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, September 2, 2013

Senator Tom Coburn's Town Hall Meeting - August 21, 2013

Click here for the link for the video of
Senator Tom Coburn's excellent Town Hall - Muskogee, Oklahoma - August 21, 2013.  This was the 5th Town Hall the senator held that day.
Senator Coburn has been mentioned on RTE many times in the past (six times in 2013 alone) & this Town Hall is a good example why.  One of the questioners @ the meeting said he wished there were 100 like him in the Senate & oh, so do I.
Highlights of the meeting:
1.  Our constitutional republic is @ risk because of the very things the Founders warned us about.
2.  We have undermined self reliance in the name of being charitable.
3.  We have abdicated personal responsibility in the name of being fair.
4.  In answer to the charge that Congress needs to work together better Senator Coburn says we (the Congress) are working together way too well – that is why the country's financial problems are not being solved.  America's unfunded liabilities have a NPV of $123,000 billion & assets of $84,000 billion.  The Tea Party tsunami in the House in 2010 still resulted in 85% of incumbents in both parties being reelected – down from 94% in 2008.  See nearby graph to see just how well Congress works together.
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5.  The unfunded liabilities & interest costs will be paid by today's children in the form of a markedly decreased standard of living such as the inability to buy a house or inability to send their kids to college.  There is no leadership in either party willing to solve our problems.
6.  There was more than one spirited discussion re how to defund ObamaCare (something I have to see to believe).
7.  Due to the numerous references during the meeting to Mark Levin's current #1 best seller – The Liberty Amendments (Restoring The American Republic) - it appeared that virtually everyone in the room had read the book & was in favor of the states calling for a convention proposing amendments to the Constitution.  (Students of the Constitution, of which we have many in this
readership, know that Article V does not provide for a constitutional convention but rather provides two methods to amend the Constitution.)
7.  America has followed in the footsteps of what every historian has noticed about constitutional republics – they don't last.  Readers of RTE know this as Death Of Democracy.
All of the above points should be quite familiar to regular readers of RTE.  But this time they come to you from a different perspective – from people who took the time to come to a meeting to see with their own eyes & hear with their own ears from one of their elected representatives.

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