Recently, on CBS “60 Minutes,” one of the stories highlighted the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. This sad commentary on the plight of an improvised country revealed that the medical professionals, who fight this disease that affects millions on the continent of Africa, receive much of their medicine and funding from the United States. A local physician said that if it was not for the contributions and support from America, hundreds of thousands more would die.
So, that started me thinking about some of the comments that I hear from the media and some of our elected officials. How often have you heard that America is a selfish country? In one way or another, that sentiment is widely disseminated to the public. Is it true? In my view, hell no!
Which country is usually among the first on the scene of any disaster around the world? You’ve got it….America! Which country stays the longest and contributes the most money? You got it, again….America! So, when I hear people knock America for being a big, successful, SELFISH country, it angers me because it is not true.
America is the most benevolent country in the world….without doubt! Think about it! The earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Malaysia, hunger in Africa, and so on! The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization funded by individual and corporate contributions from millions of US citizens. Those citizens and corporations are TAXPAYERS…just like you and me. And when the Federal Government sends troops or supplies to foreign countries to provide aid, that money comes from TAXPAYERS, too!
We may be the most successful country in the world….but, let’s not forget that we are also the most CHARITABLE country in the world, too! When I hear our leaders apologizing for America’s actions around the world, it makes me furious…..and I am not alone. When you really think about the situation, our leaders are criticizing you and me since it is our money that finances these efforts. For once, I’d like to see a leader stand up and say that he would not apologize for America’s actions! Someone needs to take a stand for the truth about our country. Let’s not bow to foreign leaders! Let’s hold our heads high in the knowledge that America is a good place! A place to be proud of! A giving, benevolent people!