The following article, “LOUD Motor Vehicle Problems? – IMHO, Subsequent to 31-Years in Law Enforcement,” is taken from my in-depth article, The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You, https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/
Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook (C-CALM)
Subsequent to 31-years in Law Enforcement – IMHO
In My Humble(d) Opinion…
As a former Marine Corps Infantryman (0311) (NCO) with 1/1, as a retired 31-year veteran of the Houston P.D., as one who loves the Lord Jesus Christ, America and one who is very thankful for having seen the “America the Beautiful” that was…without direct intervention from my Lord, I personally don’t see a successful resolution to the problem of illegally loud motor vehicles operating unencumbered on our public roadways. Why?
America is a Constitutional Republic that relies on adherence to the “rule of law” for its sustainability and viability. Though instruction in civics is faltering in our “enlightened” American institutions of learning, understand that the foundation of America’s Constitution (and every State Constitution) is based on a civil-reciprocal agreement or “contract” that exists between the Servant and the Sovereign, the Citizen and the State.
The constituent elements of this civil-reciprocal contract consists of an agreement based on fidelity, honesty, integrity, patriotism, love of God. The citizen agrees to set aside certain natural rights for the betterment of the whole…the citizen agrees to be obedient to the edicts/statutes/laws/ordinances of the State and the citizen agrees to pay his/her taxes – again…for the betterment and sustainability of a good, productive, safe, quality of life for “the whole” – society.
In response to the faithfulness of the servant-citizen, the State agrees to provide “protection” for the citizen thus promoting an environment conducive to the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…an environment espousing the noble concept of “domestic tranquility” as that concept relates to “community.” It is this environment that establishes a foundation upon which Democracy can thrive, the “free market” can prosper, the American family can succeed and pursue the American dream culminating in the United States as representative of a beacon of hope for the World.
It was NEVER the intent of our Founding Fathers, the Framers of the United States Constitution, to establish an omnipotent, omniscient, Federal Government that dictated, mandated, promulgated coercive edicts that controlled every facet of the citizen’s existence. The Framers relied heavily on the power of God’s Spirit to have redeemed man’s heart so that the citizen-servant would obey the rule of law out of a spirit of faithfulness, duty, honor, respect and ultimately a reverence/respect for the Lord; hence, a place of worship on practically every street corner in the municipalities of historical America.
Law enforcement, the civil and criminal courts, were constructed as arbiters of the civil-reciprocal contract between the citizenry and the Government. Without an overwhelming number of American citizens “choosing” to be faithful, law abiding, honorable citizens, there are simply insufficient numbers of police officers, prosecutors, judges, courts and penal institutions to maintain peace and safety in a society whose Government is based on the principles of a Constitutional Republic (an experiment in Democracy).
Unfortunately, the 1950’s, 1960’s witnessed a subtle yet incremental infusion of an ideology commonly referred to as Moral Relativism…basically, If it feels good – do it…we are to eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die – – – there are no consequences for behavior; therefore, you have no right to judge me and my desires and I have no right to judge you and your desires – every man and woman is “free” to do that which is “right” in their own eyes – a self-absorbed utopia, a paradise where we are free to pursue the lust of our heart void condemnation, recompense or judgment…a 21st Century rendition of “the lie” of Genesis.
In the early 1960’s, America began a cultural, spiritual, sociological, ideological shift from one oriented toward reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ to one adhering to the tenets associated with Moral Relativism i.e. narcissism, hedonism, selfishness. Fact is, America’s Constitutional Republic cannot sustain itself with the tenets of Moral Relativism as the restraints on human behavior. Void turning this overview into a thesis, understand the Loud Biker Cult[ure], the LOUD Auto and Truck Cult[ure] in America are simply symptomatic of a much greater societal problem plaguing our Nation.
As Moral Relativism has taken a firm root in every facet of American culture, respect for the rule of law, respect for one’s fellowman and the Biblical concept/Commandment of loving one’s neighbor as yourself have all faded into history – a distant memory of another time/another generation – while in this day of “enlightenment,” a bastardized, perverted, concept of personal freedom, tolerance, diversity, unrestrained perversion are the destructive attributes of a globalized, “educated,” “compassionate,” worldview…basically, a society that has forgotten how to blush and a people who have deleted “shame” and debauchery from their vocabulary…so it is with the personality-type that abuses societies most innocent and attempts to defer or negate their culpability by labeling their antisocial conduct as “freedom” and “personal expression.”
With that said, I simply don’t see any relief on the horizon for the vehicular noise beleaguered American citizen, especially for our posterity. I’ve lost any semblance of faith in our Local, County, State and Federal Government to conduct themselves with integrity and actually stand for the rule of law thereby defending the defenseless and honoring the first duty of government i.e. protection. Our State and Local Law Enforcement Community has become a bastion of Political Correctness, a pathetic compromise with immorality and perversity, lowered standards of ethical compromise; therefore, law enforcement offers no solutions.
So then, why continue to fight the Loud Motor Vehicle Cult[ure] in America? I continue to fight for the rights of the noise beleaguered American citizen because it’s the right thing do; I possess a deep loathing, a visceral disdain for bullies; therefore, the Loud Biker Cult[ure], just like those who rob, threaten, brutalize, burglarize, assault, abuse others…the Loud Vehicle Cult[ure] is simply comprised of narcissistic, selfish, entitled, arrogant, bullies – so the fight continues as long as my Lord so desires…though I’m not sure what else one man can do…
- I’ve begged and pleaded with those in positions of authority and they wanted, more than anything else, for me to shut-up and sit down…I was out of time.
- I’ve sued federally, but the appeals court said I am not a “protected class;” therefore, the protections provided by the Fourteenth Amendment via Title 42 U.S. Code § 1983 don’t apply to me as a White, heterosexual male.
- I’ve traveled to Washington D.C. and begged and pleaded with those on Capitol Hill – I’ve presented a number of our Legislators with the only viable solution to the out of control noisy motor vehicle problem on our roadways…do they care or have any concern? Unfortunately, this old retired cop lacks the “money” to buy that “care or concern” from our Representatives in D.C.; therefore, Congressional intervention, intercession and action on behalf of the vehicular noise beleaguered citizenry is not likely to be forthcoming anytime soon.
Unfortunately, my Nation is currently going through an ideological, sociological, moral/ethical metamorphoses, the impetus for which would consume far too much of this article for an adequate explanation. Selfishness and disrespect are simply symptomatic of that metamorphoses, but with that said, “it is what it is” and when all is said and done, the solution and the results and hope are in the hands of my Lord. The most important and relevant thing we can do is to continue in prayer to the only Righteous One who is the Arbiter and Intercessor of the redeemed, those who have humbled themselves and placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Reflecting back on the years I’ve dedicated to fighting the antisocial, bully-behavior of the LOUD Vehicle Cult[ure] in America; the hatred-threats-retaliation of those who abuse our most innocent; the unfaithfulness of my fellow police officers who compromise their ethics and oath of office and the pathetic weakness of Houston’s Mayoral and Police Administration – the complete lack of support – the betrayal – the torment I’ve put my family through as they’ve worried and fretted (for years) over the repercussions of this frustrating battle…when all is said and done, is it not rather naive and foolish of me to expect intercession from a Federal Government that has…
- Allowed a feeble Atheistic woman to kick the Lord Jesus Christ out of our public schools in 1962 with full support from our United States Supreme Court? Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).
- A Federal Government and Federal Educational System that, once Christ was thoroughly evicted, infused the Evolutionary Theory of Darwin into the impressionable and gullible minds of America’s children beginning in 1963?
- A Federal Government, under the auspices and power of the United States Supreme Court, that openly and blatantly denied America’s unborn their 5th and 14th Amendment “due process” protections in Roe v. Wade (1973) and has subsequently been a party to the criminal conspiratorial relationship (in collusion) with the abortionist and a mommy to murder, torture, dismember, mutilate, 60-million American babies?
- A Federal Government, under the auspices and power of the United States Supreme Court, that openly and blatantly spit in the face of Jesus Christ one last time by denying the Lord’s Holy Covenant of Marriage between “One Man – One Woman” and instituting the edict, under the auspices of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), that every form of aberrant sexual perversion be recognized as a covenant of marriage?
Yes, I have been naive, foolish and perhaps over-zealous in my efforts to fight the vehicular noise bullies in our Nation, but with that said, I have come to the realization that the fight is out of my hands, beyond my ability to effect change…but I will continue to battle on my knees in prayer and after having done all…I will trust in my Lord and His perfect will…I can do no more! If my Lord intercedes, it will by His grace alone for the United States has rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness, our ONLY hope. I fear that we will, as a Nation, inevitably reap what we have sown and the narcissistic, irresponsible, illegal, Loud Biker, Loud Automobile and Loud Truck Cult[ure] in America is simply ONE example of a Nation and a people who have lost their way.
“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” — Ronald Reagan
Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress/Noise Free America (Answer Man)
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