Imagine yourself with a good job, a decent hourly wage and health benefits as a perk of your employment. (Like the good old days.) The thought of becoming homeless never occurs to you. Being homeless is always something that happens to somebody else, correct?
Now add to the above, yearly paid vacation time and sick leave. You have the job and the benefits that the homeless can never dream of.
You have money in your checking account and your savings account and there is at least a month’s wages stuck away safely for emergencies. That is far more than any homeless person could ever have, right?
Your children’s college tuition is secured by their college fund. Do you know of any homeless people with a college fund? No? You are lucky! Darned lucky!
You live in a modest ranch-style home on Loopy Lane and your front yard is lush and well manicured. The dog lives happily out back and there are two cars in your garage.
You know that you are firmly established in the American Middle Class and you feel good about Life, your home, your job, your two and a half kids, the dog and everything. You have your piece of the American Dream and it seems like nothing can ever take that away from you. You feel you, your family nor your dog will ever have to worry about being homeless.
Then one day, you discover that your workplace, the very manufacturing plant where your Dad and your Grandfather worked their entire lives and raised their families, is being closed down and your job is going to be sent overseas because “The Company Has To Remain Competitive.” (The company wants to obtain the services of people willing to work for slave wages and no benefits.)
You can’t pay the mortgage and you deplete your savings trying to do so. Then it is necessary to dip into the kid’s college fund to make ends meet and soon that is gone as well. You can’t keep up the car payments so the cars get repossessed. You can’t make the mortgage payment so the house gets foreclosed. The wife tells you that she can’t live like this anymore and leaves you, taking the kids with her. Of course, you still have to help support the kids with what little you have in your pockets because there is nothing else left.
Soon, the bank puts that yellow ribbon around your home and later, you sit under a tree and watch the strangers who bought your place at a steal moving their furniture into the premises that you once were so proud of calling “Home.”
You? Why… you are homeless now!
You went to all those “Agencies” that you once gave your “Fair Share” to– you know the ones… the ones which were supposed to help you out if you ever needed a hand– remember them? Of course, you filled out all their paperwork in an attempt to get some assistance and you were finally told, “We haven’t got anything for you.”
So, you are now living in a box and eating out of a tin can beneath the bridge at 114th Street and, occasionally, you spend the night in a public shelter for people like you and sometimes you get lucky and have a meal at a mission work downtown somewhere. Other than that, you have to depend on the kindness of strangers as you ask whether or not they might spare a dollar. You are homeless. You are starting to be made to feel like a bum or something, right?
Things feel a lot different now than they did when you had it made, don’t they? Those policemen who once seemed to be your jolly good friends are now following you in a cruiser and telling you to “Move Along” if you happen to fall asleep in a park under a tree or something– the same park you once paid for with your taxes when you were working, before the Right Wing greed mongers destroyed your job and you became…homeless! (Can’t repeat it enough times.)
If you are like most homeless people, you soon learn that if you get caught asking strangers for a hand out, those “Friendly” Law Enforcement Officers might just get nasty with you, put the cuffs on you and treat you to a couple nights in some filthy jails somewhere for begging and panhandling.
What? You tried to tell them that you were once an honest, hard working taxpayer who served seven years in a combat zone in some Conservative-generated war somewhere and that you have had a streak of bad luck and you need a break? How well did they listen to you? Did they mace you? Did they whack you up against the side of the head with their night stick? Did they throw you on the ground and man-handle you?
So now, the reality of your situation sets in, right? You suddenly realize that you can’t just sleep in a public space somewhere regardless of the fact that there are no facilities for the homeless in the place where you find yourself. You find out that if you do get caught “Napping” in public and you are homeless, you are going to either get the living crud beat out of you or you are going to jail.
You want to know what I am talking about here?
Ask anyone connected with the Occupy Wall Street Movements. I am sure they will be glad to detail their experiences for you.
You know what is so strange about the way America is beginning to treat Her homeless people? The strange thing about it all is that the very people who are being such A-wads right now are the very same people who can quickly find themselves homeless too. But, they just don’t seem to want to believe that for one reason or another. (“It will never happen to me.” Yeah, right!) Idiots!
I guess we can forget things like the First and the Eighth Amendments to The Constitution if we are homeless, right? Those Amendments must apply to someone else except the homeless. It is reported that many Cities in America are getting to be downright “Mean” in their approach to the plight of the homeless. There are police sweeps being mounted that result in injury and the loss of personal property and these sweeps are reportedly getting more and more militaristic in their scope, tactics and nature. (Read the newspapers!)
Human Rights for the homeless in America are seemingly under strong attack and as far as I can tell, there are very darned few people even concerned about it.
The Ruling Elite of Conservatism– the ones who control the money and the power– they are seemingly mounting increasingly horrendous assaults on the democratic rights of both the homeless and the working class as a whole and to me, it is sickening and totally Un-American!
There is no reason in the world for anyone to ever consider making homelessness a punishable crime in the United States of America. We are the richest nation on the face of the Earth and all I ever hear is how darned “Christian” we are as a nation and… there is no excuse before God or Mankind for homeless people to be treated like common criminals. But, I hear that this is what is happening all across this great country– from sea to shining sea and I think it is disgusting!
These homeless people are, in my humble opinion, not criminals. They are, (Again in my opinion) victims of a system where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and where the Middle Class and the Poor and all who work at any thing, regardless of how menial or low-paying it might be, are expected to shoulder the burden for the whole country and the whole government and I think that scenario is just pure old-fashioned horse manure!
Where are all these “Churches” that, according to Nut Bag Conservatism, are supposed to be doing their civic duty in helping people out when they get into enough trouble to see them cast into the streets with nothing but the clothes on their backs? Where are these “Holy” instruments of God’s Salvation when one is needed to help?
Hey! I vote for Democrats because Democrats care about people. I am a Liberal because it is the Liberals and the Progressives who will forget about getting rich long enough to lend a helping hand to someone in need. Liberals help the homeless– we do not condemn them to further misery!
If Republicans take the White House in 2012, the horror story I have been telling here in this blog post will get a lot worse and that, friends, is my personal unvarnished opinion! I believe that if you are not homeless right now, you will increase your chances mightily if you make the mistake of supporting Conservatism’s agenda in 2012.
Posted by John Liming (My Political Opinions Entirely).
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