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.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Progressive Democrats Lead Biden To Transform America

 "A house divided against itself cannot stand." -  Abraham Lincoln


"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America." - BO, five days before the 2008 presidential election - a corollary to the above Lincoln quote, in that the natural consequence of a divided country is its fundamental transformation into something else.

"We the People of the United States" - the first seven words of the Constitution that signifies for whom the Constitution was written.  Alexander Hamilton called the Constitution the fundamental law in the Federalist Papers.  In fact it is so fundamental that the Constitution requires all persons holding an office of trust under the United States to take an oath to support it - not divide the People or try to fundamentally transform the country. 

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Even the least discerning among us are starting to realize that "We the People of the United States" are being torn apart more & more every day by Progressive Democrats led by Bernie Sanders, AOC & her Squad, & BO.  Biden is merely following their lead.

Biden assumed the presidency on January 20 to find, in Mike Huckabee's words, "the most secure southwest border in history, a strong recovering economy, energy independence, a vaccine for Covid-19, a return to manufacturing, an uptick in wages for the working class, a stronger NATO & military, & protection for unborn babies."

After just a few hours in office it appeared that Biden was determined to reverse many of the above positions of strength & accomplishment.  But after a few days it couldn't have been more obvious that Biden intended to reverse every single one of the positions he found as he purposely divided the nation by changing (transforming) it completely from a prosperous free enterprise economy to a government dependent one where the weak outnumber the strong - which they already did.  

In the first few hours after the January 20 inauguration, in an opening bid to reverse America's energy independence, Biden canceled the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline putting thousands of people out of work, while later working out an agreement with Germany that allows the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to be completed in a boon to Moscow.  

Very shortly thereafter Biden incentivized tens of thousands of the poorest, lowest skilled, least educated people from Central America, all originally wearing Biden T-shirts (with virtually none of them even knowing who he was), to come to our southwest border to pursue admission to the U.S. to take advantage of the 126 welfare programs identified by the Cato Institute - & to vote Democrat out of appreciation for being allowed entry into the country.  

Just look @ the blue line & the below statistics (click on image to enlarge) from the U.S. Custom & Border Protection (USCBP) for the past four fiscal years to see the dramatic uptick that started immediately upon Biden's inauguration.  The past two recorded months have each shown over 200,000 illegal immigrants being encountered with August representing the highest August in 21 years.  Over 1.2 million illegal immigrants have been caught attempting to cross the border since Biden took office.  Of course there is no word as to how many evaded capture & are now illegally in the country carrying Covid or are terrorists.


The border problem was graphically displayed by the photos below of up to fifteen thousand migrants being housed under unsanitary conditions below the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.  A few thousand were flown back to Haiti but the majority were flown under the cover of darkness to small airports across the country & left to blend in - source NY Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.  Texas authorities had been concerned that these people were spreading COVID or had terrorists mixed in with the masses.  The area under the bridge is currently vacant for now.




Now the migrants, who are in need of skills & education, seen under the bridge above, have been encouraged by the Biden/Harris administration to come to America but the spontaneous Cuban anti communist government protesters of last summer who escaped the tyrannical government & braved the 90 mile ocean trip to America were told by Biden to return to Cuba & almost certain death.  These Cubans were people in the spiritual faith to great courage to liberty & abundance stages of a free country's development - just the opposite of the resource draining poor people welcomed by Biden - a sure anti American sign against freedom & liberty.

But despite all the information presented above Biden looks @ the soaring number of border crossings in Texas as merely "seasonal."  We can believe this with the same confidence that we have in Kamala Harris being the person in charge of protecting our southwest border.  Absolutely none.

No matter how tired you may have become of our military presence in Afghanistan (the majority of people had forgotten we were even there so they never gave it a thought), a fair minded person must admit the withdrawal on August 31 was awful.  But it does go right along with Biden's socialist purposeful plan to destroy the independence & free market capitalist system America was built upon.

Once the Taliban came back to power in control of the country on August 15, the entire American evacuation procedure was exactly backwards from what any failing sophomore Cadet @ West Point would have planned - before he was thrown out of the Academy.

Our evacuation occurred during the summer fighting season; we closed down Bagram Air Base with our troops stealthily leaving the base in the middle of the night without telling the new Afghan commander; we held only the Kabul airport while relying on the Taliban, our enemy, for security around the airport that resulted in thirteen servicemen & women being killed in a terrorist bombing; & worst of all we evacuated civilians last. 

On August 15 the Taliban released thousands of terrorist inmates from the Bagram prison including Abdul Rehman who masterminded the attack on August 26 that killed ten U.S. Marines, two Army soldiers, & one Navy corpsman; wounded twenty other U.S. service members; & killed over 100 Afghan civilians.  Source - California Congressman Ken Calvert.

Below is a photo of Biden looking @ his wristwatch during the return of the remains to the Dover Air Force Base of the aforementioned 13 military personnel needlessly killed.  Since it is documented that Biden looked @ his watch in between virtually every one of the caskets that passed before him, you have to ask yourself - "how much less interest could this Commander in Chief have shown?"

The answer to that question can be found in Biden's response to the 13 murders - he authorized a U.S. drone strike that mistakenly killed ten civilians including many children without a word of explanation.




The American retreat from Afghanistan was so shocking to the significant portion of the Afghan population that had never lived under Taliban rule that just the thought of the Taliban's reputation & return caused many to hide or flee - like the people who held onto the exteriors of airplanes, such as landing gears, as the planes started to take off only to fall to their deaths once the planes reached a speed of hundreds of miles per hour.   See photo below of young Zaki Anwari & another unidentified Afghan, who were so desperate that they saw no hope under Taliban rule, that during their escape, after holding on to the exterior of a plane during take off, they fell to their deaths from a plane that reached altitude.  One other Afghan was crushed in the right wing retracting landing gear of another plane.



Biden was so anxious to leave Afghanistan that the military left approximately $80 B worth of equipment that armed the Taliban & gave them an air force.  See graphic below.  I know of many people who think the 16,035 pairs of night vision goggles was the most harmful to America of all the equipment on the list.  We used to "own the night," thanks to this equipment before we gave it away.

What has been determined by Forbes is that those costs do, however, involve 75,898 vehicles, 208 aircraft, and at least 600,000 infantry weapons.  





At least some of this equipment could have been given to the National Resistance Front (NRF) - it has been verified by Oryx, a blog that uses photos & videos (as reported in the WSJ), that 38 airplanes, 13 helicopters, & seven unmanned aerial vehicles that the Taliban captured are in working order. 

The NRF held up in Panjshir province, under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud - whose father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, had been regarded as America's best friend in Afghanistan.  The elder Mr. Massoud was assassinated on September 10, 2001 - many, like me, think this was part of the plan highlighted by the Muslim fascist terrorists flying airplanes into buildings in America less than 24 hours later.

But add up all the above incidents in Afghanistan, that are clearly a result of the policies & practices of the Biden/Harris administration, & they pale in comparison to the atrocities that have been inflicted or will be inflicted upon the women & girls remaining in the country under the Taliban's rule.  In addition to what Americans would consider civil rights loses, Afghan women, under the Taliban, suffer forced obedience & are subject to honor killings if they are victims of rape.  The Taliban has banned girls from schools beyond the sixth grade.  Yet not a word on this from Biden or the Democrats - supposed & self proclaimed champions of women, except when it really counts.

It should be remembered that the Afghanistan conflict was a 20 year NATO mission with the United States being the country our allies came to help after the September 11, 2001 Muslim fascist terrorist attacks.  Biden largely ignored our allies as he focused on an arbitrary evacuation deadline he set up to make himself look good, as the president who ended America's longest war, on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 - this never materialized because Biden was overshadowed by much stronger people on the anniversary of those terrorist attacks.  The allies wanted to extend the August 31 withdrawal deadline to give them more time to airlift their citizens & Afghan allies out of Kabul.  

But ignoring the allies was hurtful to Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.K. Parliament, who had served as an Army officer in Afghanistan.  Tugendhat called Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan shameful & said the experience should prompt Britain to rethink the terms of its relationship with the U.S. in future security operations.  In short, in Tugendhat's view the U.S. betrayed its allies, that it will need again one day, in order to rapidly proceed with a plan thought to politically help the American president - Biden.

Relationships with our allies also hit lows when Australia cancelled a multibillion dollar submarine deal with France in order to procure similar equipment with the U.S. & the U.K.   France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. & Australia calling the matter a "stab in the back."  Was Biden this oblivious & insensitive to the relationships he was affecting?  My answer is: yes & he doesn't care because it all falls in line with making America weaker.

The Medicare & Social Security Trustees annual reports, released on August 31, project exhaustion of the Medicare hospital trust fund by 2026 & the two Social Security trust funds by 2034.  This means that the Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund will be able to pay only 91% of the hospital & related expenses it is responsible for under the Medicare program & Social Security beneficiaries could be cut 22%.  And yet Democrats want to expand Social Security & Biden wants to expand Medicare to include dental, hearing, & vision benefits in addition to lowering the age of eligibility to 60 from 65.  These are two great examples of the financial irresponsibility that socialism represents - & why it is destined to fail.

Biden's Build Back Better plan consists of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill (that is 80% not infrastructure) & a 2,465 page, $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that includes up to $4,000 per month federal government paid family & medical leave, free universal pre-K for 3 & 4 year olds, two years of free community college for all students regardless of family income, child care assistance for children up to age 5, fully refundable child tax credits - meaning you get cash whether or not you pay income tax - of $300 per month for each child under 6 & $250 per month for each child 6 to 18 which have been sent out since July 15, & expanded Medicare as described in the paragraph above.  These benefits become part of permanent universal new middle class entitlements, as opposed to being part of a temporary social safety net only for people in need, that are not linked to any work requirement such as other permanent middle class entitlement programs like Social Security & Medicare.

In addition, Build Back Better includes ample funding to get the Green New Deal started before it overwhelms everything.

In short, every Biden program & policy is detrimental to the well being of the American citizenry.

This post illustrates how the agenda the Progressive Democrats are planning (with Biden coming along for the ride & holding on for dear life @ that) is not in America's interest.  Progressive Democrats are not about economic growth & prosperity.  They are about tax hikes & government dependent spending on welfare programs that secure votes for the Democrat Party thereby turning America socialist & then communist.

Biden blames border agents on horses & finds no fault with illegal aliens, takes people who have broken our laws & releases them into the country with no systematic Covid-19 checking or quarantines while mandating masks & vaccinations for the citizenry, & spits in the face of U.S. Afghan vets & gives $85 billion in military equipment to the Taliban.  Democrats defund the police but Biden gives billions of dollars to the Iranians, & has no problem killing a baby a day before birth & yet doesn't want to test shampoo on bunny fur.  This list of contradictions was presented by Tennessee Congressman Mark Green to Governor Huckabee - Green called the contradictions "exactly backwards" regarding America's General Welfare.

And "exactly backwards" is what Biden has when he says that the cost of the Progressive Democrat's agenda that he is following is "zero." 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Pre-2022-Midterm-Election Analysis

 "We will get a gage on how this will play out in the 2022 midterms in the very near future.  First, California Governor Gavin Newsome is involved in a recall election on September 14, a two step process on the ballot - if more than 50% of the ballots support Newsome he is safe & the recall process is over (Newsome is polling about 50% support after posting a terrible record by freedom loving Americans the past 18 months.)  If Newsome does not receive 50% support in the first question he will be replaced by whichever candidate receives @ least a plurality from the 46 list of people on the ballot.

"There are also governors' races in New Jersey & Virginia in November but between these three events we may get a good idea of where the country is heading.  All three contests are in blue states but the margins could be telling if close even in defeat." - From the August 10 RTE post.

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Well the Newsome recall election wasn't close.  If anything, Newsome increased his political standing in that his margin of victory in the recall was greater than when he won the governorship in 2018 with a 62% to 38% victory over John Cox.

Mr. Cox, like Larry Elder in the just completed recall race, was exactly what California needed to turn the once Golden state around.  As many readers know I have followed Mr. Cox since he campaigned in South Carolina for the FairTax over a dozen years ago.  He is a fine man & deserves more than a 38% share of any electorate in the United States.  Something is wrong in America, or changing, when a candidate like Cox cannot command more than 38% of the vote - even in California.

As for Larry Elder, my respect for him only increased during this recall process - he dared greatly for America & the people of California let us all down.

This time 64% of the electorate supported Newsome (to not be recalled) & Larry Elder received 47% of the votes to recall Newsome meaning that Elder received 17% of the total vote.  Since there were 46 candidates to replace Newsome, Larry Elder would certainly do better than 17% in a head to head match with Newsome but with a number under 40% clearly in sight, Elder said "it is hard to see how the outcome would be any different" in a one on one rematch in 2022.  

Also since the last successful recall in 2003 California has turned even more blue.  There are now 5% more registered Democrats than in 2003, 50% more registered Independents who predominantly vote Democrat, & 33% fewer Republicans.

Also very discouraging is that the 2021 recall election produced about 5.3 million votes supporting recall, a number less than the 6.0 million votes Trump received in California in 2020.  What happened to those 700,000 unaccounted for people?  Don't they know that Elder, as governor, would have had a more immediate direct impact on their wellbeing than Trump would have had as president?

Based on exit polls 68% of white college graduates supported Newsome - a greater percentage than Asians (62%) & Latinos (58%).  Only Blacks, @ 81% support, were higher in their support for Newsome than white college graduates.  White voters without a college degree favored the recall 57% to 43%.

Newsome's fate was @ best 50-50 last summer when the recall effort obtained the number of signatures required for a recall election to go forward.  But this quickly turned in Newsome's favor when he masterfully turned the issues away from his poor performance as governor & manipulated the electorate to believe that Larry Elder was a figurehead, or nominal leader, of the California Republican party taking orders directly from Trump.

And it worked so well in California that Democrats plan to try it again in Virginia with an offshoot of the tactic in New Jersey.  

Trump has already endorsed Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin against Terry McAuliffe, a former Democrat governor, who as such, has already won a statewide election.  It doesn't look good in Virginia this November.

In New Jersey, Jack Ciattarelli has the opposite problem - he has been branded a RINO & can reliably expect only non-supporters of Trump to vote for him. 

And of course linking Republican candidates one way or the other to Trump will become the universal game plan for Democrats in all the 2022 midterm congressional races.  And to our detriment Trump will play along by drawing negative attention by fighting back against any perceived slight, however insignificant, he may think was made. 

Republicans are counting on the historical fact that the President's party loses congressional seats in midterm elections.  Since 1900 only three presidents have seen their party gain House seats in their first midterm election - TR in 1902, FDR in 1934, & GW Bush in 2002.  And of course James Monroe, our best president, not only gained House seats for his party in both of his presidential terms but also did not lose a Senate seat during his entire administration which is something that no other president ever achieved.

Now the flip side of this historical coin that favors Republicans (think about it - this favoritism is only the result of them losing the last presidential election thereby giving Biden a chance to govern) is the negative aspect that Republicans are defending 20 Class III Senate seats in 2022, & Democrats are defending 14.

But worse yet, Trump is purposely further dividing the Republican party by calling on his Senate allies to depose Mitch McConnell of his Senate leadership position.  Readers know I am no fan of Mitch's overall record - his last Liberty Score was 28%, just above the highest Democrat - but if Trump could have put his massive ego aside & really campaigned for Perdue & Loeffler in the two Georgia senate elections on January 5 as if he knew the entire Biden agenda hung in the balance, which it obviously did, I can't think of a better person to gum up Biden's program than having Mitch in opposition as Senate majority leader.

Without the loss of both Georgia senate seats we would have none of the problems we have today from Biden.  Not always affectionately called "old turkey neck" - Mitch has proven he would have bottled up all of this Marxist propaganda Biden is trying to peddle @ Sanders/AOC's direction.

If Trump was anywhere near as influential as he imagines Republicans would not have lost both the House & Senate over his one term in office.  Now Trump is further dividing the Republican electorate only because he wants to pay back those who slighted him like Congressman Chip Roy of Texas, with a Liberty Score of 100%, who voted against overturning the presidential election in January.

So to sum up: there are three factors currently in play regarding the 2022 midterm elections - historical trends that favor Republicans, more Republican incumbent Senate seats up for reelection that favors Democrats, & Trump's inherent divisiveness that has favored Democrats ever since 2016.

We need a fourth factor to increase the odds of this mixed bag & to counter Biden's socialist appeal of his gigantic spending plans that much of the general populace will find hard to resist: namely, a Newt Gingrich type Contract with America that will address the 14 questions I raised before the first 2020 presidential debate one year ago this week, such as: 1) What is the significance of the national debt? 2) What is the maximum amount of a person's income anyone should ever have to pay to the federal government in income taxes? & 3) Shouldn't we be taking steps now to head off the upcoming 21% reduction in Social Security benefits & if so what are these steps?  If not, why not?

If Republicans can supply answers so that people understand the importance of these three questions, & the other eleven I posted with them, we are well on our way to returning our country to the excellence of her founding.  If you cavalierly dismiss the questions with the attitude that no one can implement answers to them then we are indeed in for more trouble because the answers are the only way back to our prosperity & way of life so many in this readership see slipping away.

To continue to proceed in America without real questions being answered is like a structural engineer designing & building a bridge on quicksand instead of bedrock.  The project is heading for trouble.

If you can even just begin to see the destructive nature of what Biden & the Democrats are trying to do in transforming America please do all you can to stop it.

But so far we can't find anyone who will even mention these points so the 2022 midterms are a potluck process that could very well get us in deeper with an even more empowered Biden/Harris administration.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Constitution Quiz

 click on Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States to enlarge

One of the common findings of institutions like Hillsdale College & the American Council of Trustees & Alumni (ACTA) is the woeful understanding the American citizenry has of the U.S. Constitution - this applies to recent college graduates, the general public, & our elected representatives.

There has been an "alarming loss of our historical literacy.  Fewer than half of American college students could place the Civil War within the correct half century.  More than a third of the general public cannot name any rights protected by the First Amendment.  Nearly three-quarters of Americans can't name the three branches of government.  Only 12% of high school students are scored "proficient" in American history."  Source - Peter W. Wood - 1620 A Critical Response to the 1619 Project - pages 64 & 65.

ACTA's work revealed that less than one-third of the colleges & universities in the U.S., annually ranked as the country's best schools, require students pursuing a degree in history to take even a single course in American history.  What are such students paying for?  Wonder if they could name the two figures in the center of the above photo or the man standing on the platform on the right side?

We have gone beyond taking the Constitution for granted - we never even think of it anymore including not realizing that this week is the anniversary of the unanimous signing of the Constitution by our Founders @ the Constitutional Convention.

Even if you are not part of ACTA's surveys who think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court, or are unable to identify the Bill of Rights accurately, or believe the Constitution must be reauthorized every four years you will find the following two quizzes a very good refresher.

Please let me know how you do.  The answers follow the questions on each website.