Hawaii State Rep Tom Brower (D) is taking Hawaii’s homeless issues into his own hands…by smashing homeless people’s shopping carts with a sledgehammer.
“I got tired of telling people, you know, ‘I’m trying to pass laws.’ I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets.”
Yes, the democratic process is slow, messy and frequently unsatisfying. Smashing things with a sledge hammer: extremely satisfying. Ridiculous, unhelpful and cruel, sure, but quite satisfying.
To be fair, Brower is returning some of these shopping carts to businesses, but the abandoned ones with no place to return them: bring out the hammer.
Tom Brower has only been at it for two weeks, and already he has smashed around 30 shopping carts. That’s a little over two a day.
“I don’t want to be threatening to anybody, but I think it’s threatening to steal things and carry them around like they’re your own.”
When I first heard that quote, I thought Brower was implying that all possessions of homeless people are stolen, but no, I think he just means the shopping cart itself. Silly me, State Rep. Tom Brower would never disrespect the homeless community with such an aspersion. He would only make the lives of the most destitute population that much harder.
It should be noted that in the footage above, Brower, while claiming to clean up the streets, takes a piece of clothing out of a shopping cart and drops it on the ground before wheeling the cart away. And while we’re quibbling with Brower’s methods here, this is the dumbest form of direct action in the name of helping the community I have ever heard of. Taking shopping carts from the homeless will not make them less homeless, nor will it reduce their desire for a mobile vessel to carry their few worldly possessions.
Brower has been in office since 2006. He regularly beats his Republican challengers handily. Hawaii, it’s time to primary this guy out of office and replace him with someone who has better solutions to the state’s problems than whacking them with a sledge hammer. The homeless almost never vote. Hopefully Hawaii can vote in their interests.