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Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 05-19-2022 at 05:26:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 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
    TCM.
    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.
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    Jim Rushford, CA    Posted 05-20-2022 at 10:07:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Well said.

    Dean    Posted 05-19-2022 at 08:08:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Growing old in a country you no longer recognize
  • I rarely read long posts but this one is well worth the read.

    Thanks for posting.

    Dean

    Vito    Posted 05-19-2022 at 07:42:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well written piece and pretty much sums up how I feel about the current state of affairs.

    Vito

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