When we talk about patriots coming together for hurricane response, we generally only see it from the inside looking out. As teams scramble for supplies or drive for long hours in complete exhaustion to deliver things to those who need them, there is another side entirely: what does the world see?
There are countries like Iran and North Korea and our own ivory-tower liberals who could care less and even rejoice in our troubles.
But other countries have been watching Americans devastated by wind and flood from a different perspective. They’ve seen images of volunteers in boats braving horrific conditions, risking the possibility of disease, even being shot at just to find a family trapped in their attic.
They’ve watched the generosity of thousands in every area of devastation, working together to provide the necessities that were lost, taking load after load of supplies to areas ravaged by flooding and winds.
They’ve even seen strangers rescuing people’s pets.
They’ve been amazed as Americans cooked for people they didn’t know …and appeared to enjoy doing it.
It is the American way, not grudgingly, but finding the joy of making a difference, serving those in need. And it has made an impression on some.
Here’s an example from a meeting at the UN between President Trump and Jordan’s King Abdullah:
King Abdullah of Jordan: “Mr. President, thank you very much…we are very grateful for your support during these difficult times. But also like to extend our condolences to the victims of the hurricanes, but also how you, the government the people reacted to the crisis. To us sitting on the outside, seeing how the Americans came together during a difficult [time], really an example.”
“Americans came together during a difficult time…really, an example.”
Think about what has gone on with hurricane relief efforts, and understand that the world has been watching. Hopefully, it will make an impact on them. Knowing they haven’t even seen ALL of the devastation and America is still fighting. Ordinary citizens fighting to save the lives of their fellow man. Strangers helping strangers. People risking their lives for others.
Every person we interviewed made a similar statement: “It’s what we do as Americans.”
“We may be personally defeated, but our principles never.” William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879