A Compassionate Nation?

“…the United States cares deeply about the human condition, and that much of our aid is aimed at helping people realize their God-given potential.”

— George Bush on March 11, 2007 in Bogota

A few questions come to mind:

  • If we care so deeply about the human condition, why do we allow our own people, frequently children and women, to live on the streets, homeless. Or is that their “God-given potential”?
  • If so much of our aid is “aimed at helping people”, why is it that it took so long for aid to come to people of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina?
  • And why can’t we even care for our own veterans, who have served our country, giving their bodies in times of war?
  • Why does the United States have more animal shelters than homeless shelters? Where is the deep caring there about the “human condition?”
  • Or is “helping people realize their God-given potential”, really about helping certain people and certain corporations reach their potential?

Mr. Bush, people all over the world, including your fellow US citizens, hear comments like those above. And then they look around in confusion at the deeds actually done in the name of aid. They see only hollow words and self-serving deeds.

Yes, we people of the world do care deeply about each other, often doing what we can to help each other realize our potential. Regrettably, we have government officials that claim to represent us who act otherwise, helping only to realize their own “potential”.

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One response to “A Compassionate Nation?

  1. It’s excruciating, isn’t it? And embarrassing.

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