As we go along, more and more casualties are mounting over the horrific weather outbreak in the Southern part of the U.S. I personally know of people that have been affected by this tragedy. We have seen over 200 people killed at this point and pictures that take our breath away. The video that has come out, both from those that are in the media and those that happened to be taking cell phone video that shock us at just how huge these tornadoes and this outbreak really have been.
On the heels of this, the response that we have seen so far has been one of complete and utter loss for words. There isn’t much to say when you bear witness to the power and fury of mother nature. What comes next needs to give us an equal amount of the same feeling, but for a different reason.
The United States of America is a country that is well known for its compassion when tragedy strikes. Look no further than the response to the disaster in Haiti and the Tsunami in Japan. People were willing to give and give a lot. People were willing to jump in harms way just to lend a hand. As the fine people of the state of Alabama as well as others that were hit hard work to rebuild what remains of their lives, we need to and I believe that we will see a response that has this type of compassion. The type that makes us drop our jaw and feel just a little prouder to be a part of a nation like the United States.
The response needs to also be beyond politics. So far, we have not seen any groups that are blaming the other for this outbreak. Probably apart from people like Former Vice President Al Gore, no one would blame this type of outbreak on anything anyone did. Weather can just be a deadly thing. Hopefully, once we get through the visit to the area by the President, we will see him work, alongside leaders of both parties to bring relief to these people that have suffered so much in so short of a time.
Let my encouragement to us all be that we drop all of the arguments about what caused this or that or what happened and why a certain political party is responsible and simply help out. No one is responsible for the problem. We however are responsible for the way that we act when confronted with this tragedy. It is my sincere hope that we agree that people are worth saving, no matter the persuasion politically or where they live. It would be best if we take the approach that what happens to one of us happens to all of us. In this case, it has affected enough people that we might be surprised just how much it hits home.