I think I've spotted some revisionism, but I'm going to ask the old timers that read this if they remember events in the way I got the impression of it going down.
The modern take in the media I've seen lately is chants of "Hey, Hey, LBJ! How many kids you killed today?" is a reference to the 'kids' in the form of an 18 year old American conscript, dying in Viet Nam. Sorta dovetails with modern sentiment insisting on respecting and supporting the troops.
But that's not what I remember. That wasn't what I came away from the recollections in school and otherwise in the 70s and 80s. My impression is those chanters DIDN'T support or respect conscripts that acquiesced to service and went war when their country called. They hated soldiers, those protesters. When they worried about kids LBJ was 'killing' they were worried about Vietnamese kids. They called the soldier "Baby Killers" after all. But in the end, turning against their fellow citizens that were just doing their duty and obeying the law was a losing proposition for the protesters, PR-wise. And now they change their tune and rewrite history.
Or am I off base? LBJ was killing American men young enough to be kids, or LBJ was killing Vietnamese children?
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