Leaving the USA in Protest? Really?

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

Here is a quote that was posted on line by someone calling him/her/self, usa free citizen:

“I spent a month in China in 2005. The entire time I was there I lived in a brown fog. The sun was just a dull orange ball in the sky and you could not see more than a half mile. I also saw a ‘super highway’ that was 12 lanes wide. It had toll booths and 90% of the traffic on it was bicycles and motorized carts, very few cars. I rode in a Chinese made Buick Regal that had 17,000 kilometers in it and the front end was so worn out that the car was wandering back and forth going down the road.

The people were very nice though. One guy told me that since his company paid for his education he was forced to work for them for 10 years. He made about $100/month and lived in a company sponsored apartment with 4 other guys. He said there was a girl he liked but was not able to date yet. When i asked why he said because he works 7 days a week.
We Americans do not realize how good we have it sometimes.”
Posted at:
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/01/25/enormous-shanghai-shopping-mall-is-now-china-largest-empty-building/?intcmp=hpff

Every once in awhile, including very recently, one or another American celebrity will “threaten” to leave America if the next election does not go the way they wish. As far as I know, they never do, except perhaps to avoid excessive taxes that were imposed by the people for whom voted.

I was recently engaged in a prolonged discussion with some Americans who had recently returned to the United States after having lived in western Europe for several years, including France and Germany. Their anecdotes of life in these socialist countries are accounts of societies in which incompetence, apathy and downright insolence have run, as they say, amok.

In western Europe, employees cannot, for all practical purposes, be fired. The consequences of this policy are predictable.

In restaurants, for example, waiters and waitresses are rude to customers, get the orders wrong, overcharge on the bill, and flatly refuse to rectify any problems or complaints. If one resists paying the incorrect bill, the gendarmerie are called in and because they also are incompetent and apathetic, one either pays the bill or is taken to the station for hours of the silent treatment.

When Oprah Winfrey complained about poor service in a European boutique, she thought it was due to racism. Europeans care nothing about race in itself. If one asks a store clerk to get something off the top shelf, they simply will not do it, whether the customer is white or black.

Perhaps I misspoke. After several decades of idiotic immigration policy, many Europeans are in fact beginning to become racially prejudiced, not against blacks, but against Moslem immigrants. The propensity of young, Moslem males to, shall we say, take extraordinary sexual liberties with European women on the street, has finally begun to anger the otherwise docile public. More to the point, they are angry at the lazy, incompetent police forces that are ordered to “stand down,” whenever such crimes are openly committed. Hey, Whoopie Goldberg, better that you go there than to bring them here.

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Let’s Restore the Republic

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

George Will is a columnist with whom I sometimes disagree, but this time he has hit the nail on the head so squarely that every American should hear his words. He pointed out that without the power of the purse, and I paraphrase, the Congress has no meaningful powers at all. Sadly, the Congress has surrendered its power of the purse to the Executive Branch. This can and should be reversed. Only a lack of will (no pun intended) prevents it from happening.

The Constitution was designed in such a way as to prevent any one branch of government from overwhelming any other branch. This is why it is ridiculous for Democrats to complain that Congress is thwarting the will of the President. It would be equally accurate to say that the President is thwarting the will of the Congress. The difference is that Congress is largely populated by cowards whose only aim is to get reelected, whereas the president is a far left ideologue who will stop at nothing (and stoop to anything) to enact his agenda.

Will’s proposed remedy is simple and practical. Instead of waiting an entire year to submit an all-or-nothing budget to the president, Congress should send smaller, targeted appropriations bills, let us say, one every month, or even every week. For example, one bill might allocate money to military purposes, while another addresses welfare payments. The threat of “government shutdown” would all but disappear. While this would present problems with budget coordination, those problems would pale in comparison to the fifteen-trillion-dollar national debt, and the fifty trillion in unfunded government liabilities.

To Will’s proposal, I add one of my own. To augment the power of Congress, one must reduce the power of individual members of Congress. Huh? While it sounds counterintuitive, it makes sense. Let me explain.

The original Constitution mandated not more than one representative for each thirty thousand voters. Unfortunately, each representative now represents vastly more than that number of voters. This gives each representative enormous power, and makes them attractive targets for lobbyists, bribes, and other forms of corruption. As a result, no ordinary citizen can get a personal meeting with his or her representative, except under extraordinary circumstances, for example a fat wad of cash.

If instead of 430 representatives in Congress there were 4,300, then no one representative would have so much influence over legislation that his vote would be worth a bribe or lobbying expense. Ordinary citizens would have far more influence in Congress. In other words, we would govern ourselves, instead of being ruled by distant over-lords.

As it now stands, Congress does not represent you or me. It represents its elected members, and is owned by special interest groups with lots of money. That situation is the opposite of a republic. It is a disguised form of tyranny.

Left as it now is, the system will collapse, and indeed is collapsing, of its own weight. It is like a giant tree, outwardly majestic, but inwardly rotten. Its collapse will be sudden and catastrophic. Restoration of the republic will not be easy to accomplish. Neither was its establishment in 1776.
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Footnotes concerning “the power of the purse.”

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

MLK Brings Brothers and Badges Together

by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer

It’s not unkind to note that law enforcement, from local to federal, weren’t exactly fans of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some beat him, others arrested him on trumped up charges and survelllance summed up police abuse he endured.

To be fair, Dr. King was also protected by various levels of law enforcement, too. At no time during these ordeals did he promote attacking police nor demonize the profession. This duality captures how profound a divide can exist between brothers and badges.

Ironically, the 21st century offers closure between descendants of cops who harmed King and contemporary reformers in our community. Violent inner cities can unite police officer and advocate alike by sheer necessity, given the threat commonly faced.

Shared peril can force folks to view each other anew. It’s in this vein that similarity can also draw police officers and community advocates together.

Complaints of bureaucratic bias and media misrepresentation made by police unions and civil rights groups both articulate the plight of high profile minorities, one due to a profession under color of law and the other because of pigment under color of skin. Cops and community advocates feel targeted by politicians, agitators and opinion makers.

Dr. King’s methodology of focusing upon overlooked commonality is particularly instructive in this case. Well-intentioned police officers and community advocates who are honest brokers are allies behind horrible headlines and riotous protests.

Dr. King provided a model for uniting disparate demographics – paid for with his life – which can unite brothers and badges today, thereby saving lives which happen to wear blue and those which happen to wear black skin. Sounds good to me.

Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist!

http://www.urbansafetyism.blogspot.com

ATM Fees and “Hallunacy”

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

“Hallunacy” is a word I made up by combining the words, hallucination, and lunacy. Hallunacy is a mindset, a sort of disorder of thinking that ignores reality, and instead substitutes emotion. It dominates the thinking of the left.

Today’s hallunacy involves ATM (automated teller machine) fees.

For those who are too young to remember, there was a time when there were no ATM fees anywhere. That was because there were no ATMs, anywhere. Whenever I wished to make a cash withdrawal from my meager bank account, I had to saddle up my horse (I’m exaggerating, it was not that long ago), go to the bank, and fill out a withdrawal slip. The teller, a real person, would then hand me my cash.

What if the bank was closed? What then? How would I get my money?

The answer is that, unless I could cash a check elsewhere, which was difficult to do, I would have to wait until the bank opened. What if it were a Friday afternoon, and the bank would not open until Monday? What then? Worse yet, what if Monday were a holiday? I would have to wait until Tuesday. What if I would be out of town on Tuesday, and banks in other cities would not honor my local bank account? Oh, the injustice of it all. After all, it was my own money. Why couldn’t I get it? Those were truly dark days.

The only solution was to plan ahead, thereby avoiding the delay in getting my money. What if a sudden emergency arose? Sadly, I simply could not get my money until the bank opened.

Today, we live in the age of ATMs, a convenience which avoids most of the problems we had in the dark ages. These marvels of technology can dispense cash to anyone who is entitled to the money, by reducing one’s bank account by the amount of the withdrawal.

ATMs are available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, even on weekends and holidays. No longer need we drive to the bank, park the car (or tie the horse), walk inside, fill out a withdrawal slip, and ask the teller for our money, all the while engaging in conversations with other customers and bank employees. Instead, we just put our debit card into the ATM, punch in the amount desired, get our cash, and be on our way.

Wait. What if you cannot conveniently get to your own bank’s ATM? Are you out of luck? Will the ATMs of other banks get snippy with you, and say, “If you don’t have an account with us, you cannot get money from us?” No. Their ATM will get snippy with you by telling you that in order to get your money from their money, you have to pay a fee, which will be charged to your account at your own bank.

How unfair! It’s my money. Mine. Why should I have to pay the Bank of Elsewhere for my own money?

As we said, when we use another bank’s ATM, we are withdrawing money from their money. We are using a machine that they paid for and installed, and maintain, and insure (or accept the risk). Why should the Bank of Elsewhere provide us this service for free?

According to those afflicted by hallunacy, the Bank of Elsewhere should be required to provide us this service, if not for free, then at least for a fee that we, not they, can set. After all, it’s my money. Why can’t you understand that? Give me my money.

Bernie Sanders, Socialist candidate for the Democrat nomination (don’t try to make sense of that, I can’t either), is campaigning on the principle that ATM fees should be capped at two dollars. He arrived at that figure by carefully calculating the costs, risks, and economic factors involved, then ignoring all that and plugging in the number, two.

A few years ago, this issue became news in California. As I recall, when confronted with the prospect that the government would set ATM fees, the banks announced their plan: simply not to provide ATMs. The government quickly backed off.

Hallunacy prevents those who practice it from understanding the basic idea that, if people dislike their bank’s policies, they can change banks. If people dislike their bank’s ATM policies, they can saddle up their horse . . .

Thank You To Law Enforcement

by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer

The national Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has designated January 9th, as Police Appreciation Day.

As a Hood hostage who fights back, I thank officers who partner with stakeholders in these embattled zip codes.

As agitators, anarchists and antagonists work overtime to poision the shallow well of police/community unity, let’s exert ourselves even more to preserve it. Tell someone in law enforcement, active, retired or reserve, thank you and resolve to maintain this appreciation annually- especially when headlines drive cop and citizen further apart.

Ingratitude can ultimately invalidate all we hold dear! Appreciate and protect, yes protect, police who can’t protest or speak without permission, from common enemies!

Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Hostage Who Fights Back!
http://www.gofundme.com/capblack

My Crazy Public Safety Dream

by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer

As a dreamer, I fully admit inpractical visions have beguiled me for a lifetime. One of them I call, “my crazy public safety dream.” In it, citizen crimefighters like Adam West iconic Batman – minus costumes, in most cases ( lol ) – and caring cops seen in CHIPS and Andy Griffith Show reruns unite as a public/private united front.

Obviously, real-life smoke from Ferguson and Baltimore blow aside dreamy mists. Some would assume being a Gen X Black man automatically spells !cop hater.’ While negative experiences abound, so do positive ones, accrued firsthand as an advocate and security professional.

As bad as it seems in some respects, there exists real opportunity for partnership despite bleak projections from Black Lives Matter and some politicians. Necessity alone can bond inner citizen and urban officer against mutual violence. This necessity will spur culture change where cops and concerned Black citizens patrol troubled streets together.

Potentially weaponized youth will witness that police aren’t the enemy. The Hood isn’t the suburbs and requires a boots-on-the-ground approach, instead of sidelines-bound stakeholders with input confined to monthly meetings.

If US armed forces fought and died beside “civilian irregulars” in the former South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, is it unimaginable for police to work with inner city stakeholders?

That’s my crazy public safety dream, brothers and badges together, instead of against each other.

Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Urban Safetyist and presenter of the speech, Two Reasons Blacks Shouldn’t Hate Blue!

http://www.urbansafetyism.blogspot.com

Happy New Year 2016

A few hours from now (PST), we bid goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016. As we look to the New Year, an election year, we hope to welcome a Republican president to the Oval Office – a worthy individual with experience, wisdom, integrity and the ability to govern a nation. As we undertake this somber responsibility, let us be guided by Thomas Jefferson’s words, which inspired this website’s name, and boldly pursue truth and knowledge … to whatever results they lead. Happy New Year from The Bold Pursuit ~ Clio, Publisher

A special ‘thank you’ to our contributing writers: Robert Arvay, Nadra Enzi, John Wayne Tucker, Jim Mullen and DTC, as well as our guest bloggers. Thank you for sharing your voice, your talent with The Bold Pursuit ~ Clio