Everyone has heard "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." I guess the corollary is that those who have learned from history are doomed to spend their lives as Cassandras; telling the truth and never being believed.
I was watching a documentary on RFK and heard him say this on a Face the Nation interview back in 1967 about Vietnam:
“Do we have the right here in the United States to say that we are going to kill tens of thousands; make millions of people, as we have, millions of people refugees; kill women and children, as we have? I very seriously question whether we have that right.
Now we’re saying that we’re going to fight there so we don’t have to fight in Thailand, so we don’t have to fight on the west coast of the United States, so that they won’t move across the Rockies. Our whole moral position changes tremendously."
The places change, time advances, but our argument remains ludicrously the same.
As his biographer pointed out, RFK questioned whether our national security interest in Vietnam was outweighed by the incredible human suffering that we were inflicting by waging war in that country. Now, keep in mind, Bobby Kennedy was an architect of that war. However, after seeing the reality, he knew that he had to accept responsibility for his part in creating the war.
Dick Cheney has not and will never because of his awful pride accept his responsibility in waging war.
He has not and will never call himself by his true name: Warmonger.
He has not and will never admit that his pockets are lined with gold from profiteering while women and children line the bloody streets of Baghdad.
It is OUR arrogance that has led us down this quagmire.
I love what Lee Iococca, a former prominent Bush supporter, said in his book.
“Stay the course? This is AMERICA not the damn Titanic.”
So, with that in mind, Proximo and I went down to campus to protest the visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, to Provo.
Some of the nice people I met at the rally. There was a good deal of media there as well. You might be able to spot us on the news tonight!
Look closely, I don't know if he's police or Secret Service, but it was funny seeing a security presence. We all know that BYU students are a riot-some lot given to much civil disobedience.
This was right before the conclusion of the protest. We sang the Star Spangled Banner...
I'll admit that I totally cried while singing the National Anthem. I vote. I vote my heart and my conscience. I celebrate the Fourth of July. We live in the most wonderful place on earth. Our opportunities are endless. We can do so much good.
I love this country and I hate seeing a bunch of jerks wreck it.
As George Bernard Shaw said,