doesn't matter who wrote it, but whoever it was is right......
It is a good article. Just imagine if you were too afraid to hop on a cyride bus because you thought it would explode. We have it pretty good here. I think what people are ****** about is that the Trillions of dollars its going to take to get Iraq going could be new schools, healthcare, homeless help etc... in the US. Nice post.
It looks like I may be in the minority but here's my take on it:
The polling question is "How do you feel about the direction of the country?" and "Do you approve of the president?" Now I'm not sure how the author was able to spin these questions into a rant about negative media but the two points are unrelated.
Is the question at hand "Would you rather live in America or Darfur?" - No. Is the question "Are you grateful for the services and liberties provided in America?" - No.
Now you can argue that Americans are largely ignorant of the outside world. You can say that we are on the whole born into privilege and opportunity simply because we are Americans. And these statements are correct. But those points are unrelated to the polling questions that begin this essay.
Simply because I disapprove of the direction the country is headed doesn't mean I think we're bound for disaster. Simply because I disapprove of the president doesn't mean I am not thankful for the life America provides. It's not that I don't believe that America is one of the best countries in the world; I just think it could be even better.
I very much agree that it can be better, and that we shouldn't just repeat the mantra that it's the greatest place on Earth, and then everything will be alright.
But those topics are definitely related. The messages that the media send are definitely powerful, especially if the topic they are covering is continually covered with the same agenda in mind. You can get people to believe almost anything if you repeat it enough times.
Stumpy, I agree that the article doesn't entirely stick to the poll. However, I think the majority of people the article is geared toward is the group of people that want George Bushs and co.'s heads at the end of a stick because they believe he has ruined this country.
Now I, for one, don't completely agree with a lot of what Bush has done. But in the wake of things that have happened during his administration, I think he's done a heck of a job with some things, but only gets credit for the negative things that he does.
I really think the article has some great things to say, and is a much different perspective than I'm used to hearing concerning this topic, so kudos for posting (regardless of who wrote it).
Here's an analogous argument for the conservatives on the board.
Are you happy with the direction the morals of our society are heading in? Oh, no? What are you not happy with? The fact that we don't kill and rape people? That people give to charity and volunteer their time? Blah blah....
In the sense of taking things for granted, the author certainly has a point. We, as Americans, take many things for granted. However, he is using this fact as a mitigation for the Bush administration's political blunders.
In other words, who cares about what our president does.... WE OWN HOUSES!! :)
It's just more propaganda, not worthy of the bandwidth it takes to propagate it.
i still have no idea on what he just said..
I don't know if you meant that about my post, but basically I agree with stumpy. The author is mixing unrelated topics to lead the reader to his conclusion. If we were lawyers, we'd object.
My new sig.
All story aside in the article, we are lucky to have this country. Does anyone want to move permanently?
Las Vegas has 15 of 20 of the largest hotels in the world. We have many different cable channels. We have both religious and smut bookstores. We have all ethnic foods. We have car choices galore. We can work in the office or at home. We have several airlines. We have only Canada and Mexico on our borders. We essentially are assuming the role of world protector. We have large banking systems to choose from. We may marry any race with no problem. Women can run for President. Arnold can be a guvenator. We have an advanced array of defense weapons for our protection. We can aid other people in the world. We are not perfect at all but we keep trying to do what is right. Yet we are composed of millions of little peole who count. We should be able to find a way to be happy today. If not, we still should try to appreciate our luck that we are here and now. And we have the Clones.
A lot of you who strongly agree with this "essay" are still missing the point. Yeah, the US is a wonderful country, but people can still be in disapproval of the president for what he has done. After all, the essay lists many reasons what we take for granted, but was it really Bush who made living in the US what it is today?
What I'm trying to say is that people can and will disapprove of our President for what he has done (or hasn't in some cases), but it is mainly because of the negative media and the lack of obviously positive outcomes from such situations (a.k.a., people dislike the war in Iraq, but don't see mass genocide's from a single dictator (Saddam) anymore, or mass troops in foreign countries fighting a seemingly "impossible war" but don't realize there hasn't been a major terrorist attack since 9/11).
People only remember for so long, and if all they remember are negative images, that's how they will view the leaders. JMO.