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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Republicans Are Being Told to Quit Talking About Entitlement Reform. Should They Listen?

 

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Almost every Saturday I do a 30-minute segment on my pal Larry Kudlow’s national radio show. Often the other two guests are John McIntyre of RealClearPolitics and Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation. During last weekend’s show, Kudlow asked whether Republicans were taking a risk by talking about entitlement reform. McIntyre thought it was “politically dangerous,” and they would do better to focus on economic growth. And Moore had this to say:

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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. More

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imageSo here we are, looking at another major election in just over a year, and our intra-party divisions don’t just increase, they’re becoming an out-and-out canyon. You can see the conflict summed up in many ways: Tea Party vs. Mainstream, Movement vs. Establishment, Fringe vs. RINOs, and Chaos Marine vs. Imperial Space Marine. Okay, I made that last one up*. I find these terms inadequate, however. More and more, I find the real divide as Principle vs. Process.

Principle Republicans tend to perceive themselves as embracing our nation’s founding ideas. For the Principle Republican, small government is key. This is not necessarily a reference on locality, but rather on the presence of government in daily life. Indeed, you only need to look at San Francisco or Seattle to see that local government does not necessarily mean small government. The Principle Republican sees government as necessary — which largely differentiates him from more libertarian line of thought — but prefers a government as described in the Tao of Taos: one which has a light touch, where the people see themselves as accomplishing things rather than the government. Mark Levin’s book Liberty and Tyranny† eloquently describes the thinking of the Principle Republican.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trump Almost Got It Right on Guns. Almost.

 

Donald Trump was asked a question about guns during Wednesday’s Republican Presidential debate, and he almost said the right thing.

When asked if he would feel comfortable in his casinos (many of which are “gun free zones”) if his employees and customers were allowed to legally carry a firearm onto the premises.

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Two weekends ago, I was touched and pleased by Barkha Herman’s lovely post on my very humble self. The challenge was laid for me to respond in kind. This past week-and-a-half was super busy, with a large volunteer project taking most of my week, and playing catch up the rest of the days. Today is Wednesday already, […]

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This interview is timely for many reasons. Dave Bossie, a former congressional investigator who filed a criminal referral on Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff in the 1990s, knows the Clinton machine and how it “grinds you up.” He discusses… More

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Once again, Democrats are calling for a “conversation” about guns in America. But when a state-enforced ban and confiscation of semi-automatic firearms is one of their talking points, it’s hard to believe a “conversation” is what they really want. Would we be having a “conversation” about the First Amendment if they were proposing to ban whole categories of news outlets or implement background checks for journalists? I would doubt the sincerity of anyone suggesting such things, and I doubt the sincerity of anyone proposing universal background checks for gun owners, too.

The anti-gunners believe that if they talk enough at gun owners, we’ll see the light (their light), trust in their good intentions, and turn in our guns. The problem is that they have no clue how you actually talk about guns, as California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D) will now demonstrate:

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Politics is a funny business. A simple, funny business. It is simple because people are simple and it is funny because people are funny. And people are funny because they are serious and they are serious because they believe people to be complex. And these serious, complex people can spend entire political afternoons telling you […]

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“Dad’s got major issues with the new Rabbi”. I was raised at a British Orthodox Synagogue. When my family moved to the U.S. we became members at a Conservative Synagogue. For years after college I floated to different temples and Chabad. However, once I was married we joined the local Reform Synagogue. I won’t say it […]

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Frank Soto joins us this week; pessimistic about the pope, optimistic about conservatives’ political future. Is Marco Rubio out of the race? We’re done talking about Trump, and — given the prescience of Flyover Country — let us simply assume that this is the start of something. Speaking of which, Rob Long points out an article in which Newsmax declares Flyover Country to be the #1 conservative podcast in the Multiverse. You’ve got to read between the lines, but that’s essentially what they’re saying.

Intro includes a song from Ronald Jenkees; closing music this week comes from Public Service Broadcasting; h/t Ricochet member Lance.

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Here’s NR’s Mr. Geraghty writing about how Mr. Trump learned his shtick from the goddess herself. He is very vague about the connections, because there is no reporting to be done here of facts, it’s just talking about moods & attitudes, aided by the terrible fall of the goddess, who now supports Mr. Trump. That […]

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Releasing several hundred kittens on stage halfway through the debate would reveal the true natures of the candidates, and make for great video. Let me know how you think select candidates might react, and feel free to add your own options: Humor; crack a joke, laugh, etc. More

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We on the Right often get bogged down in “facts” – thinking that, somehow, it should sway “Black Lives Matter!” rioters that thousands of black men are unlawfully killed by other blacks for every black man killed unlawfully by a police officer. But it does not. They don’t care.  More

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Kim DavisKim Davis, the court clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples is going to jail for contempt of court. Her reasons for refusing to do so are because, in her own words, “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”

So quit your job, Kim. Problem solved.

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I expect most people on Ricochet have lives to live, so that the experience of folks who live out fantasies might be of some exotic interest, in the way visiting Europe has been interesting to Americans, every now & then, but not too soon after escaping the dead hand of the past… I expect, further, […]

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Any predictions who will be the first major political figure in the U.S. exposed by the hackers? It won’t be Bill Clinton—he’s too smart, and he doesn’t need the web site’s help. Besides, infidelity for a Democrat is a political enhancement (unless you’re Gary Hart or John Edwards). More

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is no friend to conservatives and gun owners alike. Once considered a rising star in the Keystone State Democratic party, now she’ll be lucky to avoid prison bars. Even as she contends with state criminal charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is also facing scrutiny by the FBI, The Inquirer […]

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A few days ago, Pseudodionysius posted a thread about my love of country music. Since then, I have been in something of a slow burn because of a certain comment that was posted there. The comment in question was posted by me, wherein I mentioned one Randall Hank Williams, better known to the world as country music legend Hank Williams, Jr.

From 1989 to 2011, a version of one of Williams’ hit songs – retitled “Are You Ready For Some Football?” – was featured by ABC (and later ESPN) as the introduction to “Monday Night Football.” Here is a clip from the early 1990s:

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“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” Today’s writing assignment, class, is to reconcile that quote from Robert A. Heinlein with how Donald Trump is conducting his candidacy. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Substance v. Style: Is There a Better Way to Debate?

 

Is there a better way to have a political debate? After watching the first part of last night’s debate on Fox, then switching off the video to listen along with Ricochet’s chat feed, I was struck by its disorderliness.

The interviewer-driven Q&A style is confusing. Granted, the debate had to involve ten candidates, and it was only fair that each was given time to make their case. But the haphazard format made it nearly impossible for me to get a good read on any of them. With a format like this — and this has been true ever since Nixon and Kennedy had at it — wit and charm trump substance. For example, although I was impressed with Rubio, I’m still not sure what he proposes to do to spark small business development.

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