The Demise of Anti-War Liberals?

After my stint in Vietnam I returned home to a society that did not like me much (deep down they still do not like the Viet vet very much)….I also became an antiwar activist because I did and do not think that war is a good thing…it usually creates more problems that it solved…..

I have noticed that the antiwar movement does not have the same impact it use to…..especially within the ranks of so-called liberals… reason is because war nowadays only effects 1% of the population…..basically there is NO shared experience and the media used to control ALL info about our numerous wars……

The liberals aka Dems, are now as entrenched with the money of the “defense” industry that they have turned a blind eye to anything resembling right……

This last election proved this point…..and a little historical perspective at the liberals and the antiwar movement…….

Senator Sanders may now have sounded the death knell for the liberal anti-war movement.

During the post-World War II period, opposition to U.S. militarism and involvement in dubious military conflicts has usually been stronger on the political left than the right.  Left-wing, anti-war sentiment reached its peak during the Vietnam War, when groups opposed to that conflict could sometimes mobilize tens of thousands of demonstrators.  Opposition to subsequent U.S. military crusades was less robust, but even as late as the Iraq War, there were sizable anti-war demonstrations in the streets.

There have been warning signs for some time, though, that opposition to unnecessary armed conflicts has lost its appeal to much of the political left.  For one thing, there was always a partisan bias to anti-war movements.  Even during the heyday of resistance to the Vietnam War, the criticism became more intense after Republican Richard Nixon took over the White House than it had been when Democrat Lyndon Johnson occupied the Oval Office.  The bias was even more apparent in later decades.  There was far more criticism of Republican George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War than there was of Democrat Bill Clinton’s wars in Bosnia and Kosovo.  Indeed, a distressing number of prominent liberals found reasons to praise Clinton’s military crusades in the Balkans.

Source: The Demise of Anti-War Liberals? | Cato @ Liberty

Americans need to pay more attention to the wars we start and why….if for no other reason than it could be a family member that has to fight the battles…..



10 thoughts on “The Demise of Anti-War Liberals?

  1. I believe we have become desensitized to all the things that represent war. In the 70’s and 80’s, it was obvious to intelligent people that the media wasn’t telling the whole story. With the advent of the Internet, the media filter was removed and those same people now got the raw details directly from the locations where we were fighting. I think the more pressing question is what we’re going to do to stop the money-making war machine and how we can make that happen. I’m not diminishing our troops sacrifice by any means, however if we stop the machine from sending them in the first place, it isn’t a problem anymore.

      1. Attempts to control the old vehicles of news usually do not succeed very well, otherwise how would anyone find out anything. There will never be another Vietnam TV War because it is over and in the past. After, being the conduit for a few years of events of the war in Afghanistan for a justice and peace organization, I found that the biggest driver of news and caring was the same as before – how many Americans were dying. The concern was less because fewer Americans were dying than in Vietnam. The concern was less because you had to hire on/volunteer to be at risk – no more risk of being drafted.

        Take away the risk of being drafted and take away large number of Americans dying and I now think that the percentage of left and right who are ant–war are probably the same as they have been for more than 200 years.

  2. In general, it seems like the left is fine with wars that were started by people on the left. They only really complain when people on the right start them.

    Pretty much the same on both side regarding all subjects, isn’t it? If my guy does something, it’s fine. If yours does the same thing, he’s leading us all to ruin.

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