I’ve mentioned that I sometimes send out political e-mails to friends and like-minded, longtime acquaintances. These used to include a former colleague of mine who is socially very liberal (don’t know where she stands on the rest; at least, I didn’t…). Like most of my friends who get such e-mails from me, she never responded. But one day, I got this junk mail from her (although I suspect it might have been her husband) in response:

Made in the USA : Spoiled brats

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 2/3s of the citizenry just aren’t happy and want 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 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 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 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 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!

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.


Have a blessed day.

Wait, motels are what makes America great? Nothing like thinking small! Where do you even start to respond to something like this? I did, though, going almost point by point through the ridiculous thing, turning it around and saying things like “Yes, Americans can travel across country in their giant, gas-guzzling SUVs without showing IDs, but at the rate Bush is destroying civil liberties, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t last long” and “So why exactly are we proud that 90% of our teenagers have cell phones and computers when only 37 percent of them can locate Iraq on a map?”

Never heard from her again. Don’t know why I even bothered.

I won’t give you my complete response. In it, I agreed that Americans were indeed spoiled, selfish, and materialistic brats and proceeded to cite political, social, and environmental realities to support my assertion, as you can imagine. I did leave the whole God bullshit alone, although it took effort. You just can’t win that one. Anyway, the rational responses to all of the nonsense in this “letter” are absurdly obvious to anyone who actually thinks. The only reason I’m even posting this at all is to say that it scares me. How people can be such incredibly oblivious, ignorant sheep still just boggles my mind and undermines my already feeble hope that America can be salvaged. What’s even scarier is that whoever wrote this clearly isn’t stupid; he or she writes well enough.

It sure seems like there are more of them than there are of us. People, if you’re not careful, if your nebulous blob of a Democratic party doesn’t figure out the difference between its ass and that hole in the wall (and it’s your job to tell them what you want them to be when they grow up!), you could find yourselves with another Republican president next year.

You can shut off the TV and just thank God all day like this guy suggests. You can start talking to your representatives and have some say in what your party stands for. Or you can check out the Canada immigration FAQs and take this test to see if Canada will let you immigrate as a skilled worker.

Best of luck to you.