Monday, July 08, 2019

A Senior Citizen's Reflection on Being Progressive

The following is copied from the Internet where it can be found in numerous versions.  It has been around since 2012 yet is becoming more and more meaningful. Not sure who the content can be credited to .

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not try to blame others.
HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement

And we certainly are NOT the ones who
eliminated patience and tolerance from
personal relationships and interactions with
And, we DO understand the meaning of
patriotism, and remember those who have
fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!

I’m the life of the party…..Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.I’m very good at opening childproof caps…..With a hammer.I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time,because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy,and that’s just my left leg.I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZENand I think I am having the time of my life!Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn’t send it back to them.Or, maybe I should send it to all my friends anyway.They won’t remember, even if they did send it
Spread the laughter 
Share the cheer 
Let’s be happy 
While we’re here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

To Love and Preserve

In November of 1965, at the age of 19, I set foot on American soil.  The journey that began in the Netherlands saw me land in the United States via Canada where I had spent my high school years. While Canada was a step up from post war Holland, the ultimate goal of mom and dad was to become Americans and live in the prosperous United States, the land of milk and honey, the land of opportunity.

My dad had been promised a job as a bookkeeper for an American firm, but several weeks after arrival he suffered a major stroke from which he never totally recovered and incapacitating him from the job that would provide for our family.

I found a job in the stock room of a nearby manufacturing plant but despite being a Dutch citizen was drafted within a year and spent the next two years in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam. Upon my return from Vietnam I was hoping to gain American citizenship but was denied because Vietnam was not considered a war, it was a "conflict". Thus I had to wait two more years before I could apply.

By 1975 along with my parents, I was proud to swear allegiance to the United States of America, land that I love.  The journey to 2019 has been a wonderful one,  allowing me to support my family while living a life that I choose, not one  dictated to me.

As the USA is celebrating its 242nd of Independence we are still the land of milk and honey.  I don't know what the future holds in store.  We are a better country then we were in 1776, yet morally we seem more corrupt.  Despite seeing socialist countries self destruct, we are closer to socialism than ever before.  The less government interferes with our lives, the more prosperous we will become.  I believe in the sovereignty of nations.  There is nothing wrong with protecting our way of life.  There is nothing wrong with Americans putting America first.

 The threat of socialism is a real one.  Not only will it destroy our country economically but it will mobilize those who oppose it.  Being compassionate is a virtue, but not at the expense of the people of the United States of America. No one can criticize the head of a household for protecting his/her family  over others. A family adopts children that best adapt to its values, not children that they know will disrupt or destroy the family structure. And so our government has the responsibility to preserve and protect  our country.

Happy 4th of July every one, and many happy returns!