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Thursday, July 7, 2016

"I am sad boys and I am tired"

The excerpt at the bottom reminded me of this clip from the 1999 movie Ride With The Devil. 

" I'm 70 and I'm Tired "

By  Robert A. Hall
I'm 70        
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 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 Sharia law tells them to.
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 and Canada, while no American
nor Canadian 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.
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'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.
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 70 - because, mostly, I'm not going to have
to see the world these people are making.  I'm
just sorry for my granddaughters and grandsons. 

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served
five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

H/T to Dale in OH

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