I was drafted during the Viet Nam war. I wasn’t particularly “political” at the time so I didn’t mind being enslaved. I thought it would be fun to be in the military.
It wasn’t. I was never sent to Viet Nam. I was blessed to stay in the US for my entire “tour of duty”. But the military was such a colossal waste of time that I could barely stand it. It wasn’t bad (at least not for me)–but it was so damned boring that, for a while, I was ready to desert. So, I’m not a fan of the military. It’s OK for some, I suppose, but it’s not for me.
And I’m certainly not a fan of Richard Nixon.
But here’s a video of a White House dinner hosted by President Nixon back in A.D. 1973 for returning Viet Nam POWs, and then a reunion of those same POWs held 40 years later in May of A.D.2013.The video is touching. Every war and every presidency is colored by lies, violence, propaganda, corruption and death. But, you have to admit that even the presidents that we love to hate had their moments when, like ’em or not, they did something worthy of our respect. I don’t want to make more of this video than it deserves . . . but, I don’t want to make less of it, either.
When we strip away all the crap that’s part of almost every public production, we can still sometimes glimpse moments of genuine decency. Such moments can give us a sense of pride in our fellow man and, therefore, hope in ourselves. We screw up, and we screw up and we screw up. But every once in while, we come close to doing something right. We are therefore not irredeemable.
P.S. Here’s another article with a similar “feel”. It describes a “moment” involving some World War II veterans. I don’t buy the crap about them being the “greatest generation”. More than any other, they and my parents’ generation were “on guard duty” when this country’s decline really accelerated. They were so busy “just following orders” and prospering that they didn’t protect our rights. If they’d stood up against our government back in the 1950s and 1960s, we wouldn’t be in today’s police state. So, they’re a long ways from the “greatest generation”. But, like all the rest of us, they had and still have their good moments. Here’s one of them : http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/01/greatest-generation-veterans-to-face-barricades-at-memorial-in-their-honor/