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I read an essay in high school titled “A Sick American” that has stayed with me all these years. This is my version 50-plus years later.
“I Am A Tired American”
I am tired of terrorists, their attacks and the wars to rid the world of them.
I am tired of veterans who defend our country and then are forgotten.
I am tired of hero worship of overpaid and overbearing athletes and entertainers when the real heroes aren’t recognized or compensated.
I am tired of crooked and lying politicians who support taxes on everything and then wastefully spend our tax dollars while lining their own pockets.
I am tired of billions of dollars spent on war when our school systems and infrastructure need it.
I am tired of bullying in all forms.
I am tired of fighting other countries battles and losing a lot of good men and women for no visible gain.
I am tired of a lot of good cops being killed because of the actions of a very few bad ones.
I am tired of gangs and gang violence.
I am tired of mass shootings and people killing people.
I am tired of domestic violence, child abuse and young women/children being killed.
I am tired of drug pushers who make millions off the weakness of others.
I am tired of criminals with more rights than their victims.
I am tired of cancer and other diseases killing good people.
I am tired of poverty, suffering, bigotry, crime, hate and disrespect.
I am tired of other countries taking advantage of our generosity then stabbing us in the back.
I am tired of greedy companies and businessmen taking advantage of the public.
I am tired of world leaders who don’t give a damn about anything but themselves and their power.
Yes, I am a tired American, and I believe most of you are tired, too. We can’t get “untired” by ourselves.
The United States of America is still the greatest country in the history of the world, but we can still be greater.
I don’t have the answers, but we need to fix the problems together as Americans. Do it at the voting booth, in our schools, in our homes, in our neighborhoods and watching each other’s backs.
We need to do it for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and our country.
And we need to do it damn soon.
William “Butch” Hesseltine