In November, 2006, Craig R. Smith, who writes for WorldNetDaily, submitted an article which were his thoughts on the U.S.
Having lived in a 3rd World Country for 11 years I have to agree with him fully. People in the U.S. are so spoiled. They have no idea what it is like to “live without”. Even the poorest people in the U.S. have aid, protection and services available to help them. All I ever hear from the news and people back “home” is their constant complaining about what they don’t have instead of being thankful for what hey do have. I wish everyone could come and live in a 3rd World Country for a while. View what poverty, corruption, the lack of education and lack of basic human rights will do to a country.
I am part of a Yahoo Group (Honduras Living) and the people who are members give advice and help to others who are thinking of moving to Honduras. We tell it like it is. We discuss the problems of Honduras, the friendly people there, the corruption, the beauty of the land, the poor, the rich, everything. While living in a 3rd World Country I have to listen to people slamming the U.S., Honduras, the world, and anything they feel they must come down on. Sometimes I wonder if people are happy only if they complain. Most people complaining don't do much to improve the situation or even give constructive ways to effect a change! Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I know the world is not a perfect place. However, I prefer to look at the wonder and the beauty in this world. I see the help that is being given to my fellow man and am proud that there are nations that can assist those in trouble. I believe in the dedication of our fellow citizens, our leaders, our country to do the right thing. If we don’t like what is going on, we have the right and ability to change it. That is what is great about the U.S.
Therefore, I submit Mr. Smith’s article.
“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 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting 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 involved. Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, 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 having 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.
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 close with one of my favorite quotes from B.C. Forbes in 1953:
''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.''
I suggest this Thanksgiving we sit back and count our blessings for all we have. If we don't, what we have will be taken away. Then we will have to explain to future generations why we squandered such blessing and abundance. If we are not careful this generation will be known as the ''greediest and most ungrateful generation.'' A far cry from the proud Americans of the ''greatest generation'' who left us an untarnished legacy
So, God Bless America and the freedoms she allows to her people and the compassion she shows to other countries in need. I am proud to be a citizen of that country and proud of my country’s efforts to help others."
I can say no more than that. God Bless America!