Thursday, December 1, 2011

A "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" Anniversary

On December 1, 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their "Happy Christmas" recording in the United States. Forty years ago.

On one hand it seems like a long time ago, but on the other hand it was not so very long ago.  Some things have changed, but unfortunately some things are the same. Our country is embroiled in another interminable war overseas. This more recent war has lasted longer than the Vietnam War. Hopefully our soldiers will be home soon and our country can begin healing.

The politician William Jennings Bryan is credited with the phrase "guns or butter," meaning government cannot adequately finance domestic economic requirements and war at the same time. For the past ten years the U.S. has funded war, whether officially in the budget or off-the-books spending. It has cost our country profoundly. It will take the economy years to recover. Hopefully the massive defense spending can soon be scaled back and attention paid to needs closer to home.

Here is a video of the Lennon/Ono anti-war song Happy Christmas (War is Over)


  1. We can only hope. I too wish that we no longer had any wars going on. It's my birthday today and nothing would make me happier than to think there is a day ahead when wars waged with my tax dollars are history.

  2. Nice post -- 'tis the season for peace on earth.