Zen and Henry Waxman’s Legacy

Congressman Henry Waxman has played a cruel joke on the housing and care of mentally and physically disabled homeless Veterans in Los Angeles that should bring tears to any patriotic American who loves their freedom and independence.

Henry Waxman won and homeless Veterans lost.


by Robert Rosebrock


Wei Wu Wei, the legendary Zen Master profoundly noted:


“When you give a shilling to a beggar do you realize that you are giving it to yourself?

When you help a lame dog over a stile do you realize that you yourself are being helped?

When you kick a man when he is down do you realize that you are kicking yourself?

Give him another kick – if you deserve it!”

So what’s that got to do with Henry Waxman’s legacy?

Well, if you voted for Mr. Waxman to a 20th consecutive term in Congress, then you teamed up with Henry to continue kicking our downtrodden and downhearted homeless Veterans.

Congratulations!  Keep kicking the neediest of our Veterans because you deserve it.

Members of the Old Veterans Guard worked hard toward defeating Mr. Waxman at the ballot box so we could rid him from furthering his abuse and neglect toward our homeless Veterans, but 54% voted against homeless Veterans while 46% voted in their favor.

Thus, Mr. Waxman will continue with his secretive, backroom wheeling-and-dealing as he uses Veterans property to reward special favors for his voters and cronies.

Fellow Veterans now look forward to initiating serious Congressional and FBI Investigations into what is clearly the biggest land fraud scandal in American history that produced some of the most heinous crimes against humanity … against our disabled and disadvantaged homeless Veterans.

As chairman of the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, Henry Waxman investigated allegations of abuse against terrorist detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, but he never once investigated the actual abuse of disabled and homeless Veterans in his own Congressional District.

Amazingly, Mr. Waxman had the temerity to state:  “The reports of detainee abuse are undermining one of our nation’s most valuable assets: our reputation for respect for human rights.” 

Huh? This, coming from the person who is solely responsible for some of the greatest abuse against human and civil rights on American soil when he refused to provide humanitarian relief and care for disabled and disadvantaged Veterans and forced them to live homeless and hungry in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

Mr. Waxman’s cronyism and malicious conduct have been going on for nearly four decades since he took office about the same time the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

Congressman Waxman, who is not a Veteran, likes to boast about fighting against the Vietnam War during his college years. Meanwhile those who fought in the Vietnam War and came back seriously disabled have been shamelessly abused and abandoned by the Congressman.

In sum, Mr. Waxman fought against the Vietnam War and then failed to defend our disabled and homeless Veterans who fought in that War.

As a result, 47 percent of today’s homeless Veterans are from the Vietnam War era with many in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and in frail and declining health.  Incredulously, Henry has refused to stand up in their defense and continues to kick them while they’re down.

On the other hand, Henry defended thug terrorists who purportedly were being abused as detainees at Abu Ghraib and Camp Gitmo. Correspondingly, he irreverently investigated our men and women in the military who were fighting the war against terrorism in our behalf.

Henry even subpoenaed the Secretary of Defense during the terrorist wars but never once investigated a Secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of disabled war Veterans.

Mr. Waxman continuously defended violent terrorist detainees who wanted to destroy America even as they had shelter, beds, showers, meals, etc., but he never once defended our military Veterans who protected America and became homeless and destitute from their war injuries.

In fact, during his 38 years in Congress, Mr. Waxman never once investigated the misuse of Veterans property in his own District that led to Los Angeles becoming our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.

Even worse, Henry never appropriated $1 for a bed or a blanket for homeless Veterans in Los Angeles.

That’s Henry Waxman’s true legacy.

So, why would anyone ever vote for someone with this kind of callous and unpatriotic history unless they get a kick out of kicking themselves while bankrupting their good Karma account?

Thanks to the 46% who voted to help our homeless Veterans.  You will get a kick out of knowing this:  You invested wisely in your good Karma account.

God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!


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