When A Nation Cries

Tonight I watched a CNN video of a woman dying in a hospital while 2 security guards casually watched on and a nurse went up to the lady and kicked the dying woman to see if she was dead. Ever since I was a child I have heard appalling stories of the 3rd world status of the US health system and this one made me sick to the core. To think that any human could have so little compassion for another is nothing less than nausiating.

Only days ago, on the news, I saw a New York pensioner get run over by a car. The car drove on and people walking by seemed somewhat Un-Touched! So, I ask those who live in this country of ours: Be Grateful! We have not fallen that low yet. AND don’t let it happen. Remember, we are humans – Not Animals!

Hierarchy Of Values

This brings me to ask the Dr Demartini question: What are the Hierarchy Of Values for a government that allows such disgraceful acts to happen? A person (or government) will act according to their hierarchy of values. If oil and meglomania is the top priority and their health system comes second, then woe for the poor citizen.

I certainly know the Australian governments of the past have been no angels. They prostituted themselves to such a degree, they allowed over 20 Foreign Nuclear Tests on Australian soil and thousands of citizens have suffered the consequences. The prime minister even got Knighted! Common citizens would have got Treason for less than that!

During wartime, we knew our enemies. After the war, we suffered nuclear bombings by our “Allies” that leaves radioactive residue of our soil for an estimated 500,000 years!

Mass Destruction Of World Starvation

Getting back to the topic; someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone precious was allowed to die in a hospital emergency room. Chances are that she probably wasn’t wealthy, hence didn’t earn the carefactor of the heartless Profiteers in charge. One would be excused to ask this question:

Is spending a Trillion dollars on bringing down a dictator ( installed and supported by the same government ) and imposing Mass Destruction on that nation and its citizens really justified when your own citizens have a sub standard health system? Maybe I’m wrong here but the picture painted to the rest of the world isn’t exactly rosy. Credibility is flying out of the window faster than you can say Haliburton or Bechtel. In the process, the current (outgoing) US President has accumulated more national debt than the previous 41 Presidents between them. To such a degree that the worlds starvation could be stemmed for 12 months on one year of the US military budget.

Conveniently It was announced yesterday that the “assigned” Iraqi government are allocating major oil contracts to 6 US oil companies to do what the disposed dictator would not let them. Hmm… Lucky for Dictator, Robert Mugabe that Zimbabwe don’t have abundant oil resources.

Wouldn’t it be nice to allocate some of the spoils towards helping the citizens at home…

When A Nation Cries

Justice And IndependenceIn 1985 John Mellencamp released a great album named “Scarecrow”. It was my favorite album for many years. The lyrics of one track in particular comes to mind. Not until recently have I really grasped his message from the lyrics. I will let you work it out yourself. The lyrics of the Mellencamp song is below and I have added the YouTube clip for your listening benefit.

Justice and Independence ’85

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He was born on the fourth day of July
So his parents called him Independence Day
He married a girl named Justice who gave birth to a son called Nation
Then she walked away
Independence would daydream and he’d pretend
That someday him and Justice and Nation would be together again
But Justice held up in a shotgun shack
And she wouldn’t let nobody in
So a Nation cried

Oh Oh, When a Nation cries
His tears fall down like missiles from the skies
Justice look into Independence’s eyes
Can you make everything alright
Can you keep your Nation warm tonight

Well Nation grew up and got himself a big reputation
Couldn’t keep the boy at home no no
He just kept running ’round and ’round and ’round and ’round
Independence and Justice well they felt so ashamed
When the Nation fell down they argued who was to blame
Nation if you’ll just come home we’ll have this family again
Oh Nation don’t cry

Written by: John Mellencamp

Disclaimer: If you have read this far, you deserve to know this: I love the American people and have some absolutely fantastic friends there and have several US mentors myself. This article is a reflection on people at the top and many countries have the same issues.

“He who ignores history is bound to repeat its mistakes”

Have a most outstanding day

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Unfortunatley there are many hidden agendas most civilizations are unaware of, and nothing is at it seems – nothing!

    Go to youtube and type in things such as ‘New World Order’, ‘Bilderberg’, ‘Illuminati’, ‘RFID Chip’ and you’ll discover some horrifying stories of past, present and future plans.

    Beware, this is not for the faint hearted, but when you look at stories such as the one above, it doesn’t matter if it is one person or a million people, these things are allowed to occur because those at the top want it to.

    Apathy will be our greatest enemy – not the people who cause these atrocities. 100 years ago 85% of the population was self-employed, now it is more like 5%.

    It is your duty to take full responsibility for ‘your’ results in life, for your sake and everyone around you and to love.

  2. Hi Dean
    Yes, I have plenty of knowledge about those things but don’t mention them much here. Firstly, 96% would refuse to listen and block it out. Second, it could attract to many upset emails to my invox. It amazes me that opposing presidential candidates go to the same meetings and are cooperating members of the same groups. The latest Bilderberg meeting with Obama and Hillary attending is a blatant example of this.

  3. Hi Sean,
    Thanks for your thoughts on health. I was beginning to think nobody cares any more.
    It seems these days that Dr are only in it for the money.
    Your compassion marks you out as someone special in our community.

    Use your gift well.


  4. Thanks Mark.
    I was expecting someone to kick up a stink about this post by now. Normally, I get the complaints in my email rather than out in the open. There are people around there that just refuse to open their eyes to the atrocities that are happening around the world.

    • We are only as blind as we want to be. Sadly, too many want that option because to be bothered by what is in front of us (in Africa or elsewhere) means we have to act and for many that means going out of their comfort zone.

      • Being ‘blind’ to what is happening in these countries around the world also allows those who do not choose to see the opening to choose to be ‘blind’ to what is also going on on their own doorstep.

  5. Sean, this is an excellent article in which the embedded song amazingly depicts the emotional impact of your writing. I agree with you and hope that by my digging this, it will make am impact around the globe. I hope that everyone who reads this will pass this along by stumbling, digging or emailing their contacts. Thanks for taking the time to reflect on what has be become a painful situtation that most people choose to ignore!

    You can consider me one of those US friends! Thanks again for a wonderful post.

  6. Thank you so much! You are spot on as far as the impact of the song. I only picked up John Mellencamps CD from my old collection a few days ago and was listening to it. Justice and Independence really stuck in my mind for days. Then I watched the CNN report and jumped straight onto the blog. I spent 3 hours fine tuning it to keep it clean and delete things that possibly got to political (or could be interpreted that way).
    Thanks for the comment. It means a lot to me. And the Diggs etc will help a lot. 🙂

  7. Gavin May says:

    Sean, fully agree with the views above, and commend you for having the courage to make the post. These events just give me more resovle to beat the system and create security for my family, and then help my extended family and friends in their wealth creation journey.
    My Dad has being saying this quote for years: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”. It seems that 96% of us have not been any where near vigilant enough.

  8. To true Gavin. The price of freedom is, in todays currency, very high. Especially if you are of different political and religious views to the big fellas in NATO. Sit on some oil reserves and refuse to share it with the US and see what happens! Lucky for good old Australia that we know how to suck up to those guys and compromise our values.

  9. Sean,

    Whether you get complaints or not (and there is NO complaint here), at least you are putting it there to people to think about. Even if you can get those who are more complacent to read your post, you have still planted a seed of thought. Sometimes that seed replaces a dying one.
    It is such courage and persistance that pays off…just like Barnes. I for one have had my eyes opened so that is one more person you have influenced in a positive way. I by no means lack compassion (even reading your story about the lack of humanity bring an awful, sick feeling to my gut) but your posts encourage us to take action and action is what makes change. Thoughts to feelings to actions. I hope more people will ask themselves where their actions will take them today and every day forward.
    Thanks, Eileen.

  10. Thanks Eileen. The emails didn’t arrive after all that 🙂

  11. i dont agree that all the doctors arent kind……..

  12. i have no knowledge what illuminati is . But i dont have ears to listen to these horrifying stories.

  13. It is scary what we human beings are capable of doing. And most of the time if you would ask them why they did it they either wouldn’t (want to) understand or blame somebody else / the circumstances.
    Why is it so hard to follow the basic principles to treat others the way you want to be treated (or you would like your close friends and family to be treated)? Why is greed so dominant in a society where we have so much? And I don’t mean only America, many developed countries are the same.
    My goal is to be the change I want to see – I think that’s the best we can do.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker – Book review =-.

  14. I can see Sean that you are passionate about this topic. I agree, the way some governemnts allow their citizens to be treated is appalling if not worse. I was fascinated with Michael Moore’s filem Sicko” that compared the USA medical system with those of UK, Canada, France and others. It should be something the US fixes very very soon.

    As for the atrocities of leaders, be they genocide in Uganda and Iraq and Cambodia or economic mismangement in Zimbabwe or corruption in the Phillipines and Thailand, they should be held more accountable than they currently are. They say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutley. Sadly this is oh so true.

  15. Hi Sean,
    I am pleased to hear you’re a realist on world issues. It’s refreshing to know that you acknowledge world problems and do not put your head in the sand on such issues.

    My opinion on the disgusting behaviour by insensitive people towards a dieing woman in hospital. I believe it’s to be expected because we are all being desensitized. One way this is happening is by a high frequency noise. The same frequency that comes from Smoke Alarms.

    Now it’s sounded everywhere. On trains, buses. It’s a “doors closing” warning on Tangara trains, especially at peak hour time. Also now on supermarket scanners. It’s getting louder also and people are not even aware of it until you bring it to their attention. Then they will say it’s a sinister noise, which is is.

    Also, my opinion on the “sickness industry” is that it’s a bit of a worry. It’s a known fact (apparently) that when Doctors go on strike the death rate drops, not increases as expected, it drops.

    I think it would be to the community’s benefit if just about all hospitals were closed. There’s no reason for people to be sick if they are eating correctly and not allowing chemicals to be administered to their bodies – mainly through drugs by ‘the sickness industry”

    Remember, If we are not sick, they do not have a job.

    Good song and message, Sean, Thanks,


  16. And it doesn’t only happen in the US. Go to Singapore sometime and see old women cleaning street gutters in the name of the clean policy. They are only doing it as that is their only way of surviving.

    I wonder when the US populace are going to wake up. The majority of the so called terrorists in the world were once US operatives. Iraq was to the US a friend when it suited in fighting against Iran. Then what happened?
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Search Engine Optimization Tips For Baby Boomers =-.

  17. when ever I read or hear about this sort of treatment of others I always think of this “As you would that man should do to you, do you also to them in like manner”
    or today’s rewrite
    The way you want others to treat you, is the way you should treat them.

  18. To assess the values of a government – and therefore its constituents – all we have to do is look at our federal budget. That’s a reflection of values and power.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  19. Gosh I could not watch something as horrible as that Hospital, with the lady. That would of cut me up too much. She is a person with feelings, and has rights. How can the security guards stand by that and let it happen? Too heartbreaking.

    The oil company – talk about too rich for their own good. Send the money where its needed, into hospitals, into health care, into taking that horrible women to court.

    I can not understand how we as a country can sit by and watch mistreatment of those that can not help themselves, and yet do nothing about it if given a chance. Where has the compansion in people gone to? Watching a news reporter get run over and do nothing about it. My question is this “What would you do if that was your Mum/ Your daughter/ Your Sister/ Your Wife/ Your Granddaughter/ Your Cousin?????Thinking aobut treating others as you would like to be treated.

    By the way that song is loaded with hidden meanings – great song.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  20. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    The problems of the US health system are well known throughout the world. I don’t understand how free basic medical treatment is not available for all US citizens. I hope that Obama does manage to create some kind of workable health scheme.

    I feel so sad every time I think about how we humans treat each other. Whether that’s a woman that people let die while they stand idly by, or a pensioner hit by a car, or the wheel-chair bound victim who was beaten (right here in Australia), or the atrocities in any war zone around the world. Somewhere, every minute of every day, someone is suffering at the hands of someone else. It seems that man’s inhumanity to man knows no bounds and no borders.

    What can we do? I think we need to hold our politician’s more accountable for the decisions they make. We need to be clearer about what we expect from them and we need to be more proactive. Politicians now use Facebook and Twitter, so I think we could jump on their pages and let them know what we’re thinking. I think we could use Social Media to bring about change.

    Also, we need to teach our own children to have a social conscience. We need to care about each other because, essentially, we’re all the same. I think it’s the responsibility of those who can take of themselves to take care of those who can’t.

  21. G’day Sean,
    The ailments of the hospital system are so many that it is SICK ! It seems the medical profession is oriented toward $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ s first and care 2nd. Of course there are many exceptions, especially in the more natural therapies.

    I watched an episode of The Nanny today where her boss sent her for councilling with a psychologist at the boss’s expense. Every time further treatment was suggested, the psychologist phoned a tradie who was building a pool and ordered an increase in size, higher quality of tiling etc. We could see how important the patient was ! Michael Moore’s ” SICKO ” may have inspired this scene. Agreed ?
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  22. Quick, this feels REALLY horrible, so…….

    What do we want?
    What are we doing to get it?
    When do we want it?

    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  23. G’day Jo,
    Very brief summing up of your comment. YOU WANT ACTION !
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  24. Al Gore did a movie called “An Inconvenient Truth” about climate change. Unfortunately there are many inconvenient truths in the US and around the world. These are things that get int the way of Power and Money. People who lust for power and money see themselves as being Right and Good, and those that get in the way (such as old or sick people or people of a different race or different beliefs) as Bad. The ultimate solution is for the race to rise sufficiently above it that it cannot happen. Humans are not quite ready for this yet.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

    • Wal, I really have to disagree with your last statement. I truly believe we are becoming well and truly ready. And the way things are shaping up – we had most certainly better decide now to be ready, and let this rub off on any and everyone around us. Look at the range of people just on this blog who are similarly minded, and all the other blogs, in all the other countries, and nations. There is no better time in all the known history of the world for us to achieve this goal.
      .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  25. No we have the historic reform in the American Health System – let’s hope it really does reform it and creates a better and more supportive health system. I don’t know the details and I am skeptical if they can finance it – but this is even more reason for everybody to do his or her best to create wealth and health for themselves and the people around them, so there is more to share with everybody.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..The Best Way To Get Motivated =-.

  26. The lunatics have overtaken the Asylum
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  27. Trish Rock says:

    I have to say that I really dont follow politic much but I do care about the mindset of the general population all over the world. I feel the thoughts and minds of individuals are starting to change for the better so we can only hope that in times to come and generations to come, the thinking will be different and therefore the outcomes for the impact on the world and its people will be different. 🙂

  28. Hi Sean,
    Not sure how I landed in this post but Iam actually shedding tears reading this. Living in a third world country I’ve seen everything you described above and my goal in this competition is to learn as much as I can to help those on the dying bed. In here, you will not live to see another day if you don’t have money to pay for the basic medical care!!..
    Thanks for sharing this post
    .-= Rose Kawe´s last blog ..Do I Feel Lucky Well Do Ya =-.

    • I feel your emotion, Rose, but have say I have no idea what it is like to actually experience it. Move forward with your head held high. Even can make a difference to one person, or maybe even more, then the world will be a better place.

      (I can’t remember what exactly what it was the boy was throwing back into the water so I’ll just say crabs – put you’ll get the idea of the story).
      There was a story of a young boy on the beach near the waters edge. There were crabs as far as the eye could see. A man came along and said to him that it was going to make any difference throwing it back because there were hundreds along the shoreline. The boy replied, “It made a difference to that one.”

      • Thank you Bernadette for sharing this crab story. You wouldn’t know how it feels until you experience it.

        So many times the very sick and dying patients here have been turned away or refused to be given a bed just because they don’t have the money to pay.

        I will definitely share this crab story with everyone around.

        Thank you
        .-= Rose Kawe´s last blog ..Selling Affiliate Products Without A Website =-.

        • If as many people as possible can make a difference to one person each then suddenly it has a wider spread impact.

          I don’t think this is the place to really get started on the courtship between doctors, the pharmaceutical companies, chemical engineering of our foods and the governments by whose rules we are becoming sicker and getting sick younger.

          We are being held to ransom to make us fight more to want it. A lot of people have and are continuing to become well by looking into non-pharmaceutical alternatives. It is making a difference to not just a few but to many thousands.

  29. Your article speaks to a lot of the apathy to really caring for others – by individuals in high office and governments in general.

    It is worse in countries where there is no semblance of democracy – look at Somalia, Dharfur, Zimbabwe etc – though even those like us and the U.S fall far short of having politicians that put the constituents before their need for re-election.

  30. Political comments are not my go . I enjoyed the comparison of Dr John Martinis heirachy of values …. i love this …

  31. Cathy and Trevor Howitt says:

    A truly thought provoking post, Sean. There are obviously so many opinions and thoughts around all of these issues, but I was so pleased to see so many people on the “same page” with this one. Enough is enough! And this is the perfect place to start…with social media.

    But let’s not forget one thing……..even with all of these atrocities that happen in our world (and drawing attention to them is the first step in making sure they are stamped out of society)…… thankfully there are so many acts of kindness and love as well, and that is why we “keep on keeping on”. This Forum is just one tiny example of humankind….the people who visit here and are part of this technological world also have a strong sense of justice, compassion, commonsense and a will to see “good “triumph over “evil”.

    Thank goodness I am surrounded by beautiful people who care enough to show their outrage over injustices and who know that every single one of us can strive towards making this a better place to live.

    I know that just by us making it “big” as a successful Internet Marketer can help make those lasting changes that are needed in this world….either by contributing financially to 3rd World conditions or by spreading the word through our blogs and social media.

    When a nation cries……….well…………I look forward to when a nation celebrates.

    Kindest regards,

  32. With stories like the above – it makes me more determined that when i get “there” (success) I want to share what I gain

    • Elly Wilson says:

      Hi Peter,
      I used to say exactly the same thing, ‘when I get there’ ‘when I have enough money’ until I stayed in India and I saw absolute horrific poverty and disease and I thought these people can’t wait until ‘when I get there’, I can do something right now, I have $2 I can spare a week that will feed this person, or buy their medication or give them a little clean water.

      Then I realised that hey, I can spare $5 a week out of my groceries to help put 2 children through a school education, so I made a start then and there and I have been supporting several children in 3rd world countries ever since who are now being educated so they can get reasonable jobs to make money to feed and clothe themselves.

      When you start now you will be amazed at how resourceful you will become, because there is only now for them. Isn’t it great that you don’t have to wait, you can do it now with a couple of dollars and make a huge impact on someones’s life.

      • Hi Elly,

        This is a very special thing you do for these children. You’re right. It doesn’t take a lot of money to change the destiny of a child living in a third world country.

        Generally speaking, we wouldn’t even notice such small amounts of money. Yet, for them it can mean a dramatic increase in the quality of their lives.
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

      • You are right Elly. After all a subscription to Medecins Sans Frontiere or World Vision doesn’t take much from me and it does so much for others.

        While it would be nice to be like the Gates family and give millions, it is also good to be able to do my little thing with the above mentioned.

      • Well done Elly for making the decision there and then. You have done so much more than if you had of waited will you had enough money.

        I mentioned somewhere else in a comment tonight that the fastest way to receive anything from the universe is to give it away.

        You may not have changed the stopped the nation as a whole from crying but you have helped some individuals who will more able to be in a position to help others.

        “You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  33. Thanks for sharing this blog When a Nation Cries.

    Scarecrow was a well listened to album and have listened to this song but never really new the lyrics. A good example of listening but not hearing.

    Thanks for putting them under the video clip so it was easy to follow.

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I am always at a loss for words when confronted with a lack of human caring and decency. I want to scream at them, shake them. Make them feel the pain and despair. And then I realize that the pain and despair are why they’ve closed themselves off so thoroughly. I can’t condone it, but I pity those people too. I cry as much for those who can’t care anymore as for those who are still suffering. They’re lost souls.

    Every soul, every one of us is precious. We are all connected, we all carry the light inside. The sad part is how dim that light is in some of us. Those of us who can need to shine brightly so that maybe we’ll help rekindle a light somewhere. Perhaps help someone to shine brightly again. One person at a time is all it takes. It’s exponential.

    • Hear! Hear! Let’s hope the exponential factor goes nuclear – and it can if everyone does their bit – even one person at a time, as you say Elizabeth. It will be good to that day when “A Nation Cries” becomes “A Nation Smiles”

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