The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29850   Message #381325
Posted By: Kim C
24-Jan-01 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
Subject: RE: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
We don't live in a democracy. We live in a republic.

No, Penny, they don't get free... but there are plenty of other people in bondage who have committed no crimes. I'm talking about the homeless, the poor and destitute. The free services available for them are dwindling by the minute. Is it really fair that a child murderer should have food, shelter, clothing, a gym, a doctor, when there are children in the USA, a wealthy country, who have no shelter and no food? They're not really free either. Not everyone is homeless by choice, but children don't have a choice, period.

Some of these homeless people are veterans who served our country and please excuse me if I think they deserve to be treated better than prisoners. But even the Veterans Administration doesn't have enough funds to take care of everyone. My father, a decorated Korean War veteran, was denied financial assistance for his medications over a sum of $50. He made $50 too much. Fifty lousy dollars, and MAYBE he took home $800 a month. Maybe. He died last August. Isn't it ironic to think that if he had murdered someone and gone to prison he would have got all the medical care he needed.

I'm just saying, if we are going to be a society that believes All Life is Precious, then let's stop picking and choosing and start putting our money where the mouth is. If everyone gave only $5 to a cause they cherished it would go a long way.