What are folks so unhappy about?

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    I wish I had written this.
    The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The same magazine that employs Michael (Qurans in the toilets at Gitmo) Isikoff. Here I promised myself this week I would be nice and I start off in this way.

    The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is
    unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

    So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking, ''What we are so unhappy about?''

    Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

    Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having
    thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved. Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

    Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home, you may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of having a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes; an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.


    How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.

    Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

    I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

    Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases have died for your freedom. There
    is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig.

    So why then the flat out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the
    corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells. Just ask why they are going to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book and do a TV special about how he didn't kill his wife but if he did . insane!

    Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

    I close with one of my favorite quotes from B.C. Forbes in 1953:

    ''What have Americans to be thankful for? More than any other people on the earth, we enjoy complete religious freedom, political freedom, social freedom. Our liberties are sacredly safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States, 'the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.' Yes, we Americans of today have been bequeathed a noble heritage. Let us pray that we may hand it down unsullied to our children and theirs.''

    I suggest we sit back and count our blessings for all we have. If we don't, what we have will be taken away. Then we will have to explain to
    future generations why we squandered such blessing and abundance. If we are not careful this generation will be known as the ''greediest and most ungrateful generation.'' A far cry from the proud Americans of the ''greatest generation'' who left us an untarnished legacy.
     
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    Who is the author? that's a great piece. :)
     
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    been wondering that myself. Seriously the ingratitude of so many people is astounding.
     
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    I haven't a clue.... dad just sent it in an email...
     
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    This was emailed back to me regarding this piece via email: )



    I'm unhappy because we elected a Republican Majority that ran on a conservative platform and then squandered one of the greatest opportunities in recent time to limit spending (war excluded), take it to the enemy, protect our borders, reduce taxes and generally move the country away from the socialist agenda prescribed by the eight years of debauchery imposed by the Clintons.

    They failed.

    They didn't limit spending. In fact, they spent more. And then some more.
    Bush has vetoed exactly ZERO spending bills. Pork barrel spending is at an all-time high. They failed.

    They started the war ... and then didn't use the technology and weapons to finish it. They played politics and limited our troops' ability to win. They failed the hawkish public that put them in power. This war should never have taken this long. They failed.

    They didn't protect the borders. Sure, they passed some BS plan to build wall, which they quickly retracted on many fronts and then used the money for other pork-barrel projects. Illegal immigrants continue to flood the country. If we need the works, kick the bums off welfare and make them do the jobs "they used to do" before we gave them a free check and complained that there wasn't anyone to do the job. They failed.

    I'll give them some credit on taxes, although they failed to make them permanent. I'll give them a B- on this one. Decent job.

    That's why America is unhappy. They know the country is moving in the wrong direction and they were sold a bill of goods that was never delivered. We know we are in for darker times with the Democrats taking control, but then again, what's the difference?

    You can vote Republicrat or Demican and you'll get the same damn thing: a bunch of ill-prepared, self-righteous business men that are eager and willing to sellout on the interests of their country for a buck.

    We'll be just as unhappy in another four years. Probably less happy.
     
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    Note: the link to the original piece is:
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    As a conservative, I would say both articles are right on. We're not happy cause we are an instant gratification society. If it isn't fixed, sent, resolved instantly we get upset and think we're being treated poorly. Have a little patience people.

    As a conservative, I have believed for a while exactley what was written. It doesn't matter if you vote Rep. or Dem. At the end of the day they are all politicians and we will make few major strides in this country until we stop voting politicians into office (Forbes would get my vote if he ran again. He would have the country straightened out financially in no time and has some great insight in the international arena as well.)

    P.S. good to be back
     
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    CP posted:

    My feelings to a "T"..........

    I'm NOT ungrateful, most on this board are NOT ungrateful, but thats where it ends. The media, and the left have MUCH to be ashamed of. Hating this country, and ALL it stands for is just the "tip of the iceberg".
     
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    Hopefully this stat doesn't assume that anyone really knows where the country is headed other than what they've been told to think.
     
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