This may come as a shock to most people, but in spite of my rhetoric, Zero and I are buds. He emails me all the time. It’s a testament that people with different visions and ideas can get along.
Back at ya, buddy!!!
So, today, I’m getting one of his nice emails. But, it’s striking. It’s striking that I agree with him. For years, people such as myself have lamented the fact that people see our government as a replacement for charities and a substitute for the goodwill Americans have towards fellow citizens. So check out this email Zero sent me.
It was titled “FAITH”.
Good morning —
On Sunday, I was in Moore, Oklahoma. Today, I’m headed to the Jersey Shore. Those two communities are separated by half a continent but united by a common sense of purpose. Like Joplin, Tuscaloosa, and New Orleans, they are home to people who’ve seen nature at its worst and humanity at its best. And they’re filled with those who have made the choice to rebuild after disaster, to come back stronger than ever.
The scene on the ground this weekend was one we all know too well: homes wrecked and neighborhoods devastated. But the memories I’ll take away from Moore will be of people standing tall, of neighbor helping neighbor, of survivors working to ensure that no one suffers through tragedy alone. And that too, was strikingly familiar. I could have been back in Brigantine Beach after Hurricane Sandy. I could have been in Joplin in 2011.
It’s because of those past experiences in places like New Jersey and Missouri that I have faith that Moore will emerge from the wreckage of this tornado stronger than ever. And that’s in part because I know that they won’t undertake the road to recovery alone. This was a national tragedy, and that demands a national response.
If you want to help, the best way to support those affected by this storm is to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice. The best way to volunteer is to affiliate with an organization that is already providing support to survivors.
We’ve set up a page to help steer you in the right direction. Check it out to get started:
President Barack Obama
What was that, again, Barry? You mean the best way to help people in need is through contributions to charities? How come Zero didn’t say the best way was to send the US Treasury a check? Or to directly donate to FEMA? Even FEMA recognizes this and partners with the charitable organizations.
Why? Because our government is not a good care-taker of our money. In every instance, our altruistic programs, such as welfare, foodstamps, and even FEMA, much of the money funneled through the government is wasted. Government is the absolute worst charity organization in the world, throughout the world.
I’m glad Zero has finally came around to realizing this notion. Maybe he could pass this thought on to some of his other leftist friends.