Serving Those Who Served Us

Kudos to the volunteers for the job they did at Stand Down 2017, where veterans got free dental, medical, foot and eye exams, free haircuts, acupuncture, and more. This year, the three-day event was squeezed into one day, thanks to the liberal elites in Bucks County, PA, who did not let Stand Down return to the site behind the Levittown library, with no explanation. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/

The Bucks elites, who voted for Shrillery-Killery Clinton, don’t believe they need to explain themselves. I think they banned Stand Down because they don’t like veterans, especially needy ones, homeless people, or anyone who doesn’t live in their Snob Hill neighborhood.  To quote Mr. Rogers, they’d “like to have a neighbor, just like you.” Not!

Stand Down, as defined by freedictionary.com: “the action of ending military activities or active duty temporarily, or a period or condition of being temporarily relieved from active duty and organized cessation of work, or the state of being stopped from working for a period of time.” The idea is to replenish, refresh, in this case, veterans.

Registration at this year’s event, held at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, took more than two hours for the batch I was in, as the three day event was jammed into one day. When I got in line, a handicapped guy with two metal crutch-like supports started dancing his own dance to the Motown and other music from the baby boom era that was playing. He didn’t let his handicap get him down; he just got down! At one point he hung his supports on a beam, hung on and danced. The volunteers offered the vets pudding, cookies, peanut butter crackers, and bottled water. Later, coffee was available.  I shared some of my experiences with the Bucks County homeless with some of the other guys who were waiting.

There were some minor conflicts, but were funny. One guy sitting on a chair, as we played a sort of musical chairs, waiting to go into the building to register, called a guy wearing camouflage, sporting a somewhat scruffy beard, a “gorilla” something. I don’t remember the conversation, but it struck me as funny. UpdateI think the guy called the other guy, who had a bushy beard “Gorilla Guard,” and said something about keeping him back.

On one occasion, when we had to walk to another location, some itchy pants guy rushed a guy who had trouble walking fast. I told Itchy pants “I best you’re one of those drivers who race up to red lights.”

“Yes, sir,” he responded, laughing.

There were a few vets in wheelchairs, and they were well taken care of. The two crutches dancer couldn’t stand very long so a volunteer got him a seat before we got to the chairs.

When I got out of line to get coffee, a volunteer told me about his experience shooting howitzers. When I got back in line, some other vets vouched for me that I wasn’t butting in line. I said that butting in line was a serious offense in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. You get shot. But then, we realized that in the movie you got shot for chewing gum while standing in line.

Once I got registered, we were assigned a guide, who took three people around. My guide said to call him “Moon”, which I think is a shortening of his name.  After lunch I lost my guide, and the volunteers had a laugh when I told them I was looking for Moon. I later found him. I also ran into Dan from the Bristol VA office.

The volunteers genuinely appreciated us vets, both verbally and by their actions.

Because of the long registration and the early closing time for most stations, I couldn’t squeeze in every service I wanted to get. I got the most important ones – dental (had necessary oral surgery done), eye exam and new glasses, and acupuncture. In the busyness, I unintentionally left a flyer from the acupuncture station about a free new acupuncture clinic for vets in Bristol, and I couldn’t find the information on the Internet. I also had my mind on getting back to the nursing home where someone I’m very close to is staying.

I also forgot the extra gauze the dentist gave me along with the take home instructions. I didn’t need the extra gauze and I remembered the instructions, which were simple enough even for me.

On my way back in, after using the porta potty inside the garage, I thought I saw The Bimbo of Bucks County, aka State Representative Tina Davis heading the other way. I didn’t hear her speak this year. This is one positive thing for this year’s Stand Down venue. It’s possible, however, that she gave her phony spiel about helping the homeless when the vets were given clothing and other items.  Because of the generosity of the churches at community meals, I passed on this. If the Bimbo did speak then, she probably would have, just like a liberal, taken credit for the stuff other people donated.

Saturday was a day to honor and serve those who served us, helping them out in their need.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

-1st John 3:17-18

The New Stand Down Order

Finally, the real reason Philadelphia Stand Down, the three-day event to help homeless and needy veterans, will no longer be held in the field behind the Levittown public library is out. This year, Bucks County will do a re-creation of Jonestown, Guyana. Hillary Clinton will play the part of Jim Jones. 

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

The original Jonestown was welcomed by Guyana, as the country was then socialist.  Lately, Guyana has been moving away from socialism. http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/guyana.htm 

Bucks County, PA is more socialistic than Guyana today, so the plan to remake Guyana is welcome here, as Bucks, which voted for her, welcomes Hillary Clinton with open arms. When the county learned that she was considering becoming a pastor, Bucks County made her an honorary pastor, ignoring the rule of law, which just impedes progress. It will bill the event “Pastor Hillary’s Jonestown.” 

Promoters of the event point out that the Levittown public library has not used the books the librarian started importing to make a large enough dent to fight racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic traditional values. The library conspicuously displayed Hillary’s books in the library, brought in other books promoting the new world order, but failed to make a radical difference in the progressive community, said Bucks County Information Officer R.I. Diculous, who added, “we need to go all the way!” 

Helping the homeless was a large tenet of Jonestown.  According to Religioustolerance.org: 

The Peoples Temple was initially structured as an inter-racial mission for the sick, homeless and jobless. He assembled a large following of over 900 members in Indianapolis IN during the 1950’s.  

“He preached a ‘social gospel’ of human freedom, equality, and love, which required helping the least and the lowliest of society’s members. Later on, however, this gospel became explicitly socialistic, or communistic in Jones’ own view, and the hypocrisy of white Christianity was ridiculed while ‘apostolic socialism’ was preached.” 

It’s the thought that counts!  At a recent Stand Down in Levittown I attended, State Representative Tina Davis touted how much she has helped the homeless and said she plans to help them even more. You may think this is a lofty goal and that Tina is just a dreamer, but, as the Disney character sings: “Dreams can come true; it can happen to you…”  By the way, Disney is taking over the Golden Gate Bridge, which is between San Francisco and Oakland, California. Why? It connects Fairyland with Jungle Land. 

He’s sneaking up behind me.  Pastor Hillary will host a workshop on combating sexism/ how to trump Trump. Participants will go through a diorama of creepy characters, portraying The Deplorables. 

To prevent overcrowding, Kool-aide will be served at the end of each day’s events. 

Members of Pastor Hillary’s Jonestown will reach out to the Afro-American homeless community to tell them that other members of the homeless community are racists. Although there is no evidence of this, the new Jonestown community will tell homeless blacks they are being repressed by homeless whites. They just don’t know it and need to be told. 

There has been isolated fighting between white homeless members. They can be recruited so all the fight can be taken out of them. Of course, like the rest of the homeless, they are itching to fight. The wise Philosopher Kings (and Queens) just know it, just as did Joseph Stalin, who believed the average person is a miscreant that just hasn’t been caught yet.  

Disclaimer: This is satire. For those of you in Doylestown, “sat·ire 

[ˈsaˌtī(ə)r] 

NOUN 

  1. the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. 
  1. synonyms: mockery · ridicule · derision · scorn · caricature · irony · sarcasm 
  • a play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire:  
  • “a stinging satire on American politics” 
  • synonyms: parody · burlesque · caricature · lampoon · skit · spoof · takeoff · sendup 
  • a genre of literature characterized by the use of satire. 
  • (in Latin literature) a literary miscellany, especially a poem ridiculing prevalent vices or follies.”  

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Satire&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=satire&sc=8-6&sk=&cvid=CB30BA91973C4591AC473E97121C35D4 

He who works his land will have abundant food, 

But the one who chases fantasies 

Will have his fill of poverty” -Proverbs 28:19 

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.