Ghetto for Life - The Subculture

The life in the ghettos is quite different than most people imagine. The youth have nothing to lose, or that is their perception for the most part and that is the case everywhere: from Europe to North America to Latin America and so on. Life is very cheap sometimes.

We living in a violent time and my eyes designed for crime,

We kill for a nickel and dime

And there ain’t no way you can vic me for mine,” Violent Times, Ill Bill

I started thinking about writing this piece when I read a blog titled: “The Police Wife Life – An officer’s worth”, by Melissa Littles. That was a few days ago and I started writing then, I erased everything. Who cares about the crappy little lives of those who live in the slums and the ghettos?

Indeed, all we’re good for most of the time, is to take the blame and fill the jails: “My whole community is seen as criminals.” – G Code, Scarface. I do feel that way and I am not alone. I actually feel that way without ever having been incarcerated, although I have been hand-cuffed and thrown in the back of cruisers many times. In the end, the cuffs come off and I go home but not until I have been harassed and until I have to put-up with all the useless scare tactics which many officers often use. And of course when no charges are placed, or when charges are dismissed, there is not even a pathetic little apology for us.

Co-operate?

We don’t talk to police; we don’t make a peace bond,

We don’t trust in the judicial system …” G Code, Scarface

I will be honest. I co-operated once, when I was a teenager and I had some hell to deal with, as a consequence. The case got thrown-out due to technicalities and I put myself in the worst situation possible, that of a rat. I overcame that though and I said to myself: “never again”.

Several years back I found-out about a guy close to where I live, who was making kids sell crack for him. When two kids (about fifteen years old) came to me and told me a crack-dealer gave them crack to sell and then, wanted a whole bunch of money from them for stuff that he said went missing, I completely lost it. I grabbed the rocks from the kids, found out the crack-dealer’s address and went to his door. I simply told him that making kids do his dirty work was not going to happen and that someone might get shot if he ignored my warning. I gave him the crack back and left – end of story. I see an injustice, I deal with it; there’s no 911 calling for me. I must say that it has worked-out better that way in my case: I have solved many nasty disputes, just by talking and nobody gets hurt or goes to jail. Saying the right thing at the right time is indeed critical, I would say.

Many people are sketchy, poor, hungry, tired and pessimistic. It’s a nasty world out here; waking-up in a stair-well, having to steal to eat … I’ve seen it all; lived it. If you make it out of the hood in one piece, you’re a warrior, a soldier. The attitude is that one can and should do whatever it takes or whatever is necessary to succeed. That is why many do soldier on, to make it out and interference is seen as antagonism, to say the least.

“This is the frontline, this is the dead zone

Barely alive or in a box is how you head home,

This is the frontline …”

- Frontlines, Diabolic, feat. Immortal Technique

Indeed, Mrs. Melissa Little’s article about her life as a wife of a policeman saddened me. I would have given a link to her blog but it seems to have vanished as I checked for it yesterday. She wrote about how many police officers are getting shot and stabbed nowadays. Loss of life is terrible; there is nothing worse than that for me. I see it and hear about it too much.

The police can never solve anything in ghettos though. Only people from the ghettos can solve their own problems. Having people come from the outside is like NATO trying to clean-up Afghanistan. Most people are quick to make assumptions and jump to stereotypical explanations yet, things are not as simple as they seem. You have to live in a ghetto, to get to know the people, their pains and their problems in order to make a change. Otherwise you are just seen as an outsider who is mingling in the personal matters of a community and when such a person tries to impose a certain way of life on others then, that person is risking their own life at that point (ex. Police officers).

Societies need to find leaders within ghettos in order to bring some clarity into a life of chaos, despair and disillusionment. This is true from Somalia to Mexico to Canada and anywhere else where one finds slums and ghettos. If you want to help you have to listen and assist the people in each community in a constructive way. Going in with the K-9 Unit and with Kevlar vests shows hostility and I am not surprised of all the police officers being killed nowadays. People are just sick of being told what to do but not being helped in any significant and honest manner. This is such a sad story …



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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Almost 75% of all gun murders are committed in the ghettos and Barrios, and it’s mostly young black males killing young black males, or young Latino males, also killing each other. It will continue as long as we have entertainment glorifying crime and murder and as long as civilized society looks the other way.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

You're fully right Mr. Will. Entertainment and media in general is very violent. Add poverty, lack of proper education with an over-inflated ego and you can easily end-up with a violent person.

For many, there are few real incentives to search for a better road but we're all on the losing end when life is lost.

Thank you for stopping by.


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Put enough people in a cramped and poor situation, turn on the pressure and watch what happens... An interesting read. Lynda


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Will:

The problem is, who are the forces that make that culture?

There are people, IMO, that stand to gain from a culture of violence.

And what of the forces that created that environment itself, ever hear of "white flight"?


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Always return to the root cause............Liberalism! Liberals created slums and hud housing! enough said!take away free housing, food stamps and handouts and people will spend time hunting food, jobs, education etc. slums will go to the wayside as people again begin to become individuals and fend for themselves!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

lol Mr. AmericanRomance, if you take-away all the social help which in many case is critical in helping people come-out of troubling financial situations then, people might be hunting for you (the wealthy) and not for jobs ... one needs shelter and food, in order to be able to think clearly otherwise, there are more problems that will arise. Taking away social assistance would be like shooting yourself in the foot. People will not starve. You must have missed the part where I wrote that quote: "We kill for a nickel and dime" ...

Remember Mr. AR, people in the slums have very little to lose, on the other hand you have a lot to lose ...


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

thanks Happy for an expose' of the streets.

for many years i endured and survived as you have. i write also on the injustice of justice and the crime of poverty.

these poems i wrote...

'Death of a Homeless Soldier. Homelessness on the Streets of Providence. It wasn't this Vietnam Veterans war."

another about urban america is

" Murder, Prostitution, Junkies 'and Urban Decay in Rhode Island.

take a look if you get time. anyone who speaks out for the forgotten' i am glad to follow. keep it up MrHappy!

peace - greg


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I agree with American Romance. We have spent trillions fighting a "war on poverty", and it has been a dismal failure.

Why not try a new approach? Why not taper off and finally end all welfare except at the local level where we know who is really needy and who is just a lazy lout?

What is wrong with that?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Well, Mr. Will that is what I think is one of the biggest problems: people taking advantage of the system. That happens in many areas though: in politics, within the social welfare system ... bankers took advantage of things and we all got screwed.

Corruption, lack of oversight and such are detrimental in many ways and our societies suffer because of it.

Cutting all social assistance off is not the answer though (and that is the message I sort of got from Mr. AR). When we arrived in Canada, after about a year my family needed the social assistance for a few months; without it we would have been in some real trouble. Therefore, I think social assistance is needed, we just need to root-out those taking advantage of the system.

Thank you for stopping by again.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynda, I am glad it was an interesting read. After being involved in the line of social work, I think you already know about how things are in ghettos. Thank you for commenting.

Mr. TeaPartyCrasher, of course there are people benefiting out of a culture of violence. Private Security companies are making a killing and so are those selling guns and armament. We get a lot of the guns from the United States here in Canada, obviously almost all illegal. Many benefit from the misery of others ...

Mr. GG.Zaino, thank you for taking the time to comment. I will check-out those poems, although I am not good at poetry. I hardly read any and I do not pretend to understand it. Cheers!


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GonzoMom 5 years ago from Woodland, CA

Although I do not believe in freely giving out welfare to people indefinitely who make no attempt at bettering their situation, cutting off welfare programs completely is not the way to go. Maybe you have heard of the Psychologist Maslow. He created a "Heirarchy of Need" which showed that if a person's basic needs for food, water and shelter are not met it is impossible for them to reach any higher level, such as looking for income and schooling. Therefore taking away a person's basic needs will NOT cause them to reach higher, it will in effect keep them down. Not to mention that many, if not most, people on welfare have children. Even if their parents are deadbeats, is it the child's fault? Do the children not deserve to have their basic needs met so that they can one day reach higher for themselves? Just a few things to think about for those people who think that cutting the welfare program completely is the answer.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Back in my liberal days, I worked for a federal welfare program, and I was appalled at what I saw. Yes, there was an occasional home where I found truly needy people, but they were rare. Usually, it was a dysfunctional family of lazy louts with zero personal pride who were content to 'live out of the mailbox', as they put it.

They knew how to milk ’the system’, and milk it they did! Food stamps, free winterizing of their homes, free heating fuels, various ‘disability checks’ (they all looked fine to me!), etc.

They had the moral standards of rabbits and produced new welfare recipients at an alarming rate, and almost always without benefit of marriage or anyone who would admit to being the father.

We need to eliminate all federal government welfare of any kind, and let local communities handle it. That will rid us of the leeches and allow us to aid the truly needy.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Will:

Does that include CORPORATE WELFARE!

Or do you just want to see folks starve in the streets or be little more than SERFS('Will work for--anything')

Also, any form of 'Welfare Reform' that doesn't start with a minimum wage that a family can live on won't work. But that wouldn't make the corps happy.

Keep drinking that Tea and listening to Limbaugh, etc.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Or do you just want to see folks starve in the streets or be little more than SERFS('Will work for--anything')"

"Keep drinking that Tea and listening to Limbaugh, etc."

Typical liberal personal attack.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

The first was not really a personal attack in my opinion, although the second was lol.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Mr Happy

If I proclaimed that you are the kind of person who would want to see people starving in the streets, or be little more than slaves, (without a shed of evidence for reaching that conclusion), you wouldn't take that personally?

Sorry, but I think you would.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am not sure if anyone wants to see people starve Mr. Will. I do know that there are people who believe in some sort of social Darwinism, where the strong survive and if you happen to be starving well, tough luck.


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junko 5 years ago

Social welfare was killed for the most part by Bill. That money was redistributed to the corporate and private sector by Bush. Today private sector fraud milk the system much more than social welfare ever did before it was cut by Bill. A lot of people who call themselves conservatives will not acknowledge the ovious, that way they can ignor and not aid those in need. There are not enough jobs for the Tea Party members who are looking for work, people in the slums and ghettos have no hope of working their way out. You're a good man Happy, and the voice of the voiceless in your community and the world. Do it again.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

OK so I'm a "liberal" - I found your article very illuminating, Mr Happy. I think you are one very brave person to have confronted that drug dealer the way you did. That took real guts and commitment. The ghetto is a prison, a trap, and it is very very difficult for people to get out of it.

Thanks for this great Hub.

Love and peace

Tony


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Tony, that was not really brave. As I wrote above, I can have a lot more success in confronting a crack dealer in my own community than any police officer or social worker. I live here and I am not going anywhere. It's better to have me on a good side than the bad side, I do have friends (even a lonely wolf has a pack somewhere) lol

The ghettos need assistance though; people need opportunities to pursue otherwise they turn to the underground economy or to ripping-off the system, which in turn hurts everyone.

Thank you for your time.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Tony, Junko and Mr. Happy

Like I said on Tony's recent hub, good to see a Tea Head" get shown on HP for what he is.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

lol I drink a lot of tea, I am not appreciating all this tea-hating.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Will and I seem to be the only ones with common sense, Want to to Know why few whites and almost zero Asian use entitlement programs? This question is never raised on TV or in your liberal circles! Because of WORK ETHIC,PARENTING, and PRIDE! Asians are the smallest minirority in America and yet cannot receive minority status? This one simple fact of life means take it ALL AWAY! These sugar tit fed lambs of the democrats are nothing but a huge voting block for them that they created, and keep hooked! ...give a man a fish he eats for a day................


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Our root cause is the corporate mindset we have replaced our humanity with. We see our fellow humans as either competitors to be beaten or as something to be discarded. NO unsustainable corporate ideas are going to teach Anyone to fish. Illusions all of it!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

American Romance gets it. The Democrats and their entitlements just about guarantee a perpetual ghetto mentality.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Will and Mr. AR, have you never been in a situation in life when you needed help?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Mr. Will and Mr. AR, have you never been in a situation in life when you needed help?"

Another sappy emotional appeal?

Ghetto life is now a permanent welfare state, where generation after generation continue to decline into a morass of despair. Up to 75% of all ghetto babies are now born to single mothers, with absentee fathers who refuse to acknowledge their children.

Yes, they need help, but not the same liberal 'help' that created this disaster!

(On top of all that misery, we can add the fact that over 50% of all gun murders in the US are committed by young black males killing other young black males! That's the great success story of liberal 'help' to the ghettos!)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Look Mr. Will, if you chose to leave compassion at the door, that is fine. As, I said to you and Mr. AR before: my family immigrated to Canada many years ago and for better or worse we needed the welfare assistance for a few months. Simply put, we would've been screwed without it. I understand the importance of helping others. I also believe in karma.

As you mentioned, many kids are born into dysfunctional families hence, I said on another blog that I would rather invest in social work rather than jails or bullets. Sappy emotional appeal? It's reality Amigo ...


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

By the way, I am not a liberal. I have no political affiliation: http://hubpages.com/politics/Why-I-could-be-a-Repu...

Also, are you and Mr. AR not emotional when you keep crying for the America of yesterday? lol


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

And so he tries a liberal guilt trip:

"Look Mr. Will, if you chose to leave compassion at the door, that is fine."

See? If I don't agree with him, I have no compassion! :-)

Compassion? What's compassionate about throwing (other people's) money at the ghetto nightmare and then ignoring it?

Young, black, ghetto males make up less than 4% of the US population, yet they commit over 50% of all the gun murders! That is a national tragedy and a disgrace, but not only is that fact totally ignored by the left, they dishonestly try to pin it on law abiding gun owners!

I see no compassion here. I see a liberal hand washing.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am being honest, really. It's not about guilt trips. I just see some conservatives who want to erase any social help as lacking compassion. Is that not logical?

Compassion is not about throwing money around. You know I have said before we need a way better system of social welfare, where there would be some actual accountability. The way things are now, yes - that is throwing money in the air ...

You mentioned dysfunctional families, I mentioned lack of education - we can't fix that by leaving everyone in the dark (with no social safety-nets), or by shooting drug-dealers ... lol

Just my opinion though.

lol Liberal again ... We are having an election here in Canada and I am not voting Liberal so ... (I linked a blog above: Why I could be a Republican, maybe you can stop by there if you can).


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Mr:

Will and AR are great examples of what years of pro-CEO propaganda will do.

As well as the idea of blaming an Outgroup that keeps them from seeing how Corps and CEO's are using them to advance a corporate state.

Folks like You, Bobbi and I see all this--and we need to keep hubbing, etc.

Ask Will and AR if they'd be in favor of a living minimum wage. They'll likely echo what they corps pay Beck and Limbaugh to tell them


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. BobbiRant, illusions indeed ... the corporate owned media has been brainwashing people for decades - what can we expect?

Thank you for dropping by.

Mr. American Romance, how's your white-gated community doing? Feeling good? Stop by a ghetto and talk to people and see that they want the same thing you do: a safe house, food on the table, an opportunity for a fair job ... What kid have you ever heard say: "I want to grow-up and be a drug dealer!" Everyone wants to succeed, it's just some have better opportunities than others.

When you peel the skin-off, we're all the same: flesh and bones - The White Wolf.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Will and AR are great examples of what years of pro-CEO propaganda will do."

and:

"the corporate owned media has been brainwashing people for decades - what can we expect?"

And there you have the same old, worn out, liberal silliness...conservative opinions can't possibly be their own, because only liberals can think for themselves! Therefore, let's just claim conservatives are all brainwashed. Yeah, that'll work!

(Which begs the question: If that's so, why do liberals all say the same things?)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Will, let's clear this liberal confusion. Yo soy un animal - no political affiliation. I promote "The Obama Deception": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

I can see Life from different eyes and I do see it from your eyes as well. That is why I am having this conversation with you, perhaps to let you see Life through my perspective as well. You have much to gain.

You cannot argue that media in the United States is controlled by a few and that truths are half-told/invented. If you want to argue that, you would have to argue with my essay titled: http://hubpages.com/education/Truth-is-only-true-f...

I will not take any small arguments on that because I did endless hours of research on that topic. You are more than welcome to give your opinion though.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr.T., thanks for dropping by. There is much confusion nowadays. Many people are mislead by smiling politicians with empty promises. It will take much education on the part of regular people to see thorough the facade.

All the best!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sorry, but if they look like a liberal, walk like a liberal, and talk like a liberal, then they must be a liberal.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

That's because you refuse to let go of your view on Life and cannot step in my moccasins (as some Native Americans would say) not even for a few seconds. Thus, you see me for whom I am not.

Take care, Amigo.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Mr:

May extend past you--perhaps to anyone outside Will's 'tribe'.

It seems to be a Conservative trait, an inability to see the 'other' as an equal.

See, or review, my Hubs "American Outgroup" or "Factoring Fear".


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"May extend past you--perhaps to anyone outside Will's 'tribe'.

It seems to be a Conservative trait, an inability to see the 'other' as an equal."

A strange comment, coming from someone who calls himself TeaPartyCrasher, and has demonstrated time and again that he has zero respect for Tea party members, even though they are loyal Americans, just as he claims to be.


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denise mohan 5 years ago from California

"Why can't we all just get along?" Seemed like a great time for a Rodney King quote, lol


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by Mrs. Denise. We can't get along because we can't seem to put ourselves into others' shoes so to speak.

Some people like Mr. Will are convinced that all poor people are lazy for example ... such thinking promotes hostility and so on ...

Good quote and thank you for your time again.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Some people like Mr. Will are convinced that all poor people are lazy for example ... such thinking promotes hostility and so on ..."

(sigh)

Why does the left do that? I said no such thing, but they claim I did anyway. I said all too many people on welfare are lazy louts. I was there and I saw it. I stand by that. But many poor people are actually hard working people who are not taking welfare.

Typical lib tactic.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Liberal tactic my ... was gonna say something else ...

Mr. Will when you state that you want social welfare eradicated, what do you want me to say? Here are your words:

"We need to eliminate all federal government welfare of any kind" and ... "Yes, there was an occasional home where I found truly needy people, but they were rare."

Occasional home? Come on ... can I pay for your flight and come by, I'll show you an endless amount of honest families who are barely making it through the week ... welfare is needed - we just need a better accountability system.

Your attitude is that most people rip-off the system and so, let's cut all social assistance off. Hmm ... so then, what are people gonna do for food except come rob your house ... or someone else.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sooner or later, a liberal always goes for the personal attack, usually prefaced by "you" or "your", like this:

"Your attitude is that most people rip-off the system..."

See? THEY KNOW what you are thinking, even if it's wrong!

(LOL)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Will?! I am offering your words as an example ... and we are talking about you and I - our opinions here. I am not attacking you in any way, I am talking about beliefs ... geez.

You wrote that, not me:

"Usually, it was a dysfunctional family of lazy louts with zero personal pride who were content to 'live out of the mailbox', as they put it.

They knew how to milk ’the system’, and milk it they did! Food stamps, free winterizing of their homes, free heating fuels, various ‘disability checks’ (they all looked fine to me!), etc.

They had the moral standards of rabbits and produced new welfare recipients at an alarming rate, and almost always without benefit of marriage or anyone who would admit to being the father.

We need to eliminate all federal government welfare of any kind, and let local communities handle it. That will rid us of the leeches and allow us to aid the truly needy."

"Yes, there was an occasional home where I found truly needy people, but they were rare." - What does that sentence show, except that you think most welfare recipients are a fraud?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

And I said I stand by it. That was my personal experience, back when I was a gullible liberal.

However, I am not, as you claimed, 'convinced' that all poor people are lazy.

You misspoke, and owe me an apology, not that I expect to get one.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Okay, I just need to understand this sentence though. What did you mean by: "Yes, there was an occasional home where I found truly needy people, but they were rare."

There are many welfare recipients, if only an occasional home has "truly needy people", what are the rest of the people? Because of this sentence you see, I began to think that yes, you think most people are ripping-off the system and/or are lazy. That was my logic ... maybe I did not understand what you wrote correctly hence, I am asking for your explanation.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"What did you mean by: "Yes, there was an occasional home where I found truly needy people, but they were rare."

I mean that's what I found. A few homes had elderly or handicapped people who were truly needy, but most had people who were fit to work but simply chose not to work.

As they put it, they liked 'living out of the mailbox.'

I worked with such welfare recipients for about three years. What have you done?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Well, I lived in different "poor areas" of this city for the past almost twenty years. I grew-up quite poor, hanging on the block with other poor kids; lived on the street for a while too (or from place to place). As I wrote in a previous post, my family was on welfare for a few months when I was about fifteen. We really needed it.

I knew other families (immigrants and non-immigrants) who needed social assistance when I was a teenager and I know people now who honestly depend on it.

I volunteer with Youth Assisting Youth (http://www.yay.org/) now and I work with a ten year old kid who came with his family from the Philippines about two years ago. The father passed away last year and the mother is left with her son. She works part-time but still needs some social assistance to get by.

Like you I know there are cases in which people take advantage of the system but I think those are the rare cases. "Truly needy people" are not rare in my opinion - this is where our opinions differ.

I also have been working for the Native American community as you can see from several of my blogs. I have been to Native Reserves and I see a great deal of poverty - people in need of serious assistance (in many different ways, not necessarily monetary assistance).


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Wow, Mr. Happy. I stopped by to say hello and I was enlightened not only by your amazing hub- I had no idea this was your situation- but also by the list of liberal qualities that I suppose I must now embrace, as I consider myself more liberal than conservative.

Let's see, I have learned that:

1. Liberals created slums and hud housing!

2. A liberal always goes for the personal attack, usually prefaced by "you" or "your" and THEY KNOW what you are thinking, even if it's wrong!

3. Liberals are without common sense.

4. Liberals are gullible.

Quite enlightening. I guess liberals are the bottom of the barrel.

I agree with Tony that what you described above was very brave. In fact, I think you are pretty darn amazing, now that I have read this hub and the patience with which you answered what you might have construed as personal attacks.

Hugs, Barb


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Instigator 5 years ago from Logan, UT

Way to hit it home, I've grown up in the ghetto, been the kid selling drugs, doing what it took to get through the hell that was my life. I related to your writing it was dead on. Law enforcement I've seen are biased to you if you look a certain way or are from a certain place. They've caused more problems in my life then fixed. Thats why when you see flashing red and blue you run and don't look back.


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tHErEDpILL 5 years ago from New York

The ghettos were created by the global elitist in a so far successful attempt to keep a the "Kingdom Class System" alive. Believe it or not peasants, commoners, knights, kings, etc. were denounced when The United States broke away from Great Britain but, the system still remains.

Ex. Peasant=Lower Class

Commoners=Middle Class

Knights=Police

Kings/Queens=Upper Class and Extremely Wealthy(there were Kings and Queens, but there were also extremely wealthy Kings and Queens).


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denise mohan 5 years ago from California

hey pill, you could not have summed it up more swiftly. The ghettos have been created to remain. Hust like all the drug commercials on tv. Keep 'em medicated and uneducated. Poor goes along with that, call it lazy if you like. I call it trapped. Finding work is harder than it has ever been. If you never needed welfare or help from anyone than consider your self blessed. Everyone (many, many Americans) is using their credit cards to the max and borrowing money at an alarming rate. These people do not qualify for welfare "cause they can reach into other pockets.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is really well written article and I love the way you have drawn parallels with the police involvement in ghettos and the military involvement in Afghanistan.

If you keep in mind that the ego projects in order to attack you will realise something important.

Thank you Mr Wolfman Jack.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you for your comment Mr. Spirit Whisperer.

"If you keep in mind that the ego projects in order to attack you will realise something important." - I believe the ego is always projecting things, as usual. Yet, the word "important" is an extremely relative term. What is important for me is not necessarily important for my neighbor and so on ... Is "important" not just part of the illusion?

Cheers!


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

A good hub; sad but real and hopefully people will step up to make things better.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read this piece Mr. Froggy213. I wish people would step-up to do the right thing, like You said. We have to, in my opinion ...

All the best.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Ah, you've seen that pointless drivel about the police wife too!

I see you've also got good old Will Starr here to tell you how you're wrong about everything, and that only rich white people matter in this world, and that people that aren't rich and white...it's their fault!

I love how the people who talk about the failure of the war on poverty support the war on "drugs," and "terror."

The war on "drugs" is entirely a war against the poor, and there is not a single sane justification for the USA having the world's highest incarceration rate...but I've never seen Will Starr ever recognize anything logical in another person's commentary when he didn't want to.

I probably never will.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha ... yes Mr. Wesman, I indeed had many discussion with Mr. WillStarr about wealth and material matters and I have not been very successful in having him understand that some people end-up in unfortunate circumstances sometimes and that is why we need a social safety net.

I certainly think he had some negative experiences in his life which have shaped his thinking on the matter ...

Thanks for stopping-by. Cheers! : )


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I find it's easier to stomp on someone's head than it is to try to help them out.

When I go stomping on the heads of persons who are down - it helps to further bloat my own pompous ego, and it helps me to feel justified entirely in my own gluttony!!!!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

lol Mr. Wesman ... that's why I like You so much!! Rofflmao

I do wish you are having a marvelous day! Make that a marvelous week. Cheers!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Heck Yeah Mr. Happy!!!! I've been totally overwhelmed with all the well wishes on Facebook, and they extended over to here with an avalanche of comments on hubs!!!

It's about time for my birthday Beer to arrive!!!

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