What’s so Great about The Great Society?

Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, via the WABAC machine, are entering the United States during the mid-60’s, during LBJ’s The Great Society.

“What’s so great about the great society, Ms. Dog?”

That’s a good question, Jeff.  We’re about to find the opposite.  Let’s explore.

Riding on the coattails of The Great Society was The War on Poverty.  Since The Great Depression, the economy had a net improvement, and it was a prosperous time for everybody.  The poor were moving up and we didn’t have the homeless problem we had during the depression.

During the Eisenhower 50’s, when Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues,  blacks were moving on up economically.

About 1960, some of them moved into predominantly white suburbs into the middle class, in places such as Upper Merion Township, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.  Some people  just were not used to people coming into their schools and neighborhoods  who looked different, and with whom they associated urban crime.  Some white kids would poke fun at the black kids, but teachers and parents would tell them not to and explain why.

Blacks soon blended into suburbia and were accepted.  After all, they wanted the same things — a place where they can safely live, worship and work.  The vast number of blacks moving into the suburbs were self-sufficient, church goers, who played by the rules and worked hard and were responsible.

Although poverty was diminishing by the mid-60’s, LBJ believed big government, progressive meddling was needed to fight poverty and create a great society.

The result was the opposite.  There was more poverty and crime and the family unit broke down.

Like any liberal, the stated goal is not what the underlying agenda is about.  Blacks and others who needed help were pawns in LBJ’s political game.

Here’s  what President Johnson thought about blacks:

“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Reconstruction gave equal rights to blacks in the south. Here’s a primer on reconstruction:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstruction_Era

The outcome of LBJ’s policies are criticized on a blog in freerepublic.com:

“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.

In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”

The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1483206/posts

“I don’t see what’s so great about The Great Society”, Ms. Dog.

It’s not.  And since The Great Society another class of people were hurt  — the homeless.  The homeless problem is getting to be as bad as it was during The Great Depression.  The homeless are the canaries in the mine, who will tell miners if there’s enough air to live.  Likewise,  the homeless population is an indicator of a healthy economy.

The word is the bird.

“And the word on the street, Ms. Dog, is that Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless is interested in a building for sale on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA near the shelter with a waiting list and the library.”

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

The Eisenhower 50s

On our last travel through the WABAC machine, Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, visited America during the Great Depression, where people had trouble finding work, and scrambled for food and shelter. Today we are in the Eisenhower 50s.

The Great Depression finally ended, and some people learned a lesson.  People learned to live within their means and how to be self reliant, not having to depend on the government for everything.

It took awhile to recover from the Great Depression.  There was a tug of war between the Christian conservative interests  and the progressives, and the former pulled the latter over the line.  Our nation’s worst was behind them and we were heading in the right (both politically and correct as opposed to politically correct) direction.  As a radio talk show says “the right is right.”

Black is black, that’s where the 50’s ink is at.

Gray is gray, that is the liberal way oh oh.

What did they do?  Because I don’t want my country to be blue.

Skillful people persuaded America the to go the right way.  Writers argued how free market capitalism fosters a healthy economy.  Churches, which during the Depression era failed to positively influence society, started spreading the truth about how to live right, and people listened.  As a result, the economy grew while crime shrank.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_modern_American_conservatism#1950s 

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/trelww2.htm 

Back in the 1920s elitist kooks started influencing society,  but after WWII, people started to wise up and traditional values were restored to our nation, and we prospered.

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to indicate a healthy economy.  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/canary_in_a_coal_mine

In Blue, progressive states, homelessness is very high because of a poor economy.  Conversely, in more conservative states the economy is good and there is little homelessness.  See my blog Fight Homelessness Don’t Vote For Progressives.

There are things homeless people can do to improve their lot.  They need to take personal responsibility.  One example is smoking, which is an epidemic among the homeless community.  It always amazed me how homeless people, who have few material resources, can find the money for cigarettes.

One poster on a homeless advocacy site wrote that one thing the homeless can do to help themselves is to stop wasting $300 a year or so on cigarettes when they could put that money to better use.  It’s a common practice in the homeless community I’m associated with that people sell their food stamps for money in order to buy cigarettes.  Towards the end of the month, they scramble for food. Their desire for tobacco seems to overshadow their need for food, at least until they run out of food.

This brings up another matter  — debiting people’s irresponsible actions.  Those hungry homeless people who squandered part of their food stamps try to bum food off of others (and they frantically go on a quest to bum cigarettes).  By debiting people’s foolish behavior, you are not helping them learn responsibility, let alone contributing to good health.

“It sounds like the 50’s is a time of great progress, Ms. Dog”

That’s right, Jeff, and it’s not progressive.

Progress was made towards equality.  Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues.  The American Indians were able to self govern, freed from what amounted to internment camps.  And the Japanese Americans, who were put in internment camps without due process — without a shred of evidence that they were aiding and abetting the Empire of Japan, other than they were Japanese, were freed by the 50’s.

FDR must have thought that “due process” is something that happens when moisture forms on the grass on some mornings.

To foster self reliance for the homeless, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created:  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

WABAC to The Great Depression

Today, Jeff and I, Homeless Dog travel the WABAC machine to the Great Depression in America.

“What was life like during the great depression, Ms. Dog?”

Just as the man and dog are about to enter the WABAC machine, a neighbor knocks on the door.  After Homeless Dog tells the neighbor they are about to go back to the year 1929 to visit the Great Depression era in America, the neighbor tells them he remembers what his father told him about the depression, which he lived through.

“My father recalls being startled by loud cheering in the school nearby. It was the end of World War I and I was 3 years old. As a typical teenage boy, Dad had focused on food and cars. Street cars and Model T Fords appeared in the late 1920s. A lot of foods were becoming packaged and chicken houses were disappearing from backyards. Food was still very cheap. A loaf of bread cost 10¢. Then came the steamer and high-powered luxury cars (Pikes Peak Motor with high-gear capacity). Dad’s family was middle class, but the Depression affected everyone. Food and jobs were hard to get and many people stood in lines for government handouts. A lot of people lived on powdered milk, dried beans, and potatoes. In Chicago, a crowd of men fought over a barrel of garbage — food scraps for their families”

http://www.allabouthistory.org/life-during-the-great-depression.htm 

“What caused things to go wrong, Ms. Dog?”

Different things, Jeff.  Greed, materialism, people not wanting to live within their means.  And the socialistic policies of President Franklin Roosevelt, known as FDR,  particularly his New Deal.  FDR believed the government, through central planning (socialism) will ensure the welfare of its citizens better than a free market economy. As history proved, this was the wrong way to do things.

Like Barack Obama, aka the Skinny Socialist, today, President Franklin D Roosevelt demonized business and free enterprise and prevented entrepreneurs from cutting prices, created scores of government jobs while the private sector diminished,  gave out government handouts,  and created public works projects.

Here’s a modern example:  Solyndra: The manufacturer of advanced solar panels received a $535 million loan guarantee to build a factory outside of San Francisco.

Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011 amid falling prices for solar panels, and has since served as the poster child for well-meaning government policy gone bad.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra

Its assets are being auctioned off, and DOE is not expected to recover any meaningful amount of money.

The executives at Solyndra, who contributed to Barry Obama’s presidential campaign, walked away with golden parachutes, while we got the shaft.

Let’s enter the WABAC machine:

“What are those officers doing, beating up that shabbily dressed man, Ms. Dog?”

That man is known as a hobo.  Many men became that way because the government taxed them so much and they couldn’t find work as a result of Roosevelt’s policies that they hopped freight trains and traveled to wherever they could find work here and there, mostly there.  Although the men who became hobos money financed, by fiat through taxation, the train system, they were considered trespassers and mistreated and harassed, much like homeless people in places like Bucks County, Pennsylvania are treated today.

Farmers were hit hard by the Great Depression.  It was a double whammy:  There was a drought, and government policies drove the average farmer out of business.

FDR’s New Deal  favored fat cats over average families. The government catered to the large farms by having them even burn crops, while people go hungry, in order to reduce the supply to keep prices high.  This hurt the little guy, such as the Joads, the characters depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath

The root of the problem that caused the Great Depression was the culture — the way people thought. They wanted more than what God could give them, so they engaged in all kinds of activities driven by greed, and they chased after foolish things to keep them happy.

This was the way of the world.

Note this, Jeff, up until 1929, Princeton Seminary adhered to the truth but eventually a movement surfaced to end Princeton’s adherence to scriptural theology, and in 1929 Princeton Theological Seminary was reorganized under modernist influences.  Shortly thereafter, Westminster Seminary was formed in response to the church’s worldly views.

“Isn’t 1929 the year the Great Depression started, Ms. Dog?”

Bright guy, Jeff.  Westminster Seminary has maintained the infallible Scriptures as their foundation.  The problem with the New Deal era is that people turned away from God.

“Then he [Jesus] said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions’’  Luke 12:15

The people of the depression gained a new outlook on life and many survivors still hold those same virtues today. They deny the self indulgence and immediate gratification that come from material things. Instead they focus on relationship — with their family, with others, and most importantly, with God.

“So people acting rightly, responsibly on their own and not turning their lives over to the government that deals them a stacked deck is the best way to go, Ms. Dog.”

Right, Jeff.  And I lie on the deck that was provided for me.

WABAC to The Homestead Act of 1862

Today Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, will travel in the WABAC machine to 1862, during the time of the Homestead Act.

“What is the Homestead Act, Ms. Dog?”

There were actually a series of acts, Jeff.  The first one was The Homestead Act of 1862, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862.

“Why is it called a homestead act, and what is a homestead Ms. Dog?”

The homestead act gave people who didn’t have much money the opportunity to move onto land, with a small fee.  If they developed the land and built homes on it, they would own the property and the home.  Thus, my human friend, it why it is known as homesteading.

Today there are people who have nowhere to live in places such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Jeff.  They have little money or credit so an enterprising young man wants to give them a place to stay they can call their own.  Like the homesteaders in 1862, homeless people can work land the nonprofit organization he’s starting and this way have a place to live.

The organization, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, has different ideas of how to develop property they acquire.  In some cases, there are old buildings the homeless homesteaders can fix up, in other cases they could build cabins or forts in the woods or even a tent city.  In each case, plumbing can be brought in and sanitation and health issues can be addressed.  The latter idea came to fruition in Ontario, California.

Unlike the homesteaders in 1862, where people came from far away, in recent times homesteading of sorts occurred in Ontario, California, where only local people were allowed because of overcrowding.  The town helped make the place a health, safe place to live for the people moving in.

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-tentcity25mar25-story.html

“Maybe Bucks County can do the same for the homeless there, Ms. Dog.”

Good observation, Jeff.  In fact, there are two gentlemen in Levittown, PA who are doing just that.  And by the way, there is a petition to allow dogs to move into the official Tent City in Ontario, California.

“No dogs allowed, Ms. Dog?”

That’s right, Jeff.  Some people don’t understand dogs like you do.   You may say they are being dogmatic.

Anyway, here’s the report on the Levittown idea:

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Walking the Path of the Homeless

“Just spending one night on the street” a homeless woman told me,  “does not  give you the experience of being homeless.”  She made this comment after I had spent a night sleeping in the street with a homeless guy and two others after he challenged me to do this because “you’re writing about us, Jeff.”

The woman was right.  Since then I have become homeless, living in my car with a friend who has lung cancer.  I am now walking the path of the homeless, and am experiencing the same struggles.  My goal is to use my God given writing talent to call attention to the homeless and help them overcome.

On my first sample of life on the street, I had no foam padding and improvised by fishing some cardboard out of a dumpster, which added to the blankets I used cushioning. It took awhile to get used the street noises, such as car engines, radios, and occasional shouts of passersby. I slept just a little that night.

It’s no wonder homeless people occasionally nod off in the public library in Levittown, PA, where I’ve gotten to know many of the homeless folks in the area.

SLEEPING CAN BE DIFFICULT in a car. One thing I do to help me sleep is drink Kava tea, which relaxes not only my mind, but my muscles.

I’ve been sleeping in a car for more than four months. There are people who have been doing this much longer than I have. There are people who have been in tents for years, and have had to move several times over periods of time.  People who set up in walkways have to pack up everyday!

Things you take for granted, such as having cabinets for food and clothes, a chair of sofa to relax in, a nearby shower, a bookshelf, and other amenities are missing.  A big problem with living out of your car is the lack of space for things.  Organization is much harder than in normal life.  There is little room for storing food so you end up eating out a lot.  There are free community meals hosted by local churches, which help a lot.  There are free showers at the local YMCA.  The homeless are allowed to take showers during certain times.

There is a stigma attached to being homeless.  Some places, including the Levittown Public Library, are hostile to the homeless.  They consider a homeless person a persona non grata.  Some of the fast food restaurants also don’t like the homeless.  Some of subtly, others openly hostile to the homeless, even arbitrarily kicking them out.  Two Burger Kings in lower Bucks County, PA have discriminated against the homeless, booting my homeless friend when I left her there a couple hours, even though it wasn’t crowded.

Burger King I found to be the most hostile to the homeless.  The McDonald’s in Fairless Hills also made my homeless friend leave when it wasn’t crowded, because she was there 20 minutes.  As was the case with Burger King, she was not allowed to wait for a ride, but was thrown out to meet nasty weather, even though she is sickly.  A Subway near this McDonald’s also booted my friend.  The manager said he doesn’t want the homeless hanging out there, even to get warm a short while, even if they nurse a cup of coffee.

Denny’s in Langhorne, PA and Wendy’s in Levittown, PA has been hospitable to the homeless.  They judge them by the content of their character.

There are other people out there who are gracious.  The hosts at the community meals for the homeless and those in need have been reaching out to the homeless and have been getting to known them and try to help them.  The former Advocate for “The Library People”, the homeless that frequent the Levittown Public Library, help meet the needs of the homeless, both materially and morally, whom she considers her friends.  She ministered, and still ministers through Facebook and phone, to her friends.

Since associating with the homeless, I’ve gotten a different perspective of them.  As is the case with the general population, there are some who don’t want to help themselves and continue destructive behavior.

I can understand the anger, disappointment, frustration, defeatism, even nihilism of the homeless.  I’ve experienced, and still experience this.  Although I’m in rebellion, I realize that God has put me in this place to walk in the homeless shoes and be his ambassador and lead by example, which I’m finding is easier said than done.  Still, in the tradition of Snuffy Smith, I keep on truckin’.

To help meet the great need for shelter for the homeless, Gimmee Shelter, a nascent non profit, was created.  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Liberals are Part of the Homeless Problem

You can either be part of the problem, or part of the solution.  Liberals in Bucks County, including those who have infested the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need, are a part of the problem.

The recent sham, “AHTN Public Service Announcement Video Shoot” is an endorsement of the negative stereotypes the public has against the homeless.  The public service announcement announces that the homeless are basically people overcome with problems such as addictions and that they can’t manage their own affairs.

Certainly, there are druggies and drunks, wackos and people who can become violent, especially when under the influence of alcohol, but so are members of the general population.  From what I’ve learned of this so called public service announcement,  it only shows one aspect of the homeless population.  It is myopic and perpetuates the misunderstanding that causes hobophobia.  This translates into public policy that treats the homeless like second class citizens who can’t manage their own affairs.

When I ran the idea the nascent non profit I publicize for has — to acquire land and let the homeless develop and take charge of property in the tradition of the Homestead Act of 1862, AHTN responded that developing more much needed shelter for the homeless is insurmountable because a shelter would have to be manned 24/7.  I answered that my partner, Adam, and I don’t plan to run a babysitting service; we just want to help people find a place to live.

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Babysitting is the way liberals view the homeless, as they do the rest of us not in their circle.  Like first Lady Michelle Obama’s mandated lunch menus, they think we can’t decide for ourselves what’s best for us.  That’s the job of the elites.  A liberal Democrat once told then Senator Phil Graham that he cares for his kin.  Senator Graham answered “oh yea, what are their names?”

The point is that liberals think they know people, but they really don’t.  This is the way the homeless are viewed in Bucks County.

During the shooting of the homeless video, the people associated with the filming walked past the real homeless people like they were mannequins at the Veterans Memorial just outside the Levittown Public Library, one of the locations the video was shot.  Evidently, they didn’t want to tell it like it is, but just took liberties to portray their jaundiced view of the homeless, like the fractured fairy tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky show.

The video shoot is an example of the way the homeless are used by others to elicit the homeless’s praise for them, as if they were Santa Clause.  The homeless are the liberal’s pets, and they give them treats to keep them in line, much like the way LBJ treated blacks during the alleged Great Society of the mid 60’s.

Recently, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson brought LJB’s attitude towards his race up, in response to criticism.

Here’s what liberal LBJ thinks of blacks, out of his own mouth:

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Like LBJ’s attitude towards blacks back then, today’s liberals just want to give the homeless things to give the public the impression that they are on their side.  Like LBJ, they don’t want to make the homeless equal, as was done during reconstruction in the south, but just keep them in their place.

It’s partly the fault of liberals, aka progressives, that people today are homeless.  See my blog on www.noroomintheinn.org FIGHT HOMELESSNESS DON’T VOTE FOR PROGRESSIVES.

Rampant homelessness is one of the things we’ve progressed to.

Humanizing the Homeless

The irrational fear of homeless people, hobophobia, is the root of counterproductive methods to deal with the national homeless problem.

As the cartoon suggests, campers temporarily become homeless for a short time, and enjoy it!  Come to think of it, homelessness is just an extended camping trip.

Some people sleep in tents and some in campers, just as homeless people sleep in their cars and in tents in the woods.  The difference is the homeless do this out of necessity, and it’s long term.  Many things become tedious after you do it too long, and homelessness is no exception.

Unlike the willing campers, the homeless are often harassed by authorities and looked down on by people outside their circle.  The right to use public places, such as benches in a park during normal hours, is treated like a crime.

Such a case exists at the Veterans Memorial outside the public library in Levittown, PA.  A security guard who works for Bucks County PA, who is stationed at the nearby municipal building, periodically goes to the memorial and, even though the homeless are not breaking any rules, he tries to get them to leave, reaching in his bag of tricks to find ways to clear the homeless from the memorial, which, by the way, stands for freedom for all Americans.

As some homeless people have remarked,  it seems to be a crime to be homeless.

Nuisance ordinances, often too broad and arbitrarily enforced, are fueled by the false perceptions people have about the homeless.

In an online publication of NYU’s Review of Law and Social Change, Joanna Laine wrote that legal and social discrimination against the homeless that treats them like criminals can be combated by “both innovative legal advocacy and the correction of misconceptions about homeless people.”

From Criminalization to Humanization: Ending Discrimination Against the Homeless

Advocates have had some success challenging anti-homeless ordinances.  For example, an ordinance banning sleeping in vehicles in Los Angeles California was shot down on constitutional grounds.  The court held that the ordinance was “unconstitutionally vague on its face because it provides insufficient notice of the conduct it penalizes and promotes arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.”

This ruling could be applied to the situation at the Veterans Memorial in Levittown, PA.  Here, there is no notice of conduct it penalizes about sitting for a period of time on the benches at the memorial.  The guard arbitrarily tells the homeless who hang out there that they have a fifteen minute limit.  I believe he is egged on by people who just don’t like the homeless there.  He once told them that some people feel uncomfortable coming to the memorial with them there.  He doesn’t give other people this limit.  On more than one occasion, the guard told homeless people they need to stay away from the memorial because the Bucks County Commissioners are coming, and they don’t want to see stuff all over the place.

On one occasion when the guard warned the commissioners are coming, the commissioners are coming, I quoted “When the government fears the people, this is liberty.  When the people fear the government, this is tyranny.”

There is a double standard in the nearby Levittown library as well.  The homeless are told they have to keep the noise down when they speak a few sentences barely above a whisper; people bring kids into the library who scream whine, and carry on, and this is tolerated.  Just yesterday, the head librarian passed by an area in the library where people were on the computers and reading while a child was screeching very loudly.  Both on the way past and on the way back, the kid was screaming, yet she just ignored it.

In Bucks County, like the rest of the country, we need to correct misconceptions about homeless people.  This is one thing I’ve been doing.

I was greatly dismayed when an organization that claims to help the homeless, Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) promoted a video filmed in part at the Veteran’s Memorial that, instead of correcting misconceptions, stereotypes about the homeless, it actually fostered the irrational view people have of them.  Holy, et tu Brute?, Batman!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_tu,_Brute%3F

Instead of trying to push the homeless away by harassing them, it would be more productive to work with them.  In a library in California which many homeless frequent, the homeless help with landscaping.  Communities could also help the homeless with their fundamental problem by providing shelter on vacant property, even putting the homeless to work on the project.

In Bucks County, PA, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless is trying to raise funds to acquire such lands and put the homeless to work on their own shelter, modeled after the Homestead Act of 1862.

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

 

A Time of Reconstruction and Jim Crow

Today Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, are taking the WABAC Time Machine to the Southern United States, starting in the year 1885, during the Reconstruction period after the American Civil War.

“What’s the Restoration period about, Homeless Dog?”

“It was a time when Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson tried to restore the south to normalcy, while enfranchising freed slaves, who were not treated equally.”

“Listen, Jeff, to journalist T McCants Stewart, who was black, talk about the positive changes for black people in the South during Reconstruction.

“I can ride in first-class cars on the railroads and in the streets. I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England.” 

Fast forward the WABAC machine to the year 1877, when a caste system (not something you wrap around a broken leg) allowed black people in the south to be treated as second class citizens.  Under Jim Crow, certain people were segregated from others.  There were separate laundries, restrooms, even water fountains.

These people were looked down on and pushed aside from the rest of society.

http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm

“That’s a lot like the way homeless people are treated in Bucks County, PA, Homeless Dog.”

“That’s a good observation, Jeff.”

There was another Reconstruction of sorts, that started in the spring of 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. started a series of non-violent protests to stop segregation and Jim Crow.  Of course this was met with much resistance.  In fact, Eugene “Bull” Connor, a Democrat, who was a police chief at that time, was so mad at the peaceful protesters that he sprayed them with fire hoses, hassled them with dogs, and beat them with night sticks.  Chief Connor adamantly supported the movement to deny certain people their rights.  http://www.shmoop.com/civil-rights-desegregation/eugene-bull-connor.html

“This sounds a lot like the way homeless people are treated at the public library in Levittown, PA and in the surrounding community, Homeless Dog.”

“That’s right, Jeff.  In fact, some people gave the head librarian at the Levittown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library the nickname ‘Bull Connor’, because, like Eugene Connor, who was a lackey for the racist establishment back then, the Levittown Librarian carries out the orders of the Bucks County establishment that kowtows to the special interests that are prejudice against the homeless which doesn’t want them in the library with them.”

“That’s not right, Homeless Dog!”

“Indeed, one might say that the policy at the Levittown Library is bringing back the Bull!”

Homeless Dog is Related to Mr. Peabody

I just did a genealogy search and have found that Mr. Peabody, the genius dog who appeared on  the animated television show Rocky and Friends in the late 50’s and early 60’s, was my great grandfather.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Peabody

Yes, me, Homeless Dog, related to that brainy nerd dog.  So that’s where my insight into human behavior that helps me ghostwrite blogs comes from!

I expect to claim the WABAC Time Machine that my great grandfather gave to his adopted son Sherman as soon as I can get to the lawyer’s office to sign the documents for my inheritance.

I can’t wait to start using my WABAC machine to help me with blogging.

Meanwhile, keep in mind the raison d’etre for these Facebook posts and blogs:  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

For those of you in Doylestown, PA, raison d’etre in this case means: “reason or justification for existence”.

Stay tuned for more blogs from me,  Homeless Dog.  I am psyched!

Doggie Dog Homeless World Report

A fellow homeless friend of mine is at the end of his rope — has given up on life.  I try to cheer him up, wagging my tail and smiling at him, which is a temporary fix, but his frustration, defeatism, hurt and disappointment run deep.

My friend said he has a sense of ennui, which means, for those of you in Doylestown, “a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.”  Indeed, he’s had a belly full.

He quotes T.S. Elliot:

“I should have been a pair of ragged claws

scuttling across the floors of silent seas”

My friend has also been talking about catching a train — doesn’t matter if it’s passenger or freight — between stops, and he doesn’t want to wait for the train to stop, if you get my drift.

The proverbial straw came after he was once again turned down for an apartment.  Although his credit score is low, he lived in a house he owned for almost 24 years.  After he lost his job, he didn’t let it go into foreclosure but sold it.  It was just for the past year or so that he became destitute; for many years before that he was in the black.

My friend explained all this to the manager at Levittown Trace, the last place to turn him away.  His words were wasted, as she was just a conduit who passed basic information to some A-hole at the Levittown Trace Corporate Office, and being narrow minded, just looked at numbers, one factor.

This kind of thinking seems to be an epidemic in Bucks County, PA.  The elites in Doylestown, Et al.,  just look at the definition of homelessness —  Merriam‑Webster: having no home or permanent place of residence” and form their jaundiced view regarding the homeless.  There are people who don’t have a home, so therefore, because humans live in homes and the homeless are out in the wilds, they are animals, and must be treated as such.

As is the case with my other homeless, human friends, I am at a loss at how to help them better deal with their situation.  Most of them smoke like chimneys, wasting money and ruining their health.  There’s one homeless person who is being treated for lung cancer, yet continues to smoke, despite admonishments from a friend, the doctor who is treating her cancer, and her doctor’s assistant.

The homeless don’t have many outlets, and life is generally boring for them.  As is the case some people in the general population, smoking has become  a religion.  Many are members of the Church of the Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.  Instead of killing them quickly, as was the case with the Kool-Aid drinkers in Jonestown, Guyana,  http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/drinking-the-kool-aid-a-survivor-remembers-jim-jones/248723/

the cancer sticks are killing them softly.

I thought it was interesting reading on the above link that the Kool-Aid survivor was a homeless woman who was sitting in her van when she caught a ride to La-La Land, from a man who promised hope and change.

Another escape for the homeless is booze.  I don’t understand why people imbibe, only to end up fighting one another, getting in trouble with the man, and becoming alienated from one another.

I, Homeless Dog, am in the same situation as my human homeless friends.  I don’t smoke, drink booze, bark at people or bite them.  If I’m hungry, hot, cold, thirsty, or just want to get out and stretch my legs, I let someone know.  Unlike the Bucks County establishment, I accept everybody, no matter who they are or what baggage they are carrying.

One tip I can give the homeless is to have a raison d’être.

For those of you in Doylestown, this word means “reason for being.”

My raison d’être is to try to cheer people up, like a therapy dog (who needs Penndel Mental Health Center?)  and to serve as a watchdog.

Homeless brothers and sisters, what is your raison d’être?

Being homeless is ruff, but one has to keep her tail wagging, mouth smiling, and, as Argent sang, hold your head up.

And if it’s bad
Don’t let it get you down, you can take it
And if it hurts
Don’t let them see you cry, you can take it

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high

And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes on you moving
And if they shout
Don’t let them change a thing what you’re doing

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high  

Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created to give the homeless a chance to hold their head high by giving them a hand in developing their own homes, modeled on The Homestead Act of 1862.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Acts

It will be a tougher sell to Doylestown Democrats and RINOs than to honest Abe, but, despite them burning their eyes on us moving and barking at us, we have to not change a thing we’re doing (except for minor adjustments).

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/#more-45529 http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/#more-45529