Are Americans spoiled brats?

Posted by: ST on December 31, 2006 at 11:20 am

ST reader Sev sends along this story, written by Craig Smith. Smith took a look at some poll numbers that said nearly 70% of people in this country were unhappy with the direction this nation was headed and concluded that we are indeed spoiled brats:

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.

I think Smith has a point. I think Americans sometimes take their freedoms and how good we do have it here for granted. On the other hand, we can be content with what we have and still be concerned with the direction the country is headed. What do you think?

In the meantime, check out these semi-related dueling polls:

AP Poll: Americans Optimistic for 2007

Poll: Americans See Gloom, Doom in 2007

In fact, they’re not dueling polls at all – they’re the same poll, posted at two different news sites, with two different interpretations of the results.

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4 Responses to “Are Americans spoiled brats?”


  1. david foster says:

    The closer things get to perfection, the more anger there seems to be at the remaining gaps. There are a lot more people upset about air pollution today than there were when coal-fired factory with no filtration almost on every corner.

    Walter M Miller characterized the human race thusly:

    “…children of Merlin, chasing a gleam. Children, too, of Eve, forever buiding Edens–and kicking them apart in berserk fury because somehow it isn’t the same.”

  2. Rod Stanton says:

    American with jobs are scared sh*tless about losing them. Swift + Co is a case in point. Assuming the liberal I voted for is honest 12,000,000 American have lost jobs to criminal aliens since 01! And more will see an illegal get their job at a rate near 2,000,000 a year – again using Bush’s #’s. If you work for a company of any size there is a good chance you will lose your job to someone for whom your employer pays no: unimployment tax, Social Sec tax, disability tax, Medicare tax, ….; and has a net cost to the employer of 40% to 50% less (depending on state tax rates) because of no taxes.
    In other words – if the lefty in the White House is not puffing up his #’s to get approval for his pardon of criminal aliens and those who employ them – about 12% of our (American) jobs are held by those like the 911 hijackers, here illegally!
    Only a far left liberal could be happy about American jobs going to illegal aliens! Most Americans are conservative. That is why the 21 new Reagan men in Congress are all Democrats. Reagan men did not leave the jGOP the GOP left the conservatives!

  3. Tom TB says:

    I was blessed to have been created in the USA, and although I can gripe with the rest of you guys and gals, I will always vote with my feet, which somehow never venture for extended periods from US soil. Happy New Year Everybody 2007! They have already celebrated in Guam!

  4. Lorica says:

    Actually Rod from what I read about the Swift + Co, everyone of those illegals was assuming someone else’s identity. Swift and Co, hired only aliens that could prove a social securtiy number. So all of those taxes were still being paid.

    I won’t disagree with your last paragraph. With Senator’s like Linc Chafee, who needs a Democratic party. =)) – Lorica