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VICTIM : a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency:
1. a victim of an automobile accident.
2. a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.
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Most individuals do not stay homeless for long. The majority of people who are homeless are working. They save up money, find inexpensive housing, share an apartment with a friend, or find another solution within two months to two years. There are many successful programs for helping those people with more extensive problems to become stable and self-sufficient.
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Oxycodone is one of the most powerful medications for pain control that can be taken orally. Percocet tablets (Oxycodone with acetaminophen) are routinely prescribed for post-operative pain control. Oxycodone is also used in treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain. When used at recommended doses for relatively short periods (several weeks), it provides effective pain control with manageable side effects. Both immediate release oxycodone and sustained-release OxyContin are prescribed for pain due to cancer more than for any other condition.
My opponent basis his opening post on the premise that these individuals "prefer" to be out on the street with nowhere to go. As that may be the case for a small percentage of the population, ultimately, we can not say that for everyone. With that in mind, it is quite clear that our direction needs to be pointed towards the majority of homeless individuals.
At this point, I would like to acknowledge the true "crux" of this issue, Society. Homeless people do not "choose" to be homeless, just as drug addicts do not "choose" to be drug addicts.
This solution has become more of a problem than anything in the last five years. Cancer survivors were prescribed this drug in very large doses and given little warning to the extent of damage it could cause. It was hyped up as a savior, but it was clearly something else. Individuals on this drug became quickly addicted, a addiction that easily compares to a Crystal Meth addiction.
The large amount of oxycodone (10 to 80 mg) present in its controlled release formulations (OxyContin) renders these products highly attractive to opioid abusers and doctor-shoppers. They are abused either as intact tablets or by crushing or chewing the tablet and then swallowing, snorting or injecting the drug
Oxycodone is abused for its opiate-like effects.
OxyContin and heroin have similar effects; therefore, both drugs are attractive to the same abuser population. OxyContin is sometimes referred to as "poor man's heroin,"
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This is one example, of many to come, of how homeless individuals are not making the choice on their economical status. Are we to believe that people would prefer to sleep out on the sidewalk during the middle of a snowstorm? This is the choice they have made, over paying bills or dealing with family members?
It also must be said that political agenda's are not the topic at hand. Faulting administrations for a motion that disagrees with survival of the fittest is off topic, and in my opinion, a ploy to confuse the public to the true intent of this debate.
Society has made this decision for them, they are merely forced to make the best of their current situation.
Most of these experiences are short-term and the individuals exit homelessness with minimal assistance and generally are not seen again.
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On the contrary, my position is clear in that they made choices that placed them into a homeless situation. Not that they prefer to be homeless. THEY decided to leave their family because their Daddy was too strict, THEY decided to pick up the Crack Pipe, THEY decided to not put the bottle down, THEY decided to quit their job, or not work two jobs and lost everything.
Granted there is going to be some overlap in reference to those individuals that do not have the self-control or will power to follow the doctor’s orders, but several Google searches will reveal that the majority are simply drug abusers.
No, they choose to sleep on the side walks during the day in the warm summer and roam the streets at night. Then when big bad winter hits, they are all of a sudden relegated into “those poor people”, never taking into consideration the choices they made to get them there. If they are forever inserted into our society as victims, those choices will never be considered and we will begin a campaign of the Government caring for people instead of people supporting the government. Remember, Socialism is the failed experiment.
Giving them certain status as a Governmental supported group that needs to take no responsibility for their own actions. Call then victims all you want as long as it is understood they are the victims of their own poor judgment, not the victims of a society that has and presents every possible advantage for those that are willing to get up in the morning and go out and make a life. Not just to give up and expect the rest of us that are willing to get up and go to work, to support you.
What are you going to do if the majority of society decides to play the victim and become Homeless? What happens when there are no longer any citizens to flip the burgers? Make the bolts and microwaves? What then? Who is going to support an entire country of homeless victims?
Let us be clear, no where in the Constitution guarantees you a home. Some things must be worked for, struggled for, should be worked for. The Constitution gives you rights that are there to facilitate you making a home and being a productive member of society. To help you work and make a life.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would roll over in their graves.
I noticed you failed to acknowledge the victims of oxycontins that I have mentioned. One does not choose to be an addict. We can not fault these individuals who consumed a drug which had an addiction that was sure to follow.
The notion that all homeless individuals are "bums" is another seriously flawed assumption.
If you were a victim of this, would you rather the Conservative "Survival of the Fittest", or the Socialist "Leave No Man Behind" mentality? Sometimes our "advantages" in life act as a smoke screen to the bigger picture.
The empirical evidence shows that socialism is an obvious failure. And the cause of socialism's failure is crystal clear: there is almost no private ownership of the means of production, and almost all factors of production are owned in common in precisely the same way that Americans own the Postal Service.
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Now this is where you are wrong. You base your reasoning on Google searches, while I base my thinking on "First Hand Experience".
Platform for a political agenda? Or debate on the homeless?
Are you sure about that one? Victims of their own poor judgment? Have we never made a bad decision? Have you never had to cut a few corners to make a rent/mortgage payment? What about those corners you cut one month, did they build up over time? If they built up to a mountain that was unsurmountable, what decisions would they have? Are we to believe that regular joe's, good fathers, great husbands, respectable people, do not fight this reality off every day?
All homeless people are not bums, they are not drug users/abusers, they are not criminals. To say otherwise, is yet again, a stereotype. But it appears that stereotypes are the base of this mountain I am trying to bring down.
On an individual level, homelessness is frequently the result of a crisis in someone's life. There is a range of events or crisis points that can trigger homelessness, identified by Fitzpatrick and Klinker (2000) as being:
• Leaving the parental home after arguments
• Marital or relationship breakdown
• Leaving care
• Leaving prison
• A sharp deterioration of mental health
• Increased drug or alcohol misuse
• A financial crisis or mounting debts
You say that society has provided them every opportunity to pull themselves out of the gutter. But you can not actually believe that? If you were homeless, and you actually had a clean shirt to attend a job interview, what would you provide as contact information? What would be your address? What would be your phone number?
In many cases people are in and out of the homeless system, which includes shelters, hospitals, the streets, and prisons. It is these chronic users of the system that utilize up to 90% of the nations resources devoted to the problem.
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So often on the street I've seen people shake a set of keys with a big smile on their face saying 'I've got a place.' But often they end up spending most of their time on the streets anyway because they just don't know anyone else other than other homeless people and an empty room is very lonely. Homelessness is about a lack of connectedness. Belonging somewhere is about belonging with other people. Like belonging to a family or local community.www.homeless.org.au..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow"> www.homeless.org.au...
Once an individual is homeless, it is extremely tough to get out of the vicious circle that has been created for themselves. Employment, it is next to impossible to attain. Your only hope would be knowing somebody who knows somebody, otherwise how could you possibly get a job?
Unlike a certain opponent, I will tackle your tough questions head on. And I wish to acknowledge ANY situation where discussing the extremities gives a fair calculation to the situation at hand. Is it reasonable to discuss the absolute extremes? I do not think so. But for the sake of discussion, let's look at it. If everybody stopped? The economy would crumble, society would be in shambles, and we would be left to defend our own. You would not lose your house, car, clothing, or any thing else for that matter. Who would come and get it? Who would repossess it?
But the smoke screen is tough to fight. I commend you, very talented.
What does any of this have to do with the question: "Are Homeless Individuals A Victim Of Their Own Wrongdoing"
Main Entry: wrong•do•ing
: injurious, criminal, or improper behavior
My opponent believes that the "One Nighters" make up the population of homeless people, but what would he say to those who live in Darfur? What about those who returned from Vietnam? Those who were sexually abused in an orphanage?
Absolutely the Survival of the fittest. When are the Socialist going to learn that their system has failed in every attempt throughout history?
A big heart will not feed the starving country, fix a failed economy or free the citizens that will flee from such a state as has occurred in the past.
Remember; “The path to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
That is NOT enough for you to make any even mildly correct evaluations of their plight or their particular circumstances.
And yet MILLIONS apparently manage this feat of impossibility. I wonder how it is that MANY do and some do not. Perhaps it is Choice after all. Some choose to, others do not. That would sure explain it.
Choosing to wait until such time as enough Liberals activists can enable the Government to take care of them with little or no effort on their part.
To imagine that we could debate every single aspect of Homelessness in an opening, closing and 2 rebuttals is unrealistic. As such, the only choice we are left with is to discuss the issue in all of its generalities.
According to the United Nations, at least 70,000 people have been killed, mainly civilians, and about 1.6 million have fled their homes.
Nicholas D Kristof Op-Ed column says Pres Bush has not spoken publicly about genocide in Darfur since Jan; recounts horrific tale of one woman there, who is among 2.2 million homeless people from Darfur
With the rare exception, the person that finds themselves homeless, does so because at some point in their lives, they decided to perform some action, NOT perform some action, or allow some issue to continue to exist.
The issues that have created the current Homeless situation in this country are simply and succinctly the result of actions taken by individuals without due regard for the consequences of those actions.