Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How Have You Been Changed by 2020?

 

I realize that we are only halfway through 2020, but there has been so much disruption and confusion, it seems as if six years have passed. So, I think it’s worthwhile to see if and how we are in the process of reassessing our attitudes and beliefs following this chaotic time. First, I’m curious about the impact of the Leftist disruption and violence on you. Second, COVID-19 has had an impact with the demands made on citizens, from lockdowns to masks. I’ll share some of my own thinking and I hope it will inspire you to share yours.

Regarding the civil unrest, I am far less optimistic than I once was regarding the ability and even interest in this country to “set things right.” I once thought almost everyone believed in the rule of law; I don’t know if that’s true anymore. I also thought that in spite of the incursions of Marxist thought into our public schools, I could imagine that damage being turned around at some point; I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. I have also committed to concealed carry; a year ago, I would not have considered that possibility, and to some degree I resent feeling the need to do it now.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Lileks Goes Over the Top

 

@jameslileks stormed out of the trenches in the July 6 issue of National Review on Dead Tree. If it does nothing else, his piece, Twinkling’s Canceled, Little Star, will get him the first slot in the train to the reeducation camp — or to that other camp. He finishes with a couple of uppercuts:

The accumulated accomplishments of humanity cast a bright light on their inability to accomplish anything except to accrue debt and tattoos, and they’ll feel better when all these reminders are pulled down.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On the Perils of Wokesplaining

 

This past week, Phillipa Soo, who played Eliza in “Hamilton,” tweeted:

Cancel culture: If you are ‘cancelled’ but do not wish to be, you must WORK to EARN back people’s respect by owning up to the thing that cancelled you in the first place, LISTENING to others, EDUCATING yourself, and ADVOCATING on behalf of the people that you have offended/harmed.
[The CAPITAL LETTERS FOR EMPHASIS are all hers.]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The New Evil Empire

 

When Ronald Reagan dubbed the Soviet Union an “evil empire” he was blasted for being inflammatory and was accused of wanting to start a nuclear war with the Soviets. Ronald Reagan negotiated with the Soviets from a position of strength and knew the only language dictators understand is strength, Reagan was going to defend American interests. I, for one, find it dishonest and frankly lazy when someone wants to view every world event through the lens of World War 2 or the Cold War because when a viable threat like China arises, Americans will be caught flat-footed. Here we are caught flat-footed and China is making moves quickly. 

Liberal intellectuals will lecture Americans and Europeans until they are blue in the face about the evils of imperialism and there is certainly cause to view empires as a negative force in the world due to a history of human rights violations. The debate about the empires of the past is for another time, now is the time to ask will our intellectual and moral betters say anything Chinese Imperialism? Not really; it is being reported but I think if we have learned in the Trump era we know when the media wants to make something a priority. China slowly trying to take away land from 18 different countries (India and Taiwan are the famous ones) but they are claiming ownership of the entire South China Sea in order to expand militarily and economically. 

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This week’s podcast features our in-depth conversation with Harmeet Dhillon, renown civil liberties attorney and frequent guest on Fox News. We cover everything from the numerous legal battles she is fighting to protect our First Amendment rights, all the way to ballot harvesting – something that will definitely affect this November’s election and beyond. We also take on the Cancel Culture, the new Tower of Babel and how to use the power of words to “Resist The Resistance.” Not to be missed!

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. COVID-19 and the ‘No Trust’ Election

 

When I read commentary in local matters associated with the COVID-19 epidemic, I am struck by the total breakdown in trust of authority. Our county was doing a pretty good job of communicating information about the local epidemic but lately, as cases rise again, they have failed in basic communication of relevant information. Or, when they provide relevant information, the actions of authorities seem to ignore the fundamental realities to which such information points. This is a breach of trust, and the consequences flowing forward are unclear.

My county is imposing greater restrictions than previously: in-person church is being banned again; masks are supposed to be worn in outdoor restaurants except when consuming food, masks are to be worn in extended-family gatherings. Mind you, I don’t think masks have become more effective than before. People who were exempt from wearing masks are now asked to weak face shields with cloth lining.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: She Is Squeezing My Hand!

 

My Mother’s Home
“She is squeezing my hand!” R. Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster Fuller would have been 125 years old today. Many know of his works, such as Dymaxion Map, Dymaxion House, or Dymaxion Car, or in promoting the geodesic dome.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Who’s a Good Doggerel?

 

If you hate poetry — and who doesn’t? — relax, you won’t find a trace of it here. This
post is reserved for poetry’s little brother, doggerel, verse for the common man.

To Bob the Dog: Three Areas Where You Fall Short of Perfection

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The French Resistance and German Defiance at the Liberation of Paris

 

Billy Boyle was a detective in the Boston Police Department when the US entered World War II. He came from the stereotypical cop Irish Catholic family. His family mistrusted the English. His father and uncle wanted him to serve their country, but want him safe. To do this they get Billy a posting with Uncle Ike, an obscure brigadier general, assigned to the General Staff in Washington, DC.

“When Hell Struck Twelve: A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery,” by James Benn, is the fourteenth novel about the results of this pairing.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Irrational and Driven by Fear

 

Once upon a time on Ricochet, I argued, repeatedly, in the words of Heinlein, “Man is not a rational animal. Man is a rationalizing animal.” I have pointed out countless times that people are governed more by their fears and insecurities than by their hopes and ambitions. Every time, I ran into staunch opposition, especially from self-described rational people.

This post is just to jump and down and scream, “See! I Wuz Right!” I think the events of the past few months have illustrated both of these primary points better than a thousand articles could have done. There are now countless posts and comments on this site (and everywhere, really), arguing that while precaution X, Y and Z may not make sense, we have to accept that the terrifying unknown trumps all logical argument.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trump Speed

 

President Trump and his administration are running at “Trump speed.” This Friday, as the Supremes ending their annual tour, with a finale on tax records that is no Beatles hit, the White House thanked the court in passing. The administration also found time to court Hispanic American voters, all families with school-age children, veterans, and women in need, while backing the blue.

Statement from the Press Secretary
LAW & JUSTICE Issued on: July 9, 2020

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. One Man, One Woman

 

I am a traditionalist and I seem to find myself in a tiny minority. Sometimes it feels like a minority of one, though I know that there must be a few others who share my views.

There has been a tremendous Leftward shift in many public attitudes over the past 20 years or so, with homosexuality being one of the most notable changes. I have been shocked and mystified by this shift. Within my adult lifetime, we’ve gone from widespread condemnation of homosexuality itself to widespread condemnation of opposition to homosexuality. This seems to have happened even on the political Right, among people who consider themselves conservatives, including many of you, dear readers.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Swimming the Bosporus, Chapter 3: The Slough of Despond

 

As noted in my last post, I was officially disillusioned with megachurchdom. My family was understandably tired of trying different communities, so it was time to strike out on my own, Lone Ranger style. Since I didn’t care about the music or the surface-level social interaction, I’d just listen to great preachers on podcasts and online. Get the good word from the big names and avoid the stuff I didn’t like. (Which included waking up before Noon.)

This went okay for a while. Friends told me about liturgical Protestant options, which definitely drew my interest. But the closest option was a tiny place 30 miles away and the family wasn’t down.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Run, Martha, Run!

 

Martha,

Since your latest fundraising mailer invites me to first name you, and since you keep going back your retired military rank, let’s talk retired colonel to retired colonel. I wrote to you in June by your official email, USPS, and here, where your staff should certainly be scanning for mentions. Now I am writing via your campaign, and documenting the communication publicly so any real media and Republican Party staff can note the issue and engage your campaign. Time is extremely short, but a ground attack pilot should be able to get inside the DNC OODA loop.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. My Kingdom for a Safe Zone: Kids Playdates Edition

 

Several weeks before COVID hit, I decided to get serious about getting my (homeschooled) kids more playdates and getting them out in nature more. There was a conversation in a local branch of a nature-based national playgroup organization about looking for a homeschool meetup and I decided it was perfect: I would start one. We had exactly two gatherings in the woods before they were canceled indefinitely due to the pandemic. I remained in a number of the Facebook groups dedicated to the national organization and our local branch and soon watched them become arms of BLM after the killing of George Floyd.

 

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Peanut Butter Crackers, Gunsmoke, and His Rubix Cube: In Search of My Grandfather

 

Growing up, I only had one grandparent. My mom’s mother, who, for a variety of reasons, my dad wished to largely keep my sister and I away from, and who died when I was 7. I’m never quite sure of how much this difference from others my age affected me; on the one hand, there was little point in pining after something I had never had, but that didn’t always mean that seeing my peers bring grandparents to every significant school occasion, and excitedly report on all of the neat adventures they got to go on with them, didn’t sometimes rankle. That vague feeling of a missed connection has waned over the years, as I was lucky enough to be kind of informally ‘adopted’ by one of my best friend’s maternal grandfather, and to have been given a second family in a community of (mostly 50 and over) Benedectine monks. Still, questions linger, questions that I didn’t really feel comfortable posing to my parents past a certain age. 

Most of them centered around my paternal grandfather, Charlie. My dad was always full of stories about his mother, who he compared to me (when I maybe wasn’t meant to be there) in terms of devotion and bullheadedness to his siblings, and the little aquatinace that I had with my maternal grandmother didn’t really leave me wanting more. My mom’s dad, meanwhile, had passed in the late ‘70s, and seemed a distant, somewhat painful memory even to her. Charlie, though, existed as a kind of aura around my dad’s stories, a cheerful and mischievous but indistinct presence who bore 7 kids and 50 something years of marriage with equanimity and good humor. The most I concretely knew about him was that he drove my grandmother crazy playing with a Rubix cube at the dinner table, ate peanut butter crackers by the thousands, and died a few months before I was born.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Was a Teenage Cancel Mob

 

I completed my last two years of high school in a small Christian boarding school on the Canadian prairies. The school was affiliated with a larger Bible college, and every day, we students trudged out of our dorms for 45 minutes of chapel, along with three hours of church services and at least one Bible class each semester.

In short, it was a great place to learn spiritual orthodoxy, but not a great place for intellectual curiosity.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Beware the Pattys, Not the Karens

 

From Casey Chalk’s piece at CRISIS Magazine, We Are All Karens Now:

The French philosopher Simone Weil wrote, “The fact that a human being possesses an eternal destiny imposes only one obligation: respect.” As Catholics, we are called to see people as individuals, created in the image of God, who are worthy of love and respect. “Human persons are willed by God; they are imprinted with God’s image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are,” wrote Saint John Paul II in Centesimus annus

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. About That ‘No One Is Above the Law’ Nonsense…

 

I can only imagine the immense collective power that resides in [the still anonymous] Clients #1 through #8

On the surface, this (via Drudge) is the type of headline that would have many a sphincter quite puckered in many scattered social and political enclaves (and even a castle or two) around the western world:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hey BLM, Do These Lives Matter? The Ongoing Persecution of Christians Worldwide

 

In Nigeria and across the Lake Chad/Sahel region of Africa, the persecution of Christians by Islamist extremist groups, including Boko Haram and the Fulani, has escalated to “genocidal massacres,” according to the group “Genocide Watch.” In just the last three years, more than 7,000 Nigerian Christians have been killed, which is more than the total number of Christians killed by ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. Islamist groups, well armed and financed, have pledged their allegiance to both ISIS and Al Qaeda across Africa, from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and even into Ethiopia.

So writes Fr. Benedict Kiely, a Catholic priest and the founder of Nasarean.org, a charitable organization aiding and advocating for persecuted Christians.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Rulers

 

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

This has never been more true than this summer. We are forced to pretend COVID is deadly, that all lives do not matter, that those that founded this country – a country based on principles of equality and liberty – are scum, but that dictators and mass murderers like Mao, Lenin, and Castro are saints.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Rule of Lawyers II: The Lawyering

 

Quick quiz question: How many current Supreme Court judges can you name?

I’ll give you a moment to consider, but don’t take too long. It’s a trick question; the proper answer ought to be zero. Lady Justice is blind. Traditionally that means justice ought not care about the skin color of the defendant, or their wealth or poverty or anything else. Justice is concerned with the fundamental equality of all men, not accidents of nature or position. However, we ought to be able to run that backward; truly just judges ought to be indistinguishable. So why is it that you not only know the Justices’ names but can lay a wager as to how they’d rule on any given controversy?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Fairfax County School Curriculum, Cancel Culture, and Why You Should Care

 

I think conservatives are starting to understand – in practical terms – exactly what Andrew Breitbart was getting at when he said “Politics is downstream of culture.”

“Cancel Culture” is the direct result of the Right’s elite class turning up its collective nose at the culture fight. Cultural battles, they sniffed, were a “distraction” from the “real issues” … like reforming the Alternative Minimum Tax.

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