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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 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.



So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started 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 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 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 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!





Stop buying the negativism 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.



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?"
 

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I'm thankful for just about everything that I possess. I will say that I am unhappy with the way this country is headed though. The foundations/beliefs which this country were founded upon are being forgotten/pushed aside.

Morally we are in a downhill slide that I'm not sure we can recover from. All this Political Correctness BS is a just that-total BS.
 

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I am grateful to live in the Greatest Country in the world, I actually support the current Iraq story, but wish we could do what has to be done to win without caring if it is PC, Unfortunately our politicians are managing the war to save polling numbers, GIT'R done, let the soldiers do what is necassary now! We need to step back, we are not the worlds policemen, in that we are typically "the worlds disliked big brother", unless your piss-ant needy country wants something...we need out of the UN.
We are priviledged in everyway, I am concerned that we will hurt ourselves way before any outside country can. The Constitution is constantly under attack under the banner of freedom of speech...etc. Agreed, our morals & values as a nation are decaying quickly...
If you think this country sucks move out, go away, your a "No-Value added citizen".
Support the soldier, work hard, be grateful for our comforts and freedoms.
"help your friends, hurt your enemies, and help your friends hurt their enemies"..anyway thats my 2cents...

yeah, I own a gun, and a gas-guzzli'n-bad-A$$ truck!
 

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latenate said:
yeah, I own a gun, and a gas-guzzli'n-bad-A$$ truck!
Yes, me too, several guns in fact.
 

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TexasTitan you make serveral good points but the one that most stands out is the last one. Now nor never is a good time to take God out of anything. In our hearts is where he should be. In our words we live by shall he be read from. On our currency that we spend shall he be honored. Off my soap box now.

God Bless this wonderful country in which we live.
 

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I agree there are a bunch of spoiled people in the US. I also believe that I live in the best country in the world and like latenate said if you don't like it here then get the **** out o and I have a gun too :upsidedow
 

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Yep, we live in a great country-how did it become so?

1. People said they wanted better and went about creating that. Our history is full of those examples where we were not satisfied with what we had.
2. As a citizen in the US, it is an advanced form of government and with such, comes rights and responsibilities that people can exercise and are free to do so.

You are right, our media reports the bad and does not give equal coverage of the good that occurs. In that, we get a skewed picture of the world. (Take a look on our own Forum-a lot of questions about problems and how many threads about how good our truck is?)

You are right, make an opinion based upon facts that are relevant to you.

Something to think about...

1. We use the greatest amount of energy and resources to sustain our standard of living.
2. Our deficit is the highest of any country in the world.
3. Our murder rate is among the top five.
4. Our pollution index is among the top five...
5. Our currency has steadily declined against the top ten countries currencies.

Just because we lead in some "good" categories does not mean we should not insist on addressing "bad" categories.

I also do not subscribe incidentally to straight comparison where someone says that we should do nothing about gas prices because "other countries pay more for gas."

As a citizen of this United States, we should commit to making it better, to individually make those choices to that end and where appropriate to vote in/out leaders who would enact laws/policies in contradiction of a national will.
 

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Kronos1965 said:
Take a look on our own Forum-a lot of questions about problems and how many threads about how good our truck is?
You inspired me to start a new thread HERE
 

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R1max said:
I agree there are a bunch of spoiled people in the US. I also believe that I live in the best country in the world and like latenate said if you don't like it here then get the **** out o and I have a gun too :upsidedow
I agree:gunz: but A gun??:jester: Yeah one for the Titan - One for the Chrysler - hmm one for the lawn mower - one for each dog (02) - oh yeah 02 for the daughter -- can't forget the wifeys 02 -- yeah the Right to bear arms :gunz: "misslelau :cheers: starting from myself and my brother, the past 06 generations have served this country.
 
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