Nov 25

Homeless Vets, Of course it’s his fault… Right?


Another lie about the president.

This is the vile contemptuous meme that makes me want to vomit.

Surely you’ve seen this meme floating around Facebook. It’s been everywhere. It is one of the pillars of the false argument for keeping Syrian refugees out of the country. Since I’ve spent far too much energy talking about Syrian refugees on Social Media, I’m not going to talk about them here.

Here, in this place, I’m going to talk about this meme, and the lie it is selling.

See, everyone wants this to be Obama’s fault. “It’s Obama’s fault that there are so many homeless vets ya see! He hates America! He hates our troops!” This is a pillar of the ideology that they need you to believe. They need you to believe that he hates our country, that he hates our troops.

They? Who is this they? They, would be the GOP, and Fox News.

Why? Because they need you to believe that he is doing the humantiarian thing with refugees to get Muslim extremists in the country.

They need you to believe this, because they need you to be afraid. They need you to be afraid of Obama, and the democrats. They need you to fear them, because it’s the only way that they are going to win the White House.

There is just one problem with this meme, and the idea that it sells.

It’s a lie. It’s all a lie.

I know, it’s easy to claim that it’s a lie, right? I mean, anyone can say anything on the internet, so why should we believe you, on your site, with no sponsors.

You’re right. You shouldn’t believe me. Let me explain who you should believe.

Let’s start with the VA. Veteran’s Affairs. This link will take you to the VA’s website, and their information regarding the plan that the Obama administration has put forward. They’ve been working to end the homeless veteran problem in our country since 2010. Don’t take my word for it. That’s the VA. That’s the people who would tell you about the programs.

Let’s continue with the White House. That’s right. Here you have the blurb on the White House’s website about it. Again, here we are, looking at the Obama White House, talking about this. Here you can see even more about the Obama – Biden plan on the Change.gov website.

Hey look, another government agency! This time, HUD. Here is their coverage of this.

Ok, you don’t want to hear it from the government? House about The National Alliance to end Homelessness? What about The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans?

That’s a lot of links. I’ll let you catch your breath for a minute.

Good? Good. You see, since 2010, The Obama Administration, including the First Lady, Michelle Obama, have been hard at work, doing what they can, to end Veteran Homelessness in our country. So I guess since they’ve been working at it since 2010, how is it working? You can read the entire article here. Suffice it to say, that they have reduced the population of homeless vets by 50%. Now, with 45 days to go in 2015, I think that they are going to fall short of the plan of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, but… 50% is pretty impressive.

Now. If this is so damn impressive, why wouldn’t the GOP be PRAISING the President, instead of burying it, and then lying about it?

That, Detective, is the right question (to quote a sub-par science fiction movie) There is actually a REALLY important reason that the GOP is trying to bury the president under this.

The GOP doesn’t care about veterans as much as they want you to think.


No. I say that, because:

in 2010, The GOP killed a bill specifically about homeless veterans
in 2012, the GOP voted down 7 bills that would have helped Veterans.
In 2014, 41 of 45 GOP Senators voted down another veteran’s benefits package.
in 2014, the GOP killed a bill for Veterans because it dealt with Planned Parenthood
in 2015 the GOP killed a bill for VA Funding

And amid all of this, the Republicans lob more manure at the president, because he vetoed a Defense spending bill because “the bill irresponsibly skirts spending caps adopted in 2011 by putting $38 billion into a war fund not subject to the limits””

Huh. So, they tried to slip a little in the bill to get around the spending caps, and got called on it. But, that’s Obama’s fault.

You know, I’m tired of this song and dance. I’m tired of hearing that this is somehow all the president’s fault. Everything seems to be his fault. And now? The homeless veteran population, is his fault. Even though, since 2010, the Obama administration is the only group actually trying to help them. It’s still his fault.

I don’t expect everyone in the world to have the same political beliefs. I love that we are all varied and different people. But I hate ignorance. I hate willful ignorance.

I recently was commenting on facebook, about how this wasn’t Obama’s fault, and I was greeted with this:

That's awsome hatemail, right?

That’s awsome hatemail, right?

Say hello to John D. Cooper. Mr Cooper here, was so bent out of shape about the fact that I sided with Syrian Refugees, and dared to think that the homeless Veteran problem wasn’t Obama’s blame, that he sent me this wonderful little tidbit, and then blocked me.

Well, It’s a shame that he blocked me. I didn’t get a chance to respond. If you know me, you know I like to respond. I like to have a back and forth. The problem is, I can’t have a back and forth with Mr. Cooper. So, I’ll just have to respond here.

Hello John,
Thank you for the message. I’m sorry that you feel my education was sub-par. I’m a mediocre writer at best, but I can see that you are struggling. You missed your commas, you capitalized Fuck when you didn’t need to (or was the lack of commas also part of a sentence fragment?) The name of the school is Mansfield Senior High School, the words are spelled “you” and “dumbass”. Ellipsis consist of only three periods (like so…) and you shouldn’t use the “n” word. That’s just vile.

In my profile picture, I am the guy with the goatee, that might have confused you. I’m not sure that you’re really my type. See, I’m happily heterosexual, and married. My education at Mansfield Senior High School allowed me to go to college, where I excelled, graduating with a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

And again, that N word. I don’t use the color of one’s skin determine their worth to me. I let the content of their character speak to their worth as a human being. Unfortunately, you have left a bad taste in my mouth, and have no way to change that first impression. That means,  right now, I see you to be about as useful as a festering boil on the underbelly of society. Your inability to speak to me in a civil way, lack of English skills, and racism leave me no other option, but to decide this.

That asshole, you decided to get involved with on Facebook.