Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving perspective: Before illegals and refugees, how about our homeless veterans first?

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, as we gather with family and friends to give thanks to the Almighty for all the blessings bestowed, perhaps during the inevitable discussions around the table, we can begin to put a few things into perspective concerning the happenings in the world around us. And here's one of them...
“We are going to remain relentless … in our fight to end homelessness among our veterans. We have to have zero tolerance for homelessness among our veterans.” ~ President Barack Obama
Our doors are flung wide open for questionable 'refugees' and illegal aliens while thousands of our nation's finest remain homeless. What sense does any of this make? None whatsoever...

In 2010, President Obama promised the country that his administration would end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Well, we're nearly a month away from that deadline with the cold chill of winter upon us and thousands of our veterans remain on the streets, doing what they can, doing all they can to find a way out of homelessness and make a better life for themselves.

Related links: Homeless in the Country They Served: Obama’s empty promise to end veteran homelessness falling short
Obama Promised No Homeless Vets By 2015.. How He’s Doing? What a Joke!
“After helping at the local food bank, we need to set priorities after taking care of our own needy. There are over 50,000 homeless veterans and our shelters are already overcrowded. We already know that we are safe with our veterans and probably the homeless. I understand there is a need for the refugees, but we need to help ourselves before we come to help others. Where are the priorities?” ~ Dennis Catalano, Bethel
And the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association are thinking along the same lines as Dennis...
WashingtonExaminer: A group representing federal law enforcement officers is urging President Obama to kill his plan to settle Syrian refugees in America and instead work with allies to create a safe zone in Syria for them to live.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association President Nathan Catura said that there is no way to check the backgrounds of incoming Syrians for terrorist activities, and that American war veterans are more deserving of the potential billions of dollars that would be used for the refugee program.

"How would our government distinguish men and women of military age from true refugees with those intending harm to the American public? The hard, cold truth is there is no way to do it," he said in a statement.

"Federal law enforcement resources are already stretched to the limit, investigating hundreds of suspected terrorists or sympathizers in every state in the union. Is the White House prepared to dispense tens of millions of dollars to federal law enforcement agencies to help offset the cost of vetting and investigating the thousands of refugees that are set to enter our homeland? Most likely not," he added.

Catura, whose group represents some 25,000 federal police officers from 65 agencies, said the spending priority should be focused on helping American veterans first.

"All one needs to do is look at how our military veterans have been treated since returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to know the truth. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are about 48,000 homeless American veterans living on the streets of America today. How does our country, in good faith, over-extend our limited resources to take in any refugees when our veterans are in dire need of shelter, food, clothing and mental health care? Additionally, there are currently over 2 million homeless children in America. The sad truth is that taking care of Americans first has been lost in this debate," he wrote, adding:

"Our compassion is first for Americans, in particular our homeless veterans who risked their lives to protect our freedoms. We respectfully ask the White House to reconsider its position and not betray the unwavering priority of Americans first."
This year and into the next, let's not only demand that our government take care of those who've given the most to its service first and foremost, but let's also encourage one another in the spirit of brotherly love to do the same for our bravest who should never find themselves in such situations.
O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who healest those that are broken in heart, and turnest the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let thy fatherly goodness be upon all that thou hast made. Remember in pity such as are this day destitute, homeless, or forgotten of their fellow-men. Bless the congregation of thy poor. Uplift those who are cast down. Mightily befriend innocent sufferers, and sanctify to them the endurance of their wrongs. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and by thy heavenly grace preserve from falling those whose penury tempteth them to sin; though they be troubled on every side, suffer them not to be distressed; though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of him, who for our sakes became poor, thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

ADDENDUM: Also as an aside, what about all those 'one in five' child hunger ads that have run non-stop over the past several years? You've heard'em. Although grossly exaggerated and designed to tug at the heartstrings (i.e., a LIE), since Big Ag has pushed the propaganda, let's consider them viable in this rationale for just a moment: If government subsidies and entitlements have failed at feeding 'one in five' of the citizens' own kids, how does the same government expect to feed tens of millions of illegals and refugees dumped on our shores?! Compound that with the issue of all our homeless Americans, including veterans, as well as a struggling economy & unemployment, and this only exacerbates the problems of food and work exponentially.

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