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, July 14, 2019

Freeing Yourself From Fake News

“Don’t believe anything you read on this web page or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your own satisfaction.” – a cautionary piece of advice that Neal Boortz regularly made on his live radio program & posted on his blog as he expressed his opinion on every controversial topic under the sun.  It is this same common sense lesson I learned from Neal that I regularly encourage readers of RTE to use in reading this blog – questioning & commenting are how we all learn & I thank everyone who makes the time to participate & contribute - or as John Adams said “We have been afraid to think . . . Let us dare to read, think, speak, & write.”


In my daily figurative travels through cyberspace over the past several years I have seen the above photo, & ones like it, many times – always with an accompanying warning that the photo was taken moments before disaster struck.  All I had to do was click on the photo to find out what happened.  And of course I never took the bait.  My sixth sense of writing these blog messages for over fifteen years told me that nothing disastrous had happened.
 
So my reaction was suspicious when I learned that an activist actress, whom I had never heard of, tweeted out the pictures below ungrammatically saying that “Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night.”  The idea was to show the inhumane, overcrowded, & unsanitary conditions with which Trump was holding people who had violated our sovereignty by illegally entering America.


My suspicion that the actresses’ claim was false was based on remembering the release of the photos below about a year ago that decried similar alleged abuses of the Trump administration – one showing children in cages & two others showing the horrible conditions under which illegal immigrants were being held.  The problem for Democrats is that the photo of the children in cages was taken in 2014 in Nogales Arizona & the other two photos were taken in 2014 in Texas – all three under BO’s administration.  Accordingly the matter was soon forgotten by the hostile anti American media who then moved on to find another supposed outrageous abuse perpetrated by Trump.


Further, Thomas Homan, the former executive associate director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) under BO, says that he was present when the cages were built.  The cages are actually chain link dividers that keep children separate & safe from unrelated adults. 
So with the above background in mind it did not take much digging to realize that the timestamp on the photo presented by the activist actress was cropped out & that her photo too was taken under BO’s policies in 2015.  See below. 

Now there are episodes or accounts that are easy to unmask like when Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel intentionally misreported that a December 2017 Trump rally in Florida was sparsely attended by tweeting a photo of a half empty arena – a photo that had been taken hours before the event even started.  Of course the event was actually “packed to the rafters” as Weigel later apologized saying he had been told he had “gotten it wrong.”  Why would anyone who saw the false photo & then the overflow rally with people waiting outside ever want to hear from Weigel again? 
Other episodes or accounts take a little more intuition & questioning to learn the truth.  An example is the account I received from a blog I subscribe to that showed photos of AOC under distress @ the El Paso border about a year ago supposedly seeing suffering migrant children in cages.  Since AOC is standing next to a chain link fence the implication is that the children are caged on the other side of the fence.  See photo below.


But other photos below from another angle show AOC could have actually been staging the entire scene.  AOC was looking most immediately @ an empty parking lot or a tree & a car as seen below.  But this hypocrisy almost seems too easy to expose & understand.

 

A little more digging showed that an air conditioned tent city could be seen in the distance – housing about 2,800 migrant teenagers some of whom ABC showed on video playing soccer.  The seeming empty parking lot included a roadway leading towards the Tornillo Border Patrol station in this remote area.  So I leave it up to you to decide if AOC staged this event looking for publicity showing concern for children she really could not see or whether she was so overwhelmed @ the thought of these children’s sadness that she broke down emotionally as shown above.

One other point to consider – FNC quoted a social media critic of AOC writing “Excuse me while I take the time to put on bright red lipstick, a pristine white outfit, & a Movado watch before I go see little kids locked up in the desert.”  There is something to this criticism when you consider a majority of Movado watches cost over $750 & are targeted for the wealthy businessman or business woman.  At the time of the photos AOC was complaining that she could not afford a Washington DC apartment if she won her House race in the fall.


But getting back to the girl hanging from the rock above the water smiling while in apparent danger – thanks to a frequent contributor for letting me know that this one is a hoax too.  See photo below.

Fake news is all around us, but if you listen closely, follow up with a few questions & a little research, you can free yourself from it & even more important - those who present it to you.


  

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Independence Day Quiz

 
 
To have some fun with American history over the Independence Day holiday click here to take the subject quiz.  At the end of the quiz you will receive your score & a note letting you know how you did compared to other quiz takers.
 
Unlike the other quizzes that I present from time to time the answers & an explanation appear after every question so this is not just a quiz but an excellent refresher.
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

An Analysis - Trump's Chances Against The Large 2020 Democrat Socialist Field

"A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both." - Professor Friedman
 
"Wherever the free market has been permitted to operate, wherever anything approaching equality of opportunity has existed, the ordinary man has been able to obtain levels of living never dreamed of before.  Nowhere is the gap between rich & poor wider, nowhere are the rich richer or the poor poorer, than in those societies that do not permit the free market to operate." - Professor Friedman writing in Free To Choose
 
The lure of socialism is a burden that "is exceedingly hard to throw off, even when patently obvious that it is the chief culprit producing persistent underdevelopment, poverty, & misery." - Mary O'Grady writing the weekly Americas column in the WSJ – August 25, 2006
 
Image result for capitalism - socialism sign 
 
America was founded on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, & free enterprise.  Turning to socialism would expand government, absolve everyone of personal responsibility, & replace free enterprise with any form of collectivism where society as a whole has priority over each individual in it.
 
Over the past half century socialism has taken far more than a toehold in America.  Today 43% of Americans view socialism as a good thing, up dramatically from 25% in 1942.  Socialism is now embraced to one large degree or another by all of the twenty-three 2020 Democrat candidates for president.  The following graphic highlights that 70% of Democrats & 85% of those identifying as liberals believe that socialism would be a good thing for America.
 
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Congressional Democrats, looking for votes from any legal or illegal source possible, have abandoned, deserted, & shamefully failed to fulfill their constitutionally sworn duties regarding their sole responsibility for establishing immigration & asylum laws that meet the nation's needs - even as migrants from Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti, & Africa exploit the perverse incentives in our current immigration & asylum laws, flowing through our southwest border like water through a sieve thereby gaining access to America's interior for years to come if not for the rest of their lives.  Congress's despicable lack of concern for border safety has gone way beyond being uncooperative & unhelpful to the Trump administration.  Congress is guilty of dereliction of duty.
 
Driven by Democrats' hatred of President Trump & partisan politics instead of constitutional principles that are in the country's interest, federal district judges, mostly appointed by BO, have dangerously overridden Trump on national security issues @ our southwest border, time & again, not just in their own district where they have jurisdiction, if appropriate, but by issuing injunctions & applying them nationwide.  These district judges use no common sense & rule based on the very language in the immigration & asylum laws that are being used as weapons against us by foreign invaders in caravans from the countries indicated above who are blatantly exploiting the perverse incentives in these laws.  The number of such foreign invaders is now @ record levels & is overwhelming our border guards.  Can't district judges see this or don't they want to?
 
The fundamental constitutional premise for all judicial officers – district, appeals, or Supreme Court Justices – is to support the Constitution from which you would think it goes without saying, or having to remind them, of the bedrock principle & basic goal of government concerning the general Welfare of the United States.
 
The Constitution requires Congress to "provide for the general Welfare of the United States."  Accordingly a judge with the country's interest @ heart would find that Congress should go back & address the southwest border invasion by rewriting the laws that are being exploited.  A district judge should find that the general Welfare of the United States is what applies to the entire nation not one of their rulings attempting to override a President.  See Fraudulent Asylum Seekers Violate U.S. National Sovereignty for specific examples of judicial abuses of power that threaten the nation & the very legitimacy of the courts.
 
Congress shamefully neglecting its duty "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization" & district judges issuing rulings affecting the entire nation on matters that don't even apply to their own specific district are the two most egregious & obvious injustices that have gone on right before our eyes for months on end that turns what is obviously wrong into what is politically correct.  It helps the enemies of America that the American people are disengaged while so thoroughly enjoying the freedoms that have come to be taken for granted – never considering that the growing threat of socialism has the power to fundamentally change America & everyone's way of life.
 
The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently asked Americans to answer the following questions (I added #24) which involve a more subtle encroachment on our liberty than the above two blatant onslaughts by Congress & the Judiciary:
 
1.  Are you in favor of Medicare for All, a proposal by Democrats that would wipe-out private insurance & have all healthcare run & paid for by a federal government bureaucracy?
 
2.  Should public colleges & universities be "free," with all tuition & costs paid by the federal government (taxpayers)?
 
3.  Do you believe that the government should provide a guaranteed income to all Americans, regardless of whether or not they work?
 
4.  Are you in favor of "universal child care" that provides government-run daycare for infants & toddlers run by the same Leftists who are already indoctrinating our kids with Liberal propaganda in K-12 public schools & universities?
 
5.  Are you in favor of the Democrats' Green New Deal, a program of harsh environmental regulations that would bankrupt our government, crush our economy, & destroy our constitutional rights?
 
6.  Should the federal government inspect every building in America, as mandated by the Green New Deal, to force compliance with the program's environmental regulations?
 
7.  Do you support the Democrats' calls to "Abolish ICE" & declare sanctuary cities, counties, & states to protect illegal immigrants, leave our borders open, & give amnesty to illegal immigrants?
 
8.  Do you believe the Second Amendment right to keep & bear arms is outdated & needs to be repealed?
 
9.  Do you want public schools to focus only on America's past problems & ignore the tremendous contributions our nation made to the world, the sacrifices of past generations, & the greatness of our constitutional system?
 
10.  Have you had just about all you can handle of the political correctness that is twisting our culture & trampling on our constitutional rights? 
 
11.  Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 or even $20 per hour for unskilled labor?
 
12.  Should our nation's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, be replaced with some more modern song as some Liberal extremists have demanded?
 
13.  Would you trust a federal government censorship bureau like those in Europe to decide what political speech is allowed on television, radio, & the internet?
 
14.  Should transgender individuals be allowed to use the public restrooms & school locker rooms of their choice, rather than the ones corresponding to their biological sex? 
 
15.  Should public schools be forced to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls?
 
16.  Do you support allowing abortion up to the moment of birth as Democrats have proposed & even enacted in some states, extending even to infanticide?
 
17.  Would you support new income tax rates of up to 90% on wealthy individuals & small businesses?
 
18.  Should inheritance tax rates (the death tax) be 100%?
 
19.  Should illegal immigrants in our country be given free college tuition, free healthcare, & full welfare benefits?
 
20.  Would you support giving amnesty/citizenship to illegal immigrants along with full social security benefits?
 
21.  Are you in favor of eliminating the Electoral College so that states with large populations can choose our president?
 
22.  Should public school teaching of American history focus solely on the bad parts of American history & ignore all the good our nation has done, such as winning two World Wars against fascism & the Nazis, spreading democracy, & containing communism?
 
23.  Do you believe America has caused oppression & pain for millions of people around the world because of our embrace of capitalism & the strength of our military to stand up for our interests?
 
24.  Do you support HR 40 entitled Commission to Study & Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, introduced earlier this year by Sheila Jackson Lee (D,TX) to address slavery in the United States & the 13 American colonies between 1619 & 1865?
 
By asking people to answer the above questions the RNC wants to expose the Democrats socialist agenda of massive centralized bureaucracy, limited freedoms, & sky high taxes to pay for it all – things that have no place in a free capitalistic society like America.
 
The answers to the RNC questions reveal the policies that any or all of the 23 Democrat candidates for president will implement one by one in rapid fire order if elected along with a Democrat Congress – policies that amount to a gigantic give away of your life's savings to the poorest least educated unskilled people in exchange for their expected votes that will keep the socialist Democrat elites in office for the rest of their lives @ our expense – an exchange that is best explained in Death Of Democracy.
 
In the end we are counting on the electorate recognizing how deceitful, insincere, & unprincipled the 23 Democrat candidates for president are as each tries to outdo the others by concocting the biggest socialist give away schemes conceivable as they all move further & further to the left as primary voters wait to vote.
 
The democrat-socialist agenda is a betrayal of the American middle class.
 
But the deck is stacked against us & Trump – i.e., where is Trump going to get 270 electoral votes?
 
Any of the twenty three Democrat candidates running for president, including the three that did not make the debate stage later this month, will reliably start with 232 electoral votes they can count on (CA – 55, CO –9, CT – 7, DE – 3, DC – 3, HI – 4, IL – 20, ME – 3, MD – 10, MA – 11, MN – 10, NV – 6, NH – 4, NJ – 14, NM – 5, NY – 29, OR – 7, RI – 4, VA – 13, VT – 3, & WA – 12).
 
AZ (11), GA (16) & even TX (38) had a purple tinge to them in 2016 & of course Trump won WI (10), PA (20), & MI (16) by a combined total of less than 80,000 votes – these were the three key states that threw Trump over the top in 2016.
 
Trump was terribly underestimated in 2016 & Hillary was the worst candidate imaginable & yet she managed to receive 232 electoral votes just 38 electoral votes short of victory even though her poor health precluded her from campaigning even once in Wisconsin or being able to keep the suburban & rural shoulder counties around Orlando & Tampa competitive on her way to losing a close Florida contest. 
 
Robin Biro recently said that the Democrats are going to bring out everyone they know to vote Democrat in 2020. 
 
And Democrats outnumber Republicans – so we have to match the expected high Democrat turnout by convincing every Republican, Independent, Tea Partier, libertarian & some Democrats to vote for Trump.  Then the numbers turn in our favor.
 
But the election hinges on whether or not the electorate realizes that all of these 23 Democrat candidates are even worse candidates for president in 2020 than Hillary Clinton was in 2016 – & their socialist policies are worse than hers too.
 
Do you want a president who supports single payer healthcare that requires doctors & hospitals to take a 40% cut in compensation thereby guaranteeing rationing of services & long wait times to see a doctor?  Do you want a president who thinks illegal immigrants should be given free college tuition, free healthcare, full welfare benefits, citizenship, & full Social Security benefits while those applying for legal citizenship work for years earning it?  Do you want a president who thinks there is nothing wrong with our immigration & asylum laws that are increasingly being exploited by countries as far away as Africa?   Do you want a president who supports sanctuary cities, counties, & states?  Do you want a president who believes that the government should provide a guaranteed income to all Americans, regardless of whether or not they work after providing everyone free college?  Do you want a president who supports infanticide if an abortion is botched & the child is born?    Do you want a president who supports reparations for slavery that ended over 150 years ago?
 
In short, do you want one of these 23 people running your life?