David Letterman wrote this; it’s the David we don’t often see…
'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 [FONT=Bookman Old Style]with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want achange. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘What are we so unhappy[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]about?’’
A… Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7Days a week?
B… Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in thesummer 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 andsee 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[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]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 theway that can provide temporary shelter?
G… I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine fromaround the world is just not good enough either.
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show upand provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to thehospital.
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 unfortunate case of a fire, agroup of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family,[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]and your belongings.
K… Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]attack or loss .
L… This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cellphones and computers.
M… How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]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 hasever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for itscitizens. They see
us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing butcomplain about what we don’t have, and what we hate about the country instead[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no planto get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Isthis the samepresident who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president thatcut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy whohas been called every name in
the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe fromterrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is outthere defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this newsaffect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around foryourself and see all the
good things and be glad? Think about it…are you upset at the President[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the ‘Media’ toldyou he was failing to
kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it.
The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan havevolunteered to serve, and in many cases[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country.[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]They didn’t have to go.
They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ‘‘general’’ discharge,[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]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 ofAmericans?
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[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]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 whatsells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by’justifying’ them inone 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 ofyour bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There isexponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.’ 'With hurricanes,[/FONT] [FONT=Bookman Old Style]tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end toanother, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, ‘Are we surethis is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’