Pulse of America

I received two emails this week that I wanted to share with my audience.  While I can't say they speak to every person in our country, I am confident that a large number of you will agree with much of what these two gentlemen wrote.  Without further ado here they are.

"I'm 75 and I'm Tired"

I'm 75
Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National
Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious
health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly
40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my
income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as
though retirement was a bad idea, 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
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 out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques
and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in  Australia ,  New Zealand ,
UK ,  America and  Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to
fund a church, synagogue or religious school in  Saudi Arabia or any other
Arab country 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
or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I'm tired
 of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all
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 really 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.

I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and
early 20's be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making
themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government. 

Yes, I'm damn tired.
 But I'm also glad to be 75. Because, mostly, I'm not
going to have to see the world these people are making.
I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and her children.
Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in. 

Quite a bit of sentiment there.  How do you feel about what you just read?  Angry? Resigned? Fired Up?  Apathy?  If you aren't at least a bit bothered by the state of our country from the view of these two gentlemen you have to ask yourself why?  Take a look around you and figure out who and what you can affect in your local community that will change things for the better.  It is one thing to recognize there is a problem, but it is a much bigger benefit to solve that problem.