About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rudy Giuliani & The Poison That Is Political Correctness

"From the very beginning BO has had an agenda designed to ingrain a permanent underclass of government dependent people on the citizens of the American republic.  Until everyone, especially his political opponents such as congressional Republicans, start to clearly articulate an eloquent, effective, & persuasive understanding of this we are working @ a disadvantage." – from RTE post entitled BO's Plan To Ingrain A Permanent Underclass Can Be Overturned.
With the above as a backdrop I was very encouraged to hear former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani take up this mantle of leadership last month by saying that he did not think BO "loves America."
Rudy's thought was met with the usual politically correct condemnations such as Rudy could not know what is in BO's heart, that it was a divisive personal attack, & that there always will be ideological differences between people & that is all BO represents to America – BO is just another guy with a few different ideas. 
To learn more I decided to see exactly what Rudy had said & to whom he had said it.
First Rudy said "I do not believe, & I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America."  I wish Rudy would have said ". . . & I know this is a horrible thing to have to say. . ." – that is the horrible part for those of us who love America.  The fact that BO does not love America is the obvious part for even the least discerning among us.  You do not need to know what is in BO's heart or be accused of making a divisive personal attack – all you have to do is look @ the offenses that BO has piled up against America the past six years to know he has anything but love for America.
Next Rudy said "He doesn't love you.  And he doesn't love me."  The entire referenced speech was given to a private dinner group @ the 21 Club in NYC consisting of 60 Republican-leaning business executives & conservative journalists.  Now who could possibly think BO loves these people?  The only controversy with this remark is if it is taken out of context which it certainly has been by the hostile anti-American media who has presented the comment as if Rudy meant every American.
Regardless of what is in BO's or anyone else's heart Rudy was on the right track – but just like Mitt was on the right track in September 2012 when he made the "47%" comment & then quickly backed away from it Rudy has done the same thing & so has many of his fellow Republicans.
For instance LA Governor Bobby Jindal said "the president loves America, he loves our country – there is no doubt about that" but went on to say BO "obviously demonstrated for everyone that he is incapable of successfully executing his duties as our commander-in-chief" as if this is a more politically correct criticism.  Even worse Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he has "no doubt" that BO loves the country, "but I just think his policies are bad for our nation."  What an understatement!
Rudy started to back way from the comments himself including writing a WSJ milk toast half-in half-out op-ed explanation – as if an explanation is necessary @ all.
But the worst was when Rudy tried to explain his remarks the very next day by saying "Well, first of all, I'm not questioning his patriotism. He's a patriot, I'm sure."
Rudy's patriotism remark led me to look up the word "patriot" only to find out that the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines patriot as "one who loves his or her country and supports its authority & interests."
RTE has made the case to expose BO's destructive plan to fundamentally change America beyond recognition ever since BO became a national figure based solely on the issues, without any personal attacks or other politically correct subtleties.  I have asked everyone to join in with this effort so that all could see what we are in jeopardy of losing while we still have it.  Rudy was on the right track before he was abandoned by fellow Republicans & then following suit he abandoned his own words & thoughts.
The poison that is political correctness can not be seen more clearly than by the above example where one true statement or observation is made & then many supposed like minded people euphemistically explain the statement or observation away so as not to offend anyone @ any time thereby losing most if not all of the original message.  The ultimate of this perversion is when human beings lose their instinct for self-preservation & desire of well being – America is just about there.
Leonard Peikoff writes "The basic cause of totalitarianism is two ideas: men's rejection of reason in favor of faith, & of self-interest in favor of self-sacrifice.  If this is society's philosophical consensus, it will not be long before an all powerful Leader rises up to direct the faith & sacrifice that everyone has been extolling.  His subjects cannot resist his takeover, neither by exercising their faculty of thought nor their passion for values, because these are the two priceless possessions they have given up."
Just as America will never defeat ISIS until we can use the words "Islamic fascists" to describe who we are fighting the Republicans will never win any issue against BO until they can clearly speak with one eloquent, effective, consistent, & persuasive voice to say, based on all the evidence ever since BO became a national figure, that in BO, the majority of the American electorate has elected the biggest enemy of America since King George III – twice.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

A National Illiteracy Program

Click here to watch Mark Dice's video where he asks people to sign a petition to support a national illiteracy program in the schools. 
It makes me wonder how much longer a country can remain free when the citizens are so ignorant that they willingly sign a petition advocating illiteracy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ACTA Website Helps Make College Selection

"Colleges are increasing their attention to the social aspects on campus to keep students happy; there is not enough rigorous academic instruction." - Richard Arum, NYU Professor of Sociology & co-author of "Academically Adrift" & "Aspiring Adults Adrift".
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Last Fall the American Council of Trustees & Alumni (ACTA) released their annual What Will They Learn report for 2014 – 15.  The report evaluates nearly 1,100 colleges & universities grading each school using graduation requirements centered around seven core subjects – composition, mathematics, literature, natural or physical science, intermediate-level foreign language, U.S. government or history, & economics.
Seems only common sense to think that someone graduating from college would be proficient in these subjects no matter what their major was.  But long time readers of RTE know this is not the case based on previous posts regarding ACTA's work.
For instance less than two thirds of the schools require college level math, less than 20% require a foundational course in U.S. history or government, & just over 3% require even a single course in basic economics.  At Harvard students can fulfill their literature requirement with "American Dreams from Scarface to Easy Rider" & @ the University of Colorado-Boulder students can take "Horror Films & American Culture" or "America Through Baseball" in lieu of an American history course.
Is there any wonder employers are screaming for properly trained help in far too many fields & can't find it?  I believe that the dumbing down of a college education was preceded by a
similar deterioration @ the high school level – having poorly educated high school graduates show up in college contributed to the dumbed down college curriculum. The result is a workforce that is unprepared to compete in the global economy for jobs that require either a high school or a college education – specifically, the above graph shows that four in ten college graduates do not possess the reasoning skills to handle work that requires a college degree.
High tuition & student debt loads only add to the vicious circle of equally undesirable alternatives – get a college degree @ high current costs with no employment prospects or move in with your parents (with or without a college degree).  See graphs below.  
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The ever higher tuition costs are a direct function of the government providing student loans (i.e., subsidies) – tuition goes right up in lockstep as government money for student loans increases.  Getting government out of the student loan business will break the upward tuition cost spiral & getting government out of the economy in general will allow the free enterprise system to flourish so there will be jobs waiting for America's youth upon graduating high school, vocational school, or college.
But ACTA's contribution is helpful in any environment.  If you are a high school junior or senior or know of one (like your children or grandchildren) the What Will They Learn? website is the place to start if you want to go to college, think you can't afford it, or otherwise are just concerned about the cost & quality of the schooling.  The website will show you that an Ivy League school like Brown University with an annual tuition of $45,612 is graded F, not requiring even one of the above seven core subjects in order to graduate;  Harvard & Yale with annual tuitions of over $42,000 are both graded D; while the University of Georgia with an annual tuition of $10,262 in-state & $28,472 out of state is graded A
Starting your search with the ACTA website can save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition & fees while helping you find a college that, upon graduation, furnishes an education where you don't have to run – you can walk past the competition for jobs.
Related Posts:

College Bound Students Need ACTA's Free Resource Website To Get Started


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