Have you always wondered what it would be like to serve in a war? To dutifully face an uncertain future moment by moment as shells fall around you, not knowing if you’d come out alive or would walk away maimed? If drafted, would you go without flinching?
Some people think we’re on the verge of a new Depression. But we are getting ahead of ourselves; this is the wrong historical lesson to remember. What Bush’s irresponsible, fear-mongering speech last night was about, and what our elected leaders’ and presidential candidates’ expected acquiescence today is about, is really the declaration of a new “War to End All Wars”: an economic calamity into which an entire lost generation of youth will be shoveled, just as entire generation of North American and European youth were shoveled into the trenches of the Western Front. In order to maintain the obscene financial advantages of a small Wall Street aristocracy, to prop a once-proud order already fading, an entire generation will be financially sacrificed.
But the old world will disappear, as it must. Later will come the new isms, and everything that they bring with them. Just as before, but different; rhyming, not quite repeating.
The venerable old field marshals, some of whom who led the nation so gallantly in the distant past, are calling you to service today! In the name of our country, you and especially your children will be expected to face the failures of your businesses, the depletion of your savings, and the duty of unending debt, so that the glory of America – “too big to fail” – might endure. Today’s the day you are being drafted. Now you will know war. Will you be a good soldier?