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Invest your son(s)

Posted to Poetry and Politics

"War is good business. Invest your son." ~Vietnam-era slogan.

The author asserts: "…since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have without exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international conflict."

Well, that's certainly convenient. And perhaps he really is the model patriot supporting his country. On the other hand, perhaps (just perhaps) his loyalty is misguided. Consider this oft-quoted excerpt from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...

" kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags -- that is a loyalty of unreason..."

In any case, I hope his sons saved this letter. It might come in handy at the commitment hearing.

Ref: - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Chapter 13