Saturday, April 09, 2005

Our responsibility in a democracy

Look, we have a responsibility as citizens of a representative democracy. We must engage each other and work together to make our community a better place on every level. Since this country was founded people the world over have sought citizenship in the United States. Well with that comes a responsibility to use that citizenship, that voice to effect change in the world around us. My family and I hover around the U.S. poverty level and yet here I am drinking coffee made with clean water, writing at the computer in my living room while no one is trying to hunt me down to kill me. We have less than most Americans and yet we have more than a lot of people the world over. The least we can do with our privaleges is to use them to better the world community.

I'm not saying we should involve ourselves in every conflict, stick our noses in everyone else's business. But after WWII we swore that we would never again allow any nation to kill off entire ethnic groups. We must live up to that commitment.

I will discuss this further later but I want to leave you with this for now:
Please write to your elected officials to tell them we have to put a stop to he Genocide in Darfur. Please do not use mass mailings, these are all to easy to make into a statistic to be ignored. It needn't be long, but it should come from you. Make phone calls, do whatever your legally entitled to do to make it clear that the American people cannot allow this to continue.

1 comment:

Erik said...

Yes, watching atrocities from afar is unacceptable. And immoral.

We can't do everything though, but we ought to give more than a little more than lip-service to the escalating problems in Nepal - I believe that an injection of a large American military force there could be of great benefit - and would bring about tangible results which would benefit the U.S. appetite for military backed humanitarian intervention in places like the Congo or Sudan.