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, November 22, 2020

Thanksgiving Proclamation In The Year Of The Independence Of The United States Of America The One Hundred & Twenty-First

On November 4, 1896 President Grover Cleveland issued Proclamation 388 - Thanksgiving Day, 1896 to the people of the United States - the same people our Constitution has to do with.

President Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms as president & governed in the mold of our founders.  He emphasized economic freedom & economic liberalism following the teachings of John Locke, Jean-Baptiste Say, Thomas Robert Malthus, David Ricardo, & Adam Smith.

In this regard President Cleveland promoted laissez-faire capitalism, fiscal discipline, opposition to high-tariff protectionism, & the gold standard.  He used his veto power more than any previous president to control Congress's growing spending appetite, often citing our founding principles of limited government & personal responsibility as the reason for his veto.  In vetoing spending bills that Congress intended for purely local or regional benefit & not for the "general Welfare of the United States" (i.e., national welfare), President Cleveland was following the example of virtually every president before him especially our best president James Monroe & our first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the nation's financial system.

In order to sustain the excellence of a self reliant citizenry that he gave thanks for, President Cleveland believed that it is the neighborliness & charity of fellow countrymen that should be relied upon to relieve local misfortunes of fellow citizens & not government dependent handouts.

Below is President Cleveland's message to Congress during his first administration highlighting what he perceived as the injustice of taking more money from the people than the government needed to pay its operating expenses as delineated in the Constitution.

"When we consider that the theory of our institutions guarantees to every citizen the full enjoyment of all the fruits of his industry and enterprise, with only such deduction as may be his share toward the careful and economical maintenance of the Government which protects him, it is plain that the exaction of more than this is indefensible extortion and a culpable betrayal of American fairness and justice ... The public Treasury, which should only exist as a conduit conveying the people's tribute to its legitimate objects of expenditure, becomes a hoarding place for money needlessly withdrawn from trade and the people's use, thus crippling our national energies, suspending our country's development, preventing investment in productive enterprise, threatening financial disturbance, and inviting schemes of public plunder."
Cleveland's third annual message to Congress,
December 6, 1887.
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In selecting this Thanksgiving Day proclamation, that has been an annual observance on RTE since starting the observance in 2014 thanks to One America News Network, I was particularly struck by President Cleveland's thanks "for our defense against disease & pestilence during the year that has passed."  


Grover Cleveland - 24th President of the United States: 1893 ‐ 1897

Proclamation 388—Thanksgiving Day, 1896

November 04, 1896


By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

The people of the United States should never be unmindful of the gratitude they owe the God of Nations for His watchful care, which has shielded them from dire disaster and pointed out to them the way of peace and happiness. Nor should they ever refuse to acknowledge with contrite hearts their proneness to turn away from God's teachings and to follow with sinful pride after their own devices.

To the end that these thoughts may be quickened it is fitting that on a day especially appointed we should join together in approaching the Throne of Grace with praise and supplication.

Therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, president of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the 26th day of the present month of November, to be kept and observed as a day of thanksgiving and prayer throughout our land.

On that day let all our people forego their usual work and occupation, and, assembled in their accustomed places of worship, let them with one accord render thanks to the Ruler of the Universe for our preservation as a nation and our deliverance from every threatened danger, for the peace that has dwelt within our boundaries, for our defense against disease and pestilence during the year that has passed, for the plenteous rewards that have followed the labors of our husbandmen, and for all the other blessings that have been vouch safer to us.

And let us, through the mediation of Him who has taught us how to pray, implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuation of heavenly favor.

Let us not forget on this day of thanksgiving the poor and needy, and by deeds of charity let our offerings of praise be made more acceptable in the sight of the Lord.

Witness my hand and the seal of the United States, which I have caused to be hereto affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 4th day of November, A. D. 1896, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and twenty-first.

GROVER CLEVELAND.

By the President:

RICHARD OLNEY,

Secretary of State.

Grover Cleveland, Proclamation 388—Thanksgiving Day, 1896 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/205596


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Biden & Harris Want To Ruin Everything

To paraphrase Jon Voight's open letter to America presented on RTE on May 17, 2010 - the American people are witnessing a skillful deception to fundamentally transform America that is being cleverly orchestrated by the Democrat party where a malleable elderly man (Biden) of significant mental decline is set up to be a temporary President with the most progressive member of the Senate (Harris) set to take over implementing AOC's agenda.  The Biden-Harris campaign has taken advantage of & run a presidential campaign around the physical constraints of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic that has kept Biden sheltered from scrutiny - a campaign of the worst sort designed to attract the needs of people who have not educated themselves enough to understand the forthcoming assault on their liberties that they take for granted & upon the very poor, elderly, & needy who live to be taken care of. 

Biden & Harris will do or say anything to get elected - from not answering questions about whether or not they plan to pack the Supreme Court with people who have no intention of following the Constitution to outright lying about not banning fracking after Harris was an original Senate co-sponsor of AOC's Green New Deal.  It's a real sleight of hand how the Biden campaign can put the Green New Deal on its website & also disavow it - & get away with it. 

The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has given Biden cover for staying close to home.

But what has become obvious to even the least discerning among us is that Biden is an empty suit that will be used like a Trojan horse, if he wins, to bring in all the Bernie Bros to run the government - Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, AOC, Ilhan Omar, & the rest of the Squad.

This is being tipped to us by Kamala Harris referring to "a Harris administration together with Joe Biden" & then Biden himself referring to "the Harris Biden administration."   From there Biden has @ least three times during the campaign said he is running for the Senate not presidency, & could not remember Mitt Romney's name although Paul Ryan was his counterpart on the 2012 ticket.  And who could forget Julian Castro questioning Biden's memory from "two minutes ago" in a Democrat primary debate in 2019 (notice Biden turning to Bernie for support from Castro's attack & Bernie offering it @ 26 seconds on this video - snip below).



Now the Trojan horse idea is not being accepted well by AOC who has plans to force Biden to adopt her agenda if he wins the presidency.

On October 8 AOC & the Squad joined forces with the Working Families Party (WFP) to put out their agenda known as the People's Charter.  The WFP endorsed first Elizabeth Warren, then Bernie Sanders, & lastly Joe Biden on August 13 just before the Democrat National Convention. 



AOC's People's Charter wants to 1) defund policing, jails, & detention centers & shift money saved into other areas of need, 2) provide free Covid testing & treatment for all, including a vaccine once it is available, 3) extend expanded $600 per week Unemployment Insurance, including to illegal aliens, until the pandemic passes, 4) cancel rent & suspend debt payments, & ban evictions, foreclosures, & utility shut-offs during the pandemic, 5) ensure every student learning from home has the devices, nutrition, & accommodations they need, 6) care for the homeless, migrants, people with disabilities, trans people, & survivors of domestic & sexual violence, by making sure everyone can access vital services & has a safe place to go, 7) direct federal funding to states & cities to prevent layoffs & cuts to schools, hospitals, & other public services, 8) get help to small businesses to protect jobs, 9) put 16 million people to work immediately upgrading infrasturcture, & modernizing & retrofitting millions of homes & buildings to make them more energy efficient while raising the minimum wage everywhere to $15 per hour, 10) make healthcare free & universal while taking healthcare insurance & profits out of the picture, 11) ensure that every worker who wants a union can join one, 12) guarantee universal child care, paid family & medical leave & paid sick days, & income support for parents taking care of kids full time, 13) provide safe, affordable housing for all, 14) cancel student debt, 15) tax the giant corporations & the wealth of billionaires who don't pay their fair share (in AOC's opinion), & 16) save the USPS so we can vote by mail.

Although AOC has always said she will support the Democrat nominee she also said that Biden throwing a "couple of bones" the progressives' way won't be enough, meaning that the agenda of Bernie, Warren, & the rest of AOC's squad - partially summarized above - will remain front & center if Biden wins the presidency.

Of course Biden has his own destructive plans for America.  Most notably - Biden's tax plan would repeal the Trump individual tax cuts, meaning just about everyone would pay more income taxes under Biden than Trump including the small business owners who would pay more than 25% additional taxes (including the payroll tax increase) through the individual tax rates instead of the corporate tax rates - these small business owners employ more than 40 million people.  The step up in basis for inheritances would be eliminated & the quadruple whammy here is the increase in the estate tax rate coupled with the lowering of the exemption & the doubling of capital gains tax rates on these inheritances when sold.  Whether you come under these regulations or not the entire estate-inheritance tax matter is grossly unfair.  Biden plans to raise the  corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% (plus state rates) & increase taxes on foreign income while imposing a new minimum tax on U.S. companies thereby reducing the projected earnings of the S&P 500 by over 9% for starters - source BofA Global Research.

An Analysis Of Vice President Biden's Economic Agenda: The Long Run Impacts Of Its Regulation, Taxes, And Spending, a Hoover Institution Study by Fitzgerald, Hassett, Kallen, & Mulligan dated October 13, 2020 is an economic report just completed that includes Biden's proposals on the economy as a whole.  The report concludes "that in the long run, Biden's agenda would reduce full time equivalent employment per person by about 3 percent, the capital stock per person by about 15 percent, real GDP per capita by more than 8 percent, and real consumption per household by about 7 percent. Relative to the CBO's 2030 projections for these variables, this suggests there will be 4.9 million fewer employed individuals, $2.6 trillion less in GDP, and $1.5 trillion less consumption in that year alone. Median household income in 2030 would be $6,500 less."  

All told, Biden is proposing a record $3.8 trillion over ten years in new taxes compared to Hillary's proposed $1.1 trillion in new taxes in 2016.

In addition Biden plans, & is virtually obligated, to do away with Trump's $10,000 yearly cap on federal deductions for state & local income taxes whereby politicians from high tax states (Democrat controlled states like NY, NJ, & CA) hide the real cost of their state governments meaning that people in low income areas in Alabama & Mississippi picked up part of the high tax states' costs prior to the enactment of the cap.  Since enactment of the tax cut law in 2017, under Trump, high income taxpayers in NY, NJ, & CA have paid their share of state & local taxes in full & many do not like it. 

In mid-July Biden made a $2 trillion over four year proposal to combat climate change which when added to the more than $7 trillion over ten years in new federal spending he previously proposed just shows that after a while all of the spending turns into a blur of numbers that has no meaning other than it will be paid for by tax increases on corporations & the wealthy – meaning all middle class readers of this blog – & stimulus spending meaning expanding the money supply so that everyone pays via inflation. 

In this regard the aforementioned $2 trillion is a climate change down payment.  AOC's Green New Deal is in reality the largest expansion of government since LBJ's Great Society – a previous post detailed the costs @ $93 trillion over ten years.  It not only proposes getting the U.S. off of fossil fuels within nine years, & counting - now getting close to eight years - but also provides universal healthcare, government job & housing guarantees, & a host of impractical ideas like replacing air travel with trains & upgrading & retrofitting every building in America to make them more energy efficient.  In short, it is more about AOC's economic agenda for America & less about eliminating carbon emissions that Biden is stumbling into.

Biden's proposals are nothing but more government that would be a drag on economic growth & our standard of living.  Name one tangible Biden accomplishment in his 47 year government career?

Contrast the above with Trump's record of accomplishment in which he built an economy with his policies that produced record low or near record low unemployment for every group – whites, blacks, women, Asians, & Hispanics – & every one of these groups experienced increased incomes before the Wuhan coronavirus hit & the state & local governments shut down the economy.   We have no reason to believe Trump cannot restore prosperity once the pandemic passes & no reason to believe that Biden can based on his 47 years of bureaucratic politically correct experience in government.  
 
Trump was true to his word in selecting Supreme Court nominees (& hundreds of lower court judges) based on the list of originalist jurists provided by Leonard Leo formerly of the Federalist Society.  The recent hearings of Amy Coney Barrett revealed as fine & qualified a person to sit on the Supreme Court as I have ever seen.  Any Senator who votes against her confirmation is an enemy of America in that they are afraid of a Justice who will judge cases based on a clear reading of the law & not use their own progressive feelings to decide cases.  Such a Senator, especially Republicans, should think ahead to envision the next nominee & ask themselves what better qualifications will they bring?  The answer is none.

Trump moved the American embassy to Jerusalem & in September, under Trump's leadership, Israel signed agreements establishing diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.  And just last week Trump brokered an agreement to normalize ties between Israel & the North African Muslim nation of Sudan.  Trump should be a hero to Jewish people.

Trump has worked tirelessly needlessly fighting against Democrat governors, mayors, & one unelected federal judge after another who have tried to thwart his effort to protect the citizenry from illegal aliens, drug financed gangs like MS 13, & rioters & looters from Antifa pretending to the hostile anti-American media to be concerned about BLM.   

Trump wants to end sanctuary cities & sanctuary states, while restoring the enforcement of the nation's immigration laws including eliminating the fallacious destructive anchor baby claim to birthright citizenship.  

But properly handling illegal immigration is just part of the politically correct poison threatening to ruin America that Trump was elected to remedy.  In addition to fighting illegal immigrant border crossings Trump has withstood attacks & distortions by the hostile anti-American media regarding the First & Second Amendments, the incompatible relationship of Muslims who follow Sharia law taking a U.S. citizenship oath, & banning people from Muslim countries where terrorism thrives from entering America until we know that immigrants & refugees from these countries are not terrorists.

Over the past four years Trump has given us a chance @ a start for a change to the political correctness mindset that is wrecking America.  Trump deserves your vote.  Biden does not.  In fact I can't think of any presidential nominee who has campaigned less to earn your vote than Biden.

The issues immediately above are all bedrock matters that must be settled before issues like tax reform, healthcare, climate change, the national debt, the budget deficit, or even adequate national defense can be addressed - they are issues that ask "do we have a country with borders & national sovereignty"?

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, AOC, Bernie, & Warren, want to fundamentally transform America.

They want to ruin everything.