Doing the Right Thing

“Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”

~ Iconic inscription on the Statue of Liberty

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Of course, we should probably take care of the tired, poor, huddled masses within our own borders too.  America is not a land where the poor are able to breathe free, or where those who are downtrodden automatically are lifted up.  We abandon the weakest and most vulnerable of our society, leaving children, the elderly, and ill behind to rot.  Our Founding Fathers envisioned America as city on a hill – a beacon shining brightly to the rest of the world, of freedom and of a people who supported one another.  While they certainly would not have envisioned welfare spending by the government to have been the solution to that problem, they would be stunned at the indifference manifested among citizens of this nation towards other citizens.  Theres was an era where everyone had to pull together to support the cause of Revolution, and where citizens post-Revolution were very involved in both their political activities and in their communities.  Maybe we require our government to force us to care for the welfare of our fellow citizens because otherwise we seem content to look the other way.  Without a commitment to one another, we are a country in a state of decay.  A nation that can turn its back on its own lost children is a nation already lost.

Res Publica

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