Why Do We STILL Need a Government-run Post Office?

by Robert Arvay

There may have been a time when the federal government had a legitimate need for a monopoly on delivering the mail. Maybe. Possibly.
 
But with email, faxes, and FEDEX/UPS etc, it is insane to subsidize a system with billions of dollars, a system that charges too much and offers too little.
 
I remember that when emails first became highly popular, the US Postal Service was actually trying to find a way to collect a fee every time we emailed something. I remember when mailing a package, I was asked if there was a letter in the package – because if there was, I had to pay extra postage for that, in addition to the package.
 
I also remember the joke about overnight US Postal delivery service – when it absolutely positively had to be there overnight, the Post Office could absolutely positively get it there in about a week.
 
I remember talking to someone who got a job pushing a broom in a postal terminal – it paid approximately four times the going rate for janitors, and had gobs of benefits.
 
I remember when a postage stamp cost THREE CENTS.
 
According to the referenced MSNBC article, “In November, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal year 2010, its fourth consecutive year of losses.”
 
Hmm… How much did Fed Ex and UPS lose? Oh. They made a profit. Could that possibly have something to do with being responsive to customer needs, and NOT getting a bailout?
 
One rationale for keeping the Post Office is that it costs the same to mail a letter across the street as it does across the country. But that’s not true. It costs much more to send the letter across country. It’s just that the additional cost is paid by people who are overcharged for local mail service. I have a feeling that if UPS/FedEx overcharged, they would be investigated – by the same government that mismanages the Post Office.
 
Also in the article: Joanne Veto, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, said, “We know that we cannot look the same 10 years from now. The mail volume isn’t there. We have to adjust to keep up with the mail and customer needs.” [end excerpt]
 
Right you are Jane. You need to adjust… perhaps sell all US Postal assets to private concerns, end taxpayer subsidies, and let the market determine mail delivery prices – and not in ten years, but in the next ten minutes.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42256357/ns/business-us_business/?GT1=4…

Happy Birthday — Acknowledging Those Who “Get It”

 

Hearkening back to your premier 2009 entry, “I Get It”: It is important that we acknowledge and support those who do get it. Obviously, there are a lot of folks who don’t, or who do get it but can’t articulate the message effectively. Then there are those who just want to get noticed, for better or worse. When people are out there spreading the words of wisdom, liberty, and patriotism consistently and without receiving all those kudos, it becomes pretty apparent that they’re not in it for the glory. They are, of course, the ones we want to see acknowledged, because they deserve it!


That said, I’d like to acknowledge everyone at The Bold Pursuit with sincere Happy Birthday wishes, and with my wishes that you continue to grow, teach, and gain the recognition you deserve. We’ve got your back!


Erik Rush



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Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist, author and speaker. Erik writes sociopolitical commentary for WorldNetDaily, The Daily Pledge, and other online and print publications. 
In February of 2007, Erik was the first to break the story of President (then Senator) Barack Obama’s ties to militant Chicago preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright on a national level. Erik is a veteran of countless radio and television appearances; his latest book, “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal ~ America’s Racial Obsession,” examines the racist policies by which the political left keeps black Americans in thralldom, white Americans guilt-ridden and yielding, and maintains the fallacy that America remains an institutionally racist nation. For more information, visit ErikRush.com

 

From the Patriot’s Notepad: Robert Arvay

 

With all the very, very many websites devoted to political and social discussion, The Bold Pursuit is one of the few which combine high intellectual standards with ordinary common sense.

I am privileged to have been allowed to be a small part of this enterprise, and I wish it many more years of ever greater success.quill

Clio is doing a very good job with it, and her contributors have helped it to achieve those two important standards: literary excellence, combined with the touch of the ordinary man and woman, who with sleeves rolled up, are making a better America. In other words, TBP is a rare combination of intellect and muscle.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

Robert Arvay

 

TBP Celebrates Our 2nd Birthday!

by Genevieve

What began 2 years ago as a mission to “provide an environment for political coverage and commentary, as well as motivate and support efforts to protect our country, our Constitution and citizens” has developed into an excellent resource of perspectives and beliefs of Conservative Patriots. The Bold Pursuit encourages a courteous exchange of ideas and opinions rather than an uncivil discourse. It is refreshing. 

The dedication and commitment to create an outlet for information that will help guard and defend our freedoms is obvious. The uncluttered format promotes pleasurable reading of the published articles.

I have discovered a setting where I can improve my understanding of the political issues that face our nation today. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile endeavor.

 

Never Say Never, Never Say Die

by Cynthia Toney

On this, the second anniversary of the founding of The Bold Pursuit, I am reminded of an anniversary of my own.
 
Seventeen years ago this month, I officially became a Republican.
 
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I previously was a Democrat – one of those young people whose hearts bled at the thought of anyone having to go without (without government help) – and willing to sacrifice (pay more taxes) for the government to help as many people as possible.
 
My attitude toward being an informed, involved member of the voting community was: “I’ll NEVER be interested in politics.” In my opinion, whoever was in Washington would take care of things, because that’s what we paid them to do.
 
Imagine such confidence placed in politicians from a woman who didn’t trust her husband to put the trash out on time.
 
Don’t get me wrong – I voted in every election. I cast my ballot for whichever Democrat had the most clever or most frequently run commercials because that was the candidate who was permanently fixated in my head.
 
It wasn’t until I, through my own initiative, hard work and persistence, got my first good (private sector) job that I understood what most of the government signified.
 
I learned from Republicans with whom I worked that government teaches people (with no worse start in life than I had) dependence rather than self-reliance. We should not depend on our own God-given talents, Constitutional freedoms or even America’s bountiful resources to care for ourselves. We should rely on government bureaucrats who have the power to spend other people’s money.
 
Unfortunately, this change in me did not happen overnight. First, I had to notice a few things:
 
• Unrestrained, the government ignores the Constitution. 
• Unrestrained, the government behaves as though our money and natural resources do not belong to us, but, to the government, 
• Not everyone asking for government assistance is an American citizen. 
• Not everyone asking for government assistance actually needs it. 
• Not everyone receiving government assistance appreciates it, respects what is given to them, or respects those who must work hard to give it. 
• Government bureaucrats who preach generosity and tolerance seldom practice what they preach. 
• Those who practice generosity and tolerance seldom receive the same – least of all from the government. 
• Our children are taught that America should be reviled, in spite of the fact that most immigrants come to America because they want to. 
• Our children are taught that cultures that have entered American society in recent years deserve autonomy and have contributed more to humanity and deserve more respect than cultures that built this country.
 
When I finally emerged from my stupor, I took a 180-degree turn, becoming a conservative Republican.
 

Like many of us, I regret previously neglecting my duties and responsibilities as a citizen and allowing others to make decisions for me. In retrospect, I wonder how I ever believed that my relationship with my government could be healthy when no other relationship in my life could survive without devotion of my time and attention. How can an unsupervised government be expected to always do the right thing when my own child certainly wouldn’t?

My attitude has completely changed. Now I belong to political organizations, attend meetings, make phone calls, email state and federal officials – and write for The Bold Pursuit.
 
Lately, it has seemed that our government is galloping at full speed toward total annihilation. But I believe that if a liberal Democrat can convert to a conservative Republican, it is not too late for us to take hold of the reins and change the course of our country.
 
Let’s never say DIE.
 
Cynthia Toney is a Contributing Writer and Editor, The Bold Pursuit
© 2011, The Bold Pursuit sm, All Rights Reserved
  

 

Happy Birthday to TBP!!!

I would like to share my experiences this past week at Minnesota’s State Capitol. 

Earlier this month, I was asked to attend a Ways & Means Committee Hearing at our Minnesota State Capitol by the Capitol Republican Women’s group, concerning two proposed bills. (This will be a good lesson on why our state and the country is in such a mess!)

The first bill introduced was #HF200 Surveillance Bill, which would establish a state government health surveillance system on patients diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. HF200 would include collection of the doctor’s prescribed care and treatment plans for government analysis. NO consent by the patient is required.

While hearing the testimony on this, the committee had no idea about upstart costs, but did know that in 2050, it would cost 20 billion dollars per year. Think about that for a minute! What’s wrong here? This committee claims that your identity would not be given out, although currently, state info collected on other medical reports, leaves our state and is sent to the state of Maine, and returned so that the state could follow-up.

Minnesota currently has a five billion dollar budget short-fall, but this committee has no budget info for the plan upstart, they believe your patient information and ID is completely safe; however, they had no way to know, they just thought!

The bill is now headed to the house floor!

This next one is a real eye-opener! Bill #HF 468, defunding of ObamaCare in Minnesota, which would prohibit the use of any state funds, until the US Supreme Court rules on the law’s constitutionality. Discussion starts and one African American DFL representative is insulted that the word ObamaCare is used and insists that the correct name is “Affordable Healthcare Plan.” So, this debate goes on needlessly, but is stopped by the committee chairman.

Two seats down, another DFL woman representative, said she wants to rename the Afghan War, the “Bush War”! At this point, I had enough, so, wearing my Navy hat, I stand up and yell, “How about Viet Nam?” At this time the place goes dead silent, I run out to the hall, before I go further nuts. Some liberal is stupid enough to want to tell me about rights! Wrong thing to do! I explained that I was well aware of rights… What about the 58,000 men that died in Viet Nam, and since the voting age was 21 at the time, many that died or were killing others, never even had the chance to vote!

So, the response is…the Dems have no response – that was their war. I don’t have to be a lawyer to debate that one! So, its back to debate time and things are now going too badly now, except another DFL representative asks, ” the Iraqi War cost 18 billion and proof of weapons of mass-destruction, so why can’t we spend money on social programs?” A GOP representative answers: ‘because the state has no money and besides its 5 billion in the red!’ Finally, after the DFL representative continues to argue, the Chairman shut her down.

At least this story had a good ending! The bill to stop the funding passed 12 to 8.

I really take a lot of this nonsense personally, and I left the Capitol nearly on fire! Luckily, my daughter had invited me over for dinner – my favorite food: ham, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, and time to play with my 5 year old granddaughter and 16 month old grandson. At least my day ended on a positive note and I was relaxed! Thank God and my family…that’s why I am involved!

I know that in many areas, you can watch your city and state sessions on cable TV, but if you have time, go in person.

When you watch the observers in the crowd, you can see the same anxiety in them, as I have. I have a strong idea of which way 2012 is going to go. Get involved and make it happen!

Ruel Russell, St. Paul, Minnesota

I Get It

February, 19, 2009

by Clio

The day before the Inauguration, I was in my car driving home from the gym. As I turned down one street, I noticed a little house on my left; it was festooned with US flags, garlands, and twinkle lights. An African-American woman was on the porch excitedly chatting on her cellphone while continuing to adorn her home. Her countenance radiated enthusiasm, pride, patriotism and joy.

I realized that this lady’s happiness was in sharp contrast to my own disappointment and bewilderment over the man who won the vote for President.

As I watched this woman for a moment while waiting for the light to change, I remembered an email I received from a former client a few months earlier; he and his family were endorsing Obama and encouraging all of their friends to vote for him.

I met my former client during my first professional career as an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles. He is an African-American comedian/radio personality who retained my services for almost 10 years. During the decade that we worked together, I became well acquainted with him and his family.

Before I was retained by this client, my knowledge and association with African-Americans was limited. I was raised in a predominantly white neighborhood and had few friends of different ethnicities. There were racial tensions in the early days of high school, but those difficult days eventually subsided during the early – mid 1970s. Still, there was tension within the student body that occasionally created a divisive feeling between whites and blacks. It wasn’t until I started working my former client that I became a little more enlightened about the ethnic and cultural lives of African-Americans.

During the years of our association, I became good friends with my client’s wife. When I was diagnosed with a serious illness, Joan was by my side throughout the entire ordeal. I will never forget and will always be grateful for her calm, spiritual presence when I was frightened and ill.

Joan gave me a little window into her life, the racial climate in which she was raised (Atlanta, Georgia) and challenges she faced growing up in that area. Joan is a dignified individual – there is no anger, sense of entitlement or resentment. However, as she told me about her life and experiences, she revealed a world that was a bit different from mine. I knew, of course, that there is a chasm between races, perhaps less now than in the past, but Joan helped me see it from her perspective – a valuable gift to me.

I’m not pleased with the outcome of the election – that is my most polite statement on the subject. However, as I watched that woman preparing her home for a celebration, a day of symbolism and significance, I got it. A man was elected who represented many things to people of color: acceptance, success and recognition of not only their heritage, but of their dreams, too. I get that and I can respect those feelings.

One of my greatest regrets is that I would have loved to join in her jubilation and celebrate with her the fulfillment of the American promise of equality and fairness to all. Our nation witnessed an historic event and I am saddened that I couldn’t share the joy that millions felt on January 20th.

Prior to the election, I came to have very grave reservations about the qualifications, integrity and preparedness of Mr. Obama. I disagreed with his proposed agendas and policies before the election and I’m alarmed at the precipitous and ill-prepared actions of the new administration’s first days and weeks; it doesn’t portend well for the next four years.

As a former publicist, I know that he is a political construct of the far left. Behind the smoke, mirrors, flags, pseudo-presidential seals and Styrofoam Greek columns, I could see the image-makers and the media manipulation that influenced the opinions and votes of a hopeful country.

The president of the United States is often referred to as the most powerful man in the world (perhaps, someday soon, woman?). This nation needs a strong and learned leader to shepherd us through a complex and dangerous time in our history; the Oval Office is not the place for affirmative action or social experiments.

It’s wonderful to know that Americans can look beyond race and gender and consider a variety of candidates for high office. It speaks well of our tolerance and maturity. Nevertheless, we need, now more than ever, the best and most qualified individual to lead our nation. I don’t think the new inhabitant of the White House is ready or competent for the job, certainly his actions, words and deeds are proving my sentiments to be on target.

I have goodwill toward the lady with the patriotically-decorated porch. I’m happy for her happiness. Still, I will pray for our country and the man whose victory she proudly celebrated.

Race and Racists: Liberal Bias and the Census Bureau

by Cynthia Toney

Growing up, I never thought my fellow Americans of Mexican descent were any other race but white – although their skin was brown. The same was true for other individuals of my acquaintance whose ethnic surnames were difficult to pronounce and whose skin color was sometimes, but not always, darker than mine.
 
I was correct.
 
The liberal media, the White House and left-wing political interests are trying to convince the American public that only European whites are white; anyone with a trace of African heritage is black and any individual who does not fall into one of those two groups must be considered “another race.” 
The Census Bureau disagrees.
 
According to the 2000 census, the total U.S. population on April 1, 2000, was 281.4 million people. Over 77 percent reported that they were white. This figure includes 75.1 percent who answered that they were “only white” and 1.9 percent who considered themselves white with one or more other races in combination.
 
“Hispanics who reported their race as White, alone or in combination with one or more other races, are included in the numbers for whites.” “The White Population: 2000”; Census 2000 Brief; August 2001 
Hispanics (including Latinos) could have chosen from among fourteen races or simply designated “Some Other Race” on their census form. Many respondents still chose “white.” (Separate census questions concerned Hispanic and Latino origins.)
I would not find it necessary to ask my friends from Cuba or Colombia if they think they are white. They would bristle at the suggestion of listing Hispanic or Latino as separate races. Unless they believe that their heritage is more African, American Indian, or one of any other race listed – which they have never mentioned – I assume that they consider themselves white.
 
“…Respondents who reported they were ‘White and Black or African American’ or ‘White and Asian and American Indian and Alaska Native’ would be included in the White in combination population.” (Census 2000 Brief, 2001) 
Consideration of the above-referenced Census Brief and my own personal experience lead me to believe that most liberals (including activist groups like La Raza and most members of the mainstream media) who shout “racist” at “white people” don’t have a leg to stand on, regardless of whether we use the “differences in ideology and policy” defense or not.
 
If these Americans believed that whites are racists, why would they acknowledge their white heritage on a census form? They could make more of a political impact by indicating that they were simply black/African American or Asian or American Indian/Alaska native. 
“The term ‘White’ refers to people having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who reported ‘White’ or wrote in entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab, or Polish.” (Census 2000 Brief, 2001) 
If the Census Bureau considers all of these Americans white, as many do themselves, why are certain elements in our government and society trying so hard to fragment the races into opposing factions? 
I hope the census findings published this April do not prove that they have won.
 
Cynthia Toney is a Contributing Writer and Editor, The Bold Pursuit

© 2011, The Bold Pursuit sm, All Rights Reserved

 

Queen Sarapa Lin, Warrior of the North

(Foreword: The following is a work of fiction written by Robert Arvay for a contest held on AmericaWantsSarah.ning.com. We hope you enjoy this creative and clever tale ~ Clio)

by Robert Arvay

I recently did a search to see if I might somehow be related to Sarah Palin. Fortunately for her, I am not. However, during my search, I did find that one of my ancestors had been a medieval knight.

Sir Robert of Hungary (in those days, people did not have last names like we do today) was wrongfully accused of stealing horses from a nobleman. By wrongfully accused, I mean that the nobles searched Sir Robert’s barn without a search warrant.

To escape with his life, Sir Robert fled from Hungary and made his way to a far distant queendom in the North, a small territory called Laska, ruled by the mighty warrior queen, Sarapa Lin of Wassla.

There he offered to serve the queen as one of her knights in exchange for safety and refuge. The queen took pity on the knight, and offered him a place in her queendom as a military soldier. Sir Robert, thinking that this would be an easy job, quickly accepted, especially when he thought of the hemp neck tie that his fellow Hungarians would offer him if he ever returned to Budapest.

However, Sir Robert soon discovered that serving in Sarapa Lin’s army was not an easy job. For one thing, everybody had to get up early in the morning, at a time called “Oh Dark Thirty,” which was before sunrise. Sir Robert was more accustomed to sleeping until breakfast. However, his fellow soldiers gently reminded him of waking time, by emptying a barrel of ice water onto his bunk while he was in it.

Sir Robert also discovered that the queendom of Laska was surrounded by hostile forces. To one side lay the fiefdom of Demlib, ruled by a king named Mark Sist of Kenya. To another side was the duchy of Nancy, who was infamous for wielding a large, wooden hammer in battle. And then there was the realm of Never Da, whose tyrant, Harold of Reed, attempted to defeat enemies by throwing money at them— but not his own money.

There were many other enemies, of course, including the midgets of Left Radica, whose technique in battle was ankle-biting. There was also the Rumour Mill of Lamb Stream Media, which continually poured out false and shameful lies about Queen Sarapa Lin. Finally, there was the tiny principality of Sosha List. Sosha List was at that time the smallest territory in all the kingdoms. But since then, in modern times, it has grown to dominate most of Europe.

Then, finally, one day, Queen Sarapa Lin announced that she would wage a campaign. Sir Robert immediately went on sick call, stating that he was too ill to ride a horse into battle.

However, the Queen announced that this was not a military campaign, but a truth campaign, a campaign to liberate all people from the falsehoods and deceptions of big government, high taxes, and failed energy policies. She held forth a powerful scroll, said to hold magic powers, a document she called the Constitution. It would liberate the downtrodden masses from the tyranny of oppressive governments, and leave them free to decide their own fates.

At first, Sir Robert wanted to run away again. But there was something about Queen Sarapa Lin that tended to bring out the worst in some people, but the best in others.

Fortunately, Sir Robert realized that without Queen Sarapa Lin, the world would be plunged into a Dark Ages unlike any other in history. At last, Sir Robert had discovered a cause that even he could fight for, to which he could give his all.

And so it was that Sir Robert joined the cohort of Sarapa Lin loyalists, a group of Lords and Ladies who vowed their allegiance, not to the Queen, but to the values she championed. To this end, the Lords and Ladies pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.