Earlier this month we visited family in northern California. I was struck by a couple of things. First by the natural beauty of the area, second, by the difference between this section of the state and what I remember of the southern areas I have been to, but most importantly the amount of homeless people there were in the city.
We were in the city of Eureka with a population of about 22 – 26 thousand. From what I could tell it isn’t much different from any other place in the country, no better, no worse. But this isn’t about Eureka or it’s people. It’s about the homeless and how we, one of the richest countries in the world, can allow this to happen.
Where do we draw the line? Have we already crossed a line that we can’t retreat over? This is what happens when we destroy our moral foundation.
Somewhere the system, no not the system but we the people who are in charge of the system, has failed these people. I understand that a percentage of these people have chosen this lifestyle, but many have not. How have we let these people fall through the cracks? Many of these homeless are veterans, making the situation even worse. How can we let those who have served our country live on the streets?
Many will say we need to throw more money into programs to help the homeless and the veterans. I certainly agree that more money is needed, but what happens when the money runs out? Where will the government find this money? Will those of us who already contribute our share by holding down jobs and being productive members of society have to pay even more?
Maybe we should hold our elected officials from all sides of the political spectrum responsible for spending the money we already “contribute” to the government wisely and efficiently? Maybe it’s time for those who are truly able to be productive members of society to give back instead of only taking? Maybe we need to stop the culture of entitlement that pervades our society? The world does not owe most of us a living. Do we owe our veterans a living? Yes. Do we owe our elderly a living? Yes. Do we owe those who are legitimately disabled a living? Yes. Do we owe those who are physically and mentally able to be productive members of society a living? No.
Or maybe there is another answer. There are some people out there who have no reservations about killing unborn children because they may somehow cause a burden to them in some way. These same people also believe it is okay to kill our elderly because they are no longer productive members of society or because of illness are draining resources that they believe could be better used by others. They have no moral reservations at all about this. Perhaps we should do the same with the homeless, whether they are veterans or not. Perhaps we should eliminate all the mentally and physically disabled, after all they are draining our resources as well. And how about all those who receive public entitlements because they refuse to work? I guess we should remove them from society as well and redistribute those resources to the rest of us.
Where do we draw the line? Have we already crossed a line that we can’t retreat over? This is what happens when we destroy our moral foundation. When we replace black and white with nothing but grey, how can we draw a line?
Who draws the line?