Music on Mondays (11-9-15)—Only a boy

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One of my favorite activities on Facebook is reading the memes. Here is one of my favorites from last week:

War is rich old menPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I first realized that truth sometime in 1973 while I was in college at Texas A&M University. In my freshman history class I chose to write my term paper on the Vietnam War. That was when I discovered that the children of the rich and the privileged don’t go off to war except in the most dire circumstances. Maybe that’s why I like Prince Harry so much—a rich, privileged dude who actually wanted to go to war with the lower class children.

In February 2007 when it was announced that his regiment was being deployed to Iraq, many wanted to keep Prince Harry safe at home, to which he replied: “There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.”

Sadly, “boys” is true about the armed services. In 2014, 44 percent of Army recruits enlisted during high school or right afterward. That’s down from a high of 65 percent in 1992. The other military branches are similar.

Following is a relevant song, “Only A Boy” by Jan & Dean, that I discovered this past week. Released in 1968, it’s now part of my vast music collection.

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Makes one wonder why the rich and privileged don’t go to war themselves. Are they worried that no one would take their place at home in the rich and privileged world? Hmmm. Somehow I suspect that someone would step forward to do their job at home. Maybe we need term limits on the rich and privileged. Maximum ten years. Then you have to work with the lower class until your next rich and privileged years roll around.

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5 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (11-9-15)—Only a boy

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The only problem with term limits, as we have discovered here in California, is that they apply to an office, not a person. Thus, Mr. A starts on the school board at the age of 22. After 8 years, termed out, he runs for city council. After 8 years there, he runs for mayor. After 8 years there, he runs for state representative. After 8 years there, he runs for state treasurer. After 8 years there, he runs for state lieutenant governor. After 8 years there, he runs for governor. After 8 years there, he returns home and runs for mayor again, starting the whole process over.

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