I’m Tired

An open letter to Robert A. Hall, his followers, and particularly those who would attribute his hate-filled views to Bill Cosby.

I’m 42 and I’m tired. I’m tired of people who still think 50 hours a week is a lot. I’m tired of people who are too dense to understand that the realities of employment and economy may have changed during the last few decades. I miss the days when 40 hours was a limit, not a minimum. I’ve spent the last few years staying home with my children and working part time in the evenings and on the weekends, and I still put in 40 hours from time to time.

I’m tired of people who perpetuate the myth that welfare is for the lazy. I’m tired of people who can’t see the point of paying taxes, even though they are happy to claim all the benefits of a functioning government.

I’m tired of people who think their paid-off $250,000 home is modest.

I’m tired of hearing from conservatives how much they hate liberals, when what they really mean is that they hate everyone who isn’t white and Christian. I’m tired of hearing how Islam is so terrible and violent based on the actions of a tiny minority of its followers. Lucky for you, I don’t judge all Christians based solely on child-molesting priests or Westboro Baptist.

I’m tired of hearing how racist you aren’t, when you so obviously are.

I’m tired of the myth of a liberal media, when the most-watched ‘news’ network in this country blatantly supports a right-wing agenda. I’m tired of hearing how this liberal media twists the facts and plays favorites, when the most-watched ‘news’ network in this country rates lower than comedy news programs for accuracy.

I’m tired of hearing that the United States should dictate how other countries should act, while we thumb our noses at the global community. Oddly enough, the countries that upset you are filled with brown people. I never hear you complain about Canada, from which we get most of our oil, even though a million Muslims live there. I do hear you complain when other countries try to tell the United States how to act, and I’m tired of that.

I’m tired of your complaints about global warming. Yes, Al Gore is a hypocrite, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are to blame, too. America generates more waste per capita than any country in the world. Take responsibility for that, sort your recycling, park your Hummer, and be thankful that you live in a country where we still wash our cars in drinking water.

I’m tired of explaining science to you. Not all diseases come from germs. No human being ever rode a dinosaur. The sun is hot. At some point, you have to accept that scientists know a little more about their chosen fields than you do.

I’m tired of your hypocrisy. I love that you are OK with Catholics coming into this country, but not Muslims, but still consider yourself fair and open-minded.

I’m tired of hearing how every member of every branch of the military is a superior being to every other person on the planet. I have great respect for those who choose to serve, and great disdain for those who act badly while in the military. Here are a few of the things that makes this country different (and worth defending): we treat suspects as innocent until proven guilty; we don’t torture prisoners; we give the accused fair trials. If you throw those things out, we are no longer America.

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption, too. The difference is that I see that as an accusation of my party, and you see it as absolution for yours.

I’m tired of entitlement, too. Including yours. You are selfish beyond words. Your entire stance is one long attempt to justify keeping everything for yourself.

I’m tired of trying to point out your hypocrisy. You blame the liberals, the president, Hollywood, Muslims, lazy welfare cheats, and illegal immigrants for all your problems, then cry that no one takes personal responsibility any more.

Most of all I’m tired of your lies. If you can’t defend your position without lying, your position is indefensible. There are plenty of folks out there more conservative than I who base their opinions on a combination of facts, experience, reality, and religious beliefs. I will listen to them. As soon as you start making up your own facts, your opinion becomes meaningless.

I’ll give Mr. Hall the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn’t want his words falsely attributed to Bill Cosby. (Although, I could find nothing on his website where he condemns the practice.) That doesn’t change the fact that plenty of folks on his side of these issues were fine with that. They spread the lies around, because they know people would rather hear from a beloved entertainer than a bitter old racist.