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OT/ Great Reminder from an odd source

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by alabamahunter, Jan 27, 2009.

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  1. alabamahunter

    alabamahunter TS Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    The following was written by David Letterman-

    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 are not 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

    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

    F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean n
    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

    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 bulletproof 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

    Fact is, we are the largest group of
    ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever
    seen. No wonder the world loves the US , 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?'

    David Letterman

  2. ChetH

    ChetH Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Why do you think David Letterman wrote this? Did he send it to you? Or, was it forwarded by someone, who forwarded it to someone, who forwarded it to someone, ad nauseum?

  3. jakearoo

    jakearoo Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Letterman, Shemetterman. Ain't no way he wrote that.
  4. alabamahunter

    alabamahunter TS Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    I stumbled upon this a while back (a year or more ago) and saved it to a word document, were it was immediatly forgotten about until about an hour ago. As I began to run out of storage space on my PC I started going through and deleting as much as I possibly could. When I went back and read it, I decided that some people on this forum might enjoy reading it.

    BTW, even if it weren't written by Letterman it is still a great reminder to quit b!tching about your current situation which is probably ten times better than it would be in just about any other country in the world.
  5. ou.3200

    ou.3200 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
  6. Bocephas

    Bocephas Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Alabamahunter,how true.Like the little boy that cried because he had no shoes,until he seen the little boy with no feet.

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