The events of the past continue to influence and shape the present and the future, particularly the decade of the 1960s, which was a time often called the decade of discontent because of demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Americans were divided between patriotism and the desire for peace. Some agreed with President Johnsons involvement in Vietnam for the common goal of eliminating communism, others became entranced in the peace movements that usually involved mass protests. For those who protested American involvement in the longest war they ever took part in, songs of the times were an inspiration, particularly songs of Bob Dylan, whose influential songs often protested what many considered the wrongs of society. The Times Are
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The U.S. role in the war became one of the most debated issues in the nations history. Many Americans felt United States involvement was necessary and noble, but many others called it cruel, unnecessary, and wrong, maintaining that U.S. security was never at risk and therefore, they never should have entered the war. The costs of the war aroused more public uneasiness on the urgency of our involvement.
The major protesting against the Vietnam War began when President Nixon took over the Commander-in-chief position. The media was the major source of the proof of Americas growing opposition to the war. Bob Dylans famous protest song tells about the strength of the youths protesting and others need to listen: Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And dont criticize What you cant understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road Is rapidly agin Please get out of the new one If you cant lend your hand For the times they are a-changin Public distrust for the U.S. government also began to rise when newspapers published a secret government study of the war in 1971. This study raised questions about decisions and actions of government leaders regarding the war. Overall, the cause and effect of the Vietnam War has caused suspicions and distrust of our government and the Administrations decisions, especially regarding our involvement in foreign affairs that may lead to our involvement in another war, even today. The ideas of such a