On World AIDS Day, George W. Bush Urges More Congressional Support
Matt | On 01, Dec 2010
Be sure you bookmark this post, save it, print it, or make some type of notation about it. I’m about to deliver a compliment to former President George W. Bush.
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day and the former Commander-In-Chief called on Congress to continue to support the fight against HIV/AIDS here in the United States. He cited research and on-the-ground care as two ways that Congress could engage the nation to stop the spread of the pandemic.
Bush says he places AIDS as a high national security priority like terrorism because of some of the other nations that are afflicted with the disease. He says that America has a direct stake in the well-being of other nations that suffer terribly from the disease.
The former president “wrote” an op-ed piece that appeared in The Washington Post today. He cited some of the work that his Administration started. He used those results to ask that progress continue to be made on the health crisis.
I’d like to remind Bush that not only are African nations suffering terribly from HIV/AIDS, but it’s also a serious issue here at home. The U.S. is a nation of privilege and now is not the time to turn a blind eye at home while reaching out a hand of assistance to others. We can (and need to) care for ourselves at the same time that we help others.
My comments aren’t meant to be selfish, but rather realistic. Sometimes, though, I think Americans don’t understand how serious the problem is right here in our backyard. No matter where the cases may be, I applaud the former president for using his media presence to shine more light on the pressing matter.