Judging war and protest by the numbers
By DOUG THOMPSON
Lyndon Johnson told the nation,
“Have no fear of escalation.
I am trying everyone to please.
Though it isn’t really war,
We’re sending fifty thousand more,
To help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.”
Tom Paxton’s lyrics from 40 years ago came back to mind this weekend as thousands upon thousands of protesters gathered on both coasts to protest yet another questionable war.
I jumped off the old troop ship,
And sank in mud up to my hips.
I cussed until the captain called me down.