FW: The Gray-haired brigade

Date: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM
Subject: The Gray-haired brigade
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IN GOD WE TRUST  


The Gray-Haired Brigade.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "baby boomer" 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, worshipped 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, ten 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 and 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 home of the brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangle 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 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 and "Climbing the social ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. It appears that we care more about our grandchildren than some care about their children. 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 Gray Haired Brigade is here, and in a month 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 the Muslim 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 Gray-Haired Brigade.

 George Washington said:   "The price of Freedom is Constant Alertness; constant willingness to fight back...there is no other price..."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have worked hard, raised our children, worshipped our God and grown old together

And where the hell are our Social Security checks?!?

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age.

And yet many of us can't master a simple Google search or make use of Snopes, FactCheck, or spell check.

For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators.

Thanks for the 411 Gramps. I would have never know what the slang "icebox" meant.

A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

Ah, the good old days before government funded highways. Back when women knew their place and you could string up a darkie for any old reason.

We won World War II and fought in Korea and Viet Nam

Meaning you lived through the New Deal and a period where the federal income tax burden was much higher than it is now in our supposedly "socialist" nation.

We can quote the pledge of allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so.

Why did we ever get rid of the traditional Roman salute?

It was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic congress

Actually, if no one under 30 had voted Obama still would have won. But screw those young people who want to exercise their political voices. Don't they know they are only good for dying in pointless wars and supplying tax money for medicare and SS?

You make a lot of noise but most are all too interested in their careers and "Climbing the social ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting

Wait, I thought they voted Obama into office?

No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom

Yup, because the jobs didn't start vanishing until January 2009. Before that it was a chicken in every pot. Yes sir. And those mortgages didn't evaporate because of shady lending practices and unregulated capitalism. Nope, it was all Obama. Though I'm having trouble understanding how the Obama tax cuts relate to "higher taxes".

We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Um... what? So now its a crime to want to make money and live a good life? And how did Obama (who they did but didn't vote for, remember) accomplish giving everyone a fat payheck at the same time he was destroying all the jobs?

his land does not belong to the Muslim in the White House

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!

We have our ignorant racial dog whistle!

We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren.

Yup, because putting a bunch of kooks into office who have stated they want to destroy the social saftey net ad explode the deficit is a great way to ensure that.

I'm also confused about the generations here. If you were a WW2 vet, your grandchildren are likely already adults, possibly with kids of their own. So you then you are lecturing your Baby Boomer kids? Are they the "young" people who put Obama in office? On the other hand, if your grandkids are young or not yet born, then you yourself are probably too young to have served in WW2 or Vietnam. Someone needs to make up their mind.

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.

Honor us, those who are humble yet want desperately to be thanked at every opportunity. Then get your lazy ass back to work. That medicare don't pay for itself you know!

Anonymous said...

"In school we studied...Most of us remember what outhouses were... We remember the days of telephone party-lines, ten 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...."

How nice for you to have had the benefits of TAX-PAYER FUNDED schools, not to mention the benefits of TAX-PAYER FUNDED plumbing, rural electrification, amd roads. But now, of course, it's alll taxcutstaxcuttaxcut.

"We won World War II and fought in Korea and Viet Nam."

Yeah, let's just lump those wars together. No differnece at all.

"We can quote the pledge of allegiance"

But I'll bet you don't know what line wasn't added until the 1950s, do you?

"We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America"

No, but I bet you were (and are) perfectly happy to collect the benefits of your GI Bill, Social Security, and Medicare.

"We know the words to the Star Spangle Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart"

I'd love to put that to the test. Often the biggest "patriots" don't even know how to sing these things.

"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."

Nah, what's there to apologize for? Damn Redskins were in the way of progress, indentured servants deserved their lot, and the negroes benefitted from enslavement and Jim Crow. The US has never made a single mistake, ever.

"It was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic congress."

Maybe there is hope after all.

"You make a lot of noise but most are all too interested in their careers and "Climbing the social ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting."

Project much, baby-boomers?

"No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom."

Well, you've been alive a while, right? You miss the 1950s, right? How about we agree to go BACK to 1950s levels of unionization, bank regulation, and a 90% maximum tax bracket? You know - the good old days, before rich Republicnas ruined the country?

Anonymous said...

Boy I sure slaughtered some grammar rules with my reply (the first one).

ferschitz said...

The usual mish-mash of bull shite. As a boomer, I take issue with this fatuous crap, esp about Viet Nam, which was as much of a b.s. "war" as Iraq. I was out demonstrating hardily against Viet Nam, and with all due respect to those who served, it was US imperialism on steroids. The CIA was totally involved in gun and drug running (as the CIA continues the same practices today, esp in Afganhistan).

Anyone who wants to get all misty-eyed fake "patriotic" over this load of inflated nonsense doesn't have a brain in their gray haired head.

You can tell it's going to be stupidly ignoRANT and not worth the time taken to read by the idiotic "founding fathers" quote that shows up without fail at the end.

I preferred the unironically appended Edward R. Murrow quote that as appended to the nonsensical blather in the prior post about allegedly "chilling news from Ohio" (scary scary).

Welcome to Dumbf*ckistan!

David Koch must've fired his "better" propoganda writers and outsourced the propaganda writing to some third world country, where they don't really know English but just cut & paste from a bunch of old made up stuff. Figures.

Of course, brain dead t-baggerz will lap it all up and feel all patriotic-y or something???

Valeyard said...

When people say, "Baby Boomers," the first things that come to mind are being studious in college, fighting unquestioningly in Vietnam (and somehow WWII?!), and selflessly putting the good of the country above their own careers.

Anonymous said...

One way to help our economy is get rid of the excessive number of old people. Time to take the old dog out into the woods to go hunting.

Daft Greg said...

"We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America"

But you don't mind reciting an oath written by a socialist:

"We can quote the pledge of allegiance"

Bebe 99 said...

Well a LOT of the geezers I know live in segregated retirement villages where the only people they ever see look just like them. They exist in a bubble of their own making, pretending to care about young people, and the military but voting against school taxes and military benefits (or anything that would help anyone else) every time.

You know there was a 20-year period between WW2 and Vietnam, and I suspect this writer and most of his compatriots fit smack between those two wars and hence never served during war-time. So forgive me for suspecting your fake patriotism is made up of a little guilt that you didn't participate and a lot of bluster to pretend that you did.

I'll take any kind of "hope" over the fear you promote, fear of everything that came into existence after 1955. You may win this election, but your days and influence are numbered and we will all breathe a sigh of relief when the ignorant attitudes you embrace are gone from this country.

gruaud said...

One thing about Boomers is true...we're a condescending bunch. This forward exhibits that in spades in addition to the usual teabagger fatheadedness.

katz said...

Valeyard: Yeah, how did they manage to fight in WWII, given that the Baby Boom started in 1946?

And if they think Obama is a Muslim, I seriously doubt they studied history or...well, anything.

Marc with a C said...

"We remember the days of telephone party-lines, ten 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."

We remember leaded paint and gas, leopard-skin coats, CFCs, DDT, Whites-only water fountains, and vibrators that had to be plugged in to a wall. Pepperidge Farm remembers!

"We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America"

No, you fought for the TVA, CCC, FCA, FAP, FHA, CAA, WPA, 90% top marginal tax rate, free public schools, the GI Bill, and government-imposed desegragation and integration. But I suppose things always look a little less socialisty in the rear-view mirror.

"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."

Like the Tuskegee Syphillis Experiments, Memphis '68, Birmingham, the Bay of Pigs, the rape of the environment, and so on.

"Well, don't worry youngsters, the Gray Haired Brigade is here, and in a month we are going to take back our nation. "

Right after Matlock.

Anonymous said...

It's Star-SpangleD Banner, smarty pants.

This makes me very, very happy to be a part of GenX. May I age gracefully and remember not to be such a smug, self-obsessed, narcissistic ignoramus when I talk to the "young folks."

Yeah, here I am selfishly pursuing my career and the "social ladder."


I agree with previous. I don't think these writers actually know anyone outside their bubble.

Hooray4US said...

Please don't take such crappy propoganda as how most Boomers even feel. It's a load of rubbish written by some rightwing think tank to extend the ongoing class war by making incursions into generation gap wars.

It's just a load of rightwing bull crap. Even the rightwing boomers I know don't feel *this way.*

And none of us sit around talking about "ice boxes" and non-flush toilets (but I do remember & used both). So what? So things have changed over the decades. Whatever... The boomers I know, whether left or rightwing, are still busy working, interacting with all generations, and so on.

This isn't representative of almost anyone I know, including so-called "greatest generation" types many of whom have to live in senior living centers.

Dumb beyond words. I would apologize to younger generations, but I won't because I don't know anyone who thinks, acts or believes this kind of junk.

 
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