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 

Overcoming Obstacles

Funding Woes Hurt Homeless reads a newspaper headline I referenced in recent blogs and argued that the cuts to Bucks County’s useless Mental Health Hustler programs is not what hurts the homeless.

Hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless is the main reason there is not sufficient housing for the homeless in Bucks County, PA. Because of attitude towards the homeless, not only will the county government not adequately provide homeless housing, but it interferes with private efforts to provide homeless housing.

Bucks County should follow the example of Pedro Opeka, who encouraged impoverished people in Madagascar to build good communities from  a dump, where once he taught them, they became educated and also built their own community. They didn’t build their city on rock and roll but by motivation and hard work.

A formerly homeless guy in Bucks County told me he spoke with a businessman who had planned to create housing for the homeless. When the establishment found out the project was for the homeless, it was nixed! I’ve heard from other sources that, although there is more property in Bucks County than homeless people, when caring people tried to make plans to use it for the homeless, they got shut down faster than The Little Old Lady from Pasadena shuts down anyone who races her.

Awhile back, when I asked Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to consider a plan to create homeless housing on county land, she poo-pooed the idea and said that it would jeopardize county assisted housing opportunities. There is a one to two year wait. My idea, like Priest Pedro’s, is to let the homeless build and maintain the community, as is the case with Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon.

https://dignityvillage.org/

In Bucks County, the consensus is that people, especially the homeless, are not able to do what the villagers did in Madagascar. And as I’ve argued, Bucks County just uses the homeless so it can keep them out of public view as much as possible and put them out to pasture and tap into public funds.

Even the local Salvation Army, the organization which historically has gone against the grain in order to help restore down and out people, goes along with the establishment in order to get along. People’s actions there show that they are hobophobic. The boss, Major (Casper) Milquetoast will not lay down the law. Likewise, for The (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in need (AHTN),  rules are no rules.

Two homeless people, whom I believe were drunk and I believe took the AHTN bus, went to a recent community meal. They were both loud, especially one of them. When a host on the serving line asked me how I was doing, I responded, “OK. I’m a caregiver and it’s nice to get out once in awhile.” One of them slurred “are you in a tent or a home?” I ignored him. Louder, he repeated the question. “What does it matter?,” I replied. He said that I was in a home and added that he doesn’t like it when someone with a home says he’s going to go out. That whine was totally irrational and uncalled for. Smacks of jealousy and PMS (poor me syndrome). He later got into a loud argument with another guest.

If the jealous tent dweller would get off the bottle, change his attitude and do something more constructive he may get out of his tent. I know of a few homeless people who did! They got a good attitude, didn’t engage in or listen to malicious gossip, went out of their way to find work, and moved on up!

Problem homeless people contribute to homophobia. Unfortunately, people judge all homeless people based on a few rotten apples.

Just as blacks overcame discrimination, oppression during the Jim Crow south, the homeless can overcome prejudice against the homeless and other obstacles.

Excuse making and blame shifting are major reasons the drug abuse epidemic is getting worse. When you see it for what it is, it’s as comical as an episode on the sit com Good Times, when JJ got busted for having a wild party. When confronted, he explained that some people broke into the family apartment “and forced us to party with them.”

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

The doc has the right prescription for overcoming obstacles!

Clowns to The Left of Me

They have been out. At homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station —everywhere– to register people to vote. There was a report recently from Philadelphia about the homeless voting. Advocates and politicians are making sure the homeless vote.  http://www.fox29.com/news/211016034-story

In a recent report from a Philadelphia news station, a homeless person, I believe a druggie, expressed that he has a problem with Donald Trump. Like most anti Trumpets, he gave no reason why he doesn’t like The Donald. From the anti Trump camp, we mostly hear the usual clichés.

In the news story, a homeless veteran said that because of poor care, while waiting for services, veterans have died. The Veterans Health Administration comes under the executive branch of government.

In Dover, Delaware, there is a conflict between a church that has been allowing homeless people to stay on its property, and neighbors. “It has really nothing to do with being anti-homeless,” said Thomas Farrington, who lives near the church. Neighbors complained that the police often have to break up fights between homeless people and that the music and yelling gets loud. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Dover-Church-Tiny-House-Neighbors-Controversy–392662151.html

Farrington said that he isn’t being anti-homeless, yet states “We are not talking about a mother and a couple of children who she lost her job. We’re talking about people that are chronically homeless. They can walk, they can talk, and they can carry a collection plate. But they can’t get a job?”

Although this neighbor may have a legitimate beef about the noise and fights coming from the homeless, he doesn’t understand the homeless. Just because someone is able to work doesn’t mean he/she can find a job. There is a lot of unemployment in our Obama Nation. If elected, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will continue BO’s stinky policies, such as the war on coal, which will put people out of work and exacerbate homelessness.

I personally don’t know the homeless or the situation in Dover like I do in lower Bucks County, PA. What I do know is that there are homeless people here who work, but haven’t worked long enough or make enough money to get a place. I also know that, even if you have a little money, it’s tough to find a place in Bucks County.

In some cases, homeless people here in Bucks County create their own problems. In Queen Anne Park, in the woods on county land, there were complaints about druggies living in the woods. At least one of them in those woods had to be taken to the emergency room.  There are other examples which I’ve written about on previous blogs.

In the case of the Dover church, if indeed the fighting and noise from the homeless is really happening, the pastor needs to make and enforce rules for the homeless who stay at the church property. Individuals who don’t follow the rules should be thrown out so they don’t ruin the privilege for everybody else, which is sometimes the case in Bucks County.

In Bucks County, concerned people have been taking measures to hold unruly individuals accountable for their behavior, particularly at the community meals for the homeless and those in need. This is only fair so the rest of the homeless don’t get a bad name and suffer. As is the title of a song by Eric Burdon And The Animals, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”.  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&qpvt=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&FORM=VDRE

Just because a few A-holes in the homeless community act up, responsible, decent people in the homeless community should not be marginalized and should be given an opportunity for housing.

Awhile back, when I proposed a plan to Democrat Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to set aside county land for an official homeless community, she responded that this would jeopardize opportunities for the homeless to get county assisted housing. The public assisted housing takes one to two years. But of course, what does reality matter to someone living in an Ivory Tower?

Marseglia also championed mental health help for the homeless. This sediment has been put into action by the Bucks County Mental Health hustlers, who go here there and everywhere in an attempt to Shanghai the homeless and take their taxpayer funds to keep the county mental health industry in business. Alan Johnson, formerly with Penndel Mental Health Center, but still a county hustler, told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. Instead, he said people need to get straightened out before they get housing. This presupposes that all homeless have such serious issues that they are not fit to move in anywhere until they avail themselves of the county mental health services. As comedian Pat Paulsen used to say, “BULL FEATHERS!”

Sensible people, including the more industrious members of the homeless community, know that Hillary Clinton or other Democrat, such as PA Representative Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County who says she has done a great deal for the homeless and will continue to do so, in reality does very little for them other than helping with tasks such as benefits.

Democrats get in the way. PA Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned drilling for resources on state lands. The Bimbo of Bucks County praised the wolf for saving the day, saving the environment. She admitted that current drilling on state lands fosters a good economy but said that protecting the environment trumps this. Maybe the bimbo and the wolf can pass out pink slips and eviction notices on Halloween.

Hillary Clinton, and the other Democrats, who are clones of one another, sit high above us on their Ivory Towers. Like the Democrats in Bucks County, they don’t care about serving the homeless or other regular people or even accommodate private efforts to help them (efforts to use abandoned buildings and land in Bucks County for the homeless are stonewalled). They mostly just know how to Demagogue and serve themselves and the special interests. They do, however, sometimes throw in facts, such as the ads that attack Pat Toomey for abridging the right for a woman to murder a baby. These ads prompt me not to vote for Pat’s opponent!

“Your wisdom has certainly made you rich… but your wealth has led to arrogance! You compared yourself to a god, so now I, the LORD God, will make you the victim of cruel enemies” – Ezekiel 28:4-7.

Ain’t Got No Home

“Ooh-ooh-ooh, ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam
Ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam”

-Lyrics from Clarence “Frogman” Henry’s Ain’t Got No Home

A solution to the homeless problem, here in Bucks County, PA, is largely stymied by the perception the public has of the homeless. On one occasion, some people said they felt uncomfortable visiting the Veterans Memorial in Levittown near the Levittown library because some homeless people were there.

They sometimes see some individuals in the group acting erratically and become leery of, prejudice against all homeless people. It’s guilt by association.

A major contributor of homeless stereotypes is the druggies who get mixed in with the homeless population, many from the local recovery houses, which number in the neighborhood of 100 just in Levittown, who create problems. On one occasion, when a new advocate was socializing with the homeless at the memorial, a crazed druggie approached and screamed at the crowd, asking what everybody was doing there.

Unlike much public perception of the homeless, the guard from the nearby municipal building can distinguish between the good homeless and the troublemakers. On one occasion, a homeless guy called the guard to the memorial when a jerk from the recovery house pulled an American flag out of the ground and placed in on his bicycle. The guard made the druggie put the flag back where he got it and kicked him out of the memorial.

Some members of the general homeless population don’t get with the program and work with the authorities. I was just reminded about a homeless guy who has been throwing trash in the woods which is still there, not completely out of sight.  It’s been there for more than a year!

I’ve noticed over the past few months that the homeless have been pushing the envelope at the memorial and surrounding area. They’ve been leaving their tents up during the day when the surrounding buildings were opened. Some of them have left cigarette butts in the area and trash on occasion. My beef, however, is the way the county is handing the problem, punishing everyone, even the innocent ones who don’t cause problems and just need a place to stay.

Doylestown made the decision to chase everyone out of the memorial. My problem is that the county judges everyone in the group based on a few bad apples.

Public perception is that homeless people have mental and addiction problems. The Bucks County mental health industry has exploited this and for years has been aggressively canvassing the homeless population for business, by hook or crook. In exchange for signing up and using their taxpayer funded assistance, the mental health hustlers offer the homeless, in a quid pro quo, housing.

That mental health treatment is a prerequisite for housing – as opposed to housing first – is reflected in a response to an email I sent to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia about finding housing for the homeless. The commissioner listed as a core problem “mental illness that is difficult to treat or people who are resistant in taking medication or attending counseling.”  She also listed alcohol and drug addiction as a core problem.   

To my idea of dedicating county land to open an official homeless camp for the homeless, where the homeless would do much of the work on the camp, she replied “That will not happen because there is too much liability. I also do not think that is helpful to the homeless. 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.”

For Diane Marseglia, one size fits all. She assumes that all homeless people need medication and therapy.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks, part of a national non profit organization that houses, feeds, and provides services for homeless families doesn’t subscribe to this philosophy, but instead houses people who just need a place to stay first and helps them get back on their feet.

There was a slogan during the early part of our country “Millions for defense but not a penny for tribute.” In Bucks County, PA, the slogan should read “Millions for addiction and mental health treatment but not a penny for housing first.”

The key to finding a place for the homeless to stay is the private sector. Bucks County government, which has a jaundiced view, has done an inadequate job of resolving the problem, which the county knew about since the late 80s. The problem with dealing with problems such as homelessness is that, like other things, is that we turned this task over to the government.

As President Ronald Reagan said:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”