When Johnny Comes
(Overheard Concerning Conscription)
“He should go, it will do him good. He’ll come back a man….”
“Go ahead, laugh, because I only make twenty dollars a week. But when you’re conscripted, I’ll be the one who will laugh, long and loud. Because I’ll still be free, working in the aircraft plant, while you’ll be….”
“I still say, they shouldn’t take me, until maybe the third or fourth call. I’ve had two years of R.O.T.C. at college. Why, Hell, that counts a lot….”
“But what about these fellows with good jobs. They will give up a year’s good pay to work for only twenty-one dollars a month. That isn’t fair. How can anyone make any real money when he is in the army? That’s my only objection to conscription….”
“You know, I’ve been thinking that it wouldn’t be so bad. In fact, I’m looking forward to it. It will get me away from that factory job for a year, and it ought to be fun….”
“It’s fascism, that’s what it is….”
“Pure communism, nothing else….”
“Our only way to combat these isms is to have a large army and plenty of trained men….”
“I don’t know why everyone is so excited. No one is threatening us, and no one will threaten us. Hitler? Why, he won’t bother us. Didn’t he say so just a little while ago….”
(No part of the above is the personal opinion of the writer.)
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