One has to wonder what the American government means when they speak of terrorism and torture; isn't letting children go hungry another form of torture, and is it any better than terrorism? When the mind and body want and need something as simple as sustenance, and you deprive those bodies of this, isn't that a form of torture? What do you think these children will think of their country as they grow older, when they find out that their country was too arrogant and too busy fighting a war to feed them? What will they think as they grow up and find out that this war was created by their own president, and that the profits that were generated from this war were for the rich? What will they think when they find out that buying weapons of mass destruction was more important that purchasing food to nourish them?
Refugees are treated better; America feeds those who come from other countries seeking political asylum, yet they let their own citizens continue wanting and needing, and more than not, they are the poorest of poor, and minorities.
America must realize that their dirty ugly truth is being exposed, so all of these things must be addressed now because tomorrow will be too late. People in this country know this, that's why we elected Barack Obama. He knows that Americans are not refugees and deserve much better treatment than they have been getting. He has been working to help correct some of America's ills, but no one can do it alone. As president, he will need all the help that he can muster when he takes office on January 20, 2009.
When children don't have the proper food, it is hard for them to go to school and study to be the best that they can be. The article on cnn.com tells of over 600,000 children that hunger in America, which is nothing to be proud of; it is downright shameful. How can this country so rich have allowed our children to feel hunger? Actually the number in the cnn.com article is 691, 000, much closer to 700, 000 in 2007. The number of adults is over 36 million that struggled with hunger in the same period. Millions of Americans were said to have gone hungry at some point last year.
click here America feed your children; feed your people.
Barack Obama's plate is full because the Bush administration neglected the poorest of poor. These numbers should make everyone in this country feel outraged, angry and hurt; other countries are probably looking at America with great disdain.
There has been all the talk about foreclosure of homes, loss of 401Ks, skyrocketing unemployment, and in 2004 there was talk about bread lines in Ohio.
click here Our soup kitchens are overcrowded to a point that many can no longer feed all that come; they must turn people away. click here
When the executives on Wall Street and other firms are making millions of dollars a year, and their bonuses are much more than many people will ever see in their lifetime, shouldn't that have told this government that things were really out of sorts? Shouldn't that have created a strong desire for this government to want to help feed hungry Americans and their children? Shouldn't that have told this government that hunger is like a disease that destroys? Bodies break down when they aren't fed properly, or was this something that was okay with the Bush administration? Was his administration designed to let the poor and minorities continue to suffer, so that they'd be too weak to be able to put up a good fight; was this his plan? Well Mr. Bush, God had another plan.
The American people spoke out on November 04, 2008; too many people are hurting in unbelievable ways. Pride keeps a lot of Americans from saying anything because they feel ashamed. They are not the ones that should feel ashamed; it is this government that is supposed to be for all the people and not just a few; they are the ones that should feel ashamed. Unfortunately because of America's arrogance, taking care of some wonderful people that number in the millions was not a top of priority. Thank God Barack Obama stepped up to take the challenge to change the dynamics of this country.
When people are tired that's one thing, but when people are hungry and tired, that combination can produce an entirely different people. People start erupting because they need, and what they need is to feel that they matter more than weapons of mass destruction. If they aren't able to eat, if they go to bed hungry, what do those weapons of mass destruction matter? Someone who is hungry couldn't care less about those weapons; people want and need food all the time. Part time nourishment is not an option.
Now that the real weapon of mass destruction is finally leaving the White House, America will have a chance to bring back the America that has always been dreamed about. We've got to make sure that our government has our backs, and then we must put safeguards in place so that our government is never allowed to turn its back on us again. The real safeguards are all of the people in this country, especially the poorest of the poor and minorities; we are the people who yield the power when we get out and vote. We showed this country and the world what we could do on November 4, 2008, and we must continue to fight, lifting ourselves and our government up daily. Our weapons are ourselves and we must never lay down.