Edwin Starr Performs "War"
"It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song 'War,' sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart," begins the heroic Tom Engelhardt — War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. Recognizing the year of my birth, I did a quick search and found the song was released on the day of my birth. Cool.
In a musical post on my old blog — ♪ War – What Is It Good For? ♪ — I quoted Bill Kauffman from Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism:
- No one ever answered Edwin Starr's question. Well, Edwin, I'll tell you what it's good for. It's good for taxes; it's good for day care; it's good for year-round schooling; it's good for the metric system; it's good for daylight saving time; it's good for the Interstate Highway System; it's good for divorce; it's good for school consolidation and the space program and the IRS. In short, it's good for nothing that a genuine conservative might cherish.