Over-sentimentality is no substitute for a properly governed welfare state. If you listen to many Americans, though, and if you’re not careful to hang on to your thought processes, you’ll come to believe it is.
They certainly do.
It’s all about this thing they call ‘neighborliness’.
Listen to them talk, and it’s as though no-one else in the world ever does a favor for their neighbor. In America, life revolves around good deeds and everyone looking after everyone else. So there’s no need of a welfare state.
The truth, of course, is somewhat different. It’s all just a load of gross over-sentimentality carefully designed to persuade the average Joe American that if he falls on hard times – which he’s not going to do because the ‘American Dream’ won’t allow it – but if he does, his neighbors will rally round and support him till things get better.
A friend of mine, who drives for another school bus company, has to endure this gushing sentimentalism while he’s out on the road. Three or four times a day the radio operator in the office is required to transmit a little gem designed to make their drivers feel good. Today, it was about keeping a watch on the neighbors to ensure they’re alive and healthy: “Our neighbors truly rely on us…” was the finale to this trite and somewhat nauseating nonsense.
My neighbor doesn’t. He’s got a rottweiler in the yard and a case of loaded guns on his living room wall. He really doesn’t need me to watch out for him. He’s more likely to accidentally blow my head off, if I approach too close.
Americans love to believe they’re being neighborly, when all they’re achieving is the satiation of their overly-swollen egos. Take the case of the young lady shot in a Pittsburgh gymnasium recently.
She had no health insurance because she couldn’t afford it. Consequently, by the time the local hospital had repaired her wounds she was tens of thousands of dollars in debt to them. Still, the locals all rallied round. They organized a car wash for the weekend and made $500, which was magnanimously presented to her, accompanied by their self-satisfied smirks. And, they got themselves on TV for being “good neighbors”.
Well done, guys! Only another fifty car wash weekends and she can pay off the hospital bill.
This is what Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn meant when he stated at one town hall meeting recently, “……what’s missing in this [healthcare reform] debate is us as neighbors, helping people who need our help.” 
The statement got him a round of applause from the floor, proof if it were needed that the many Americans supporting the doctrine have never spent so much as a single minute attempting to think through the implications of Coburn’s irresponsible remarks. All that concerns them is that the rhetoric should make them feel good. Such comments assuage the ego, but are of no practical value whatever to society.
And that’s all Americans want – to feel good about themselves. It’s what they’ve been taught for generations.
The real truth is their country is rotten to the core. It’s riddled with avarice, selfishness, and a malicious contempt for others. If it were not, healthcare wouldn’t be an issue today. Instead, a welfare system would have been constructed years ago, of which this nation could be proud.
I wonder what sanctimonious gem will assail the ears of my friend, as he drives his school bus tomorrow?
 “Three shot dead by US gym gunman” BBC, August 5th 2009
 “I’m Just Nipping Across The Road To Take Out My Neighbor’s Appendix” Sparrow Chat, August 25th 2009
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