To those of you old enough to remember “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”, a line used in the inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, I say “Welcome to Retirement.” (Roosevelt’s actual words were “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.) Too many years we have watched our words in fear, in our final days of employment, of not being politically correct enough. Many thoughts – good thoughts – that flitted through our minds went unspoken for fear of retribution. In America’s recent times, people have been fired and shunned because the wrong words were allowed to escape their lips.
This may be our final act of leaving our children and grandchildren parts of America as we knew it. None of us feared imprisonment or loss of income just because of something we said. We all were schooled in the few things not to say – such as FIRE! in a crowded theater, if there was no fire . . . yet, our offspring have seen a leap to only saying what is acceptable. What kind of country punishes you for speaking your mind, if you have freedom of speech?
I am dismayed at how our rights and things we care about and have cared about are stomped into the ground by the new breed of America. America has always had a reputation for being a bully country. She did not, until now, bully her own citizens into quiet submission.
Freedoms have been lost. Our grandchildren may never know what freedoms we had as schools quit teaching cursive writing and our historical documents were written in cursive.
So much is faster now. No longer the quill and ink, but the quick fingers on the keyboard speak. Just be careful what you type because there are always repercussions in America now. As I mentioned something I might post on Facebook, my eldest son said, “Be careful, Mom”. Is this our legacy? Is fear our legacy? Do we all stop to examine what we fear might happen if we dare speak our minds?
No More! I’m retired and I’m Tired of it. If you don’t want to know what I truly think, don’t ask. And don’t read my posts, for I refuse to mince words anymore because of FEAR. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”, to paraphrase one of America’s great leaders, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Release Yourself From Fear

The Children are grown,
The job is through,
No one can tell you,
What to do,
Be Brave.

by Constance Barr Corbett


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