I don't mean to take anything away from the devastation in the Pacific, but there are also some crazy things happening in the U.S. with our own state's governments. I would hope others are asking these same questions:
Why are there new laws being created to limit voter rights in many states, like Florida and Wisconsin? Why are there new laws in Wisconsin to unilaterally rescind workers rights? Why are there new laws in Michigan for the governor to disperse a city's government and impose a corporation to run it? Why are there new laws in Pennsylvania who can override environmental laws so that the governor can choose to let oil, gas, and coal companies drill, frack, or blast where ever they would like, whether you have property there, or it destroys a water supply, or whatever? Is this what the United States stands for?
As a bonus, you get to learn what 'fracking' actually is, and it isn't the same thing as the slang popularized by Battlestar Galactica.