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The United States of America Should Take Care of Its Own First

Updated on September 23, 2014
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Yes, I said the United States of America should take care of it's own first.

Before what?

Before we spend our precious dollars taking care of the rest of the world.

Let me say this before you crawl through your monitor to strangle me. I am not heartless. In fact, the images we've all seen on our televisions of children starving bring me to tears. I cannot fathom a world as progressive as ours and yet people are still starving and dying from preventable illness. But, it is a reality.

Some Shocking Statistics

  1. 925 million people do not have enough to eat. 98 % of them live in developing countries
  2. The US government averages donations of $30 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  3. Americans privately gave at least $34 billion overseas — more than twice the US official foreign aid of $15 billion at that time:
  • International giving by US foundations: $1.5 billion per year
  • Charitable giving by US businesses: $2.8 billion annually
  • American NGOs: $6.6 billion in grants, goods and volunteers.
  • Religious overseas ministries: $3.4 billion, including health care, literacy training, relief and development.
  • US colleges scholarships to foreign students: $1.3 billion
  • Personal remittances from the US to developing countries: $18 billion in 2000

Source: Dr. Carol Adelman, Aid and Comfort33, Tech Central Station, 21 August 2002.

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So, what's my point?

My point is, we spend a lot of money taking care of people around the world. As a society, we are generous. I've never doubted that. It's just that every day I listen to politicians pointing fingers at each other as they play the blame game for our economic crisis. "It's the Republicans". "It's the Democrats". All the blame in the world isn't fixing the problem.

This morning I heard once again that Obama is blamed for the unemployment rate being so high. Hello People! One man did not do this. Our own irresponsible greed did this. We are all responsible, to some degree. While thinking about this, I remembered something from my childhood.

Looking back, I think my Dad was smarter than all the politicians in office today. But let's get back to the reason for my writing today.


Out in the country where I lived as a child, neighbors took care of neighbors. Families, biological and extended, stepped in when one needed a little help. Churches provided meals and shelter for their members when times got tough. Looking at the numbers above, it seems that the citizens of these United States are still quite charitable. So, why don't we stop blaming everyone and do something about the problem.

Look at the dollar amounts above. How far would those dollars go if they were kept in the United States and used to help keep a family member or a neighbor off the welfare rolls?

  • Why are we providing 1.3 billion dollars in scholarship aid to foreign students when graduates of our own high schools can't afford a college education?
  • Why are our religious organizations donating 3.4 billion dollars to provide health care and literacy programs to foreign countries when our own kids are on Medicaid and illiterate?

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".- Albert Einstein

Perhaps I'm preaching to the choir here on HubPages because I've met some incredible, socially responsible people here. I just cannot understand why those we elect to public office can't see what we see. How much money would go back into restoring our own economy and helping citizens of the United States of America if we kept our money within our own boundaries? Could we restore our reputation in the world because we took care of our own? Will we become a nation known for letting it's own people suffer while we pretend to care about other countries? Are we destined to just keep playing the blame game and turn our backs to the pain here on our own soil? Maybe we should change our name to "The United States Citizens for the World".



© 2012 Linda Crist

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Pinned, tweeted, and yes, in my case, you are preaching to the choir, but then you knew that. I have no clue what is going on; common sense says we are only as strong as our weakest link, and boy, do we ever have a lot of weak links in this country. I have nothing against foreign countries; I think they need all the help they can get. However, until we are healthy, until our citizens do not have to beg for food, then I want our efforts concentrated on our own needy.

    Powerful hub my friend! I'm with you all the way!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I am glad I read this..and of course it makes me angry. How can we cure these ills in our country, Makes you wonder what is going on. I am thoroughly confused about why we don't take care of our people first. Voted UP and share.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill...lol....at least you're out there for me. Sometimes I think I'm talking to the wall. I vowed not to watch the news today but I turned it on for just a minute and this hub was on paper before I knew what hit me. I need more discipline. :-)

    Thank you for pinning, tweeting, and for being you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Carol7777 ! Thank you so much for sharing and voting. More importantly, thank you for feeling the way you do. I know there are lots of us butl... we are being ignored. It makes me crazy sometimes. :-)

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    ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

    Warren Buffet and Bill Gates made their billions in the US, and they have donated much of these billions for Africa. Buffet doesn't even give money to his family.

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    yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

    I think that our separatist mindset isn't going to help us solve these issues. I believe that when we function as separatists--whether it's based on political party, skin-color, nation, height, ability or not, we are not living up to our potential as human beings.

    Certainly this country has a lot of problems! We are part of the problem as your dad wisely taught you and your sibling. We need to work together to help everyone on the planet.

    I say, what shall we do about it? We need to work together-otherwise as history shows us, we just keep going around in circles.

    Peace.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    ib radmasters and yoginijoy! Thank you both for visiting and reading my rant. We certainly do have problems and I can't pretend I have the answer. I do believe though that we cannot be a shining example to other countries until we at the very least take care of our own people. I often wonder how much more we could do on the international front if everyone here was at least earning a living. So many questions, too few answers.

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    Chad Thiele 4 years ago from Hudson, Wisconsin

    I understand the point that you are trying to make. However, it is a very complex issue.

    We need to help other countries now, so if we need their help in the future, they will hopefully be there. And, help isn’t always monetary. It might be access to their country to put a military base on or a source of intelligence. If we shut ourselves off from the rest of the world, it makes it easier for our enemies to turn other countries against us and harder to get information to fight terrorists.

    Also, if we invest in other countries and their economy gets better, hopefully their people will buy goods and services from us, and that helps us. It is a global marketplace, after all.

    What the government does is for strategic reasons. The decisions that they make are based on information that the everyday citizens don’t have access to.

    Furthermore, religious organizations are free to help whoever they want to. If we told them to stop, that would be very un-American, don’t you think?

    As you point out in the post, we are all responsible. As citizens, we can do our part by buying products and services that are made in the United States and donate to organizations that help our own people. I think these are the things that we, as individuals, can do to help solve the problem. Therefore, that is where I think we should focus our energy.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Chad. You make a very valid point. But when I looked at the money that religious organizations are sending to other countries, it just astounded me. You can't buy Christianity, can you? I still say that we cannot be world leaders if we allow our own to suffer.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    I think you are preaching to the choir with me also. I am all for helping our own and educating our own children first. My church does not send money overseas, with the exception of a small amount to a missionary, but they help in numerous local organizations that help people. They do this with money and with services.

    We really do need to get people back to work, so they can live and feel good about themselves.

    I do think Chad makes some relevant points but I can't understand why they are sending billions of money to Pakistan when they hid Bin Laden? Voted up, awesome and shared.

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    Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Solomon like wisdom from Pops there Linda. Out in the country kinda taking care of each other used to be the norm. Still is for most new immigrant families whom the social engineers haven't had enough time to split up yet. A nation generally doesn't export most of its food during a famine and we should take primary care of our own as Bruce Springsteen's new song says while still being generous to others in need.

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    The Green Lady 4 years ago from Australia

    Why shouldn't the rich countries give back to the third world who's sweat and blood they got rich from.Why is history so short in people's minds?

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    Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

    We do need to take care of our own first - I would venture to say that we could do so much more for others if we got our own house in order. Great hub!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    I don't normally do group comments but this will be an exception.

    Pamela 99, Alastar, The Green Lady, and Conservative Lady - I agree with all of you.

    Green Lady - you are correct that we got rich off the backs of immigrants and history is all too short in most people's memory. But - when we don't have enough jobs and people are forfeiting medicine in lieu of food, something has to change. When I did the research and saw how much money was being given to international 'charities', I just couldn't believe it. How many businesses could be started on that money to provide jobs?

    Pamela99 - I also have no problem with churches funding missionaries. But millions or billions from corporations going to feed when our people are starving is more than I can wrap my head around. When our Native People in South Dakota have healthy food to eat or the children in Appalachia have something to eat, then maybe I can accept it.

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. It is reassuring to know there are still so many that care. We just need a solution. lol

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    Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

    Isn't it strange when so many of us agree about solving problems here in the US--poverty and hunger foremost-- but those whom we elect do not represent our wishes. Shouldn't there be some sort of penalty for this?

    SSSSS

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Randy, you are absolutely right. Is it because we are so busy surviving that we don't have the time to hold them accountable or are we just so certain that we can't hold them accountable that we don't try? I do write letters to my representatives but I'm very guilty of not marching into their office and putting a face to the issue. Maybe that's another conversation we all need to have; how to hold them accountable.

    Thank you so much for taking time to read my thoughts and to add to such a worthy discussion.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for sharing this. I am glad I am not directly involved. But I am reminded of the first rule of first aid: Make sure you are okay first before you try to help others, lest there be 2 casualties.

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    Alfred Amuno 4 years ago from Kampala

    Quite a topic I presume and I think I understand the need to give more to the needy at home before giving to the needy elsewhere.

    But now that cash is actually being sent to poor countries like mine, another problem arises, which I don't think many people care to discuss.

    I do not have the statistics but it is very absurd that a huge chunk of the money given to third world countries do not actually reach those that are in need. Most of the money (especially money given through governments) get misused even before reaching the poor.

    The money goes in the pockets of bigwigs in government and to salaries and allowances for the officials.

    By the time the money reaches down to the needy, it is actually a trickle. This explains why charity money never actually save or help the poor most of the time. The money benefits the already well to do!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello amuno! Thank you for reading and sharing a different perspective. I too understand the concept of being charitable and I am not opposed at all to helping where it is needed, and, when there is something to give. Your point is very valid regarding the msuse of the funds and the limited effect those donations have on the people in other countries. The topic is very complex, isn't it?

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    William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

    Excellent Hub, Irc7815! I couldn't agree with you more! Charity needs to begin at home. I'm not ignorant of the fact that there are starving children in the world, but there are starving children here at home, and we continue to give foreign aid to these countries that hate us. We should take care of our own people first! Great job of getting that point across!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks William. I appreciate you taking time to read this. We've got it so wrong.

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    Rob 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

    You make many good points. While I don't believe that any country should be exempt from the moral responsibility to help other nations, I do agree that the US government spends more time and money curing the ills of foreign nations while so many people are suffering here.

    Well done hub,

    Rob

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Robwrite. I appreciate your visit and that your have voiced your opinion. I agree that we should not be exempt from providing aid to others but I sure think we should be doing more here with our limited finances before we do it elsewhere.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Robwrite. I appreciate your visit and that your have voiced your opinion. I agree that we should not be exempt from providing aid to others but I sure think we should be doing more here with our limited finances before we do it elsewhere.

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    This is a very good hub. It used to be like that, well when I was younger. Neighbors knew neighbors. But now it isn't like that anymore. I agree with you, there are a lot of people who are suffering from hunger here in the United States. Why can't we help our own people? I am not saying we shouldn't help any other people, but putting people who are hurting here, first is a very good thing.

    Voted up.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Michele. Thank you for reading and voting for my hub. I'm glad you came. And, I agree with you. We just aren't doing it right, in my opinion.

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    James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

    Americans are by far the most generous people on earth and always have been. Individuals should be able to direct their charity where they see fit.

    Domestic transfer payments last year totalled about $1.5 trillion dollars. That's a thousand dollars a day for 32,000 years. Transfer payments are wealth confiscated from some people and given to other people. If that is not enough, then someone please tell me how much would be enough?

    Outstanding article though. Thank you for the good read.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi James. Thanks for the read and the comments. How much is enough? Good question. My simple answer would be, I think, that enough is when there are no more hungry people living on the streets in this country before those dollars go around the world. Yes, I am a hard-head. :-)

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, you have hit a sore spot with me. How can our country be in a recession when SO much of our money is going outside our boundaries?? And fighting others' wars? Don't even get me started on that issue! Have the residents of our Appalachian Mountains EVER come out of extreme poverty? How much of middle America is today being forced into the poorhouse or, worse - out of our homes?

    This is a very powerful hub, my friend. With 50,000 people joining HP daily, hopefully your message will hit every American.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Shauna, my little hub won't scratch the surface but you are right, it is criminal that people in Appalachia still live below the poverty level, have no health care available, and are starving on a daily basis. It's so wrong. Thanks for adding your voice to my little small one.

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    Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

    Amen. I do not think you are heartless nor do I wish to strangle you. I believe in reaching out and helping our fellow man...but I believe that we should take care of our own, get our finances straightened out so we can do just that, rather than continuously supporting other countries. I do feel their pain but we have so much here that needs to be taken care of.Thank you for sharing this.

    Voted up and shared....ps

    Angels are on the way

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Patricia! Thanks for reading and sharing my feelings on this one. Angels arrived! :-)

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    Penta Teveli 3 years ago

    Hey guys I see you haven't been on in forever, but I found that in average we spend more money funding space programs that are really getting us nowhere then helping our on in our country. Say we cut everything and just help out those who don't have a job or are homeless for two years just giving them Bread, Water, and A place to live, then after those two years if you haven't done anything you are no good to the public. If you do not work you do not eat. After we solve our problems will move to others in the world, and after them maybe we can think about space again.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Penta, hello. For clarity, I am on my Hubpage profile every single day but I have so many articles that I don't visit each one unless someone leaves a comment. So, I'm glad you stopped by. I agree with you, mostly. The point I would argue is about the value of a person. I think there are many great people who are not able to work, for various reasons. And, I believe we have a responsibility to help take care of them. Otherwise, you and I are on the same page.

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    dellea 3 years ago

    I totally agree with your hub! Thumbs up and following!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello dellea. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow.

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Hello Irc7815, You make quite a few great points here and I have to say, Amen. When homeless veterans (who fought for our freedom) and our children are left to sleep in the streets, then, something has gone terribly wrong here in this country. As a Christian, my heart goes out to other countries where conditions are horrible, yet why are we sending money to strangers when our own citizens suffer? Hard to understand.

    I love the quote you gave from your Dad. What a smart man. Fix the problem not the blame.

    You said, "I just cannot understand why those we elect to public office can't see what we see". Their eyes are clouded with power and greed.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Peg, you are so right about the politicians. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. Your compliments are a bonus.

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    Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Interesting article and you are right in so many ways. However our beneficent government often "gives" to other countries with the stipulation that certain items are purchased from US centered big businesses.

    I was once involved in a church group and we saved money to send to Haiti. $65.00 would feed a child for a year! I think regular people like to give overseas because you get more bang for your buck. A little goes a long way.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dolores, thanks for visiting and sharing another perspective. I understand that the dollar goes further in third world countries. But when I see hunger and homelessness all around me here, it doesn't make me feel better to know we have helped another country and left our own to starve in the elements. I just can't wrap my brain around the justification.

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    Imtiaz Ahmed 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    I really liked reading your full article. I didn't know there are these problems in america. I watched a serial show mentioning some these points of yours. But reading your post i learned more about these problems. USA a country which gives still a value here. But i live in a country where the govt takes from other countries. Anyway liked it very much. lrc7815 I am giving you a up vote. I will visit you often. :D

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    imtii , hello again. This was a difficult article to write. I believe in charity and helping others but my country does so much for other countries while it's own people are suffering and that makes no sense to me. Sometimes I think we just have too much here in America and we are spoiled. We could do with far less and there would be enough for everyone.

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    Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Linda...I agree with you wholeheartedly and will share this because it needs to make the rounds again. Not long ago I read an article on HP about a city council in this country passing a resolution to not allow churches in their area to feed the hungry. What??? This is insanity, especially since Congress in their continuing arrogance and lack of wisdom keep doing everything possible to cut adrift the homeless, unemployed, disabled, elderly, etc. from all types of safety nets.

    It is past time to reel in the international giving (and, yes, I know that the rationale is to gain or keep allies, but is THAT working?) and take care of American citizens. There should be no homeless, no hungry, no desperate-for-work poverty-stricken people in the U.S. Our government should be making positive changes for our own population before trying to take care of the rest of the world.

    Thanks for putting this into print. It needs to be said, read and forwarded to the White House and every member of Congress!

    Voted Up+++ and shared

    Jaye

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    JayeWisdom, thank you so much for your kind words. Even this morning I am sitting here fuming over the state of our country. As I watch this mess in Ferguson, Missouri, The money we send to third world populations could so easily pay for community programs that empower our own young people to be contributors to society rather than pests. That money could build youth centers, pay for parenting classes and for community leaders to and volunteers to become eyes on the street so that the cops could do what they are supposed to do, protect and serve. Yes, there is another article brewing in the brain. We have to do what we can, right? I can't solve the world's problems but I can sure write about them. lol Thank you for standing WITH me.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda......Bravo and "Amen," my friend. I'm so very much on this page with you. I often become frustrated and angry for the same reasons.

    So, we go along and do our part, as much and as often as possible. The need is too great and beyond our singular reach.

    This does not mean we stop giving or sharing.....but "this mess" as you so aptly refer to our country at this time.....will take a hundred years and massive cooperation..........Up++++

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    Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 2 years ago

    The United States has always , since the very beginning taken care of it's own. And "it's own" is the wealthy ruling elite. It was George Washington and other wealthy landowners who instigated the Revolutionary War. The poor and the workiong class European immigrants had little to gain through independence from the crown. It is also a fact that many poor people were forced at gunpoint, under threat of execution, to fight against the British. This is a great article you have written , but America is the same as it has always been. The Capitalists cannot erase poverty in America, because Capitalism cannot exist without the poor. As long as the current system is in place, things will never change. The bad news is, they are not about to give up their power and priviledge without a fight. No significant change in the status quo has ever occurred in this country without a major bloodletting. The question is, " Who is willing to pay the price of freedom?" In a free country you would have had no need to write this article, because poverty does not exist in a free system.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Paula, it is always so good to see you on my hubs. You frequently validate my thoughts and philosophy about this old world. You're absolutely right. We don't stop doing what we do. We just have to step back sometimes and recover from the beating. lol I will never stop believing that our money would be better spent right here in the good old USA providing a future for out youth. They will eventually be our caretakers you know.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    wrenchBiscuit, you raise many valid points. But the sordid history goes back even further than George Washington, doesn't it? Our freedom is indeed an illusion. But...there are things we can do as individuals. No one can force me to support a charity that sends millions to a third world country and lets children in the neighborhood go to bed hungry. No one can force me to financially support a church who spends thousands in mission work and doesn't minister to the elderly members who are suffering behind closed doors from elder abuse or neglect. No one can force me to wave a flag on Veteran's Day when 22 Veteran's a day are committing suicide from untreated PTSD. See, the Capitalists don't control me totally. lol I can go on. I still have a voice. I can exercise that voice during elections. It may carry some risks but I can still stand on a corner with a sign and raise my voice against corporate greed, racism, and oppression. I can accept that history repeats itself but as long as I am alive, I refuse to think I can't do something. When they control your mind, you really are not free.

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    John Fisher 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

    There are SOME people that need a helping hand from the government, but MOST people that get one DON'T need a helping hand, they just need to get up off their lazy a**es and do something to earn more money.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

    You can tell by the comments that many others feel as you do, certainly I do. In fact, I have been singing this song for some time now. I think we all are weary of giving to the government and then watching our money be given to other countries rather than being spent on us. It's a national disgrace, and it is time for it to stop. I feel for those less fortunate than us, but there will always be suffering in the world. We need to stop the wars, bring our boys home, stop trying to save the world and straighten out our own mess first. Only after we do that should be become charitable. America is suffering, and our leaders can stop it. Why they don't is a mystery to me! Excellent hub. Voted up.

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    Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 2 years ago

    There are many writers who publish articles on Hubpages who are quite interesting and intelligent. You are certainly not the least among them. However, ( here comes the "but", and we all know what "however" and "but" can do) although I would vote for you in an election, because I agree with your argument, I highly doubt that you will ever be elected to a higher office.

    Only because you appear to be overqualified. Based on what your style of writing indicates, you are more likely to be a martyr like Joan of Arc, or John Brown. I see your popularity and acceptance more in the future, than the present tense; someone who is more likely to be crucified than welcomed by the mainstream. Most, if not all of the politicians that you might vote for will be beneath you. So what could you possibly think that these imbeciles will achieve in your lifetime? Yes, I believe that you and those like you can do a lot to change the world, and make it a better place. But I promise you that you will never change a thing through the status quo, and the current two party system, because in this system, the house always wins.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    pocono foothills, I completely agree with you. Our welfare system is horribly broken. Those that need help cannot get it because so many that don't need it already have. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    TIMETRAVELER2, you add value to this conversation, for sure. The reason our government doesn't, is because we are in so deep over oil. It's just that simple. Every time we start our cars, we are supporting that greed. I'm as guilty as anyone. As long as we feed the corporate giants, they will continue to take from us and give to someone else. Why can't we see that? Because we are spoiled. That's my two cents worth. lol

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    wrenchBiscuit. your comment touched my heart and I consider it a real compliment to be mentioned in the same breath as Joan of Arc and John Brown. Thank you for that. I hear and understand what you are saying. There is no question that I'm a dreamer. Im' not a genius, nor an accomplished writer. I am simply a person who cannot live in a world where there is no hope. I believe that every time I express myself, I have the chance to change the thinking of one, just one, person. If that person reaches out, they might change the thinking of one more. It's like the ripples on a pond. And, sometimes we just have to realize that although we can't change the world, we can change hearts and minds. We do what we can. Thank you so much for your kind and generous remarks.

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    hlo 2 years ago

    Hi Irc7815, I totally agree with you. I have asked the same question over & over & over again: Why does the USA ignore struggling American Citizens, but spends American $$$ to care for poor or besieged persons in other Nations??? It is dreadful that any person in any Nation suffers. However, why doesn't the USA show loyalty & commitment to our own fellow Americans?? It's CRAZY to send American money (and JOBS) overseas, when so many American Citizens continue to struggle RIGHT HERE! There is HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS & ILLNESS & UNEMPLOYMENT throughout America! Our Government (State and/or Federal; Democrat and/or Repub) pretends to be oblivious. But our Government is not oblivious - it is inept & indifferent. American money is spent overseas to bolster US International presence & power. I wish I had the hope to say things will change. Thank you for articulating what I've observed for 8+ years. It is infuriating.

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    Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Excellent hub. Our system is broken. In my opinion, we need to shutter the windows for a little while, clean up our internal messes, right what has been wronged and put our own back on an upright path. Then and only then are we a "superpower".

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    hlo 2, thank you for reading this piece and sharing my feelings on the subject. You nailed it with your comments and I am glad to hear that someone else GETS IT. This subject makes me CRAZY because I do see the suffering of my own people who can't find jobs, who are sick because they can't afford to get well, and are sleeping in places no human should have to sleep in when a country is this well off. It's just wrong and like you, I am afraid change is a long way off. Thanks again.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello SheGetsCreative. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support and thoughtful comment. Needless to say, I certainly agree with you.

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