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Old 01-06-2007, 01:25 PM
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Poll a good read

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 Darfurhas seen in the
last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic
Oceanwithout 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 cuisinefrom 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 momentsand 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 bratsthe 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 Iraqand Afghanistanhave 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 venomyou 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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