Is it our responsiblity as a country to concern ourselves with the poverty and plight of other countries!!? That is the real question here. I know how that sounds and please hear me out before people start calling me names. We have homeless, unemployed and hungry people right here in our own country. By setting an example is the best way to help others. I go by the biblical saying that if you feed a man fish, he eats for a day, however, if you teach a man how to fish, than he eats for a lifetime!! There are however, some countries out there, that no matter what type of humanitarian efforts we take, their people will always starve. Throwing money at the problem is not the answer!! I believe in the words of John F Kennedy, the government should not give hand outs but a hand up!! We as a country and as a whole have more than enough food, water, and OIL to supply ourselves. Yet with the new enviromental restrictions, many of which are rediculous!! We have to rely on other countries to supply our own demand. In the 40's and 50's this country thrived because we, the United States of America were isolationist. We took care of our own and because of that we were the most repsected country in the world and the wealthiest!! We have the "Garden of Eden" right here at our fingertips!! We have everything that we need to survive. So why? Plus, when it comes to other countries, we can not save the people if the government of that country is corrupt!! Those people need to rise up on their own and fix their own problems. We did and no one helped us!! It is time for people of this world to handle their own problems and be responsible for their actions or lack there of. The US needs to step back from the rest of the world and remember what it means to be an American!! Since when do we look to other countries to tell us and teach us how to do things? It is all leading towards the new world order which I am very much against and I feel would destroy life here as we know it!! Even China is starting to see that a capitalistic economy is the best way to go. They are slowly changing their way of thinking. Ofcourse, they have a long way to go. We are the example to the world as a free society, or atleast we used to be. Since when do we care if Englanders pay $5 for a gallon of gasoline? Since when do we care if there is civil unrest in other countries, especially if the unrest has been ongoing for thousands of years. We are not the world's police and we shouldn't be!! We really need to get back to the basics of this country and not follow the socialistic views. The government is not the answer to our problems, the people are. As far as employment, I agree that everyone who needs and wants to work should be able to, however, lately there are even more problems in that area. Smokers are becoming more and more discriminated against because companies are adopting policies that if you smoke, no job. Though I agree smoking is bad for you, I do not agree that anyone should be denied employment based on a personal choice of habit that is completely legal!! I think the answer is our grassroots!! I think everyone who votes should be made to read the constitution and the bill of rights again. We are way off course from what our fore father envisioned!! We do not need a radical right wing group and we do not need the radical leftist group either. We just need good old common sense!! We are slowly loosing control over our own children because the government now thinks that they can raise our children better than we can. Though I do not believe that anyone should grossly abuse their children, a good spanking once in a while teaches children that there are boundaries and if you cross the boundaries, there is a consequence. It does not take a village to raise a family, it takes common sense and parents who take responsibility for having the children in the first place!! I believe that in the era of the sixties with the free love and hippie movement, that is when the country as a whole started to collapse. Now those same hippies are grown up and in government office!! Ever since the summer of free love, there has been horrible things that have happened to this country. We have taken God out of everything as to not offend. But this country was founded on GOD!! Abortion became legal because of the free love movement in the 60's, because women were dying from botched abortions because everyone was having unprotected sex!! Then came no prayer in schools and so on and so on!! We can't even call Christmas, Christmas anymore!! What happened to freedom of speech, what happened to freedom of religion? I for one am offended that I can not call Christmas, Christmas or Easter, Easter!! I know that I seem to have gotten way off course, but it all goes hand in hand!! It all fits together!! Back to the main question, we have more than enough oil in Texas and Alaska to support our own demand, but the enviromentalist wackos want the new world order, so they have forced us to rely on other countries who do hate us and now drive our economy!! Everyone needs to just step back and quit listening to people like the Clintons!!
Answered By: RubyUnicorn - 7/3/2007