"Why Save The Country" may seem a silly question. The answer is obvious. But perhaps when we think of saving the country, we fail to truly reflect on the humanitarian aspects. Somehow the words freedom, jobs and homeland security just don’t quite touch the heart like they should.
The words have become so commonplace that the emotions they should conjure up may not be so strong as they ought to be. Some of you may recall that someone once defined a recession as when your neighbor is out of work and a depression as when you are out of work. Human beings naturally think that way. We care deeply about others and say “we feel your pain,” but in truth few people feel their neighbor’s pain the way they feel their own.
Pause for a moment and reflect on the millions of people – men, women, and children – here in America that go to bed each night worried. Worried about the job they have, or the one they have lost; worried about the mortgage; the rent; the car payment; the insurance; or the children’s winter clothing needs. Perhaps even worried about their next meal. If you are one of the lucky ones in America, think about a man and his wife lying in the pale light and stillness of the night with their children in their rooms asleep. As they look at one another, they see fear, disappointment and hurt in each others eyes. Perhaps jobless and receiving a soon to expire unemployment check. Perhaps applying for food stamps and perhaps several payments behind on their mortgage. Unable to provide their children with what others have and what they want or worse what they need.
Picture that they cannot sleep for worrying. They turn the TV on and there are replays of today’s news. The headlines are that the U.S. provides aid to Egypt; the U.S. government loses billions on failed green job investments; Social Security is going bankrupt; the EPA requires an industrial plant to shut down; a U.S. Congressman declares global warming is a priority issue; the U.S. commits aid to a group attempting to overthrow the Syrian government; and electric bills are set to rise as electric plants switch to Chinese made windmills.
The couple turns off the TV. They know their situation is not their government’s priority. Tuesday, November 6th, they must choose between a presidential candidate who will regulate and export away more and more jobs or one that will simply export some jobs. They can only look at one another and say “what a country.” They ask themselves what has happened to America?