"I'm 63 & I am tired" by Robert A. Hall. sent to me by ecaman, thanks Bob

"I'm 63 & I am tired" by Robert A. Hall. sent to me by ecaman, thanks Bob

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 Christians 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 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.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 1:43 PM

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I'll be 61 this year. I'm very glad I'm older. It's the pits when you look forward to checking out, but that's the way it is. There's nowhere left to go.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
4 years 15 weeks ago, 3:34 PM

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since 2003 and have about the same attitude.
I want to go everywhere I can while I'm still
able and don't have to have permission.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 3:09 PM

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Tired

Sam, I sent this on because it struck such a chord with me. I'm 70 now, and I'm sicker and tireder (more tired?) than is Mr. Hall. If I tried to write such an article no one would publish it, because there's no way I could keep it clean enough for general publication. I can often maintain my composure and sound rather (or somewhat) reasonable, but when I start thinking and talking about the things Mr. Hall raised in the article I get so God damned mad that I revert to my raising and start screaming & cussing. I can rarely recall a sentence out of my Daddy's mouth where he didn't cuss, so I come by it honest (as they say in rural Texas). These asshole motherfuckers that rail against all the things that made America great get me so mad that I start ranting like a wild man.
Sorry. I was about to go off, so I had to take a couple of minutes & walk around the house.
The people who criticize America have contributed absolute zero toward anything that would actually improve it. I agree that there are things that should be criticized, but I think that the main thing is these people who never have anything positive to give their country.
Sorry again. I have to stop, because I'm about to lose it completely.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 3:12 PM

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good space and oxygen and deserve neither.

4 years 15 weeks ago, 3:14 PM

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ecaman,

never truer words were spoken!!!!

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 3:26 PM

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Did you read Tony Blankley's column in Rasmussen Reports today, about the health care bill, and the way it was handled? He's excellent at utterly castigating his opponents without once using profanity. Reminds me at times of William F. Buckley, who was the master of this.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 4:51 PM

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Ok ..my turn..

I've been blessed guys.. i'll be 62 in may, and in a lot of ways i feel like the luckiest man in the world.. Yeah were fighting the prostate crap, but even there i'm blessed to be able to have this procedure coming up that might just make that ok..

Were fortunate enough to have a family that might fall short of the "Clevers" but has no major issues out side of a couple of beautiful g-kids who we cant spend as much time with as we'd like. Our Mortgage is about 20% of the worth of the home, and the vehicles are all paid for..

I'm a lucky man and (quite literally) thank the good Lord for our blessings every day.

Gloria and i attribute all we have to pretty much one thing.. We were both raised poor.. and that's a capital P poor.. but with Values.. we were both lucky in this, we had folks who loved us enough to put thier foot down, and teach us the value of hard work, and how to earn something before we had it. I always liked the layaway thing.. you bought it.. but you didn't get to take it home till you had payed for it..

Maybe more layaway and less credit is the answer, I don't know.. I do know that money does not make a damn bit of diffrence in character.. Its all about work ethics, and values.. and I know that i'm a lucky man.. Plus ive got buds on gunslot i can ramble and rant to.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:01 PM

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if you have any idea how poor
a Navy brat was ? Her dad retired
Navy then retired ATEC. He got to
inspect missile silos in the mid-west.
Told her he made Popsicle sticks.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 4:56 PM

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I'll be 63 who will be 64?
Yall know we have turned into those
old men we used to laugh at don't ya

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:28 PM

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How did this shit happen?

4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:33 PM

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ebear, You're not my type

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:35 PM

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Where in the hell is Tombstone?
What highway?

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:38 PM

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Look for Benson AZ on I10. Close to NM
just southeast

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:41 PM

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looking for a real city not a small town.
Last time I was in Az I was 5 years old

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:44 PM

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Waco,Tx to Tombstone,Az to Eagles Nest Nm back to Waco

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:44 PM

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Runaway is at Sierra Vista.
SW of Tombstone.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:46 PM

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You'll never forget

the Tombstone to Eagles Nest part.
I guarantee that!

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:50 PM

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Hows that Vaq ?

take 191 up to 40 and across?
Watch out for Injuns?

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:54 PM

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191 to 40

That is the "scenic route" you've always heard of.
Absolutely beautiful in a hostile kind of way.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 6:09 PM

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be able to join up with gregAz in Tombstone
and go to Eagles Nest together around
Memorial Day.
Wow 950 miles Waco to Tombstone
690 Tombstone to Raton,Nm
Raton,Nm to Waco,Tx 642
hummmm 2,300 mile trip
Looks like fun ahead

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 6:48 PM

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Sounds like a nice trip.
I hope you get your road warrior britches on.
Check out stops at Springerville/Egar on 191 in AZ. Quaint but not weird, just isolated.
Also might consider a short side trip to Window Rock on the reservation near Gallup off 40.
( Cheap Turquoise, happy spouse ) type deal.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:48 PM

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Runs don't shoot

I'll just be on a senic tour and get the
hell back to Texas LMAO

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:04 PM

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The shooting may not be me. My two year old pulled the trigger on my M4 at the range today and loves it. Damn it, time to get a gun locker.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:38 PM

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have a slug of your beer.
My mother caught me sneaking her cigs.
She told me when I was old enough to
buy my own I could smoke. Little did
she know I would be punching a time clock
at 13. 1st paycheck I bought a carton and
took em home.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:06 PM

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Southern Arizona is a beautiful place to see from inside a car. but once you get out, it's hot and everything has fangs, thorns, or spines. And people fucking love their fences around here. The area you'll be driving has a few hippie communes a ways off the highways and people have fences that ain't guarding shit. "Damn it, this here's MY dirt and ain't nobody gon git it"!!

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:13 PM

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fangs thorns or spines

Runs, you ever been on the abandoned RR bed from SV to Benson?
"Wetback Highway".
Apparently the don several layers of clothing to "run the gauntlet".
Nearly every bush,you know which ones, has an article of clothing stuck in it.
They shed that layer and continue north.
Gotta be naked by the time they hit I10.
LOL

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:42 PM

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We got into the fangs

When we went to Chaco Canyon NM
2 yrs ago. My wife had to show me NM
She grew up in Albuquerque.
Navy brat, born in San Diego.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 7:57 PM

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later guys

time for me to check the forecast and hit the sack.

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