“I’m Tired”


By Robert A. Hall

I’ll be 63 soon.  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
around” 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 or stupid 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
.  Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?

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 believe “a
man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his
skin.”  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 US 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 Sarah 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?  I can tell you from personal experience that they do.
Do our troops sometimes misbehave?  They sure do – which is not so
unexpected given the unimaginable pressure that they teenagers and young men
often are under.
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.

The fact is that 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 as well.

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 very 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 Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the
Massachusetts State Senate.

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One Response to “I’m Tired”

  1. I’m tired of 63-year-old jackasses devoid of empathy.

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