Has America turned apathetic?

United States
October 23, 2007 10:38pm CST
I wasn't around for the Vietnam era, but what I have seen and heard of it involve lots of protests about the Vietnam war. There was the Kent State issue and all that stuff. Now with the war in Iraq, no one seems to care, at least not the way it seems they did in the 70s. Do you think Americans are apathetic now? Why is this so? Is it because we don't think we can change anything?
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• United States
24 Oct 07
I was serving during the Viet Nam conflict and most Americans either did not really know where Viet Nam was or they just did not care...this war is a lot more potential damage then Viet Nam..this could lead to WWIII and some people in the news media are already calling this WWIII...maybe so..most civilized people hate war and this war is hurting everyone involved with it..but the President will have his way until his administration is over but by then the situation will most likely be the same as today or worse..i do not see an early end to this situation in the Middle East...Yes, we are more apathetic...as a nation..as we have so many other issues that we could be spending our time and money on ..but the war on terrorism must be fought as the can of worms has already been opened..this happened as a result of 911....I am afraid the die is cast.
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• United States
24 Oct 07
That's also true. This war does have more potential for permanent damage...not only of us, but the whole world...I mean world war 3 ain't gonna be good for anybody. It's sad that no one's stopping Bush while they can. But alas...you're still right. It is a direct result on that one incident. And what's been started has been started...all we can do now, is what each of us thinks is right..and what we can, and see what the future holds for us.
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• United States
29 Oct 07
I worry very much about WWIII happening too. The whole nuclear weapons thing scares me so much... There's a little over one year till Bush is out of office, but I'm not sure a new administration will be able to fix things.
@lancingboy (1393)
• United States
24 Oct 07
I agree with you on that. I think people just don't think we can do anything about the situation in Iraq. The Vietname War was also before my time, but there were protests all over the place. I also liked how the American people joined together during World War II to help each other and those overseas. I wish people in the modern world were able to do things like that, but I think everyone is so involved in having two jobs just to make ends meet.
• United States
29 Oct 07
It is very true about having two jobs to make ends meet. I think a lot of us are too busy getting by to focus on what's going on in the world, and also we don't really have to do anything, since we have our Congressmen and government to take care of that. I think if there was a draft things would be a lot different.
@gradyslady (4056)
• United States
30 Oct 07
Yeah I agree with that, you never hear on tv that someone was protesting for someone else's rights. I mean yeah there are groups like PETA that still protest and do crazy things for animal's rights, but there aren't marches or protests like there were back in the 60's and 70's.