It is time to take on the do-gooder leftist defense of the homeless and face the issue anew in 2016.  First, we need to know who homeless are, before we can find a way for them to get off the street.   Second, we have to know that being on the street is terrible for them and society suffers.  Where liberals control,  homelessness abounds.  Just visit San Francisco or Honolulu for examples.

First, who are these folks called “homeless”?  They come in all colors, heights, wellness and genders.  They are neither religious nor racial, so those typical leftist defenses are gone.   They are people who cannot cope, cannot keep a job, cannot pay rent, cannot fit in with society.  They do not understand or know what to do to care for themselves let alone anyone else.  It was not long ago that  we called them by different  names.  They were bums, vagabonds, bindle-stiffs, beggars,  ner-do-wells, bridge dwellers, outcasts, crazies,  drunks, thieves, hermits, and these are just the names Rooster can recall.   Today the political correct people lump them all together as Homeless.  Talk about over simplification.   Liberals have never possessed robust common sense so maybe they see themselves in the abject homeless.  As each of us is different, so too, is a homeless person.  Each will have a mix of disabilities. We cannot cover them all here.  What is common among them is that they cannot cope.  Sleeping under bushes, covered in old rags and papers, and relieving themselves as needed is called not able to cope.  One of their most common personal problems is not self-abuse, but what we, today, call autism.  Other disabilities are common, but not as prevalent.  In the school world they often refer to children, with autism, as unemployables.  Now autism is a very broad word covering manifestations rather than causes..  Few are able to accept that Autism is a genetic defect and is not curable.  In some cases it can be modified, but never cured, at least with the knowledge we now possess.   In some  families an autistic child is protected at least until they reach 18.  As family cohesiveness has failed so has the caring.  This means more and more such disabled persons are left to beg and receive handouts. The common core of autism is a disabled common sense.  This is varied in all who have it. For example on one extreme you have the recluse who hides from reality. On the other you have the proverbial con/man or woman.  The latter can talk the talk, and walk the walk, but they have little concept of the consequences of their lies.   Between these extremes,  exists  an extensive common sense fog in which many wander in confusion.  The so called wise ones have failed to recognize that common sense is a very relevant aspect of clear thinking.  It is not tested for and it is not recognized as being as important as IQ. This dilemma, is for another day.   What we can now do is understand homeless people need societies help, every day.   It is a terrible abuse of common sense to let these lost souls flounder about like wounded animals.  We must demand of our Cities, Counties, and other Governments to face their obligation for providing  threshold care and attention.  For example if a law enforcement type determines one is “homeless”  they should have the power to place them in a facility that  can care for their physical and/or mental problems.  This screening process will be a social detention, not incarceration.  Some can be redirected.  Some will no doubt return to the status of homeless, but once again, as they are less and less capable of self-care, they at least will receive periodic attention.

In the 60s and beyond,  this was handled in a very causal but effective way.   Then the homeless who had fallen the furthest were arrested and placed in governmental care for a period of time.  They were cleaned, clothed, medicated, fed and rested.   These people developed rap sheets a mile long  for minor offenses such as disturbing the peace, trespass,  loitering, petty theft, drunkenness, etc.  The police, judges, etc. knew they were providing a public service no one else was willing to do. It was far more humane, than the liberal way of demanding homeless rights and especially demanding that they can continue to harm themselves and others around them.  Common sense tells us society must provide care and treatment or suffer the consequences.

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