It's so easy during election years to forget that we are all one country. Red states, blue states...even Vermont. It is so important that we don't lose sight of the fact that when we wake up the morning after presidential election in November we will still be one country, The UNITED States of America.
But there is even more to unity and oneness than just being united as a country. It's about being a member of humanity. I can't help but think of those poor people in Myanmar ravaged by one of Mother Nature's most destructive natural disasters. These are our fellow man. There is a moral imperative to help these people, and the longer we wait, the longer we allow the dictators that rule this devastated country to prevent us from helping those in need, the greater the sin we incur. Everyday the death toll rises its time we take action, the time for negotiating with the Myanmar "government" is through.
When we fail to take care of our own, when we stand by while members of our species perish needlessly, when we let the protestations of an isolationist, undemocratic government prevent us from helping those in need, the lives of those who pass from this world are lost in vein, and that is unacceptable. But more than that, it's shameful. How can we look at ourselves in the mirror. We the shining city upon a hill, the people that marched into Baghdad to liberate that country from an oppressive regime, how now do we not take more forceful action in Myanmar.
If we let those people continue to die, without being more aggressive about trying to help them, then we are just as guilty as the Myanmarese government. We have the means, do we have the will?