Sunday, October 03, 2010
As Ugly An American As Ever Came Down the Pike
Labels are applied liberally and more often than not erroneously, but not one of us unhappy campers care. We are cold even though we have blankets. We are hungry even as we sit fat and chatty on couches in front of drive in movie screens bolted to our living room walls. We whine and complain over sumptious meals of meat and potatoes. We nurture and raise more whiners and complainers into our culture of entitlement without even once considering that any and maybe all of our problems are for the most part self induced. Each generation expecting more but having to get by with the less that's left but is so much more than is found almost anywhere else on the planet.
Since we are so sure we are blessed and special, we know that being on the wrong side of the Bell Curve now is not our fault. It must be the influence, the confluence of invasions of foreign infiltrators who hijack our skills and take them home to lands far away. Because we have been trained to only consider our immediate needs without even a token notion of what that immediacy will drag along in its wake, we only know that the trough is not overflowing anymore. We have become ripe for the picking.
In response to all these threats to our girth and our worth, we lash out at those who have less to begin with hoping that taking more of what they have less of will give us the more we feel we deserve just because our flag is red, white, and blue. We become invaders of foreign lands and crusaders for grand schemes based on the words and ideas of mythical beings and princely forebears who might just exist only because we insist that they do. Lofty ideals passed down, filtered down, washed down and squeezed hard until they fund and support our current states of mind.
Once known for being generous, we are now becoming known for being selfish and brainless citizens who are no longer envied but despised. And yet we persist in believeing our own hype that America is the greatest country on Earth. I used to consider us so and would like to again in the future. But until we get our own house in order and stop our everyone loses infighting, we are not even close to being great. We are just 340 million chumps whining our way to becoming another 3rd world country.