Ungreatful Citizens of a GREAT COUNTRY

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by socofn, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. socofn

    socofn New Member

    I found this on another website. I thought that it was an appropriate post for this site. Enjoy. J

    Jay Leno wrote this; it's the Jay Leno we don't often see....

    "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,

    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 wa nt 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 percen t 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

    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 a re 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

    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?"

    Jay Leno
  2. Angel

    Angel Guest

    Sorry but this is typical FUD.

    I have lived in 3rd world countries. Hence I know how fortunate I am to be an American and have access to anything I pretty much NEED and most everything I would WANT.

    What I am unhappy about is my government, and a prez who didn't even get majority vote, spending obscene amount of money in a country where ppl don't appreciate democracy. I always said, you have to fight for democracy to know its value, Iraqis will never know that.

    What I am unhappy about is the poor and starving ppl I see in this country and the dismal shape the healthcare and education systems are in. The amount of money we spend in Iraq could have taken care of ALL these issues.

    What I am unhappy about is my brother being shot at by bunch of freaking terrorists in a country where his service is not appreciated.

    So, do you think I am unhappy about a president for whom I didn't vote for? You bet! Do you think I am unhappy about being an American? Hell, NO!

    The great thing about this country is that we can talk about our dissatisfaction with our leaders without being locked up or tortured, unlike some other countries I have lived in before.

  3. West01

    West01 New Member

    I love when the multimillionaires are telling us how we should be....

    Here is a metaphor : It is in shallow waters that the great white shark make most of its kill...

    What is it again... the average American family own 12 thousand dollars in credit cards debts... 30% of Americans have no medical insurance and another 20% are on the verge of loosing theirs...

    One thing is certain, what make this country great was gained with the American people hard work and sacrifices and not by some overrated politicians and privileged millionaires.

    Here a truism ....The biggest discontents in this country are the rich. They always complain about their taxes burden, and are always absent when there is a call to duty.

    Boy! do I miss Johny Carson..... He was funny and had class..



  4. West01

    West01 New Member

    Whoa! The joke on me...

    Thanks Zundfolge.


  5. Angel

    Angel Guest

    I can't believe you guys had me riled up like that! :lol:
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Member

    I can't believe that anyone thought Jay Leno had the intelligence or patriotism to pen something like that letter :p
  7. squirrelpotpie

    squirrelpotpie Premium Member

    Didn't think it sounded like Leno. He writes a regular column on cars for popular mechanics that I enjoy reading.

    As far as ungrateful citizens go, put me down as grateful (can buy a double cheeseburger at mc'donalds for a buck!) but convinced that there is room for improvement.

    Folks have a right to complain about having nearly a trillion dollars (over$3000/head so far) squandered on an overseas adventure based on the notion that it is ok to invade other countries because of what you think they might do with weapons of mass destruction if they get some. We live in too big of a glass house filled with too many weapons of mass destruction ourselves to be lending credibility to that sort of behavior.
  8. Netfotoj

    Netfotoj Premium Member

    I knew this was too good to be true: Jay Leno saying something that actually made sense. So I checked it out at snopes.com, home of the urban legends investigated on the Net.

    Turns out the essay was written by Craig Smith and mistakenly attributed to Leno.


    Here's the snopes report, too. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/hitnail.asp

    But whoever Craig Smith is, I agree with him 1,000 percent. Is this a great country or what? :mrgreen:

    SELFDEFENSE Premium Member

    "I knew this was too good to be true: Jay Leno saying something that actually made sense."
    True. Pegged the BS meter.
  10. Buzz

    Buzz Premium Member

    I'm with you.

  11. socofn

    socofn New Member

    Well, I posted this and really messed up in not doing my research. I attributed this to Jay Leno and it was not him abd I am sorry for that. To me that does not really matter that he did not say it. I think that it is true. I was having a conversation with a co-worker who is married to a Physician Assistant who is currently serving in Iraq. I do not agree with the way our government has handleded things the last 15yrs, but I would rather have a well trained, very well armed military fighting the terrorist in a far off country than in my hometown. The more of them we kill over there the fewer we will have to worry about killing in this country. The simple fact is since we have been in Iraq there have not been any terrorsit attacks in the US. I will say that I am sickened every time I see that one of our young men has been killed by some coward in the name of his religion. I feel that if we treated the terrorist like they treat our service men and women that the conflict would be short lived. I am not sure what the solution to the problem over there is, but the powers that be need to come up with one really quickly. Just my opinon. J
  12. nc_gunner

    nc_gunner Guest

    Money and freedoms can be taken away if your government decides it wants either or both. Unhappiness with the government means that we don't like it and want a change; this is not to be mistaken for unhappiness with our domestic lives. Sure, a lot of people are unhappy with the state of their lives, but a lot of people in this country will go without dinner or a roof over their heads tonight. I love this country, but like anything it isn't perfect. As long as the people saying we need a change actually have ideas for bettering themselves and their neighbors, then they're well within their rights. Even if I didn't agree with their opinions, they can still have them and I can have mine.

    Dissent can be healthy, and being unhappy with our government should not be mistaken for unhappiness with our domestic lives. The government doesn't get that much credit, they didn't help that much.