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 

The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

Doing the right thing, knowing right from wrong, that there are absolutes was the culture of the 50s, foreign from today’s culture.

Recently, I saw a Lone Ranger Episode from 1953, entitled “The Godless Men”, where bad guys robbed the money from Pastor Randy that was for building a church in the town. Randy started fighting from the beginning. The bad guys made a deal with him that if he could beat up each of the bad guys, who were bigger than he was, they would let him keep the money. Randy knew how to box and beat each bad guy, but they didn’t honor the deal. Ricky, I’m shocked! But at some point, the Lone Ranger and Tonto (not that Army Ranger) got involved and they prevailed. The bad guys boss wanted to steal the money so the church wouldn’t be built so they can stifle free speech, as the pastor would convince the people not to patronize the gambling place and the dance hall. The good guys talked about the importance and right of free speech and freedom of religion. Bring back the Eisenhower 50s! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0635474/

Rewind to 1939. 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.

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.

Ditto for the elites in Bucks County, PA in regard for the homeless, where the homeless used to be constructively kicked out of a public library and were shewed from the Veteran’s Memorial, just because they were homeless. This has changed somewhat, largely due to people exercising their right of free speech. Around the government complex where this library sits there are signs of totalitarianism, literally. Signs read “no trespassing…”  No trespassing is appropriate for private property, but we’re talking about public property. Bucks County officials think public property belongs to them. Wrong! It belongs to we the people; we just entrusted them to administrate our property. It’s not surprising that Bucks County elected a dictator like Shrillery-Killery Clinton! Fortunately the rest of the country didn’t drink the Kool-Aid!

How liberals exacerbate instead of resolve the homeless problem is addressed in “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey With The Homeless”, by Yours Truly. https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA