The Power and Speed of “We The People”

Last week I blogged about how individuals and communities can solve problems faster and better than government agencies can:

We are Americans. This is a land of liberty and self-government. It’s all about
“we the people.” We have never hired our central government to take care of all
of our needs. We are a free people and a generous people. Our history is filled
with examples of private individuals caring for one another through private
charity, churches, and organizations. We can solve problems and create
solutions. We the people can do more than we have done to prepare for the next
tragedy that strikes our people.

I hope Americans and our media will stop
blaming the central government for their failures and instead spend more time
and energy donating to and promoting and volunteering in organizations and
churches who do so much good at times like this.

The American Red Cross
was not formed by the U.S. Government. It was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton
and other humanitarians. Funding came from John D. Rockefeller and many
others.

According to Wikipedia, the American Red Cross
responds to 67,000 disasters per years. It’s one million volunteers and 30,000
employees assist victims of disasters throughout the United
States.

Churches and non-profit groups abound in this country, and they
are all pitching in, giving aid and comfort to those who have lost loved ones
and property.

Let’s all give what aid we can, let’s use our energy and
resources to assist the victims, to help them rebuild their lives, and to return
the Gulf Coast areas to their former beauty.

Rather than blaming the
President, the Governor, the Mayor, or anyone else for what has gone wrong, and
rather than expecting our government and military to provide all the relief in
times of crisis (although thank goodness for what the military has done!), let’s
hope that God will inspire Clara Bartons everywhere to step forward and support
organizations that give aid and comfort to millions now and in the future.

Little did I know that some Utah web designers had launched Katrinahousing.org a few days earlier. Americans have offered more than 130,000 beds to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

And through KatrinaCaravan.org volunteers are providing free transport for hurricane victims. The two sites have already partnered.

The actions of a few creative people can mobilize thousands more, and
so much good can be done. Please check out these two web sites and help
out if you can — it’s not too late to help provide long-term support
to those displaced by this horrific storm.

2 Comments

  1. I agree that spending more time on blaming rather than helping is ridiculous. Mass media obviously distorts that action though. I also believe that it was criticism and critiquing that our forefathers did when they separated from England and formed ?We The People.? Criticism over how our government handles or mishandles certain situations can only be a good thing. It holds them accountable to their actions and hopefully creates better support in the future.

    You?re right though. It?s up to individuals and entrepreneurs to take a stand and make a difference on a personal level, and not just expect some faceless government to take care of the problem. But there would simply be no way to avoid even more deaths in this instance without the federal government?s response, albeit a late one.

  2. Fantastic examples of creative thinking and problem solving in the projects you mention, hopefully many more will follow.

    With the Internet, Social Software and Affiliate Marketing more can be done than ever before to prepare for the next local and even global tragedy.

    Laying blame does take attention away from all the good that is being done.

    Blake, I think your forefathers seperated from Britain though, rather than just England.

    I hope that the whole world can pitch in to help each other whenever tragedy strikes on such a scale and will continue working with this in mind.

    Regards Charlie
    Founder/Chairman
    http://www.netaid.co.uk

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