Thursday, July 17, 2008

Denver And Beijing - Putting People Out of Sight

Well, it was to be expected for Beijing to send their dissidents and other undesirable people packing in order to put a rosy face on their city for the Olympic games, but so is our own Denver, Colorado, seemingly following in the footsteps of Communist China.

With the Democratic National Convention coming to town, the homeless and transients are being given movie and museum tickets to get them off the streets. The Rocky Mountain News reports this:
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plans to get 500 movie tickets as well as passes to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other cultural facilities for the people it helps.

Bus tickets will be provided for events beyond walking distance, said John Parvensky, the non-profit's president.

Many day shelters will have expanded hours during the convention, and big screen TVs are being donated to some shelters so patrons can watch convention goings-on without being caught up in the mayhem.

My goodness... they might even have a name for this: "Humane Displacement". The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless claim that they are just trying to help these people from being harassed. Most people aren't buying it though, and compare it to the Communists in China who are shipping people off on "vacations in the country", and have built jails to keep protesters away from the games just so people won't see a problem while visiting for the Olympic Games. The people in those jails are being called "Olympic Prisoners". Communist dissidents are being warned not to interfere with the games.

There are a bunch of articles that have been written about this,
The Olympic Games are being held in Beijing, China, Aug 8th to Aug 24th 2008
The rules for foreign visitors are here in this article.

But back to Denver.....
I know we want to put a nice face on things - get out the best dishes and tidy up the place and all, but honestly it's really such a shame that they have to mask their homeless problem like this.
Among the many great comments to the article in the Rocky Mountain News was this one:
Ah yes, let's hide the homeless so the politicians won't see them. How typically Liberal of you.

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless probably got paid off by those wonderful "caring" Liberals in the DNC to hide the homeless. That way, nobody at the convention would have to see reality and face up to the fact that the Liberal "war on poverty" accomplished absolutely nothing except wasting money on an ineffective government bureaucracy.
and another:
In 1968, Boss Richard J. Daley, the Democratic Party strongman of Chicago, erected large plywood fences along the routes from the airport to the convention center so that the Democrats wouldn't have to see the black squalor in his Democrat-run city.

If this isn't history repeating itself, I don't know what is.

So the Democrats in Denver, rather than build Potemkin Villages to hide the failure of their social programs, just shuttle the unsightly homeless off to museums or movies or some other -- out of sight -- out of mind -- place.

How benevolent these liberal Democrats.
And while this convention will be pumping millions of dollars into the local economy, it would perhaps be more beneficial to help get these people jobs and help them really get back on their feet rather than sending them off to an art gallery for a few days.

It's shameful that we have homeless, but perhaps even more shameful that we should try to hide them and pretend they don't exist - especially if it might put a gray cloud over the DNC convention.