This country (US of A) has become a giant sham. We are a joke. One only needs to walk outdoors, to a shopping mall, amusement park, etc...any public
gathering place, to find that the "Average American" has fallen well below average.
We, the people, have become one giant complacent, face stuffing, consumeristic, video-game playing, self-entitled, self-important, fat, lazy flock of
We buy what we're told (See Hybrid cars that cost 10k more, but get 1 mile per gallon more than standard fuel...while our "leaders" fly around on
jets and drive in gas guzzling limousines and SUV's.) But Barry just got a Chevy Volt...that has a range of 100 miles and costs 40k+. That makes
sense, so does the Yukon Hybrid. You know what else has a 100 mile range? My bicycle...and it cost $200.
We Love, love, love to stuff our face, watch TV and play video games (See McDonalds Triple Cheeseburger; because one or two wasn't enough, 2000+
calorie entrees, video game trends among adults, and the "Play 60" program for kids) Because I went to a water park this weekend and literally every
other person was obese. Because of all the little kids I see that are just enormous, bouncing into a take out restaurant with their bouncing parents.
We're the second fattest nation on the planet. At this rate, in 10-20 years nearly all of our population will be obese. Because every day I hear
people talking about their computer or consule games like they're real life...and because 10-20 years ago that program would have been called "Relax
60", because you couldn't get myself or other kids inside to sit around and waste for 60 minutes. Ever see "Wall-E"? Think it was just a fun,
futuristic animation? It's not. It's prophecy. That will be our future.
And face it, our teenagers need a $40k+ Mercedes, BMW or Lexus as their first driver, and they won't accept less. My wife told me a story about her
clients' teenage daughter getting a used BMW as a birthday present...and being upset that it was used. This isn't an isolated incident in suburbia
either. High school parking lots are full of auto's that I can't afford, and probably wouldn't even if I could. No...face it...you're a bad
parent on many levels and catering to your little prince or princesses' every whim is just a manifestation of your shortcomings as a parent.
They're only going to take it out to a party one night and wrap it around a jersey wall on the way home because you weren't more aware of what was
going on. Invest in teaching your child responsibility...not luxury.
We're stupid and we don't care that we're stupid. When was the last time you really felt you got your money's worth from a purchase, felt a job
was done right, or felt you got really great service somewhere. Probably doesn't happen that often. People manage to screw up even the simplest of
jobs anymore. I work a job where my company charges 150-250 an hour, many times for things you could just as easily do yourself. Why? Because I'm
an "expert"...just like the guy who cuts your grass is a lawn care "expert", or your dry cleaner is an apparel decontamination "expert".
Honestly, I haven't met an expert of anything but incompetence recently. We're either too lazy, too dumb or don't speak enough English to put out
any quality product or service. Do you remember when "Made in the USA" used to give you a feeling of pride and security? Where is that now?
Americans buy foreign products and travel abroad. The only thing that we export is weaponry. Where are our priorities?
And yes, there are way too many people who don't speak English in this country, and that is a problem. A woman was pulled over outside of my house a
few years ago. I knew her. She's Korean, and has lived in this country for at least 12 years as far as I know. I could hear the conversation
between her and the cop from my window. It consisted of him giving direction and her not being able to follow it because she couldn't speak enough
English. The cop let her go. 10+ years in this country and you can't speak conversational English? And she wasn't just trying to put one
over...she really can't speak English! Again, this is not an isolated incident either. I live in a suburban metro area and this is rampant. People
spend years in this country and do nothing to adopt the culture (what little we have left) or learn the language...then expect special treatment
(interpreter) when they need something. Every ATM I go to...any automated service line I call has options for Spanish and English. Many times
Spanish is the first option. For the PC, this may sound racist, but think about it...Would you make another country your home and make no effort to
fit in...make no effort to learn communication skills that will help you and others around you? It seems like only common sense to do so.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I could fill an entire thread with the things I read every day that just make me want to scream "What the
We're a product of our environment. There is no more "lead by example", only "do as I say, not as I do". The people that "run" this country
are completely out of control, and most of us stand idly by while the place we live is run into the ground and made even more of a laughing stock.
Our economic and housing markets are in the toilet. Unemployment rates are at all time highs. Consumer confidence and faith/trust in our government
are at all times lows. We have a massive oil leak just off (on) our coastline. We're engaged in wars on two fronts. Those who wish to do us harm
are silently making moves to bring about our downfall.
What does our Dear Leader do? He goes on a bunch of vacations, throws a bunch of parties at his big 'ol house, plays a bunch of golf and just
overall seems to be more concerned with being a rock star/celebrity and patting himself on the back for things he thinks he's accomplished than
working to pull us out of this mess. Granted, it's a huge job...but everything he and his administration has done to this point seem to hurt more
For instance -
Oh, Al Qaeda...
A $10m toilet seat, some $1,000 Pencils...