I have a number of opinions that I admit are rather extreme (don’t worry, I’m not above compromise), one of which is my opinion that the United States should help out no other countries until we’ve fixed our own. The only reason to spend tax dollars on something outside the United States is when we are directly threatened. When I express this opinion, 99.9% of people agree with me, but I don’t think most really understand what I mean. Could you really watch ethnic genocide in another country without begging your government to do something about it?
There are a lot of conflicts and horrid human rights abuses that already go on without the United States taking interest. At the same time, there are countries to whom we give crazy amounts of money. I’m not sure I can even begin to quantify how much we throw at other countries. My heart does go out to them. There are people suffering, starving and dying. These things shouldn’t be happening and there are plenty of non-profit organizations who are working to help them. Let them help those in need. It’s time for the United States tor resign as global police and caretaker.
I don’t claim this should be a permanent arrangement. In the fantasy world I imagine, the United States would help its own. We’d figure everything out so there was no starving, no poverty and fantastic education. We’d put some continuous improvement plans in place and then look to other countries who need help. All I want is to take care of our own first.
This sounds heartless because I’m basically saying to let all people suffer and die from whatever virus outbreaks, environmental disasters or wars come their way. I’m saying that when someone is doing something that is clearly wrong, such as murdering their own people, that we simply stand aside.
Our country is in a lot of debt, and yet we still throw money at issues that have little effect on our own citizens. All the while, we have serious issues that are neglected. I realize that some issues overseas are, as a human issue, more important. A homeless person in America may be better off than a family trying to escape ethnic genocide somewhere else. The truth is that all these people deserve help. I’m merely saying we should help our own citizens first. Why have a government allegedly for the people if it doesn’t work for the people first?
Other organizations exist that are supposed to act on global issues. In addition to various NGOs, we have the United Nations. Wouldn’t it be great if the United Nations had its own means to assist with outbreaks and wars. I realize the United States may have to give some funds to the United Nations, but giving to one outside entity is still vastly different from what we do now.
All this said, I can’t shake the feeling this opinion is cruel. If this actually happened, how many more people would die before other countries decided maybe they should do something instead of relying on the US? Even more, I wonder what I’m missing. If we pull out of the Middle East and let whatever happens happen, would we really be safe? Can we protect our boarders enough? If that area of the world gets even more out of control than it already is, what will happen to our economy?
What do you think?
Do you agree that the United States should pull out of all global issues and focus those tax dollars on helping our own citizens? What do you think we happen immediately? What would the world look in the long-term? Would you trust the government to adequately protect us from outside threats such as disease outbreaks and terrorists?