I’m Tired

Robert A. Hall – 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.

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. Update: People have written to tell me I’d have more sympathy if this was close to me. It is exactly having seen the destruction of alcoholism and heroin addiction in my own family that makes me pretty intolerant of people who are willing to destroy the people around them to indulge themselves.

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. Update: A few people have taken this to indicate some bias against Catholics, based on events 400 years ago. While I think they are either too touchy or fail to understand, I was only trying to say that I have zero problem with Catholics wanting to come to the US, but that I have great concerns about Muslims, as a good % of them do want to kill me, or force their religion and moral code on me.

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 then 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 bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois, where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well.

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 get 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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10 years ago

As a small business owner My husband and I have often work 7 days a week from dawn to dusk for what we have.
You bet we are tired!
Now we have a government that wants to confiscate our earnings to give to someone who has been sitting on their backside for years.

Should I continue to encourage my children to work hard to get ahead?
Has our government killed the American Dream ?

10 years ago

Awesome commentary Robert! We are all tired and I too am concerned for my children and future grand children. May God be with them. It’s sad that so many “Americans” just don’t understand. Not that we have all the answers, we don’t. But this country is moving in the wrong direction and as long as Obama is leading us, things will continue to get worse. We need a leader that will be on their knees every morning asking for guidance from our Heavenly Father. I wasn’t a big Bush fan but at least he knew who his boss was.

John Oliff
10 years ago

Written diatribes to conservative audiences have zero impact on those who continue to shove these policies down our throats. What we need to do is shove our policies up a different part of their anatomy. We should not be resigned to mourn our grandchildrens lack of a future. We should , and hopefully will begin to fight back with ten times their anger and a hundred times their resolve. There is no consequence to the elites when all we do is complain to each other about the idiocy of their plans. …John Oliff

Mike Gilbert
10 years ago

Unfortunately it is true.Those who have run down and try to tear down this wonderful country have not and most often would not do service in the armed forces of this country It is below them.They laugh at those who volunteer to go!They say those people are stupid,they asked to be killed or wounded.Those people are correct! The volunteers stand ready to give up their lives and bodies for something far greater than their personal safety,the continued existence of the GREATEST country in the world.Those who return have earned their place in this land unlike those who just take.

10 years ago

wake-up america-vote-him out

10 years ago

My son-in-law just got back from Iraq (he is 42 – wanted to go so bad I worried about him!), and he is Muslim. He has served this country as a Marine, and also as an Army reservist. He is very upset that everyone who knows he is Muslim thinks he is “one of them”. He is not, many in this country are not, and it is so hard to not hold a prejudice against all of them. Even I have that problem, and I love him dearly. What truly bothers me is that the American Muslim religious leaders have not taken a greater stand to show they ARE different than those we condemn (for good reason).

My kids were raised with work ethics, and I am proud of all of them. I only pray my grandchildren can grow up in a country that recognizes and encouages those ethics. We need a change, alright, and I hope they aren’t going to have to lead a real revolution in their lifetime. Let the buck stop here, let’s all vote and fight for our rights while we still have them to fight for!

Ron Jackson
10 years ago

I recently watched the 1980 movie “Miracle”, about the USA Olympic Hockey Team, having watched probably in 1980 the first and only other time. My immediate thought was that anyone born in that year would be now be 31/32 years old, and what a shame so many have not known, and will never probably know the feeling.

10 years ago

I to will be 63 in one week but due to an unexpected layoff took an early retirement from the best job in my forty years in the workforce. Thank you for your article which are my sentiments and the sentiments of all my close relatives and friends.Let’s get out and vote this November and help future generations!

10 years ago


Glenn Shannon
10 years ago

If we don’t cone out in force and vote to get Obama out of office he will surly win. Don’t forget those 50 percent that pay no taxes, welfare and the vast majority of minorities vote he already has so he only needs a little more to get reelected.

10 years ago

Well stated! Thanks for putting it out there. We have America’s Veterans being treated worse than any welfare receipent. And they are they ones that stood “in stead” of many of those currently tearing our country down – and apart.

10 years ago

I couldn’t agree more!!!!!

10 years ago

Everything that has been said here is just how many of us feel. Our work ethic cannot be matched by much of
todays people. As a nanny for last 30 years I can tell you that too many of the children raised in this world are
being raised to feel to believe it will always be their right to have THINGS with no effort on their part. Its really frightening to imagine what the world will be in next 10-15 years from now. I am and have always worked
in the home raising my family; as well as doing the nanny thing for last 30.

Julia Hines
10 years ago

Thank you for your inspiring article. You put into words what I have been thinking for years. It’s been different for the past three years, though, When all the lights are out and I am in bed with just my thoughts, I start to cry for my country and children and grandchildren, then I get angry! What keeps me going and keeps the fire in my belly is thinking about all the sacrifices from generation to generation for this great country, people such as yourself, my parents and grandparents. If they could do it, so can I ! I’ll give up on America when I’m in the cold,cold ground! By the way, you have inspired me to do even more to help get out the vote this fall. Thank you!

10 years ago

I am tired of “We the people” not doing something about all of this – we can’t just keep taking it. We need to change all of this. I am afraid though that the change will only come will a lot of suffering and pain – we need a revolution to “take back our country”. It will only get better if “we the Peple” make it better. The sad part is neither Mitt or Obama is on the right path. We need a “come to Jesus” moment or movement in this country where we say “enough is enough”. We need to get down on our knees and pray that somehow the change will come.

Dan Starr
10 years ago
Reply to  Walt

I agree that Mitt is not the conservative candidate I’d hoped for. Still, he’s a step in the right direction. Should he win, other, more conservative, candidates will be encouraged and be available for your vote. We didn’t get to where we are overnight and won’t get back immediately. Sorry, but the only way to do that is violent revolution and that’s something I can’t support

Dave Rogers
10 years ago

I could not have said it better!

Bryan Wagstaff
10 years ago

Dang! you made me tired!

kathy schweigert
10 years ago

I feel the same way as the rest of you do. He said this so beautifull and expressed exactly why we, that are older are so scared for our children and grandchildren . We had the opportunity to grow up in such a different world then what is now. All we can do is try and work to changes this as much as we can and pray Gods on are side.

10 years ago

Closing in on 62. I know a few peers who are so embittered that they proclaim they will sit it out and watch it all happen and have a hearty laugh on their deathbeds, though they know better and really do care. DONT be among them, take action, do register and vote in every election annually, no matter how obscure the election cycle. Volunteer in the community, like CD or FD or AP. Mentor a youngster(s) in civic duties, whether scholastic tutoring, reading, mathematics, athletics, chess, scouting’s outdoor skills, nautical professionalism, martial arts, and NRA sanctioned manual of arms indoctrination, if you are knowledgeable in any of these pursuits.

10 years ago

Yes, I am tired too. Seventy two years old, survivor of a US Army retiree killed by Agent Orange. I am so concerned with the future of my children and grandchildren. This Country is being sold down the river by a bunch of communists and socialists and our Muslim in Chief. How in the world did so many of my fellow Americans get fooled by this slick talker? We are all Americans and yet we are talking and acting like we are enemies…and so we are. Unbelievable. I really am tired of all the things you said in your letter. Never asked for a thing in my life and worked until my husband came down with cancer from his military service and then took care of him till he died. Not the way we planned out our retirement. I’m so sad for this country and glad that I won’t be here to see it but so worried about my family. Just really tired and sad…

10 years ago
Reply to  Sue

Thank you, Sue, from the bottom of my heart for what you, your husband and your whole family went through and gave up for our country. I can absolutely understand why you are so tired. Please hang in there and know that there are others who will carry on with the fight for our country so what your husband,you and your family went through will not be in vain. I still believe we have a chance to save our country so your grandchildren will be able to know and experience the REAL United States of America. I hope you’re not too tired to vote!

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