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