I have to say this because it's driving me crazy and I don't understand it at all. I love the united states, I served and would have died for the cause without hesitation. That is until now, I don't understand where america is going. We have lost our roots on what this country was built upon. First off is this reality t.v. crap. Real housewives, jersey shore and others I cannot believe that this how people are viewing america. I feel ashamed when I view the crap that other nations look at these shows and the stupid shit people have done to screw over hard working americans that it makes me sick to my stomach. Is this what I got injured for? I almost lost my left arm, I have permanent damage too my brain, back, arm, you name it. And here I see some stupid spoiled girl named "snookie" drunk off her ass passed out and getting arrested and then saying this is how all people want to live! what ever happened to working for a cause, caring for you're fellow man and helping them out in a time of need? It's like we have replaced "we the people" with "I the person". me, me, me,me is what this country is about. We have wallstreet throwing away our money, government can't agree on one thing and then the people who helped put us in this mess got money to bail themselves out of the mess while the american people paid the price. But it doesn't stop there. You have people 50 grand in debt with credit cards yet they are yelling it's someone's elses fault. Where is the self responsibility? Did you really need three cars when it's you and you're wife? Did you need the boat and the house upgrades to live a comfortable life? Have we forgot how bad other countries are? Here we are (I say we are because that is exactly the way other countries view america) over extending ourselves and then claiming that they were duped or didn't understand the fine print. I was offered a house in 2008 with no money down, approved without a checking my job status or financial security (meaning at the time I was only getting my VA and not my social security) and people either not caring about the fine print or hoping that nothing goes wrong in there financial situations sign the dotted line and then have the nerve to say it's not there fault they cannot pay the mortgage. I'm sorry but most of the people (not all) have no one else to blame but themselves. Everyone needs to slow down. In order to turn this country around we need to stop wanting luxury stuff and live within our means. It just pisses me off when people have no self respect or dignity to stand up and take responsibility for their actions. you're living paycheck to paycheck then you shouldn't sign on the dotted line that states you're mortgage rates will go up after 6 months and it may go beyond you're income. It's the banks fault for offering the house but it's also you're fault for signing the stupid dotted lines without asking your self if you can afford it after 6 months. I have empathy for most americans for the banks screwing us over but I don't have sympathy for them because they are just as much to blame as the sales person who came to the house and gave you the mortgage. Then we expect the government to punish those who acted and knew what the end result could be but what happens? They get paid bonuses instead. Yet we have the nerve to bitch and complain while sitting on our couch watching stupid people getting drunk, fighting, or trying to say this is how americans are. I am a true american, I believe in helping a fellow man even if that means it will make life a little harder for a while. I believe in standing up and facing my mistakes and accepting blame. I believe love is an earned feeling and not based on stupid shit like money, looks and security. If you truly love someone then that is all the security you need. I also believe in punishing those to take advantage of others. I believe this country is the greatest country in the world yet when I see myself dieing for this country I wish my last thoughts were about my family and my country. Not about snookie or "the situation" getting hammered and in a bar fight. In my opinion t.v. is crap, the way of judging ones life is crap now, I am not rich, I have two vehicles one for my wife and one for me, I have a mortgage that is within my means even though I could have got a house for another 100 grand more, I have zero credit card debt, I help out my neighbors when they needed a vehicle and food for there kids and I wrote letters after letters to my congressman asking if he honestly believes that I'm retarded enough to believe that they are punishing thoughs who started the whole recession in the first place. Bottom line is we need to stand as one, we need to show not only our children and fellow man but other nations that america is not about reality t.v. or duping our fellow man, but we stand as one nation expecting the government to do as we ask since they work for us. It's not the other way around, yet I don't see the rallies at the white house demanding action. I shit you not, I stayed every single day for almost an entire week sitting at my congressmans office demanding a written response on his actions towards the recession. That is my right as an american. He finally wrote one and basically said the same crap, his team is curently assessing the situation and will bring justice to those who knowingly commited fraud. Knowingly, how do you not know? How did the banks not know people couldn't pay for the house they have after the freaking percentage rates flew sky high? A retarded monkey in a business suit seems like a better option than some of the congressman we have in the office right now. If I have offended anyone I appologize and respect you're own views, this is my view, I can't stand to see the most beautiful country in the world being broken down by greed. Greed for money, greed for fame, and basically shitting on you're fellow man. That's not my america. you're thoughts.