economic aid should begin at home

I’m going to preface this by saying I’m not a political person, but this article really hit a nerve with me. I logged onto my mail earlier today and this Yahoo news article about Africans gearing up to celebrate if Obama wins caught my eye. Specifically, this quote from the editor of an independent newspaper in Sierra Leone:

“Obama, being partly African, has the moral obligation to intervene in Africa,” said Samuel Conteh, Managing Editor of The New Citizen, an independent local newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone. “The aspirations of Africans are very high, believing that he will change the social and economic situations of Africans.”


That’s like saying McCain, who is partly…well, whatever he is, has an obligation to help the people who reside in the land of his ancestors. It doesn’t make sense, and it makes me angry. For too long, America has meddled in the affairs of others, providing handouts left and right to the world. In most cases, it is most definitely justified, especially when we as Americans have lived high on the hog for so long. But Samuel Conteh sounds like he expects Obama to make Africa a priority, when we have people right here who need help. And sure, we don’t have a (very) corrupt government, or widespread starvation, or civil wars, but we do have people who are losing their homes and their jobs and wondering how they’re going to feed their families right here. Every day at my job I am forced to tell people that there are no jobs for them. Every day I hear stories from people who are living in their cars and wondering where they’ll get money to feed their kids. The economic future is bleak for a lot of people in the good ole U S of A.

ALL countries of the world should band together to help the less fortunate, but if Obama wins it most certainly should not be his priority, or his job, or his responsibility. His moral obligation would be to help the people who ELECTED him into office. He is an AMERICAN first and foremost, and there’s work to be done right here.

12 Responses to “economic aid should begin at home”

  1. Cheryl says:

    As an Obama supporter, I will be the first one to cry foul if he does NOT help Americans first by keeping his campaign promises.

  2. Amy says:

    Right, right… preach it, sista.

  3. Sara says:

    He will probably try to help Americans first, but he might be more inclined to help African countries than someone else.

  4. C K says:

    The reason why the entire world was so focused on the US Presidential Elections is due to the fact that regardless of the outcome, it’s going to affect them.

    The last time round, two countries were invaded. Who knows what will happen this time round?

    Yes, Obama is an American first and foremost and should look out for his countrymen. But for the past few decades, America has gained worldwide dominance and positioned herself to be the global arbitrator of sorts. Incidentally, she has also reap the economic benefits along the way.

    Like many, I hope that the ‘change’ in the next couple of years will be beneficial.

  5. Gary Bey says:

    I really don’t think Mr. Conteh meant that he wants Obama to make Africa his #1 priority. I’m pretty sure that he understands the economic turmoil all over the world, especially in the US.

    What I think he means is that he doesn’t want the situations in certain parts of Africa to remain unnoticed. Because Obama is part African, he expects it to hit a little closer home to him and maybe he can be of help…NOT MAKE THIS HIS #1 PRIORITY. The problems in the US have to be taken care of first; however, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t lend them a helping hand at all.

  6. Jesse W. says:

    Great post and I have to totally agree!

  7. So, by that logic, if Obama must help Africa because he is part African…. then McCain should help Egypt because he’s a mummy.

    I don’t mean he’s somebody’s mom, I mean literally when you see him you are looking at the mummified remains of John McCain.

    He may be holding a Starbucks coffee, but that guy is an ancient mummy, man.

    Bubba Ho-Tep, man.

    That’s all I’m sayin’.

    Thank yew. Thank yew very much.

  8. Dave Dugdale says:

    Huh is right. I am not sure if I follow that logic either. I sure hope he doesn’t intervene in Africa. We already have enough to worry about.

  9. Israeli Mom says:

    Thanks for the laugh, Leebobski!

    Obama does bring a different look to the White House and it generates all sorts of expectations. I heard on the news today that the Iranians are now looking forward to starting a dialogue with the US. I guess they too got those bogus emails about Obama being a Muslim? ;)

    Thing is, the President of the US is considered the leader of the free world and all that. His policies will affect us all (speaking as a non-American) and that generates all sorts of expectations. I blogged about it today on my blog and my bottom line is that I hope Obama will be the best thing for America. A strong stable America is a good thing for the whole world.

  10. Christy says:

    Hmmm, I can see both sides of this one. More than anything, this posting calls to the fore exactly how many hopes are riding on Obama. Everyone’s expecting him to put their humpty dumpty together again – can he do it?

  11. Colleen says:

    Lots of folks skimming on the part where I said, “But Samuel Conteh sounds like he expects Obama to make Africa a priority”.

    Opinion people, opinion.

  12. Curt says:

    I think with his father being from Africa it would be impossible for him to not look at Africa different than any other President has. That being said, I don’t think helping Africa out will be at the very top of his Presidential to-do list.

    Right now Obama has 4 years in the White House. If he wants four more years Obama will need to make Americans his top priority. It’s ridiculous that we live in a country will two adults can work hard everyday and still not be able to keep a roof over their families head. It breaks my heart every time I picture a child going hungry in any country. It hurts even more when I think that child could live next door or down the street.