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.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Federalists & Anti-Federalists Vs. The New Deal & Great Society

Below is my letter that was published today in the WSJ that was in response to a letter by an obvious statist who tried to make the case that the New Deal & Great Society were as American as the Anti-Federalists.  The point of my letter was to distinguish the American libertarian principles expressed by the Federalists & Anti-Federalists to the results of the New Deal, Great Society, & ObamaCare which are not American @ all.
Dear Editor:
In responding to Peter Berkowitz's "Why Liberals Don't Get The Tea Party" (op-ed October 16) David Hollinger writes that "the New Deal & the Great Society ...were as American as the Anti-Federalists" (Letters, October 16).  These two statist programs must be distinguished from the arguments the Federalists & the Anti-Federalists had because both of these groups were on the same side trying to make the best nation possible following our founding principles of limited government, personal responsibility, & free enterprise.  The New Deal & Great Society, & now Obamacare, changed the nation from the America the founders envisioned.
All of the Federalists & Anti-Federalists were libertarians who knew that human freedom would produce the greatest wealth & standard of living.  Who could doubt that George Washington & George Mason were on the same side for America, & yet these next-door neighbors fought mightily about how best to accomplish the same goal.  Starting with the New Deal America has deteriorated until we now are in a stage of "apathy to dependence," which is not American at all.


  1. very well written and interesting.

  2. In a way he is correct, but it has never been accepted as much as it is today. They have been trying to get this far for decades, only thing is they keep changing the name of the New Deal, to things more palatable, like Change, Hope, fundamentally change the US of America. In the early days it was called Communism, changed to Progressive , so on and so on the name changes but the game is the same, if not rejected this November 2 chances are they will be jumping in the streets with joy. Their claws are dug in deep, the higher learning institutes have to be rejected - this is where the children are reeducated to their way of thinking.

  3. Great letter, Doug. Your mention of George Mason brings back memories of visits to Gunston Hall. It's a wonderful place to visit and an excellent learning experience. He was quite a remarkable man and most Americans have never heard of him.