A group called Youth for Peace and Democracy has some words for Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, both of whom are rattling the sabers for more and bigger wars in the Middle East.
“We are the most disillusioned youth in history. You can’t kid us. The nations value their gold more than their sons. Again they rearm for war and youth marches to death while their elders cheer. You talk always of peace. There is no peace. Wall Street booms to the tune of European war preparations. The Dance of Death is on and prosperity returns to America on the promise of another World War.
You say we can’t keep out? Who will fight you next World War? We, the American youth? We protest. We don’t want your white crosses! We don’t want your wreaths and tears on Armistice Day or your two minutes of impatient silence! We don’t want your medals and your long eulogies for the murders we shall commit! We don’t even want the bonus! We want Peace and Democracy!”
There’s only one caveat. These words were said in 1937. They appear in a book called Revolt Against War by H.C. Engelbrecht, who adds, “More or less openly [financial and industrial leaders] have used the state for their own purposes—to erect tariff walls behind which they could increase profits, to protect monopolies by the right kind of regulation, to subsidize semi-public enterprises on a lavish scale, to bail out unprofitable undertakings by public ownership.”
Does anything really change all that much in America?