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The Homeless and the Shameless

Burt Prelutsky · Jun. 15, 2019

We used to call people who slept, pooped and urinated, on the streets bums. That’s not because we Americans were mean and insensitive, but because they were bums.

But seemingly overnight, these folks have taken on the status of sacred cows. Municipalities feel it’s their obligation to provide these derelicts with clothing, food and, of course, free housing. The fact that they often fall short is only because they’re spending so much clothing, feeding and housing, illegal aliens.

Granted, there have been times when decent, hard-working people were cast adrift because of a failed economy. Most notably, it happened during the ‘30s, when the combination of a worldwide Depression, combined with the wind and poor soil conservation converting places like Oklahoma and Arkansas into dust bowls, turned a great many American farmers and factory workers into hobos who took to the roads in search of work.

But the thousands of bums who contaminate the streets of L.A., San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and points east, with their feces, urine and hypodermic needles, are not looking for a job. In most cases, they’re looking for their next bottle or their next fix.

I’m not sure how it worked elsewhere, but in California it was a governor named Jerry Brown who oversaw the closing of asylums for budgetary reasons, driving the demented out of institutions and into the community, that initiated the problem.

It didn’t help that left-wing mayors and city councils throughout the state have seen to it that even vagrancy laws have been stripped from the books.

In some cases, pharmaceuticals could have helped the schizophrenics, but once they were released, there was nobody around to ensure they’d take their meds. In addition to which, the ACLU was always around to protect their inalienable right to use the streets and lawns of the city as their personal urinals and toilets.


Speaking of which, it should come as no surprise that presidential candidate Joe Biden recently boasted that he has a near-perfect 100% voting record according to the ACLU. To rational people, that would be like bragging you have the clap or been personally endorsed by Barack Obama. Which, come to think of it, Biden hasn’t been, even though to Democrats that would constitute, in the words of Obama’s former vice-president, “a big f—ing deal.”


As if it’s not bad enough that poor illiterate Africans from Angola, Cameroon and Congo, have now joined the poor Latino illiterates from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, in the invasion of our nation, we have a third group of illegal undesirables; namely, measles, tuberculosis, typhus, zika, Ebola and the bubonic plague.

It would be terrifying, except that the Democrats keep reminding us that it’s not a crisis, not even a problem. Rather, we should all be grateful that these unskilled millions constitute a boon to the national economy.


The other evening, Tucker Carlson let us know that because the New York Times favors even very, very, very, very late abortions, in a piece about Louisiana’s attempt to place a time limit on the procedures, they referred to a “fetal heartbeat” as an “embryonic pulsing.”

What’s next for the NY Times style book—referring to rape as an uninvited act of sexual intimacy?


I don’t envy President Trump trying to deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. One problem is that Kim is paranoiac, feeling that if he surrenders his nukes, his godforsaken country will be overrun, although it’s hard to imagine why anyone, including China, would want to take on the care and feeding of 26 million starving people.

I suspect that Kim’s insecurity is derived from the fact he knows he’s a fraud. It’s one thing to have one’s royal status go back hundreds and hundreds of years, as is the case in England, Japan and the Netherlands. But when the line of succession only goes back to 1948, even Kim knows we’re not talking about royal lineage, we’re talking about a cult.

In Kim Jong-un’s case, the problem is compounded by the fact he’s had a lifetime of bad hair days.


One can readily see where health insurance companies would be gung-ho for more states to join Maine in hopping aboard the euthanasia bandwagon.

But I’m curious if life insurance companies might also benefit because they wouldn’t have to pay out for those policies where death was caused by assisted suicide. However, if the new Jack Kevorkian’s were tried and convicted of murder or manslaughter, would the deceased then be considered victims and would their families be able to collect on the insurance policies?


Six American tourists recently died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic. That led to the news that since 2002, 105 other American tourists died there while on vacation.

While it’s true that only amounts to about half a dozen deaths a year, it would be enough to make me consider changing my vacation plans. The Dominican Republic is definitely not the Happiest Place on Earth. Not even the Second Happiest.


In 2012, the media and President Obama were so anxious to portray George Zimmerman’s shooting of black street thug Trayvon Martin as yet another example of white bigotry, they identified Mr. Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.” Never before and never since have I ever seen that appellation applied to anyone.

Zimmerman had an American father with a German heritage and a mother who had been born in Peru. So, if that made him a white Hispanic, how is it the media never referred to Barack Obama as a white black?

But in today’s Democratic party, being a Caucasian is regarded as such a handicap that in the course of the campaign we might expect to hear Peter Buttigieg declare: “I’m not white, I’m homosexual” and Joe Biden insist: “I’m not an old white man, I’m just an old man whose hair plugs have finally given up the ghost.”

Vote for these creatures at your own peril. Some of them, perhaps most of them, regard their whiteness as a worse sin than engaging in anal intercourse.


Joe Neuner passed along an item that should be shared with all the anti-gun nuts, ranging from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to Michael Bloomberg and Kamala Harris.

“Today, I placed my Glock .45 caliber automatic pistol on the table next to my kitchen door. I left its magazine beside it, and then left it alone while I ran some errands.

"While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor mowed his lawn, a little girl walked her dog and quite a few people strolled by.

"An hour or so later, I returned and found the gun where I had left it. It had not gone outside. It had not shot anyone. In fact, even with all the opportunities that had presented themselves, it hadn’t even loaded the bullets.

"Well, you can imagine my surprise, considering all the hype by the Democrats and their propaganda media, about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong, or I own the laziest gun in the world.

"The U.S. is third in murders throughout the world. But if you remove just six cities, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., out of the equation, the U.S. is fourth from the bottom.

"All six are controlled by the Democrats and they have the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

"Well, now I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.”


Mark Mathisen let me know he spotted a large sign as he drove past the Days Inn in Monterey, California, that read: “Stay and Eat Kids Free.” He says there was a space between the first three words and the last two, but he didn’t say how large a space.

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