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I’m 63 and I'm Tired. Just in, e-mail. A must read.

  1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
    OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago

    I’m 63 and I'm Tired

    This should be required reading for every man, woman and child in the United States of America , UK , Canada ,  Australia and New Zealand .

    "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 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 Shariâ?Ta 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 mandrassa 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 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!
    This is your chance to make a difference.
    " I'm 63 and I'm tired.    If you don't forward this you are part of the problem.

    "Never complain about growing old, far too many people have been denied that privilege".

  2. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    "Yes, I'm damn tired." Sounds like you need to get some rest of us.

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    logic,commonsenseposted 5 years ago

    I'm not that old, but I am tired of busting my ass at 2 or 3 jobs,sometimes 80-100 hours a week, pay more tax all the time, just so someone can defraud the incompetent government managers of my money.  I'm tired of politicians working overtime to come up with some new 'feel good' program to give my tax dollars to someone "they" think deserves it.
    Mostly I'm tired of the morons that can't see the reality if it bit them on their ass because their head was in the way.

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      And how many of those that they think deserve help are the poor and how many are the rich?

  4. smalika profile image60
    smalikaposted 5 years ago

    What about all the muslims being killed all over the world, are they not human beings?
    All the killings being conducted by people of other faiths...
    Are all muslims like the way you mentioned?
    Are there not such crimes in the societies of people belonging to other faiths?
    With all due respect, you should examine the religion of Islam and then decide. Many muslims of today have deviated from the scriptures, their acts should not be taken to judge the religion. People who have had interaction with the muslims agree that there are good people, the kindest they have ever met among the muslims and there are bad ones, like every faction has bad apples.
    In Islam there is a system of zakat which explains why people should provide financial help to the poor, maybe you will feel this process is justified if the religion is examined.
    Jerusalem and the Vatican has the same rules as Saudi Arabia, for the muslims the land of Saudi Arabia is as sacred as the Jerusalem and the Vatican is for the jews and christians respectively. You have the freedom to build any synagogue and churches in any part of the world whether a muslim country or not.

  5. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Can't argue with that!

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    tartanmarineposted 5 years ago

    Thank you for posting my piece, "I'm Tired." People who wish to comment on it can find it on my blog: www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com under February of 09. If you liked it, you may also like the posts below, or my almost daily political digest.

    The person who clamed Muslims were as tolerant as others should count the number of public churches and Jewish temples in Saudi Aribia vs. the number of mosques in Christian majority countries. ~Bob

    I’m Tired

    Why the Rich Should be Taxed More
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … -rich.html

    This I believe
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/1 … dated.html

    The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … rican.html

    Reading List for the Educated Voter
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/1 … voter.html

    Seven Rules for Progressives
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/1 … sives.html

    Advice for my Granddaughter
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2011/0 … ghter.html

    My books
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … ished.html

    Economic Facts of Life
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/0 … -life.html

    Why I’m a Republican
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … lican.html

    Change that would fix America
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … erica.html

    I’m dying

    Who’s eating your lunch?
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … lunch.html

    Global Warming Articles
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … icles.html

    Historical figures look at the stimulus bill
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/0 … mulus.html

    Agent Orange Fact Sheet
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/1 … range.html

    E-mail courtesy and techniques
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/0 … iques.html

    A Religion of Peace?
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/0 … peace.html

    Angry Liberals
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2008/1 … erals.html

    When the guardians fail
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2008/1 … -fail.html

    Reading list for the war on Terror
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2008/1 … error.html

    The Next Terrorist attack on America
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/0 … erica.html
    Includes my 1998 column predicting 9/11

    Why the Future Looks Bleak
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/1 … bleak.html

    Sending Jobs Overseas
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2008/1 … rseas.html

    Helping Obama
    http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/1 … obama.html

  7. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    You are lucky you have a job.
    You are lucky you had the advantage of living in a time when people could work one job and have a decent living standard.

    Kids today have no real shot unless their parents have money, or they get lucky....real lucky.

    I'm tired of hearing these people who are responsible, be lionized as American heros. And I mean Ronald Reagan, et al.

    I'm tired of people all of a sudden waking up and blaming the 1st person they see.

    And I'm tired of holding my tongue, so as not to be "just like them"! From now on,I say it too: Some people in America are traitors! Some people should be tried for treason, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Until that happens, I'm tired of how tired people are!!!

    1. rhamson profile image76
      rhamsonposted 5 years ago in reply to this


      "I'm Mad as hell and I am not going to take it"

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago

    You wouldn't have to work two or three jobs if corporate culture hadn't been taught that it was okay to pay people at the bottom of the pyramid very little so that shareholders can take home most of the profits.

    IMHO, it's the workers who should be paid a living wage first, and then shareholders can take home something. I have no issue with people being paid what their labor is worth. I have an issue with people being paid less than their labor is worth.

    You wouldn't be so scared of consequences if the general public hadn't been taught that they can live their dreams (that's how entitlement came to be).

    Here's who I am tired of.

    I am tired of the many people who lived in a time when they could find jobs and where they were able to work hard, and when they did work hard, they actually got something for it.

    Today, millions of us look for work everyday but can't find it. We work hard, so hard we're dropping from exhaustion, and damaging our health, but we still get paid pennies. We get so few paid pennies that we don't earn enough to pay the rent or buy decent food.

    It has been my experience that whenever I meet people who are telling how their hard work earned them all that they have, and how the only reason others don't have this is because they didn't work hard, is because these idiots are aged somewhere above 50 and grew up in completely different times.

    Alternatively, they came from privileged backgrounds and had more opportunities to 'work hard'.

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      logic,commonsenseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Is it that people can't find work or is it they are too picky?  Or they can't pass a drug test?  That is what disqualifies many around here.  There are jobs galore nearby, but you have to work and you don't get $50 an hour for sitting on your keister checking out ebay on the internet.  It pays better than unemployment. 
      Who decides what your labor is worth?  You do. Who decides what your labor is worth to them?  The business who is looking to hire someone.  You do not have the right to tell them it is not enough.  You have the right to refuse to work for that wage. But don't blame them if you don't have a job.
      If it weren't for corporations who do you think would provide jobs, the government?
      Why are you tired of people who aren't afraid of work and are proud of what they do?  Why do you begrudge anyone success?  Isn't that what your goal is, to be sucessful?
      I came from a privileged background by being born in the U.S. and having parents teach me work ethic.  The rest I did on my own.  I have no delusions that an employer owes me anything besides what was promised when I signed on to work there.  I have taken advantage of opportunities that were presented to me because of my hard work and willingness to give the extra effort.
      One job, the previous manager, came back to help part time.  He saw some of the perks I received and whined that he never received those perks and that if he had received them, he would have gone above and beyond.  I replied that I received the perks, because I had gone above and beyond first.  He didn't get it.  Many don't.

      1. lovemychris profile image80
        lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        You are stuck in the past. The "American Dream" is no more.
        It was stolen, in case you haven't noticed.

        Unless you REALLY think the founding fathers envisioned a place where 400 people had more wealth and prosperity than 155 million others combined?

        Errrr, I think they came here to ESCAPE that kind of Feudalism.

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        logic. commonsense...

        I'm curious. Where exactly are you that there are so many jobs galore near you? I think a lot of people would be interested in that.

        The government and academic statistics show that for every one job in the United States, there are five people who want it. It doesn't show that there are jobs at the very bottom that are open and nobody wants them. It shows that there are NO jobs.

        In San Diego, where I lived for 6 1/2 years, 25% of the people are either unemployed or under employed. These include graduates and very hard working people. Some of them have looked for years for work. There isn't any.

        And, perhaps, you live in a tiny little village or something, but the scenario I have painted is pretty much right across the United States.

        No, you do NOT decide what your labor is worth. When there is a cartel, and that cartel decides that labor is worth only $8 an hour, you have the choice of either accepting it or not accepting it. There is no choice of going to find better paying labor if industry has decided collectively to pay everybody the least they can get away with.

        The destruction of unions has completely destroyed collective bargaining.

        Your singular success does not in any way reflect what is going on nationally. For every twenty people who worked hard and did the best they could do, one might get a job and succeed brilliantly. Another ten might do reasonably okay. And another three might get barely get by, while six, despite their every effort, not manage it.

        There are many, many factors involved.

        a) geography
        b) skill set
        c) looks (yes, appearance plays a part)
        d) intelligence (yes, a lot of it is innate)
        e) education
        f) the year of birth which plays a part in the time one graduates and gets a job, and therefore gets experience during the good times. People who leave school in bad times do not develop at the same rate that people who do so in good times do.

        I do not want to spend any more time on this.

        You're free to believe what you want to believe.

        As i said earlier, the only people who believe the stuff you believe are those who are over 50 years old, or who came from a background that permitted them an education. Or they were lucky enough to leave school at a time when there were jobs or something. Believe me, your success is explained by other factors than your hard work. You just haven't been willing to look for those other factors.

  9. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    And btw, those thiefs?
    Watch how much loyalty they show to America!
    When the sh*t hits the fan, they will be GONE....
    Off to another country with all their booty.

    It's an old game, why do you think they made Dubai?

    NO TAXES on your income!!!

    Say hello to Cheney btw, and Erik Prince..guess what else is over there?
    NO EXTRADITION!  That's right...all the crimes they both committed, IN OUR NAME, will go unpunished.

    So yeah...I'm REAL tired of that game.

    Oh, they can escape to Israel too. Maybe that's what the illegal settlements are for....all the criminals can go live there guilt-free!

    Meanwhile, we can listen to the righty's blather on about horrible Obama.....
    I'm SO tired of THAT.