The Imaginary Dangers of a Constitutional Convention

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

Mark Levin recently addressed the annual conference of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), urging them to use their very real power to rescue the nation from what he calls an “ongoing constitutional convention.”

What did he mean by that? Are these just empty words?

The words, “runaway constitutional convention” have been used to frighten people into believing that a constitutional convention would result in unpredictable, radical and dangerous changes to how we govern our nation.

Levin points out that the federal government in Washington DC is, in fact, doing exactly what only a Convention of the States can prevent: a usurpation of power in the hands of the few. The de facto and illegal constitutional convention, without any state legislatures being allowed in the door, is already doing all the damage that can be done.

Levin points out that a convention of the states requires two-thirds of the states to convene it and three fourths of the state legislatures to ratify it. There is no way that three fourths of the state legislatures will ratify amendments that would undermine the founding principles of our nation. On the contrary, a few people in Washington DChave in fact been rampaging through the Constitution, defeating its founding principles, while the Republican Party cowers in fear, terrified of a so-called government shutdown that affects only a minuscule portion of the public.

The United States Constitution gives to the states—to the states, not the federal government—all and any powers not specifically given to the federal government. Yet, somehow, as Levin points out, the federal government has rendered the states absolutely powerless on any subject that the federal government dictates to the states. This is exactly the opposite of what the Constitution clearly specifies.

A convention of the states can pass a balanced budget amendment. It can rein in the powers of unelected bureaucrats. It can enforce the Tenth Amendment. It can reserve to the states and to the people those powers not specifically enumerated in the Constitution. The powers reserved to the federal government are few and limited, as the Founders intended.

As Levin says, every remedy has already been tried except the convention of the states. Matters have grown steadily worse. Only one practical and constitutional remedy remains, and that is a convention of the states.

The federal government is already the runaway constitutional convention that they are warning us to avoid.

Only the state legislatures hold the power to restore the nation. They have that power. They need but the will to use it.

A video of Levin’s speech is at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdZuV8JnvvA
and at
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/12/06/mark_levin_addresses_state_legislators_take_back_your_power_from_obama.html

Let’s Not Have a Discussion

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer 

How many times, in the past few decades, have you heard someone say that, “We need to have a public discussion about …,” about race, about gender, about any seemingly intractable problem in society?

The problem is that too many advocates of so-called discussion intend not to discuss, but to lecture, to command, and to silence dissent. Their definition of discussion is for them to dictate socialist policy, and for you to obediently comply. The moment you sully their ideology with fact, you are branded as a racist, a homophobe, and a misogynist Neanderthal who desires to throw granny off a cliff.

Here is a radical new idea. Let’s not have a discussion. Instead, let us boldly proclaim our principles, our ideals, and our policy positions. Let us do so despite the clamor of those who are offended by truth. Let us persist and persevere. Let us endure defamation and character assassination. Face it, these afflictions are going to occur in any case, in any case except our total surrender to the intolerable debauchery of the left.

The Founding Fathers held discussions for years before the discussions came to an end, and independence was declared, followed by a bloody eight-year war in which defeat seemed inevitable almost throughout.

We must regard ourselves as the founders of a restored republic, one which takes up the fallen flag of true human rights. We must advance that flag beyond the empty speeches of those who continually discuss. While they discuss, the republic crumbles.

Consider the discussions that have failed … failed because they were never honest to begin with. Let’s replace them with forthright declarations such as the following:

Government is not the solution. Too often, government is the problem (President Ronald Reagan). That government is best which governs least (President Thomas Jefferson). The power to tax is the power to destroy (Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall).

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator . . . (Declaration of Independence). By their creator, not by the government.

Poverty is not caused by race. Most poverty is caused by poverty-inducing and poverty-perpetuating behaviors. These behaviors are exacerbated by government policies which reward indolence, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, profligacy instead of thrift, and which induce a sense of entitlement instead of personal responsibility.

Crime is not caused by poverty, but a criminal climate is created by the government policies cited in item #3.

Equal opportunity is not advanced by enforcing equal outcomes. Life will never be entirely fair, but those who are treated unfairly can by effort and persistence overcome their circumstances, as so very many have in fact done. Government intervention almost always increases unfairness rather than reducing it.

Education of children is the responsibility of parents, not of the teacher unions.

The United States is founded upon the religious traditions of the Bible. 

These statements, and the policies they produce, are but a beginning, the beginning of the restoration of the American republic to its highest ideals and potential. They are also the end— the end of the pretense of discussion.

Don’t Hate America – Great America!

by Cap Black ~ Exclusive to The Bold Pursuit

As flames, real and rhetorical, sweep across America in the wake of developments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, it’s high time to demand we don’t hate America, we great America?
 
Far from a catchy phrase, it’s an action affirmation to have us would-hostages to a riotous Left counter-attack culturally with the secular good news that America isn’t a racist regime sending cops out to hunt down Black men.
 
Peek at this picture, my American sisters and brothers,

this skin tone didn’t result from a tanning salon! ( lol ) I grew up nearly 50 years ago under Jim Crow-lite and know firsthand the very real and lasting progress this country has made in so-called race relations.
 
America Is Run By Campus Revolutionaries is my recent video summing up the civilization-ending temper tantrum of overgrown adolescent progressives! When I say, ” Don’t hate America! Great America!, ” I’m simply saying it’s time for the adults of country to step up and stop the immaturity which threatens to destroy all we hold dear.
 
The Left fills our streets with a rainbow coalition of rampaging radicals whose only purpose is to tear down this society!
 
Those Americans who agree with me must reply, ” Don’t hate America! Great America! ” in word, deed and especially as we sped toward the 2016 presidential elections, politically!
 
The enemy is counting on you being too scared to stand up!
 
I’m counting on you, while typing this post on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ( Dec 7th. 2014 ), to stand up to these latest attacks on our values!
 
Don’t hate America! Great America!
 
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a contributor to The Bold Pursuit; an anti crime activist in New Orleans and blogger at #Cap Black Is Here!

Abandon All Reason, Ye Who Enter Here

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

In fiction, the sign above the entrance to Dante’s Inferno (Hell) says, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Perhaps there should be a sign over Ferguson, Missouri that reads, “Abandon all reason, ye who enter here.” Ferguson is, of course, being used in this instance only as a metaphor for the state of race relations in the United States; a hellish state in which it seems that reason has been abandoned in favor of raw emotion.

Ideally, when it is suspected that a crime may have been committed, the general population will demand the facts, and they will base their opinion on those facts. Ideally, the physical evidence will be weighed and the testimony of eye witnesses and experts will be reviewed. In most cases, a broad consensus will be reached, justice will be applied, and people will be satisfied with the outcome.

Every once in awhile, a confluence of events will demolish that ideal, and replace it with rage. Those events include conflicting testimony that sets the stage for confusion, but the stage itself, in Ferguson, is the underlying sense among African-Americans that they are being oppressed by white supremacists who control the power structure.

Pundits and analysts are struggling to find a remedy for this situation, but there is no remedy. When the general public rejects reason and embraces emotion, it will also reject any proposed remedy.

Fortunately, it is only a minority of people, all races included, who resort to violence at the drop of the proverbial hat. Unfortunately, those few create enormous damage, and incite in other people a degree of support for that damage.

Most of us who in our daily lives interact with people of various races will not personally show, nor receive, animosity. We, of all races, are too busy for that, busy at our jobs, busy supporting our families, and busy trying to make a better society. Indeed, one wonders what occupies the daily lives of those who throw flaming bottles of gasoline at the police. At least one recent case involved persons plotting to bomb the famous St Louis arches – they were buying explosives with EBT cards, money provided for the purpose of helping people on welfare. There is a tragic irony in that.

No less ironic is the tragedy that the riots in Ferguson hurt people who were utterly innocent in any aspect of the incident that precipitated the violence. Store owners who served the community, including merchants who are African-American, were victimized by looters and arsonists.

Riot control is no longer a mystery, no longer an art, but is actually a science. It is doubly tragic, therefore, that this science was not applied in Ferguson. Individual policemen are trained in how to handle themselves in a sudden crisis situation involving an armed criminal. This training is based on past experiences, many of which were fatal to police officers. On the larger scale, society by now has accumulated much experience with riots, and there are examples of what works and what does not.

The dynamics of mobs are understood well enough that the state and local governments in Ferguson could have mitigated much of the violence. There are a few individuals who are the leaders and instigators of violence. These people can be identified and detained before they can escalate the violence to crisis proportions. When violence is expected, the public can be warned, the rioters can be warned, and law enforcement can be strategically deployed to defuse the situation and keep it minimal… Innocent people deserve no less than this.

Attempting to reason with unreasonable people is futile.

Explaining facts to people who ignore facts is useless. Logic cannot solve illogical problems.

Strategy and tactics are what is needed, and those are available in published form. Rudolph Giuliani applied them with excellent results when he was mayor of New York City. Government officials who ignore them are in dereliction of duty.

Race relations may be Hell, but if so, this is one Hell that need not burn.