"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 ifthey 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 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 tellingme 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 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 MassachusettsState Senate.
Last edited by skippedover; 03-28-2010 at 05:49 PM.
If YOU want change, YOU have to first change.
If you are waiting for the 'other guy' to change first, just remember, you're the 'other guy's' other guy. To continue to expect real change when you keep acting the same way as always, is folly. Won't happen. Real change will only happen when a majority of the people change the way they vote!
Originally Posted by absoair
Joe legal will be able to file tax returns to the tunes of thousands of dollars, while Jose illegal get treated as a THIRD CLASS CITIZEN.
IT IS LIKE THE DIFFERENTS BETWEEN FLYING FIRST CLASS OR COACH.
WAY TO BOMBARD THIS SITE WITH ANTI- IMMIGRANT RHETORIC...
AND IF JOSE ILLEGAL BECOMES LEGAL PAYING ALL HIS TAXES HE WILL STILL BE TREATED AS 2ND OR 3RD CLASS CITIZEN......AND THIS GOES FOR THE JOSES, KHAN'S, WANG'S, ABDUL'S AND ALL OTHER IMMIGRANT GROUP... HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE TREATED AS 2ND CLASS, SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A NATIVE....
THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH YOU REPUBLICANS, IF SOMEBODY DONT AGREE WITH YOU THAT MAKES THEM ANTI-AMERICIAN....
Originally Posted by jelectric
LIGHT A CANDLE, DONT CURSE THE DARKNESS...
HOW ABOUT INSISTING THAT THESE GUYS GET A TAX ID, SO THEY CAN INFACT PAY THEIR TAXES, IF THATS YOU MEAN BY THEM BEING A DRAIN...
SAY BUDDY WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED FOR $7,10,15 /HR, AMERICA IS IN FACT USING IMMIGRANTS FOR THERE CHEAP LABOUR...YOU WOULD'NT HAVE IT, YOU WOULD RATHER COVER UNDER YOUR BLANKET AND COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT, A RIGHT THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO...WHICH THE HARD WORKING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ARE NOT ENTITLED TO, THEY HAVE TO ACCEPT WHATEVER IS THROWN AT THEM WITH A SMILE, HOPING THAT THEY NEVER GET SICK. OR HE'LL BE REPLACED BY AN EVEN CHEAPER ONE, WHILE YOU ENJOY JOB SECURITY AND ALL THE BENEFITS OF THE UNION, JOSE ILLEGAL MIND IS NEVER AT REST....
Originally Posted by absoair
Originally Posted by keviekev70
I was really really trying hard to ignore this thread, it was calling me out so hard that I was getting pissed off..Then I read this little peach and the two posts afterward....Some people are just f g retarded.
Illegal immigration is exactly that....Illegal.
You are leaving out the amount of crime this activity leads to, a vast majority of the illegal immigrants are criminals pure and simple, yeah, there are some that are literally coming here to better their lives, I applaud those who are here legitimately and pay their dues.
There is no way in hell you can sit there and say that illegal immigration is not a huge and ambiguous burden on our well being, not just the economy. You would be completely wrong. Maybe the problem is not as evident in New York, but go to places like Texas, Arizona and California and it is an alien world (forgive the pun)...
It is not that they are doing work that "we" wont do, it as that they are doing jobs that we can't do for what they get payed, what started that? I call it "something for nothing"...
There was a dude on the news yesterday who was buried up to his neck when a trench fell in on his dumbass... Guess what, undocumented day laborer who was on the job for the first day.......HELLO, think there will be a lawsuit?, Think the dipstick contractor will get sued, no,. I'm betting the homeowner......I would also bet a large portion of my large union salary that the homeowner did not know there were illegals working on his home. English, Why do i need to even need to learn a little English? The state will provide anything I need in espanol....
BTW, This worker was doing the work of someone who should have been properly trained, and obviously paid better then he probably was, that takes a good job from a legal citizen that would love to have the opportunity to live a better life and be able to pay some taxes...
So spare me the story that "these people" just need a leg up, when they have enough cash from our country, do you think they spend it here? Yeah whatever......They retire in a small shack back in Mexico while every generation after them comes here and rapes this country further...
I will not be returning to this thread because it makes me want to kick the crap out of something....
One more note, my dad was born in England and worked with a Green Card until he went and applied for and got his US citizenship, owned and operated a business for thirty years and payed taxes every day of his life, he is now retired and lives in the same house he has owned for 25 years....
Rant soooo over... Peace to all and sorry for the soapbox speech.
Mods you can ban me if necessary, but it is just my opinion, don't mean to offend.
If a day goes by and you have learned nothing, I hope you got a lot of sleep.