Ridiculous: This State Restricts People From Being Kind

It’s amazing how many people simply don’t understand how absurd an overreaching government becomes. It’s inevitable. Once a government gains power, which often comes with freedom from accountability to the people, that government begins to think of itself as God with the rights to determine what is right and wrong, good and bad, what should or should not be done. Individual citizens do not have any right to freedom to do good as they see fit.

Think that I’m overreacting in this line of thinking? Well, then, take a look at what the State of California does to people who simply want to feed the homeless so that other people don’t go hungry. Jayson Veley writes,

This past weekend, El Cajon [California] police officers placed roughly a dozen people under arrestfor the horrible, unspeakable act of feeding homeless people at a city park – because God forbid citizens of California act generously and give food to people in need.

The event being held in the park was organized by a group called Break the Ban, which was formed in response to the passage of an emergency ordinance back in October prohibiting residents from distributing food while on city-owned property. Although city officials claim that the food-sharing ban was originally implemented as a way to stop the spread of hepatitis A, critics claim that it is nothing more than a punitive measure that dehumanizes the homeless and paints them as criminals.

Now, you may be thinking that preventing hepatitis A is a good idea, but maybe we should consider how hepatitis A spreads. Is is spread through food distribution to the homeless? The World Health Organization (WHO) notes:

The virus is primarily spread when an uninfected (and unvaccinated) person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. The disease is closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene.

In other words, it’s a sanitation issue. So, is the solution to not feed the homeless? No. Withholding kindness from other people is not a justification. Maybe the solution is to offer hand sanitizer. Maybe the solution is provide ways to wash hands. But the people who are handing out the food are almost certainly people who already have a home and the ability to wash hands regularly for sanitation purposes.

Which means that this city ordinance, no matter what the government says, can’t really be about health concerns. Veley has this take on it:

This is about government dependency. If California allows people to act charitably and give food to the homeless, that means that the homeless will be less dependent on the government. Some may consider it to be a cynical way of looking at things, but if you understand the way in which the progressive left operates, then you know it is the absolute truth. They want the government to be the providers. They want the government to feed the people. And once the people become reliant on the government for everything from food to shelter to clothing, then the government ultimately has a clear path forward towards tyranny.

Whatever your opinion of the “progressive left,” government regulation of basic human kindness is tyranny, and good intentions do not make for good government. People need to be free to be kind to other human beings as they see fit. California overstepped the boundaries (again) in this situation.

  • Larry Cowden

    Democrats prefer high body counts of dead to maintain their grip on the populace. It is behind every one of their policies. They demand total control over all citizens by any means possible, including economic slavery. Take a look at the blacks. Still in chains by their masters, the democrats 200 years later. Even the blacks in the slave pen at the SOTU didn’t jump unless their masters told them too!

  • Noah Disembet

    California is messed up as usual and that small, light colored blue ink sure is hard to read.

  • Nikita63

    Californians are ALL just insane. Those who come up with these loony tune notions are bad but those who put up with this BS are Worse. And, they keep electing mental defectives who dream up this stuff and then try to fob it off on the REST of us, like Pelosi, Feinstein and Brown. Where is the San Andreas Fault when we really NEED it?This is nothing more than Democratic delusionary dementia. We have the same disease in Loony Tune Massachusetts but we are not NEARLY as dangerous as the West Coast dolt version. WHY WOULD ANY RATIONAL PERSON WITH AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AND THE ABILITY TO THINK INDEPENDENTLY EVER CHOOSE TO LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE TO BE SUCH IS LOOKED UPON AS A LIABILITY AND SO MUST BE VERBOTEN!???

  • ollie

    Wake up folks this is not just a Democrat issue! These that are better off regardless of party affiliation do not want homeless people in their neighborhoods. To stop the homeless from coming into the area, you have to punish these who are willing to help the poor.

  • giovanni tallino

    Liberals are not “liberal.” It’s a misnomer. The Democratic Party is autocratic, dictatorial. It wants the government to have all the power and individuals to have none.

  • Ted

    Only the STATE may provide for the needy, so the needy NEED the state. The only way for the Democratic Party to survive is to perpetuate a helpless lower class that they can bus to the polls every other November.