"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the
government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
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 have
worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and 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 about 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 way we are 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 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 'Cool-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 2012
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 2012 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 and Harry Reid. It belongs to "We
the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.
We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and 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 "Grey-Haired Brigade."
Grey-Haired Brigade Member
- posted 10 years ago