Robert A Hall: I’m Tired

I’m Tired” By Robert A. Hall (original source)
(Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.)

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 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 . 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 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 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 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 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.

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3 Responses to Robert A Hall: I’m Tired

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  2. Tom W. Dorr says:

    If you want ot read a Democrat's response to Robert Hall's "63 and Tired" essay, go to the link below:

    http://www.tomwdorr.blogspot.com/

    You might just be surprised! ;- )

  3. ed phillips says:

    AN OPEN REPLY TO ROBERT A. HALL:

    I’m 73, so I’m older than you, Robert. I started life from so far behind my peers that I had no peers.
    Although I was a straight A student, I had to drop out of school early in order to feed myself.
    I worked doing common labor–mixing mud for block layers; I did all the dirty workd in a noisy factory where the
    typical laborer stayed for no more than 2 weeks; I pumped gasoline, I crawled under houses spraying
    for termites with no protection against the lethal insecticides I was using. I enlisted in the Armed
    Forces as a private in order to improve my lot in life. I went to Vietnam twice to help bring that war
    to an end. I literally had to score at the top of nearly every test put in front of me before I could begin to
    move up. I did and eventually I found a better life. I also earned 3 degrees along the way, and I paid for most
    of it myself. I went on to earn a good living, taught at the university level, and retired–not in comfort–but
    comfortable in the knowledge that I had not asked for a lot out of life except to try to understand it a little
    better. To do that, I had to learn to be open to the views of others, to not accept lies and distortions on
    their face, but to dig for facts and an understanding of what motivates others and where the truth most likely
    exists. I arrived at an entirely different set of conclusions from you, Robert, about life and my place in it.

    First, I learned to stop whining and to start doing. I knew that God had given me the gift of how to use my
    head, not as a receptacle for opinions, but as the most important part of my being. I learned very early that I
    would never become a puppet for anyone’s propaganda. By God, my brain was mine to do with as God had
    given me the power to observe, to study and to understand. So my first lesson really was one of gratitude. I had
    something to be grateful about, and while I failed in many other areas–I have tried to never abuse my gratitude
    for the gift of clear thinking.

    Robert, nobody ever asked you or me to “spread the wealth.” That is part of the propganda from the right. Those
    of us with average incomes do not have much wealth to spread. I have looked into the facts, Robert, and here is
    what I found: Fifty percent of Americans have no net wealth at all (assets minus debts). That is 155 million of us.
    Indeed, the next 30 percent of the population has just 15 percent of the wealth, while the top 20 percent holds 85
    percent of all the wealth. That is such a grossly skewed wealth curve that the top guy holds more than $55 billion
    in wealth. Convert that to a stack of $100 dollar bills–laid flat–and it would reach an altitude of 33.5 miles. Think
    about that curve and those numbers before you repeat the empty utterances from others about who has wealth,
    who owes a debt to others, and who the whiners are and are not.

    Like you, Robert, I have very little respect for Islam–and for many of the same reasons. But I also have very little
    respect for all organized religions. For nearly 800 years the Catholic Church confiscated the property of others,
    tried offenders for “heresy,” tortured some, imprisoned many, and burned far too many at the stake. And just to remind
    you, Robert, heresy is the “sin” of not believing every bit of doctrine put forth by others. I hope you can begin to
    understand why I distrust organized religions so intractably. My favorite thinker from the past is Galileo who was
    himself tried and imprisoned for life by the church for his “outrageous” idea that the sun was at the center of our solar system,
    and all the planets revolved around the sun. Galileo left us this simple reminder that surpasses in wisdom and in grandeur
    every creed, every doctrine, and every sermon uttered by every cleric who ever lived: “I cannot believe that the same God
    who gave us the power to think and to reason, intended us to forego their use.”

    Robert, global warming is a conclusion that is supported by at least 2,500 scientists. While that conclusion could be wrong,
    it is not a subject for debate. The critics of global warming are politicians, not scientists. Don’t be taken in by those who do
    not even understand the concept, and who have no scientific credentials or thinking to bring to the discussion.

    There are many kinds of addictions, Robert, and I believe that no one can use his or her addiction as an excuse for bad behavior.
    The tragedy of addictions, however, is that the addict usually cannot help him/herself recover. That is where you and I as
    grateful nonaddicts, or just as compassionate human beings can offer a bit of assistance. “There but for the grace of God, go I” is
    more than just a saying. I have been recoverying from alcoholism for 27 years.

    I certainly agree that none of us has a right to expect anything as a matter of entitlement–and that includes all those who inherit
    wealth. Sharing wealth from the top down (not from the bottom up) makes a lot of sense in practical terms, in moral terms, and in
    just doing the right thing to solve an abiding problem. I will be glad to debate this issue with you. I have given it a lot of thought and
    I’ve conducted much research into it.

    We also have a common interest about the world we leave behind. The best that most of us can hope to achieve is to say that we did
    the best we could with what we had to work with. And if we are really lucky, we will have one friend who will say about us when it is all over:
    “You did OK.”

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