Jay Leno wrote this about the pathetic negativity in our country.

Jay Leno wrote this; it’s the Jay Leno we don’t often see…. it makes us think about the pathetic negativity in our country.

“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 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 started 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 and even 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 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.

 Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder t he 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 ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?

 The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?

 Think about it……are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the”Media” told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

 Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. 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 , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by “justifying” them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way……Insane!

 Stop buying the negativism 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 bad.

We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.”

 “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

 Jay Leno



  1. Don Cohen
    Posted October 8, 2007 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    While Leno may be an adroit entertainer, he has little insight into the American psyche. Yes, most of us have hot and cold running water, are protected by air conditioning and heating from harsh extremes in our climate, and have jobs. However, most of us are sick and tired of the avarice, incompetence, and moral cowardice displayed by Mr. Leno’s president. Mr. Leno’s president has NOT displayed leadership qualities in the face of terrorist threats. In fact, he was left to read from the pages of a children’s book while his cronies made on-the-spot decisions in the wake of Al Queada’s attacks on the World Trade Center. Given time to make a clear headed decision, Mr. Leno’s president chose to invade a country that had nothing to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks. This outrageous decision has resulted in the deaths of thousands of American men and women and countless Iraqis, many of whom were ordinary citizens, innocent of any wrong doing.

    Mr. Leno’s president has cut taxes to the extraordinarily rich, while putting the rest of us in a weaker position by neglecting our basic needs such as health care, education, and aid to the indigent.

    Mr. Leno’s president again displayed incomparable incompetence after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans, offering the city’s stricken citizens little relief.

    Unlike Mr. Leno’s president, most of us who have jobs, health care benefits, hot and cold running water, and the advantage of a higher education, are saddened by the plights of those who are not as fortunate.

    The fact that more than 2/3’s of us are not satisfied by our nation’s direction under Mr. Leno’s president, speaks to our strength, not our weakness. Our strength is in our empathy. Unlike Mr. Leno’s president, we do not take pride in our neglect.

  2. Posted October 9, 2007 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    I really liked this…it made me stop and think.

  3. Posted October 10, 2007 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Welcome and thanks for your post. You are one who disagrees with the post. I have spoken to many who do agree with Mr. Leno’s letter.
    I trust that you understand that education is available to everyone alike including the low or no income. As for health insurance, national health care comes with a great cost. For one, most Americans are already paying too much taxes, a conservative 30%. National health care would increase our taxes to around 50%-60%.
    Our neighbors to the north of us (Canada) pays “goods and sales tax (GST): 6%; and Provençal sales tax (PST): 8% on top of their already high income tax of 40% Plus having to pay another 14% one most goods bought. That’s a whooping 54%. National Health care tax would bankrupt most Americans.
    Plus nation health care would give politicians the power to say who gets treated. Many Canadians come across the border to get treatment here and have to pay out of their own pocket.
    You want national health care…join the military.

  4. Posted October 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Jay Leno did NOT write this! Although I DO agree with ‘his’ perported message.

    For the naive:




    Thank you for the opportunity to help set the record straight.

  5. L
    Posted October 20, 2007 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    So… I was curious and found out online that Jay Leno didn’t really write this. He can be credited for only the last quote. Someone else wrote the rest.

    Anyhow, I really agree with the author’s point of view. We ARE too negative, and don’t realize how fortunate we really are to be Americans. At a meeting once, we were reminded not to complain about a problem unless we have a solution in mind. To those people who waste their time complaining about America’s problems, — do you have solutions in mind that will benifit the majority of ‘tax paying’ US citizens?? That’s right, its not an easy task. If it was, then why arent these people running for president? Props to the president for keeping his head on straight amid these tough decisions – looking forward with optimism instead of negativity, and reminding Americans everyday that there really is no better country to live in.

  6. Posted November 5, 2007 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Jay Leno hires writers to write material for him. They write but Jay gets the credit. How many book writers pay researchers to get material and/or actually write the books for them (in the name of ghost writers) but the famous writer gets the fame. It happens quite frequently.

  7. Ken
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Beartracks: I don’t think Leno was responsible for this.

    Don: Pardon my being blunt, but you are a fool. You are right that Bush has made many errors that caused the US grief. So has every other president. JFK got us into Vietnam, for example. But the problems do not negate the amazing things we enjoy. Cry foul all you want; we are still all better off than our counterparts in any country on earth. I heard of a quote from an immigrant from a third world country. When asked why he /she wanted to become an American, the response was “I want to live where even the poor people are fat”.

  8. Posted April 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Jay Leno pays his writers, I’m certain that if he didn’t like what is said he would not have endorsed it.

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