The Grey-Haired Brigade-A Rumination from Miss Hollywood

Most of us receive a ton of email from our friends and relatives.  Our in-boxes quickly fill up with cute jokes, sentimental “drivel”, chain letter-hype threatening dire consequences if we don’t immediately send whatever to 10 to 15 of our nearest and dearest and these days, lots of political stuff.  I don’t know about you, but I’m usually kept pretty busy hitting my “delete” button instead of opening up all these documents.  However, there are certain people that send things to me that are usually pretty good and so I will take the time to open their forwarded email.  My cousin sent me this little article and it hit close enough to home on how CGG feels about some things that I’d thought I’d pass it along to y’all.

It’s nice to know that our thoughts on certain issues are validated not only by the people we hang around with on a day-to-day basis, but by others in that wide spectrum known as the “world out there”!  Because, let’s face it, we all know that not everyone agrees with our positions 100% of the time—political or otherwise.  Our own immediate family may not agree with us on certain issues.  Case in point was my “rumination” on the proposed Mosque at Ground Zero.  Caught a lot of flack on that one from my 23-year-old niece.  She was very irate that I was so “intolerant” of anyone not Christian.  She accused me of being anti-Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc.  Funny, I don’t remember bringing up any of those beliefs in my article.  What I remember saying is we need to get back to our Judeo/Christian roots.  Get back to the belief and trust in God that was the basis of the founding of our Country and in the framing of the Constitution.

I find it very amusing that the people claiming you and I are intolerant are usually the most intolerant of all!  You ever notice that?  Why is that do you think?  Does tolerance mean only thinking the way the other person wants you to think?  I thought tolerance meant I could think my way and you could think your way and we could agree to disagree.  That’s my idea of tolerance anyway.  As for actually changing another person’s viewpoint?  Well, I guess the best way to do that is to enter into an intelligent, educational debate about the issue.  Sometimes the points presented to us to consider do, in fact, cause us to change our mind.  But let me tell ya, accusing someone of being intolerant is not the best approach to getting them around to your way of thinking!

Anyway, our different points of view on things are what make the world go round.  Know what life would be like if we all thought or felt the very same way about everything?  Boor-ring!!!  There are times I’ve wished my life were calmer or saner, but I’ve never ever wished that it would be boring!  Yuck!  Give me challenging mental stimulation anytime!  Tell me what you think, I’ll tell you what I think.  You tell me where I’m off the deep end and I’ll tell you where you’re crazy.  In the end, one or the other of us may come around to the other person’s viewpoint (that’s the sole purpose of a good debate, dontcha know!).  But even if we still end up disagreeing, hopefully, we’ll go away with a new kernel of truth we hadn’t considered before, a new thought to chew on and mull over, and an opportunity to learn something we didn’t know about a subject we thought we knew everything about!

Talking about learning something we didn’t know, did you know:

  1. The U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises respectively?
  2. They voted to NOT give you a Social Security Cost of Living raise in 2010 and 2011?
  3. Your Medicare premiums will go up $285.60 for those two years?
  4. You will not get the 3% COLA: $660/year?
  5. Your total two-year loss and cost is $1,600; or $3,200 for husband and wife?
  6. Over these same two years, each Congress person will get $10,000?
  7. Do you feel SCREWED?
  8. Will they have your cost of drugs, doctor fees, local taxes, food, etc., decrease?
  9. NO WAY.

Congress received a raise and has better health and retirement benefits than you or I!  Do you honestly think they have our best interests at heart?  I don’t think so!  And why should they?  We’ve never done anything about it in the past; no, the only we’ve ever done is keep re-electing these people.

Come November 2, 2010, we will have a chance to get rid of the sitting Congress: up to 1/3 of the Senate and 100% of the House!  Let’s send a message to Nancy, Harry, Chris, Charlie, Barny, Patrick, Tim, et al:  “YOU’RE FIRED!”  We need to send all of them a message that we’re mad and we’re not gonna take it any more!  And just what is “it” that we’re not gonna take?  Their total lack of regard for us, for our wishes, and for our welfare, that’s what.  It’s time for retribution, people!  Let’s take back America!

The other thing we need to do is remind the people we do elect on November 2, 2010 not to screw up because we’re going to be watching them very carefully and if they don’t perform as we expect them to, we will vote them out of office in 2012!

You know, Robert A Williams speaks about a Constitutional Amendment in his 2010 Elections Judicial Recommendations.  Well, maybe it is time for a new Constitutional Amendment:  Amendment 28 which would read as follows:  Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

With that objective in mind, I’m going to pass along what my cousin sent me.  Do I agree with all of it?  No, but I do with most of it!  Nobody better call me “over the hill”, but I’ve heard my parents, grandparents and neighbors talk about the “good old days”.  Am I old enough to have all the memories discussed herein?  Not on your life!  But I read a lot and watch the History Channel so I know about outhouses and crank cars and 10-cent a gallon gasoline.  Ten cents a gallon for gas?  Really?  Wow!  Maybe those really were the good old days!

We did get our milk delivered when I was a little girl (I still have the “milk box” my Daddy made in which the milkman left four quarts of whole milk every week.  What a treasure that milk box is!).  During World War II, my Daddy was in the Navy and served in New Guinea; his fraternal twin, my Uncle Benny, was an Army man who died and is buried in France.  I have a dear friend who is a Korean POW and another dear friend’s husband fought in ‘Nam.  Like you, I know the words to the songs mentioned in the article and we started every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance.  I love my Country and it breaks my heart to see what’s happening to it today.  We do need to re-claim America and re-establish our Judeo-Christian values.  We need to put God first and materialism last.  We need to change our direction before we are so utterly lost there will be no hope of ever finding our way back.  We need to do this with good humor and old-fashioned stick-to-it-iveness

With those thoughts in mind, may I present The Grey-Haired Brigade:
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 of us 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 as well as the Space Age. Many of us remember what outhouses were and have firsthand experience with them. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, ten-cent per gallon gasoline, and home delivery of milk, butter and ice. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and are referred to as refrigerators. A few of us even remember when cars were started with a crank.

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 and fought in Korea and Viet Nam.  We can quote the Pledge of Allegiance and we know where to place our hand while doing so. We fought for our Country with pride and lost many friends and loved ones 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 America, The Star Spangle Banner, and America the Beautiful by heart.  You may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing these songs. 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, 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 and let that happen.

It was the young people of this Nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. They fell for the “Hope and change” oratory, which in reality was nothing but “Hype and lies.” They’ve now tasted Socialism and seen evil face-to-face, and have found they don’t like it after all.

You make a lot of noise, but most of you are all too interested in your careers and “climbing the social ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as Patriotism and voting. It appears that we care more about your children (our grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews) than some of you do.

Many of you 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, home foreclosures, 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 two months 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 November we’re going to the polls by the millions. This Land does not belong to theMuslim In the White House” or to 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!

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