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Postcard from the Past - A Timeless 4th of July Pledge

Written by Dick Perue

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released recently.

Many like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers and, in some cases, dinosaurs. Some are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others of us have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days, and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math and science, which enabled us to lead America into the technological age, even though we can’t operate a computer. Most of us remember what outhouses were, and many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party lines, 25-cent gasoline and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived in those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and outdated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II and fought in Korea and Vietnam. We can quote “The Pledge of Allegiance” and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America; we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the “Star Spangled Banner,” “America” and “America the Beautiful” by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books, and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days, but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it and died for it, and now we are going to save it.  It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

The Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and we are going to take back our nation.  We may drive a little slower, but we get where we’re going, and next election we’re going to the polls by the millions.

This land does not belong to the person in the White House, nor Congress or the Supreme Court. It belongs to “We the People,” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We demand that those in charge do a better job of preserving this land and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the “Pledge of Allegiance,” stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Brigade.”

Can you feel the ground shaking?

It’s not an earthquake – it’s a stampede of dinosaurs!

Happy birthday to the good, old U.S. of A. – The greatest nation on earth!