Friday, July 11, 2008

Look at everyone whining about Phil Gramm

Regarding "the big story" of Phil Gramm saying we have beome a "nation of whiners." I have to agree with Jonah Goldberg's assessement over at NRO:

...this is just another example of why I've always wanted Phil Gramm to be president of the United States and why that can never, ever, happen.
Because it's a peeve of mine, my ears always seem to be catching people talking about how much we need straight talkers in this country who won't cave to their handlers, won't spin, won't poll-test their views. And yet, whenever somebody speaks honestly, down comes the thunder. I think this is a bipartisan phenomenon, by the way.

So true. Remember when Obama said that some Americans cling to their religion and guns out of bitterness? If he believes it (and he does) he should have stuck with it. Maybe John McCain doesn't agree with Gramm, but if he does, he should say so. Isn't that what straight talk is all about?

We are a nation of whiners. Good grief. We complain about everything and that is a bi-partisan problem.

It reminds me of when I was watching one of the Houston morning shows the other day and they had a veteran from WWII on. The left loves to whine about the length of deployment of our troops (although I never hear a soldier whine about it) and the host asked the veteran about it. He said that when he was in the war you weren't told when you were coming home. You went for however long they needed you or however long the war lasted. He said his first deployment was 3 years.

When we look at all the riches of our country. When we look at our freedoms. When we compare our lives now to our parent's lives at the same age and especially our grandparents lives at the same age, we live enormously well. Even those with low income. When my mother was a little girl, not only did they not have electricity, but no indoor bathroom. They kept "slop jars" underneath the beds for when nature called at night. (Forgot to add this to the post when I put it up at TexasSparkle) My Dad didn't have shoes in the summer growing up. He went barefoot all summer. They could only afford one pair a year and that had to wait for school to start.

We take all our good fortune for granted. We whine. We do. Phil Gramm was right and I hope he doesn't apologize for it.