Good question Trout.
I don't know how you guys are doing up there, but here... in proportion to our capabilities... I'd say not very good. Unless your an illegal immigrant (that's another topic).
Some of our weakest and poorest are our elderly and our homeless.
Our homeless are generally looked upon as scum. Like they brought it on themselves and deserve whatever they get. People look through them, walk past them, over them and complain when they 'mess up' their parks and public areas. While some homeless fall into that category, many are people that need help. Serious help. Some are people that have had the bad luck to fall on hard times for a myriad of reasons: job loss, divorce, mental health issues, and more than a few are our vets who gave service to our country. Unless they get arrested or have a health emergency, they aren't even on the radar. They get 'dumped' on the street from health facilities regularly. Not good.
Our elderly? Wow. The lies we are told our whole lives about our elderly are disgusting. Work hard, pay your taxes and when you get to your 'Golden Years' (Ha!) you will be rewarded with the comfort of us returning part of what you paid us (if your lucky), and you'll have your medical needs met (just barely, if at all). They die in their homes and apartments from cold or heat because of high energy costs, or because their families have abandoned them because they are too busy. Some eat cat food. Some are actually abused by their caretakers, whether they be family or hired help. They also are ignored, disrespected and ridiculed as senile, boring, too much work, etc. Their wisdom is no longer valued as it once was and they are treated like children. We pump them full of pharmaceuticals to shut them up and squeeze every last dollar we can from whatever insurance they may have.
Unless they are rich. Then people seem to have the time to spare, people seem to be more willing to listen and people make the effort to not patronize them and not treat them like babies for fear of losing their inheritance.
I know that in comparison to other countries, our weak and poor are probably better off than a lot of others. But comparisons don't wash with me. We should hold ourselves to our own standards and not say "Good Enough". No. It's not.
There was a point in our country and history that I believe America was in fact, the greatest nation. Something to aspire to, in spite of our government and it's politics. But that has been long since past, and it seems we now have very much to learn. Again.
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