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Letter: Senior Citizens, This Is Us!

web posted January 19, 2016

Dear Editor,

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to
an analysis of census data.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases  dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers"  getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a  little slower these days and our eyes and  hearing are not what they once were. We  worked  hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old together.

Yes, we are the ones some refer to  as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into  consideration.

In school we studied English,  history, math, and science, which enabled us to lead America into  the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of  us with firsthand experience. We  remember the days of telephone  party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our  homes. For those of you who don't know what an  icebox is,  today they are electric  and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few
things you need to  remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The  Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We  wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends  on  the  battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America; we  fought for  the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.

We know the words to the  “Star  Spangled Banner,”  “America,” and “America the Beautiful” by heart, and you may even see  some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel  no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .

Yes, we are old and slow these  days but rest assured, we have  at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now  we are going to save it. It is our country and  nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America  against all  enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to  keep. There  are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no  going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people  of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic
Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which  in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies." You youngsters have  tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found  you don't like it after all. You make a lot of  noise, but most are all too interested in  their careers or "Climbing the  Social  Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting.
 
Many  of those  who fell for the "Great  Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all the education we  gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through  the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.' Now you're  paying  the price and complaining about  it; no jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes,  and less  freedom.  This is what you voted for and  this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of  Liberty, and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here,  and in 2016 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like, but  we get where we're going, and in 2016  we're going to the polls by the millions.

This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes  of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Eric Holder. It belongs to "We the People," and "We the
People" plan to reclaim our land and our  freedom. We hope this passing  it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the  Pledge of Allegiance, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor  our country, and thank God
 for the old geezers of the "Gray-Haired  Brigade."

God Bless America !






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