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Sandy brings out the dark side of America

To the Editor:

Now that we have witnessed the total and complete impending capitulation of most of our freedoms, due to the bizarre results of our latest election, we can sit back and take into account the horrors that are transpiring in our nation as I write this letter.
No, I am not speaking of the Petraeus scandal (I served in Iraq under his leadership in 2007 and 2008), I was never really impressed by him, or the Benghazi debacle or even the insane rants of the former presidential candidate Governor Romney. These are all smoke screens to mask what is truly happening in our country.
I drove down to New York City this weekend to visit relatives, who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and what I witnessed was pure and utter destruction. I witnessed man’s true inhumanity to man. I witnessed what you will not read about or see on the evening television news. Individuals driving around in vans announcing that they would pump out your home for $8,000. Vultures preying on those so deep in misery that they did not know who to turn to for help. Gas stations charging the desperate $9 a gallon for gas and stores stocking their shelves with expired food stuffs and people buying them for fear of having nothing to feed their children. Young children wandering around in tent cities asking for something to eat or drink or for a coat to keep them warm! Families utterly devastated and destroyed by forces of nature never before witnessed by Americans in this century. It took only a few days for the forces of evil to take over and they are good at what they do.
The only true spirit of giving I witnessed, were the young people of FEMA, trying to help in any way they could. Young people, from all over the country, giving instead of taking. A curfew was placed in effect in many communities in order to stop looting. I saw a gas station displaying a sign “Looters will be shot.” This is America folks, not Baghdad not Benghazi and not Mogadishu. This is downtown USA.
So in the future let’s not be so smug and pontificate on our wonderful virtues while ridiculing the rest of the world. When it comes right down to it, we are just as dangerous to one another, as our enemies are to us. Our president can go from state to state and nation to nation pontificating on how we are trying to help all mankind when the truth is we won’t even try to help one another. As a famous cartoon character once said, “We have met our enemy and he is us.”

John Cervone
North Providence


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