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What are we so unhappy about?

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  1. jason8er

    jason8er Luxury Box Luxury Box

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    This is a letter forwarded to me by a friend. It is supposed to be written by David Letterman, although I have a very, very hard time buying that. Whoever wrote it though, is dead on.


    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 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.

    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 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 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 o r a nother 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, 'Are we
    sure this is a good time to take God out of the
    Pledge of Allegiance?'


    David Letterman
     
  2. Coral Reefer

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    http://forums.thephins.com/political-forum-pofo/15227-david-letterman.html

    This was discussed in the POFO.

    I think it's BS on all fronts.

    I highly doubt Letterman wrote and released it this way and I think the premise of it is to try and guilt people out of having serious discussions about things that truly are threatening the health of this country and the existence of it's middle class.
     
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  3. SICK

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    yra we have jobs yea we have heat water and ac during the summer......

    but the job pay doesn't match the price to keep that ac going....and water running...or the gas prices flying upwards.....sure we got good things....but when people in washington are living like kings with our tax money....and we are "struggling" that's the problem I have....
     
  4. DrAstroZoom

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    Definitely not David Letterman. Letterman wanted to bring criminal proceedings against Bush.
     
  5. HardKoreXXX

    HardKoreXXX Insensitive to the Touch

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    Gotta love the blind eyed "It could always be worse" approach. Id like to kick whoever wrote this square in the balls.
     
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  6. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    It is funny how unhappy we are as Americans. Of course that doesn't mean we have to think Bush did a good job.

    We are just a nation of people who look more at what we do not have instead of looking at all of the amazing things we do have
     
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  7. BuckeyeKing

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    I can tell you why most people are unhappy.

    Gas Prices, Inflation of food products, prescription drugs, taxes,work related stress.
     
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  9. jason8er

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    I knew Letterman couldn't have written it. He's the poster boy for who it is aimed at.
     
  10. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    Exactly, looking at what they do not have instead of looking at what they do have.

    There are people who laugh at those problems who live happier lives. Maybe because they can laugh about those problems.

    People in Zimbabwe who could be killed tomorrow because some drug lord just feels like live happier lives than Americans.
     
  11. GISH

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    Theres nothing wrong with being unhappy about regression. Some people are upset because all those great things that we have to be grateful for, may not be here for their children to enjoy. Everything is so damn expensive now, and pay rates remain the same. How is that fair?
     
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  12. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    I guess there is nothing wrong with it, however why would you want to put yourself through such strain for something that you don't even know that it is true? It is nto a given that their children won't be able to enjoy the great things that we are now. Hell the things I enjoyed as a child is dwarfed by the amount of things that children today get to enjoy.

    Hell I am still in awe with the amount of porn kids today can get their hands on. The amount of work I had to go through just to see some blurred out boobies on USA UP ALL Night, was ridiculous.
     
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  13. Crappy Tipper

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    In the numerical sense I make more money than I did last year but in the sense of what that money buys me I make a lot less.
     
  14. HardKoreXXX

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    An America without Porn for our kids is not the America I want to be a part of.
     
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  15. Coral Reefer

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    oh, ok, in that case there's no reason to question anything, no reason as a Democratic people to speak out about our system being whored out and used to benefit specific groups while ignoring the needs of others, no need to worry about trends that might show a weakening of the U.S.'s future as a healthy Democracy in the future, etc., etc.

    If were going to actively work to get citizens to lower their expectations of this countries govt. to the results of what those in 3rd world countries expect then this mind set is right on the money!

    Bouns is that eventually we may get the exact situation were supposed to thank ourselves for not being in if we just simply sit back and "thank our lucky stars" were not them and ignore problems within our country.
     
  16. Coral Reefer

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    I also have to laugh at the fact that there are groups within this country that have made a profession out of beeyatching and moaning about "what they don't have" even when the economy is going well. I don't see this type of mentality being levied against those constant negative nancy's yet when the economy really is in a bind and working class citizens that have always worked hard for a living get upset about the collapse, all of a sudden THEY are spoiled brats.

    The hypocrisy is numbing.
     
  17. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    No, in that case you do not let things you do not have control over make you "unhappy", cause "depression" or stress.

    You can be happy where you are and still hope and want things to improve. Happiness isn't sitting in one spot being content and never growing or trying to improve a situation or caring.

    It is funny to me how people equate being happy with being complacent.
     

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