Worthwhile Reading

This is one of those much-forwarded e-mails, so many of you have probably read it before, and it is long, but it’s good enough that I think it’s worth the time.  Someone attributed it to Jay Leno, but snopes says it was actually written by Craig R. Smith, with only a line in the last paragraph being a quote from Leno. 



As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark ‘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, 2/3 of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘What are we so unhappy about?”

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. 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?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the 
Atlantic Ocean
 without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. 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.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortuna te 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.

K. 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.

L. This, all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents, Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. 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% 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 who 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!

Turn 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 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, “Maybe this is not a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance.”

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I'm a wonderer. I spend a lot of time mulling, pondering, and cogitating. This is just a place to park some of those thoughts.
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6 Responses to Worthwhile Reading

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have read this before.  It is a great read.

  2. I’ve never seen this one before. Amen!  

  3. jacsnews says:

    Thank God for the freedom we have in Him, and thank God for the privilege of living in this great country!  Thanks for sharing this with us.  God bless ~Judy

  4. Great stuff!!  Bravo!!

  5. allilaney says:

    Thank you for posting this!!! I am going to link it from my site if that is ok!!?  We have been blessed by so much!!  We need to do what the Bible says and be thankful in all things.  You wouldn’t think it would be so hard for us, we have everything we could need or want here in America.  This is a great reminder of that!   And Amen to turning off the news!  I can’t stand the Media and the things they promote.  But not to complain about that either ~ at least in this country we have a right to speak and to be informed about things!  Some countries don’t even allow that.  I for one, choose not to be influenced by what they say, or believe misinformation.  A great alternative to Newsweek is WORLD magazine.  It tends to report things you would never see in mainstream media!    

  6. homefire says:

    @allilaney – I agree– I love World magazine.  And you are more than welcome to link!

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