America is... sEMESTER 2 PROJECT

C O M P A S S I O N A T E

(adj.) 1. Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic.

"When it comes to inspiring a nation into greatness, cultivating compassion into the hearts of millions, and educating the importance of love over hate, there's one name that stands out: Martin Luther King, the man who had a dream that America and the world would be a colorblind society, where one didn't judge the other based on the color of his skin, but the content of his character." Jake Anderson, Martin Luther King Greatest Quotes and Life Lessons Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes |

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Lately, it appears our country is polarized and divided with large groups of cynics that will have you believe America is less than honorable. I continue to believe we are a compassionate nation. Our nation is generous and quick to forgive. We rush with humanitarian aid to nations that require our assistance. In this paper, I will outline clear examples and indisputable evidence of our country’s compassion towards others.

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01. CHARITABLE GIVING REPORTS (2015)

Despite cynical reporting of our nations selfishness, we continue to be the most generous nation on earth. We have exceeded the generosity of all other nations who report on charitable donations and volunteer hours committed for care to the poor and needy. As recent as 2015, Americans donated over $373 billion dollars to various charities. Interestingly enough, without the final figures reported for 2016, this amount of money is clearly the highest amount of charitable giving ever reported by any country since tracking began.

One factor that is leading to the increases in these figures is obviously vast improvement in fundraising capabilities based on our improved communications, particularly in social media. But, it is the charitable compassionate hearts of the American people that donate their time and money.

02. RESPONSE TO INTERNATIONAL CRISIS WITH FOREIGN AID

Although news reports continue to report that President Trump intends to make significant cuts in foreign aid, our country and citizens continue to step up in the wake of support to other nations and response to natural disasters. This year in 2017, the US is going to provide more than 41.9 billion dollars in foreign assistance to other countries. These funds are given to support global peace and to provide humanitarian relief in time of crisis. This is evidence that our country is generous and compassionate, but it is the efforts of individuals in our country that rush to the aids others in time of crisis. This is real compassion. It seems to be exemplified over and over again. It is the churches and the good will organizations that get to these troubled areas first. These men and women are motivated by compassion and benevolence.

I am most familiar with the October crisis in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthews. It was the individual charitable disaster relief organizations that went to Haiti and continue to work towards providing aid to the people of Haiti.

03. THE MARSHALL PLAN NAMED AFTER GEORGE MARSHALL (1948)

Our country has always looked to be compassionate towards other nations. World War ll was one of our countries defining moments. We were attacked by countries that murdered, enslaved and butchered citizens. When we defeated these countries, we returned hatefulness for compassion and diplomacy. Instead of crippling these nations forever, we helped them rebuild utilizing what is known to be called the Marshal Plan. These nations are now very similar to ours in their respect of human dignity and humanitarianism. Most notably, Germany and Japan are closed NATO alias. The Marshal Plan defines our nation as a compassionate nation.

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