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, April 24, 2013

Restoring The Heart That Has Been Torn Out Of America

The recent posting entitled The Price Of Not Being Involved brought many comments & discussions but none summed up the price of not being involved better than "I lived the Norman Rockwell years and like most of my generation, grew complacent and never dreamed it would end up this way."
I know many people who still have not recovered from BO's reelection – his win in the November election has torn the heart out of many people who worked for candidates who lost & lost badly.  As for me - I haven't gotten over his first election.
I have attended many events where I can see the emotional discouragement.  Just last week on April 15 many people came up to me @ our FairTax Post Office Event & after thanking me for being there with the team I had assembled to help pass out pocket cards said things like "we're gone" or "what difference does it make – we're just a welfare state now."  We reached a ripe audience of disgusted taxpayers on April 15 but complainers or those who have given up will not win the day. 
More recently I learned of Tea Parties that have disbanded (see below).  This does not surprise me because I have seen it coming for quite some time as many Tea Partiers became increasingly more aware that they were protesting & working against government programs they were actually taking advantage of themselves – these people are Tea Partiers who support limited government in principle but have come to waver if that practice involves their own immediate well being.  They may still be willing to go to a rally & hold up a sign but taking the lead in real action is another matter.
Below is a message I received from the Basking Ridge, NJ Tea Party letting me know they are disbanding.  This is especially hurtful to me since I know the original leader, who has since moved, & have made FairTax presentations to the group twice – the second time to an overflow capacity meeting of people with high energy & an extremely positive attitude toward America & the FairTax. 
A Tea Party insider & long time subscriber to RTE told me that without the original leader the Basking Ridge group has limped along begging for new leadership.  Our Tea Partying subscriber believes the Tea Party is not so much suffering from the shock of BO's reelection but rather is just languishing from a feeling of helplessness & fatigue.
The odds are stacked against us right now & many people talk as if they know that & have just given up – resigned to whatever happens.  But the attacks will keep coming whether we give up or not as the last post clearly showed re BO's plans to initiate a wealth tax whereby IRAs & 401(k)s are confiscated. 
In times of trouble America has always depended upon finding a single person of great leadership ability – a very fragile proposition.  We wouldn't be here today if not for one man - our greatest leader – George Washington.  It very well may take a leader of Washington's stature to restore the heart that has been torn out of America the last four years.
A  Message From GBRTP

Dear Patriots,


We were all stunned and heartbroken, that fateful day in November, when after all of our efforts, our hard work, our persistence, we witnessed the re-election of Barak Obama. We, who braved the aftermath of Sandy to get our neighbors to the polls, now face another foreboding storm with greater consequences.


Like many of you, we the team at GBRTP, were disappointed, frustrated, depressed and angry. As with any loss, any grieving period, this was quite difficult. However, given all that has occurred since then, the constant drumbeat of Marxism, the capitulation of an impotent GOP, and the threats made to our liberty and livelihoods, we can no longer grieve. We MUST act. Now.


As with all organizations, we have experienced our share of challenges. We have had many fruitful meetings, have influenced several local races, have given the grassroots a voice and have educated the public. Unfortunately, the time for self-education, "speaking to the choir", and stereotypical campaign techniques is over. We did not win. We didn't even win in the State or local races. We need to change our tactics, if we want to have a fighting chance and change the trajectory. 


The remaining leadership of GBRTP discussed the future of the group after the election. After much deliberation, we feel in our hearts, the only way we can be a force in NJ would be through a merger with existing Tea Party Groups. This coordination will provide the number of thinkers, strategists and leaders necessary to develop innovative grassroots techniques, communicate lessons learned and set a path forward to challenge the establishment.   While we will no longer be a formal organization, we can and will organize local meetings once the new strategy is established. We would like to encourage you all to sign up with some of our colleagues below. We also encourage you to set up your own meetings in the library or in your own home, when concerning issues and events have been brought to your attention. We encourage all to remain engaged, and to think outside the box.


We know in the end what it takes to win. We must defeat the radical left with Constitutionalists, not Opportunists. We must take over the GOP, in all levels of Government just like the Radical Progressive purge of the moderates. The left never backs down after a loss. Neither must we. Defeat is not an option.


We wish you all well in your battles. We pray for courage and for a better tomorrow.


With sincere hearts,


Greater Basking Ridge Tea Party


Remember to Spread the Word.   



  Tea Party Patriots 

Americans For Prosperity 

Morristown Tea Party 

Somerset County Tea Party 





  1. Doug - We must be optimistic and enthusiastically champion free market capitalism and individual freedoms as never before. Especially we must explain clearly how both improve the prosperity of the poor (and the poor class is rapidly growing under BO). Why? Because if current BO economic policies continue our economy will crash. That will lead to a historical inflection point. The US will then have to make a choice to pursue a greater command and control economy or break from crony capitalism along with its social welfare state and embrace true free market capitalism.

    Here is what can happen:

    In year or 2 the economy contracts along with Treasury revenues with total debt rising at rate of over 1 trillion per year. Meanwhile China continues replacing the dollar with its RMB with its trading partners. Australia became about 20th nation this month. All of a sudden major international investor(s) decide to sell billions of US $ denominated securities that within hours routs the $ decreasing its value by 20% and accelerating. All hell breaks loose. The G20 and IMF intervene to restructure our debt. Meanwhile BO comes out and blames capitalism for economic collapse and calls for a new command and control economy. Then he nationalizes the energy and banking industries. If the US is prepared for this, the US may be able to save its economy and freedoms by strongly refuting socialism and welfare states and call for economic freedoms. Millions march on DC, call for free markets, and call for BO impeachment for violating due process clause in industry takeovers. If we have a pro capitalist majority in 2014 Congressional elections and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz taking charge of this rally, we will succeed!

    So stop complaining and get out and explain to our economic illiterates the major historical inflection point we are rapidly approaching.

    For more reference on where our severe debt is leading us go to Economics501.wordpress.com and click on Aftershock Economy

  2. Doug, are you, perhaps, the leader who can restore the heart of America?

  3. Doug - Although many people think that the election in November was the beginning of the down feelings, I think that the supreme court decision in June was the dagger to the heart. When we heard the chief justice renege on his oath of office & not vote to declare ObamaCare unconstitutional, many conservatives & libertarians just thought "what's the use?", "why are we taking bus trips to the supreme court?", etc. This may be why 3 million republicans did not vote.

  4. RTE, I think that JOR made a very excellent point. I also think that the redistribution of wealth and the prevailing feeling that "the rich" have more than their fair share and that it was taken from the have-nots and was ill-gained has helped to make many Americans feel hopeless to change America's course.