Decades ago, author E.B. White wrote that New York “is a cancer, as yet undetected.” New York City has influenced the rest of the country, and the social cancer has been growing, infecting the rest of the country.
“Uh-huh, this town’s full of money grabbers
Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots, huh
Sha oobie, my brain’s been battered
My friends they come around they
Flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
Pile it up, pile it up, pile high on the platter “
-lyrics from The Rolling Stones’ Shattered
Homelessness in New York City is so bad that the homeless in New York could not fit inside of Yankee Stadium.
These are the fruits of the New York values that Presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke of.
What are our values? What have we reaped as a result of those values? This past Sunday a couple walked out of their dwelling out into the parking lot, spreading apart like two magnets of the same poles as they started walking somewhere. They weren’t really together but were walking the same direction. One of them started saying something to the other, to which the other snapped “shut up!” There seems to be a lot of anger today, manifesting itself in instances such as road rage. Recently, two clueless youths were blaring out gangsta rap at 2:30 in the morning, oblivious of how they affected others around them, parroting, aping mindless lyrics. To quote Shakespeare “…a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Homelessness is another New York value that has spread to the rest of the country. The “emergency” shelter in Levittown, PA has a month’s long waiting list to get in. Consequently, people, many of whom just lost their jobs, sleep in cars, on concrete slabs, and in the woods.
Homelessness is the canary in the mine, which indicates, in the words of Astro, the dog in The Jetsons cartoon that “rumthing’s wrong rear Reorge (something’s wrong here, George).”
Because of liberal/progressive policies, as the senator Ted Cruz points out, people in New York are suffering, for which he sends his condolences.
Texas, by contrast, has a lot less homeless people than New York. It is more conservative than New York City, where people pull their own weight, has more of a Christian consensus than New York and there is less reliance on the government. Texas has been putting up speed bumps to slow down the Feds, who are driving under the influence of liberalism. Don’t mess with Texas.
In my blog Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote For Progressives, I documented that in areas under progressive/liberal rules there is more homelessness than there is in places where there is a conservative consensus.
What is conservatism?
True conservatism espouses limited government, a free market, where individuals freely exchange buying and selling as well as ideas. Specifically, free market capitalism is true conservatism, not crony capitalism, which Donald Trump subscribes to. This is the practice where the government uses it’s weight and gives special privileges to others. In practice, it’s not much different than progressivism, the March towards socialism. Crony capitalism, sometimes disguised as conservatism, gives conservatism a bad name.
Conservatism does not involve a creed. From our country’s founding, it’s served as a framework to allow citizens their basic God given rights while protecting them, especially from the government.
Many years ago a pastor told me that Karl Marx was wrong when he said that capitalism oppresses people. It’s the evil in humans, the pastor explained, that causes wrongs to be committed, not capitalism. Frederick Engels, Marx’s socialist sidekick, stated that marriage is “legalized prostitution, in a capitalistic marriage.”
Ted Cruz has been accused of being a “dominionist”, meaning that he would force his religious views down the throats of his fellow Americans. This is not true. Following the constitution, Cruz would respect the rights of others to practice their religion – religious liberty. The left, on the other hand, doesn’t do this, as evidenced in the government harassing in an attempt to coerce Christians to go against their beliefs, state sponsored discrimination, in cases such as bakeries which were hassled when they wished to refrain from baking cakes for “gay weddings.” Some pastors fear the day may come when the government will force them to perform same sex marriages, which is against their beliefs.
Religious freedom allows us to engage in the free market of ideas. Individuals and churches who are kind to the homeless by feeding them, helping with shelter, and reaching out to them is driven by their Christian beliefs.
In lower Bucks County, PA, the government not only doesn’t help the homeless very much – certainly not as much as private charity – but seeks to arbitrarily drive them out of public places, as they did to a homeless woman with COPD at the WIC building in Levittown and as they are doing constructively at the Levittown public library and have tried, but have been unsuccessful at the nearby Veteran’s Memorial.
It’s the Christian mission to show God’s light on the world. We can do this in a free market society.
We can shine light on darkness, as found in the Rolling Stone’s lyrics:
“Uh huh shattered, uh huh shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I’m in tatters!
I’m a shattered