Originally Posted by DgyJff
It really irritates me when people act like somehow Americans are different than other humans. A national boarder does not mean that Haitians don't matter and that we shouldn't care. Yeah the economy sucks right now, but look at Haiti's economy-it doesn't exist! And in the mean time there is suffering over there that my spoiled American self can't even begin to comprehend. God bless America my ass, how about God bless the world.
To begin I must point out that I am not opposed to the help we have given to Haiti, in fact without our help and aid Haiti would still be waiting for the rest of the world to step up and do more. However, I do have concerns about our continued open hand policy of rushing to the aid of others when we have problems of our own.
this is a quote from one of our most important documents:
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
I am just curious what in that quote would imply the US gov'ts job is to be concerned with supplying aid to other nations? If we look at this document (which every elected Federal representitave takes an oath to uphold and protect) in particular the quote I posted can anyone please tell me who the US gov't is empowered to be concerned with?
I am sympathetic to the plight of Haiti, as I was sympathetic to the plight of those effected by the 04 tsnaumi and a host of other natural disasters around the world. However, I am also concerned with what is going on in our nation. We have a reported 10% unemployment rate, aprox 10 million people out of work, many living on the streets, looking for food, shelter and aid. Our gov't is in serious debt to foreign nations, with no coherent strategy to fix our problems. Yet here we are promising to fix another nation with more borrowed money.