Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and the news media. Polls show that the majority of you think the economy is in the tank. And that's despite record numbers of homeowners including record numbers of MINORITY homeowners. And while we're mentioning minorities, I'll point out that minority business ownership is at an all-time high. Our unemployment rate is as low as it ever was during the Clinton Administration.
Despite the shock to our economy of 9/11, the stock market has rebounded to record levels and more Americans than ever are participating in these markets. Meanwhile, all you do is whine about gas prices because you don't realize that prices are high because there's increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property than your economic security. These noisy idiots have also contributed to the fact that there have been no oil refineries built in this country since 1976, making it pointless to increase the amount of crude oil coming in.
We face real threats in the world. Don't give me this "blood for oil" thing. If we were trading blood for oil we would've already seized Iraq 's oil fields and let the rest of the country go to hell. And as far as the 'Bush Lied People Died' crap. Bush owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty. Keep in mind, the rest of the world thought Saddam had WMD's. Also, remember that regime change in Iraq was official US policy before Bush came into office. Clinton established that policy.
You need to understand that we face a unique enemy. During the Cold War, there were two major competing political and economic models squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to outspend and out-tech them.
That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care if they survive. In fact, they want to die. That'd be fine, as long as they weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But they are. They want to kill you. And they are all over the globe.
You should be grateful that they haven't gotten any more of us here in the United States since September 11. But you're not. Because you've got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement and homeland security people have worked to make sure of that. When this whole mess started, we were warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. It's disappointing how many people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of 'Survivor'.
Instead, America has grown impatient. We're incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. We think that wars should last a few months, or a few years, tops.
Making matters worse, we actively support those who help the enemy. Every time we buy the New York Times, every time we send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, you might just as well FedEx a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same thing.
More could be said about our expectations that the government will always be there to bail us out. Or about the insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from.
So that's it. God bless what's left of America. Some of you know what I mean.