Monday, May 31, 2010

"Give US your poor"

As part of a strategy for survival, I searched out knowledge
about homelessness.I would look forward to spending my
2 hour limit online in pursuit of Answers.What help was available,
who was involved in the help you could seek? Whatever
came to mind I looked down that hallway. Without knowing
what I was up to I intuitively sought a sense of empowerment
and satisfaction.

At some point I discovered a source of information at
Change dot org. which has different issues addressed including
Homelessness. I started to comment on the Blog.
I had started here a few months maybe ahead of finding Change
and had been working on my writing strengths . Writing allows me
to refine my thoughts. Communication has been a sore spot for me
all my life. Making my point as well as seeing if I could create
a conversation . My command of knowledge satisfies the
empowerment aspect of a renewed sense of self respect
that Homelessness can strip away.

How do I make a point and yet invite a response?
What is the point I am trying to make? Is that point clear?
Have I unlocked the feeling and given it words? Am I telling
the truth , the whole truth ? Do I own my words and
confidently express myself? Have I found my voice?

I recieved an invitation to write a piece for another Blog
It was an opportunity to seek my expression of the findings
I had concluded from all my searching , both outside and
 inside of myself. It came as a simple friendship request at
Change dot org..Apparently something I had written in
response to a blog post had caught John McGaw's attention.
John is the Executive Director of "Give US your Poor"dot org 
which He invited me to at first take a look at. I responded with
some of my thinking about the web site.One thing leads to another
and I was invited to write about what I have come to believe is
the next hurdle in the process of Respectfully dealing with

What  do you believe is the next step towards ending homelessness?

Karl Marx was right?

The idea that Housing is a right goes along with
exclusion from Housing is an "externalized" punitive.
A punishment . A punishment that lets "these" people
know they can't _________ and expect any help
with housing. Apparently in the Political consciousness
some are or have been expected to suffer for their sins
even after paying their DEBT TO SOCIETY.

So too then has Homelessness been used as a mechanism
of our creation serving to be the consequence of  our actions,
our behaviors.So by neglect, by omission, we have allowed
this to continue.But like Victorian Sex , we dare not speak this
taboo. Just the mention of certain topics can make for hesitation.
Like saying Karl Marx was right.    Have I labeled myself a
communist?  A Marxist? Hope not.

The "audacity" of such a question?  Who am I to ask this
a question?Anything that puts a dark light on Capitalism
seems out of bounds. This Societal control mechanism
"GOES WITHOUT SAYING'.  The neglect we tolerate
in order to fit in? Commodity Fetishism  that Marx saw as
a result of Capitalism  comes to us in the form of
"The American Dream".The fringe of society wont just
disappear nicely. The first two rungs on the housing ladder
don't exist any longer. Can't they get the message?

The law of the jungle acted out in a system that goes to
the Highest Bidder.The Best political representation money
can buy.  Blame it on the Economy? Who or what is this
Economy? The focus of our Capitalism is the stockholders,
the owners . If you are not an owner you are not part of the
Dream. Why did Thomas Jefferson advocate for universal
home ownership? A rather novel idea at the time coming out
of a Royal dilemma.  New rules in a New World.

When we pursue the safety everyone believes is theirs
 ,we might then see past the delusion called the American Dream.
Attack the Dream and Capitalism will attack back.
Even at the expense of our democracy.

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