The one dimensional images on our television screens from Haiti have been haunting enough. For those actually there, the sights are up close and three dimensional and there is the added factor of the gut-wrenching, unmistakable and unforgettable stench that marks human death. In the case of Haiti, lots of it.
The United States seems to be the punching bag for the nations of the world most days. We're called everything from imperialists to warmongers and worse. But once again, in the face of a horrible human tragedy, it's Americans who show up first, do the most and expect the least in return.
Whether it's a tsunami in Asia, a famine in Africa or an earthquake in Pakistan or Haiti, the world knows that while the Chinese might export cheap consumer products, the Saudis might pump oil from the ground and sell it to the world and Argentina might ship beef for the world's marketplace, that in a time of human tragedy, it's the United States that will export its most precious commodity: its generosity.
Within hours of the horrific earthquake that hit Haiti, Americans were pouring record donations into the relief efforts of organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. The United States military dispatched ships, planes and thousands of personnel to the scene. American relief workers lined up to go to Haiti and risk death and disease to help desperate people they don't even know. And American companies gave not just millions in cash, but valuable assistance in logistical assistance and expertise.
I realize that other countries are helping and providing resources, but the next time some pipsqueak punk politician like Hugo Chavez or Iran's nut-job of a President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whines about how evil we are, we should tell them to put up or shut up.
I'm always proud to be an American, but when a calamity strikes anywhere on the planet and I watch how Americans respond with money, manpower, meals and medicine, I'm even prouder.
When the earthquake struck, America went to Haiti; as for our critics, they can go to hell.
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.