Politics, popular culture and Reagan conservatism spewed maybe once a week...or less
Sunday, December 11, 2011
No sympathy for 'street people'
I can hardly stand to read the Chicago Tribune anymore. What they call 'news' is simply nothing more than article after article with some liberal spin on the passing scene. This morning, I picked up the paper from my driveway, thinking that I should really cancel this damn liberal rag, but started to read it anyway.
And in the editorial section called 'Perspective,' the headline is When you recognize the homeless . The author and his wife were out Christmas shopping and were approached on the street by a homeless girl whom they knew from their New Jersey neighborhood. And the author gushed on as to his discomfort and sympathy towards her and gave her all the money in his wallet to alleviate his guilt about her situation, and promised her that he would say 'hi' to her mom.
Give me a break. In the piece, the details are very clear as to how this woman ended up on the street: she was irresponsible, had children out of wedlock as a teenager, and had hysterical outbursts that required police intervention, and the courts took her children away from her, and slapped a restraining order on her seeing them. I suspect left out of the author's piece were drugs, alcohol, and varied and sordid other details that land people in the gutter.
While the author had enormous sympathy for this loser, I couldn't help but think that her newly found identity as a 'street person' was a choice she actively made. People don't wind up on the mean streets of this country because they had a string of bad luck, or that everyone was out to get them (in other words, the fault of everybody else except themselves).
This is the reality of life in America: homelessness is a choice. Nobody has to live on the streets if they don't want to. There are too many alternatives that can divert this eventuality, most involving family solutions, some run by the state, and many run by charities and churches. Homelessness has many causes to include but not limited to: drug additions, alcohol abuse, criminal behavior, profound irresponsibility, inability to plan, inability to respect authority, and often a conscious choice to shun polite society and a deliberate choice to live life on the streets.
When approached by a homeless person, I avoid eye contact, never give them any money, but do not feel sorry for them; that is one of their tools of their trade - sympathy. People live life on the streets because they choose this way of life, not because 'the man' is out to get them. They are on the streets because they like it. And don't let them tell you they don't because they lie like shamelss dogs: to you, to me and to themselves. If they didn't like it, they could easily do something about it.
Like take responsibility for their lives, recognize and respect authority and ask for forgiveness from your estranged family. In other words, choose not to be homeless.