Socialism, Christianity and the Homeless

Most of the homeless folks I know in lower Bucks County, PA are not fans of President Barry Obama. In this population, there seem to be less Kool-aid drinkers than there are in other populations.

This most likely is because they have suffered first hand the rotten fruits of BO’s socialist agenda.

Many people have become homeless as a result of the bad economy.  People just can’t get jobs and end up on the street.  Not only did socialism foster homelessness, but the liberal-socialist establishment in lower Bucks County compounds the loss of freedom for the homeless.  They want to keep the homeless homeless, pawns of the state.

Of course there are places that help the homeless look for jobs,and they have to be responsible, but the combination of the hard times fostered by BO and the lack of cooperation by Bucks County to find shelter for the homeless compounds the problem.

Instead of lifting the camping ban and working with compassionate citizens who want to help the homeless build shelters, the establishment hunts down the homeless and demeans them. They even try to shoo them from public places, as if they were cockroaches.  Sometimes the homeless create their own problems by doing things which calls the authorities in, but not always.

Not long after Bucks County realized the homeless problem here in the late 80’s, they have tried to recruit the homeless to go to mental institutions, whether it was warranted or not.  They diagnose first and ask questions later.  During  an expedition to a homeless camp, a member from the Penndel Mental Health Clinic went along.  And people in the mental health industry periodically visit the homeless at Code Blues and other places.

Mental illness has become a talisman to get shelter in Bucks County.

Besides shelter, the homeless need people who genuinely care for them — who accept them unconditionally and not have a hidden agenda.  People in the community have been reaching out to the homeless. Some people have brought food and have socialized with them.  They show them God’s love; they are his ambassadors.

At the community meals for the homeless and the needy, the hosts have developed relationships with the regulars and have sat down and talked with them.  Many of the homeless and hosts know one another by first names.

This is a start.

In the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who nixed a government bailout to help Texas farmers who suffered drought, we need to count on Americans helping their fellow Americans in need.  The private sector needs to be the driving force.  The government needs to accommodate them and just get out of the way.

Socialism is evil, even as just an economic system.  There are people who call themselves Christians who say that the Bible doesn’t condemn socialism and that it even encourages it.  They point to the story where people sell their goods for the common good of the community.  Well, that was an ad hoc thing and just involved a private group of people who did this among themselves.  There’s nothing wrong with people chipping in for a common cause.  It’s noble.

But to heavily tax people and redistribute wealth is wrong.

There was, and still probably is a movement known as “Christian Socialism”.  I refer to the phrase used in the practice of law, “Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius.”

Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius Definition:

Latin: the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other.

“Christian” excludes “Socialism”.

Socialism is central planning, which limits individual choice. For socialism to work right, you must assume that the people making plans for us are right and have our best interests at heart. History tells us otherwise.

Getting everyday people to read and scrutinize scripture is a trend started by Martin Luther and enabled by Gutenberg when he invented the printing press.  Anyone can challenge a Pope, a Jim Jones or anyone at the top by being informed and thinking.  Even people in high positions are fallible. There’re only human.

Today the government says same sex marriage is OK.  Not everyone believes this, especially Bible believing Christians.  And look at the garbage on TV and other places.

Freedom rings when people are free to express their views and read, watch or listen to what they want.  And, like an economic system, they are free to choose in the marketplace of ideas.

A blogger on FaceBook recently wrote that to further a true belief in God, we need to change people’s hearts.  I agree.  This can be done better in a capitalistic, free market society.

Back in the 70’s, the late evangelist Francis Shaffer said that in this country, freedom has been misused, and that to keep order in society, one of two things must happen.  Either people will have to be controlled by the outside in a police state, or they’ll have to be changed on the inside through faith in God.

I value the variety of opinions on FaceBook. There are some that are totally irrational, but that’s the price of freedom.  I have the freedom to ignore views I don’t like.

The homeless are the canary in the mine to indicate the health of a society.  When you have a large homeless population — and it’s steadily growing as a result of liberal-socialist rule — it’s time for genuine hope and change.

My hope is to change back to the Eisenhower 50’s with institutions that worked well for society.

Doggie Dog Homeless World Report

A fellow homeless friend of mine is at the end of his rope — has given up on life.  I try to cheer him up, wagging my tail and smiling at him, which is a temporary fix, but his frustration, defeatism, hurt and disappointment run deep.

My friend said he has a sense of ennui, which means, for those of you in Doylestown, “a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.”  Indeed, he’s had a belly full.

He quotes T.S. Elliot:

“I should have been a pair of ragged claws

scuttling across the floors of silent seas”

My friend has also been talking about catching a train — doesn’t matter if it’s passenger or freight — between stops, and he doesn’t want to wait for the train to stop, if you get my drift.

The proverbial straw came after he was once again turned down for an apartment.  Although his credit score is low, he lived in a house he owned for almost 24 years.  After he lost his job, he didn’t let it go into foreclosure but sold it.  It was just for the past year or so that he became destitute; for many years before that he was in the black.

My friend explained all this to the manager at Levittown Trace, the last place to turn him away.  His words were wasted, as she was just a conduit who passed basic information to some A-hole at the Levittown Trace Corporate Office, and being narrow minded, just looked at numbers, one factor.

This kind of thinking seems to be an epidemic in Bucks County, PA.  The elites in Doylestown, Et al.,  just look at the definition of homelessness —  Merriam‑Webster: having no home or permanent place of residence” and form their jaundiced view regarding the homeless.  There are people who don’t have a home, so therefore, because humans live in homes and the homeless are out in the wilds, they are animals, and must be treated as such.

As is the case with my other homeless, human friends, I am at a loss at how to help them better deal with their situation.  Most of them smoke like chimneys, wasting money and ruining their health.  There’s one homeless person who is being treated for lung cancer, yet continues to smoke, despite admonishments from a friend, the doctor who is treating her cancer, and her doctor’s assistant.

The homeless don’t have many outlets, and life is generally boring for them.  As is the case some people in the general population, smoking has become  a religion.  Many are members of the Church of the Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.  Instead of killing them quickly, as was the case with the Kool-Aid drinkers in Jonestown, Guyana,

the cancer sticks are killing them softly.

I thought it was interesting reading on the above link that the Kool-Aid survivor was a homeless woman who was sitting in her van when she caught a ride to La-La Land, from a man who promised hope and change.

Another escape for the homeless is booze.  I don’t understand why people imbibe, only to end up fighting one another, getting in trouble with the man, and becoming alienated from one another.

I, Homeless Dog, am in the same situation as my human homeless friends.  I don’t smoke, drink booze, bark at people or bite them.  If I’m hungry, hot, cold, thirsty, or just want to get out and stretch my legs, I let someone know.  Unlike the Bucks County establishment, I accept everybody, no matter who they are or what baggage they are carrying.

One tip I can give the homeless is to have a raison d’être.

For those of you in Doylestown, this word means “reason for being.”

My raison d’être is to try to cheer people up, like a therapy dog (who needs Penndel Mental Health Center?)  and to serve as a watchdog.

Homeless brothers and sisters, what is your raison d’être?

Being homeless is ruff, but one has to keep her tail wagging, mouth smiling, and, as Argent sang, hold your head up.

And if it’s bad
Don’t let it get you down, you can take it
And if it hurts
Don’t let them see you cry, you can take it

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high

And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes on you moving
And if they shout
Don’t let them change a thing what you’re doing

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high  

Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created to give the homeless a chance to hold their head high by giving them a hand in developing their own homes, modeled on The Homestead Act of 1862.

It will be a tougher sell to Doylestown Democrats and RINOs than to honest Abe, but, despite them burning their eyes on us moving and barking at us, we have to not change a thing we’re doing (except for minor adjustments).