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, July 2, 2023

The Jeffersonians & Independence Day 2023

I recently read Kevin R.C. Gutzman's new book entitled The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, & Monroe.  Mr. Gutzman is a history professor @ Western Connecticut State University who received his PhD from the University of Virginia that was founded by Thomas Jefferson so he was literally right @ home writing this book about the only consecutive trio of two term presidencies of the same political party in American history.  

The three Virginian presidents spent much of their lives within 30 miles of each other.  Carol & I have visited all three of their homes - Monticello, Montpelier, &  Highland (known as Ash Lawn-Highland when we visited it).

A great way to honor Independence Day 2023 is to spend some time during the holiday remembering these three men who consecutively served as president during the first quarter of the nineteenth century & as the book says "implemented the foreign policy, domestic, & constitutional agenda . . . setting guideposts for later American presidents to follow."  

Reading the book also gave me an opportunity to update my notes on James Monroe, my favorite president.


  1. Doug & Carol - Wishing you a very enjoyable Independence Day. Keep on doing all your great work, that when read, inspires all to champion the Declaration of Independence

  2. Thank you for your latest article, very interesting. Enjoy the 4th with a 5th.