History Sometimes Repeats

When I was a kid, I heard adults say, “if you live long enough, you will see history repeat.” Well, I have lived long enough, and in some respect, history is repeating itself. As a teenager, I remember the anti-war movement, civil rights marches, and the riots of the 1960s.

Today, there is no anti-war movement because there is no draft. The young people being killed or maimed in today’s endless wars are volunteers not scared kids. In Vietnam, the average age of a grunt was 22, and today in Afghanistan, it is nearly 34. These men and women are professionals as opposed to over 50 years ago when the…

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Thomas F Campenni

Currently lives in Stuart Florida and former City Commissioner. His career has been as a commercial real estate owner, broker and manger in New York City.