April 09, 2004

Honor your parents.

This is so beyond the pale!

What in Heaven's Name was an 80 yr old woman doing living in a storage locker?? And why did it take a shooting before anyone found out?

What is fucking wrong with people? No one takes care of old people any more. No one watches out for people, with a few noteable and gallant exceptions.

Where was her minister? Her children? Her grand children? Her old neighbors? Where was the idiot who rented her the locker and then allowed her to live there without calling social services?

But no, she had a right to be homeless. It's cruel to institutionalize people for being old or sick or poor. Letting them die on the street, or live in fear in a storage locker is more humane.

Once upon a time, every rural county had a County Farm or a County Home for people who had no place to live. Sometime it was a temporary accomodation, but for some extreme cases, it could be a permanent thing, especially for the elderly or the ill.

But these no longer exist. And why? Because of the stigma attached to living in the "poor house" for these people. Better they live on the street than to live in a warm building, with food on a regular schedule, and a few chores to give them purpose and something to do.

Sore spot with me? Damn straight. Want to know why? Some day when my blood has cooled a little, I'll explain.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 9, 2004 12:59 AM

I think its all part of the continued erosion of our respect for life in general. Most people are afraid of real issues, to the point they can't even face them, and want to do what is most convenient (I need to protest the war. Put grandpa in the closet till we get back). They think the government will take our tax money to care for those we no longer want to deal with (elderly, homeless, mentally ill, etc.) And based on personal experience, I can tell you that it doesn't go where they think. And as for humane treatment, well, they do the best they can.

I hope that we (my wife and I) will be able to care for our parents if it is needed. They gave of themselves in our time of need, we should be able to return the favor, even if it means sacrifice.

Posted by: Rhodar at April 10, 2004 12:39 AM

Just another example of moral erosion in our society where anything goes, today it's abortion, tomorrow it'll be euthanasia. Remember how the party of caring behaved at the late senator Wellstone's funeral, that is what has spawned from that liberal generation.

Posted by: Jack at April 10, 2004 08:39 PM

I think you're right on a few points there. Having worked in social services for years, that's about the size of it. The supposed "compassion" for the poor and ill in many cases seems to be only a thin veil for contempt.

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