“I’m Tired” – Robert A. Hall Retired Marine Veteran

Written by Kevin Webb
Robert A. Hall (1965 USMC)

Robert A. Hall (1965 USMC)

This is easily the most motivating letter I have read to date regarding the current political atmosphere and the direction our country is headed. Robert A. Hall speaks what is on the mind of millions of Americans. It’s worth reading… more than once. In this letter, Robert A. Hall (Bob Hall) is a perfect example of a stand-up, hard-working American who loves his country, while pointing out some of the important issues that we face today.

It is vital that today’s American generation grabs a hold of the ideals from the past; the lessons learned from honesty, hard work, service and sacrifice. Robert Hall is an inspirational gem for today’s youth, who have been cheated out of knowing how exceptional America is. We must not lose sight of where we came from, or where we’re headed.

Kevin Webb


I’m Tired • Letter By Robert Hall, USMC Retired

“I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.

I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military…. Those are the citizens we need.

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.”

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

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27 Comments

  • What a load of crap. Mr. Hall gets his news from Fox and is a failed politician. Big whoop. These dinosaurs will be gone, soon, happily. I hope his granddaughter has a more open mind.

    • Daupo,

      Sad that you consider believing in a free America, gaining success through hard work and not hand-me-downs, and a moral foundation a “closed-mind.”

  • To those who disagree with this letter, you are forgetting all the promises made by Obama and all the promises he has not kept, which is all. This administration continues to blame the former administration for everything. Remember all those promises again and maybe the dinosaurs of this administration will be gone in the next election. I thought healthcare reform meant reform not raising taxes which is about the only thing this administration knows. What about the 3 million jobs promised? And yes I could go on and on. Furthermore how does Obama get his head into any room, his ego is beyond belief. Obama and his cronies are the same old same old. Keep your open mind you are going to need it soon enough.

  • Amen, Mr. Hall. Thank You for serving this nation & the USMC, I am half your age, but I agree with you whole heartedly, I wish more young people would listen to our grandparents & parents and not this half ass Obama media.

  • Johnny Damon,

    Your comments come off as childish and uneducated. Regardless, I approved them in hopes that you would return and be a little more cordial with your responses.

  • Nothing against Mr.Hall, but this sounds like a typical old fart who is upset because he doesn’t have enough money, and chooses to blame liberals and democrats because it’s the easy thing to do and it’s comfortable, when in fact it’s his own party who have been feeding off his national pride and his inherent xenophobia while allowing corporate fascists to steal nearly every penny he’s ever earned.

    These poor people like Mr. Hall will die with bitterness in their hearts for reasons they will never truly understand.

    • Phil,

      Can you please give an example of how Mr. Hall is showing bitterness in his letter?

      I’ll be waiting for your response… probably for a long time.

  • I’m a US Marine, currectly on my second term. With no disrespect to the Honorable Mr. Obama, I think this administration needs to turn it’s act around…and *pretty much* agree with everything Mr. Hall had to say. I’m 23 and afraid of the “civilian world” I’m going to be stepping into with my wife and child. Although I doubt this letter will bring much insight or movement…It’s very refreshing to see *most* people on the same page, as we should be as Americans.

  • Don’t be so stuck on any opinion that favors owes own beliefs. An individual can be drawn to this kind of thinking simply because it aligns to that individual. I agree with a lot said above, some of it was completely partisian, but that’s cool. Keep this in mind though, we aren’t where we are as a country simply by the actions that have taken place since Jan, 2009, we’ve been careening in this direction for a while. All politician are the same, only their affiliations differ. Here’s an interesting point to keep in mind, it rings as true today as it did when it was written (April 3rd or 5th, 1881)
    “I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope (or Obama) and King (or Bush) unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did not wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. ” –John Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton)

  • FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

    For those of us who have served this nation with honor, courage, and dignity – what we see today is sickening to our eyes. Any VET or CHRISTIAN who supports a Socialist agenda is neither American nor Christian. We are all tired of the same things mentioned in this letter and we must stand firm in our values, principles, with integrity. Why send our brave young men and women abroad to die for freedom when we allow Socialism to creep in the backdoor to destroy the American values we have died for throughout history. As in Esther – “It is for a time like this” that we must stand firm for America. No more “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” successful strategies to bring us down. Intolerance, Separation of Church and State are tools used to emotionally/psychologically control the American people by guilt. Intolerance does have a place in society – when it comes to preservation, self-defense, national security of a nation. That is exactly how Venezuela was overtaken because the poor were promised entitlements and intolerance was preached.

  • Mr. Hall,
    You have a lot of political opinions that are easily subscribed to in today’s world. Your unwillingness to place yourself in the shoes of others is one of the primary problems in the world today. Your inclusion of drug addicts into your screed shows your intolerance for a world you obviously have no knowledge of. I notice you didn’t say a word about alcoholics, so I guess that is O.K. to you. Trust me when I say that no one sets out to be an addict. For whatever reason, people will ALWAYS find a way to alter their consciousness. Then the substance they use aligns with their body chemistry to produce dependence. Simplified, but that’s the gist of it.
    What would you have, Mr. Hall? Continue to incarcerate a larger percentage of our population than the next TWO industrialized countries COMBINED? Or can we finally begin to treat it like the public health problem it is? Treatment cost 1/8th to 1/4 of what incarceration costs. One way or another, society pays. And incarceration does NOTHING to address the underlying problem. So we can deal with it intelligently, or continue our “war on drugs”, which is really a cover for continued selective enforcement, and also keeps the drug dealers profits sky high.
    The sad thing about your letter is that while it SOUNDS like you’re a “freedom-loving, independent American”, what it really says is “I’ve made my life. The rest of the world GO AWAY”. It doesn’t work like that anymore, Mr. Hall. That attitude was acceptable in the 50’s, when America was run primarily by men like you and me, i.e. white, middle class, basically conservative. Nowadays, the percentage of the population that fits those criteria is shrinking DAILY. We may not like it, but it’s a fact. And the only way we’ll preserve the America we knew is to ENGAGE those that are “different” from us. The world’s become too big a place to try to wall it out.
    I don’t want my tax money going to huge corporations. I think THEY are the reason the world is in the shape it’s in, as they have no allegiance to anyone but themselves. I’m not talking about businesses. I’m talking about the monolithic, ownership unknown corporations that span the borders of the world, and for whom the only value is money. I don’t think a company that has a headquarters in Brussels, who employs illiterate peasants in Malaysia, should get tax breaks in America just because they make big political contributions. Does that mean I should not pay taxes? Does bitching about it do any good? Or should I try to educate people and politicians (they’re a different species!) as to how changes to the tax code have made it supremely profitable for even American corporations to ship American jobs overseas? Which direction will produce the change I want?
    You may not be around to see the world of your grandchildren, but I will be. I’d rather start dealing with these problems in an intelligent manner, accepting that our world is so interconnected that we HAVE to accept that some things won’t be “our” way! Simply complaining that things are not like they used to be will ALWAYS get a resounding chorus of “AMEN”. Actually proposing how we can preserve our values, while moving forward, is a LOT harder. Give THAT a try, Mr. Hall. Then I might more readily jump on your bandwagon.

    • So if I understand you correctly, we should compromise the things we believe in because, in your words, “things aren’t like they used to be,” and accepting that is far more important than holding to our values? That is pretty much what you just said.

      Compromise is the real problem. As each generation continues to use this mindset of “accepting” the change that has desensitized the importance of our values, hard work, honestly, responsibility, charity, honor, and love… we get that much further from the truth of what works, and what has made our country free. Each generation pushes slightly further to the edge of destruction, and people like you coming along to encourage it only makes things worse. You have some a defeated mindset.

      Sooner or later we will be “accepting” the fact that the turmoil we live in is normal, and that there’s nothing we can do about it.

  • Kevin,
    I don’t make reality, I just try to live in it! As long as “compromise” is such a dirty word, our nation, and indeed, the world, will continue to be the cauldron of conflict we have now. The fact is the world is NOT the same as it was in the past, and we DO have to find common cause with those around us. You made not like it, but if there is to be any peace, we MUST find a way to live together.
    I, personally, don’t know anyone who doesn’t value the traits you mentioned. Do I think we need to do a better job of transmitting those traits to succeeding generations. Of course. But that’s not what Mr. Hall’s screed was about. His “pitch” was basically that he had what he wanted out of life, and he wanted the world to stay the same, and leave him alone. (At least, that’s my take on it.) The world doesn’t work like that. It constantly evolves, changing the parameters every day. Change is the ONLY constant in life!
    Do we have to sacrifice our values to accommodate this change? NO!! Your values are yours, and no one can take them away. But we DO have to find a way to SUCCESSFULLY live with others who’s values differ from ours. I’m not talking about accepting violence against innocents, or crimes against our property. Don’t try to tag me with that. Yet we HAVE to accept that “my rights end at your nose!” Just because I want things to be a certain way, that doesn’t give me the right to IMPOSE that way.
    I, personally, believe that the government has no business regulating or mandating ANYTHING that doesn’t have to do with “domestic tranquility or foreign defense”. Does that mean I have the right to withhold my taxes because they aren’t doing it my way? Not hardly.
    Look, we can argue about this until the sun falls from the sky. The bottom line is, if Mr. Hall doesn’t like the way the government is headed, he’s more than empowered to stump, cajole, and vote for candidates who see things his way. But if he wants to actually CHANGE things, he needs to get out in his community and interact with those who DON’T see things his way. We need to BE the example of the worth of our values. “Hard work pays off” is a truism to us? Then let’s get out here and show these inner city kids the truth of that statement. Let’s get in their communities, and BE the example they see. If we abdicate the community to the evil ones, then we can’t complain when that’s how they turn out!
    “Responsibility” is a good character trait? Then let’s quit letting politicians, athletes, and celebrities get away with their “mistakes”. Don’t think we can? We can vote them out, quit watching/going to their games, or supporting their movie/tv show/books. WE have to make a difference before we can expect anyone to follow our lead!
    Nobody is saying that Mr. Hall isn’t entitled to his opinion. I’M saying that, if he wants things to change, he needs to ENGAGE the world, not try to dismiss it or shut it out. And if YOU want to uphold the values you profess, then go out into the world and be an example of them. That’s it.
    As for compromise, unless we are willing to become the entire world’s jailer, we HAVE to find a way to live together. PERIOD!

  • As a Marine veteran I want to thank you Mr Hall .
    I agree with all you’ve said and you’ve earned the right to say it !
    Semper Fi My friend !

  • Great letter. I’m 15 and wanting to join the USMC.
    Sadly,I am one of the few of my generation who would rather hear about Jason L. Dunham than Justin Beiber. I dont laugh when a vet mentions honor and sacrifice and wave it off like its just words. People in America today don’t give a damn about honor or sacrifice, or hard work. All that matters to them is getting by in any way possible. In this country you get more recognition for being an advocate for going green or supporting gay rights than jumping on a grenade to save a friend or selflessly volunteering to fight the enemy in defense of America. It’s sad that what once used to be a great cause, the defense of America, now seems pointless. Defending what? A country that doesn’t care to give a damn about anything.

    • @Paul,

      I’m encouraged when I hear from great Americans such as yourself.

      We cannot expect someone who does not see America as an exceptional nation, to support those who would lay down their lives to defend it. I love my country, to my very last breath I will do everything in my power to protect and defend the Constitution. I do not take my country for granted, and I think daily about those who died to preserve what we have today. I pity those who do not see America as an exceptional country. I feel sorry for those who refuse to see how many obstacles America has overcome as a nation… from the days of the settlers, to the Federalist Papers, Constitution and Declaration of Independence, to the abolishment of slavery, world-changing innovation, global humanitarian aide, and nearly 3 centuries of freedom from government oppression. America is special. I’m lucky enough, as are you, to understand that. This is why we fight.

      I don’t care what anyone says about me. I do what I for those that have passed the torch onto my generation, and have entrusted us to carry it into the next era of freedom and exceptionalism.

      As far as hard work goes, you might be interested in another article I wrote here:
      http://www.kevinwebb22.com/my-life/the-evolution-of-the-give-me-generation-stories-from-my-life

  • It is nice to know that I’m not the only one who is becoming tired of all the crap that is going on within the United States. The stories of illegal immigrants arguing and even suing for legal American citizens acting completely within his legal rights against persons trying to illegally enter the United States.

    Because I am sick of the same things I say “bravo sir” and hopefully the citizens of America will pull their heads out of their asses and wake up.

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