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2008.11.05

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rudy

well played sir, well played

the sister

i also appreciated mccain's speech last night. first time in a long time i didn't feel ill or violent listening to him.

now we need to wait and see what time will tell...

vonnie

i thought John McCain a good, decent man, one who would go the whole nine yards for this country and i still do. however, the people have spoken, and we have a new president. i intend to support him for he is my president now, even though i didn't vote for him. i am an American first; politics comes after, and he needs consideration and charity from all of us. my only wish is that the liberals and the press had given the same consideration to George Bush

kate

David Letterman, on President Bush, (Surprising), David Letterman 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 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.

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 a 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?'

-David Letterman

d.

Vonnie: This notion that people weren't "fair" to President Bush is very much something I intend to address in a separate post.

Kate: David Letterman is not responsible for those words. It was originally attributed to Jay Leno is 2006, but in fact comes from a column written by Craig R. Smith at WorldNetDaily.

But, regardless who wrote it, the sentiments miss the point. We have many material advantages, yes, and we have many political and socioeconomic freedoms that are the envy of the world. But there's a lot more to this nation than air conditioners, flat screen TVs, restaurants and hotels.

When people express their disapproval of the President and their belief that the country is "heading in the wrong direction," that is not a way of suggesting we want more toys than we already have.

The original article included a quote from B.C. Forbes:

"What have Americans to be thankful for? More than any other people on the earth, we enjoy complete religious freedom, political freedom, social freedom. Our liberties are sacredly safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man. Yes, we Americans of today have been bequeathed a noble heritage. Let us pray that we may hand it down unsullied to our children and theirs."

That, I think, speaks more to the deeper issue.

We do indeed have a Constitution that safeguards our liberties, but we no longer have a government that safeguards the Constitution. We have a noble heritage, but our domestic and foreign policies have tarnished it. And that is cause not only for disapproval and concern, but cause for action as well.

My cell phone plan and cable subscription do not make me feel better about that.

I cannot speak for every disheartened American, but for me personally, I am unwilling to hold this country to anything less than the highest possible standard. Such is the burden of our democracy. When our government fails us -- when our elected representatives disregard their oaths to the Constitution and upset our delicate but necessary balances -- it would be the height of apathy and indulgence to do anything less than stand up and work for change, simply because we tend to have it easier than the rest of the world.

Lin

Obama's speech was excellent but I loved it particularly when he said (and I paraphrase), "I will listen to you, especially when we hold different views."

and then I like very much this paragraph written by lowercase d...

"We do indeed have a Constitution that safeguards our liberties, but we no longer have a government that safeguards the Constitution. We have a noble heritage, but our domestic and foreign policies have tarnished it. And that is cause not only for disapproval and concern, but cause for action as well."

vonnie

i think that most conservatives wonder what kind of "change" you are talking about. When we are bombarded, with how horrible this country is every time we watch the news or a commentator, it is no wonder the people think we need change. as for the constitution, it needs a whole lot of protection, for somebody is trying to change what it says every five minutes. this is almost laughable.

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