Why do we even try?... (rant)

  1. I was just reading in the general nurses discussion about a nurse who had her finger bitten off by a drunk patient and then had to fear for her license because the patient wanted to counter sue her for prosecuting him.
    Then I also read that Obesity is now the second leading cause of death in the US next to TOBACCO???
    Why do we think we live in a great country? Yeah we might have more TVs than any other country and we might not be as bad off (disease-wise) as Africa but we are allowed by law to kill ourselves while others profit from it and we are allowed to be abused by others and then get sued for defending ourselves. How is that great? I truly believe that this country is run by a bunch of morons. I really don't see the point of tobacco being legal except for money. Our country thinks that we are great because we have more money than any other country but I think that our country has lost sight of what it means to be human. I am in favor of a new government here... regime change is not even a start I am talking about re-writing everything so that it makes sense again. I think that the first thing we should do is stop using the legal terminology that really doesn't make any sense and can be interpreted to mean anything. This country was built by criminals and for criminals just so they could have a way to get away with crimes through "interpretation" of the law. And why are all of these laws becomming formed more and more around one person's whining instead of what the general public wants?

    Thanks for listening... just needed to vent... I'm thinkin about moving to Europe... at least they have the guts to impose a fat-tax on high fat foods instead of just "suggesting" a fish instead of fries "policy"...

    When did this country stop loving life and start worshiping paper? I'm sure it was before my time...

    I wish some other country would take over as the financial superpower (which I'm sure isn't too far down the road) so that our politicians can focus on somthing else for a change... Turns out the Iraq war was over oil after all (boy do I feel like a sucker for believing it all)...

  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   H ynnoD
    Wow! I'd move,but have'nt been able to convince my Wife to move yet.If some changes are'nt made, someday we will be just like the Roman Empire GONE!
  4. by   BadBird
    Feeling a little Bitter today? IMHO this country is far from perfect but I would not want to live anywhere else so go ahead and move, prove your point to yourself, then you can reminise about all you lost.
  5. by   KidsLuvMe
    I am not trying to take this country for granted and I have been to 8 other countries (Haiti being the worst off of them all) but having worked for the gov for the past 4 years I see how our tax dollars are spent and it eats me up. I do try to put this aside and get on with it but I just had to let off some steam at the time I wrote this. Yes I feel better now LOL.
    Thanks for understanding.
  6. by   Mkue
    Yes I feel better now LOL.
    I think what is "good" about the United States far outweighs the negative. Sometimes it's hard to filter through all of the media negativity and find what's "good" about our country. It does get frustrating at times.
  7. by   KidsLuvMe
    so true mkue
  8. by   Tweety
    I think we do have our priorities mixed up a bit.

    You have one thing wrong though. We are not run by the government or the people. We are run by rich and powerful corporations.

    Thus we still subsidize tobacco farmers while cigarettes are killing or citizens.

    Thus we still sprinkle our crops with toxic chemicals that cause cancer.

    Thus we don't have labels telling us what transfatty acids are in our foods causing heart attacks.

    Thus we force democracy down the throat of a country in a region that has only one democracy: Isreal.

    Thus we pay more for drugs than our neighbors in Canada and Mexico

    Opps, don't get me started, I could go on and on. LOL

    That said, I love my country, love our freedoms, love the choices we have.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    "WHY DO WE EVEN TRY"? That is easy to answer if you think beyond the here and now and your own life:

    Cause for the sake of the futures of our children, who will inherit this great country, we have NO alternative; must MUST "try".
  10. by   funnygirl_rn
    KidsLuvMe, Hi. Have you lived for any extended period of time in a 3rd world country? You mentioned you been to Haiti, did you live there? I too used to work for the govt, DOD....many years (first career), did a lot travelling, lived overseas, then on to nursing. PM me if you want to compare notes regarding waste.

    SmilingBluEyes...great answer and so true!
    Last edit by funnygirl_rn on Jun 18, '03
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    While we're trying, do you think we could re-do those thousands of contradictory pages we call a Tax Manual so that it actually made sense, and, while we're at it, could we just go ahead and usher in a freaking flat tax so that we're not the only ones paying taxes on our hard-earned income while Bill Gates manages, for yet another year, to pay virtually nothing thanks to loopholes and sly legal advisors? Thanks. I'll be holding my breath...

  12. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    "WHY DO WE EVEN TRY"? That is easy to answer if you think beyond the here and now and your own life:

    Cause for the sake of the futures of our children, who will inherit this great country, we have NO alternative; must MUST "try".

    As we say down south...'Nuff said.

  13. by   Cynthiann
    I feel very fortunate to be a citizen of this country, despite all the negatives. My husband and I have a lot of family in the Philippines and if you compare the way of life, poor people here live good compared to most people there. In this country you can easily find a job (even if it's minimum wage), where in the Philippines it's next to impossible to find one. There's not much of a middle class - mostly just the rich or the poor. I'm very thankful to be able to have so much opportunities and freedom.