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, September 12, 2010

Activist Or Patriot?

Since September 1 most of our messages focused on the Morristown Tea Party last Monday.
One of the papers covering the event was the Essex County Conservative Examiner whose coverage started off accurately stating "about a thousand people swarmed the Green, took advantage of various activities, bought reservations for the upcoming second annual 9/12 March on Washington, and listened to several speakers as they expounded on a variety of subjects."  So far so good.
The paper's report also mentioned the invocation of Reverend Andrew Paton & the featured presentation of Sherriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona.
But just like O. Henry's "Man About Town" was astonished to learn who the real man about town was I was equally surprised to read "Activist Doug Hartlove was also on hand to promote his FairTax alternative to conventional income taxation.  He also took time to mention certain New Jersey Congressional candidates, among them Anna C. Little in the 6th District, who have consistently advocated for the FairTax program. This program would replace all current corporate and individual income taxes with a consumption tax (at a currently proposed rate of 23 percent) combined with calculated remissions to individuals and households of the amount of tax that would be assessed on poverty level expenditures."
Being an "activist ...on hand" never entered my mind just like it never did to every other Tea Partier I have ever met.  I thought I was working for America as a patriot - just like writing this blog.  Part of Sherriff Mack's presentation correctly pointed out that "America is on her death bed."  The degree to which people believe this determines the degree they are willing to actively fight it.


  1. Remember it was the Activist Patriots who risked all to build the Foundation of America and it can only be the Activist Patriots who can put America back on her solid and rightful foundation.

    I think it does little good to be an Inactive Patriot! I, for one, thank you for your willingness to sacrifice for our Country.

  2. With your new label and being out spoken should line you up for prime time TV for them to prove you are racist and trouble maker for the BO administration, and not in line with the reeducation of America. The news will be knocking on your door.

    As a soldier keep your shield shinny and ready for the attack. Good job Doug and Carol.

  3. What a surprise! Doug, you and Carol ARE PATRIOTS! America needs you!