When an earthquake devastated Haiti last year, Americans as a nation, and as individuals, rushed to the aid of the island nation, pouring in millions of dollars to help in the rescue and rebuilding efforts. Even today, we are still seeing commercials urging us to donate to Haitian relief.
In March, when an earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan, Americans again were the first to respond with humanitarian efforts, donating money and sending volunteers to assist those in need.
My son lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was leveled by tornadoes thirteen days ago. My son was lucky in that he was not injured, but the next street over was obliterated. Hundreds of people across the South were killed or are still missing, and thousands more were left homeless.
So where is our foreign aid? What foreign countries are sending relief personnel, food, water, or money to Tuscaloosa, or Ringgold, Georgia, or Arkansas, Mississippi, or any of the other places hit by the tornadoes?
Right now, the Mississippi River is flooding hundreds of people out of their homes. Can you name one foreign country who has come to help? One who has sent a penny in aid? Why is that?
Why are there no telethons raising money to help our own people in the South? Why doesn’t Yahoo have a button on their front page urging us to donate to tornado relief efforts? They did for Haiti and Japan!
Why do we Americans feel the need to help out anybody and everybody, even our enemies, but yet nobody ever steps up to the plate for us? I believe that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Canada sent some folks down to help in search and rescue efforts. But who else has ever been there for us in our time of need?
I can’t turn on my television at night without some syrupy voice urging me to donate to help starving kids in some Third World nation, and it has become fashionable to adopt foreign children. But what about the children right here in America who need a home?
Why are we rebuilding Haiti and Japan, when our own infrastructure is crumbling? Why do American doctors and nurses volunteer to go to other countries to run free clinics, while children and the elderly in this country go without the medical care they need? Who is coming to help us? Who ever comes to help us?
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