Human rights begin at home

Call me a communist sympathizer, but, I think the Chinese may have a point:

China Attacks US Human Rights Record
The report concluded the U.S. human rights records is “best described as tattered and shocking.”

It cited an FBI report on crime statistics in the U.S. released last year that showed violent crime had increased by 1.9 percent from 2005 to 2006, with 1.41 million cases reported nationwide.

The report also cited news articles that said 30,000 people die in the U.S. from gunshot wounds every year and gun killings have climbed 13 percent since 2002.

It noted the United States has the largest prison system in the world, with the highest inmates-to-population ratio. The report cited police brutality and other instances where law enforcement officials violated civil rights.

China’s report also lambasted the U.S. for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The invasion of Iraq by U.S. troops has produced the biggest human rights tragedy and the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern world,” the report said.

Throw in the fact that we don’t have health care for all, yet spend more on health care than any other nation and that we’re currently foreclosing on homes across the country thanks to corporate thievery at the highest levels- I’d say we should be working harder to turn this around.

When I was at DECA a few weeks ago and asked how many students knew someone in prison and more than half raised their hands the point was made.

We can spend 11 billion each month in Iraq, but we can’t solve our problems at home.

Only 3000 Americans died on 9/11. 30,000 are killed each year by red blooded gun toting Americans. Maybe we sent the Army to the wrong place?

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