A true leader knows how and when to follow.

I am a leader.  When given the opportunity to speak, my voice is capable of ringing through valley and mountaintop.  When a proper demand informs me that I must work, my actions and integrity combine and produce results that provide tangible proof of my integrity riddled intentions and effort.

I lead for the reason that I lack personal and private ambition.  I have no want for fame or rank.  I have no need for constant attention.  The only resemblance of ambition I may hold is the true love I have for the ambition of our country and her great citizens as a whole.  My ambition is to protect and expand the potential that arises from our citizens attaining their own and rightfully earned and protected happiness.

Some, if not many, of our elected public officials and maybe even my political opponent can be considered leaders; especially if they self-label themselves as such.  What we must remember is that the word leader is just that, a word.  Someone can lead you to glory just as well as lead you to your demise.  One could even lead you in circles, if you are not perceptive.

Quality, honor, and glory is not to be found in a person's ability to lead.  These qualities are found along the road or path in which this person is commanding you to travel.  For if you are not on the right road you will never arrive at the right destination.  

It takes many years to do many things, but progress can arise from one mere action.  Improvement resides within sincere intent.  It takes a second to be good and to impersonate good is a habit reserved for the lowest of our existence.

So let us be prudent with our usage of such a word as leader.  Let us commit the word leader to ring with the same small resonance of other timid words such as log or stick.  Let us observe and demand to know what the log or stick will be used for and then let us put it or them to work.  Also, we must not continue to give these sticks and logs such drastic time-frames to complete these tasks for after all, logs and sticks gradually become weak or rotted.  If not capable, we must replace them with vigorous effort, for it is the well-being of our friends and family, if not the good of all mankind that is at stake.

I believe in the benefit of owning fundamental qualities.  I know importance that lies within being thorough and having the dedication to follow through.  I understand the power of words and I recognize the confusion and cruelty that resides in their misuse.

Though I am campaigning to attain a position of leadership, it is you my fellow citizen and neighbor whose lead I ultimately intend to follow.  A vote for Maurice Duhon is a vote for you.  Please help me, help you, help us.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Maurice

 
 
This story is not receiving much attention in the media.  

 U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee enacted a federal program this week which will now have Undercover T.S.A. , Dept.

Homeland Security, and Harris County Constables, perform random bag searches on Houston METRO Bus Customers Riding the Bus in Low-Income areas of Houston.

 This federal program is paid for by tax dollars paid by the very adults who own the bags that are to be randomly searched, not to mention the parents of the child, pre-teen, and teen bus riders deemed "suspicious" by these nameless uniformed and ununiformed officers while riding METRO in low-income areas.  An undercover officer on buses to protect our citizens is understandable, but having random bag searches performed on METRO Riders with no proof of probable cause?  Well that just plainly disregards our 4th Amendment rights.  Please Lead Us Forward Madam Jackson-Lee, not backwards. 

Speaking directly to her fellow citizens, the Congresswoman Jackson-Lee shared these words.

"If you think you're going to be a bad actor on buses, get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame,"
-Jackson Lee

 short-lived [shawrt-lahyvd, -livd]  an adjective meaning:   Living or lasting only a little while. 

 If the congresswoman would like to halt bad acting, she may want to speak with the folks in Hollywood or the geniuses attempting to convince me that random bag searches on Second, Third, and Fifth Ward Houston Residents is going to help stop terrorism.   

 Friday's operation occurred from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. eight felony arrests were

made in one shift, compared to five last month. (METRO Blog)  

 Please hear me, a felony is a felony and felonies go to jail, but............... we have a Houston Police, County Sheriffs, Constables, Metro Police, and our Congresswoman, whom I thank for her diligent service but occasionally and respectably disagree with at times, has decided that in the midst of an economic depression Houston should be the pilot city to host a T.S.A. TAX DOLLAR FUNDED Police Force to, as the METRO Blog stated the...

 
"Law officials performed random bag checks, conducted sweeps with our K-9 drug

and bomb-detecting dogs, and assigned both uniformed and plainclothes officers

at transit centers and rail platforms to detect and prevent criminal activity."

I am a huge supporter of fine, diligent, and honorable police work, but I am an even larger supporter of leaving that work to be done by our local policing entities.  To put it plainly, "That's what they're here for" and I thank them and the T.S.A. for the work they do every day because they our fellow citizens and they are trying to do their job and make an honorable living.  These citizens are not the directors and architects of their daily activities.  

 Our nation's T.S.A. is a great resource that can be utilized in many ways to protect our citizens.  It is just my humble belief that our inner-city METRO Buses and Rail platforms may not be where those federal dollars need to be utilized if the main focus is placed on preventing terrorism by performing random bag searches on Houston bus riders, especially in a city where bus ridership numbers are so low.  Sure you'll get eight marijuana felonies a shift, but you'll also get 8 salaries, 8 full tanks of gas, 8 tazers, and a multitude of other tax burdens to boot and not one "Constitution 101" orientation class.

 

Honest police work works.

IInfringing and ignoring an American citizen's 4th Amendment rights does not work and is counter-productive.

Undercover officers on buses to, like detectives, prevent crime and protect citizens... I fully and whole heartedly support.  I am horrified by the reported sexual assault cases that have occurred concerning women bus riders.  I promote officers on buses.  I would go as far as to suggesting a METRO Bus rider HELP/EMERGENCY Phone/Text Number that could be used by any Metro rider whom feels threatened.  I will not support threating current METRO riders with having their civil liberties stripped from them and having their 4th Amendment rights temporarily taken from them for their choosing to participate in our city's public transportation system.  

 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 

If our current Congresswoman would like to deter crime and promote American Civil Rights and the Protection of our U.S. Constitution, she may want to begin communicating or forming a proper dialogue with her constituency rather than searching our pockets and bags.  

Will I have to take my belt off and remove my shoes before entering the METRO Bus next year?
Will I have to prove my citizenship before I board the METRO Rail next year?

As a person whom rode a METRO Bus yesterday morning, and a resident of a low-income Houston neighborhood, this is no attempt at humor.

 I thank you for patiently and compassionately inspecting this message.

 

Please accept my sincere apologies for my concerned tone. 

 -Maurice

 
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 S.J.Lee intro's Houston Metro Bus Safe system... TSA does random searches

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