Some protesters at Tuesday’s meeting said they shouldn’t have to worry about where to put the homeless.
“Who cares? This is not our responsibility,” said Abby Moore, a retiree from Laguna Niguel. “We are not elected to handle this crisis. I just don’t want to be near the homeless.”
Angela Liu of Irvine said she did not know where the homeless should go. But it should not be in her city, she said.
“They need to put them somewhere, maybe somewhere else in California,” said Liu, who owns a legal services company. “I really don’t know where they can go. But Irvine is beautiful and we don’t want it to get destroyed.”
Others suggested the government should simply do nothing. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) criticized “the spectacle of county-financed homeless compounds setting up shop in our local communities.”
“As a parent who owns a modest home in an Orange County neighborhood, I join the outrage that we are assuming responsibility for homeless people, taking care of their basic needs and elongating their agony by removing the necessity to make fundamental decisions about the way they live their lives,” he said in a statement.
As a parent. As a PARENT.
Jesus H. Christ 0n a shrimpin’ boat, own your shitty opinions. Don’t shove them off on your kids. Your having birthed (or your wife having birthed) an infant has nothing to do with how you’re a garbage human being. Your kids don’t carry the blame (nor should they get the credit, frankly) for what you believe, especially when it’s this dumb and mean. Your kids have enough to deal with, having been born into the world you’ve burned to the ground. Don’t put the responsibility of justifying your worldview onto their wee shoulders.
I hear this shit all the time in reference to crime, immigration, homelessness, marriage equality, sex work, a whole host of other issues that are presumed to be moral ones, and whenever someone hauls it out all, “I’m a PARENT NOW” all I hear is “thank God, I no longer have to justify myself now that I can use my kids as human shields.” As if being a parent means the same thing to everyone. As if parenting automatically uploads the same ASSHOLE RACIST update to the human system. As if being a parent gives you a pass to do anything you want so long as you slap a Baby on Board sign on it.
Like, think about this for a minute. As a parent, you have no compassion for homeless people? How is that a nice thing to say about your kids? “Junior, I was going along in life with a normal amount of human morality and thinking that people who lose their homes aren’t inherently monsters and probably ought to be cared for in some fashion even if it meant I would have to acknowledge their existence. THEN YOU WERE BORN, and I realized we should begin immediately feeding the homeless headfirst into a woodchipper lest their stench invade my nostrils. You inspired me, son. Without you I wouldn’t be the gaping butthole I am today.”
As a PARENT. Pull that one out of Mary Poppins’ bag and act like it completes the argument for you. No wonder our kids think we’re trash. We credit them with it.