I was reading about the sad fate of the Indonesian submariners who lost their lives when their submarine lost power and fell to depths that tore it apart. This article noted: “More than a dozen helicopters and ships searched the area where contact was lost, with the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and India providing assistance.”
It was the type of language that I often read when disasters struck in places of the world beyond our borders. We felt, as Americans gifted with our sciences, advanced military assets, and riches, a sense of obligation to assist others in their times facing great perils. We invited in under special rules masses of folk suffering horrendous events in their native lands: Jews from the Soviet Union; folks from Central America victims of volcano eruptions; Vietnamese and Cuban boat people fleeing dictatorships.
Even in the Suez Canal matter where a ship blocked it, articles noted that the United States had offered assistance which was gratefully accepted. Most recently the US, UK, EU, and even Pakistan are rushing aid to India to assist it in fighting the pandemic.
It was nor so much expecting to see our country act that way that gave the articles mentioned poignancy, it was to recognize how time after time neither China nor Russia were there with help. Their indifference to others in an altruistic manner is a steady hallmark of these countries. That difference was so stark that it clearly demonstrated the differences between free people and those enslaved by their governments. The latter governments need not demonstrate any magnanimity toward others to please their people but can act with indifference to things not affecting them.
That is what is wrong with the America First or Save America movements which reflect a more authoritarian attitude of indifference to the plight of others like we see from China and Russia. America was never an American First country as shown by the welcoming Statue of Liberty shining its light outwards to others.
These unselfish acts of aid and mercy were created by liberal Democrats and mainstream Republicans until these faux patriot groups reared their ugly selfish heads. Who ever would have thought they would cease to become bipartisan actions. But somehow some folk no longer want to aid others, we have seen them turning on those liberals who advocate this approach.
I never believed some, like we see not only in comments here but especially in these American First groups, would engage in demonizing other Americans who have always sought to succor others.
Never have Americans lied and equated liberals with communists until now. These haters of the majority of Americans, after all Democratic liberal presidential candidates receive the majority of the votes, are a pernicious cancer on our country.
Then I read recently these folk who adopt the QAnon mantle attacking other good Americans are being supported by Russia and China. That being the case no wonder they oppose helping others.
Who benefits mostly but Russia and China when obtuse people living in America think it is patriotic to attack and lie about other Americans. My America should never see Americans adopting foreign dictators lies.