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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
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

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 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? 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? The 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 have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this
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.
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. Just ask why they are going 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 … 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 bird cage. Then
start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than

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 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.
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Craig R. Smith is
President and CEO of
Swiss America Trading
Corporation, an
investment firm
specializing in United
States gold and silver
coins. Smith founded
the company in 1982
out of a bedroom in his
home with $50.00. It
has since grown into
one of the largest and
most respected firms
in the industry.

Mr. Smith is an expert in
many forms of tangible
assets including; oil,
precious metals and
United States numismatic
coins and is often sought
after by the media for his
insights on these topics
as well as breaking news,
world events, and the
financial markets. To that
end, he has done
thousands of radio and
television interviews. He
also writes a weekly
editorial column for

Craig's most recent
book is
Black Gold
Stranglehold: The Myth
of Scarcity and the
Politics of Oil
, which he
co-authored with WND
columnist Jerome R.

He lives in Paradise
Valley, Arizona, with
his wife of 30 years,
Melissa. He has two
grown daughters.
Made in the USA
                  ...Spoiled Brats

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 same magazine that
employs Michael (Qurans in the toilets at Gitmo) Isikoff. Here
I promised myself this week I would be nice and I start off in
this way. Oh what a mean man I am.