They’re the ones that killed them

A Boy Scout salutes at the foot of a grave after volunteers placed flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in preparation for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Politicians love to wave the flag on Memorial Day weekend, being all sad about the 19 year olds they sent off to die for some stupid reason. They could honor them better by not sending the next generation off to die. But you don’t get the big power grabs in peace. You don’t get to skim off the top of huge taxpayer expenditures in peace. Old men count on the testosterone fueled bravado and foolishness of young men. Young men they use to fulfill their lusts.

“next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn’s early my
country ’tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?”

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water

“ee cummings, a pacifist, was imprisoned during World War One for his supposed disloyalty to America. He was also accused, falsely, of being a spy. After the war he moved to Paris where he wrote satirical poems. His novel The Enormous Room (1922) was the first of his many literary attacks on authoritarianism and rabid nationalism….” – more at Genius.com

Published by Iowa Life

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