It’s interesting to track the changing face of war veterans. When they returned home from World Wars I, II and Korea, the were young, brave professional men who served when their country needed them.
In the seventies, after Senator Kerry’s “Winter Soldier” speech, the left defined them as war criminals who:
personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
And now? According to Hollywood, they’re children. Check out the messages on the signs carried by Hollywood celebrities protesting in Crawford last week in these photos: “Bring Our Children Home” and “‘Before One More Mother’s Child Is Lost’–Cindy Sheehan”.
To understand what a radical transformation this is for Hollywood, consider how the sixties, that most golden of decade for the left, fetishized youth culture. 1967’s Wild In The Streets promulgated the notion of a 24-year old rock star millionaire who gets elected after first securing the vote for 15 year olds.
Well, 15 year olds still can’t vote, but 18 year olds can, thanks to the 26th Amendment, signed into law in 1971. In 1966, Time magazine named those “25 And Under” as its “Man of the Year”. “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” was a clich