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Since the Vietnam War, what kind of battle are we fighting?

(Mar. 9, 2012) — 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We are probably considered old-fashioned and outdated by many.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 ‘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 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.”


Editor’s Note:  This piece was submitted in response to “Election Day Complacency” by Neil Sankey, published on March 8, 2012.

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  1. Unfortunately, there are many who just do not see it that way.

    The following is a quote from my 70 yr old relative after I sent her that article from the internet archive “WayBack Machine” entitled “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate – Sunday June 27, 2004”:

    [“Do you believe everything you read online? Just askin’.
    Note: I am not a ‘birther’, conspiracy theorist or racist.
    I am an Obama supporter who is proud of my country for
    extending equality to all of its citizens.”]

    HOW MANY of us have relatives and friends with this same mentality?

    And, how on God’s green earth do we WAKE THEM UP? They REFUSE to hear anything different from what they already THINK they know.

    I fervently pray that there are more of YOUR ilk in the Grey Haired Brigade, than hers.

  2. “YAS’SIR~Thank You!! I am circa 1960 U.S. Navy, and I still remember “The Enterprise”, what She Was, IS Now, and forever Shall BE, MY Friend!!
    We who are 70 yrs., growing Old and Senile?? are the ones that Don’t Won’t ever, put the Pick-em-Up Trucks, Beer, Desparate Housewives, Hand-Held Info-Changers and the likes~NEVER, EVER, Before “Freedom, Liberty and The Pursuits of Happiness!! The “Founders” gave us The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and the Federalist’s Papers as Blueprints and Admonishments and Instructions to “Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America from ALL Enemies Both Foreign and Domestic!”
    I, like many, many more of U.S. “‘OLE DUDES” will not stand by and watch America be “Fundalmentally Transformed!” into: “‘DA United SOCIALIST States oV AmeriKa!!”
    SEMPRE FI!!!
    GOD, Bless America!