Posted by: twotrees | June 24, 2018

We can do better…

Today’s LA Times editorial speaks to how there is a hardening of the heart in America. By that they mean that our leadership and many Americans are caring less about the we and more about the me.

Yet looking at the documents crafted by our country’s framers, the word me does not appear. For better or for worse, we’re in this together.

The editorial sites Philip Alston’s UN report on extreme poverty and reflects a few of his comments on how the Unites States treats its less fortunate. One quote of the report stands out when it states ”The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” (spelled such as Alston is an Australian).

From the report: “There is thus a dramatic contrast between the immense wealth of the few and the squalor and deprivation in which vast numbers of Americans exist. For almost five decades the overall policy response has been neglectful at best, but the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.”

As the leader of world in so many ways, the United States must strive to do better in the things we don’t lead the world in, the things that mar our greatness, if you like. We can do it but the question remains – do we want to?

Read the LA Times editorial here: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-social-safety-net-poverty-20180623-story.html

Read the twenty page United Nations report here: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/38/33/ADD.1

Read an interview with the report’s author Philip Aston: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-un-poverty-inequality-report-20180602-htmlstory.html

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