Archive for January, 2010
I am witnessing America at its best…
Rushing in to help Haiti – doing what AMERICA does best.
NOT starting wars – NO!
NOT bombing civilians – NO!
NOT torturing prisoners – NO!
This is NOT what you do best, America – WHAT YOU DO BEST, AMERICA, IS HELP OTHERS – ESPECIALLY POOR COUNTRIES THAT LACK THE MASSIVE RESOURCES YOU HAVE. AND WHEN YOU DO WHAT YOU DO BEST, AMERICA…YOU’RE FREAKIN’ UNBEATABLE – YOU’RE GRRRREAT!
you and me together
Through the days and nights
I don’t worry ’cause
Everything’s going to be alright…
No one, no one, no one
(Alicia Keys song: No One)
Yep. NO-ONE….NO-ONE… NO-ONE CAN BEAT YOU AT THIS, AMERICA.
I am from the Caribbean (not Haiti) and when I/we/the world see/sees you rushing down there, see/sees a STRONG president; yes, a STRONG president (not a war-mongering, arrogant bully) immediately dispatch troops and equipment and call Haitians: our neighbors – in our back yard, I feel good!
Finally, a president who recognizes that the CARIBBEAN is in AMERICA’S back yard (and let me remind you that while you isolate Cuba, to please a voting bloc in Florida, OTHER countries like China are MOVING IN-to your back yard!)
It is hard for Haitians here and in Haiti; for Caribbean nationals here and in the Caribbean; for the rest of the world, even – to NOT admire you over your response to Haiti, America.
See how the world rushes to join you in helping Haiti…
See how they call you first – and look to YOU for leadership…
See how YOU will be the go to people, down there…
THAT IS YOUR CALLING, AMERICA.
Please use this as a lesson. This mission in Haiti will do more for your image than supporting a coup, helping to oust their president or covertly subverting their political process.
The airport in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince is not functional. But here come American soldiers, setting up a makeshift Air Control System.
Survivors trapped in the wreckage – here are our soldiers, with their rescue dogs. The hospital collapsed – but here are the Americans, coming with a big Hospital Ship.
Here are the Americans providing security; there are the Americans bringing food and water and personnel. We need this, that – where are the Americans…?
DOESN’T THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, AMERICA?
I doubt there is any Haitian on this planet right now who wants to bomb America or kill Americans.
An entire region and its people are happy to see you mobilize and come and help them…and neighboring countries are thinking: America would do the same thing for me!
Out in the Middle East, young kids are thinking: When is the next American bomb falling on my village?
When is the next American drone going to destroy my compound?
WHEN ARE THE AMERICANS GOING TO LEAVE MY COUNTRY?
See the difference…?
You can change minds and attitudes (though results can be discouragingly slow) with peace, love, goodwill, relief, aid.
NOT with bombs – because although you can mandate compliance and force submission – YOU CANNOT BUY LOVE AND RESPECT.
Hello Republicans…you can try to bomb every nook and cranny where you think the enemy is hiding, (and you should include random blocks in any U.S. city, because many of them are hiding right here among us).
BUT YOU WILL NOT, CANNOT – IN SHORT, WILL NEVER get the results you want by war-mongering, torturing suspects, withholding suspect’s rights or whatever bullying tactics that you think are right.
You may get some information, but when you chop that head off, like the Hydra, many more spring up. So in trying to kill one monster, (e.g: Iraq) you end up with a band of monsters.
(And I say MAY get information, because all reports suggest that while suspects DID reveal relevant information – that information was gotten through regular, sane methods…NOT from torture!)
Still, Republicans THAT WILL NOT DETER YOU FROM TRYING TO BULLY YOUR WAY THROUGH A WORLD THAT INCREASINGLY REFUSES TO BE BULLIED.
I can’t wait to see you try to BULLY CHINA! Know what they do to their enemies? Boy, that’s going to be interesting!! (May I suggest you start learning some basic Kung-fu?)
So thanks, president Obama, for stepping up. Way to go, bro…
Yes, people like having the cops around.
But they like free food more!
More power to you, America, for coming forward with the food – and leaving the guns in their holster. This is the America we love – America at its best.
This disaster is a great opportunity to start Haiti on the road to recovery. SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY, AMERICA!
You have a great opportunity to SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT in Haiti and to build meaningful infrastructure in that country.
You have been handed a great opportunity to ensure that the fragile peace emerging in Haiti is nurtured and allowed to flourish.
Pull yourself together, America – get your act together, America – Stop the Decline, America – THE WORLD NEEDS YOU, AMERICA!!!
O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
Yes – GOD BLESS AMERICA!! In many countries, especially poor countries, after a disaster – when people see that Flag coming, they know it will be OK.
Many immigrants will walk, swim, take straw boats, take bathtubs, brave the desert heat, pay smugglers, hide in airplane wheel wells – do whatever it takes – to get to America.
This is a compliment that Republicans do not understand. (OK. Not all Republicans are crazy. Non-crazy republicans are excluded) but to the crazy ones I say:
You cannot and will NEVER understand anything outside your dogmatic*, myopic view of how things should be ACCORDING TO YOU, as opposed to how they really are – except for corruption, tax cuts for the wealthy and moral values wrapped in hypocrisy!
* (Definition of “dogmatic”: Characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles.)
That about describes Republicans, in my book!
Don’t agree? Here’s what one LEADING Republican said about U.S aid to Haiti: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
According to that particular, PROMINENT voice/face of the Republican Party: The earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, because it lets Obama look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.
WAY TO GO, REPUBLICANS! Is he saying that NO white person is moved, too?
This darker-skinned black person does NOT believe that, and neither do the rest of us: light-black, dark-black or medium dark-black!
Unlike that crazy republican, WE know that the capacity for compassion among the vast majority of WHITE people HAS NOT BEEN DULLED BY PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO OXYCONTIN!