From Vietnam Veterans Against the War,

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My View

By John Zutz

I was listening to the speeches at the VVAW's Chicago celebration of the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, and I looked around and realized what an unusual gathering it was. At every other VVAW event there is some area set aside for "attitude adjustment."

Then I realized that maybe the whole country needs some attitude adjustment:

Perhaps the most obvious sign of the need for attitude adjustment is when people sit around carping about our problems, but feel helpless to do anything about then. If we want to adjust other people's attitudes, we need to adjust our own attitudes first.

Its nice to sit back and congratulate ourselves about past triumphs. We were right about the Vietnam War, even McNamara says so. We were right about women's rights, civil rights, and human rights, the Supreme Court has agreed with us (though they are backing off recently). But the pendulum is swinging away from individual rights, and is tending to favor corporate rights.

That pendulum will swing back again, but it will need our help, and the help of many others, to push it back. We need to stand up for causes. Pick one of those above. Pick one of your own. Go to work.

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