An Alternative To Mental Health Hustling

There are not only homeless in Bucks County, PA, but there are mental health hustlers.  

The hustlers have been reaching out to recruit the homeless in Bucks County in order to get a monopoly in the mental health industry. In May, 2017, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program. 

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center. 

Now, State Representative John Galloway (D) is trying to bring mental health hustling to the schools. http://levittownnow.com/2019/10/29/state-rep-galloway-plans-two-bills-to-increase-mental-health-resources-for-students/ 

Like Penndel Mental Health Center, it appears that legal dope is going to be pushed to deal with schools’ mental health problems. Galloway proposed to use taxpayer money to deliver “telemedicine to school children”, as well as to spot and label those with mental problems and give them rides to get mental health services from the industry.   

I got an idea from a Monty Python skit, where a psychiatrist drives around like the ice cream man and rings his bell and shouts “psychiatrist…”  Maybe Mr. Galloway can drive a truck by the school, and from loudspeakers announce “mental health services!” 

Whatever happened parents nurturing their kids and talking with them about any problems they have? Of course it’s good to have support, but parents should take the lead and not be mentored by the school, exclusively. It’s not the school’s job to raise your kids!   

My daughter went to preschool whose name started with cooperative. The parents get involved – helping in the class and going on field trips with their children. In a higher grade, the DARE program came to her school. At a meeting, the DARE officer presented a triangle, where the parents, the school, and the police work together to keep the kids on the straight and narrow. 

When I was in school, we had guidance counselors, who supplemented the parents. At one point in high school I considered quitting school.  The first thing my counselor asked me was “what would you do if someone gave you a million dollars and you could tell everyone to go to…”  I told him that’s what I would do.  He explained that schooling is more than preparing to get a job and that “man is an educated animal.”   

My Dad read me the riot act about dropping out of school. He graphically described the kids of gross jobs I would get. 

Between the guidance counselor and my Dad, I decided to stay in school and get my high school diploma. While in the Navy, where I went shortly after I graduated from high school, I had time to think. When I got out of the Nav, I went to college and got a degree. Although I’ve had to struggle to find a good job with having a liberal arts degree, I was glad I continued my education and become an educated animal. 

Back before Bible reading a prayer was taken out of the public schools, when I went to school with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo School District, we didn’t have the major problems that schools have today. No school shootings, major drug problems, etc.   

People have been taking the initiative to bring God back into the schools. Many schools have See You At The Pole (SYATP), where students meet at the flagpole at schools the fourth Wednesday every September to pray and talk about God.  

Following on the heels of SYATP is the Bring Your Bible To School Day in October, sponsored by Focus On The Family. Neither of these programs were not initiated by politicians, but by grass roots citizens and private faith organizations. These are the kinds of things we need to help people. 

To learn about the silent war between the mental health hustlers and people of faith in Bucks County in regard to helping the homeless read: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok

Is There Hope in A Hooverville?

Because the government got increasingly more involved in people’s lives during the 1920s and 30s, homelessness increased. We the people turned our decisions over to big government, especially during the reign of Presidents Herbert Hoover and FDR.  

In fact, homeless camps, shanty towns that started cropping up by 1930 were called “Hoovervilles”. Give credit where credit is do. Homelessness started cropping up before the Great Depression, but mushroomed during the 30s, growing during the term of President FDR.  

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

Government programs didn’t resolve the homeless problem. Like today, people without a home started building their own dwellings.  They used stone, wood from crates, cardboard, scraps of metal – anything they could find.  In D.C, a group of veterans whose VA benefits were delayed, created a Hooverville in 1932. They had hopped trains and came from far away. At one point the government tore the homeless camp down, where up to 15,000 people lived.   

In 1930 in St. Louis, Mo, the largest Hooverville was created through private philanthropy. This racially integrated community had an unofficial major, churches, and other social institutions. In 1936, the Works Progress Administration, an agency of FDR’s New Raw Deal, allocated funds for “slum clearance” with the idea that the government would provide housing for the homeless. 

Today in Bucks County, PA, county government thinks it would resolve the problem through assisted housing. A few years back I pitched my idea to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, who is running for reelection in November, that county public land be set aside to create a homeless village, similar to the St. Louis camp and the more recent Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village 

The commissioner poo-pooed the idea. She said that this kind of thing would make the homeless too comfortable and would not want to avoid going into government assisted housing. This philosophy that creates dependency on government was the case championed decades ago, as evident in President LBJ’s alleged Great Society. In A More Perfect Union; What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, Ben Carson MD writes “…our society is still plagued by people who propose and enforce policies that encourage the descendants of the freedmen to accept a state of social dependency. People in such a state tend to be much easier to manipulate than people who are independent and well educated. Therefore, with a few perks and promises, their votes can be cultivated, creating a significant power base. Manipulative people convince them that others are responsible for their misery and that they should be grateful for the aid being provided by their saviors.” 

It’s everyday people, driven by faith in God, not career politicians, who can create a more perfect union. 

The role of government, everyday people and the church is illustrated in: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok 

Preserving Our Heritage

If you are not satisfied with the way your elected leaders are doing things, realize that the power to make things right resides in you.  In his book “A More Perfect Union; What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”, Dr. Ben Carson points out that our constitution empowers we the people, not the elitists, who rule from their Ivory Tower, to govern the land. 

Some politicians in Bucks County, PA don’t champion empowering the people to take responsibility and make their own decisions. On example: A few years back, I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia with my idea to use county public land to create housing for the homeless. I proposed building a place, like that of Dignity Village in Oregon, using homeless people and volunteers. Like Dignity Village, https://dignityvillage.org/  there would be rules. The homeless could manage the place as well as build it.  There could be responsible leaders and a liaison, maybe a Bucks County Ranger, to work with the leaders. 

In southern Bucks County, there have been unofficial leaders, who were homeless, who worked things out to make it better for the homeless and the community. There were, of course, some problems. Some homeless individuals acted irresponsibly by doing things like keeping tents up around the Veterans’ Memorial and the nearby District Justice building at the Government Service Center in Levittown. There were also individuals who were drunk, drugged and disorderly on occasion.  Some people trashed out places, and there was drug use. On at least one occasion, one or two people who overdosed had to be dragged out of the woods by the Rescue Squad. Some homeless individuals just wanted to do what they wanted to do, regardless how they affected others! 

Having an official homeless village would foster more law and order, as individual problem people will be held accountable for their behavior. If they keep causing problems, they will get kicked out!  

Commissioner Marseglia responded that creating a homeless village would be too much of a liability and that it would not be helpful to the homeless. Quote “It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head.” 

I agree that people need a roof over their head, but there is at least a one to two year wait to get housing through the Bucks government. What do people do in the meantime – stay in motels, which are expensive? Or camp out in the woods, in cars, and in the streets?  

My plan would create more space and they would avoid going to Housing Link? To quote President Ronald Regan, “Well there you go again.” Marseglia thinks that homeless people can’t do things themselves! The government elites have to take charge of our concerns.  

In my book, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey with The Homeless”, I address the underlying world views that affect the homeless. https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

I just got an email from Tea Party Patriots Action that spoke about how the elites think they can undermine the will of the people (and the rule of law) by impeaching President Trump just because they can’t have their way. The message:  

From Clarice Feldman at American Thinker1: 

“The real issue that ought to either-or-both frighten and enrage any honest American is that the ‘Intelligence Community’ truly does now consider itself a law unto itself and has arrogated the power to actually decide who is a suitable president and who will be allowed to occupy the White House… They have, make no mistake, declared war on self-governance, unless we pick someone they approve of which is quite obviously not self-governance.” 

Writes Jenny Beth Martin, author of the email: “Ms. Feldman is exactly right. Every attempt to smear, attack, frame, and impeach President Trump is rooted in the sick arrogance of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who have determined that it is their right to rule the country.” 

In his book. Dr. Carson admonishes Americans to know their constitution and educate themselves on the issues and the people running for office. That way, we will have a better chance of having a better life for us and our posterity. We need to preserve our God blessed heritage! Preceding each chapter is a Bible verse. 

Political signs litter the landscape in southern Bucks County. Don’t be taken in by the welcome grin of slick campaign slogans, but learn what the candidates stand for, check their record and verify that their rhetoric matches what they do. In other words, do they practice what they preach! Think before you vote! Remember, we are in charge, so vote responsibly!  

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 

No Cause For Concern

This morning, a body was found in Levittown, PA near the intersection of New Falls Road where the crossroads at New Falls, South Oxford Valley Road and Levittown Parkway meet, during the morning commute. Another overdose. The report was that for people who knew about the incident there was no need for public concern.  Rather cold, huh! 

http://levittownnow.com/2019/10/15/police-investigate-death-nearby-intersection/ 

Throw a sheet over someone who died, and just continue with the morning commute. 

I have to ask, in the words of Bob Dylan, “There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?”  

Is drug overdose becoming so commonplace that people are getting used to it? Are we just going about our business, oblivious to what’s going on around us? Are we in denial? By the way, De Nile is not just a river in Egypt. 

Most recent report from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

Updated Overdose numbers as of 9/22/19 46 more overdoses and 5 more deaths. Help is out there!! Contact the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission call 1-800-662-HELP #levittownpa #overdoseawareness #opiodcrisis #opiodepidemic #getclean #roadtorecovery #askforhelp 

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There are, however, folks who don’t deny that people are dying as a result of their voluntary slavery to drug addiction. And they want to help!  

The 7th Annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest 2019 and Relapse Prevention Walk brought together the faith community, politicians, law enforcement, and everyday people to illustrate ways to bring hope to the national drug epidemic.  

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Every night of the week, there are meetings where people get together to help one another lick the problem, which destroys lives and causes people to die. 

Yes, there is cause for concern. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke 

Werewolves Of Bucks County

Earlier today a young lady approached me, campaigning for Republican candidates in Bucks County, PA. She asked me if I liked the way things are in Bucks County. An unequivocal “no” was my answer. 

The Republicans have something to offer over the arbitrary elitists in the county. Take the Democrats’ Davis Gang (Jim and State Representative Tina Davis), who pocketed, stole $33,000 from housing assistance designated to help their low-income (poor) tenants from a house they both rented.  The state rep wasn’t even charged, and her partner in crime was just ordered to pay the money back!  http://levittownnow.com/2018/09/28/state-representatives-husband-has-charges-dropped-repays-government/ 

This is from a party that laments that poor people are being disenfranchised by those whaskilly Republicans, and claim they have the back of these victims. Well, it’s clear that the Davis Gang victimized their tenants.  

Another example of helping the less fortunate, not, is the Bucks elitists banning the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans. They gave no reason why Stand Down, which was held for three days each year, could not be held on the current site behind the Levittown library, on open space, where there is no conflict with anything else. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/ 

Private citizens who wish to provide housing for the homeless are stonewalled when they attempt to create a project to shelter the homeless. The latest is an affordable housing project where affordable apartments would wrap around the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/  In 2017, the non-profit Interfaith Housing proposed creating housing to help poor veterans and older folks, but the plan was shot down. 

There is an alternative to the Werewolves of Bucks County. Remember, if you hear them howling around your door, you better not vote them in. Some poor tenants got their funds ripped off that night. It was the Werewolves of Bucks County again!  Note, these lines are a parody of the song Werewolves of London. http://www.metrolyrics.com/werewolves-of-london-lyrics-warren-zevon.html 

To learn more about the alternative to the Demo Cats: https://www.facebook.com/BucksCountyLeadership/ 

Reports show that there is more homelessness (the canary in the mine for a healthy society) in blue, progressive states than in red, conservative states. In states ruled by progressives, homelessness is running rampant.   Late 2013, The Boston Globe reported: 

Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year. 

“An average of 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families staying in emergency shelters across the state”, according to state Department of Housing and Economic Development. 

The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily shipping homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts… 

So much for liberal Massachusetts.  In New York, as New York Magazine reports: 

“Here in New York, they found a thirteen-percent increase, for a total of 64,060 people living in shelters and on the street. And in Los Angeles, the homeless population jumped 27 percent, to 53,798.” 

The New Yorker brought up The Skinny Socialist’s, aka Barack Obama’s, promise to end chronic and veteran homelessness in America by 2015 and presented a reality check that all the homeless in NYC can’t fit into the seats at Yankee Stadium. 

By contrast, Texas, a red state where freedom, low taxes, and restrictions on government intrusion prevail, is the place where people are fleeing from blue states, an exodus like the Israelites fleeing Egypt. 

Party affiliation, in places like Levittown, PA, is assigned. Unfortunately, people think that if they are blue collar, they have to vote blue, democrat. They hear the mantra that Democrats have their best interests at heart. Truth is, they don’t. People must not think about issues and policies, but simply act like Pavlov’s Dogs.  

During the 1890s, Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov was researching salivation in dogs in response to being fed. He inserted a small test tube into the cheek of each dog to measure saliva when the dogs were fed (with a powder made from meat). 

Pavlov predicted the dogs would salivate in response to the food placed in front of them, but he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever they heard the footsteps of his assistant who was bringing them the food. 

When Pavlov discovered that any object or event which the dogs learned to associate with food (such as the lab assistant or a bell) would trigger the same response, he realized that he had made an important scientific discovery. Accordingly, he devoted the rest of his career to studying this type of learning.  https://www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html 

In this upcoming election ask yourself, “am I one of Pavlov’s Dogs, or do I actually think?” 

Horray For The Underdog!

Years ago, I had lost my car keys when spelunking (exploring non-commercial caves) and I waited at a car dealership for someone to bring me a copy of the keys from a Volkswagen dealer. A guy who worked at the dealership gave me a ride back to the cave. He told me I was riding in a famous person’s vehicle, author James A. Michener and added that “Jim comes here from time to time.” Other than that, the only time I actually met someone who wrote books was years before that, when I met Pastor Jay E. Adams, who authored several books, when he was a guest preacher at a church. He wasn’t there as an author. 

In November, the Bucks County Free Library will host the 2019 Local Author Expo, where you can meet and interact with local authors who live in Bucks County and buy signed copies of their books.  

Recently I received an email from the expo that said I am on the waiting list, so Yours Truly may be there. “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is my first book, and is based on my associations with the local homeless in Bucks County. For a season, I was homeless myself. 

Like the homeless, I am the underdog. I published the book independently, with help from a publishing consultant, Vernita (Neat) Simmons, who had commented on an article on Faithwriters.com about the homeless and asked me if I was an author. I wasn’t, but after Neat’s guidance, I am now.  I do not have the capital to invest in marketing, so I am self-promoting my book, with a little help from my friends. 

As an underdog, I have to work harder to get my book moving, as I don’t have a big-time publisher to market my book. I got a break when my book got in circulation in the Bucks County Free Library system. Two hard copies of the book are on the local authors shelf in the Grundy Library in Bristol, PA.   

Doing something worthwhile isn’t easy; it’s hard work. But it’s worth it!  I hope the book will not only educate the public who the homeless really are and show possible solutions to the problem, but show that, like myself, with hard work and dedication you can move forward in life, from being homeless to being an author. One, of course, can be both. Homelessness is just a state you are in and does not define your character.  In a sense, we are all homeless, as we are just sojourners in this world. 

“There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is available: 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q