Necessary Evils & Homeless Advocacy: Satan, Lilith, Kristy Greenwalt et. al.
POWER: Darth Vader, Dick Cheney, Satan (Trump staffer)
1 -- I said I'd be mean in 17. We're four days in; so, let me begin. For the last several years of my advocacy, multiple people have told me that they thought I was too friendly toward various people in DC Government and the homeless service community -- especially the women. Some of my closest associates begin to worry when they see me developing a close working relationship with any woman, especially one that greets me with hugs and kisses as opposed to handshakes. Conversely, they're happy when I having a falling out with any such woman (as though I'm going to allow their opinions to influence my efforts to maintain a love life). Their concern is that I might not criticize the missteps of such women -- with much of the leadership in the current city administration being female. I, on the other hand, have viewed myself as conveying what are sometimes difficult truths while speaking with calm, even tones. (As long as the person to whom I'm speaking -- whether a man or a woman -- doesn't get in their feelings and lose their cool, I don't see a need to speak with an aggressive tone. I give no special consideration to emotions, with men and women being equal in the USA.) In any instance, these administrators and service providers have had less than adequate responses to the critiques that I've given through a mixture of kind overtures. Therefore, I WILL be mean in 17. I'll avoid any pleasantries such as affectionate greetings and make it a point to, in undiluted form, convey the grim realities that do much to define my thinking and I'll force results from DC homeless service providers. That is my resolution for this year: to be mean in 17. It's worth noting that I'm making no effort to emulate renowned homeless advocate Mitch Snyder, though I've learned through my own path why it's necessary to go hard.
2 -- As it turns out, there is at least one female administrator with whom I've never had a very friendly relationship. (Some would say that, given my natural love for women, it represents a failure on her part that we never developed a close -- or even amicable -- working relationship.) She, of course is, KRISTY GREENWALT, the director of DC's Inter-agency Council on Homelessness since April 28th, 2014. What's more is that she has made a point of becoming quite ADVERSARIAL toward me. (I am currently beginning my transition in 2017 from REacting to her antagonisms to PROactively doing some antagonizing of my own.) Unlike others who've seen me as a Goliath of sorts, sought to be that champion who lays me down and given up after several months, she has held her ground for almost three years as I followed her through her various games whereby she has tried to render the advocates -- especially myself -- ineffective. KRISTY GREENWALT has made herself "the ADVERSARY of advanced advocacy". The more intelligent and articulate an advocate is, the more she dislikes them. I'll revisit that matter later in this post and write a timeline of our tense relationship in yet another; as, this ADVERSARIAL relationship will soon become a major dynamic within local efforts to address homelessness.
3 -- I'm numbering the paragraphs of this post which I imagine could become rather long, given the vast topic. Hopefully, that will afford all readers an easier time referring back to the parts that stand out to them. That said, I've been quite spiritual -- but not very religious -- for many years. I began quite the spiritual journey in February 1994 -- the month I turned 25 years old. I realized that preachers and my parents had over-emphasized God's (supposed) love and under-emphasized His harshness, though they'd made mention of both -- the case being that many people construct a false concept of a pushover god that they can jerk around. Long story short, I've made it my business since then to emphasize the grim realities of the Bible -- and eventually of life as a whole -- the grim realities that others seem to want to ignore. I would eventually find that the well-paid people of government and the non-profit community (often called "poverty pimps") who are charged with addressing social ills like homelessness often try to ignore or justify their failures as they avoid considering even the grim realities associated with their jobs. This makes brutal honesty a necessary evil. Furthermore, I'll show the alignment between spiritual truths that I've become keenly aware of, on the one hand, and the failures of government to its poor in what many see as being by design, with social service providers existing to keep the lid on the pressure cooker, on the other hand. (this promises to be a slightly convoluted train of thought). After all, "we wrestle not with flesh and blood"....unless it's that of girls in mud.
4 -- Having begun advocating in June 2006, I wrestled with the administration of Tony Williams for a mere seven months before doing so with the entirety of the Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray administrations. FINALLY, I get to wrestle with a woman and her female administration. (I assure you the latter is a lot more fun.) Being two years into Muriel Bowser's administration at this point, with her planning to run for re-election, I believe I've found various pressure points that can be used to wrestle her into a submission hold -- or bring her down for the count. (I prefer the former.) I have multiple reasons to believe that Mayor Bowser feels that her planned re-election bid is already in jeopardy and and I believe that her administrators know it. We can start with the fact that Tony Williams lost his re-election bid in 2006 (the year after I moved to DC) and both full-term mayors since have been one-term mayors. I don't claim to be the cause of this truth; but, it is a bit of a coincidence. Then there is the trouble she's having getting a handle on the homeless issue which she made her pet project and the resulting reality that she might not be able by October 2018 to hand a vacated DC General to the developers who fund her campaigns. Then, of course, there's the new DC Council make-up and what it means for her initiatives. (I wonder if they'll try to tease out her hidden motives -- especially Vince Gray.)
5 -- Muriel Bowser is not the first woman to serve as mayor of DC. Sharon Pratt (1991-95) inherited financial troubles from Mayor Marion Barry and drug DC further into the quagmire of fiscal irresponsibility, resulting in the creation of by Congress of the Federal Control Board. With it having been duly noted that the city's financial problems began under a male mayor (1979-91), it's safe to assume that Ms. Bowser doesn't want to become the second female mayor to leave a colossal mess behind at the end of her only term. (That man, by the way, was re-elected to his fourth and final term -- 1995 to 1999 -- after Sharon Pratt's term.) To her credit, Muriel Bowser finally got the DC Streetcar up and running -- after 12 years of effort that began under Mayor Anthony Williams. 2004 was also the year that a MALE mayor began to work on ending homelessness -- with us now having more than we had then. The flaws of Sharon Pratt, the faltering hopes of her pet project (homelessness) and the high hopes that DC's women and girls pinned on her during her inauguration all add up to Muriel Bowser feeling pressure to succeed -- and to leave the city in a good place, even if she doesn't get re-elected. That said, past patterns in the city's governance combined with emerging socio-political realities are cause for concern for this administration. (Let's find and use those pressure points to FORCE positive change.)
6 -- This next reason for me believing that the Bowser administration is in distress is the most fun. (I love "six".) I received a call in late August 2016. It was from an administrative staffer who was concerned that a Facebook video of me asking to hold a couple of long-awaited meetings with her department might have a negative impact on her department's director and possibly lead to said director's dismissal. (I've not had it in for this particular director; but, I've had a lot of fun, since then, flirting with the idea that I might actually have that much power and influence.) I didn't immediately talk "dates and dollars" or ask if I could introduce this beautiful woman to "Richard Peter Johnson". Instead, I chose the slow and unsuccessful path of gentleness and friendship coupled with efforts at appropriate and timely expressions of desire -- all of this while I, as a poor man, altered my social media behavior in order to protect the job of a high earner. I won't make that mistake again. Regardless of where this friendship does or doesn't go, I'm left with the knowledge that I hold a powerful bargaining chip. However, it's worth noting that, if such a mild FB post was cause for concern, then it must mean that the director was already walking a thin line. I'd also have to assume that the precautionary measures taken by the staffer were not so much a result of her worrying that the singular post would lead to her director's job being threatened as it was a preventive move designed to keep me from publishing a truth that might actually have some "fire power". (She asked me again -- three weeks after the initial call -- to take it down. Go figure.) I'm left to wonder if this director might just become a fall gal for a troubled administration. I'm watching for further evidence -- and deciding what "sweet"-heart in the administration I might want to date. "Six".
7 -- I'll go so far as to venture a guess at yet another reason as to why Mayor Bowser may feel that her administration is in trouble. It's actually related to paragraph #5 but different enough to justify separate consideration. (This is where we begin our transition into the spiritual.) I believe that Ms. Bowser is beginning to realize, if only vaguely, that male aggression and meanness serve important purposes and that, if her administration doesn't develop a healthy dose of masculine meanness and thinking soon, they're doomed. Something tells me that Mayor Bowser has greater ability than any of her female administrators to exhibit masculine meanness that cracks the whip and forces results; but, she is exerting noticeable stress on her cabinet as she requires them to do the same to their subordinates. As when electricity reaches a non-conductor, Bowser's energy is turning into heat -- and fire. (I find it interesting that a DGS employee was fired for failing to steer contracts to a political funder of Bowser's just months after the director of DGS resigned -- supposedly for personal reasons.) It may be that Mayor Bowser doesn't yet realize that the objective solution to problems within her administration is a reversal of gender roles (including voices, LOL) -- to have herself and her female cabinet members to adopt mannerisms that they've probably denigrated in times past. Ironically, one of the wisest things that Mayor Bowser can do is to use me keeping my New Year's Resolution to her advantage by expressing support for my ways. It would be wiser yet to hire me as a savior of sorts. Sweetness has its limits -- especially when it comes to exhibiting authority and making people get things done.8 -- The reason for certain problems within her administration that Ms. Bowser is least likely to see is its tendency, under her leadership, to try to address universal problems in a manner that employs a limited scope. I am referring to her efforts around homelessness. It used to be that, when homeless advocates would ask city officials to devote special attention to the employment challenges of homeless people (c. 2006-07), we were told that homeless people had the same access to the Dept. Of Employment Services (DOES) and all that it offers that any other citizen of Washington, DC has. So, the number of homeless people grew. The first four years of the failed 10-year plan, though they preceded the economic downturn, saw no robust effort to connect DC's able-bodied homeless people to housing-wage jobs. Then began the massive influx into shelters, as many families lost their homes -- this pattern continuing a full five years after the downturn. Now that the city might have in excess of 4,000 able-bodied homeless adults (out of a total of about 9,000 homeless people which include close to 3,000 children), DC Government wants to do something about people's employment challenges. That's not to speak of the tens of thousands of rent-burdened people who, though housed and employed, could use higher-paying jobs -- like yesterday. It's great that Muriel Bowser has risen to the challenge. Kudos. However, anyone who's paying close attention would know that:
A -- DOES doesn't yet have the capacity to connect over 4,000 homeless A-bods to full-time jobs paying $28.25/hr. (2015 housing wage) or more per hour by the end of 2020.
B -- DOES probably can't even guarantee that the c. 2,000 homeless parents will be connected to jobs making $13.75 per hour (living wage) by January 2nd, 2019 when Bowser's term ends.
C -- DOES damn sure can't connect the tens of thousands of people who are teetering on the cliff and in danger of becoming homeless to housing-wage jobs.
D -- DOES, therefore, shouldn't take the fall for an administrative failure that began decades ago and which require that the resources of various departments that DOES has no authority over be brought to bear. There are decades-old, city-wide and intertwined social ills that converge at the vertex of homelessness. DOES doesn't have the universal authority that the mayor has and can't be expected to solve this sloppy mix of problems -- or even to lead the charge.
9A -- That brings us full circle, back to KRISTY GREENWALT and the ICH. If I were going to use my influence to get a director fired, she'd be the one I'd have dismissed -- and not ONLY for personal reasons. While as much as 10% of the constituency of the Dept. of Human Services and even 20% of the constituency of the Dept. Of Employment Services might be homeless (and I'm just guessing), a full 100% of the constituency of the Inter-agency Council on Homelessness is homeless. (Who would've guessed???) Though DHS and DOES can be expected to take part in the plan to end homelessness, Ms. Greenwalt was ultimately responsible for the creation of the five-year plan called Homeward DC. She oversaw its creation and continues to oversee its execution. If things aren't going well, it's her job to sound the alarm. In all fairness, she is dependent upon the mayor and the city administrator to give orders to the various deputy mayors and department directors. Furthermore, Kristy doesn't have a budget and is about to get her second staffer -- increasing the size of her department by a whopping 50%. That said, anyone charged with ending homelessness should be trying to work themselves out of a job. I've heard various homeless service providers say that they were trying; but, I've yet to see any succeed. (Success would put them in the unemployment line.) So, our differences aside, Kristy should be required by the mayor to demonstrate that she is working herself out of a job or she should be fired for failing to do so -- either do it to herself or have it done to her. That's the nature of the beast called "ending homelessness".
9B -- Speaking of a beast, that brings us back to the title of this post: "Necessary Evils & Homeless Advocacy: Satan, Lilith, Kristy Greenwalt et. al." As I said earlier, I'm quite the spiritual man. I think a lot about God and the evil He says he does, not to speak of the forbidden fruit that He placed in the Garden of Eden -- an example of the temptation from God that Jesus asked we not be led into -- as he was. Oh, and don't get me started on how God coaxed Satan into tempting Job (not once, but twice) and even allowed her to kill most of Job's family and servants as well as take all of his livestock -- all over a bet. (Satan preserved the wife so she too could tempt Job; but, he knew he MUST ACCEPT GOD'S EVIL!!!!!.) Atheists know more about God's evil AND KILLING than the average so-called Christian. (Shame on the so-called Christians for thinking that God is sweet -- or that Christ, for that matter.) Though my thoughts on how Lucifer/Satan came into existence could (at the very least) comprise a blog post of this length, suffice it to say that I don't believe that God voluntarily created His own adversary. After all, Luke 19:11-27, Revelation 19:15 and other scriptures tell us that even the "savior" is going to be a no-nonsense guy who smashes his opposition (and have them smashed by God) and banishes all evildoers from the New Earth -- handing them up to his VERY CRUEL AND FIERCE Father in Heaven who wants to be feared, to dwell in the thick darkness and to know that people are obeying the lesser gods that He has set in authority -- Jesus Christ (Kristy), the 144,000 etc. God doesn't afford us freedom of religion, supports the existence of dictators (of which He is one) and even allowed a couple to be slain IN THE NEW TESTAMENT for holding back some of their possessions and lying about it. For good measure, let's throw in this idea of God ordering the killing of women and children. FEAR GOD!!! BE AFRAID OF HIM!!! BE VERY AFRAID!!! And don't water down the meaning of fearing God, no matter how you feel!!!
9C -- Sometimes when a man is a bit of a live wire who's laying hard into many people with his complaints and demands, a woman comes along who is able to have a calming effect on him. That's not to speak of the fact that female horses are used to bring the male race horses to a halt at the end of the race. It may very well be that similar truth exists in the spiritual realm where the Creator of humans and horses abides -- that female spirits have a calming and slowing effect on the more aggressive male spirits. Those who hold that there is no marriage in Heaven might not have read about the nephilim or "sons of God" in Genesis who Jude tells us Enoch saw being dropped off on Earth, who impregnated women or "the daughters of men" and who were likely replaced by the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14:4 -- those who obeyed the order to abstain from intimacy with "the women of the world", by reason of their higher calling. Now that I've begun to build the case that God who made us the sexual beings that we are might have also instituted marriage in Heaven, it stands to reason that there are both male and female spirits and that Satan is a female who plays an important role in God's kingdom -- though I'll stop short of calling her God's wife. It would seem logical that Satan, as a being that God did not voluntarily create and who can never be eternally banished from His awesome presence, would counter some of the aggressive effects of God's fiercely righteous and aggressive spirit. She knows that, even as one of three archangels and one-third of the lesser angels fell (a very neat coincidence), God is not going to put more than one-third of men into the Lake of Fire and that women don't go there at all. She's probably the only female who does and it's only for the last 1,000 years of every 10,000-year cycle during which God establishes two worlds. Her temptation of ALL humans combined with her masochism and the limits that the universe itself puts on her torment would then make it necessary for God to enact a system of mercy so as not to destroy all people who've sinned and fall short of His glory, which would be EVERYONE. This is the spiritual equivalent of a woman calming an aggressive man. (Her gender is probably the biggest lie she has going on; as, it causes the man's righteous anger to be seen as evil and a woman's manipulation to be seen as innocent.)
9D -- That still doesn't explain the tense relationship between KRISTY GREENWALT and myself, though it could have -- at one time, anyway. She could have had that calming effect and served to suppress any judgmental tendencies I might have. She called me in October 2015. We discussed, among other things, a blog post I did that month. Like the staffer mentioned in paragraph six (my favorite paragraph), Kristy was protecting someone above her -- the mayor herself. Kristy asked me to change a few words in my post so that, instead of it saying that the mayor was definitely closing the CCNV Shelter, it said that "I think" she "might" have plans to close it. I obliged -- for free. No date -- thank God, in this case. During that conversation, Kristy told me that I was going to need to be careful as to what I say and write about the mayor if I'm going to be on the ICH. Kristy could have built on the good will that I created by obliging without suggesting that she meet "Richard Peter Johnson". Furthermore, I repeatedly said and even wrote about how I would allow myself to be reined in to some degree if I was appointed to the ICH as a homeless representative. Like various friends and associates of mine, I'm actually glad that Kristy did all she could to keep me off of the ICH. Contrary to her plan, I actually GAINED credibility by being rejected -- and I'm free to advocate in the ways that I choose. KRISTY GREENWALT has essentially become HER OWN ADVERSARY. She has lost what ability she once had to rein me in. She'll regret that more day by day as I use the freedom that her stupidity and lack of rationale have afforded me. She strikes me as being something like Lilith whom many believe to have been Adam's first wife -- and quite wayward. Part of the story (which I'm not entirely sure is true) says that Lilith was made from the dust of the Earth like Adam. Lilith didn't like Adam's masculine ways or demands and left him. Then God made Eve from Adam's rib and things went much better, though not perfectly.
10 -- MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER is, no doubt, a smarter woman than her ICH director. I have the hope and belief that, by Valentine's Day 2017, Mayor Bowser will subjectively realize the need for her female directors to adopt some of the masculine leadership attributes that they've avoided hereto now -- and will articulate it, in no uncertain terms. In accordance with that belief, I'll state here and now that there is a zone of thought in the man's mind that transcends rationale (the 9th zone of thought). It is that of his conceptual thought (the 10th zone). Women (who are born with 7 zones of thought but can develop an 8th) used to complain that "Men compartmentalize everything". I won't go into great detail here as to what this zone of thought entails -- in part because I believe that the mayor is already beginning to feel it. I'm glad to help her though.
11 -- With Psalm 82:6 and John 10:34-36 having made it clear that at least some of us men are actually gods, I'll say just a little bit about that matter. Though men are not born as gods, we can develop the 11th sphere of thought at almost any point in life -- whenever its stresses force us to think hard enough and we turn that stress into power. Stress can thereby move us to a higher state of consciousness and mental power. Whereas the 10th zone of thought causes a man to establish his concept of morality through his aggressive/lateral interactions with other men, once he thinks himself into godhood, the lateral element of his thinking dissipates and he becomes the center and progenitor of a set of concepts. (Think "congress" and "dictator", respectively.)
12 & 13 -- There is a 12th and final zone of thought that can metamorphose from being something that suppresses the assertiveness of its owner as well as others whom that person comes in contact with (Think: "black hole".) and it can reverse into quite the explosive manner of expression (in a limited number of instances -- Think "neutron star".). Just for the record, President Trump will be that "black hole" that usurps American influence and assertiveness into oblivion -- calling it back home. Also, I've silently noticed for several years that, some time after meeting me, various assertive people have greatly decreased their assertiveness (i.e. intense expressions of feelings that are intended to force their will on others). Some take a day; while, others take years. I've been aware of this aspect of my being for a long time and would have talked about this and other spiritual matters, if only there were people who wanted to have serious and unemotional conversation about spiritual matters.
IN CONCLUSION: I expect that 2017 will be the year that we begin to see a number of new occurrences that give us pause and which have a spiritual essence to them, some manifesting politically. They include, but are not limited to:
1 -- Donald Trump losing his[?] assertiveness and quite inexplicably becoming much more subdued
2 -- Kristy Greenwalt developing a level of rationale that is more characteristic of men (9th zone)
3 -- Mayor Bowser developing a more conceptual manner of thought (10th zone)
4 -- the U.S. losing its place as a world power (after 70-plus years as the imperial leader)
5 -- large numbers of women beginning to fight for what they believe but in a more sustained manner.
Let's see if I'm right.