A Thought From Jay Leno

Couple of Political themed posts lately, but who doesn’t enjoy some good political humor!

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 ain’t happy and want a

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

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

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.

We are among the most blessed peoples 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

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