This past week has been a test to the faith of all Americans. This week has brought about the crash on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, the very escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip, and the continued unwavering presence of foreign children crossing into the country. With all that is happening in the world, one has to ask: Should America just remove itself from the world stage and take care of only itself? To this writer, the answer is yes.
The United States was once a superpower that was envied by other nations. We had the best students and teachers, research and technology, and the best view of how the world should change. Now that we are the only remaining superpower and have our hands in every conflict in the world, we must begin to look at ourselves in the mirror and see the falling state of affairs that was once this great land. Our students rank near last in math and science. Our economy is based on a shaky relationship with China. Our politicians are the laughing stock of the world.
In the administration of a church, many pastors govern with the 80/20 rule in mind. The rule states that 80% of the people complain or ask for help, while only 20% of the people actually do the work of the church, regardless of pay. For far too long now, the United States has done more of this fair share of policing the world and now is time for the world to police itself. If Israel and Palestine want to go to war with each other every two years, I say let them. These two nations will never agree to peacefully co-exist together, so let them handle their business and we take care of our own. Let South America take care of South America. Let Africa take care of Africa. Let Europe take care of Europe. Let Asia take care of Asia. And let the United States take care of the United States.
Our transportation infrastructure is aging and falling apart. Our public school system is under attack. Our economy is losing its foundation. Our own internal struggles, such as racism and discrimination, are nowhere near being solved and in some instances are rearing its head much like before the 1960s. Imagine the near utopia that would be the United States of America, if we just focused on ourselves. Imagine what our children would become, if we focused just on our children. Imagine what we would become, if we just focused on ourselves.
So I end with the words penned by Langston Hughes in the poem, Let America Be America Again: "Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, the rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies. We, the people, must redeem the land, the mines, the plants, the rivers, the mountains and the endless plain--all, all the stretch of these great green states--and make America again!" #ijs