Surface to air missiles, known as SAMS, were a problem for fighter planes in Vietnam. It was a SAM that took down then Commander John McCain’s fighter jet in Vietnam.
During the reign of President LBJ, when he ran the so-called war from the Whitehouse in an asinine manner, our GIs, including pilots, were unnecessarily put at risk. The idea that the war would be more winnable if the military, rather than the politicians, ran it is the subject of the movie Flight of the Intruder. Tired of having guys killed on useless missions, a fighter pilot and his navigator go on an unauthorized bombing raid on Hanoi to bomb a SAM base.
The flyers are court martialed but, after the policy changes, they are let off the hook. The Navy prosecutor who tries them, played by Fred Thompson, told them “it would be silly” to convict them for doing what the military is now doing, bombing Hanoi with everything they got.
Just as the politicians screwed up the war in Vietnam, the federal government is creating problems in Levittown PA by allowing the SAMS to endanger the community. “SAM” is a synonym for a druggie in lower Bucks County, just as “Krout” was a by-word for Germans during WWII.
SAMs have been bombarding lower Bucks County. Their base is the recovery houses, promoted and protected by the federal government. Like LBJ’s policy in Vietnam, these houses continue to grow like weeds, releasing SAMs on neighborhoods, the Levittown Public Library, and the rest of the community.
Crime has greatly increased in neighborhoods that recovery houses invaded. A couple years ago, the Levittown public library added a security guy, mainly as result of the druggies, mostly from the recovery houses.
At the very least, lower Bucks County needs to put a moratorium on recovery houses. They are revolving doors, where druggies often get kicked out and join the ranks of the homeless. Unfortunately, people associate non-druggie homeless with the druggies who have become homeless. This contributes to hobophobia. For those of you in Doylestown, PA, “hobophobia” is the unreasonable fear of the homeless.
Profiling druggies is legitimate. They lie cheat and steal and will lower themselves to any level to satiate their expensive addiction. One SAM went as low as to steal a favorite purple coat and cell phone charger from a cancer stricken woman while she was sleeping.
To illustrate how low SAMS will go, here is an adaptation from Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham:
“Sam I am, would you steal from someone on a plane?”
“Yes I would steal from someone on a plane,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you steal from someone on a train?”
“Yes I would steal from someone on a train,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you steal from someone in the rain?”
“Yes I would steal from someone in the rain,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you keeping doing drugs until it makes you insane?”
“Yes I would keep doing drugs until it makes me insane,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you steal from someone walking with a cane?”
“Yes I would steal from someone walking with a cane,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you sell your daughter to a pimp?”
“Yes I would sell my daughter to a pimp,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you sell yourself until you limp?”
“Yes I’d sell myself until I limp,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, will you steal from a sick old lady sleeping in bed?”
“Yes I would steal from a sick old lady sleeping in bed,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, would you pretend to be in love with a guy not to be in the red?”
“Yes I would pretend to be in love with a guy not to be in the red,” said Sam I am.
“Sam I am, is there anything you not do to satisfy your addiction?”
“I can’t think of anything I would not do to satisfy my addiction,” said Sam I am.
“Except I would not eat green eggs and ham,” said Sam I am.