A Cure for Being Shattered

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,
Signifying nothing.”

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
Shattered”

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/45250/ 

 

 

 

 

Wossamatta U Evangelicals and The Homeless

Donald Trump is a window on what our culture, and on what some evangelical Christians who support him, has become. Trump was raised in a feel-good church, Marble Collegiate, home of Norman Vincent Peale who wrote the infamous The Power of Positive Thinking. The books ideas, which spread like manure, combined psychobabble with Christianity.

The term “self esteem” is ubiquitous. It basically tells people to feel good about themselves. The problem is not that we shouldn’t be positive, and not hang our heads down low, but the basis for feeling good about yourself.

Humans have a way of rationalizing behavior. Modern psychologists and others make excuses for bad behavior, and tell people “it’s OK” and that it wasn’t their fault. So they feel good about themselves, raise their self esteem without resolving human character flaws, which simply comes down to sin.

We have no good in ourselves.   “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” –John 15:5.

The chair yoga class I take at the public library in Levittown, PA offers great exercises for your health, but I laugh off the religious aspect of the class.  “Let the sunshine shine through you, the love surround you…”  The teacher also prompts the class to “bow to the teacher within.”  This says that we are basically good. As a sinner saved by grace, I disagree.

Left to our own devices, our human flaws, we don’t know how to treat others and love them unconditionally. For me, when God is my captain and follow his rules I can feel good about myself. When we bond with God, we can show people the love God gives.

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” –Luke 10:27

Trump can bully a widow who doesn’t want to move from her dwelling and still feel good about himself. After all, he trumps how he gives people money and pays lip service to  feel good clergy such as Joel Osteen, who praises Trump as “a friend of our ministry” and “a good man.” Yet Osteen and other pseudo-evangelicals don’t tell us why.

The homeless in lower Bucks County, PA are marginalized, even considered as a group a persona non grata.  The surface, feel good, commercialized, culture of Bucks County where, like Engulf and Devour in Mel Brook’s Silent Movie, the almighty dollar is worshipped, has no room in the Inn for the homeless. As I mentioned in the previous blog, a worldly representative from the Salvation Army thinks the Levittown librarian is doing a community service by trying to rid the library of homeless people.

Mixing worldly views in the church is the problem today, as it’s always been. This is the affiliations Donald Trump has.

During the early church, the apostle Paul and his guys toured the early church to encourage them to practice fidelity to scriptures.  In my Sunday school class, we looked at a map that showed the apostle’s journey. I noticed that they were moving away from Cypress and remarked that the guys were running away from the Cyclops.  “Too much Greek mythology, Jeff,” a brother remarked.

That, of course, was a joke. But it’s no joke that churches have been mixing worldly views with Christianity.

A Westminster Seminary student once told me that the traditional, orthodox Protestant churches have more in common with the Roman Catholic churches that they do with their liberal Protestant counterparts, even in their own denomination! He called these churches “apostates”, which means that God isn’t even in the picture. My Mom used to call these feel good churches “social clubs”.

This is why Westminster Seminary was formed.

http://www.wts.edu/about/history.html

As I discussed in earlier blogs, it’s mostly the true believers who accept the homeless unconditionally and help them and expect nothing in return. They certainly are acting in a godly manner.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks County, which will hold it’s grand opening on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m., practices God’s grace by sheltering and feeding homeless families and taking them to the day center, where they can better themselves.

Resourceful and tricky as he is, if it was to his advantage, Donald Trump could probably find a way to recycle homeless people and turn them into Soylent Green, wafers people could eat. Maybe they could be used for communion in the churches that back Trump. And they would feel good about themselves! Instead of saying that the wafer represents Christ’s body that was broken for you when pastors administer communion, they can say “this is for your self esteem.”

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

Trump and the phony evangelicals are a modern manifestation of P.T. Barnum.  As Ted Cruz says, “people like PT Barnum” but that “it is time to put away the clowns, the acrobats, and the dancing bears.” This also applies to Shrillery Clinton, who also lacks the fruits of the spirit. Although more straight forward that Trump and Clinton, Bernie Sanders is also a joke and advocates socialism, which is anti-Christian and very destructive.

“There’s a sucker born every minute”, to quote P.T. Barnum.

A large part of our country’s problems is a result of the church not having more influence on society. Church goers, read your Bibles and learn truth for yourself!  “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  –John 8:32

Druggies and the Homeless

This is the city, Levittown, PA, population of some 18,000 people. In the town are nearly 100 recovery houses, some of which are poorly run, some run well. When clients from these houses bring crime to the city, I go to work. My name is Jeff, I carry a laptop.

The feds have been pushing their drug business on the citizens of lower Bucks County, PA, allowing the cancerous growth of recovery houses that have been a magnet for druggies, many from outside the community. Many of the houses are revolving doors, where druggies are unleashed, like the Frankenstein monster, on the community.

Once at large, many of the druggies become homeless, plaguing the community and giving a bad name to the other homeless, whose ranks they join. Many become panhandlers and thieves.

Although homeless are known to beg for cigarette, booze, and money for soda, I don’t know of any homeless people I’ve encountered in lower Bucks County over nearly the past two years who aren’t druggies who actively panhandle. One homeless person I know for sure who panhandles, is a druggie. In fact, he bragged “I’m the King of the panhandlers!” Except for two anomalies, which I mentioned in a previous blog, generally homeless people don’t steal. “Stealing” can be the word you use in word association for “druggie.”

While houses for druggies keeps growing, there is a shortage of housing for people who just need a place to live. Even the emergency shelter has a months long waiting list, and it takes a year or two to get into county assisted housing.

Another route for housing for the homeless in Bucks County is the nuthouse. Officials in Bucks County have been trying to shanghai homeless people and put them in places such as Penndel Mental Health Center. A representative from the Bucks County Mental Health industry offered to get me housing if I was willing to label myself as a hopeless case where, because I was so messed up mentally, I could never work again. Likewise, “Queen Latifah”, the social services director at the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center made me such an offer to just get on Social Service Disability. I declined both of them; this is fraud.

One reason there’s been no additional shelter for the homeless, the problem of which Bucks County officially knew about since the late 80’s (a source today told me it was in Bucks since 1977), is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. The stereotypes about the homeless generally are actual facts about the druggies who, thanks to the Feds, have been dumped in lower Bucks County, PA and have intruded on the homeless population.

Instead of providing more housing for druggies, we need more shelter for the homeless, who generally are just folks who need a place to live.

The feds usually don’t do what’s best for the citizenry, but what’s best for them and their cronies. Contrary to what PA State Rep Tina Davis said — she boasted she helps the homeless and that “you need the government; you need me” to help the homeless, the state of Pennsylvania and the Bristol Township Bimbo doesn’t care about the homeless either.

The people in lower Bucks don’t want recovery houses just because it serves the feds. Likewise the county government aggressively shanghais homeless people, giving them the nuthouse as the best way to get taxpayer funded housing. For those of you in Doylestown, shanghai not only means to “force (someone) to join a ship lacking a full crew by drugging them or using other underhanded means” but, informally, to “coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something”

“Brady shanghaied her into his Jaguar and roared off”

This is the problem with the government running things, rather than using the free market to resolve problems. The free market is about what we the people desire, not what some politician and his cronies want.

When the government needs to have some involvement, they need to tap into the will of the people and follow the constitution, and not kowtow to the special interests and make decrees from up high in their Ivory Tower, as is the case with the feds, by fiat, promoting the cancerous growth of recovery houses. Cutting down on intrusive government will help stop the growth of this cancer.

The upcoming election, Glenn Beck succinctly said, is a choice between socialism and free market capitalism. Icons of this choice are Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz — Sanders being the socialist and Cruz the free market capitalist. When you pull the mask off of, pierce the vale covering Donald Trump, you’ll see that he is really a socialist, according to Glenn. I agree.

Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.

Although Glenn vehemently disagrees with Sanders on socialism, he respects him for, unlike Trump, at least being honest.

There are different forms of socialism. Donald Trump practices crony capitalism, where he uses the government to get his way. Awhile back, he used government power to pull a dirty deed on a widow, where The Donald’s money and influence trumped a widow’s property rights.

Do you think “The Donald” cares about the homeless and will help them? If he could get away with it, and he could make a profit, he’d starve them and use them to make Soylent Green. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

Don’t worry, Trump will probably make a memorial for those who helped keep Bucks County Green. He’ll call it the Trump Homeless Memorial.

Don’t worry, he’ll allow drinking, smoking, and gambling. He’ll even trump-et gambling.

Trump may even throw in a few million for more recovery houses in lower Bucks County, PA.

 

New York Values and The Homeless

In a recent debate, Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having “New York Values.” Trump responded by arguing that conservative advocate William F. Buckley was from New York and that New York handled 911 well.

Cruz was talking about the political culture of New York, where there are so many homeless people you can’t fit them into Yankee Stadium. Because of liberal/progressive policies, as the senator points out, people 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.

Bristol Township, PA is trying to put up speed bumps to curb the cancerous growth of recovery houses, fostered by the feds, who rule from atop their Ivory Towers in Washington, D.C.. These places have resulted in more crime and have lowered property values.

As is the case in New York, where good influences, such as Mr. Buckley, have gone against the mainstream, minority views have gone against the grain elsewhere. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, stood against the southern cracker values.

Selma Alabama values, before civil rights, was not good for America. Likewise, New York values would further destroy the United States, which is already an Obama Nation.

In an emergency, New Yorkers came to their senses and were at their best. But then they returned to the same old failed liberal policies, supported by the people who hold New York values. Evidently, the have not yet overcome.

Austin Texas is being infested by liberals. It hasn’t, however, become epidemic as it has in New York and other liberal infested areas. Bucks County, PA is one of them. Consequently, there is more crime and poverty, homelessness and drug abuse.

In Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives I illustrated what society reaps when progressives prevail. Talk show host Tom Marr put it succinctly: “Where there is liberal rule, there is more crime and poverty.”

Like the rest of the county, addictions, crimes, and homelessness are huge problems in lower Bucks County, PA. Bucks County is not geographically or philosophically far from New York. Nor is Harrisburg. Fortunately, legislators have been able to put up speed bumps to slow down the Big Bad Governor Wolf.

The Big Bad Wolf, a clone of President BO, is driven to overtax and over regulate the people. He’s trying to blow all our houses down and put us out on the street, or become a ward of the government. In the case of Bucks County, the government backed special interests want to put homeless people in the taxpayer funded nuthouse.

The special interests do this by shanghaiing homeless people; the nuthouse is a talisman for housing.

The static from Trump about Cruz’s bank loans, which Ted explained well and his unsupported question about the senator’s birthright are New York values, as are the cheap shots “The Donald” makes about people who disagree with him.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-booed-cruz-tea/2016/01/16/id/709781/?ns_mail_uid=54069711&ns_mail_job=1650861_01172016&s=al&dkt_nbr=h5zjztid

The values that are important to Ted include repealing the Affordable Care Act, stopping abortion, nixing same sex marriages, and stopping bailouts for companies that screw up. Trump flipped flopped on issues, for example, on abortion and same sex marriage.

And Trump is in the gambling business, which is immoral.

In a short story by Richard Wright, communists offer oppressed people their help. The church people realized that they shouldn’t accept help from those with Godless beliefs — that they don’t have the right answers.   Instead, they took the Martin Luther King Jr. approach and peaceably protested.  Mr. Wright, who was taken in by the commies but later left the communist party believed that writing can help bring about social change.

And it did.

Mr. Wright’s story reflected his own struggle with communism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wright_(author)

We need someone with moral values to lead the country.

We need people with the right values to help the homeless in lower Bucks County. Caring people from churches have graciously provided free meals for the homeless and needy, where, more than bread alone, they develop relationships with people. Caring people have been offering help for the homeless spiritual as well as physical needs.

No More Pain Inc was established to help people in many areas of life.  Lately, representatives from this organization have been helping the homeless in lower Bucks County

http://www.nomorepaininc.org/

What do you value?