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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1966
NIGHT EDITOR: MICHAEL HEFFER
Whatever Is Wrong with
This Younger Generation?
A T FIRST glance, Secretary
Defense Robert McNamar
proposal to have all youth of t
nation devote some time to pub
service, military or otherwi
seems commendable. At seco
glance, however, it becomes d
ficult to understand exactly wh
Wednesday, McNamara was r
ported as saying that he thoug
inequities and discrimination
the draft could be resolved "
asking every young person in t
United States to give two years
service to his country," supposed
in the Peace Corps or other volu
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT w
followed by a brief flurry of pra
f r o m university administato
Sergeant Shriver, various senato
and other officials. College st
dents and others of draft a
wandered around with hap
smiles on their faces for a da
The few doubters feared on
that the proposal was the prelu
to a mandatory universal servi
system, detracting from the cr
sading aspects of present organ
zations like the Peace Corps.
The bubble burst suddenlyc
of Thursday, however, with the an--
a's nouncement that Secretary Mc- Th
he Namara in no way meant that e I
lic service in the Peace Corps, Vista
ie, or similar work was acceptable to bycarne a
nd him as a substitute for the draft,
if- and, furthermore, that this was in
iat complete agreement with present
administration policy. OBVIOUSLY, t
e- Secretary McNamf
*ht NOW, THE interesting part His idea appears
in comes when one tries to ascertain completely uncon
by the various ways in which the draft, a gesture o
he events of these two days could be to those who wish
of interpreted. Does Secretary Mc- various humanitE
dly Namara mean t h a t everyone tions of the gove
n- should volunteer to serve in some vate groups. Thec
way for two years, and then be red because these
drafted? Or, will they be drafted made by the Secre
as first, then be allowed to go help the most omnipote
ise the world after their military serv- to General Hershe
rs, ice is finished? to questions of m
rs, Or is it pot-luck, that is, any- And, it is equa
u- thing at anytime, anywhere? Secretary McNam
ge When all the deferments granted in his statement.
py now are thrown into the picture, gesture from the
ay. it really becomes complicated. A military official1
mly student could complete his stud- current objections
de ies, join the Peace Corps, come tices, but words
ice back and go to graduate school, ment with this g
u- then be drafted, and be 35 by the cern with social is
ni- time he finishes his schooling,
serving his country and paying FINE. BUT on
on off his NDEA loan. goes. If McNam
his is not what
ara had in mind.
s to have been
nected with the
h to serve in the
rnment and pri-
etary of Defense,
ent presence next
ey when it comes
lly obvious that
nara was sincere
It was not a sly
to diminish the
s to draft prac-
born of agree-
ly as far as it
nara wished to
make a real gesture in support of
the humanitarian bent of much
of the younger generation, he
should advocate the substitution
of the Peace Corps or similar work
for the draft. There are many
indications that this plan would
be highly desirable without threat-
ening the military manpower re-
sources which are of such great
concern to Secretary McNamara.
There is an almost unlimited
supply of men for military service
in this country. There are many
who would contribute much more
if they were not impelled into mil-
itary service. There is already
much impetus for young people
to donate their services to hu-
manitarian efforts, so that the
military-service alternative would
not be considered a hardship by
But the chances that this plan
would be adopted in the face of
contrary administration policy are
small. When resistance to the
draft demands of the Viet Nam
war was found, the Selective
Service, with administration ap-
proval, began administering the
tests to college students and ask-
ing for their grades. Therefore, it
seems that the Selective Service
will meet force with force.
THAT IS, until some concrete
evidence is given that college stu-
dents and others strongly desire
alternatives to the draft. Investi-
gations will begin in Congress
soon on the question of the draft;
some Congressmen have already
voiced disapproval of the present
And this is exactly what men
like Secretary McNamara fear.
Perhaps McNamara knows, or is
apprehensive of the possibility
that, given an alternative, few
men will choose military service.
He and other military officials will
fight plans for alternative service;
and, if a change is desired by men
of draft age, they will have to
fight back harder to get it no mat-
ter how much Secretary McNa-
mara approves of the Peace Corps.
He will only, approve until it
AN OLD newspaperman, watch-
ing a recent parade- down Fifth
Avenue in New York protesting
the war in Viet Nam, remarked,
"Someday they're going to call a
war, and nobody is going to show
up." Perhaps, this is what Mc-
WHAT IS IT that we want from our
country? We, the mass referred to as
"the younger generation," have denounc-
ed it for the moral injustice in Viet Nam,
the lack of restraint in the Dominican
crisis, the Selective Service system, the
failure to halt the inflationary progres-
sion, inequality, ignorance of China, and
other blundering policy decisions at home
The conscience of the nation appears
to have awakened after a long and pros-
perous sleep. Yet, one wonders if a con-
science comes alive only when the owner
can afford to listen to its naggings; do
the material needs have to be satisfied be-
fore the spiritual gaps can be crossed; are
the two incompatible?
IN A LARGELY pragmatic world the
words "spiritual" and "moral" are
rarely used and, when uttered, are cyni-
cal expressions to describe a past way of
life, a way of life which defined any-
thing under question as part of the spir-
itual or moral world. It was the explana-
tion of the unexplainable. This was an
era in which there was an answer for
every problem regardless of how inade-
quate or intangible that answer might be.
Today we seek few answers. We are
content to ask questions which we expect
will remain unanswered. The atmosphere
is one of negativity: the positive forces,
the marches, demonstrations, and Ful-
brights, are those that negate, that raise
questions concerning the value of the
THE PROBLEM for those inquisitive in-
dividuals arises when no answers are
posted; when no solutions materialize. By
questioning everything we have, we have
neglected to value anything; we are
masochistic in the sense that we go
through the torturous process of exam-
ination to no avail; with no results.
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Frustration is a common disease, for
every man feels inadequate unless he has
accomplished something. But what do we
want to accomplish? What have we ac-
complished by protesting against every
painful reality of the present?
We have caused classes to close down
for a few days. Administration buildings
have been unable to operate over a short
period of time. Local draft boards have
found it increasiigly difficult to find vol-
unteers and have had to resort to more
complicated means of "obtaining help"
through tests, grades, etc. But, like time,
the Establishment marches on. And so do
we. But do we know why?
WE ARE CONVINCED something is
wrong and have given it a variety of
tags; inflation, war, inequality, and stu-
pidity. But tags are not necessarily defini-
tive characteristics. We seek a number of
goals, none of which are immediately at-
tainable. We are chasing a dream and re-
fuse to wake up.
The focal point of both the criticism
and the tags is, of course, the Establish-
ment. It is the root of all evil, and at the
same time, the only force powerful enough
to act as the cure-all. The establishment
of all establishments is the government.
We disdain the word patriot, and yet it is
in the name of our country that we
criticize it; it is for love of our country
that we seek to change it as it now exists.
Yet "objectors," "protestors," and the
like are often accused of not loving their
country. As Fulbright explained his pro-
tests against the government, so do we,
in the words of Albert Camus. "No, I didn't
love my country, if pointing out what is
unjust in what we love amounts to not
loving, if insisting that what we love
should measure up to the finest image we
have of her amounts to not loving."
T HIS IS A NOBLE sentiment indeed, if
one acknowledges that sentiment ex-
ists. It is an exhilarating experience to
possess "the finest image" of a country.
What is ours? What are we seeking;
what do we want?
I don't know myself. I am only asking
for the conglomeration of "we's" that go
marching on for something that we rare-
ly think about. We demand an answer of
those we question and reject those that
are given. I suspect that the cause of our
rejection is our own lack of certainty as
to exactly what.it is that we seek.
IT IS A RATHER disheartening exper-
ience to pledge yourself to a cause of
emptiness. I suggest that we define our
cause; it may mean nothing to the rest
of the world but it must mean something
to us. We must know what it is that we
are searching for. How else can we find
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The Foreign Relations Commttee-984
By DAVID KNOKE charges are absolutely, irrefutably, SEN. FULLRIGHTEOUS: (Bang- SEC. McNamura: I contest Rep. SEN. ROBERT F. KIDNNEDY
Special To The Daily untrue. I have here a 500 page ing gavel) We haven't time to pur- Cadillac's charges of "shocking have this to say about that. T
CCORDING TO a recently pub- report by Mrs. Horton Finkfine, of sue that line at the moment; now mismanagement." In the last uh administration should recogn
lished book, "The Obligations the Moral Mothers of America, we are going to hear charges of . . . twelve minutes . . . we have adinstraonsoutiatio regi
Power" by Harlan Cleveland, who swears that GI's spend their misconduct of the wars efforts dropped the equivalent of six an encourage negotions w
United States might find it time working at orphanages and from Congressman Gerald Cadil- times the total tonnage of bombs the Viet Cong, the Red Chire
cessary in the exercise of its tending flower gardens. lac.. Jerry. dropped in World War III. I have the Venezuelan rebels, the Tea
eign policies to engage in many I would further like to say that exact figures for the number of sters union, the Hell's Angels a
all Viet Nam-type wars in the hIson fthen ists aythgt EP. CADILLAC: Thank you men, women, children and goats the Free French. And if t
'ur'e. this nation is not succumbing to Bill. You know, normally I do a killed as a percentile of the ton- dth Fek .Adf
uroe shie ta nwi h e lee roac fpw duet with my sidekick from Il- nage dropped being a factor of the doesn't take the liberal support
ama clbusf ir wa whc Any country that has been at wa linois, but due to something about rate of domestic inflation which the ADA away from VP Humpy
wn the military might of the for twenty-two years in 34 dif- a prayer campaign, Ev couldn't is . . . Whoops! Looks like I've don't know what will. And, by t
st powerful nation in the world, ferent countries, by latest count, be with me today. just dropped and scattered my way, it's Arizona this term.
United States may find itself would be too busy shoring up the Anyway, I have reports that on three volumes of notes.
ing in a dozen obscure places fbairogan creedom to have time fourteen battle fronts there are Anyway, I will have to admit SEN. FULLRIGHTEOUS: It a
t Pago Pago, Andorra, and pears our time is about up gent
thKimna.in some instances troops have had mn xetfrsm nd been buying back surplus hair mrsfo nas-a rsd
f the United States government SEN. WAYNE MOOSE: I hold to rely on outdated atomic weap- spra soyig rainedu by De icmarks from an also-ran preside
re to remain as gauche and ill- here the transcripts of statements ons. Also 140,000 cans of hair Gay uponkping ot oy totial candidate (beneath mysd
pared to handle the PR con- by fourteen dictators we are sup- spray were uncovered being ship- Gaulle upon pulling out of NATO. nity to comment upon, the sti
ct of these wars, we might one porting who say that after Hitler, ped to those brothels Sec. Risk But you've read those warnings, %/', I hope these sessions ha
tune in on the Foreign Re- their favorite idol is Lyndon alleges not to exist. I hope these flammable," eh? Well, all candor been most educational and inf
ions Committee hearings in Baines Johnson. I hotly contend revelations will shock the Ameri- mative.
4: and maintain that not one shred can people from their apathy into permits me to disclose that it was
of evidence under the Mishkov- voting for my party, whose motto hair spray, yes, Lady Clarol has CUT TO SAM FRIENDLY: W
EN. J. WILLIAM FULLRIGHT- Ferndale Geneva Pact of 1972 for 1984 is "Big Brother Does saved the Eskimoes from being folks, there you have it. The 479
US: Now, Mr. Secretary, evi- Subsection 47, paragraph A or C, Better By You." (Applause from overrun and slaughtered. telecast of the Foreign Relatio
ice has come to my attention supports the intervention of Unit- white haired ladies in gallery). Committee hearings. And now
.t American soldiers have turned ed States Armed Forces PX's into SEN. FULLRIGHTEOUS: Thank join 'I Remember Papa," in whi
vanna into a brothel, both an underdeveloped country which SEN. FULLRIGHTEOUS: Order, you Mr. Secretary. Ah, I see the President Luci Baines Johnsoni
rally and figuratively. hasn't held a plebescite within the please. The next witness will be distinguished Senator, from Con- counts how she took a hint fr
last six months and furthermore Secretary of Defense Robert Mc- necticut this term I believe, wishes Mrs. Luraleen Wallace, now
EC. DEAN RISK: Those . . . Namura, to address the committee. progress.
Food for Thought on Love and Women
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EDITOR'S NOTE: On a bright
spring day, what could be more ap-
propriate than a special message
addressed to all those in love, about
to be in love or who wish they
were in love. The following aphor-
isms, although some individuals may
recognize some aspects of their own
character reflected in them, are di-
rected to no one in particular, but
"to whom it may concern."
A WOMAN KNOWS how to keep
quiet when she is in the right,
whereas a man, when he is in the
right, will keep on talking.
The great question that has
never been answered, and which I
have not yet been able to answer
despite my thirty years of re-
search into the feminine soul is:
What does a woman want?
'Tis strange what a man may do,
and a woman yet think him an
A woman is more responsive to
a man's forgetfulness than to his
MEN ARE so made that they
can resist sound argument, and
yet yield to a glance.
The fundamental fault of the
female character is that it has no
sense of justice.
Women are alwayse afraid of
things which have to be divided.
You don't know a woman until
you have had a letter from her,
The woman whose behavior in-
dicates th4 she will snake a scene
if she is told the truth asks to be
* * .
WOMAN LEARNS how to hate
in the degree that she forgets how
LOVE IS EITHER the shrink-
ing remnant of something which
was once enormous; or else it is
part of something which will grow
in the future into something
enormous. But in the present it
does not satisfy. It gives much less
than one expects.
There is nothing like desire for
preventing the things we say
from having any resemblance to
the things in our minds.
When we are in love, we often
doubt what we most believe.
No disguise can long conceal
love where it exists, or long feign
it where it is lacking.
Love lessens woman's delicacy
and increases man's.
* 4 *
When love is concerned, it is
easier to renounce a feeling than
to give up a habit,
TRUE LOVE. is like seeing
ghosts: we all talk about it, but
few of us have ever seen one.
Perfect love means to love the
one through whom one became
' 4 4
There are two kinds of faith-
fulness in love: one is based on
forever finding new things to love
in the loved one; the other is
based on our pride in being faith-
* * *
It is as absurd to say that a
man can't love one woman all the
time as it is to say that a violinist
needs several violins to play the
same piece of music.
--The most exclusive love for
Q~"PnPil 1unvny~. nv.. Cnmp.flff
The first spat in love, as well as
the first misstep in 'friendship, is
the only one we can turn to good
* * *
-Aversion gives love its death
wound, and forgetfulness buries it.
We do not live in accordance
with our mode of thinking, but
we think in accordance with our
mode of loving.
Love does not consist in gazing
at each other but in looking to-
gether in the same direction.
4' * 4'
Love begius with love; friend-
ship, however warm, cannot change
to love, however mild.
* * *
THE ONLY THING which is
not purely mechanical about fall-
ing in love is its beginning. Al-
though all those who fall in love
do so in the same way, not all fall
in love for the same reason. There
is no single quality which is uni-
-ORTEGA Y GASSET
* * *'
Like everybody who is not in
love, he imagined that one chose
the person whom one loved after
endless deliberations and on the
strength of various qualities and
* * *
It is a mistake to speak of a
bad choice in love, since, as soon
as a choice exists, it can only be
Love is a spaniel that prefers
even punishment from one hand to
caresses from another.
There is not a woman in the
world the possession of whom is
as precious as that of the truth
which she reveals to us by causing
us to suffer.
AN ABSENCE, the decline of a
dinnnm.invitation. an unintentional
It is a common enough case,
that of a man being suddenly
captivated by a woman nearly the
opposite of his ideal.
* * *
At the beginning of love and at
its end the lovers are embarrassed
to be left alone.
* * *
Women grow attached to men
through the favors they grant
them; but men, through the same
favors, are cured of their love.
* * *
Women are won when they begin
-Author of NERO
S * *
The,-duration of passion is pro-
portionate with the original re-
sistance of the woman.
NO WOMAN ever hates a man
for being in love with her; but
many a woman hates a man for
being a friend to her.
WE HAVE FEWER friends than
we imagine, but more than we
Somebody said: "There are two
persons whom I have not thought
deeply about. That is the proof of
my love for them."
The most fatal disease of friend-
ship is gradual decay, or dislike
hourly increased by causes too
slender for complaint, and too
numerous for removal.
However fastidious we may be
in love we forgive more faults in
love than in friendship.
If you want a person's faults, go
to those who love him. They will
not tell you, but they know.
N * *
NO ONE HAS ever loved anyone
* * *
Such is the rule of modesty, a
woman of feeling betrays her sen-
timents for her lover sooner r'y
deed than by word.
A woman with eyes only for one
person, or with eyes always averted
from him, creates exactly the same
* *' *
There is no fury like a woman
searching for a new lover.
* 4 *
A woman we love rarely satis-
fies all our needs, and we deceive
her with a woman whom we do
JEALOUSY is the great exag-
We are ashamed to admit that
we are jealous, but proud that we
were and that we can be.
* *' *
the way everyone wants to be
Of course, I love you.
Of all sad words of tongue and
pen, the saddest are these: it
might have been.
MANY READERS have called to
our attention the fact that the
location of Northern High School
given in the editorial by Neal
Bruss (May 17) was incorrect. In-
stead of being near the inter-
section of Grand River and Grand
Boulevard, the high school is lo-
cated at Woodward and Clare-
mont. We acknowledge the mis-