Walter Nicklin

Traveler and Writer

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." 

 

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"Yes, things are bad, but 1968 was worse." To put a brave face on the country's current state of affairs, observers often invoke 1968. It offers comfort as a touchstone for measuring political and cultural turmoil: if we could get through 1968, we can get through today, even if today seems like an undeclared civil war.

How people in my generation responded to the draft would subsequently seem like an X-ray into their character. Take the baby boomers who, like Mr. Trump, became the nation's leaders: Bill Clinton equivocated enough to avoid service. George W. Bush served in the National Guard. Al Gore became an Army enlisted man in Vietnam. John Kerry was a naval...