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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Responses - A Speech Vs. Four Years Experience

Thanks for the tons of messages I received in response to the original subject message both private & suitable for publication to the e-mail club &/or the blog. Below are four that add to the discussion. Please note I add a comment in red to #4 below.

---Response #1---

Doug - My Comment: "Next time we rewrite the Constitution, we should provide for a separate head of state to handle occasions such as memorial services. This provision would free the head of government to focus on governing and avoid the public confusion that occurred here.

"Other countries have separate heads of state and heads of government. The United Kingdom has the Queen and her Prime Minister. France has the Premier and the President. Germany has the Bundespraesident and the Bundeskanzler. Other European countries share this structure.

"With a separate head of state to speak at memorial services, the American President would find it more difficult to make such a public relations feint."

---Response #2---

Doug, I echo Laura Ingraham's sentiment about the tone of the Memorial Service. It was disgraceful. I watched the whole thing and each time the shouting and clapping erupted, I was so disturbed by it. What should have been a solemn and respectful occasion to remember the dead and wounded, turned into a rowdy pep rally, making what was supposed to have been an 18 minute speech into a 30 minute tribute to BO. He should have put a stop to it right from the beginning.

---Response #3---


---Response #4---

Doug - Why would you take a poll like that seriously? The way polls are used today is not to measure real long term, but 30 second throwaway sound bites designed to get the response the pollster (i.e. his customer) desires.

Also you have to take into account that there is now a Republican controlled HR. This is viewed as a moderating effect on Obama which can only help to move up his ratings. Keep in mind that historically when we have a split government the President's numbers go up. That simply is the nature of the beast. The writer just proved what bothers me - the Republicans win the House in 2010 & BO wins reelection in 2012.


  1. Would you have rather had the Dems still control the house? We CAN win the Presidency IF we get a good candidate. I haven't seen anyone really stepping up to the plate with a big bat yet...

  2. Your comment at the end of response #4 may very well be true. On the other hand, I think this is a calculated shift on BO's part to make it look like he is moving to the center. I don't envision him keeping up this charade. He is too invested in his original ideology and will soon be back to his old leftist agenda. He knows that if he doesn't, he will lose his far left base and he hasn't a prayer of gaining support from the tea party groups nor real conservatives. With the right candidate to oppose him in 2012, we can send him packing back to Chicago.