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% of Americans are unhappy with
the direction the country is headed and 69% 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% 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

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2 responses »

  1. Son of Bill Brasky says:

    this is a hoax.. Letterman did not say or write this..

    seriously..when you think about it.. he has his own writers..this would be the most he’s written in decades.

  2. stephoh says:

    I don’t know who Bill Brasky is– but, I think he might be right. I’ve seen this letter before saying that it’s by Jay Leno.

    But the point isn’t who wrote it; who cares! It’s great perspective- thanks for sharing!!!

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