Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

In my last blog, I lamented the Philadelphia Stand Down, the annual event for Veterans, being scrapped at the location for next year by government in Bucks County, PA. Today I will explain why this event is so cherished.

Volunteers, not the government, make the program great.

The volunteers at Stand Down on Saturday (I just went one day) were welcoming, helpful, friendly, and efficient. Registration went smoothly and the people setting me up were amicable.

It was one stop shopping as I went to the medical, the dental, and eye clinics. At the medical station, I told Christine about a sporadic, but chronic cough I’ve been experiencing. She said she’d set up an appointment and call me Monday. This morning, she called to tell me she had set up an appointment at the clinic in Horsham, PA.

This is the third year I attended the Philadelphia Stand Down, and for the third year, I got acupuncture.

The Won Institute, which gave the free messages and acupuncture treatments at the Philadelphia Stand Down, gives a big discount for veterans at their clinic in Glenside, PA. http://www.woninstitute.edu/index.php?page=acupuncture-clinic

There was genuine appreciation and respect for veterans. I remember at least one volunteer saying “thank you for your service.” The overall attitude showed that we vets were welcomed there and that volunteers showed their appreciation by all their hard work and effort and their time.

Helping those in need is best done by caring individuals. There are people out there who genuinely care about others, and show this by their actions.

The volunteers at Stand Down reflect the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who believed in limited government. When farmers in many counties in Texas suffered drought in 1887, congress appropriated $10,000 for farmers to buy seed grain. President Cleveland vetoed the expenditure, saying that bailouts are unconstitutional. He instead encouraged his fellow Americans to help each other out. And they did, shelling out much more than congress demanded from taxpayers. Cleveland stated:

“I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”

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

We should follow the example of not depending on the government but helping each other. Stand Down exemplifies this tradition.

1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him ? 1 John 3:18 Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. 1 John 3:19 Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God’s side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord.

There You Go Again!

When an opponent of Ronald Reagan repeated a nonsensical statement, Reagan would reply “There you go again!” Likewise, to the government of Bucks County, PA I say “There you go again!”

This weekend marked the last Stand Down, an event for homeless and needy veterans, which has been held on county administered land behind the public library in Levittown, PA.

Bucks County “won’t be inviting Stand Down, an annual effort to provide needed services and support to ‘positively change the lives of the areas homeless veterans and their families,’ to return to the old Bucks County-owned Thiokol property near the Levittown Library in Bristol Township for 2017” said a county spokesman and Stand Down organizers, as reported in LevittownNow.com.

“The reason for the move was not immediately made clear to Stand Down organizers,” the article continues. Really?

http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/

The answer is really “because we said so.” As per the attitude towards the homeless in general in Bucks County, anyone whose status in life doesn’t match the vision of a perfect suburban soccer mom society shakes up the establishment’s bourgeois world.

The Bucks County establishment doesn’t want the homeless in the Levittown public library or at the nearby veteran’s memorial, both open to the public, simply because they are homeless, even when they are following the rules.

So why should homeless and needy veterans be any different? There they go again!

This year, Stand Down was not publicized. Maybe this is a way to constructively push away something people don’t like.

Surprisingly, when I commented about the lack of publicity on the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans Facebook page, I was met with hostility. People were very defensive and snapped that I shouldn’t say anything on their page about the matter but take it up with the Stand Down organizers. They practically took my head off! The organization removed my post. When I asked why and challenged their reasoning, I was told I had insulted their organization and was disrespectful.

Dr. Ben Carson was right on target when he said that today, with political correctness, people are afraid to express an opinion for fear someone may not just debate an issue, but try to destroy them. This is not American. This is not why veterans wore a uniform.  This evidently is the case with the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans. One of them tried to spin what they did and said they were just maintaining their page. As comedian Pat Paulsen used to say, “bull feathers!”

I am not going to just sit down and shut up! I plan to continue, on my own venue, to spout off my grassroots big mouth.

I’m thinking that if this space on Bucks County land was for an event for illegal aliens or Muslim refugees, the recipients would be more welcomed than the veterans. And planes with banners would fly overhead weeks ahead to advertise. White Toyota pickup trucks would drive through neighborhoods with loudspeakers to announce the event.

Not “welcoming” Stand Down back reflects the liberal attitude of the elites, like President BO and Shrillery-Killery Clinton who don’t believe they have to explain themselves and be held accountable. They say “what does it matter” and make up the rules as they go along. They also make things up to get us off their backs.

Public land, by the way, belongs to we the people. We just lend authority to the government to administer the land. We are the ultimate landlords.

“The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern. ” -Proverbs 29:7

Get Them Homeless Moving

Get Them Homeless Moving (parody of the western series Rawhide theme song)

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

Get them homeless moving

Rawhide

Why are they hesitating?

Why are they excogitating?

Public funding is the ends for our drive

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

‘though they are disapproving

Rawhide

No need to understand them

Just rope and dope and brand them

Take them to the clinic bye and bye

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

Get them homeless moving

Rawhide

A head shrinker is awaiting

with drugs to placate them

Public funding is the ends for our drive

 

Move ’em out

Shove ’em out

Lure ’em out

To the Penndel Mental Health Center

Rawhide

YA!

 

There has been some progress with the challenge to move the homeless out of the woods, where some of them, mainly refugees from the recovery houses, caused problems near the public library in Levittown, PA.  Although a few of them have been able to work out a deal through Penndel Mental Health Center to get medical treatment and a least temporary housing, there remains the quid pro quo for these people to use the services, through public funding, with the center.

This is somewhat like those people who hawk timeshares by inviting you to a free meal. After the free meal, the hosts, unlike the community meals for the homeless, expect something in return. At the very least, to sit through a high pressure sales pitch.

Nobody canvasses the homeless neighborhood like the salesmen from the Penndel Mental Health Center. From early meet and greets at tent cities, at tent city evictions, at the Levittown Public Library, Code Blues, ad infinitum ad nauseam, they are there. To adapt lyrics from an old Beatles song:

You don’t even have to call

And I’ll be there

People need choice and should decide for themselves (although advice and solid analysis is OK) whether it be where they send their kids to school, if they need treatment and if so, where to go, etc.

I don’t understand why housing and mental health treatment are linked together, in pork barrel style.

In Bucks County, we need place for people to live who have just fallen on hard times.

Holy synthetic demand, Batman!

What’s twisted, is the recovery houses, which are run like the asylum in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, are protected by the federal government. Yet because of hobophobia, it’s hard to develop vacant buildings in neighborhoods for the homeless because people don’t want them there. The recovery houses bring problems. Here live people who choose to be slaves to their addictions, and are often a public plague. Different kinds of people are homeless; they are a less homogenous group than are people in the recovery houses.

Recovery houses are more of a threat to public order than are shelters for people who just need a place to live.

With all the access to the homeless Penndel has, with help from the government, it’s easy to think that that this August institution is the only game in town.  It’s not. Representatives from Penndel Mental Health Center showed up at the Salvation Army where I volunteered. I was going through a rough time  and people from the Army referred me to and encouraged me to go to the center for help.

At some point, I found a free counseling group that helps with a host of problems, not just addictions.

http://12stepjourney.com/

Fraudulently recruiting people, for a mental health center like Penndel Mental Health doesn’t just occur just in Bucks County, PA.

Pastor and counselor Jay Adams cites a case where it was discovered that people sent for evaluation for mental illness were falsely diagnosed. In an experiment, six people, who were as sane as you or I, were labeled schizophrenic and one was classified as manic depressive. The experimenter found that no one was turned away as a malingerer or faker. After the person who conducted the experiment announced to the institution that he would check the intake records again, many people were turned away from the institution as malingerers.  http://www.nouthetic.org/the-physician-the-pastor-psychotherapy-and-counseling

As is the case with the much of the mental health industry, medication tends to be a quick fix for problems at Penndel Mental Health.

The problem with modern psychiatry and psychology is they treat as “mental problems”, as though it is a medical problem, using medication. There are physical problems and spiritual (moral) problems. The psyche community came up with a third category, a non-organic, non-moral category. To quote Jay Adams:

“But it (the psychiatric community) knows nothing about a ‘mental illness’ category, in which a non-organic bug of some sort creates a non-organic problem which has to be treated non-organically under a medical aegis, though there is nothing medical about it. What is peculiarly medical about someone telling how to live with grandmother? ”

Dr. Adams further indicts the mental health community.  “There is a mess out there in psychiatry. Zilboorg, in his two volume history of psychiatry, concluded: ‘The field is in disarray, just as it was at the beginning.’  I agree with him that the field is in disarray, but I disagree that it is just as bad as it was at the beginning.”

Counseling people is a mission, not a business. In some cases, such as found in Bucks County, PA, it becomes monkey business. To quote Chuck Berry it’s just “too much monkey business, too much monkey business, too much monkey business for me to get involved with.”  https://youtu.be/5b2w_nJLuvw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re So Glad You’re Here

We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here

In Jesus name…

— song sung by St. Mark AME Zion Church to greet visitors

Unlike politicians who say they are there to help the homeless in Bucks County, PA, the people at St. Mark really mean that they are glad people are there. And they take to heart that it is Jesus who empowers them to love their neighbor as themselves.

At the Sunday community meals for the homeless, whom St. Mark calls “friends without walls”, the guests really seem to feel at home. They feel comfortable taking with their hosts as well as each other just about anything, including problems they are facing.

At the last community meal at St. Mark, one of the guests decided to follow suit when one of the hosts was quietly playing an electric guitar. He started playing an acoustical guitar and singing songs, including a heart felt rendition of Amazing Grace. The hosts and other guests joined in.

This is the way it should be! The atmosphere was upbeat and comforting.

Most of the other community meal hosts reach out to make their guests feels at home. It’s not the case like Jeff Dunham’s Walter as a Walmart greeter:

“Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!”

Throughout Bucks County, the homeless feel unwanted, even hated. At this community meal, I overheard one guest remark “Newtown doesn’t like us.” But this church, an oasis in the desert of hobophobia in Bucks County, loves them unconditionally.

It is God who builds bridges between people and fosters brotherly and sisterly love. Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto wrote that capitalism alienates people from one another, under which “the only nexus between man and man is callous cash payment.” Wrong!

The Romantics of the late 18th and early 19th century believed that nature and lofty thoughts bring people together. The thought “the love of nature leads to the love of man”. As a recovering Romantic, I understand the emptiness of this line of thinking. “Holy cognitive therapy, Batman!”

The beauty of nature, God’s handiwork, certainly comforts us and I for one, appreciate it. It is a gift from God.

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Psalm 19, 1-6

The problem with the nature freaks, as in the line in George Herbert’s poem The Pulley, is that “Man will worship my gifts instead of me (God).”

I can’t see the Bucks County Rangers standing outside of the woods where the homeless live, gathering together like Christmas carolers singing

“We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here…”

Maybe they would do this for the homeless (feral) cats who live in the gated community in the woods across from the homeless shelter in Levittown.

Of course, except for a particular rogue ranger, known as Ranger Dick, aka Officer Fife, the rangers are only carrying out the callous, asinine policy of the Bucks County Government. One ranger even goes against the grain, not accepting the cop out that he’s “just doing his duty.” He has a heart, questioning “where are these people going to go?”

Good question!

Walt Disney’s Jiminy Cricket said “let your conscience be your guide.” It’s God through the holy spirit who gives us the ability to tell right from wrong. The church needs to continue to influence society.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:20

There’s Something Happening Here

“Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute” was the rallying cry in America when the French kept attacking American ships in 1797. Today, it’s millions for refuges and illegal aliens and not one cent for the homeless, including veterans who fought for our country.

While politicians are rolling out the red carpet for foreigners, many of them trespassers who sneaked into our country, many of our own people don’t have a place to live. The illegal trespassers are not treated as such and get lots of freebees, stolen from the taxpayers.

Yet, our own people, who lose their homes and have to go out into the street and into the woods to scrape out an area to lay their head, are called trespassers on public land. On Friday, November 20, 2015, in Bucks County, PA, county rangers and sheriffs raided the woods and served eviction notices on homeless people squirreled away in the woods.

The calling card the authorities left read “Warning, you are in violation…” (Sounds a lot like Deputy Barney Fife).

“With this notice you are herby notified that you are trespassing on private property owned by the County of Bucks”, the notice Augustly stated.

Private property? Owned by the County of Bucks? Holy Marxism, Batman! We’re talking about public land, owned by we the people. The government is supposed to serve us and just administrate public property and keep order. Decisions are to be made through the democratic process.

When the government fears the people, this is liberty. When people fear the government, this is tyranny!

Homeless Americans who need a place to stay are pushed away and are treated like lepers. Yet, on county land, it’s OK to put up wooden shelters for feral cats and feed them. So take care of the cats but show callous disregard for the humans. Oh, the humanity!

Something’s happening here. What it is, is becoming clear. There’s a man with a badge over there, telling me I’ve got to get out of here. I’m saying STOP! Hey who’s that clown? Everybody look at the B.S. going ’round. — to adapt the classic Buffalo Springfield song, for what it’s worth.

At the bottom of the notice is information where the poor people tossed off public land can get assistance. One guy given this notice told me he called one of the numbers. He was then given the number to the Advocates for the Homeless (AHTN), then referred to another person at AHTN, then given another number. He was told that nobody could even help him move.

Where is AHTN when you need them? To advocate for someone, you get into their corner and do your best to do what’s in their best interests.

A couple of months ago, AHTN sponsored a video that allegedly helped the homeless. Instead, it hurt the homeless by perpetuating stereotypes. This opened my eyes to see that AHTN is not about genuinely helping the homeless, but about AHTN, just like the county, state (especially the governor), and federal government  (especially the president). Et tu, AHTN?

This is much like the way President LBJ allegedly helped the poor, with his war on poverty and his so-called great society. Instead, he fostered more poverty and crime, and especially destroyed the black community.

Today, the homeless are treated the way blacks were down south during Jim Crow.

One winter, a homeless woman with COPD, and who was just out of the hospital after having pneumonia and couldn’t walk far, wanted to get warm in the WIC building in the municipal building in Levittown, PA after having been dropped off by the code blue bus. She just wanted to stay an hour or two before the public library opened, but the guard gave her some cock-n-bull story about her not being allowed there because there were no clients there.

Another guard from the municipal building used to shoo away the homeless  who frequented the Veteran’s Memorial because some people complained that they felt uncomfortable with them being there.

The homeless have been regularly harassed in the Levittown Public Library, where some patrons complained that they don’t like them being there.

These are examples of people thinking that public places belongs to them, and they act as though they can pick and choose and arbitrarily decide who can be there as if it is their own home. Wrong!

As I discussed in my previous blog, “advocates” for the homeless in Portland, Oregon lobbied for the homeless who started out in the same situation as many homeless in Bucks County, PA are now in, where day by day they face evictions. It seems they are not wanted anywhere, like an episode in Charles Shultz’s Charlie Brown, No Dogs Allowed, where everywhere a dog went, “No Dogs Allowed” signs appeared as the off camera narrator announced “no dogs allowed.”

I’m told that signs recently appeared on public land that told the homeless to keep out. No dogs allowed, indeed!

Instead of treating the homeless like lepers, and trying to push them away, Bucks County should work with the homeless to find a solution to the problem. At Stand Down 2015, state legislator Tina Davis bragged that she helps the homeless, and Augustly stated “You need the government. You need me.”

Talk is cheap. Let’s put your money where our mouth is advocates, neighbors, and politicians and stop giving everything away to undeserving invaders and start allocating our resources to our own countrymen who need and deserve it!

Everywhere they go, the homeless are pushed away. Someday they will have nowhere to go, except the nuthouses, which are a government monopoly in Bucks County.

What will be the final solution? See my blog A Modest Proposal.