THIS, dammit, is what it really means to be an American:
Herbert Hoover, May 17, 1946:
"There are Americans who believe it right, and a duty, to feed women and children of even a surrendered enemy. No one is the enemy of children."
"There are others who believe that the only hope of a peaceful world is to save the enemy peoples from starvation and thus start building them into peaceful, cooperative peoples."
"There are others who, remembering the IMMEASURABLE crimes the enemy has committed against all mankind, believe in 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.'"
"To these, let me say that to keep five hundred thousand American boys in garrison among starving women and children is unthinkable. It is impossible because, being Americans, they will share their own rations with hungry children."
"It is impossible because hunger brings the total destruction of all morals."
"It is impossible because of the danger to American boys of sweeping infectious diseases, which rise inevitably from famine."
"It is impossible because we do not want our boys machine-gunning famished rioters."
"It is unthinkable because we do not want the American flag flying over nation-wide Buchenwalds."
Add to the literal meaning of "hunger" the metaphorical sense of hunger as a yearning for freedom, and there you have it. A blueprint for going forward in this, the extraordinarily dangerous 21st Century.