“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 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  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 our black President was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing , all-intrusive federal 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 man-made global warming, which no one is allowed to discuss or 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 Albert 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 a life of 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 self-absorbed 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 middle-class or poor.

Speaking  of poor, I’m tired
  of hearing people with air-conditioned homes,  plasma color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have these things in 1970, but  we didn’t know we were "poor." The poverty  pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the tax dollars flowing to their causes.

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 for the rest of us. I’m just sorry for my young, beautiful granddaughter.

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


About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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