As one human being of billions of others on Earth, I felt I had to write to you today.
I love America and generally for what it stands for in the whole global arena; however I have to say you’ve annoyed me greatly today America!
Let’s face it, you do good things in the world, you advocate change and some of you are beginning to embrace equality. You promote democracy, human rights, and women’s rights and so on. So why have I just come to read that in the city area of Fort Lauderdale in the state of Florida, that a 90 year old man has been arrested not for murder, or rape or fraud, but for doing something that most other human beings think nothing of. He was arrested for feeding the homeless.
Who in their right mind elects these officials that can come up with the law or ordinance that stipulates that you can be arrested and jailed for up-to 60 days just for giving a homeless person be it a sandwich and a cup of tea or a lovingly homemade pumpkin pie?
I understand not feeding the pigeons and rats that you class as vermin, are you now classing the homeless as “vermin” because that is exactly what this law looks like, the moment you start treating any human being on American soil with that contempt is the moment that you lose all your credibility as “one” of the global superpowers.
America, you need to get a grip, step up and stop this sheer stupidity, how can you go out into the world and continue advocating change, when you cannot get the simplest of things right on your own soil, you’ve fought for years for your freedoms and much loved constitutional rights, you also fight wars not only for your benefit but for the benefit of billions across the world yet, in Fort Lauderdale it is against the law for a human being to feed a fellow human being in public.
Build another homeless shelter or create new soup kitchens, just stop arresting people for being, well, basically compassionate human beings.