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 aren'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 Darfur has seen in the last year? (Meaning what? That we have to deteriorate to the point of genocide before we have a right to complain? Talk about a straw man argument. How bad do things have to get before we're allowed to complain? )
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? (Notice that the author didn't mention anything about airport security, or the lack of privacy in emails, phone calls and the United States Mail.) 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. ( I could show you a lot of dives and greasy spoons too, honey bunch--not to mention soup kitchens and emergency food pantries.) Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved. ( We're supposed to be grateful because of a basic necessity? Do we have to let corpses rot on the roadside before we have a right to complain? And while we're at it, 46 million Americans are uninsured and would probably lose their life savings and their homes even if they were to survive the initial trauma. ) Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. (Again, no mention of the probable hospital stay that will follow the initial trauma.)
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. (Oh Sweet Jesus. This person should have lived in the neighborhoods where I lived. Drive by shootings were common place. Rape, robbery, and drug abuse are common place in some areas of this country. Are we to ignore them because they don't compose good news? How typical of the over protected in our society to ignore real problems in the real world. Enough already with this cultural ignorance. Indeed, the whole tone her is turning into a rant of "I have mine, my life is great fuck the next guy!)
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. ( Almost all of which are being consumed by the fascist regime in Washington. Welcome to the world Of George Adolf Bush where religious freedom means the right to impose Christianity on nonChristians. Where social freedoms like marriage and domestic partnerships are limit ted to heterosexuals and where political freedom means the right of Republicans to rig elections, jam phone lines, and deny minority voters their right to vote.)
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. (Correction. Those people who refuse to see beyond the confines of their gated white communities are ungrateful spoiled brats AND BIGOTS who assume all is right with the world because all is right in their personal lives. And I might point out that the downward spiral of our popularity into outright hatred against us began under George W. Bush. )
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? (And who used it to start an Iraqi Civil War of choice for colonial exploitation!) The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? (Yes, most of which went to the top one percent who deserved it and needed it the least!.) Can 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 (DEMANDER) in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? (Take another look. Recruitment is way down. So much for your volunteer army.)
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. (WRONG. We have a backdoor draft by which soldiers are forced to serve countless tours of duty and don't even get me started on the National Guard and how Bush has bastardized THAT concept.) 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. ( Take another look toots. Even the TROOPS are disgusted with this war, and I might add hat your rhetoric here reduces the troops to the modern day equivalent of human sacrifices. Are we supposed to applaud their deaths because they volunteered? And while we're at it, Why aren't those spoiled miscreants Barbara and Jenna Bush serving in the armed forces? Where are the sons of our politicians? Why didn't Republican law makers demand that their sons and daughters go off to fight. Oh Jeeze. Could it be that SOME people in this country want other people's kids to die so that THEIRS won't have to die? Talk about spoiled fucking brats. As for the idea that troops will only serve a few days in the brig...Just let them speak out about Bush and his war crimes, or let them refuse to go back for another tour and they face COURT MARTIAL CHARGES followed by at least a couple of years of imprisonment. NOT a few days in the brig. Get back into the real world little girl!)
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.( Most fascists do. Don't change the offending behavior--shoot the messenger!) If it bleeds it leads ( Bush created enough bleeding ) 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 and do a TV special about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did ? Insane! (Yes, but this was the FOX Propaganda Network!)
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. (Translated into modern English, don't think, ignore bad news, and remain in ignorance!)
Noli nothis permittere te terere