In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)

. . .

A          “Fly the flag, fight to allow others to burn theirs, and campaign to prevent unwilling and unwitting lads and lasses from fighting for the entertainment and economic advancement of those in power.”

B          “And read the most insightful work on the underlying reasons that those in power take the powerless to war in the poem War Is A Racket by someone who understood war.  General Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general which by the way was the highest rank authorized at that time.  At the time of his death, he was the most decorated Marine in United States history.”

A          “Decorated is a curious description.  He knew his stuff.  Take the book to the beach.  Take it to head.  Take it to heart.”

B          “Take it to the class room.  And put it on required reading list next fall in the schools.”

A          “What about All Quiet On The Western Front?”

B          “Put them both on the list.  Remarque remarked on the absurdity and futility of the killing enterprise, whereas Butler served up the explanation front and center.  Follow the money.”

. . .

B          “They would not need to neglect as many veterans if they did not create and break so many of them.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Dissent is patriotic

Butler and Eisenhower said it all

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