|Ed Gooding (VA) ||
Posted 05-19-2022 at 05:26:22 [URL] [DELETE]
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Growing old in a country you no longer recognize
Growing old in a country you no longer recognize.
Those of us who were part of the Baby Boom generation, now in our 60s and
70s, we no longer recognize the nation in which we grew up. We are strangers in
a land that gets stranger by the day. We believed in the American dream. We
worked hard, paid our taxes, and obeyed the law —even laws we thought
were idiotic. We married and had children. We struggled to raise families.
Some of us went to war, like our fathers and grandfathers before us. We
thought that when we grew old, there would be more for us – more than
alienation. Most of us don’t recognize Biden’s America. Patriotism has
become passe. Our military is led by men who are social workers and
politically correct hacks. They can’t fight, but they’re great at getting soldiers
to use preferred pronouns and combating imaginary racism in the ranks.
Giant corporations have replaced individual enterprises, which – in many
cases – have been taxed and regulated out of existence. Government
bureaucrats and corporate executives are like the pigs and men at the
end of Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” We look in vain for a Ronald Reagan, a
Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt. Instead, we find corrupt clowns like wizened
Nancy Pelosi, Commissar Ocasio-Cortez (the Cuban pinup girl selling
socialist snake oil), and our president – a cranky septuagenarian slipping
noisily into senility. If we’re white, we’re told that we are responsible for every
problem that plagues people of color. That’s right, we’re to blame for
the roughly 70% of black children born out of wedlock (we forced their
parents to behave irresponsibly), just as cops are to blame for the deaths
of thugs who threaten their lives. Savages who burn down cities are hailed
as heroes and celebrated as warriors for social justice.
Mayors take down statues of Washington and Columbus and commission
murals of George Floyd.
If you’re white, you’re also responsible for slavery, segregation, the Wounded
Knee massacre and Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
Racism is in our blood, they tell us. Remember, throughout the course of
human history, racism has never existed anywhere but here.
By “despoiling the earth,” we’re also responsible for climate change.
If we end up paying $7-a-gallon for gas – well, it’s our own damned fault.
Forget racial minorities. Now, we’re told that there are “sexual minorities” --
that people who used to be considered odd are in fact oppressed. And that a
man who thinks he’s a woman in fact is a woman – and is entitled to use the
ladies’ room with our granddaughters. And if we refuse to accept this bizarre
fantasy, we are hateful!
What passes for entertainment is sickening – all blood and gore, sadistic
killers, aliens who pop out of people’s stomachs, and monsters in various
guises. We search in vain for contemporary movies with characters we can
admire or at least care about. So, we retreat to a cinema of the 40s and 50s on
On top of living in a country that’s unrecognizable, we can’t even afford to
live here anymore. You need a second mortgage to buy a steak. A
hamburger and fries at McDonald’s are a gourmet feast.
Filling up the tank is agonizing. Inflation is at a 40-year high and accelerating,
and politicians tell us it’s because the government isn’t spending enough.
Our parents could retire at 65, in the mortgage-free home they bought in their
30s. We’re still working at 75. Retirement is a distant dream. We’re working to
provide benefits for illegal aliens, addicts, and loons who camp out and
defecate on the streets and steal from the corner store at will.
Many of us are the grandchildren of immigrants, a fact of which we are proud.
Our people helped to build this country. But we witness with unalloyed horror
the tide flowing across our southern border unimpeded. The middle class
views them as criminals, gang members, and mooches. The Democratic party
sees them as voters. We can’t defend our own borders but are expected to
defend those of distant lands.
This used to be an English-speaking country. Now it’s ballots in 20
languages, court interpreters, and press one for English or two for Spanish.
Our feeble president (who’s been sucking on the federal teat for half-a-
century) is unable to perform his Constitutional duties, but has successfully
waged war on domestic energy production. We went from energy
independence to beggars with a gas can in a matter of months. The corpse
that walks says climate change is the biggest threat to our national security –
along with transphobia.
Washington sputters about Putin’s war on Ukraine, but imports 670,000
barrels of Russian oil a month. While he lets pipelines rust and our oil, coal
and natural gas remain in the ground, Biden pleads with the Saudis to pump
more – and is thinking about imports from the Marxists of Venezuela and the
jihadists of Iran, both Russian allies. Apparently, oil from anywhere outside
the U.S. doesn’t pollute.
Officeholders for life treat us like mentally-challenged children. They snicker
at those who pay their exorbitant salaries.
So, we limp along into old age, too proud to go on the dole and too stubborn
to just give up.
Besides, surrendering now would be a betrayal of the America that once was.