Made in the USA: Spoiled brats

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ElatedMaverick, May 21, 2007.


    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 same magazine that employs Michael (Qurans in the toilets at Gitmo) Isikoff. Here I promised myself this week I would be nice and I start off in this way. Oh what a mean man I am.

    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 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?

    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 involved. Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, 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 having 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 brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

    Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases 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. Just ask why they are going 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!

    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. There is exponentially more good than bad.
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  3. fhl


    Yes, be thankful. And don't be fooled into thinking that all these good things are the result of "lucky stars and random acts".
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  5. this experience is a jaw dropper for some of my relatives and people who come from Cuba...people literally start to tear up..i am not even kidding you...also I remember taking one of my cousins to disney...oh boy...he ate like 3 turkey legs in one sitting..."f**k the rides i want more of these 4 pound turkey legs". i assimilated much better than most.. ;o)

    i dont think these are the reasons the poll is indicating this prez is out of favor...besdes publix, video games, hospitals, police and fire rescue, movie theaters were here a long long time before this monkey became our prez... peace
  6. jem


    thanks for the perspective. I have traveled much the last decade.
  7. Hmm, could it be possible that these "spoiled brats" don't compare this country to Darfur, instead they compare the situation in this country to what it was during Clinton's presidency, they compare their standard of living today to peace and prosperity they had 10 years ago, they compare successful war in Yugoslavia to failures in Afghanistan and especially Iraq, they realize that the perpetrators of the first WTC bombing are all in jail while Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are still at large.

    Could it be possible that these "spoiled brats" already know that they live in the best country in the world even without the article's "insightful" comparison to Darfur, yet unlike the author they also realize that given the direction of the country and incompetence and corruption of this administration it may no longer be the best country in the world in not so distant future.

    PS And were not you people whining every single day during the 8 years of Clinton's administration, during the time of unprecedented peace and prosperity? Who was the spoiled brat then?
  8. jem


    that was supposed to read I have not traveled much the last decade and I was responding to el cubano's post.

    I think you can believe Bush let down america and still think Clinton did too, but in an entirely different way.

    Just like right now I am pissed at the dems. The ran on the idea they were going to get us out of the war in Iraq. And it does not look like they have the balls to back up their campaign rhetoric.

    We need a leader to lead these ashooles in Congress into doing something.

    Get us out and secure the boarder or find a way to win the war.

    Secure our border from terrorists - Let mexicans in who want to work we do not need to make them citizens. Let them get paid and let the employers pick up the cost of social services. Then we will see the true value of immigration.
  9. interesting article. It makes you wonder why with all of the stuff Americans have, they are still unhappy. I look around and see the most consumerism and avarice I can ever remember in my lifetime. I also know that Americans are in more debt now than they have ever been.

    Affluenza is a term used by critics of consumerism, a neologism of affluence and influenza. Sources define this term as follows:

    affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. (de Graaf, 2002)
    affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. (PBS)
  10. hughb


    I have good news for all of you proclaiming the end of the USA - I just dialed 911 and they are coming to arrest the person holding a gun to your head and forcing you to stay here. You will soon be free to go to Canada. Or Norway. Or wherever the hell you think is better.

    Here's some headlines you are very unlikely to see:

    "Boat Capsizes En Route to Cuba, 50 Americans Drowned"

    "American Family Dies in the Desert Sneaking to Mexico"

    "Somalia Grants 10,000 Visas to American Refugees"

    Seriously, you guys deserve to live where you can be happy. Get out.
    #10     May 21, 2007