America, land of the free and home of the brave, also is the country of envy, the place of opportunity. Why, then, did I happen to read an e-mail that about sent me falling into complete confusion?
The e-mail was an article written by Jay Leno proclaiming some startling statistics.
Sixty-seven percent of all Americans are unhappy with the direction our country is headed -- that's more than half of all American citizens. Or should I be more specific and say more than half of the American citizens who live in homes and eat daily. The Americans who shop in grocery stores and spend money on items of comfort and entertainment. I don't see many people in Africa going out and purchasing lounge chairs and sports cars. What more do Americans need to make them happier?
We Americans have a support team of dedicated soldiers who volunteer their lives up to enable our security. What about our other privileges?
I don't see Haitians calling the police department up if a village is being held at gunpoint or if one of their huts is burning down. That's just a part of life they are used to. Americans, on the other hand, have some pretty high standards.
Can we not count our blessings for the luxuries we do have? Or is it too much to ask from the society populace who are given the natural birth right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
As Americans, we should take pride in our homeland. What's more, we should feel privileged to live the lives we do.