Recently, a hometown friend and fellow prepper sent me the following letter and I saw that within the forwarding sequence someone wrote “VERY PROFOUND READING”. I couldn’t help myself and had to respond, so I dissected Mr Hall’s foolish gibberish for the obvious partisan nonsense it contains. What happened shortly after I sent my response (cc’ing everyone else, as well) is worthy of scrutiny, for it shows how ignorant some people are (the person who originally sent it is a good person and has yet to reply: all names are removed except for the original letter’s author, Robert A. Hall, who apparently was a Massachusetts state senator). After searching I found the original here. I tried to comment directly on his blog, but it would not allow me.
Read and enjoy, then offer your critique.
“I’m 63 and I’m 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 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 .
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 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 #@*# 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 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!
—— End of Forwarded Message
My response to the original:
I find very little “profound” in this diatribe. Just more of the same old tired, left versus right, Conservative is better than Liberal, Republican over Democrat crapola.
He acts as if Islam is evil and Christianity is saintly, yet this “Christian Nation” never stops its continued assault on Muslim people (or anyone, for that matter) for their resources and domination.
The man seems to think that anyone (with the exception of very few who are sick or lost their job, UNLESS they live in a Mcmansion – and I don’t know a single one of that type) without a job is doing so on purpose, without acknowledging that it was BOTH parties complicit in the NAFTA’s and every other SHAFTA sending our jobs away to other countries so Corporations can get even richer… all the while forcing Americans to degrade their standard of living, instead of raising the rest of the world’s.
I wonder why he doesn’t address the vast chasm between the rich and poor and how it grows even more?
He is a racist, obviously, but wouldn’t have a problem with Condi Rice being the POTUS, except for the fact that she was complicit in most of the hegemony occurring in the Middle East.
He has no clue, whatsoever, about what addictions are and cannot seem to make the connection that drug usage is, in fact, a mental issue that once a person has that drug change his brain chemistry, they find it virtually impossible to stop. And he doesn’t really address the fact that MOST addicts take prescription drugs… not illicit drugs. The fact that he seemingly never even tried marijuana doesn’t make him uncool, but simply shows he has NO knowledge about the subject. The fact that it is a medicine and can kill cancer should at least be presented, but no.
He is afraid of tolerance towards other cultures, while spouting about Christianity, but I wonder what the Christ would say (no, I don’t wonder, I KNOW what He said and it is in contradiction to this man’s thoughts).
He is tired of “liberals and journalists” that don’t allow their children to serve in the Empire’s murderous, illegal and immoral campaigns of terror, without mentioning that most of those that were in the Admin with Condi got deferrals and never served either. Cheney, Friedman, Limbaugh, BUSH and on and on and on. What a hypocrite.
When he writes: “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?”, is he suggesting that it is now OK for Americans to be like they are? That we should render ourselves as torturers and defend the atrocious actions that were implemented (based over lies about who and what did 9/11)?
Is the man ignorant that most of the examples he lists were in response to our murderous rampage in the Middle East, again based over lies from a neocon agenda set out long before 9/11? Can he truly be this clueless or is there an ulterior motive?
Probably just clueless and brainwashed like most “right” wing ideologues willing to believe anything as long as a demoRat isn’t elected. But look at what the reTHUGlicans have wrought upon us.
Look, they both suck. They are no different from each other except in very insignificant ways. The very basis of it all is Empire and hegemony: something our Founding fathers were adamantly against and extremely vocal about that (just read Washington’s farewell address).
Sorry. He is just another ideological brain-washed numbskull that doesn’t even mention that most of our issues are caused by the very hegemony and money spent to control the rest of the world and steal their resources. He’d rather complain about poor people and what Rush is telling him than actually address the real issue. That is pitiful, but totally expected.
It is this very thing (the bogus two party divide) that I want to transcend. I’m sick of it and a 63 year old marine that doesn’t address the real issues is only making it worse.
And, please, I am not defending demoRats. They are complicit in the evil and are no better. Perhaps slightly worse in certain areas, but overall, they, too, continue the Empire. No real difference in matters of most importance.
I want to get beyond the general water-carrying for the Empire and the two “sides” that are only really one entity.
We must get past this sickening continuation of the false divide if we are to make it as a nation.
Within 9 minutes I received this reply from someone on the cc list:
I got so bored with your comments, that I couldn’t finish reading it… “Focus “
I ignored it. Then in 2 more minutes the same person sent this (she is the only one of the 18 people copied who responded at all):
Spoken like a true “give me, give me, I can’t do it, crying, blame it on others, type person. I could also add “ Blind ”and walking in the Dark… Oh, and since you e-mailed me, and I dont’ know you, you deserve this.. just sayin
Thank you, just sayin, for confirming my view about America’s gullible, clueless sycophants. You know nothing about me: how rich I might be or how self-sufficient I am. Yet, you show how “blind” ideologues can’t see past what Rush wants them to think.
Have a nice day (I simply replied to my friend’s email). Sorry you can’t handle the truth, but I really don’t expect any difference.
Thank you, BuelahMan, for your confirmation of the ignorance on your part and those like you. The evidence that you care more, do more, and noone can handle the Truth but you…is laughable. You have a nice day as well.
Your silver spoon is about to fall from your lips. Catch it and then go beat a poor person to death with it. OK?
I’m sorry I don’t have time to speak to you, I am working & Paying my Taxes! Since you apparently do have time, spend time helping the needy, instead of talking about it. Once again, have a good day.
Funny, Ms sayin, that a very busy person, such as yourself, takes so much time “getting the last word”, but doesn’t have the brains to actually digest and explain what she finds incorrect about the detail I offer.
I call people like you “ass-kissing sycophants” (you’ll likely need a dictionary for that one).
Now, write back after you get this and I won’t reply. You can have the last word, even tho you haven’t made any real effort to tell me where I am incorrect in anything that I wrote. You know, like an intelligent person would.
Rush would be proud of you.
Me? I think you are a dumbass.
To be so intelligent, you use profanity, you also reference violence with the “Beat a poor person to death comment” Call me names all you want to, I will not stoop to your level… Good day again.
>>> YAWN <<<
At this point I did stop the worthless “debate”. But notice what happens with debating an ass-kissing sycophant. She refused to read the information in whole and immediately offended me, even tho by her own admission she didn’t know what it said. Duh? I just don’t listen to bullshit any more without my snarky retort, especially when it comes from a person obviously hell bent on defending an ideology shown to be tearing this country apart. I was very open about this and even copied the original friend on all the discussion, so she would know exactly what was said between the two “friends” of hers.
How do you deal with someone like this? I obviously just take them to task, but is that the best process? I don’t know any other. At least she wanted me to have a nice day.
I’ll leave it there, Hometown friend. I wonder if she even read what I wrote or just has so few thinking brain cells that she is incapable of honest evaluation of my words.
She certainly doesn’t understand snarks. But she does get her “last word”.
Take care and you can have her. She will be zero help to you or anyone else when the SHTF.
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