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, September 12, 2012

Free Stuff Or Freedom - You Can't Have Them Both

Earlier this month Bill O'Reilly mentioned that the O'Reilly Factor on FNC was starting its 17th  year on the air.  Click here to watch the best segment I have ever seen on this show.  It aired on September 11.
It is a masterful job that analyzed Laura Ingraham's point that the GOP should just shut down if they can't beat BO with his miserable record in what should be a gimmee election. 
Bill provided excellent questions to Sarah Palin who answered them with the kind of direct responses we can only wish every politician answered questions.  I would love to hear a body language segment on Palin's expressions.
Of all the advice people have been bursting @ the seams for Mitt to take & act upon Palin's was the best – in a nutshell Palin thinks Mitt should very aggressively make it clear to the electorate that you either get free stuff or freedom – you can't have them both.  Should sound familiar to readers of this blog.


  1. Doug - I have a suspicion I know where Laura Ingraham is obtaining her material. What I take away from the recent commentary regarding the Republican Party is an absence of leadership. I have witnessed this phenomena before which resulted in the presidency of Jimmy Carter and now BO. Until the Republican leadership vacuum is filed, with competent leadership, the party will continue to wander aimlessly.

  2. Just got a chance to look at this one....could not be any more clear.....That's it in a nutshell...free stuff or freedom? And I agree....would love to hear the body language of Palin analyzed....love Bill, but he talks too much....

  3. Doug - That segment was one of best ever. I totally agree with Laura and tweeted my support. I especially was interested in the discussion Bill and Sarah Palin had about whether electorate is past point of no return. This is due to fact over 100 million people receive some welfare not counting SS and Medicare. Also 49% pay no fed income tax. U.S. mindset focuses a lot on what the government can provide. Given strong leadership this mindset can be changed to return to self reliance and freedom from government dependency.

    Yes the "free stuff or freedom" slogan is very relevant. I also liked Palin's response to Bill that yes call BO a Socialist. (he is more than that actually -- an Alinsky variant of Marxism drives BO). I will vote for Mitt. However Mitt's campaign is pathetic. Of all Republicans he is in best shape to explain how capital markets benefit all and that government housing policy caused the Great Recession not Bush Tax cuts. I am starting to wonder if Mitt is now a closet progressive after his success as a venture capitalist. Maybe he really believes in a center left economic policy. Recall this is how Jon Corzine "progressed" after his Wall Street career.

    A perfect strategy for Mitt would be to use the “free stuff or freedom” slogan with a deep dive promotion of free market capitalism. Palin lacks the latter but champions free markets in a high level and clear way. She is an expert on energy policy and should explain in detail how damaging BO's energy policy is. I wish she would have completed her term as Governor. Quitting after 2 1/2 years was a huge mistake. She could have learned more about management and budgets and point to more accomplishments, learn more about foreign policy, then run for president. She could have become a Michele Bachmann but with more charisma (Bachmann in depth knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is among the best in Congress).

    But we are stuck with Mitt and I still try my best with tweets to him. Hopefully 1 day 1 of his staff reads my tweet and influences Mitt.

    I encourage all to tweet to Mitt and Palin. And I also tweeted to Palin to better advise Mitt how to campaign. If Mitt does not change and loses then I am 100% behind Laura. Bye Bye Republican Party.

  4. Doug, I saw that show also and loved the way Sarah expressed herself with "no spin"; the reason I think she's on his show. On the same subject, I was watching CSPAN the other morning with an interview of a writer from Politico when an independent called in saying how frustrating it was with the congress and pleading that all they wanted was the Truth. Ha! Not my in lifetime!