Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm tired too, but at 57

"I'm 63 and I am 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 mandrassa 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 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.

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


  1. Hal, this is the best article I have read in years. I can't argue with anything. They are my thoughts.

  2. Hal,

    This is a wonderful article!! My husband and I agree with everything in this article. If only I knew how to e-mail this to everyone I know, I would, this is a must read! All governments local, state, and federal need to stop the spending without any accountability. People must be responsibile for their own actions. If they cannot afford the home the CANNOT purchase it. I agree the some measures must be made for the "real poor" not the I just want to watch my flat screen T.V. and collect my government check. There has to be reform in social programs and some must be cut altogether!! My parents helped us by our first home--not the government. And we had to pay them back every cent. AS IT SHOULD BE!! They worked very hard for their money also, no hand outs!! We are not sure when all this started with the hand outs but it has to stop!!

    If you do not like this country as many hollywood stars claim, why do they stay!! LEAVE!! Mr. Michael Moore should set up his own rehab program on his multi-million estate and pay for it himself, since he feels the country is not doing enough. We are taxed enough!! We cannot give anymore!! EARN YOU OWN MONEY and STOP TAKING OURS!!

    Had to vent!!

    Joe and Angie

  3. Hal, this states a lot of things that are wrong with our country. Tired, tired, tired, boy do I understand how this man feels. I'm sure a LOT of hard working Americans feel the same way. I believe in helping the down and out, but where has the work ethic gone? Thanks so much for posting this story. Bonnie

  4. Maybe we all need a little dose of courage to stand up for the kind of common sense things that are in this piece. The greatest threat to this country isn't a bunch of arrogant politicians, it's an apathetic electorate, afraid of taking a stance, speaking up or getting involved. We are beyond the point of being afraid... we are at the point where we need to call upon the very American spirit that made us great to begin with!

  5. Hal good story and I will be passing it on, thanks.

  6. You must be kidding...praise for this? Being an Atheist, I don't feel this is a Christian nation and things like this make my point. Jesus must have been a socialist as he commanded his followers to sell their belongings, and help the poor. Every man for himself and screw the rest of the world. We got here in this country by helping each other. Good thing people were not so selfish during the barter system, building the frontier, and each step along the way in developing this nation.

    Work ethic... good thing the slaves had good work ethic or most of the wealthy in this country would have had to work for their own fortunes. Immigration was fine back then when they worked for free, now that they want minimum wage, they are not wanted.

    And you want to talk about freedom, how about the japanese americans that were rounded up and thrown into camps? And now we torture, eroded the 1st and 4th amendments and deregulated those wealthy corporations to the point of destroying the gulf.

  7. To Anon June29...There are none so ignorant as those that refuse to learn. What you refuse to believe is still real. I realize that thought would destroy your paradise. If you are happiest being ignorant, then just stay ignorant. GOD BLESS AMERICA! If you don't like America, you still have the freedom to leave. This is the LAND that I LOVE, too bad you don't.

  8. WOW Kate, and you go girl. Yes it is good that we help others, and I have done my fair share of helping others, but at some point people have to help themselves. If we keep giving people freebies then what incentive do they have to do anything for themselves?

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  10. Anon. July 23...I have read this three times, and I still don't understand what you are trying to tell us. I am sorry.

  11. Kate,

    I think the post is spam


  12. Hal, what does "spam" mean? I may have had it when I was a child. I don't think I liked it then, and whatever this is, I don't like it now.

  13. HI Kate,

    Computer spam is called that in "honor" of the canned mystery meat of your youth. BTW, it is still around! SPAM is any posting and/or email that is sent to a wide group of recipients with the hopes that someone who gets it will respond to it nad the sender will get a "valid email" to send more "crap" to you. All those junk emails you get about medications over the internet etc are spam.

  14. Hal--this post is great! I am a firm believer in offering a hand-up not a hand-out. Helping is what we should do but the help we offer should then used to make individuals more self-sufficient.