President Bush perspective

@rjbass (1425)
United States
December 4, 2008 4:00pm CST
I thought this was pretty cool….and it doesn’t seem to matter if you like or dislike President Bush. David 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 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 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, Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Hi how are you today? Well, here let me tell you on the fact that I cannot drive from one coast to the other or even stay in a so called clean hotel. I can't afford air in the summer or even to turn my heat up to 68 in the winter it is at 65 and I pay for that. I mite not have a job after Jan. as it turns out. They are closing the place I work for 2 1/2 weeks no pay. So now I have to fig. How to pay house payment and heating bill phone and lights oh yes car ins. and the list goes on. Like the home owners ins. That I have to pay in order to keep the hand me downs. By the way when the fire men come to put out your fire you get a bill later. It is not free. You have to forgive me as I'm not going to be working starting the day before christmas. Woo hoo. Try that then get back to me. I'm not blaiming him but he could of done something in 8 years to stop are jobs from moving over seas. YOur friend onlydia. soon to unempolyed
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@rjbass (1425)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Unfortunately Things are getting worse before they get better and I feel for you and your situation. Let's hope that the start of the new year and administration will bring some immdiate good news.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Well, you know the new year will not be any better for a long time to come. The good thing is I know that and I'm getting ready for what ever comes my way. Bad or good. As I will do my best to keep my family together and safe. So we will be warm and have food and lots of love. We are old hats at being poor. Going back is nothing it's when you get a hole lot it is hard to deside what to do with it all. YOur friend onlydia
@rjbass (1425)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Wow, you have a great attitude that you should be commended on. You sound like a very true and genuine individual that deserves all the good that comes your way. And believe me good things will come to you. It's karma .
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@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
4 Dec 08
While I agree with, Americans have not been known to be humble or thankful for all we do have. That's why we are a very hated nation. I think to just ignore the fact that we are in a heavy recession and many have lost their homes, is not giving a good arguement. (I'm not going to give my feelings on the housing bubble here, though.) I'm also sick of people saying looking x third world country and be glad you're an American! While one should do this to keep perspective, we should also look at first world countries we are behind. America is way behind many first world countries in so many nations. I think we should look at both sides to keep grounded and to have progress. If we just look at the countries we are a head of, and not the better direction other countries are going in, we could become a third world country.
@rjbass (1425)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I'm very grateful for what I have and I do agree that we as a country need not compare ourselves as a positive to 3rd world countries. There is much we can learn from all countries and in comparison, there are always going to be positives and negatives. I hope this came across correctly.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I agree with Smartie, we are behind....and things are getting worst...70% of all home loans are "underwater"....car industry is falling apart, stock market is not doing well and.... we spend on war more money per day that we would need for whole year in education system....sorry...nothing to tanks for president Bush.......
@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
That's a long list of things to be unhappy about. There must be more because the polls say Americans are unhappy. Surely someone can add to the list. You can't ask me because I'm not an American and I'm happy. Cheers!!
@rjbass (1425)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Yes, being that the items on the list are intended to be sarcastic, it is a huge list of things that we can be grateful for
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@GardenGerty (87578)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Dec 08
It is important to remember all the good that we experience. Yes, there are people in need, and that is an opportunity for those who are not needy.We do still try to make a difference in people's lives. It is good to be thankful for what we have.
@rjbass (1425)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Very true. I am so grateful for what I have. Especially with the direction the US economy is going, I am fortunate enough to say that I am employed full time and can provide for my wife and children.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
I think anytime is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance. I personally am atheistic, but it doesn't bother me that it is in there knowing that it was placed there to route out Pinkos and Commies thinking they would not be able to say God because they were a "Godless" people. I am grateful for everything I have as an American, and I think some of your "facts" are a bit off in %. I however wish the American populace would understand their government. It is the Congress that passes the legislation for the President to sign or veto. We should be more pissed at our Congress for what they have passed than anything. However, it may be a few years until people begin to awaken and realize how great this cowboy leader was. Regardless, we need to focus on our President elect and make sure he has a valid birth certificate for #1, and #2 make sure he doesn't throw our economy into shock with any socialistic "wealth redistribution" programs.
@rjbass (1425)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Very well said. You have some very strong views that I respect and agree with especially the fact that we as a country now need to focus on the future.
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