Jay Leno cannot possibly have said this!

September 20, 2008
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Jay Leno‘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?’

Jay Leno

Please keep this in circulation. There are so many people who need to read this and grasp the truth of it all.

I appreciate J Leno’s reminder of the importance of gratitude for the rights and opportunities we enjoy through the good fortune of living in this country.

Millions hold him in high esteem for the decades of late night entertainment that Leno has given us. It’s not easy to do comedy. Doing it well for such an extensive period of time bears witness to this showman’s emotional and intellectual intelligence as well as the great degree of stamina he must surely possess.

Knowing that such a successful person would have to possess these qualities, it becomes difficult to believe that someone in his position would be the writer of this note. Well-intentioned as it may be, the perspective is not well-informed or logically coherent. Perhaps it was actually written by someone else using his name or having a similar name.

If this piece really does represent the extent the well-loved comic’s understanding of why Americans are unhappy with the direction of the country and the performance of our President, it might seem best to recommend he not be too quick to give up his night gig.

Granted, the polling data cited therein is a bit dated. Americans generally trust their government and don’t have a great deal of time to look in depth at the complex issues of politics and policy formulation. But as we have come to better understand what this country has been going through over the last two terms of this President’s administration, the polling data has not been moving in Mr. Bush’s direction and has continued to worsen since the time this ‘Leno’ piece was written.

The gentleman who wrote this piece is relying upon an obvious logical fallacy to advance his point. He starts with the correct observation that most American are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and with the performance of the President, but holds these concerns to be the same as the propositions that most Americans are unhappy with their country or are simply unhappy.

The two sets of assertions are simply not equivalent.

Not long ago a major polling organization released data demonstrating that something like 90 – 95% of Americans are happy with their lives. The numbers where astonishingly high, but, as the writer of this article suggests, quite reasonable when we consider the conditions under which most of us live. Introspection is not a particularly salient aspect of the American character, but when you get just about anyone who lives in this country to open up about it, they readily express the gratitude they do have over being part of this American experience.

I’m not sure who ‘Leno’ has been talking with, but it hasn’t been very many Americans.

As obvious evidence of that gratitude, I offer the outpouring of patriotism that took place during the months that followed the 9/11 attacks. An ungrateful citizenry would not have behaved as ours did. We the People were unified and vigilant to look after our country.

But now 85 percent of this country’s large population are suspicious or certain that something has gone wrong with the direction of this country. We do ourselves and our country a disservice if we refuse to understand this delphinic intelligence.

Americans are a hard working people. Whether the work we do is with our hands or our minds, with electricity or running water, with air conditioning and heating, or automobiles, or motels and restaurants, with our medical system, police or fire; our productive economy and abundant food supply, and the religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy, non of these things come about by accident, but only because large numbers of people invest themselves in acquiring the difficult skills required to bring these things about, and then follow through on that investment by determining, consciously or through habit, to do the right thing, almost every day, for the rest of their lives.

The number of Americans who are unhappy with the direction their country is headed has now reached around 85 percent. They feel that way because they know through their work experience that all these good things we Americans have don’t just come about by themselves and they can be lost through poor leadership making poor decisions over a long period of time.

Americans are upset because we have a President who took his eye off the ball and failed to focus on those who attacked us on 9/11, making decisions, instead, that allowed bin Laden to elude our grasp when we almost had him at Tora Bora, and undermined our ability to mount a successful chase. We are rightfully upset because we have a leadership that choose, instead of taking care of business, to divert resources to the removal of a dictator with an attack upon a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the events of 9/11, and was, in fact, an enemy of those who attacked us on that dark day.

We pay a lot of money to support this government of ours and we are not ‘ungrateful spoiled brats’ by expecting that money to produce meaningful results.

It is ridiculous on the face of it to expect the American people to be grateful when this President was not given wrong intelligence, but choose to advance his diversion from the War on Terror we were glad to see and supported that diversion by misrepresenting the intelligence he on Iraq to the American people. Even when the UN Inspection teams looking for WMDs began producing evidence that Iraq no longer had those weapons, this President nevertheless pursued his waste of resources. We have a noble tradition of Presidential credibility in this country and we Americans are not being ungrateful by expecting the current President to live up to that tradition.

The principle results of this President’s choices has been leaving bin Laden still at large and advancing the strategic interests of the nation of Iran. For this we’re supposed to be grateful?

We care about our country and we do not like to see 4,000 good American patriots go off and die for no particular good reason, except to leave bin Laden still at large; and we do not like to see some 30,000 good American patriots lose their arms or legs or suffer severe brain injury, or lose the content and meaning of the lives they thought they would live for no particular good reason, except to advance the strategic interests of the nation of Iran.

In an age of terror no reasonable person could be grateful for the open borders policy this President has permitted with our southern neighbor. Until the We the People began putting our foot down last summer, the State of Arizona was virtually a superhighway of ingress for an estimated average of 1,000 illegal entrants per day, day after day after day. Not all of them were Mexican.

To claim this administration has been keeping us ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ safe from terrorist attacks belies the common sense observation that it has been no problem for them to stroll in from south of the border pretty much any time they wanted.

Last month, the City of Phoenix was shocked when elements of the Mexican Army, apparently in the employ of the drug cartel, were arrested in Phoenix after carrying out a home invasion and murder in that fifth largest city in America. The weapons they used to conduct this operation were considerably more powerful than available to the municipalities’ police and law enforcement was able to apprehend them only after they ran out of ammunition.

It is naive to believe that commandos, trained and armed to the teeth, cannot be similarly inserted at the time and to the places of their choice in other American cities after gaining easy access through America’s southern border. Until recently the Executive Branch was largely abdicating its Constitutional responsibility to insure domestic Tranquility and provide for the common defence. It has slowly moved in the direction of changing this Karl Rove condoned policy only because large numbers of American patriots made their feelings on this issue loudly known to the point of undertaking to patrol the borders themselves.

The Presidents approach to this problem, leaving as it does America wide open to secret invasion, this makes a mockery of the largely unexamined notion that he has been keeping all us ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ safe from terrorist attacks.

Terror plots against the United States are real. As of March of this year, there have been 19 such thwarted by the US government since 9/11, with convictions reached in 6 of these cases. There are vast sums of money being spent to conduct the War on Terror, but it requires quite a stretch to call ‘ungrateful’ anyone who might inquire about the obvious disconnect that exists between such expenditure’s and the administration’s wide open borders approach to American security.

I am a registered Republican, one of those who voted this President in during the 2000 elections.

Like many, I thought he meant it when he ran as a conservative. I had never even heard of the term ‘neoconservative’, obvious oxymoron as it is, until the year 2003 when, trying to understand why we were in such a rush to go to war against a nation that had nothing to do with those who had attacked us on 9/11 on the basis of such questionable evidence as was being presented. When I found out about the Project for the New American Century, I began to understand and felt a certain disgust that such Un-American, big government ideas would be advanced by people so close to a President claiming to be a ‘conservative’.

How is it that a successful President, such as Ronald Reagan, can complete his term and two thirds of this country’s people will feel that he left this nation in better shape than when he came to office? The one third who felt that was not the case were not particularly undermining to the legacy left by Reagan, which only seems to grow over time.

The reason is that our perception of history is written by history’s winners and Reagan was one of them. Reagan was a winner because he had a clear idea of who he was, how the world worked, and what he wanted to accomplish, given the chance. He did not mislead the American people about where he intended to take them, and by virtue of this essential integrity, he was able to take them in that direction.

If in life, we’re able to accomplish two thirds of the things we set out to do, we will be well regarded and able to count ourselves as having made a net positive contribution to the human condition.

Are Americans being ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ because they are concerned when successful athletes such as Barry Bonds purportedly use performance enhancing steroids. Athletes are role models for millions of young people and their behavior sets standards vast numbers will emulate.

Presidents are held in even higher regard.

And so when the President of the United States straps on a radio receiving set to enable his performance to be enhanced during televised Presidential Debates, contrary to Presidential Debating Commission rules, that President signals to an entire nation that its ok to cheat when confronted by the tests we face in life, because that’s what he would do.

The example this President thereby set, not only for the millions of American youth investing themselves in acquiring the difficult skills required to make society work, but for the millions of American adults who must follow through on such an investment by doing the right thing, almost every day, for the rest of their lives, far outweighs anything Barry Bonds may or may not have done, and characterizes a leadership style its hard to imagine Ronald Reagan giving much approval to.

Reagan wanted to cut taxes because of the effect he believed that would have on the American economy. He did, and it did. Our current ‘role model’ bowed to elements within his own administration seeking continuing tax cuts after the ‘02 elections even though he felt, “Well, shouldn’t we be giving money to the middle, won’t people be able to say, ‘You did it once, and then you did it twice, and what was it good for?”

Meanwhile, the fiscally irresponsible behavior of his Borrow and Spend Administration have begun their inevitable manifestation in the dollars declining value, which presents to an entire nations of ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ when they go to buy gas. Had the fiscally conservative and somewhat more traditional policies of even the preceding Democratic administration remained in place, oil economists generally estimate that existing fundamentals of supply and demand would place the current price of a barrel of oil in the $40 to $70 range, meaning that gas would play out to about $2 a gallon.

The American people cannot be expected to be grateful for a President who fired his economic advisors for daring to suggest the his ‘Mission Accomplished’ diversion from our War on Terror might cost more than the $50 billion he wanted us to think it would. This Presidents diversion has now become the second most expensive war in the history of our country causing somewhere in excess of 600,000 deaths and 5,000,000 refuges for the country he supposed us to be ‘liberating’.

In guiding our country during the dark days after 9/11, this President took his attention off the responsibility of capturing bin Laden (see the record presented by Gary Berntsen, the former CIA agent in charge of leading the team assigned to locate Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan during the 2001 campaign), deliberately manipulating the available intelligence to steer this nation toward the irrelevant pursuit of Saddam Hussein, wasting vast amounts of American resources in the process of tearing a nation apart and enhancing the status of America’s enemies. For this, it’s absurd to claim those who love this country should be grateful.

Does ‘Leno’ mean to suggest we should be grateful that our farsighted Vice-President secured, in 2002, an emergency based no bid contract for Iraqi reconstruction to follow our 2003 War for the company in which he had been the CEO and with which he still maintains a financial relationship (Congressional Research Office).

Neither should the average ‘spoiled ungrateful brat’ in this country be thankful for fact this President has put our country more than $711 billion dollars in the hole during the past year alone; the absolute worst financial record in the history of American government. Bush’s deficit, for just this last year, represents $2,340 for every single man, woman, child, and baby ‘spoiled ungrateful brat’ in the country. Multiply that amount by the number of people living in your household and you begin to see what he is doing to future generations of ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’.

Remember, when this MBA President took over, our government was running in surplus.

The Bush administration uses the term ‘supplemental appropriation’ to describe how his Iraq fiasco is being paid for. Even the ‘fiscal conservatives’ on right wing talk radio do not seem to understand that means it’s not part of the federal budget. They’re probably not going to be that grateful, however, when the enormous cost of our incipient baby boomer retirement begins to collide with the enormous debt this fiscally irresponsible President has been accumulating.

A little reflection on this developing disaster develops a better picture of just where most of the ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ in this country do live. Consider:

Although This President ran for office as a conservative, he has enhanced the size of Big Government by some 40%, more than any politician since LBJ.

But even LBJ could produce a balanced budget.

Conservatives, by definition, are strict constructionists when it comes to the US Constitution. But this President’s lack of interest in limiting government and his approach to our constitution can best be described as destructionist.

In 2002, this President informed Congress that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was working well with regard to the necessary gathering of information needed for the newly launched War of Terror. The evidence is growing that this President had already set out to illegally tap the communications of any Americans it choose to, without regard to the requirements of FISA, or the US Constitutions Fourth Amendment, very early in his administration, months previous to 9/11.

No American, who knows that our Founding Fathers fought against just such intrusions on the part of the King of England, putting their lives and fortunes on the line to create a nation and a Constitution that would forbid such practices, can possibly be grateful for the unpatriotic twist those who having lately taken office swearing to uphold that great Constitution, have chosen to follow.

Americans value law abiding behavior and are not ‘ungrateful spoiled brats’ for holding our Traditions sacred.

A million other Americans gave their lives so that we can hold our Laws, our Constitution, and our Nation’s Traditions close and sacred. It takes only a moment’s reflection to see more clearly just who the real ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ are.

This Presidents failure to understand and adhere to some 800 years of Anglo-American legal precedent through his ‘terrorist’ detention policies (an estimated 75% of whom are innocent) has largely served the Islamists for recruiting points that significantly contribute to the potential of their movements.

Bush’s manipulation of American patriotism in the pursuit of erroneous objectives (spreading liberal democracy throughout the Middle East) has largely achieved the purpose of insuring a large supply of future recruits for fundamentalist organizations interested in striking back at the USA. To quote Middle East Correspondent, Robert Fisk:

In its dying days, even Saddam Hussein’s own government was shocked. “The US administration is going to turn the whole world into people prepared to die for their nations,” Saddam’s vice-president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, warned. “All they can do now is turn themselves into bombs. If the B-52 bombs can now kill 500 or more in our war, then I’m sure that some operations by our freedom fighters will be able to kill 5,000.”……..One of George Bush’s most insidious legacies in Iraq thus remains its most mysterious; the marriage of nationalism and spiritual ferocity, the birth of an unprecedented huge army of Muslims inspired by the idea of death.”

That America has engaged in the torture of large numbers of innocents is shames the good and hard won principles this nation stands for and no real American can take pride in, much less gratitude, for that.

No real American can be grateful for that.

We love our country and care about its standing in the world, and for that reason cannot have gratitude for the transition we have made over the past eight years from being the leader of the free world to such near rogue nation status as came with Canada’s recent placement of the US on its Torture Watch List along with China, Iran, and Syria.

In the middle of the 20th Century, the Arab peoples numbered about 90 million. They will number about 700 million by the middle of this Century. This exploding population is composed of young people who know almost nothing about the US as the arsenal of democracy during WWII and the leader of the Free World in the forty year struggle against communism. They see us instead as undertaking a contradictory act of aggression against one of their own countries, seeking to gain access to its resources, and indulging in the misplaced liberal idea of promoting democracy through likely illegal means (UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; US Supreme Court Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 2004, Stevens writing for the majority, explaining the nature of War Crimes).

Should American’s who love their country be grateful for this President’s Free Trade policies with their accumulated $6 trillion in foreign debt, added to our more than $9 trillion federal debt (nearly half of it his)?

In his book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (taught as part of the curriculum at the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Army Academy at West Point), historian Paul Kennedy pursues a rigorous economic analysis to demonstrate that continued deficit spending, especially on military build-up, is the single most important reason for the decline of any Great Power.

Simply because ‘Leno’ doesn’t understand how these things work, does that mean that Americans should grateful for what this President is doing to our country’s future?

I’m not sure who ‘Leno’ has been talking to, but I’ve never heard any foreigners suggest they feel disdain for our citizens lack of gratitude for how well this President is doing his job. Quite the opposite, there are numerous poles that make it quite clear that this President most of the world has come to view our country as playing a negative influence in world affairs.

Never, in our history, has that been the case. Are we to be grateful for that?

American hegemony is supported neither by the mandates of our Constitution nor in the advice of our Founding Fathers. To say that the world disdains us for our lack of gratitude for our government’s disregard for its fundamental warrants is simply preposterous. Much truer to say gratitude would resound throughout that nation’s if our government would only attend to the words of Hamilton, Madison, and Washington in that collectively piece of advice known as ‘Washington’s Farewell Address’:

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?”

We have so failed so remarkably of late to reflect on those words and the reason can be traced to our collective failure to heed another gem of wisdom given us by our Founding Fathers in that same document:

“This spirit (of party), unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

How much more the citizens of this country would have to be grateful for if only our leasers in Washington were more concerned about the welfare of the country than about the welfare of their party.

How much better served this nation would have been, had only our current President and Vice President taken to heart Washington’s words:

“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repeal it, avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

Washington’s Farewell address was once taught in every public school in the land, and by its sort of Wisdom, we became a great nation. For that, the American people can have and have had a generous outpouring of gratitude. Aside from their obvious indifference to its Principles, it would be fair to say that people like Bush and Cheney have probably never read such magnificent words, much less given them their due consideration. For that, the American people will have no debt of gratitude.

There’s a lot of Wisdom in those 18th Century words. America once had such leadership, and because of that, We the People have known generations of happiness. For that we are grateful and because we are, We the People have good reason to be presently concerned. The hard working citizens of this country know that the many things and many qualities we have can be lost when poor leadership makes poor decisions over a long period of time.

Americans who complain about their government, whether for good or bad reasons, do so because they can, and that, plan and simply, is one of the most important things about being an American. That fact It is something to be celebrated, something, Mr ‘Leno’ is free to complain about and be grateful for, this exercising of a principle framed beautifully by our very American First Amendment.

Those who utter misplaced concerns will see them quickly lost in the dust of the day. Those who give voice to issues of substance will see them rise, in their appropriate time, to become the means through which a better America finds reinvention. That is why the great ones, the Washingtons the Lincolns, the Reagans, find dissent to be little more than an ornament, if not an accessory to the tasks they undertake.

For democracy to work, we must be involved in its care. Our Founding Fathers gave us the tools to do that, advising that we always regard the actions of government with the proper eye of suspicion. For this, all real Americans are grateful.

As for those who have not measured up to the better aspects of our American character, it is time to move past them, and on to those better aspects. In doing so we will also set aside the illogical development of ‘Leno’s’ argument, with the recommendation that whoever wrote that well-intentioned but misinformed piece take better advantage of instructive programming that can be found on TV and that they would probably find themselves becoming more knowledgeable if they actually read Newsweek and the New York Times before putting them to the above mentioned alternate uses.

America has always been about making things better. A lot of countries run on the philosophy that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That has its place, but never has been our country’s particular approach to life and we can be grateful for that. Find enough people with an issue or an interest and we’ve probably found the makings of a new business.

We are the country that invented reinvention.

Were this nation’s first citizens merely ‘spoiled ungrateful brats’ with respect to the benevolent providence of the King of England when a noisy minority risked their lives and fortunes to assert something better?

Was Edison being a ‘spoiled ungrateful brat’ with respect to the peaceful evening sky when he determined to light it up with his electric bulb?

Were American’s showing too much ingratitude for the clop, clop, clop of the nineteenth century’s methane perfumed roadways when they began thinking Henry Ford had a better idea?

Were Americans just being ungrateful for the world they had when the generation that raised us settled down after decades of economic depression and world war to build a relatively happy era of peace and prosperity during which they might talk, on occasion, about their youthful adventures and dangers, but evidence little particular longing to return.

Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates demonstrate a lack of proper gratitude for the technical advances of the typewriter when they insisted they had a better way by which I could develop this note of gratitude for our American character?

Are we Americans being ungrateful when we exercise our constitutionally protected (and encouraged) rights to gather and petition our government for redress of grievances?

No we are not.

We’re being ungrateful, if in times of reasonable concern, we don’t.

So if the grumbling heard now grows louder, be grateful. It rises because there are too many good Americans who know that this country is the best thing we’ve got going and we can’t afford to lose it.

That so many are unhappy with the present direction of this country, be grateful. They have good reason.

Please keep this in circulation. There are so many people who need to read this and grasp the truth of it all.

“Enjoy life, it’s ungrateful not to.”

- Ronald Reagan.

By Charles Edmund Coyote

PS. We found out later that this article (attributed to both Jay Leno and David Letterman) is actually written by Craig R. Smith and is posted in WORLD NET DAILY in Nov. 2006 under the title “Made in the USA: Spoiled Brats”

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