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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

Thanks to Congressman Frelinghuysen for reminding us that it was 25 years ago that Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991.
But twenty-five years later Ukraine is still in conflict with its dangerous & menacing next door neighbor – Russia, who has forcibly annexed Crimea & supports rebel forces in a conflict that has already cost 10,000 lives with another 22,000 people injured.
The congressman writes:
"In recent weeks, 40,000 Russian troops have deployed to the Ukraine-Russia border region.  The ultimate purpose of Russia's escalation is not yet evident, but it is clear that Vladimir Putin refuses to accept a thriving pro-Western democracy in Ukraine.  As Kiev works to overcome these threats & enact reforms, the United States must step up its support to our beleaguered partner.

"In 1991, the Ukrainian people clearly declared that they wanted to chart their own destiny.  More than ever before, the United States should help Ukraine fulfill the promise of the past quarter-century & enable the country to choose its own role in the international community."

Long time readers of RTE know of my affinity for the libertarian Ukrainians who fought behind the barricades in the Maidan in 2013 to preserve & protect their freedom much like our Founding Fathers fought for freedom in America over 200 years before.
RTE's readership in Ukraine rarely drops lower than second in worldwide blog readership.  Russia & Moldova are often near the top.  I believe it could very well be the same people reading these messages as they move from country to country.
But what I do know is that the people who live under the conditions recounted by Congressman Frelinghuysen above are best described by Alexis de Tocqueville:  "I should have loved freedom, I believe, @ all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it." 


  1. Do not expect President to do anything?

  2. Great article! Do you think Trump can find out what Putin's intentions are?