Originally Posted by beefche
Am I understanding you correctly? The USA is responsible for the wealth (or lack thereof) of other countries? We have the responsibility to feed the world?
This could be dissected in various ways. Our government is corrupt and near ripe for destruction. The system is perfect (US Constitution) as the Lord set it up through our founding fathers. Jesus Christ admonishes us in D&C to befriend the Constitution, which He approves.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." America is in bondage and Thomas Jefferson understood this well. And he commented on only one facet of it.
What we the people fail to grasp is that we will be awakening to our awful situation (Ether 8). The US government IS responsible for much corruption in the world. Where the US once was a beacon and a standard of liberty, it is now a cesspool of corruption and iniquity and most of it is in Washington DC. And like the people of King Noah, as the leaders were idolaters and adulterers, so too, did the people become idolaters and adulterers. Our society is decaying and the media is a reflection of it. If we the people knew just how we have been lulled into thinking all is well, then we might wake up to just how we have been led by a flaxen cord until we are nearly fully in bondage. I'm not going to go into any details. The reader can do his/her own research.
The US doesn't necessarily have the responsibility to feed the world, but consider if the US was a true "big brother." Are we our brother's keepers? Yes! There should be no poor among us. And yet there are countless homeless people, widows, and fatherless. There are so many foster children needing good homes. The system is saturated with those in dire need. And we look the other way. I'm not going to point finger at anyone except myself. But let each person consider Matthew 25. There are three simple parables with deep and profound messages that are interconnected. Anyway, I don't want to go off topic. I just had to share some personal insight.