On our last travel through the WABAC machine, Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, visited America during the Great Depression, where people had trouble finding work, and scrambled for food and shelter. Today we are in the Eisenhower 50s.
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.
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.
“It sounds like the 50’s is a time of great progress, Ms. Dog”
That’s right, Jeff, and it’s not progressive.
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.
To foster self reliance for the homeless, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created: http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/