I get email forwards from my (politically and religiously conservative) family. I recently received one that kinda made me smile because it just didn’t seem very well thought out. One of the big issues in the coming election is “change” – i.e. people want a change in political leadership. By in large, Obama is seen as the candidate for change. The problem is that Republicans don’t like that. Republicans don’t want to move away from the George W Bush way of doing things. So, this email forward attacks the very idea that “change is good”. Also, I should add that this wasn’t written by Jay Leno (email forwards have a ridiculous tendency of just making stuff up). I also have to wonder: is the essay any more persuasive or notable if it’s credited to “Jay Leno” rather than “Joe Schmoe”?
Subject: Pathetic Negativity
Hope you will all read to the end. Jay Leno puts it into perspective and makes us think about the pathetic negativity. That’s right, Jay Leno wrote this!!
Jay Leno wrote this; it’s the Jay Leno we don’t often see….
“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 2/3rds of the citizenry just ain’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.
Okay. All of those would be good points if George Bush’s administration was personally responsible for bringing those things to America. But, they didn’t. All of those things were true before G.W. was elected. Wanting a change in political leadership is based on how things have changed for the better or worse under Bush, not on the question “are things good or not” relative to the rest of the World. I also couldn’t help thinking that you could repeat nearly that entire section verbatim in the year 2000. Would Republicans conclude, then, that “we should continue the Democrat’s control of the White House”?
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen.
Read: you’re an ungrateful, spoiled brat if you want Obama to be president or think G.W.Bush is a bad president.
No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are.
Ha. Quite the opposite – many people like Americans, but hate the US government.
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.
Yeah, they hate us because we complain about the state of the nation. I’m sure the world would just *love* it if Americans could elect G.W. to a third term.
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?
Ungrateful Americans – don’t you know he was looking for answers in the “My Pet Goat”.
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?
He’s the leader of an all-volunteer army, and therefore he should get the credit for the work they’re doing.
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.
It’s all the media’s fault. The media doesn’t properly glorify the great leader, therefore it’s biased and evil.
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.
And you should credit all their hard work and sacrifice to the President!
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!
If you hear anything bad about our glorious leader – blame the media. I especially like how “they” (the “media”) conspired as a *group* to publish O.J.’s book. I’m quite sure they consulted the high-priest of media control and his thousands of underlings – who control everything we see, hear, and read – and he, in complete dictatorial control, approved O.J.’s book for the masses.
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.
Ignore the media – and make-up the news stories you want to believe. Hmmm – today, George Bush saved children from a blazing fire. That’s my news story of the day.
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.”
Thank God? I think he meant to write thank George W. Bush for all his hard work fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. I heard he took several bullets and single-handedly rescued dozens of POWs. You’d have to be crazy for wanting a non-Republican president!
“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?”
Please keep this in circulation. There are so many people that need to read this and grasp the truth of it all.