A recent trend has occurred online lately mostly in social networking communities but elsewhere, too. People have been taking aim at the Haitian relief effort, mainly citing things like the idea that we should be spending the money on ourselves or that the country in its current state needs that cash (or other things along those lines). In all honesty, I think we have a responsibility as one of the most powerful nations to help those who come under great crisis. Hell, when Katrina hit I believe around 40 countries sent us aid. Now, I'm not saying that we shouldn't be helping or that Haiti shouldn't receive aid (although some dipshit is bound to make that statement even after this post) but what does bother me that causes me to slightly agree with some of these "Haitian haters" is that we have such an incredible turn out of donations and relief workers yet when our own country is in crisis, fellow Americans just don't care. I love this nation for its willingness to help others and it's clear that we are after Haiti has suffered so much, but on the other hand it speaks volumes about our lack of care towards one another. I mean, we won't even help a neighbor out anymore but we'll send money to another country because people are suffering? Why don't people spread the wealth all the time? To me, it's a case of "trendiness". No I'm not trying to belittle a very real and very tragic event, but you do have to admit that it has become "cool" and "hip" to donate. It's our most recent humanitarian fad (think "Save Darfur" and other such slogans). Not that it's a bad thing, but I think people help for the wrong reasons. Because the people that are helping for the sake of helping are most likely the type of people that would help one another foreign or domestic. I guess all I'm really saying is great job with the help America, but why aren't you so quick to help each other?