“I’m 63 and Im Tired”

by Robert A. Hall

Robert A. Hall

I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce
and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every
day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I
still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or
eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my
income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no
retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people
who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government
will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to
people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep
people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m
willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price
of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let
the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the
Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their
own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing
millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers
who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In
thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the
economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime
and violence of Mexico , the tolerance for Christian people of Iran ,
and the freedom of speech of Venezuela .

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when
every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their
sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims
rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and
Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for
girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”;
of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of
Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the
post-racial world of Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative
action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for
minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides,
tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children
that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S.
Senators from Illinois.

I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a
black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the
Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi
Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and
less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and
inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the
cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of
presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the
public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of
Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that
slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced
for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the
best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions
or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000,
but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures”
we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and
madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America , while no American
group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in
Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight
global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live
in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs.
We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter
live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re
greener than Gore, you’re green enough.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must
help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a
giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder
up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay
people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take
drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a
freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,”
especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or
crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”?
And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and
it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my
religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic
person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is
self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for
three years in our military…. Those are the citizens we need.

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear
the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their
entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our
military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make
split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth
better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet.
Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the
atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years
and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be
subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on
terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be
subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel
Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt.
Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the
blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the
Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the
girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American
soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help
and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on
virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers;
bums are bipartisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need
bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the “Illinois Combine” of
Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the
tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians
of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or
youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was
getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich
or poor.

Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned
homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans
didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty
pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their
lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or
discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly,
I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m
just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms
in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Link to his blog: The
Old Jarhead

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us
sends it on!

This is your chance to make a difference.

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