No apology required :!: One of the benefits (curses?) of having been around for a bit (as my son would say "Daddy, you're OLD!") is that you tend to have more historical perspective than most people (as in, I can remember when Lyndon Johnson was the President, we were fighting the Viet Nam War and when Dr. King was leading the Civil Rights Movement).
A lot of people haven't been around very long and our schools do not always do a very good job teaching modern history. A good book to gain some perspective on the times (and a great military work) is We Were Soldiers once and Young by Hal Moore. He discusses what happened to the US Army when Lyndon Johnson made the mistake of not declaring a state of emergency and mobilizing the Reserve Components.
I'd rather be a Soldier with a mule and mountain gun, than Knight of old, with spurs of gold, or Roman, Greek or Hun. For when there's trouble brewing, they always send for me!
Mortui Non Mordent - Celeritas Et Accuratio