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Went and fed the homeless for the first time today.

I don't write that title to brag.

In fact, I'm quite ashamed of that.

27 years of life...
23 years of being a "Christian" (went to church with my family and claimed the title)...
10 years of being an actual Christian...
2 years of being a libertarian/Paulite/whatever word you want to use...

And this is the first time I've helped out the poor and needy without asking for a receipt to claim it on my taxes.

I'm spent how many days, weeks, months, and years arguing to others that it is not the government's job to help the poor. It is church's, private organization's, fellow human being's job to do that.

Finally I actually stopped saying it and did it, and it was the most rewarding thing I've done in my entire life.

This "libertarian jesus" meme really convicted me, because it's exactly right.

So this morning my buddy and I went to downtown Seattle with a campstove on my tailgate, a bunch of eggs and sausage to make breakfast burritos, some fruit, chocolate, and hand warmers. We were nervous and had no idea what to expect, but I can not image it going any better than it did.

We found a group of about 20 guys and started cooking. People from all over began to gather, sincerely appreciating a warm breakfast.

Unfortunately, we didn't have enough. We probably made about 100 burritos and it was agonizing telling the 20-30 people still in line that we ran out of food, but we couldn't do it all. I wish we could.

It was an eye-opening experience. These people need food and they need love, and I hope I did a little part to help that today.

I highly encourage you to do this as well. I'll definitely be out there again.

(If you're in the Seattle area, join me sometime)



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Excellent work!

Thank you so much for sharing. This is the kind of news I really love to hear!!!

Seattle is my hometown, so I'm happy to hear that good things are happening there. Hopefully you'll find others so that that you'll have more than enough next time.

The biggest life changing ideas and organizations begin with a single action such as yours. AA started with one meeting. The Boy Scouts began with one outing. Please keep us posted on your work, and if you run into snags or discouragement, come back here for brainstorming, solutions, kudos and more encouragement.

Your actions resonate with what I've been reading in a paperback book I picked up in Taipei:

How to Change the World.

One step at a time, and with individual action. Its the only way anything ever changes.

Wonderful work. Thank you for making the world a better place.

He's the man.

Spent the weekend in Spokane, Washington.

On Saturday night I invited two homeless gentlemen to have diner with me. Sunday morning I invited another homeless gentlemen to have breakfast. I love meeting new people, we had a great time.

www.SpiderWebbs.com (Take Your Bookmarks Wherever You Go!)

Sometimes, I get frustrated

Sometimes, I get frustrated with libertarians. Because there are those who approach it from a very philosophical point of view, using values and principles and ethics. Then there are those that simply don't want to help anyone else...selfish people who just want everything funneled towards them and don't want to donate time or energy or money to anyone, even if they weren't forced to.

These kinds of things remind me about the good libertarians.

Don't tell John Stossel. He will get upset that you helped a downtrodden person.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Now that's true Christianity.

Now that's true Christianity. Something I don't see enough of. Good on you.

Good for you, bronko. I know

Good for you, bronko. I know you don't want accolades for serving up breakfast, so I'll give mine for your willing to risk sounding the braggart to post about it and giving us all one more image of what walking the walk of voluntarism can look like. I love the image of you and a buddy dropping the tailgate to cook up eggs for hungry folks.

I think too often we get on some kick about doing good for others and think it has to be something that helps long term -- that teaching a man to fish stuff. But the older I get and the more I see, the more I'm taken with the notion of just doing what you want, what you see needs done in the way you want to do it.

Some other ideas:

My sister gets a bunch of McDonald's gift certificates and passes them out to the down-and-out. McDonald's has had a long-standing, pretty cool policy of allowing anyone to sit inside nurse a coffee for a long, long time.

After reading about homeless folks getting frostbite, some friends and I got together to buy bulk wool socks and toss them out to folks. (Note, we tried that will pillows once and noticed that squabbles broke out over them. Socks seemed okay. We toyed with putting little whiskey bottles in them, but decided against. Not sure it's a bad idea, though.)

See-who-needs-you walks. This is one we do as a family after dinner sometimes. We just go out and take a walk while being on the lookout for who might need us, for something good do do. Usually, all we find is some trash to pick up, but once in a while something more. An elderly man who'd gotten lost, a car stuck in the snow. This concept also helps me get out for my runs in the dead of winter. When I really don't want to, I tell myself that I'm not just running but on the lookout for someone who might need me -- good deed patrol.

Salvation Army is a great, in-the-trenches organization. They usually need volunteers to ring the kettle bell.

Thanks for the accolades. I

Thanks for the accolades. I did not want to "risk sounding the braggart" as you put it, so that's why I put it here, where nobody has a clue who I am.

I was hoping the post would motivate others to do similar things, not have everyone thank me and tell me how awesome I am. My kids already tell me enough how awesome I am :)

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
www.brianronk.com

Fortunately, you don't get to

Fortunately, you don't get to decide how awesome anyone thinks you are!

And you've most decidedly motivated me.

Merry Christmas.

On my 10 year olds 7th birthday ...

she gave up presents. She said for her birthday she wanted to cook dinner for the sick kids at the Ronald Mcdonald house over at Children's hospital. The two younger siblings had so much fun doing it that they decided that is what they wanted for their birthday as well.

We have done it three times a year, ever since.

Making the menu, shopping for 125 at the grocery store, and cooking in their giant kitchen does more for our family than it probably does for those kids and their family.

There is no such thing as altruism void of selfish rewards.

God Bless.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

I just started a new tradition this year which is...

shoveling my neighbor's driveway after a heavy snowfall. It is a win-win-win situation because a) they will appreciate and respect you [more] (and hopefully your occasional and inconspicuous liberty sentiments); b) they might help hide your family once the government forces constitutionalists, libertarians, and other limited government advocates to wear "radical stars" and round them up for FEMA "work" camps; c) and it is a great workout!

this is the most destructive aspect of the welfare state

It's not that it steals money from productive people.
It's not that a huge percentage of that money is eaten up by the giant bureaucracy.
It's not that it makes the needy dependent on welfare.
It's not that it allows politicians to feed off process.

It's that it takes away any feeling of moral responsibility from the average citizen to care for the less fortunate. Congratulations on not letting the state take that feeling away from you. I salute you.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Right on. And well said.

Right on. And well said.

It is rewarding

I sincerely believe in Capitalism because people really feel good when they help other people. The Left have a hard time understanding this, since they perceive Capitalism as Greedy rich guys. But as someone who also helped feed the homeless, there is something special about the actions you take rather than the words you say. It is however, frustrating when a Government tells you that you are not allowed to help or assist folks who need it after a giant Hurricane (Sandy) destroyed their homes.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
http://youtu.be/yNF09pUPypw

I also fed the homeless for the first time yesterday.

I volunteered to help fishnet missions transport, setup, and serve the food under some bridge in little rock. There were at least 100 people there including children. We had enough food to give them seconds.

Ahem.. Can we please use the

Ahem.. Can we please use the correct term, outdoorsman.

Totally awesome avoidance trip too

A few times in life I've suffered a holiday alone. Never again. In any city volunteering to feed people is your easy ticket out. It's like cheating the devil for time.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Used to do that before having

Used to do that before having a family. I found that lots of folks volunteer for food bank and soup kitchen duties over the holidays, but fewer of them stick around after the work or meal for clean-up duty. Ask about that if you get told the organization has too many volunteers.

That's interesting because

That's interesting because one would think that one of the prerequisites for getting a free meal would be a self-cleanup policy.

that's a great meme

Non-profits should grab that and run with it.

"Feeling Lonely? Volunteer!"

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Getting A Receipt

Don't be too hard on yourself. Claiming a receipt and paying fewer taxes (to be wasted, or worse, to kill others), in order to spend the money on much better transactions that are win-win, is nothing to be ashamed of.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I'm all for lower taxes

But it comes down to motive

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
www.brianronk.com

Congrats on a job well done!

We are constantly giving money to good causes that are close to home, donating items to people and organizations, and helping feed older folks who live around us. The looks we receive when we turn down a 'receipt for tax purposes' is priceless, but not nearly as great as the conversation that normally follows. It truly is a teaching experience.

It's much like the look I get every single year from our accountant at tax time. We don't have a 'farm tax number', so we pay taxes for all of our items bought for the farm, and we don't have SSN's for our children who are 8 and 4. He just doesn't understand it because his whole focus is getting money back for people. I explain to him each year that the trade off couldn't be worth it. If we get a tax number, then the government is basically doing you a 'favor' and of course you go on the 'here are the farms' LIST. I don't belong on any list and it's none of their business what I do on my land. He says "what about their ssn's, you could be claiming two more dependents." To which I must explain that my children aren't on any 'list' and will not be forced to fight in the perpetual 'war on terror' in order to make sure the US has enough natural resources to continue destroying countries. Not only that, but what right do I have to enter children into a life long contract with the federal government?

Any time you get something, there is a price. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but there will be a price. People like us, especially those around the DP, don't help because we want a better tax rate, we help because the only way government can shrink is if the people stand up and start doing what needs to be done.

Don't be ashamed

You are enlightened ...it's Namaste...you are aware that the light within burns in you as well as those that are less fortunate. It is the bond you have to them and them to you and to all of us.

I have a similar story.

When Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans I knew it was going to be bad. As a small business owner of a trucking company, my partner and I came up with a plan to set up a 53 foot trailer on a major intersection in a suburban neighborhood of Detroit to collect supplies to help with the coming disaster.

Before anyone goes patting me on the back you must know our intentions were not pure. The motivation behind this was to launch a marketing campaign and gain reckongnition and use the disaster to capitalize for my company.
We set up signs and logos around the collection site.

As people started filing in in droves and opening their trunks full of diapers, cleaning supplies, new clothes, etc...I started feeling a bit uneasy. Then out of no where a girls scout troop showed up with a huge jar of cash. They handed it to me and the troop leader explained that these girls worked all weekend washing cars to fund a field trip when they all agreed it would be better to donate it to the people in Katrina's path. As if that wasn't heart wrenching enough, a car pulled up with a little girl and her piggy bank. She popped the plug and emptied everything she had into our donation coffer.

It was at that point I ordered the signage down and cried out loud. I understood there was a much bigger power at work here and I was being a total selfish douche. I had an epiphany and awoke to the realization that people are good and when bad things happen they rise up in support.

From hence forward I changed. I changed the way I am deep down. My attitude now is if we are able and we have the resources, we should do everything within to help. Not to be recognized , but to do what's right and come to the aide of our own.

Bronko, you have inspired me and I would like to do the same. I will seek out a good area in Ann Arbor and set up shop. I'm thinking bringing out my brew kettles and propane , boiling water and do a boiled omelet . We mix up egg and veggies, scoop them in a ziplock and drop them in the boiling water. The omelet cooks in the bag and is a quick way to crank out food....

You Rock!
Namaste my friend

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Hey I've never heard of that..

can I get a little more info on the 'boiled omelet'?

Awww

I was being a total selfish douche.

Nice work bronko

when I lived in California I attended a Seventh Day Adventist Christian Church and we would feed the homeless every Sabbath of every week. It definitely was a rewarding experience and seemed to fill my soul. If you enjoyed doing it and financially cannot afford to do it weekly, I would encourage you to try and find a Seventh Day Adventist Church in your area, I think it is something most of them participate in, and they may even be able to help you with some food supplies or you may just go with them when they go out and do it. I know exactly how you felt, it is an awesome experience. God bless.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Remember those who you reach out to can do the same to others

It doesn't end with them. It can go on and on and on.
A homeless dog living in a trash pile gets rescued, and then does something amazing

http://youtu.be/1Xg2G_oINqc

wow..

break my heart and raise it up all at the same time~

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

A heartwarming story. What

A heartwarming story. What about organizing job fairs for the homeless? Just throwing ideas out there... What about skills assessments or teaching whoever wants to learn a new, marketable skill of some kind?

Exactly. "Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day..."

Our society has constructed legal, economic, and social barriers that prevents the homeless from picking themselves up once they have fallen. Feeding them is a nice thing to do, but the problem is much, much deeper.

I like the 'job fair' idea a lot. Bringing employers to the homeless camps to find willing workers is a positive way of giving the gift of permanent solutions.

However, don't be surprised to find that a large number (not all!) of the homeless have demons...alcohol problems, drug histories, personality disorders, social issues, and attitudes that will prevent them from being hired for anything. Some look upon their homelessness as a kind of freedom.

In this age, there are people who desperately need help, and there are people for whom no help is possible. Figuring out who is who is half the battle.