When I joined the US armed forces I was a maverick looking for a way out of family and financial despair.-- I wasn't answering any sense of jingoistic duty. When I was a child, I LOATHED POLITICS, often heatedly discussed around the dinner table. Santa Claus felt more natural, still does. I am not sorry for this. "The Man" the "Establishment," is "square," --a drag. We tried to see ourselves as children of the flowering earth chemically cowboying space, and whatever dimension took us far away from the evening news of war, assassinations, and riots - all generated by the "military-industrial complex" we were supposed to pledge allegiance to. Long flowing rebellious hair adorned me listening to the musical offspring of the beat poets who eschewed the conventions of so-called "christianized" society. A rebel, I remain.