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#1 Shlomi of Vulcan

 

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 03:14 AM

"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 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 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 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.

Edited by Shlomi of Vulcan, 15 April 2010 - 03:18 AM.

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#2 JulesLuvsShinzon

 

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:46 AM

I'm tired of Shlomi using this subforum to promulgate a load of right wing rants.

Edited by JulesLuvsShinzon, 20 April 2010 - 09:47 AM.


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:27 PM

I'm tired of Shlomi using this subforum to promulgate a load of right wing rants.



What! Would it be better if this subforum were used for us to always have to put up with your rants (left or right as the case may be)?

This is called the Political Discussion subforum for a reason. If one cannot take the political heat, then one should stay out of the political forum kitchen.

Thankfully, this forum is still based in the United States where opposing points of view are still Constitutionally allowed, even when it pisses others off. Perhaps us right-winged whack-jobs simply have thicker skins than the puny cry-baby left.
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:48 AM

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What! Would it be better if this subforum were used for us to always have to put up with your rants (left or right as the case may be)?


What, you STILL don't know my politics by now? :rolleyes:

And you well know that I'm not suggesting that this subforum should be for the sole use of me or any other member, it's just that you ARE the biggest ranter here and you're always starting threads like this. I can't see the point unless you want to attract my attenton! >_< I don't see any of my Liberal brethren starting threads for Liberal propaganda in anything like the same degree.

This is called the Political Discussion subforum for a reason. If one cannot take the political heat, then one should stay out of the political forum kitchen.


Oh don't worry on my account Shlomi - I can definitely take the heat, especially as it's mostly of the luke-warm kind of recycling right wing rants plundered from elsewhere. The question is Shlomi, can you? :naughty3dg:


Thankfully, this forum is still based in the United States where opposing points of view are still Constitutionally allowed, even when it pisses others off. Perhaps us right-winged whack-jobs simply have thicker skins than the puny cry-baby left.


Not according to your response they don't! I'm looking forward to testing just how thick that skin is Shlomi! :buttrock:

And, what's more, I'm fascinated as to why you seem to need to assert the Consitutional right to free speech in a country where - just a few years ago - anyone objecting to Bush and his questionble "War in Terror" were condemned as "Un-American". At least in my country I can say what I like about the Prime Minister and the war on Iraq and nobody is going to label me Anti-British.

Edited by JulesLuvsShinzon, 21 April 2010 - 08:50 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:29 AM

I will remind one and all that while it is perfectly permissible to argue the merits and cons of one another's views personal attacks will not be allowed.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:06 PM

Right you are sir!! :busted_cop:

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 03:45 PM

MUST PROVOKE JULES!.......MUST PROVOKE JULES.......ah, you get it! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Edited by Shlomi of Vulcan, 21 April 2010 - 03:46 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:15 AM

Ah ha! The game's afoot!! :naughty3dg: :naughty3dg: :naughty3dg:

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 03:49 PM

Ah ha! The game's afoot!! :naughty3dg: :naughty3dg: :naughty3dg:

Will you two please just behave? (refer to custom title)
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 09:30 PM

Will you two please just behave? (refer to custom title)


Jules and I are just having fun at your expense Sev. Posted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:06 AM

Yeah I got that, thanks :P
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