Younger people should know this — it was not always this way. In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, American citizens were congenial to each other. We had disagreements, especially regarding politics, but opinions were not shrieked or screamed by those who disagreed. No one accosted, threatened or bullied someone dining with their family just because their politics were different from theirs. People respected each other despite differences of opinion regarding their respective political persuasions. Citizens reveled in the joy of what our country was, and what it was to become. Where did those people go?
These days it seems like many of these angry people are constantly marching, shouting and screaming, wearing attention-getting hats and T-shirts while carrying signs rife with ridiculously outrageous and inaccurate accusations. If you saw the TV video of multiple women furiously stomping around the halls of the Senate office building during the Kavanaugh hearings you would very possibly think their children had just been stolen from them. Hate emanates from them like a furnace, their manufactured fury reminding me of a tantrum-throwing 2-year-old in the toy aisle at Walmart. Their rage is based on the fact that their chosen candidate lost the election and Trump, not Hillary, is the president. They wake up each day with hate, and go to sleep each night with hate. What a terrible way to live a life.
You very likely know one or more of these people. They are the ones that make you thankful for caller ID. The ones you changed your grocery shopping day for. The ones that make you cringe when you see them coming at you at an event or while shopping.
This may be surprising news to them, but the rest of the country is happy — very happy. More Americans are employed than ever before. The unemployment rate, at 3.7 percent, is the lowest it’s been since the 1960s. Our seniors can get jobs now that were unattainable just two years ago — good jobs. Blacks, Hispanics and women have the lowest unemployment rates in history. Let’s say it again — the lowest unemployment rate in history. Consumer confidence is at record levels. Houses are being built by the thousands. Manufacturer confidence is at record levels. People are happy because they are earning more and their wages are going up for the first time in a long, long time.
How can you criticize a country where a higher percentage of legal immigrants own their own homes than native-born Americans? That includes all Americans — blacks, Hispanics, Asians and whites. A country where every citizen, no matter their background, can still rise to the highest office in the land. Truman, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Clinton and Obama are all proof of that.
Truth be told, at the end of the day the average American simply wants what all Americans have wanted since this country was founded: they want to have a job, own a home, raise their kids, feed their families and respect their country. It’s the American dream.
To all the ‘protesters’ I say, all this is right in front of you as well. And so, again I ask: Why are you so angry?
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