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This piece was written by Robert Hall, and can be viewed on his blogspotat ( ** )

Am Tired!

This piece was written by Robert Hall, and can be viewed
on his blogspot at



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 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 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
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. UPDATE: It
has rightly been pointed out to me, several times, that I should have included
Canadian, Australian and New
troops here. I offer my apologies
for slighting these gallant allies of freedom.

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

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam
veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts
state senate. He blogs at
Update: Someone attached a picture of Robert D. Hall, an actor,
to some versions and forwarded it on, saying that I was on CSI. We are two
different people, and I am not an actor–unless you count running for public

And to the folks who said I’m Old and should die and get out of the way, I have
IPF, so will comply soon enough.


chilling quote
: “When
you see that, in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who
produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in
goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than
by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them
against you…you may know that your society is doomed.”  Ayn Rand, Atlas


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