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63 and tired.....From a retired Marine!

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Luckyman, Apr 15, 2011.

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  1. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    "I'm 63 and I'm 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 Mc Mansions 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 whereLincoln 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 thinks that 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 #@*# 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 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 #@*% 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.
  2. slipping into darkness

    slipping into darkness TS Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    very well written, I couldn't agree more..
  3. R.Kipling

    R.Kipling Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    Plenty of other good writings and information from this Old Jarhead........

  4. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    You do not have to be a "jarhead" to appreciate his opinion. It is refreshing to hear someone tell the truth.
  5. zelmo96

    zelmo96 Member

    May 3, 2008
    Mr. Hall, I thank you for saying what needs to be said, I myself am only 44 but agree with you 100%. If you are going to shoot Friday at your state shoot, I would love to meet you and shoot on your squad if there is room. I will make time to make the drive from Maine to shoot with a fine American like yourself. Thanks, Al Baker
  6. rivers

    rivers Member

    Jan 22, 2011
  7. oldgahchamp

    oldgahchamp Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
  8. esetter

    esetter Active Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I'm 60 and still working as is my wife and we just sent off our income tax!!!!! What a kick in the pants that is each year. Work hard, save, try to get ahead and they take almost a third of what we make to do things almost no one whats them to do with our money. I'm very "lucky" to be where I am in life, but my luck didn't come easy. I thank my lucky stars every day to have my health and my family, but I have to say I am becoming totally disillusioned with a system that feels the working class owe money to the non-working class. Let me decide who I want to give my money to. Let the families help their own. Let neighbors help neighbors. That is the way America became what it is today, not by handing out money to undeserving slobs who refuse to work. Ok, I feel better now, until I see my next paycheck and what is being withheld.
  9. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Well said, esetter.

    I too am sick of my wife and I working our @sses off only to have our money stolen, squandered and redistributed by a corrupt and irresponsible government. The American Slacker Class is not only growing like a cancerous tumor, but the negative social stigma about being a parasite has virtually disappeared. I know someone whose 99 weeks of unemployment benefits recently ran out and now he's bumming for money until he finds a job. I asked how many applications he put in during the 99 weeks off. Without shame or hesitation he replied, "Why would I apply for work when the government was paying me to stay home?"


    PS: You mentioned 30% tax. Anybody who thinks the goverment is only taking 30% needs to look closer at all the Federal, State ad Local Taxes and Fees they're paying. Look at gas taxes and the taxes on your utility and cable TV bills. Softdrink and sin taxes. If you have a decent job, the government gets more of your earnings than you do.
  10. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    In the Cabana
    The author nialed it on the head, I just wish some other pols had the spine to do it, if they don't find a spine soon we're all doomed
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