Taxed and LEFT WITH NOTHING is another “Surrounded” moment (to the MAX). With all of the horiffic stories of citizens and families loosing their homes across the nation over the past several years, it’s admittedly depressing to hear about this story. But hey, the world we are living in appears to be regressing into a world devoid of “Compassion” (look it up if you find yourself forgetting what Compassion means; “the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others. Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.”)
The visual imagery of the scene describe in this article that was written by Michael Sallah, Debbie Cenziper, Steven Rich, published on September 8, 2013 in the Washington Post is very hard to take.
Granted what happened to Mr. Bernnie Coleman the 76 year old former Marine sergeant, over a $134.00 unpaid property tax bill show that Mr. Coleman was not able to look after his affairs properly, and sadley at his age had no one else looking after them either. But, that is the point of this Blog Post; “we are our brother’s keeper”, NOT our brother’s reaper! And, no one is exempt from that responsibility. This concept may not be in the forefront of your thoughts on a daily basis, but perhaps this article will help to bring it to the forefront if it is not.
Why did the personnel at the local tax office, and the Marshall’s office not take the time to reach out to Bernnie and help him avoid this outcome while there was still time to do so, before this happened to him. People in these operations saw this coming, and could have intervened to avoid this tragedy (yes tragedy is the right sentiment here).
If compassion is lost to this world and people in positions of authority and enforcement have no Compassion, perhaps it’s time to watch “Ben Hur” to get your priorities straight, as that film is so descriptive of what a world without Compassion is like to live in.
Here are some quotes from the article about what happened to Bernnie Coleman;
“This man owed $134 in property taxes. The District sold the lien to an investor who foreclosed on his $197,000 house and sold it. He and many other homeowners like him were LEFT WITH NOTHING.”
“On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb.
Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television. Next came the things that were closest to his heart: his Marine Corps medals and photographs of his dead wife, Martha. The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go.”
“The retired Marine sergeant lost his house on that summer day two years ago through a tax lien sale — an obscure program run by D.C. government that enlists private investors to help the city recover unpaid taxes. All because he didn’t pay a $134 “property tax bill.”
Wake up America, “the bell tolls for thee”.