Tag: United States

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Remembering the Forgotten War: Armistice Day, July 24

 

freedom houseJuly 24, 1953, the UN forces, a thin cover for the United States, and the Chinese, with their new client state the North Koreans, stopped shooting at each other across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. This year is also the seventieth anniversary of the beginning of the war, started when the North Korean communists launched a lightening strike south, nearly winning before the U.S. could get enough troops, with the right equipment, supply lines, and leadership into place. This was the first war of the nuclear era, with the Soviets and U.S. each possessing deployable atomic bombs. Neither the Russians nor the United States wanted to have done to their cities what we had done to two Japanese cities. This was an important condition underlying the unwillingness to seek total victory. Today, South Korea stands as a sharp rebuke to any who would excuse or romanticize communism. Children born during that war on the two sides of the line have had such different lives. The two societies from one people have diverged so markedly.

Here is the annual presidential proclamation, designating July 27 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day:

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Last winter, Ricochet’s own @thelostdutchman published a great series about Pennsylvania political geography. Being something of a geography geek myself (the map-loving kind, not the critical-theory-spouting kind), I thought I’d try my hand at writing something a tad less detailed and a tad more ambitious — a brief description of American architectural geography.

Finding data which says something meaningful about architecture is not an easy task, perhaps because architecture is an art, and art isn’t quantifiable. But, still, the statistical gods have smiled upon us Americans. In 1940, the Census Bureau decided, for the first time, to ask detailed questions about American housing. As the libertarians winced, homeowners and renters filled out a questionnaire inquiring about such subjects as property values, housing size, mechanical systems (like heating, plumbing, and electricity), and, best of all, housing age. The data is aggregated by county and city (and farm and non-farm), and it’s organized, roughly, by decade — with a category for houses built before 1860, one for houses built in the 1860s and 1870s, one for houses built in the 1880s, and so on. This means that the interested obsessive (like me) can gain some understanding of any one county’s architectural chronology. Is the data accurate? Not entirely. Self-reported data is seldom accurate. But it’s accurate enough to show trends. I’ve done plenty of spot-checking, and the data usually aligns with what I’ve observed. The picture it paints is a meaningful one.

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In light of the Turkish offensive into Syria against Kurdish forces US options might be limited. The Turks have some leverage in any response from the White House whether it’s sanctions or drawing one more line in the sand. The Incerlik Air Base located in Adana, Turkey and NATO tactical nuclear warheads are stored on […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Constitution Day

 

Today, September 17, 2019, is the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. In honor of that great document, and our great nation, here is the text of the Constitution. The amazing thing is that it can be read in one sitting.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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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 Hoover’s mission as the Stanford-based think tank approaches its centennial anniversary.

Will we see a big “blue wave” this November that puts Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives or a more modest action the hurts Republicans but doesn’t end their majority status? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Senior Fellow and a Stanford political scientist, assesses the current state of the electorate – and what the recent vote in California says about the odds of the House flipping for a third time in a little over a decade.Will we see a big “blue wave” this November that puts Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives or a more modest action the hurts Republicans but doesn’t end their majority status? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Senior Fellow and a Stanford political scientist, assesses the current state of the electorate – and what the recent vote in California says about the odds of the House flipping for a third time in a little over a decade.

The Road To Singapore, not the 1940 film starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but the 2018 summit featuring President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Michael Auslin, the Hoover Institution’s Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, explains the historical significance of this first such meeting between the two nations’ heads of state, what steps might come next, and the ricochet effect across the Pacific Rim.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. $10,000 Is Not Nearly Enough to Compensate for Living in Vermont

 

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America at its worst divide since the Civil War? Not exactly, says Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina, the author of Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate. Fiorina contends that voters haven’t abandoned the center but that the two major parties have, the result being continued experimentation with the political order in Washington. Will 2018 see a continuation of the third great stretch of instability in national politics?

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Responding to Islamist Terrorism: Are We Too Late?

 
Dearborn, MI Ordinance Officer Amal Chammout.

As I assess the US attitude toward Islamism and terror, I’m concerned that we are deluding ourselves about the dangers of terror in this country, and how soon we may find ourselves in deep trouble. John Kluge wrote an excellent post on how the US assesses Islamism. I believe this post takes his ideas even further, providing evidence that the danger is even more immediate than we realize. My biggest issue, however, is that I’ve had to rely on the mainstream media, whose overall credibility has been challenged to some degree, to counter-balance the information I’ve discovered. For that reason, in two out of three of my major points of evidence, I leave it to you, the reader, to decide where the truth lies.

First, in assessing our terrorism risk, many people claim that once we defeat ISIS, we will be much safer. I’d like to suggest that defeating ISIS is probably a pipe dream. ISIS may eventually be defeated in Syria, but the organization is already preparing to expand its territory. Thursday’s Wall Street Journal reported that as they lose territory, ISIS will return to Europe and their home countries, while other ISIS operatives are sent to join Syrian populations in Germany where they will blend in. Another European counter-terrorism expert is investigating whether they will be able to re-locate to countries where they currently have no presence. ISIS also is adept at using the internet for recruitment, and although authorities continually take down their websites, new sites continue to crop up.

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Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner:  I invited a writer and thinker who is influencing me more and more after I heard him on the Eric Metaxas Show. Dr. John Zmirak is a writer for The Stream and he was a great guest to talk to about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. https://jeromedanner.net/2017/04/15/episode-32-jzmirak-of-streamdotorg-on-trumps-first-100-days-john-zmirak-of-the-stream/ Read […]

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Tomorrow Donald J. Trump will take his place in U.S. history as our nation’s 45th President. The moment of transition of power from the former president to the new president is one of awe and privilege. There are no purple fingers to hold up. Each citizen voted of their own free will for the candidate […]

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Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.

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Disillusionment has been lurking in the corners of my life. I’ve refused to acknowledge it, because it wounds my basic nature: to be hopeful, optimistic and (mostly) patient. Now after Comey’s betrayal of the truth, I don’t seem to be able to fight it off. Disillusionment has not only penetrated my heart and mind, but […]

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Leftist lunacies are luxuries for people in safe spaces. Israel is in the Middle East. Not surprisingly, Israelis have elected a Prime Minister from the Labour party just twice in the past twelve elections over 38 years. Voters evicted the Left’s last PM, Ehud Barak, fourteen years ago in an unprecedented landslide. The Left looks unlikely to regain the voters’ trust any time soon. I don’t know how much the Left cares. They continue to bask in their cultural, intellectual, and moral superiority. They pride themselves on how loudly they broadcast their own country’s shortcomings. They see their minority status as further proof of their countrymen’s backwardness and their own superiority. What they don’t realize is that the universities, the media, the judiciaries, the bureaucracies, and various other seats of unelected power are are largely legacies. If the Left remains despised they will lose those power centers too.

Is the same happening in the US? Michael Barone points out how 2016 resembles 1968 when Republicans began dominating presidential elections. He suggests we may repeat that. I suggest that he understates the case.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Hey! We’re Still Free!

 

shutterstock_204614026Writing for National Review, Jonah Goldberg asks “who’s running the country?” His conclusion: nobody. And that’s a very good thing.

As I read the article, the thought occurred to me that not only is nobody running the country but that — to a very large extent — we are running ourselves. That is reassuring. In a world where many governments do run their countries and the private lives of their citizens, Americans still have overwhelming control over our personal affairs. That is: we are still very free.

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