Jay Leno Wisdom

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by trapfreek, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. trapfreek

    trapfreek G&G Newbie

    If this has been posted before pardon me. I did'nt find it.

    Subject: Jay Leno on President Bush (Surprising)

    Jay Leno wrote this; it's the Jay Leno 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 95.4 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 OJ. 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
     
  2. Brother Bob

    Brother Bob G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Great post, trapfreek!
     

  3. Rambo

    Rambo G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    Actually, this was written by a guy named Craig R. Smith, back in 2006. He stole the very last line from a Leno monologue about being a bad time to take God out of the pledge of allegience. Leno's writers would not write this kind of diatribe.
     
  4. Parrothead

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    +1!
     
  5. publius

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    Leno is a Lefty, he wouldn't write it. He's one of the complainers.
     
  6. Only the last sentence about God in the Pledge is Leno. The rest was written by Craig R. Smith.

    And personally, I can be glad for the blessings and comparatively good life we have, and STILL believe the country's headed in the wrong direction.

    I think a lot of people on here would agree, although they might seriously argue with me about what the right direction would be...:09:
     
  7. Coeloptera

    Coeloptera G&G Newbie

    You beat me to it! Oh well, I was busy tonight.

    I (big surprise) agree with Troy2000 on this one. I am absolutely content with the basic standard of living.

    I use the following two things as examples all the time, actually.

    I have a box, that sits in my kitchen, and makes things cold. It is, by the standards of most of history, a miraculous device. It allows me to save fresh apples for a month or so. I can have fresh food, free of decay, pretty much whenever I want. The fact that I do understand the basic principles of refrigeration still doesn't reduce the impact.

    Or...I can go, right now, and have a hot, pressurized shower. At will. Time was, ancient rulers sometimes had a tough time enjoying that honour. Many people on the planet right now can't do it.

    But just because I am appreciative of this doesn't mean I should ignore what else is going on. What? Am I to be bought off by comfort and the fact that just because I'm doing okay I shouldn't care about anyone else in the world?

    The current administration has little to do with the fact that I can have these things. In fact, their actions are making it more difficult for me to have them, sometimes.

    What? We should get down on our knees and thank Bush because I have food and shelter? Funny...I don't think he has very much to do with it. Lots of other factors do, like our capitalistic system and our infrastructure which so many people contributed to. Inventors, businessmen, labourers, they all helped make this possible. The government at large does help sustain some of this, but hardly all.

    And as for the troops currently in Iraq...I'm not allowed to be upset for them because they volunteered?

    How about this, I don't want them to get hurt or die so very far from home and their loved ones. They are my fellow citizens. They signed up for many reasons, but one of which is indeed to help defend all of our freedoms. I hate the thought of them being used for what I see as a pure political agenda that had nothing to do with my freedom or safety. Afghanistan was one thing, and I fully supported that and still do. I'd love to hear the news that we got Bin Laden and that the man who killed my fellows, and some of my wife's relatives, was brought to justice.

    But I have every right to voice my displeasure at what I see as a meaningless fight that we didn't need to start and that puts our troops in danger. They do what they're ordered to, they won't dissent, it's part of my duty as a patriotic citizen to call the government out when I perceive an injustice.

    I won't ignore that just because I personally happen to be doing okay. That's disgusting.

    - Coeloptera
     
  8. Windwalker

    Windwalker G&G Newbie

    I am in agreement with Troy 2000 on this one and giving a little thanks to God for what we do have couldn't hurt either.
     
  9. mym1a

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    I have to agree
     
  10. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    I agree with both Troy and Coeloptera. The way our country is set up is why we enjoy the benefits we do. We owe the Framers of the Constitution many, many thanks. That does not mean I think the current President and his executives, or the current crop of Representatives and Senators, are heading the nation down the road I think we should be on. And the fact I can express that is another tribute to the Framers - at least until the fools in government manage to abrogate the Constitution.

    I think Winston Churchill said it best: "Democracy is not the best form of government. But it's at least ten times better than anything else mankind has ever tried." Based on the situations we see in places that have Communist or strong-man dictatorships, I doubt anyone would disagree with me.
     
  11. publius

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    Oops......was thinking out loud...
     
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