Five-term Hawaiian Representative Tom Brower (D-WTF?) has waged his own war on the homeless in his state. He has taken the streets with a sledgehammer in search for homeless people in hopes to destroy any possession they may have. Brower says he’s “disgusted” with homeless people in his state and informed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own ideology in enforcing “justice.”
“If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.”
Brower claims that since he began this new campaign, he has destroyed an estimated 30 shopping carts with a sledgehammer in the last two weeks.
“I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets,” he explained to Hawaii News Now.
As if destroying homeless’ possessions wasn’t enough to ‘clean up the streets’, Brower has made it a priority to interrupt these people that he finds sleeping and tell them to get up and sleep somewhere else.
“If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving,’” he said.
Apparently Brower finds homeless people insignificant and unworthy of any self-respect to owning and protecting their possessions. Clearly if Brower were to raid middle-class homes and smashed their possessions, someone would indeed wake him up and say ‘Get your ass moving’…out of office that is.
Homelessness is a complex, overwhelming problem, and cities all over America appear determined to solve it by abusing homeless people until they go away. Brower has frightened the homeless, but has not done much to actually help them. Hawaii currently maintains the highest homeless rate in the country, but instead of providing shelters or more services to help these people, lawmakers approved $100,000 to offer one-way flights out of Hawaii to any of the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless persons.
It is very sad that in this country, the default solution is to devise endlessly creative ways to punish the homeless for being homeless.