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I’m tired of hearing rants like this one and others from people that take no responsibility at all. I ran across this rant today, which sounds reasonable if you’re a complete asshole.

The following is a rebuttal to this rant filled with misconceptions and selfishness.

And I quote this bitter old man…

I need to rant for just a moment. I’m getting old and I’ve worked hard all my life. I have made my reputation, the good and the bad, I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I have worked hard to get where I am in life. I have juggled my job, my family, and made many sacrifices up front to secure a life for me. Nothing came free, I paid for it all.

No, you did not pay for it all. If it weren’t for taxpayers, you would not have the following.

National defense, transportation infrastructure, education, law enforcement, social security, and a multitude of other useful things.

This statement is an abject lie that has been repeated continuously by Trump supporters and one of the primary reasons Trump squeaked by in the 2016 election. Many other people have paid for the life you live; you did not buy your way of life; a chance to make the most of life is a gift society gave you.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

It wasn’t always easy and still isn’t, but I did it all while maintaining my integrity and my principles. I’ve never put anyone beneath myself or denied help to anyone. I have friends of every walk of life and if you’re in my circle, it should be understood that I don’t have to remind you of what I’d be willing to do for you. However….

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. People who have sacrificed nothing and feel entitled to receive everything.

Old man, you and people in your age bracket are the recipients of nine-tenths of entitlement benefits. It’s preachy trash like this that boils my blood, it’s a lie, and the largest group of people feeling entitled these days are Trump supporters.

Trump supporters believe they are entitled to laugh as people die around them from COVID while supporting a President that intentionally lied to them and everyone else about the severity of the virus. By the end of the year, close to half a million people will likely die from COVID in the United States alone.

In March, Trump told Woodward: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Trump didn’t downplay anything; he lied to the American people. It’s an irrefutable fact that Trump admits is true. Lying about the severity of the virus, effectively forcing schools to open, and not setting an example by wearing a mask are all feeding into the number of deaths.

My uncle died on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. In all likelihood, he would not have died if Trump hadn’t lied and left the coronavirus pandemic to the states. That’s a fact, put that in your pipe and smoke it, old man!

And I further quote this bitter old man…

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 themselves.

So, you’re tired of paying for taxes. I get it, paying for taxes is a drag; it sometimes feels like someone is taking money directly from your pocket. Most people don’t like paying taxes, but anyone with a brain knows that taxes contribute to a healthy society. In the best years for the middle-class, taxes were high, and life was good for the majority.

We are living in an Oligarchy right now. If you haven’t noticed 1% of the population owns 40% of the nation’s wealth. Does this sound fair to you?

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which, no one is allowed to debate.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’ll just leave this picture worth millions of words right here. What you are seeing in this picture are fires in the summer of 2020.

Donald Trump called climate change a Chinese hoax as one of the cornerstones of his Presidential campaign.

Trump has consistently unloaded the garbage floating in his mind on the American public before he was President up until today.

Unfortunately, climate change has been buried underneath the litany of scandals surrounding Trump.

Scientists STILL agree that the Earth’s climate is warming; why would you believe this bitter old man?

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talk like their opinions matter to the common man. I’m tired of any of them even pretending they can relate to the life and bank account that I have.

I’m tired of that too, but your opinion isn’t any better than anyone else’s. Here’s an idea, try avoiding other people’s opinions and start grounding your life in facts. Here’s the same fact repeated to drive the point home.

1% of the population owns 40% of the nation’s wealth.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m with you there, people are not entitled to anything whatsoever. We the people must continue to fight for the privileges we have now or risk losing it all. We must align with facts if we want to save the republic.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m upset that I’m labeled as a racist because I am proud of my heritage. I never stole any ones land, the government did that..

Here’s an idea, don’t be a racist and people won’t label you as a racist. If you’re being labeled as a racist you probably are a racist and haven’t bothered to understand why you are a racist.

I’m glad you cleared up the fact that you’re proud of your things. Enjoy taking your stuff to the grave with you; I’m sure they will keep your coffin warm. I’m curious what things you’re talking about, would it be that confederate flag you use for a blanket?

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m tired of being told I need to accept the latest fad or politically correct stupidity or befriending a group that’s intent in killing me because I won’t convert to their point of view.

People have opinions, they’re like assholes, and everyone has one. Get over it. Trump supporters, like you, want everyone to believe Trump is a great guy and cares about the people. He doesn’t; he loosely cares about himself given the state of his health.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. Especially the ones that want me to fund it. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m tired of people blaming others for their problems too! At least we have that in common, well done!

And I further quote this bitter old man…

Yes, I’m really tired. But, I’m also glad to be in the second half of my life. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are creating

Who are these people exactly? Is it the ominous other, THE BOOGEYMAN, that’s coming for your job, your wealth, and your life?

Let me tell you a secret, the only boogeyman coming to get you is the one inside your head. It’s the boogeyman created by Trump to get you to vote against a fair system that works for everyone rather than the 1%.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

No one is entitled to anything. You have a choice to work, a choice to stay off drugs, a choice to make something of yourself. I have nothing to do with your choice. That’s all on you. You are entitled to what you earn.

I agree with you; no one is entitled to anything. It’s your choice to make something of yourself. Unfortunately, young people must use a fork to tear down the massive iceberg between them and a fair deal. Old people, like you, have hoarded all the wealth for yourselves while younger generations get scraps at the table. Have some compassion, old man; you’ve lost your way along with the rest of your generation.

And I further quote this bitter old man…

There is no way these thoughts will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! Surely, the politically correct police censors will try to quiet us.

If you’re “tired” too, feel free to copy and paste.  I did.

Don’t worry; we hear you loud and clear. In summary, your message is GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU DAMN KIDS! Don’t worry; we’re not coming after your lawn; we don’t care about your lawn or your trash opinions.

I’ll leave you with an adaptation of a piece of Dylan Thomas’s poem that will keep you warm at night.

Do go gentle into that fearful night,
Old age will burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against your dying light.

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