Thursday, December 24, 2015

Smedley Butler’s Message to Mothers

-Laurence M. Vance
Some mothers won’t be seeing their boys this Christmas. They should have read USMC Major General Smedley Butler’s “Message to Mothers”:
Now, you mothers, particularly! The only way you can resist all this war hysteria and beating of tom-toms is by asserting the love you bear for your boy. When you listen to some well worded, some well-delivered WAR speech, just remember it’s nothing but sound. No amount of sound can make up to you for the loss of your boy. After you’ve heard one of those speeches and your blood’s all hot and you want to bite somebody like Hitler.- go upstairs to where your boy’s asleep.. . . Look at him. Put your hand on that spot on the back of his neck. The place you used to love to kiss when he was a baby. Just rub it a little. You won’t wake him up, he knows it’s you. Just look at his strong, fine young body because only the best boys are chosen for war. Look at this splendid young creature who’s part of yourself, then close your eyes for a moment and I’ll tell you what can happen…