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I am for helping our own before we help other countries. Some of the people on the streets are there because they had a run of bad luck. Some for other reasons. And some are even American Vets. But do they get help, NO.
The reason we are lucky to be born in this country is those who did not run from tyranny. They lost families, homes and lived in fear but stuck it out to leave us this legacy.
Of course they should get help but again that doesn't mean you have to or should focus on only *one* kind of struggle. I could name a hundred important issues worth spending money on, that's why it's important to focus on multiple areas.
Greg, I'm not sure you can make the claim that American vets don't get help. As of this writing, they get vocational training and rehab, even post-secondary educational help. They can even get living expense subsidies during education.
Eric, just because people are fleeing doesn't mean plenty aren't still there fighting. Don't forget that there were American refugees during the Civil War & that plenty of ppl who fought were literally required to by law.
Aime, I think we can agree there is no "just because" here. It is more complicated than that. If a nation's hardship is not born by it's citizenry then it rests in the hands of a tyrant. If citizens to not accept responsibility for their country????
People have a right to choose life & safety. There's a reason countries have had to rely on drafts-ppl die faster than they sign up to fight. I'll never fault anyone for wanting to protect their family. Whether that's by fighting or by leaving.
And it is that thinking "I cannot do anything" that created Hitler and the Holocaust. Better that things happen to others as long as I get mine, in this case a way out. Bad things happen when good men do nothing.
Hitler was all about what you're promoting (national pride and refusing to admit defeat). Lots of people died fighting and many couldn't find refuge even when they tried. You think all the Jews being able to leave & not dying would have ended wor
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William Thomas says
Tamara Wilhite says
you just said left doesnt want to help americans, then said they keep them dependent for votes....?.....and its the tea publicans that control the money. set the agenda, decide who gets paid. if vets in trouble, talk to them!
We don't need any and look at what is happening to them. To many terrorists can sneak through.
Fed Up Head Up says
We definitely have a part in it. But it is my understanding that currently it is them against them. And that this has been a tradition since about 2,000 BC.
If only a large bureaucratic government could use that 1% properly.
The war in Syria is a CIVIL war (Syrians against Syrians), and the entire region has been plagued by such wars for a very long time. Conspiracy theories about world domination aside, we are not obligated to take in Syrian refugees, but should help.
but we pick sides, dont we? we help kill people, dont we? we are morally obligated to help. those who further our cause may live, those who stand in our way must die. civil/shmivil....so why are we there?
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Eric Dierker says
Eric, I agree totally with your point. But that isn't what my concern is here. I think we should be MORE concerned with our own before we LET the refugees run away from their country to ours..
Thing is that many Syrians don't feel like there's a side worth fighting for, it's lose-lose either way, and they don't have the resources to fight in their own separate army.
But does that mean we have to take them in and support them. If we can find homes and jobs for the refugees why can't we do that for our own.
But you DO have programs dedicated to helping US citizens. No, it doesn't mean you *have* to help them. But I'd say it's basic human decency to extend a helping hand to families who wake up every day afraid they're going to be blown to bits.
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