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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Posting - "The Significance Of The Third Row" - Taken Down

Late Monday afternoon I received the following anonymous message from someone who read on ReturnToExcellence the original subject message re the seating arrangements @ Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta's Medal of Honor award ceremony.  
"As much as I hate to say this as I am a veteran, conservative, registered republican and can't stand what Obummer is doing to this nation, unfortunately Michael Berry is wrong on this one. His family was seated in the front row. If you Google pictures of the ceremony you will see his parents sitting in the front row. We can not be led down a road of misrepresentations and lie's in order to get heard, leave that for the left to do as they do it so well. Seek and find the truth."
The above photo indeed shows the family of Staff Sergeant Giunta seated in the first row – that is his mother & father looking back @ people also being honored who are standing in the third row.  The people standing are family members of the two platoon members who were killed in the altercation that led to the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Giunta.
Based on this information I have taken down the original posting from the blog & encourage everyone who sent the original May 10 posting to others to let them know also that the message was erroneous. 
I thank the anonymous responder & could not agree more with his/her sentiments regarding the importance of presenting truthful & accurate material so that informed decisions can be made.  That is what this blog is all about.  Thanks again.


  1. Doug: Thanks for correcting the record.

  2. Doug, I so appreciate your adherence to the truth.

  3. I say HORSEHOCKIES! that is the WORST photoshop of two people looking backwards i have ever seen!

    RTE – the research I did verified the parents were in the front row regardless of the quality of the photo.