Life is simple when we deal with absolutes. Our religion is well packaged. Our role within society is understood. Everyone and everything in its place. No grey areas to contend with.
During WWII, the enemy was clearly defined. The horrors of war were quickly forgotton as the American dream took the total focus of the returning veterans. Working full time jobs, sometimes two and three jobs at a time, buying a house, having kids.
Things slowly began to change after the US entered Korea. Militarily and politically, grey areas began to surface. Communism was faceless. The cold war difficult to define.
With the assassination of an American President in 1963 and the commitment to hold back the communists from entering South Vietnam, our resolve weakened and everything was questioned. Religion, our political leaders, our involvment in southeast Asia, our individual roles as whites, blacks, labor, corporations, environment....
While the modern conservative movement might blame this seemingly chaotic, unstructured mess on the liberal movement and their hold on the American universities and modern media, those who hold the power in America truely relish the state of things. It makes it easier to pick our pockets, send our kids to war, and be held accountable by no one.
We Have Become What Our American Founding Fathers Most Feared.
Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
War...should only be declared by the authority of the people...instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.