This Should Not Happen In America

This is the home of a family. I didn’t see the members in the truck cab except the side view of a man in a straw hat. There was a large trunk directly behind the cab strapped in with bungee cords and rope. Inside the “trailer” was a tiny dormitory-sized refrigerator and a kitchen-sized stove toward the back. It looked as though every scrap of wood or aluminum they could find served as the cap and sides of the truck, of their home.

You can see the head and tail of a dog on a makeshift platform at the end of the truck–he was pacing. For this family, sleeping under the stars is probably not pleasurable; camping is no longer an adventure; being on the road has long since lost its romance.

60 Minutes aired a show on homeless families in Orlando, Florida. Through this show I  learned that 16 million children live in poverty in the U.S.–a number that makes me wince.

As of March 2011, the U.S. has spent $1.283 trillion dollars on expenditures for Iraq, Afghanistan and other global war on terror operations (Congressional Research Service, Belasco, 2011). With all the children who are hungry, with all the children who are living in cars and motels, with all the children who face humiliation and fear–the money we spend on the war on terror is bothersome. What is your opinion?

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Song of the Day for YOU: 

WOODY GUTHRIE
“Gonna Get Through This World”

Well I’m gonna get through this world
The best I can if I can
And I’m gonna get through this world
And I think I can.

Well I’m gonna work in this world
The best I can if I can
And I’m gonna work in this world
And I think I can

I’m gonna get through this world
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna work in this world
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna get through this world
The best I can.

Well I’m gonna walk in this world
The best I can if I can
And I’m gonna walk in this world
And I think I can.

I am gonna talk in this world
The best I can if I can
And I’m gonna talk in this world
And I think I can. And I think I can.

I’m gonna walk in this world
The best I can if I can
I am gonna talk in this world
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna get through this world
The best I can.

Di di di

Well, I’m gonna clean up this world
The best I can if I can
And I’m gonna clean up this world
And I think I can.

I’m gonna leave this world behind
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna leave this world behind
And I think I can. And I think I can.

I’m gonna clean up this world
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna leave this world behind
The best I can if I can
I’m gonna get through this world
The best I can.

Di di di

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7 thoughts on “This Should Not Happen In America

  1. It is terrible and I cannot wrap my head around the lack of attention this gets… as well as the pain and suffering many homeless endure. 😦

  2. I think that it is not so much war or greed, but perhaps the willingness to improve one’s lot in life. Life was hard for our ancestors, one only needs to look to history for a clue, but look what people did during the depression and after, or the dust bowl and after, or Indian independence and after, etc., etc., and look how the mexican immigrants do today – they all have one thing in common, individual responsiblity, doing whatever work they can find to send their children to school and feed them, and teaching them the lessons of hard work, self reliance, etc., etc. There is also a sense that certain jobs are beneath certain people, and they would rather not do them, and leave them for others to do.
    There will always be war and greed, it is part of existence on this earth. In todays world, unfortunately, the rich have become pariahs, and it has become easy to say rich = greedy. Not all rich people are greedy, many rich people quietly do much philanthrophic works, and many poor or middle class people are greedy. Greed is just one of the bad traits of humans, along with lust, gluttony, wrath, pride, sloth and envy. But we live in a world today where pretty much every other of the bad traits is acceptable, but greed is a no-no, but with a new modern definition of super-rich = greed. Modern society has also got confused with greed and miserly and is equating the two as the same.

  3. I think the problem goes beyond the money spent on war. it lies in the root of greed that has taken over this country and this government, a root that has buried itself so deeply that it will take the strength of all those who believe in decency and true justice to dig it out.

  4. That is quite shocking, 16 million people is a lot. Scotland’s entire population is about 6.5 million (although we are a small country). We have a lot of homeless people here, but they are mainly individuals. The government provides cheap rented housing for families who can’t afford to buy or rent their own homes. Speaking from experience they aren’t great places to live, but they area a roof over people’s heads.

    Our government is just as guilty for spending billions on wars while the rest of us are facing hardship, public spending cuts, reduced funding for emergency service, even reducing the number of military bases and their funding while still expecting our overstretched armed forces to continue fight their wars.

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