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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mindset Change Needed To Avoid Judicial Tyranny

Below is my letter that was published today in the WSJ under the headline We'd Need Fewer Courts If Congress Would Do Its Job.
The letter highlights the mindset change needed to avoid judicial tyranny.  It shows how the elected branches have given up their turf over the years in favor of the courts deciding issues they have no business being in – but the elected branches are content thinking they have some cover to play the innocent party hoping the electorate never discovers their game of irresponsibility.
One reader of the WSJ looked me up on the internet & commented on RTE that I may be understating the current state of affairs when he wrote "The notion of judicial supremacy has become so engrained that instead of a Constitutional Republic, we now have a Judicial Oligarchy."
Dear Editor,
I was disappointed to read in your editorial "The National Security Tariff Ruse" (March 13) that "steel users should challenge this in court as the unlawful ruse it is."  More and more the elected branches look to the courts for resolution of matters best resolved by the court of public opinion – namely, elections.  I cringe every time I hear turning to the judicial branch for resolution of some problem best handled by the people – who are superior to any of the branches.
The Founders never envisioned that the two elected branches would allow the judicial power grab that has developed where a district court judge or a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court decide cases they have no business hearing.
The citizenry learns no good lesson if the courts, time after time, spare us from the problems that would ensue from our election decisions.  Please be careful not to promote ideas that will encourage or accelerate the court's ill-gotten power that is well on its way to becoming judicial tyranny.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Students For Liberty

In June 2012 Carol & I attended a seminar in NYC co-hosted by our dear friend the late Whitney Ball (Donors Trust) & Adam Meyerson (The Philanthropic Roundtable). 
Notable speakers included Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society – the man who prepared the list of judges & lawyers that President Trump used in selecting Neil Gorsuch as his first nominee to the Supreme Court, & Heather Higgins, President & CEO of the Independent Women's Voice – an organization that has done extensive studies of ObamaCare that have been featured on RTE.
Attendees of the seminar were introduced to the Atlas Network – an organization, much like the two firms who co-hosted the event, dedicated to educating the public about the importance of free markets & limited government. 
With regard to today's youth, the Atlas Network partners with Students For Liberty, an international libertarian advocacy & education organization whose goal is to enable young people who are interested in the ideas of individual liberty, free-market capitalism, limited government, & restrained foreign policy to thrive.
Students For Liberty began in 2008 when a group of 100 people thought they were attending a single event @ Columbia University.  Today Students For Liberty is a very dynamic & exciting international movement that has built a network of over 50,000 students, connecting over 900 pro-liberty groups on college campuses all over the world.  As such, Students For Liberty is a network of pro-liberty students from every corner of the globe working to educate fellow students on the ideas of individual, economic, & academic freedom.
Much like Hillsdale College, in order to maintain its independence, Students For Liberty accepts no government funding.
I have developed a first hand respect for the Atlas Network working with them over the past almost six years & it was no coincidence that Students For Liberty was highly endorsed independently by Gordon Cummings @ my annual meeting with Donors Trust in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this month.  Accordingly, I recommend anyone in college today to contact Students For Liberty to see if there is a good fit between the work they are doing & your own pro-liberty goals for helping America.
Find out more @ www.studentsforliberty.org
Just let me know if you have trouble reaching SFL & I will help. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Airport Quiz

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Although I saw the subject quiz on the National Museum of Mathematics website (www.MoMath.org), after it appeared in the WSJ, it really has little to do with math & a lot to do with reasoning & common sense.
I think just about the entire readership will find it enjoyable & just a little bit challenging.
Please let me know your answer – I will post all correct answers or alternatively will send the solution privately to anyone who requests it if no one figures it out.
Airport Quiz
As a ticketed passenger walks to their gate in the airport they realize they have to stop for 30 seconds to tie their shoe.  A moving walkway is in view ahead of them.  The passenger walks @ a constant speed relative to the ground or walkway when they are walking.
Should they tie their shoe before getting on the walkway, wait to tie their shoe while on the walkway, or does it matter in getting to the gate @ the earliest time?