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‘Old’ as in February 2009.

by The Old Jarhead at TartanMarine

I’m Tired

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 McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters 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 leftwing 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 religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay 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 President 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 in 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.

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» 16 Comments

  1. Moe tom

    December 1st, 2012

    Good letter, but at 63 he’s just a kid. How do you think s older vets feel? Semper Fi

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  2. Corky

    December 1st, 2012

    I hate that he has IPF–terrible prognosis.

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  3. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 1st, 2012

    I think the whole thing should be added to the Bill Of Rights.

    Right on My Hall.

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  4. chiefillinicake

    December 1st, 2012

    Thank you, sir.

    We’ll handle it.

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  5. dogzilla

    December 1st, 2012

    I’ve had a couple of email exchanges with Robert Hall since he wrote this post. He is a good man who has served our country for most of his life, and he is very generous.

    It’s heartening to see his illness hasn’t stopped him from blogging yet as he, and we, feared it would. Thanks for bringing this wonderful post of his to your readers.

    Now to visit the Old Jarhead. I’ve got some catching up to do.

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  6. MAJ Mike

    December 1st, 2012

    Its a shame that this is considered somehow radical.

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  7. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 1st, 2012

    Ma Hall – dang it

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  8. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 1st, 2012

    MR HALL – wt…

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  9. Nutjob

    December 1st, 2012

    The progs and libs would still be blinking and staring into space if they read this.

    I think everyone who voted for Romney feels the same way, the hard part is going to be reversing the current fuckups policies especially being 51% believe in big gubment or the nanny state.

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  10. venturaguy

    December 1st, 2012

    Almost as old (62), almost the same work history – just as tired – and more than a little angry

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  11. Bad Brad

    December 1st, 2012

    Chief:

    “Thank you, sir.

    We’ll handle it.”

    I wish I had you optimism. The one shiny spot I see out of this bull shit is I’m running into a lot of young people that are all of a sudden discovering work ethic. Maybe they will step up and join the fight.

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  12. Eric

    December 2nd, 2012

    Nice post Claudia, but,, People look at the date of the original post, and read some of the 900 comments still available, it’s an interesting study in American history, from 2009.

    Things have been getting much worse since this was written FOUR years ago.

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  13. Moe tom

    December 2nd, 2012

    What Eric said. Ten thumbs up.

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  14. Roadmaster

    December 2nd, 2012

    I am 63, still working and not physically tired, but mentally wrung out from fighting a losing battle.

    Instead of supporting good people who could never get elected in the corrupt, dishonest, dhimmicrat controlled system, I will now confront; all of the dirty city council pukes and crooked county commissioners, my own Congresscreep, Raul “Greasy” Grijalva, and which ever loony Liberal steps out into the public square to slather on more of their “it’s for the children” or “social justice,” I’ll be there, in their faces.

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  15. Shminky

    December 2nd, 2012

    Mr. Hall is still with us and still writing his blog, and he sounds less tired, more vigorous. What he writes is too coherent and artfully phrased to be called ranting, and is all the more admirable and effective for that. He’s not giving up yet. Long may he thrive–and post!

    His autobiography, The Good Bits, is available through several sources, including Amazon’s Kindle pages: http://tinyurl.com/cqpqbru

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  16. Picled Liver

    December 2nd, 2012

    Amazed he could put it all in one writing without losing his temper! I’m tired – and pissed off!

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