the individual, economic and political freedoms that are quintessentially American – and […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Red Hen Is a Canary in the Coal Mine

 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in Virginia along with her seven guests. They already ordered, but a snowflake waiter decided he didn’t like her because she worked for President Donald Trump.

The owner came in and asked the employees what “they wanted her to do.” They said expel Sanders, so she was asked to leave, and she did. Why did this remind me of the 1960s lunch counters where blacks were refused service based on skin color?

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Ironically, my copy of Bret Baier’s new book, Three Days in Moscow, just arrived in the mail on the eve of the Kim Summit with President Trump. The introduction quotes part of a Reagan speech as follows: ‘Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the right […]

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Add another check mark in the column of Good Trump! Today President Trump signed the Right to Try Act of 2017 expanding access to unapproved and experimental, but potentially life-saving medications for terminally ill patients.

Upon signing the bill POTUS issued the following statement:

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