Saturday, October 02, 2010

"The gray haired brigade."

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 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, 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, 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

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 Grey Haired Brigade is here, and in one
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 Man
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.

With thanks to "anonymous" who penned this.

Tom Ford

NO. 814


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you still have your hair regardless of the color.

7:53 PM, October 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. May we stop progress toward the same catastrophic government Europe created. One would think we would learn by example

8:21 PM, October 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now ... Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus." – John F. Kennedy, Nov. 20, 1962, president's news conferenc

10:18 PM, October 02, 2010  
Blogger Crestwood Independent said...

10:18 PM Blogger: It was right to do then and it's even more right now.

Just think if we did that in Crestwood for our businesses what could happen.

Tom Ford

8:15 AM, October 03, 2010  
Blogger Crestwood Independent said...

Today in History:

"1908 – The Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna. Its function today has been taken over by the New York Times."

(Thanks Dale.)

Tom Ford

8:37 AM, October 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI Pravda means TRUTH in Russian.
Now there's an oxymoron.

9:26 AM, October 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article was written by Wayne Leeper. It and others like it appear on his website, "A Land Called America."

6:04 PM, November 18, 2010  
Blogger Crestwood Independent said...

6:04 PM Blogger: Thanks for setting the record right on the author!

I am very happy we can give him the recognition due for this excellent piece.

Tom Ford

6:27 PM, November 18, 2010  
Anonymous Valerie Brown said...

On this, the 10th anniversary of 9-11, I, too, would be considered a member via my age of 61. This generation doesn't want to work for what they want; they seem to have such a sense of entitlement!! It's absurd! You reap what you sow.
So. calif.

3:26 PM, September 11, 2011  

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