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Written by Craig R. Smith

 "As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever  been, 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 pillaging 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 OJ.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 

Turn 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
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TheAvonChica TheAvonChica 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 4, 2008

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I totally agree!

I think the point here is that the majority of Americans have it pretty cushy compared to a lot of other countries, and I couldn't agree more. Do you really think the people Newsweek polled were living in the poorest parts of the country? I doubt this poll covered many homeless people or those living on reservations. We have become a nation of whiners who are too busy looking at the things we want to be grateful for the things we have. Yes, there are some problems in this country, and yes, there are a lot of things we could do better, but I for one am thankful to live here in the US.

There are still children on reservations who go hungry. There is a part of the Appalacian Mountains who don't have that electricity or heat or water and food is not right around the corner. Food is dug up from the ground from the age of 4 when they put them in the fields. There are several parts of this country which don't have all the luxuries. There are people who are abandoning their animals on streets and shelters because they no longer have homes for themselves and are living on the streets.<br />
Yes Many of us are blessed , but there are many here who qualify as living in a UDC.

The point is things aren't near as bad as in others places and we are still blessed as a country....

I have no idea of what you are talking about, my house was bombed just the other day. Also I can't drive further more if the price of gas keeps rising people will have to do as I and start walking. But I blame it all on Gore, after all it was his dream to raise gas prices as well as the global warming lie.