‘Idol Gives Back’ Shows Change Required
by John Roberts
This week’s results episode of American Idol was a 2 hour special including a fund raiser for “Idol Gives Back”, featuring many organizations helping less fortunate individuals all around the world. It was a successful night, raising nearly $45 million. The thing that stood out most to me was the fact that our country is a piece of crap that needs to be fundamentally changed. You’ll see what I mean.
Many Hollywood stars traveled to the areas of need to tell the stories of the affected individuals and families. There were the normal stops in developing countries, showing typical stories of parents dying of malaria, leaving children parentless, when a $5 net, or some DDT would have been all that was needed. Or an AIDS infected mother who gave birth to a little girl who is also now infected with AIDS. She looked like she weighed about 20 lbs, and was about 4 years old. Totally cliche. Also about how there are 27 million slaves in the world, and a story of a girl who was nearly sold as a sex slave, blah blah blah.
Anyway, now to the really sad stuff. Did you know that there are families, right here in the United States, that have to drive to food pantries to get free food? Right here in the United States! It’s unbelievable. And also, there are some children in the United States that don’t have any books! In the United freaking States! NO BOOKS! Also, one family lives really far from the doctor so they have to get care from a doctor in an RV that travels to them. The humanity!
I’m not sure why Idol felt like the visit to other countries was necessary when there is such profound need in our own. Let’s stop fretting about the insignificant malaria and AIDS deaths, and the sex slave trade. We have our own problems.
Our system is obviously broken. The free market has failed. We need fundamental change. A free book per week to every child. Free food delivered to every home so you don’t have to go get it. A doctor in every home. Aren’t these fundamental rights for every American? I think they’re even in the Constitution.
In conclusion, let’s just get back to the constitution everyone. “Americans should have everything and everything should be free.” I’m paraphrasing of course, but I believe that was Thomas Jefferson, or the 4th ammendment or something.
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