There is so much economic devastation goin' on right now. The best of the best say things will get worse before they get better. Unemployment, it is predicted, may be as high as 9 percent by 2010. Thousands of retail store closings, small, and large businesses, are projected to in 2009. Foreclosures continue to rise. Financial institutions still refuse to lend. Colleges and universities struggle to maintain present tuition levels by reducing application acceptance. Competition of available jobs is overwhelming and the mental health of United States citizens is in jeopardy.
Life for many has become excruciatingly difficult; mere existence tries boundaries of sanity for so many unfortunates. One good thing that has risen from so much bad; societal crooks are rising to the surface; Ponzie scams, insider trading, poor C Level performance, failing mega-corps, Enron and the likes of, and so much yet to uncloak are for those homeless and downtrodden of little consolation, to be sure.
I've not surveyed results supporting my forthcoming personal opinion and in as much as I am not now nor have I ever been homeless, I am confident to suggest, if I were to ask 1000 homeless persons "Of the 195 countries that make up the earth and considering you are homeless is there any country other than the United States in which you would prefer to be homeless?" an astoundingly high percent will answer NO.
I know this in my heart because over almost 65 years, living through easy and tough times alike and knowing many others experiencing parallel challenges; ups and downs, hills and valleys, some with criminal backgrounds and past incarcerations, I believe given this very question most, if not all would prefer to remain Americans in America. I submit further, even if I could demonstrate a better homeless existence elsewhere they will still remain steadfast; "I'll stay right here on American soil, homeless or otherwise" I'm sure will be their reply.
Don't you see; Americans are unique and loyal, no matter what! Even when racial prejudice threatened blacks with hanging in the Deep South; when they were whipped and enslaved like animals; when the homeless were spit on in major cities and arrested for vagrancy in rural areas; when riots burned neighborhoods and business communities to the ground; when fraud reduced life-time pensions to zero, and when terrorists threatened the very fiber of American stamina and dedication to each others well-being - and now even though millions are losing their homes and jobs there are no defections to the south, north, east, or across the seas to better opportunity. All Americans know, regardless of the tests of time there is no place like home, America the Beautiful.
We've survived the British, WW I, WW II, the Korean War, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, the Cold War, Bay of Pigs; terror attacks on Naval Ships, the Twin Towers parking garages, US Embassies, hijacked airplanes, 9-11, and Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, North Korea, and more. Now American's will survive and prevail over this economic pandemic. We, as always will unite and chip-in for all we are worth to once again climb out, upward, and stand proud and tall for the world and each other.
After all, we are Americans; it is what we do!