Skip to comments.I'm 63 and Im Tired!
Posted on 03/27/2010 11:55:57 AM PDT by dvan
I'm 63 and Im Tired" by 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 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 flowing.
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.
Atlas is shrugging.
Mr. Hall speaks for my husband and myself. What a terrific piece on EXACTLY what is going down.
Hang in there, folks. The worm will turn.
I am tired too and I am only 52. I agree, well said.
And one who meets the Article II eligibility requirements to be the president to begin with.
Last week I dediced I was going to retire in 2 years rather 7. I agree with the original poster. I really don’t feel like working for a society that revels in entitlement.
Good stuff from Mr. Hall. Sums up the situation for most of us, particularly those of us in his generation. I’m a few years behind him, and I can “feel his pain.”
This sort of thinking will not be allowed. What would happen to Democrat voters if this attitude were allowed to spread unchecked? He must be sent immediately to a reeducation camp and isolated from all communication with other Americans until we can be sure that this reactionary attack against social justice never happens again.
Makes me glad in a way I don’t have any kids. The liberals are getting what they deserve. I only feel bad for the conservatives out there.
I’m tired, too. I’m nearly the same age. I’m tired of the hippie slime that tried to block my way to classes and to work, coming tp power decades later with the same demented fantasies. Obama’s just their sock puppet. I’m tired of working and finding out that conducting myself in a lawful and productive manner all these years is about to result in a fast track to lousy health care and destruction of what I have been able to save.
Worth repeating - but he’s now 64 and probably more tired:)
This piece is going to have a well-deserved tour around the Internet. PERFECTION!
Mr. Hall, I agree with every word.
For the first time in my life I’m embarrassed to be an American.
Me too -- but not via the gov't collection agency. I prefer to give my donations to charities with "boots on the ground" that know the true needs of those they serve.
Nice statement! You have articulated what many people have been saying and what others are just beginning to feel in their gut.
I get tired of people telling me that if I don’t support Obama or his dictatorial policies, I must be racist. I don’t care if the president is white, black, yellow, brown or purple with pink polkadots. I just want someone who will govern this nation according to the Constitution. Is that too much to ask?
Bump for home
lol...That aint why you're paying more to government...
You're paying more and more to bigger and bigger all controlling government to pay for millions of government bureaucrats opulent tax paid benefits and their lottery style government retirement pensions.
This is absolutely outstanding. Right on!!!
My life style is now: Save, don’t spend a dime I don’t have to, and as soon as I have enough tucked away which no one can verify, shrug and go on the dole. If I can’t kill them quickly, I’ll starve them.
I am 73 and have only begun to fight.
I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose.
DITTO, I’m 61 and TIRED too.
GOD BLESS MR. HALL!
I am tired, but I am a fighter too and I will be until my last breath. It is in my DNA.
Lilly Von Schtupp said it better.
My sentiments exactly.
So what can we do that could make a difference?
Your statement, of course, makes you a homophobic, racist in the MSM.
That’s just the way it is.
I agree the worm will turn. The problem is that it might turn well after we are gone. This sh&t is going to take a long time to correct.
...it’s an email that has been passed around for a few months.
Most people who email each other that have conservative points of view have seen it before.....if you haven’t, maybe some of your close friends haven’t either, so send them a copy of it.
But they're not...There is no session, the borders have not been secured, the bloated corrupt government continues to grow, and it's drive to control and regulate everything only escalates..
This has been going on for years now and has only become worse under this administration.
Tired or not, a new Axis power has declared (in a back-handed way) war on our country, our faith, our liberty, our world.
Obama, the Left, and Islam are seeking to dominate the world and, as soon as possible, will demand your submission to their rule (BTW the Left will be betrayed when it is no longer useful).
Make no mistake, this is war to the finish. Defeat is not an option!
Bump this daily!
Thanks for the post. There are a lot of people in this boat.
God bless you Mr. Hall
41 and getting tired but I will continue to fight.
49, damn tired of this crap also, I have had a Full-Time Job since I was 15, moved out at 17, earning about 150k a year in my own business and AM DAMN TIRED OF PAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE FAT AND LAZY or Just TOO DAMNED STUPID TO GET A JOB Because they were busy smokin crack all day instead of learning to read and write, let alone count to 20 without using their fingers. As far as I am concerned they can all DIE IN THE STREET OF STUPIDITY and STARVATION. I am not opposed to helping those truly in need, but MOST OF THESE WELFARE QUEENS ARE OF THEIR OWN MAKING. Now I am supposed to write a check to The IRS in a couple weeks for $20,000 and am seriously considering not paying them. As long as I have NO ASSETS in My name and agree I owe the Money, there is nothing they can do to me. I fear for what the future will bring, but I am prepared. We have stocked up on Guns and Ammo, food supplies, Have plenty of Land with our own well to grow our own food. I like a lot of people started preparations the day Obama was elected, my wife thought I was crazy at first, but now she sees the light.
I’m 34 yo and I am tired of this insanity to.
I can’t even begin to imagine what older people what be thinking lately with what the heck is goin on.
I have been taking the expat root for about 6 months a year for the past several years and my plan is to do it full time when the shit really hits the fan.
Its sad when but true that in many ways I am more free in some god forsaken third world country than I am in the good old USA..