I know that some ranking democrats are blasting Trump for trying to take over the 4th for his own personal gain and then do a military parade to let dems know who is in change!
This is unfortunate because they are completely wrong and I am not surprised. The Fourth has never been apolitical or nonpartisan. During the War of Independence, officials used the anniversary of Congress’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence as an opportunity to bolster anti-British sentiment. They rallied support for the Patriots’ cause with toasts, orations, militia drills and fireworks. In the postwar years, the day transformed into a civics lesson, with Americans extolling the benefits of republican government and, later, the Constitution.
Nothing has changed since 1776. The 4th of July is the peoples day for sure, but it’s also about government and a reminder why we have the kind of government we do. We all share the same lifeboat and the 4th should remind us of that.
We’re also long overdue for a military parade. If I were a soldier I would be honored to be included in such a parade before the people. And the people should look upon our military with pride and happiness that we have such a force to defend us. Trump was right to include the military in a 4th of July parade. For too long we only trotted out our military when we were in trouble and then when it was over, we conveniently put them back in the box until the next time. They deserve a victory parade and the 4th of July is a great time to do it.
I’m glad Trump saw fit to deliver! It’s about damn time. Wish I could be there to watch it in person. This will be a day to remember.