There is a stench in America; a foul stain so deep on our country no amount of soap can wash it away.
The noxious stink emanating from our southern border is less from the unsanitary camps holding these poor abused migrant children, than from the rotting corrosion of our core values.
They are decaying in plain sight in the hot sun.
Trump and his sordid administration has sullied and befouled what our great country once stood for, and this may be the most heinous of all.
The bright and shiny post war country left to us by the greatest generation is now deeply tarnished, the dark layers of filth so widespread it feels unrecognizable. Our country has more than lost its luster. We have allowed our moral compass to crumble as we permit the inhumanity to continue to be perpetrated upon innocent children at these camps on our soil.
Not Our Kids
“These are not our kids” claims Fox News host Brian Kilmeade defending Trump’s draconian family separation policy.
Therefore, in that cruel logic these children don’t need basic necessities like soap, or toothpaste, toothbrushes or clean diapers. Since they are not “our kids” they can linger in overcrowded cages in soiled clothing, sleep on hard floors, be subjected to subpar conditions worse than American jails.
After all, the congenial host continued “…. It’s not like Trump was doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas.”
You know, “real people.”
And because they are not “Our kids” donations of soap, diapers, and wipes from American citizens who wanted to help the hundreds of children in Texas shelters, are cruely turned away.
In our wealthy, consumer culture awash with unlimted choices of soap , how is it possible that we can we deny any child a simple bar of soap?
This is not my America.
There was a time not so long ago when America was guided by a post war spirit of generosity. The America that took shape in the shadow of WWII was an America which led the forces against evil.
And starvation. And injustices against humanity .
Give Those Poor Kids in Europe a Break!
After WWII American democracy provided the ideas and the moral basis on which a new world might be ordered.
At the end of the War in 1945 the world faced a huge humanitarian crisis.
While America escaped destruction virtually alone of all the countries, the old world was in ruins. The war left large swaths of destruction that crippled and led to massive food shortages in Europe and Asia. Thousands of children were without food, clothing and sanitation.
America did not shirk its responsibilities. It didn’t matter that these were not “our kids.” Nor that they were not on our shores.
Following the lead of our government, most American felt there was something that they could contribute.
It was part of our tradition. Folks sent CARE packages, conserved food and contributed in any way they could.
In cooperation with the government, advertisers also offered ways for the average American to feel like they were doing their share.
Ironically exactly 70 years ago in the spring of 1949 during another humanitarian crises, an ad ran in Life Magazine asking for help in sending soap to needy children overseas.
CARE had partnered with Swan soap in an effort to offer soap to millions in Europe. Wanting to ward off the dangers of disease and epidemics they acknowledged the vital importance of hygiene.
Next to food, one of the scarecest and most desperately needed things in Europe today is soap.” the copy read.
The health of babies and little children is endangered by lack of soap. As you know, cleanliness helps prevent disease. Nothing combats like soap.
It was true 70 years ago. It is true today
Give those poor kids in Europe a break!
You can help! Here’s here’s how you can send them Swan Soap through CARE- at no cost to you
Lever Brothers will send Swan- 1 cake for every 2 wrappers to CARE the great non profit government approved organization which delivers CARE packages to the needy in Eurpe. CARE guarantees delivery.
Your cake of swan for needy kids costs only the tiney chore of sending in your Swan wrappers. You help millions overseas get a better break!
Which Way Will These Twigs Incline?
A 1946 postwar advertisement from from the National Dairy Association dramatically points out the serious societal damage that occur if problems affecting these needy children are not addressed in the present. The very health of our society depended on not neglecting their needs.
Remember the old saying “As the twig is bent…”? It applies just as truly to the children of Europe and Asia as it does to those right here.
They can grow to strong good citizenship. Or warped in mind and body, embittered by constant hunger- listen to another Hitler a few years from now.
What you do in this critical hour will help decide their future.
Not only for yout consciences sake but because it is perhaps the best form of insurance against another war- won’t you back up in every possible way our promise to send food.
The irreprible damage being done today to these migrant children on American soil and to our society will remain with us for decades to come if nothing is done to right this wrong.
It is a stain that will be hard to remove.
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