Friday, January 15, 2010
Sometimes I wonder about people's reactions to events. The earthquake in haiti is a tragedy no doubt but we stand now amongst a typical knee-jerk over reaction to a perceived evil. On television last night, each network had a trailer saying text "something" to a certain number to send some minuscule amount of money to Haitian relief. If this was truly a humanitarian effort, why does each network and each station want to have their own destination so they can track that they raised more money that WXYZ in Podunk? I heard this morning that there are at least 100 scams going around with people sending texts, having their cellular provider bill them for $10.00 or $20.00 and then the money goes to a con man and not to Haiti. We need to step back, determine what needs to be done and who will benefit from it.
On the news this morning there was a Haitian singer who was working in the destruction, digging people out, moving the dead to a secure location and doing what he could amongst the destruction. He said he was calling in President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to declare Haiti a disaster area and to send aid. What to Obama and Clinton have to do with Haiti? Where is the UN? Where is France? All of these third world countries express profound hatred of the United States until the earthquake or the tsunami or the cyclone happens and then there they are with their hands out crying please help us.
These people are hurting and we should not turn our backs on them but enough is sometimes enough. The United States should take a lesson from the little red hen. You didn't help me plant the seeds,weed the garden, harvest the wheat, grind the grain, make the batter, or bake the bread and now you want to help me eat the bread. I don't think so!