In response to Shannon Smith's recent submission, I was one of those "hippies" and I think I can answer her question. When we protested against the war in Vietnam, most of us hippies were affluent, middle-class young men who were subject to the draft. Now there is no draft. Back then, our country was not asking us to give our lives for a bad cause; our country was forcing us to do so against our will. That scared us into organizing, protesting and making a big fuss.
Now there is no immediate life threat to affluent young men (or women) from an involuntary draft. The endangered ones are those poor enough to need a military career and those unlucky enough to have signed up for the National Guard (thinking it was a safe source of extra cash). To that number we might add those who are naively patriotic and believe the government's propaganda, and those who really believe that oil is worth our nation's blood. Many of those who support the war are quite sincere, believing that fighting overseas is necessary to prevent the need to fight at home.
This time there is one more element; what this war really is about is money on a large scale. The war is being fought to insure that our nation controls its own supply of oil, regardless of the consequences. Those who are in power have convinced the nation that we are "fighting for freedom," not trying to steal oil. It is easy to wave the flag and pretend the nation is in danger when we are not personally in danger. The other guy dies while we drive our SUVs. That's it in a nutshell. This war is for profit, and this war is being fought by those who cannot protest.
Lincoln said that you can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. What he didn't say was that you don't need to fool all of the people to get a majority.
Hope that helps.
Dr. Don Poling
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