Jon Gabriel of Ricochet Raked in his own Comment Section for Incoherent Pandering

Oddly, eating crow seems to come after eating poop, so I suppose it’s part of the road to recovery.  Here’s a post in which the Ricochet editor-in-chief tries to get on up out of that establishment chair and all that his dissenting customers hear is the creaking of joints.

This is in contrast to the Never-Trump eruption from the day before, in which all who refused to accept a stolen election — complete with court cases and checks and balances all being corrupted — were to be shunned for daring to not like the predicament.

He says in today’s headline “Politics will never save you — you need to save yourself”.  As a commenter points out dryly, “Radical.”  The disconnect being pointed up is that for five years, there has been a force in American culture an politics which has been doing exactly that — pushing back against politics as usual, breaking out of the club, tending to our own affairs.  Trump has been the rallying figure for this effort, which also stretches back through the Tea Party back at least as far as the “Silent Majority” from the days of Nixon.  And all the time, people like Jon Gabriel are more comfortable defending those who politick us to death.

I for one have certainly lost faith in our process, not because our process is bad and needs reform, but because it is filled with bad people who need prosecuting.  Or shooting.  If we cannot get the bad people out of the political process — if there are no consequences for misbehavior, then it gets worse.  Failure to punish the guilty and the corrupt is not how to avoid a civil war — it is the appeasement which will *cause* the civil war.

And perhaps this is a good time to caveat my mention of shooting from time to time.  I don’t mean shooting the way that democrats do, wherein they creep up to sporting events and shoot Republicans, and so forth.  I mean the way George Washington and Thomas Jefferson meant it.  I won’t dwell on this, however, as there’s no convincing those who do not wish to be convinced.  If you don’t get it by now, you  never will — because you do not want to.

Which brings us back to the comments section on Gabriel’s post — it may look like petty sniping, but this is return fire from people who have had about enough of the previous day’s type of “terrible screed” in which Trump and his supporters were once again treated to the Ritual of Desecration and Pearl-Clutching.

The GOP has just done for itself.  Ricochet will likely be fine, and frankly, I don’t wish them ill.  They have a business to run, engaging in free speech online.  Perhaps they won’t mind being cited (even with a bat) from time to time in outlets outside of their bubble.

Why do I bother?  I happen to know a lot of people who are or were Ricochet or affiliated members.  Ricochet still has a valuable role to play, but they suffer from the same Trump Derangement Syndrome as ever.  Of course they see it differently — well they see some things and they are blind to others.  This is a new site and we don’t really have a raison d’etre, I suppose.  I don’t intend that this be a “stalker site” for Ricochet or any other place, but I guess what I want to say is the members can feel free to use this space to issue broadsides aimed at places which don’t afford the opportunity.

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  1. Alrighty, then…

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  2. A good thing to come out of all of this is more and more conservatives and Democrats too, are going to be choking on Red pills. There is going to be a fire hose of Red Pills at the normies.

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  3. Zackly. Looked like there might be some pills rolling about loose over there.

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  4. I was pretty shocked by his OP. I knew he wasn’t a Trump fan, but to call for President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office over this – especially when he only has 2 weeks left to serve – sounded like something the resident anti-Trump fanatic would write. And seeing so many members, many whom I’d never seen before, agreeing with him just made me sick.

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  5. The problem with the Never Trumper types, is that they are stuck in the Reagan era, and don’t understand the enemy. Also, like all battles in this country it is a battle over class, it always has been and always will be. The only one in the “maintstream” that seems to understand that is Tucker Carlson, and Greg Gutfeld, to an extent. But anyone in the “cathedral” needs to be looked at with a jaundiced eye, even when they are saying the right things.
    Trump isn’t the messiah and was very flawed but at least he understood the class battle, even if not entirely.

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  6. Yeah — if you weren’t there in 2016 — welcome to the TDS show 🙂

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  7. There is an adios thread on the members side at R.

    I posted a pointer to your ratburger post about joining this site.

    There is at least half a dozen that are leaving because of deranged management.

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  8. Was “ get on up out of that establishment chair” a reference to the last scene of Dr. Strangelove?

    “I can walk!”

    https://youtu.be/A9ihKq34Ozc

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  9. Trump’s most significant contribution has been as a red-pill distributor. The normies got a big dose. The corporate media, the political class, and all the assorted deep-state operatives can’t pull those red pills back. Too late, suckas.

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  10. >Ricochet still has a valuable role to play…

    I’m not so sure about that. Yes, I’m still there but for reasons having little to do with the site’s purpose and intent, which currently seems to be to run interference for the GOPe and fellow travelers. Corporate conservatism is progressivism driving the speed limit.

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  11. Yes, I spent last night saying goodbye (again) to many Happy Warriors on Ricochet.

    I hope they find their way here.

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  12. I’m still there, too. But I pretty much stick to the member feed. I’m not seeing much incentive to look at the main feed.

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  13. Hey, Kev,

    The water’s a bit warmer here than at Ricochet, isn’t it.

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  14. like

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  15. It would be nice to get together with some of my old HappyWarrior pals, especially the ones who started out with the Rabble Alliance.
    Ricochet is subsidized by elitists who benefit from their connections to the Swamp Creatures of Washington. America would be better off if it were to disappear.

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  16. That is actually a design goal, and why I rushed to get groups working, which has not panned out.
    To be clear — the goal for groups is to allow members to create and control their own groups. Obviously, site administrators have access to every single thing in a WordPress instance, but that will be the only “unstated” violation of otherwise member-controlled member groups. Everything else will be as it says on the tin. Group “admins” will have free reign. More work on this in the coming week.
    Supporting RA/HW is a goal. I’m flummoxed that it isn’t up yet.

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  18. Thanks for your outreach work. I’m clicking as fast as you send 🙂

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  19. I’ve been tied up with long work hours the past couple weeks, with a couple more weeks in front of me. Little time for social media, and none for Ricochet. I’ll be taking a break from it when I run out next month. Might be a long break.

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  20. We should be so lucky to have literary allusions like that.

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