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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Shopping Message

Click here to hear the subject message sung by the ACLU Choir – no, not what you are thinking.  It is the American Christian Life United Choir.

The song has a good message – do not financially support enemies of America.  For instance, why would anyone buy The NY Times?


  1. As you know I do not celebrate Christmas, BUT I respect their holiday and beliefs. In fact if it was not for Christmas many large
    department stores would close for lack of people spending for Christmas. Many of those stores are owned by people of another

  2. Good song, it did not take long for this to go around.

  3. My sentiments exactly. Thanks for a good one.

  4. Thanks Doug for a timely new Christmas jingle. Yes, Christians should say Merry Christmas and be proud.

    On a deeper level this hits the emotional topic of church and state. Therefore let us refer to the US Constitution and the Bible. The 1st Amendment starts with .. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”. This then pertains to 2 important points (1) government cannot force a religion and (2) government must allow us to exercise our religion. Regarding point 1, the US has never sought to establish a religion and never will especially in the current time. I believe most Christians would strongly object if the government established Christianity as the official US religion. I myself, a Christian, would march on DC. When I visited the oldest synagogue in the US in Newport, RI, I read a speech that George Washington gave there. His main points were that the US would always allow and encourage the Jewish to practice their religion. Regarding point 2, US courts and politicians have often violated the 1st Amendment by trying (and sometimes successfully) to block Christians and Jews to openly celebrate their religion – from blocking school prayer, denying the placement of the Ten Commandments, even asking that a Christmas Tree be called a Holiday Tree. What are they afraid of? Virtually all Christians and Jews will not try to force their religion.

    Now turn to the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6, verse 11. Jesus sent his Apostles throughout the country to preach and to cure the sick. Jesus said, “If any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them”. Jesus did not ask them to force beliefs on them. Jesus never did or encouraged this. Another example is in Mark Chapter 10. A rich man, who followed the Jewish faith quite closely, asked Jesus what he needed do in order to attain “eternal life”. Verse 21 reads as follows: Jesus looked at him and loved him then stated “One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” This rich man refused as he had great possessions. Jesus replied to his disciples “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God”. No, Jesus did not make an effort there to get him to change his mind.

    Likewise most Christians do not try to force their beliefs on others. If some do then they are not following Jesus in this regard. So go out and greet others with Merry Christmas. Smile, say “good day” and politely walk away if you receive an objection. And to municipalities such as Madison that place a Christmas Tree every year day after Thanksgiving and start off with a prayer from a priest: continue to stand up for your rights under the Constitution to publicly celebrate Christmas. After all we rejoice but do not force our ritual on any one else.

  5. Thanks, Doug, Love the song!