- All citizens of the USA should remember this!
- I was embarrassed to read that President Clinton and
his advisors have said: "The older generation must learn to sacrifice
as other generations have done
- That's my generation. I knew eventually someone would
ferret out our dirty secret: we've lived the "lifestyle of the rich
and famous" all our lives.
- Now, I know I must bare the truth about my generation
and let the country condemn us for our selfishness...
- We certainly don't deserve any of that Social Security
money that we've put away for 45 or 50 years! We sure don't need help with
our medical bills...no, we've surely got Enough put away for a $250,000
open heart surgery bill. We've had so much fun in our lives, why just read
the following: During the Depression we had a hilarious time dancing to
the tune of "Brother Can You Spare A. Dime?" We could choose
to dine at any of the country's fabulous soup kitchens, often joined by
our parents and siblings...those were the heady days of carefree self-indulgence.
- Then, with World War II, the cup filled to overflowing.
We had the chance to bask on the exotic beaches of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima
and Okinawa; to see the capitols of Europe and travel to such scenic spots
as Bastogne, Malmedy and Monte Cassino. Of course, one of the most exhilarating
adventures was the stroll from Bataan to the local Japanese hotels, laughingly
known as death camps. But the good times really rolled for those lucky
enough to be on the beaches of Normandy for the swimming and boating that
pleasant June day in '44. Unforgettable.
- Even luckier were those that drew the prized holiday
tickets for cruises on sleek, gray ships to fun filled spots like Midway,
The Solomons and Murmansk. Instead of asking, "What can we do for
our country," an indulgent government let us fritter away our youth
wandering idly through the lush and lovely jungles of Burma and New Guinea.
- Yes, it's all true: we were pampered, we were spoiled
rotten, we never did realize what sacrifice meant. We envy you, Mr. Clinton,
the harsh lessons you learned in London, Moscow, Little Rock, and the secluded
cubby's of the Oval office with a young intern.
- My generation is old, Mr. President...and guilty; but
we are repentant. Punish us for our failings, sir, that we may learn the
true meaning of Duty, Honor, and Country. Give that money that we've been
putting in to Social Security and Medicare to those more deserving...like
- Robert J. Grady,
Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)
- IF YOU FEEL AS I DO, YOU WILL PASS THIS ON TO EVERY ONE
ON YOUR LIST, REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL PREFERENCE.
- For all of us who still remember, let those who don't,
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