so what happened? why after thousands of years is poverty still here. why after technological advances not even conceivable to men a hundred years ago are there still men, women, and children living in poverty in america. why in 2014 when america has more empty homes than homeless people, more food than it would take to feed every hungry man, woman and child in america, and so many economic resources that we give it to other countries to help their needy...while ours still suffer. why?
it's my fault. and it's your fault. i know...you're not responsible for other people. if you're not responsible for other people why do i see you protesting the erosion of our liberties? why do i see you protesting abortion? why do i see you protesting knock out games? why do i see you protesting the right of a wealthy duck dynasty man to criticize homosexuality and gay marriage? if you feel responsible enough to protest these things and demand what you perceive is the right thing to be done....where is your protest over congress and the senate cutting into the basic survival needs of america's poorest citizens. where is your logic and common sense when you protest the extension of unempoyment benefits for the people who are suffering the longest and deepest period of unemployment since the great depression. where is your outrage when the senate and congress decide that america's poorest people are costing the economy too much money while we send 150 billion dollars overseas in foreign aid, fund totally outrageous projects and programs here in america and continue to spend more than we have.
winning the war on poverty can only be done by one or two simple things. first...it's not a war. it's an obligation...one that we have to each other as citizens of this country and as fellow human beings. it can only be done by compassion and understanding the basic instilled knowledge that we should indeed bend down to help our fellow man. it can only be done by you and by me and yes...even by those who criticize the poor and homeless. it can only be done by acts of kindness and generosity and by the helping hands of people like you. if we wait for the senate and congress to do it, in another fifty years someone else will be writing about it and arguing the issue, akk while the poor continue to suffer and bear the consequences of a nation whose priorities are not fucused on their fellow human beings. we have to look beyond the names and poitical agendas and popular trends and get back to the very basics of human understanding and caring principles that made our country great to begin with.
we don't need to find a way to end poverty and homelessness. it's simple. we've had the answers all along. what do need are people willing and compassionate enough to do it.
see you around town