Car 54 Where Are You?

Recently I saw a newspaper headline that reminded me that just because Jonestown, Guyana is on the ash heap of history, people are still drinking the Kool-aid.

The headline said something to the effect that blacks are attracted to candidate Ben Carson. Holy segregation, Batman!  I could never understand the insane concept of “the Black vote”, the Hispanic vote” ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Did Martin Luther King’s idea to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character fall on deaf ears? Evidently, it did!

After BO’s reelection, in a county office in Easton, PA, most of the people were ecstatic about a black man being reelected. I overheard one Kool-aid drinker passionately tell someone that he had written a letter to BO to say how great it was that a black man can be elected in this country. I thought the guy was going to pea his pants.

The person listening to him asked if BO responded to the letter. The answer was “no.”

In his concurring opinion on a U.S. Supreme Court case that, at least legally, put affirmative action, which requires an arbitrary number of minorities to be hired, to death, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that using race even for the benefit of a particular group is racist.

This is how Barry Obama got elected, at least in part.

Back to Ben Carson. What difference does ethnicity make about choosing a leader?  None!

Years ago, when the Temple University public radio station was making changes, I read a piece in the newspaper in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia that said that the station would play classical music for whites, and jazz for blacks.  As Mr. Spock would say, “that’s highly illogical.”  And stupid.

This is what Justice Thomas would call “assigned behaviors.”

I’ve listened to both classical and jazz. What does it make me? Someone with an identity crisis?

Dr. Carson is high on my list of candidates for president, based on the content of his character and his prescription for what would be best for the health of our country. Like his initials, BO, the content of the character of  our current president stinks.

We need to stick to issues, And believe me, we have some serious issues that need to be resolved, not fiddle around with silly race games. You baby boomers probably remember the comedy cop show Car 54 Where Are You?

“There’s a hold up in the Bronx,
Brooklyn’s broken out in fights.
There’s a traffic jam in Harlem
That’s backed up to Jackson Heights.
There’s a scout troop short a child,
Kruschev’s due at Idlewild
Car 54, Where Are You? “

The question is: Where were the American people the last two presidential elections? I know where there heads were. In a very dark place!

The reason some white boys played some funky music and voted for BO is guilt. Not to worry, Professor Walter E. Williams, who happens to be black, has given us amnesty for past wrongs.   http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/gift.html

As far as blacks being attracted to Ben Carson: Although race shouldn’t matter, this is good news  It doesn’t matter who you are, Dr. Carson is a much better choice that BO.

I cannot understand why blacks would vote for a progressive such as Barry Obama. As I documented in previous blogs, progressives have hurt the little guy, especially blacks!  Take LBJ’s so-called Great Society.  Please!  Much of the out-of-control situation we have with groups such as Black Lives Matter has its roots in The Great Society.

I don’t understand why blacks vote Democrat when, as historically, they have not had black’s best interests at heart. After the Republicans left a decade or so after the civil war, the Democrats took charge and they brought Jim Crow laws.

In the current administration, blacks have been hurt. So has everyone else. One thing I’ll say about BO is that he’s an equal opportunity oppressor, in a sense. He does have a double standard, however.

On Glenn Beck’s TV program on conservative blacks, a black woman said that Obama practices “plantation politics”.  She pointed out that BO will give “us” food stamps, but nixed school choice, where blacks have a better opportunity to move on up.

Progressives, as witnessed in the lame stream media, don’t want blacks to leave the liberal plantation.

One thing I like about Dr. Carson is that he stands his ground for what he believes, defending himself against the race hustlers and the liberal media.

Elections are not about race.  It’s about what’s best for our country.

As radio talk show host Tom Marr succinctly said “When you have liberal rule, you have more crime and poverty.”

One group that is particularly hurt by progressives is the homeless, as I documented in my blog Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.

A local liberal claimed she’s been helping the homeless and that they need the government, they need her.  Well, I think we are waiting for Godot.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot

I have to ask the American people:  CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?

 

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

At one time or another, people have been oppressed because of the group they are in.

In America, “no Irish need apply” signs were posted in many places.  Polish people were the brunt of many jokes.  The Italians were discriminated against, as were blacks,  and the Jews.  Today, the homeless are discriminated against.

What did the oppressed do about it?  Just sit back and take it?  Rope a dope?  Lash out at innocent people just because they are a member of a group that oppressed them?

Years ago, Jews were not wanted in Miami, Florida.  Their solution.  They bought Miami!  They overcame!

What is the root of discrimination?  Character flaws in people.  Simple as that.

People don’t have a life, and blame their problems on other people, and use them as scapegoats. As hate brews, they lash out at their target of choice, as we’ve seen in a lot on Facebook lately.

Between WWI and WWII, Adolf Hitler stirred up hatred in Germany.  He convinced the German people that they were victims because they got a raw deal with the Treaty of Versailles. They got mad at the world and attacked people in it.  In Germany, Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat.  The silent majority ignored the mass genocide, much as today’s Kool-aid drinkers and their King Barry Hussein Obama, ignore the racist killings and attacks of blacks on whites .  After all, black people today are victims of oppression, very little real but mostly imagined.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Jim Crow laws were wrong.  After the civil war, during reconstruction, blacks were given civil rights.  But this soon went south for a time.  Wrongs against black in the south were finally righted by the mid 60’s.  How did this happen?  Rosa Parks didn’t burn the bus, she simply refused to move to passively resist.  This trend continued with the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King which resulted in restored rights, as they were during reconstruction.  http://www.crf-usa.org/black-history-month/a-brief-history-of-jim-crow

As Mike Gallagher points out in his book 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate, today there is more voluntary integration in the south than there is in the north.  Back in 1885, during reconstruction, as black journalist   T. McCants Stewart wrote,  “I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England.” There were other positive changes during reconstruction (see link), courtesy of Republicans, who for the past few decades have been called “racists” by demagogues, aka Democrats and other dysfunctional people.

Liberals today have been destroying the good that has come about since the civil rights movement.  No sooner was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed when the machinations of government intervention, led by President Johnson, started to undermine the good progress made.  Although LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, he had ulterior motives.

Here’s what LBJ thought of blacks:  “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years,” remarked Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

The rotten fruits of The Great Society are discussed in a piece in freerepublic.com.

“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.

In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”

The blog was written ten years ago, but the problem created by the alleged great society persists, like a nagging headache.

The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1483206/posts

Who is to blame for the outrage and violence committed by blacks today?  White people?  The Confederate flag? Republicans?  Did, as comedian Flip Wilson used to say,” the devil made me do it!”  Well, Mr. Wilson has a point.  It is the Godlessness in America that has and is causing problems!

The key to helping to cure society’s ills is to change people from the inside.  The Great Society was just a catalyst.  As the lyrics in the America song goes “Oz gave nothing to the tin man, that he didn’t, didn’t already have.”

One way to change people from the inside, to address anger and other problems, is the 12 Step Journey Program, held locally in lower Bucks County in Levittown and Newtown, PA.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/

What’s so Great about The Great Society?

Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, via the WABAC machine, are entering the United States during the mid-60’s, during LBJ’s The Great Society.

“What’s so great about the great society, Ms. Dog?”

That’s a good question, Jeff.  We’re about to find the opposite.  Let’s explore.

Riding on the coattails of The Great Society was The War on Poverty.  Since The Great Depression, the economy had a net improvement, and it was a prosperous time for everybody.  The poor were moving up and we didn’t have the homeless problem we had during the depression.

During the Eisenhower 50’s, when Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues,  blacks were moving on up economically.

About 1960, some of them moved into predominantly white suburbs into the middle class, in places such as Upper Merion Township, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.  Some people  just were not used to people coming into their schools and neighborhoods  who looked different, and with whom they associated urban crime.  Some white kids would poke fun at the black kids, but teachers and parents would tell them not to and explain why.

Blacks soon blended into suburbia and were accepted.  After all, they wanted the same things — a place where they can safely live, worship and work.  The vast number of blacks moving into the suburbs were self-sufficient, church goers, who played by the rules and worked hard and were responsible.

Although poverty was diminishing by the mid-60’s, LBJ believed big government, progressive meddling was needed to fight poverty and create a great society.

The result was the opposite.  There was more poverty and crime and the family unit broke down.

Like any liberal, the stated goal is not what the underlying agenda is about.  Blacks and others who needed help were pawns in LBJ’s political game.

Here’s  what President Johnson thought about blacks:

“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Reconstruction gave equal rights to blacks in the south. Here’s a primer on reconstruction:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstruction_Era

The outcome of LBJ’s policies are criticized on a blog in freerepublic.com:

“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.

In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”

The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1483206/posts

“I don’t see what’s so great about The Great Society”, Ms. Dog.

It’s not.  And since The Great Society another class of people were hurt  — the homeless.  The homeless problem is getting to be as bad as it was during The Great Depression.  The homeless are the canaries in the mine, who will tell miners if there’s enough air to live.  Likewise,  the homeless population is an indicator of a healthy economy.

The word is the bird.

“And the word on the street, Ms. Dog, is that Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless is interested in a building for sale on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA near the shelter with a waiting list and the library.”

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Fight Homelessness Don’t Vote for Progressives

Although some people become homeless because of problems caused by addictions, anti-social behavior and other social aspects, much of homelessness is rooted in economics — long term unemployment, underemployment — people just don’t have the money to have a place to live.

In states ruled by progressives, homelessness is running rampant.   Late 2013, The Boston Globe reported:

Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year.

“An average of 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families staying in emergency shelters across the state, according to state Department of Housing and Economic Development.

The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily shipping homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts…

So much for liberal Massachusetts.  In New York, as New York Magazine reports:

“Here in New York, they found a thirteen-percent increase, for a total of 64,060 people living in shelters and on the street. And in Los Angeles, the homeless population jumped 27 percent, to 53,798.”

The New Yorker brought up The Skinny Socialist’s, aka Barack Obama’s, promise to end chronic and veteran homelessness in America by 2015 and presented a reality check that all the homeless in NYC can’t fit into the seats at Yankee Stadium.

By contrast, Texas, a red state where freedom, low taxes, and restrictions on government intrusion prevail,  is the place where people are fleeing from blue states, an exodus like the Israelites fleeing Egypt.

The Social Aspect of Homelessness and economics can be intertwined.  We’ve become such an Obama Nation as a result of greed, sloth, envy and other collective character defects.  Back in the Eisenhower 50’s and the early JFK 60’s, people lived within their means.  Debt didn’t pile up the way it does today.

Years after my family moved away from a neighborhood where I spent my early childhood, I learned about a former neighbor who was jailed because he pilfered money from the bank where he worked because he wanted to keep up with the Joneses, who had a swimming pool.

People become homeless because of addictions and other character flaws, but some develop addictions as an escape from their situation, and a bad attitude on life, after then become homeless. After frustrated homeless people turn to booze or drugs, and lose hope, they need hope and to stop their addictions.  It’s hard to hold a job if you are constantly drunk or high.  This is when homeless people need friends to minister to them to help them get on the right track.

In the mid 60’s, when the economy was good and getting better, government programs, such as LBJ’s War on Poverty/The (alleged) Great Society fostered moral depravity,irresponsibility, dependency on government,  broke up families, created more crime and increased poverty.  The war on poverty was a losing battle, just like LBJ’s handling of the “war” in Vietnam.

The 70’s, called The Me Decade by author Tom Wolfe, was marked by greed and selfishness.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_%22Me%22_Decade_and_the_Third_Great_Awakening

The prosperity started by the Eisenhower 50’s was squandered when parents, who didn’t want their children to suffer economically the way they did, spoiled their children.  Materialism reared its ugly head.  By the way, it’s not money that’s the problem, but, as Jesus said, the love of money that is the root of evil.

I saw an Ed Wood story about a girl gang, which robbed stores and generally ran wild.  At the height of their depravity, one of them raped a guy at gunpoint in front of his girlfriend.  The girl subsequently died because of complications with the pregnancy.  Her mother lamented that [sic] “instead of buying her fancy dresses, we should have given her more hugs.”

To get out of the Red and into a black economy, vote blue, true blue, I mean vote Red to get out of the red and into the black .  This is one occasion where I don’t want to be color blind.   There is a difference between the Red and the Blue, as documented in this blog.

I keep thinking red denotes Democrats, as in being a Red (communist).

It was individual achievement and entrepreneurship that made us a prosperous country.

We Are All Homeless

It takes more than a house to make a home.  It takes love and concern for other family members to  this.

The nuclear family in this country has all but disappeared.  A songwriter asked:

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing…

I ask:

Where has the nuclear family gone?

Long time passing

Where has the nuclear family gone?

Long, long time ago

The mothers have all joined women’s lib

The kids are all preoccupied with electronic toys

The fathers are chasing their success and sports (and women)

And the most important thing is things

Parents shake their heads when kids run away

Or when they go on drugs or alcohol

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

There’s a painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art which I call The Fractured Family. The mother, the father, and the child are isolated in different planes (I’m about to leave on a jet one), as are other attachments, such as the school and the playground.  This is not the nuclear family.  Something went wrong along the way.

The nuclear family exploded into a mushroom cloud —  into a purple haze, made up of unrecognizable fragments of electrons buzzing around chaotically. Maybe someday we can defragment our dysfunctional society, but in the meantime…

“There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is

Do you, Mr. Jones?”, whines Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan sang about the youth who ran away from home looking for better pastures.  He asked:

“How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

No direction home

A complete unknown

Like a Rolling Stone”

Dylan was critical about the runaway youth who wandered in the urban wilderness.

Some homeless people in lower Bucks County, PA are not that much different in a sense than the hipsters who aimlessly wandered the streets in places such as Greenwich Village, NY in search of a better life.  And as one homeless person told me “we all have baggage.”

The difference between the hipsters who headed to their Greenwich Village Mecca and the homeless is that the hipsters choose to venture out, on a lark in some cases, to explore an alternative life style.  Although there are homeless who just walked away from life or are out in the street because of an alcohol or drug problem, many of them originally became homeless because of a job loss/home loss or other circumstance beyond their control.

And the homeless are that way, to quote Henry “Frogman” Thomas, because they ain’t got a home.  Otherwise, the homeless face the same vicissitudes of life as the rest of the population.

Back in the Eisenhower 50’s, there was no homeless problem.  The economy was sound.  Families stayed together.  Crime was low.  People were honest and worked hard.  At some point, there was moral decay in our society, which resulted in more poverty and crime.  Divorce rates skyrocketed, etc.

Just before the alleged Great Society of LBJ, the economy, as a result of the culture where the nuclear family thrived, was improving.  Poverty rates declined and the country prospered.  LBJ’s  war on poverty reversed these gains.  This Quixotic president launched an attack on windmills.  In fact, poverty as well as crime increased during this war.  Families were fragmented, as the system rewarded mothers to keep fathers out of the home.  As radio talk show host Tom Marr said “Where you have liberal rule, you have more poverty and crime.”

Today’s homeless problem is the aftermath of a nation in moral decay.  But, like the Phoenix who rises from the ashes, we can restore our nation, and resolve the homeless problem.  There are obstacles along the way, as is depicted in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, but God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/pilgrim.html

To help the homeless get a home, we at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless have a plan to foster industry, responsibility and self sufficiency amongst the homeless.  http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc

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