Unhappy in USA

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  1. catfish83861

    catfish83861 New Member

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    I received this as an Email and I honestly have no idea of its validity or not, I do however believe that it is much more truthful than we would like to imagine. Just my thoughts on the email. I hope you read and enjoy as I did. It is food for thought.;) Catfish

    >
    > This is an awesome reminder of what a wonderful
    > country America is, and
    > how easily we can become ungrateful and
    > negative. No matter what your
    > political convictions are this is an eye opener.
    >
    > Jay Leno wrote this; it's the Jay Leno we don't
    > often see....
    >
    >
    >

    > As most of you know I am not a President Bush
    > fan, but this is not about
    > Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems
    > to hit the mark 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
    > 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 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy
    > and want a change.
    > So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started
    > thinking, What are we 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 our cars and
    > trucks 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 either.
    >
    > Or could it be that when we wreck our car,
    > emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even 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 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 pi llaging the residents. Neighborhoods
    > where 90% 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% 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
    > ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?
    >
    > The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army
    > that is out there defending you and me?
    >
    > Did you hear how bad the President is on the
    > news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so
    > unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the
    > good things and be glad?
    >
    > Think about it......are you upset at the
    > President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because
    > the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind
    > every day.
    >
    > Make no mistake about it.
    > The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have
    > volunteered to serve, and in many cases may 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, and when criticized, try
    > to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another.
    >
    > Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like
    > O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if
    > he did he would have done it this way......Insane!
    >
    > Tur n 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. We
    > are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several
    > times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.
    >
    > With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control,
    > mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from
    > one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
    > attacks,
    >
    > 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God
    > out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
    >
    > Jay Leno
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    Thanks for the correction there Marlin. I appreciate it. I also admit that I think it is a sad tribute to the state of mind here in our great country.As you know I have traveled extensively and having seen first hand how people live (or exist) in other countries, it still amazes me how much Americans complain about nothing. God Bless the USA
    Thanks again. catfish
  4. All it takes to really appreciate what we have here catfish, is one tour in the US military anywhere in Asia. That sure did it for me, as well as for my son (who was an ET-2 in the USN, by the way, you old squid ;)). The poverty and squalor seen in much of Asia, South and Central America, and the Middle East would turn the stomachs of most Americans.
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    I agree with you Pistol. I have to admit though that I finally found out that there is no such thing as gravity. The reason we all don't just float away is that South Africa sucks so much it holds us all in place:eek:. In fairness to South Africa I should clarify the fact that I mainly was referring to Mombassa and haven't been back since about 1987 so it may have changed.If it did it pretty much had to be for the better.;) I will also say the people I met were very polite and friendly.;) catfish
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    Gotta agree with ya Catfish ... Being a member of The Domain of the Golden Dragon (Ruler of the 180th Meridian) I too have seen a few peoples and places both during and since my tour with Uncle Sams Misunderstood Children ... We are indeed a lucky country ...
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