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Suck it, America.
benny5562
In the last two weeks, I think I've figured out exactly why other countries hate the U.S. I wasn't much of a fan for any of what I'm sad to say is my country has accomplished, and long after the point that I thought I could be no further disappointed, or no longer resist the urge of biblically proportioned face-palm, masses of Americans all did something that got me so floored that my disgust with this country is at an all-time high...

People are posting all over Facebook and (Probably) Twitter, about how America should be worrying about their own socialogical shortcomings, instead of sending help to Haiti, in the wake of a devastating earthquake, which has literally left nearly the whole contry in shambles. People are saying that we should see to the needs of the American homeless and mentally disabled, or basically anybody who claims to be unfit to hold a job and be a productive member of American society.

I do appreciate the fact that they're taking all of these so-called 'less fortunates' into consideration, but the only time that they get up on their cross for these derilects of society is when our country gets set to go help somebody else in need out.

What revolts me even more is that people are also petty enough to cite that since Haiti's never really done anything great for America, America shouldn't feel at all obliged to do any favors for Haiti. What brings this all to a boil, like a gallon of gut juice, on the way back the way it came? The people saying this are mostly Christians, who spend all that time, telling the rest of society how they're so righteous, and they're going to heaven... Blah, blah, blah... BULLSHIT! All you Christians just showed how pious you are (NOT) in one single Facebook re-post, and you're completely oblivious to the fact that it would be a direct violation of ANY religion's true moral values.

When I was young, I was forced to go to church every Sunday, to learn supposed 'Christian values, if nothing else'... I was raised knowing that to help somebody in need, regardless of who they are or their past with me, is the right thing to do... and to see even my own mother posting this shit really disappoints me even further.

I'm going to demonstrate a hypothetical excercise for you readers...

Imagine driving along a long straight road. You're going 55-60 mph. Another car is travelling in the opposite direction toward you at the same speed. Once your two cars are about 2 seconds from passing each other on the left, a deer jumps out, you are both unable to maneuver. You run your car off the road, after nearly flipping it from slamming on the brakes, but skid to abruptly smash into a thicket of trees. Your doors are all blocked shut by the trees left standing, so you can't get out. You check and your passengers are all conscious and in stable shape, but fairly shaken. The other car, however, has hit the deer head-on, and the deployment of the airbags has knocked the driver unconscious, and broken the front-seat passenger's neck, while their toddler and infant are in the back seat with no injuries, but are unable to exit the vehicle do to the child safety locks being active, because the engine is still on. One ambulance comes. Who should they help first?

If you don't get my point, the first car is America, and the second car is Haiti. Who really needs more help?

In Haiti, many people's lives are in immediate danger of suffocation, starvation, dehydration... but Americans are more worried about a bum on the corner in a city they don't even live in, who's more likely to take the money that they just begged for to get a bottle of liquor.

Americans want something for an action which ultimately won't break a drop of sweat on their brow. It's even as easy as a text message to the Red Cross... but we must need a fund for the shiftless layabouts of America... Right.

Must be everybody believed the inbred moron who hosts the 700 Club, and actually tuned in on the night that he accused Haitians of selling their souls to the Devil about 400 years or so ago, to free themselves from French rule and stated that they DESERVED what they got. Now when I hear that somebody actually spewed out such a sequence of words, I'm inclined to think: "Wow... This guy has actually managed to reach an astronomical level of Full-of-shit!" ...But even at the end of that insane tirade, he supposedly stated that Haiti does need all the help they can get. But let's not forget that the collective attention span of America is not so big, anymore, so they were probably off to the kitchen to get some Rice Krispies treats and a cup of Jesus juice for the weeknight communion ceremony.

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Here's a little break from my ranting, and an awesome entry done by my wife, Paula, giving her aspect of things...

"America: the only country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations. 99% of people won't have the guts to copy and repost this"

It's this statement and others like it that are going around all over facebook and other sites, that make me ashamed to be an American for many reasons. I never see people bitch and moan about helping the poor in America until another country needs our help. I would love to know what all of these people that decide to start complaining NOW are doing the rest of the year to help in our country. Are they donating to food banks, volunteering at soup kitchens, donating to check-out hunger everytime they go to the store during the donation drive? Going by this logic, does that mean I should have protested helping the southern states after Katrina because I live in NY and it didn't effect me? Should I tell the Cancer society I'm not donating because I don't have cancer? If we all took this kind of path for everything in life we'd still be suffering from diseases like Small Pox and Polio.

Speaking of Kartrina and our country "needing help." A lot of people feel this need stems from aftermath of hurricane Katrina and also 9/11. While both of these were devastatiing to our country, they are nothing compared to the earthquake that rocked Haiti. Just look at the numbers:
Katrina Death Toll: 1836
9/11 Death Toll: about 6000
Haitian Earthquake: Well over 100,000 and could rise to almost 300,000. Many of the bodies will never be found as they are buried in mass graves.
Combining Katrina and 9/11 we only saw at most about 7% of the deaths that Haiti has seen.

Looking at the poor and in need of help in each country, let us again look at some numbers:

ALL INFORMATION FROM: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. While the economy has recovered in recent years, registering positive growth since 2005, four tropical storms in 2008 severely damaged the transportation infrastructure and agricultural sector.

Average Yearly Income Per Household
$1,300 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 203
$1,300 (2008 est.)
$1,300 (2007 est.)
note: data are in 2009 US dollars

Unemployment rate:
NA% est.)
note: widespread unemployment and underemployment; more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs

Population below poverty line:
80% (2003 est.)


USA

Yearly Income Per Household
$46,400 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 10
$48,100 (2008 est.)
$48,300 (2007 est.)
note: data are in 2009 US dollars

Unemployment rate:
9.4% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 108
5.808% (2008 est.)

Population below poverty line:
12% (2004 est.)


I would love to see all of the people that say we shouldn't help another country like Haiti live on what the people of that country do and see if we can help ourselves after a terrible disaster.

We give every oppurtunity to the people of our country to pick themselves up from the gutter and be productive members of society. There are programs to help educate people and help them find jobs. There are programs that help people get money to pay rent and utilities while looking for work. We have food stamps public assistance, HEAP, Medicaid, Family/Child Health Plus, among many other programs. I refuse to feel bad for helping people who need and want my help.

Come to think of it, it really says a lot when the whining is also over 12 stations being taken up for one night for fundraisers. That REALLY says a lot about our society that we are worried about not getting to watch whatever TV shows are being taken up by the telethon. I bet 90% of people in Haiti have never even seen a television.

Seriously people, pull you heads out of your asses and take a look around and realize how good you have it.

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She's so eloquent. Now, based on facts and comparisons seen in the wife's noble entry, do you feel like a big horse's ass, yet?

I have something else to say, too...

People often forget that we all live together on ONE world, and the only way to create better societies for all people is to work together and accept each other for their differences, instead of casting them aside, berating them or just completely ignoring their plight.

I honestly am ashamed to be an American, because we, as Americans, are guilty of all of these. We have to stop caring about only ourselves and try to help the people who really can't help themselves.

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