Spoiled Brats: Made in The USA

Call me names if you want to. Hate me, I don’t care. Here’s another copy of an email that says what I want to say. So … instead of me saying it, I’ll let this author say it. Who is the author? I don’t know (see update in next paragraph). If I knew, I’d give him or her credit. But I like it and here it is for your enjoyment. Just let me say … I’m glad I’m an AMERICAN!

(Update since I first made this blog post: The author is Craig Smith. He first published this article on Nov. 2oth, 2006. You can read Craig’s original article here on the World Net Daily website. Craig R. Smith is an author, commentator and popular media guest because he instantly engages audiences with his common-sense analyses of local, national and global trends. For media interviews iwth Craig please call Holly at 800-950-2428.)

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 2/3s 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 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 bulletproof 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. The 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?  Is this 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 brats safe from terrorist attacks?  Is he the same Commander-in-Chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

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.  Their philosophy is “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 and do a TV special about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did… It’s Just Insane!

Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media.  Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your birdcage.  Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There really is exponentially more good than bad.


By Craig Smith. He first published this article on Nov. 2oth, 2006.

Have a great weekend,


  1. m s said:

    Its an interesting point of view, and I won’t criticize an American for voicing it. Yes it is easy to point out the great things about our Nation and love it for them. However it takes a true patriot to find the flaws and work to fix them. To say the 67% who are unhappy with or nations direction are “spoiled” is short sided.

    Disappointed is probably a better fit, disappointed that they see our nation moving away from the very things they feel make it great. Disappointed in the leadership they believed in so recently and now feel as though they were lied to by the very same leaders.

    I doubt when you ask anyone in America why do you love our nation that they will say, because it has running water, or because it has electricity. It is our liberties that allows us to have these things, and that is what has led to our nations prosperity.

    As the article by Mr. Smith says we are a great Nation no one disputes that and I agree we should appreciate that we are so blessed to live here. As part of the 67% of “spoiled brats” I would like to say I do feel blessed to live here. Where so many things are provided for us. To that I say we are unhappy with the direction not the nation. We are unhappy with the President not the soldiers. This is not something unique to our current time to liberals or conservatives.

    We simply want to make our voice heard as was intended when our fathers revolted against England. We are entitled to our opinion by the laws of our land, and those that wish to make theirs known may do so freely everyday.

    What can be said, is that Conservatives, Independents, and Liberals spoke out together as Americans against complete control by one party. That we want checks and balances, and that there is no clear direction for America, ideas that were once liberal are now everyday. We will sit idly by in conservative complacency. If anything is American it is the fact that no legislator is above the mighty voter. As has been said many times “Vox Populi, Vox Dei (The voice of the people is the voice of god).” What is un-American is to be disrespectful towards that voice.

    I won’t comment on the things we take for granted, I’m sure we all take some of them for granted, such is life. However, to use them as some sort of blackmail, as something to throw in the face of hard working American men and women. We just want to keep or nation from sending away its brave men and women without cause to die in battle. We just want to achieve the American dream of living up to the expectations set before us. We want to protect the constitution and the values that we hold dear. I will say one last time the dream of America is not simply food or water, please do not trivialize our nation by saying or nation is simply about modern conveniences, it is our freedom to express our feelings without fear or reprisal, that we cherish..

    Finally, this is America, where your opinion is free to be spoken or kept in private. Where we do not criticize people for sharing their opinion in a poll. That is why the writer and those who spread their beliefs through this article are free to do so, even though they are at this current time MINORITY.

  2. MS, thanks for stopping by an making a comment. You may think I am solid Bush supporter or unabashed Republican – you would be wrong in that assumption. I am a card-carrying Libertarian. As you probably know, liberties and freedoms are at the forefront for us.

    The Dems are in power this time around. Am I happy? No. Most of their views are just too extreme the other way for me. But they did not go into office with any “mandate” any more than the Republicans did the last 12 years or so. This country is about evenly split as it has ever been and for a long time. And I don’t see it getting any better until the “independents” and “libertarians” and other non-mainstream parties decide that it is time to take back our country. I think we are getting there.

    Opinion pieces like the one I posted here will help, IMHO. It makes people think and communicate just as you did tonight. We need LEADERS, not career politicians. But the issues and problems and solutions WILL NOT be corrected by any one man or woman in the position of President. The entire system needs a correction. The bureaucracy is also broken … up and down the line. The waste of money, people and resources makes me sick!

    Back to basics. Pay as you go. Stay out of debt. Lead the world, don’t control it. Be friendly. Help people – in this country and elsewhere. There ARE some very, very BAD people in this world that DO want to hurt us because of what we represent and the freedoms we have and allow. The world is complicated and intense and deep – but when you get right down to it, our capitalist ways are being implemented into societies we would never have imagined they would be in today. The reason other nations enjoy this feeling is because of the good, ole USA. And we should protect this way of life at all costs. A president understands this and HAS to act when needed.

    The majority of people in this country can not tell you who the VP is or the Sec. of State or name every state in the union … they are disconnected. They are in debt up to their eyeballs but want someone to bail them out and take care of them. This attitude must stop. Americans MUST start taking responsibilities for their actions and participate in the process. Leaders must decide to be true “civil servants” and not use politics and government for advancement of their own issues and personal gain.

    Our problems are not because of a man named George Bush. Our problems are because of Americans. And only Americans can make it better.


  3. Sirs,
    I published this article on Nov. 2oth, 2006.
    While your liberty with it is flattering I would have
    preferred you had credited it properly.
    Craig Smith

  4. nammer said:

    hey my sister is the spolied one in the family

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