Democrats say they are the party of the people; the compassionate ones, the people for the people. The republicans, they say, are for the rich only, not for everyman. We hear it from Senator Schumer, from Maxine Waters, from Nancy Pelosi. They are the ones who care, the ones for the poor and disadvantaged and middle America who the republicans care nothing about. Black Lives matter is supposed to be an organization where, well, Black Lives Matter. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are supposed to be religious and black leaders, They supposedly care more than other folks about the downtrodden and the people of color. So WHERE ARE THEY?

I haven’t heard a peep out of any of them since Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana. I haven’t seen them down there helping people or raising money for disaster aid, or giving comfort, or calling on Americans to help one another, or leading by shining example. I’ve heard crickets louder than these so-called caring leaders. I see that Michelle Obama took time and money and effort to dress up like Beyonce for her birthday, but I haven’t seen her on television or on the internet encouraging America to help the people of Texas and Louisiana get through the devastation caused by Harvey to so many. Perhaps they are on yet another taxpayer funded vacation, adding to their legacy of being the most expensive ex-President and First lady in history. These are the people who dare say the rest of us don’t care and are divisive and racist. By the way Reverends’ Jackson and Sharpton and Mr. and Mrs. Obama, many of the people in Texas and Louisiana are black. We dare don’t define people in those terms, as do Texans, we are all just people. But since you all have made a living on defining how all the rest of us feel in your opinion, where are you now? Perhaps Mr Sharpton, if you paid up those back taxes you have been avoiding for so long, a few extra dollars would go to help all of the people that have just lost their homes, and jobs. And perhaps the Obama’s could show some compassion, between exorbitant vacations, to offer any support, financial, emotional, physical, to those affected by Harvey, as they were supposed to be the big supporters of the regular people in society and of people of color and Texas and Louisiana have many of both.

I haven’t see the members of the socio-political movements of Occupy, who are supposed to be against social and economic inequality and who don’t want corporations controlling the world, out in the aftermath of the equal mis-opportunity Harvey, helping those that were indiscriminately affected. I must have missed the hordes of Black Lives Matter members out helping the Black lives, or any one else’s lives as they were desperately trying to save their lives and their livelihoods. Missing also were the Antifa members who have a lot to say and destruction to cause, but were absent in the face of human catastrophic need.

I missed the Clintons being there to help, but they went to Haiti to help. Perhaps nothing to gain for them by helping Texas and Louisiana, despite that Houston supported Hillary in the election.

Who WERE there were law enforcement, first responders, home owners, apartment residents, churches, local businesses, neighbors, friends, strangers from all over the country and lots of republican politicians. It didn’t matter that Houston voted for Hillary. Hillary didn’t show up, but President Trump and Melania and the Pences did, more than once.

The athletic teams were there to help, but Hollywood wasn’t, with a few exceptions, mostly of celebrities who live in Texas, like Sandra Bullock, or who came from Texas.

To all who sent prayers, prayers are always a good thing. But where are our so-called leaders and organizations who claim to own the rights to caring about middle Americans, and the Americans and even the illegal’s whose allegiances and votes belong to the very people who didn’t show up for them in their time of need.

I hope you all think about who did show up and more importantly, who didn’t, and who really cares about themselves and their phony agenda’s and who really cared about the people when they needed caring about.

Linda Martinelli is the owner and President of Proforma Graphic Printsource,Inc, Co-Owner and CFO of ETCforensic LLC, CFO of Martinelli & Associates .com. She is a weekly columnist to America Out Loud, and is host of Talking While Married. Linda is the first sole female franchise owner in Proforma to qualify for the Million Dollar Club and reach Multi-Million Dollar Club status. She was also Proforma’s first female development coach and in 2005, was the first female elected by her business peers to the elite Owners Advisory Council. In 2011, Linda was named one of ASI’s Top 10 Women to Watch and earned Proforma’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Award in 2012.