There's something fundamentally wrong when the wealthiest nation in the world still has poverty within its own borders.
The above photos depict both the poverty in this country, and the disregard many hold towards their disenfranchised countryman. On the bottom right, is an image of wealth and plenty that most American cities enjoy, a stark contrast to the impoverished areas of our very own country. Poverty isn't an issue because of the lack of money available, it isn't necessarily due to the labor force, it's large in part due to uncaring on the part of the tax payer, and the lawmaker. We have the funds to eradicate poverty, we waste more food than we eat, and there are plenty of government aid programs out there that many people aren't eligible for due to a severe misunderstanding of what is actually required to survive.
The other part of that coin is the consumerism in this nation. We are a nation of wants, and haves not needs. We want the brand new iPhone, we want a 52" LED TV, we want the brand new mustang, but we also want to eat, feed, and clothe ourselves, support our loved ones, have a safe reliable home, with running water, and electricity. Yet, all of those things are significantly more expensive now than in any other time, to include the spending capability of the average American. Livable conditions and a hint of luxury is unattainable for the majority of Americans, including those with full time jobs.
Here are some links that should help inform you on the predicament the wealthiest nation in the world faces:
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Your having come here is a testament to your desire to make a difference in the world, and to be a true patriot. Patriotism is not following your government blindly, it's faith in your country, its ideals, and what it stands for. It's about the man or woman next to you working hard, and doing the same things you do to keep this country afloat. Poverty is inhumane, and completely unjustifiable. We are the wealthiest nation in the world, the next best competitor is the entire EU. There are no excuses as to why we have children going hungry, full time employees unable to make ends meet, and veterans living in the streets. A nation that cannot provide for its citizenry is not fulfilling its duties. We cannot and will not allow this to continue! We can make a difference and I urge you to spread the message: through unity we can make a difference!