JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on his “endnote”

2018-May-13

Endnote looks great John! :) Let’s see if we get any good further thoughts on it from MC folks on your list!

There’s another element to the 60s antiwar movement that we don’t have today: The Draft. Sad to say, but the self-interest element likely had a lot to do with antiwar demonstrations/activisms back then. If my memory is correct of the times, the draft lottery took a LOT of steam out of the movement as about 1/2 of “the boys” were able to pretty much stop worrying about being drafted and could just go back to getting stoned ‘n lazing about with their gals. (Not that there was much “getting stoned” back in those 1970-era MC days: I remember my RA roommate Timothy seeking people who knew what pot smelled like so he could patrol his floor sniffing for pot fumes. LOL! Today they’d probably ignore the pot because “Pot Smoke was created by God and was good for us!” while searching out the Evil Tobacco Smokers because “Tobacco Smoke was created by Satan and will kill all of us!”)

– Michael

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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[JR: I’m sure that’s one reason “the Draft” was eliminated.  That and it took the pressure of the politicians and bureaucrats. Charlie Rangel keeps reintroducing it — and while I rarely agree with him — it would be a way of curtailing the “American Empire” and the neocon / Military Industrial Complex from being in “eternal warfare”.  Give DJT45 credit, if peace and be achieve in Korea, then we should bring the troops home from there once and for all time.  That’s what I’d like to see.]

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