Millions of people have said goodbye to their homes. What are
they going to do? Most people think these types of things happen to people who are not responsible. Or, it
happens to people who have addictions to drugs and alcohol and those who are mentally ill. However, many of
the millions of new homeless people are your next door neighbors. They are like the neighbors you wave to across the
fence for ten years but claim you really do not know them personally. They are good, hard working, tax paying people
who manage their resources like most everyone else in America. Now, they live in tents, under bridges and broken down
RV's. Tent cities have been erected on the edge of most cities. Now cities are passing ordinances to stop the
homeless from setting up tents on property owned by the city. What will happen to these people if there is no place
for them to pitch a tent?
Would it be okay with you if these folks were rounded
up, put on buses and shipped to camps where they would live indefinitely? Doing this would break up their
families. Their chances of ever coming out of the camps would be slim. Would you feel more comfortable living
in your neighborhood knowing that millions of Americans are living in camps? If you lost your job and home would
you want your children taken away from you and shipped to a camp? How would you feel if you could not find your children?
Right now plans are being made to do this to those who do not have a home and no prospects for a job. They can no longer
live in a tent so where are they going to live?
You may not want to believe this but it is true. Half of the American
people are living in a Mad Max world right now. If you are a part of the group of Americans who are considered the "haves,"
it is almost impossible for you to believe this. Everything seems perfectly fine. Why? Because you have
everything you could possibly want. But, what if your business fails, you lose your job or you have a long term
illness? You could quickly find yourself in the Mad Max part of America. I hope none of this every happens to you.
Government statistics show thousands of people with PHD degrees are receiving food stamps and have no jobs or have
no prospect of every having a job. Statistics also show 53% of college graduates do not have a job or they are working
at a job they could have obtained without a college degree. I am not writing this article to be sensational.
I am writing this article to remind you what Bob Doyle, the 1992 Republican Presidential Candidate
said at his last political rally. With watering eyes he softly said "Wake Up America."
What can we do about this problem that threatens to bring our country
down to it's knees? First, we should encourage families to help their families. We should provide these families
with financial aide, training, counseling and continuous support if they accept part of the responsibility of helping
members of their family. Second, we should encourage those who are financially strong to adopt a family. They
too should be provided with financial aide, training, counseling and continuous support. We must stop judging one another
and assigning blame. Instead, we must be adults and fix this problem. None of us want someone "moving in
with us." It screws up our lifestyle and routine. But, all of us who have secure financial lives may
have to temporarily be uncomfortable in order to help those who have nothing. Being uncomfortable for a while is better
than having a Civil War. This is not taking from the rich to give to the poor. It is the people taking action
to save their country so their children and grandchildren can live in a civil and free society. Our country can not
endure if will tolerate the suffering of millions and millions of our neighbors.
But, how can we pay for my do gooder ideas? We don't. We asked those who put us in this mess to help
us clean up this mess. We all know what happen. We all know who is responsible. Those of you who did this
to America know you are responsible. But, I know you are not going to do anything to change anything for us little
people. So, this is what I am suggesting to the American people. Let's set up a private fund. Let's organize
a massive global public relations campaign and call it "Save The American People Campaign." Let's get
millions of signatures from citizens all across America. Let's put together a legal petition with millions of signatures
of American citizens. Let's share our signatures and goals with every communication outlet in America. Through
their communications individuals all across the world will know of our petition and our need. Our petition will
announce that the American people are making a request to the people in the countries which received financial aide
from the tax payers of America, to send financial aid to the people in American equal to 25% of the financial aide they
received from the American tax payers in the year 2011.
is time for each American to stand up for each American. Every American deserves the support of every American.
We can not tolerate a nation of every man and every woman for themselves. We can not tolerate a divided country were
half the people has plenty and the other half has nothing. I remember when most of people in America
had everything they needed. But, when our jobs were shipped overseas, this destroyed the equality among the people in
our nation. We will destroy ourselves if we do not fix this problem. We can fix it. We should give the people
we have helped for many decades the opportunity to help us now.
Gosh, this all sounds very good... and almost delusional. No one from other countries is
going to send money to save America. The American people are not going to stand up for one another either. Those
who are the "Haves" are called smug b___tards by those who have a little. Those who have a
lot call those who have a little lazy b___tards. Both groups have inaccurate views of one
another but their distorted perceptions of one another wins the day. The senario I am going to share with
you now shows what's wrong in America today. From a distance, I watched a woman park her car in front of a bank's
ATM machine. She got out of her car and was about seven steps away from the ATM machine when a man pulled up in a car.
He jumped out of his car and darted in front of the woman and almost knocked her down so he could get to the
ATM machine before her. The lady quickly returned to her car and waited for the man to finish his transaction.
After the man left, the woman looked in all directions before she got out of her car again to complete her banking
Everything I have written in this article is true.
We could figure out a way to fix this problem if we wanted to. But, the Americans who used to have the skills and values
to do these types of things do not live in American anymore. It took sixty years of hard work to destroy the morals
and the values of the American people. We live in a country were unfortunately the motto is, "It's every
man for himeself and the h__l with you." "I got mine. You get yours and I don't owe you a d__ thing."
Tell me I'm wrong. Give me proof that I am wrong. I would like to be wrong. I would like to say let's all
roll up our sleaves and make this problem go away. But, because of the restraints and responsibilities each of us face
daily, it is almost impossible to get people involved in something greater than themselves.
Those of you with jobs do not have time to think about this topic. You never get a free moment to think about
anything. Many of you hate your co-workers and would change jobs if you could. You dream about your next vacation.
All this talk about helping the people without jobs upsets you. It makes you feel bad and you say to yourself, "What
the h__l am I suppose to do about their problems?"
look on the other side. The person without the job has put in over a thousand applications to businesses everywhere and
not received one response. Do you know why? There are no jobs. There are no jobs. There are no jobs!!! So
these people, unlike the working people, have lots of time to think. So, they think and they think and they think.
Anxiety, despair, fear and anger starts churning inside them. Day after day, week after week, they lose their identity,
integrity and even their souls. When they lose their unemployment and hear working people say, " They don't
have a job because they're too d__m lazy to look for a job and their food stamps should be cut off too,"
then life begins to look dangerous. Millions of idle people sitting around thinking is dangerous. Millions
of people working and not thinking is dangerous.
We have a very
bad situation in America. Human life has been greatly devauled. People do not want to help one another.
My greatest fear for America is life will get so bad for those
who have so little that they will abandoned civility and turn on those who have refused to help them and befriend them.
I do not think this problem is going to be solved until more Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their health.
Because, I do not think the working people in America believe the problems are that bad. I also believe those
with jobs are angered when people try to inform them about the harsh lives the unemployed are forced to live. Those
of you who are 40 years old and older may never get another job that can provide you with a livelihood for which you
are accustomed if you lose your current job. Only then, will most of those who are working believe what
I am saying now. I also think the people with jobs in America think that those who do not have jobs and those who lost their
jobs are misfits or they would not have lost their jobs. But, those who believe this are jumping into the lake of ignorance.
The America people will either turn and embrace one another
to fix this problem. Or, they will turn against one another and destroy each other because of this problem.
So who is losing their house this week.? Who is losing their job this week?
Who is losing their health this week? It could be you. It could be me. It could be any of us. How
can we stand around and do nothing? What must we do to change ourselves and find the moral courage to do what is right
rather than what is best for us as individuals.? I hope we find the answer soon.
Writer, John Rodgers
UPDATE ON THIS ARTICLE
This article was published before the last Presidential election.
Since the election life has become worse. There seems to be a growing animosity for those who have. Those who
have are giving more and more to those who do not have. But, it seems that some of those who have so little are demanding
a lot. They seem to want those who have to give them everything. The sympathy level for those who have little
from those who have a lot has dropped to zero.
It is hard to
have compassion for someone who is shaking their fist at you in a threatening way and demanding you give them what they want.
Now some of those who have a little have aligned themselves with those who are
pushing to take away the second amendment of the people of the United States. Why would anyone want to take away anyones
right in Ameirca to protect themselves, their children and all members of their family?
The haves and have nots in America both feel betrayed by their political leaders. One group wants the politicians
to take more and more from those who have and give it to them in the form of entitlements. The haves are demanding that
they be able to keep the money they have worked hard to earn. The political leaders have succeeded in dividing the people
of America. No one trust the politicians and no one believes in or trust each other.
It seems we have become the enemy of one another. It also seems certain factions in America want to anger the
people and push them to fight one another. The push to take away the guns from good, honest, law abiding Americans could
be the issue that finally breaks our union.
Are we on the brink
of a street by street, block by block civile war? I pray not.