At the time of his death, Smedley was the most decorated soldier in U.S.
history. He came to the conclusion that the U.S. military was being used by big business merely as mercenaries; putting down peasant demands for living wages and allowing business to operate without restrictions. Outraged at the high profits big business was achieving during war time, Smedley had a modest proposal. Since we are asking our young men and women to make sacrifices for their "country" during war time, let us ask sacrifices of big business too. We could pass laws that would limit corporate profits during war to less than they made during peace. How long do you think we would be at war if corporations sacrificed too?