Are you an unhappy American?3

Posted by Thomas Miller, CCIM

“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, 2/3’s of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ”What are we 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 provides 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 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 ame 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’s in the media 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?”

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About the Author

Thomas Miller, CCIM

Thomas Miller, CCIM is the president and broker of Miller Industrial Properties in Reno, Nevada. He has worked in industrial real estate since 1991, with 15 years of previous experience designing and building industrial warehousing and manufacturing facilities in the northern Nevada market. Contact Tom at or 775-742-9891.


  1. Jennie K

    its surprising that the sort of person who publishes something like this happens to fall in the category of someone who has health insurance, a home, and is in the upper/middle class.
    perhaps americans are unhappy because
    8.5 million of us are unemployed/laid off
    and 47 million of us don’t have healthcare.

    and since when did we have religious freedom? anyone who is not a christian is commonly mistaken as a terrorist.
    and yes, silly pants, God should be taken out of the pledge of allegiance. Ever heard of separation of church and state? Not all americans beleive in god, or at least in the christian god that most do.
    have a great day in your air conditioned building with your health insurance and your realestate while other americans are breaking their backs to keep you up in the upper class.

  2. Mark


    Comments of op/ed news pieces are opinionated by nature, due to the subjection of whatever issue the writer is tackling.

    For me, I agree that we take far too much for granted, and compared to other civilizations are extremeley technologized, coporatized, protected with domestic and forieng issues, choose our own lines of work, and our own religous freedom.

    Freedom of Religion does provide the right to believe in whatever Gods or Goddess, sect, cult, belief system, but politically when the forefathers invented much of the early constitutions/laws they believed in a Supreme Being, but many like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were against the institution of the Church, after being “persecuted” for not believing in the Rule of King George the ?
    So, I agree with the writer that George Bush is not solely to blame for everything, plus, we had to wake up our own selves politically in these last eight years and decide what we want and don’t want.
    But we are spoiled, very spoiled.
    And so often we ask not what we can do for our country, but what our country can do for us, and in many truths, our taxes pay into something already, and it’s socialist by nature, it is the United States Government, those who Represent US in Washington, so
    Barrack Obama is cheering people up but will the emotional level fall? Will people all around the world question Obama’s health care, tax policy, energy policy, military policy? Will he be hunting, playing golf, at Camp David while we’re working our 9-? jobs, busting our but to pay for most of the military expenditures, the Wall Street Bailout, non-violent drug users, paying for our courthouses, elections.

    If you are not a Christian, who cares? It’s very probable that Barrack Obama thinks outside the box spiritually, and he doesn’t just ascribe to one religion. Everyone was falsely tainting him with this Muslim image, when he’s far from the accepted faiths of the masses. There are so many various influences for faith on this planet, East, West, all over the above.
    Go for it and plant a seed and it will grow!

  3. joe sanders

    we are trying to find where you obtained the picture of the man in the robe in the article above. we’d like to get the original and use it in another publication.

    if you could let us know where it came from, we would greatly appreciate it.

    Joe Sanders
    Leadership Pastor
    The Sanctuary Fellowship
    Richmond, TX

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