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    This is a copy/paste from an e-mail a friend forwarded to me... thou there is many problems were having right now, people seem to forget the little stuff...

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    A 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, ''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 o 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. Enough said! AMEN
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    Re: unhappy nation...

    I agree that many Americans take for granted the quality of life we have here. It mostly has to do with people not giving a damn about what's going on anywhere else in the world.

    On the other hand, I don't think negative opinions on the President or the direction the country is headed should be dismissed because we have it good here.

    Oh, and you have to blame the discontent as squarely on the shoulders of the consumers of media as the media itself. Were it not for demand for blood and guts TV and radio, it would not be as prevalent. It's the chicken and egg arguement there I guess. If people were really sick of bad news and unhappy, they WOULD turn it off. People just like to piss and moan if they're given the opportunity though, then blame their bad mood on the media when really no one is forcing them to consume it.
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    He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

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    • #3
      Re: unhappy nation...

      Originally posted by Magnum50 View Post
      This is a copy/paste from an e-mail a friend forwarded to me... thou there is many problems were having right now, people seem to forget the little stuff...
      Like spelling, punctuation, and grammar?

      Sorry, couldn't resist :)



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      • #4
        Re: unhappy nation...

        Being "unhappy with the direction the country is headed" or "unhappy with the performance of the president" is not the same as being unhappy with your country. It is insulting to suggest that just because we enjoy many benefits to living in this country, benefits with a long and hard-won history, that our leaders can just do whatever the hell they want and we just have to shut up and like it.

        Originally posted by Magnum50 View Post
        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.
        That is the worst kind of condescending bull. Refusing to serve carries some severe punishments, the most obvious of which is the immediate loss of your career and a revocation of everything you have been trained for in your professional life. Regardless of whether the military is volunteer or compulsory, the civilian leadership is charged with the solemn duty to make sure that the lives and health of our soldiers are put to only the most just and justifiable efforts. They are not to be wasted on fool's errands or colonial wars. To suggest that because the army is volunteer that we can do whatever the hell we want to them is insulting to them and to the founding principles of the nation.

        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.
        Straight up bullcrap.

        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.
        While you're at it, stick your fingers in your ears and go "la la la la la I'm not listening pa rum pa pum."

        I suggest we sit back and count our blessings for all we have.
        And ignore the disaster unfolding before us, both in the war and in domestic policy. Enjoy the bread and circuses and shut the hell up.

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        • #5
          Re: unhappy nation...

          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 don't know about you, I typically hear more disgust with the actions of our government rather than the American people themselves. Labeling 300 million people as "spoiled brats" is nothing more than a stereotype.

          Yes we do have a lot we take for granted, as many other people around the world do as well. But I don't buy the suggestion that just because of this, that doesn't give us a right to complain about the world around us. Part of the reason why this country has stayed a democracy is because people still speak out even if many of their basic needs are more than fulfilled. Otherwise we'd just get fat and careless while 'our' government goes and does whatever it wants.

          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.
          Yes, we need to live in a cloud of happiness and ignorance. We don't want to hear about bad things that just bring us down. We have it so great, so we don't need to worry about what goes on in the world unless that status quo is threatened.


          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. Enough said! AMEN
          This is not a prayer. The 'greatest generation' who left us an untarnished legacy? The spirit of this e-mail encourages the idea of American exceptionalism rather than a humble regard for the values of democracy and the constitution. The idea that we're better than everyone else and the arrogance that spreads from that is why many dislike us.
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          • #6
            Re: unhappy nation...

            While I agree that there is much we as a nation take for granted in comparisson with a large part of the remaining world, much in that email is either incorrect or a poor attempt at labelling dissenters as unpatriotic under the veil of false presumptions and sarcastic rhetoric.

            And, just so people don't forget, this country is great today because of people "whining" and being discontent/unhappy. Unhappy with no freedom of religion, unhappy with no representation, unhappy with segregation. The list goes on.
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            • #7
              Re: unhappy nation...

              http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/co...6/cr062906.htm



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              • #8
                Re: unhappy nation...

                Also:

                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.''
                He is looking at the country through rosy colored glasses as if nothing was wrong in 1953.
                Last edited by aeroripper; 02-08-2007, 11:24 AM. Reason: 'is' instead of 'was' :( Past tense fails me
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                • #9
                  Re: unhappy nation...

                  Great topic! I liked the link tau_neutrino. I believe the poll is full of it. These times are the best times our nation has ever known (domestically ofcourse). Yes, there will always be differences and problems, but overall, things are great. Most everyone I know is very happy overall. Infact, I did a research paper last semester in which I chose to survey people's overall moods and happiness. I found that 9 out of 10 people were 'very' happy. Not one person said they were sad overall. The results all depend on WHO you interview. You interview a group of pissed off liberals who hate the current adminstration, then they are going to say they're unhappy. I interviewed random students from my school, which is a Baptist private school. Most of them just happen to be military, ex-military, and generally conservative. I think Media outlets choose the area's in which they conduct interviews and phrase questions in particular ways to inspire the results they desire for whatever purpose the poll is for.

                  I could guarantee with 100% certainty, that if I did my poll at UC Berkeley, my results would have been wildly different.
                  "Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire

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                  • #10
                    Re: unhappy nation...

                    Well, Gallup polls are completely random. You could get into a debate over the accuracy of polls, but if they keep their methodology standard, I think it's a good indication over time what the mood of the country is.

                    Things are good domestically, but if you actually address the issue the poll is addressing, you'll realize that people really fear is that we are on the brink of disaster.
                    "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
                    He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

                    - Attributed to General George Patton, Jr.

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                    • #11
                      Re: unhappy nation...

                      Americans have high expectations. Sometimes these expectations may be unreasonably high. When our expectations aren't met, or when events are trending in the opposite direction of our expectations, we become unhappy. Having lots of freedom and gadgets is nice, but America has never been the place for people who are happy with the status quo.
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                      • #12
                        Re: unhappy nation...

                        I think it's kind of inane to claim the Fire Dept. as an accomplishment and to not include the continued emancipation of the slaves.

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                        • #13
                          Re: unhappy nation...

                          Originally posted by Magnum50 View Post
                          This is a copy/paste from an e-mail a friend forwarded to me
                          I'd ask to be removed from the distribution list.
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                          • #14
                            Re: unhappy nation...

                            Originally posted by E-mail/Article
                            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?
                            If this isn't flamebait, I don't know what is.

                            EDIT: FYI - original column from World Net Daily here. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=53028
                            Last edited by Beatnik; 02-08-2007, 06:13 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Re: unhappy nation...

                              Originally posted by aeroripper View Post
                              Also:
                              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.''
                              He is looking at the country through rosy colored glasses as if nothing was wrong in 1953.
                              I had a long-winded response planned for the OP, but I was too busy being flatted by the irony that when this statement was written "Jim Crow" laws (including the ridiculous "Separate but Equal" stance) were still in effect.

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