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Take the Country Back

“One of these days we’re gonna’ take this country back, and it ain’t gonna be pretty!”

I enjoyed your website because it struck a chord with me that probably needed to be played. As a young military retiree at 57, I have been fully retired (no job) now for 5 years. My question to the general readership of this website is this:

Do we as seniors want to be like the generations of folks who we may see as greedy, arrogant and misguided?

If not, then I think we need to start leading this country “by example”. Yes! We need to get vocal in a big way without coming off like a bunch of whiners. We need to nudge things where they need to be nudged (Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Compensation, etc.), but we also need to remember that younger generations have their problems, too. Young people today face problems we never even dreamed about having in the 1950s and 60s.

One of my favorite lines of the recent past came from an episode of the network sitcom “Frasier”, where dad (Martin) sits in his old battered chair and states matter-of-factly:

“One of these days we’re gonna’ take this country back, and it ain’t gonna’ be pretty!”

In my opinion, we won’t get this done by creating special interest groups such as AARP, whose primary purpose as I see it is to snatch your name and address so they can have their affiliates send you long-term health care literature once a month.

We’ll get this done by being miniature armies of one:

Lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way.

And quit complaining! Remember that you still live in the greatest country in the world, no matter who is temporarily in charge of it. Believe me, you’ll start to feel much better about the world around you when you simply remember to live your life. I know its hard to do, but try to place a momentary damper on worrying about wars, 9/11, your health, meager finances, and all of the other things that seem to come with getting older. When you start to do this you’ll automatically start to feel better about yourself, and those around you will applaud.

How do I know all of this? It happened to me. As you go forward into retirement keep repeating to yourself the mantra that has served me well in this life through good times and bad: “ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!”

Thanks for a great website, and keep up the good work.

John Wolfskill

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