The Pentagon is reported to be “weighing a request from the White House to support a July Fourth celebration on the National Mall that may include military aircraft flyovers, band performances and other displays.”
I may be a minority of one here, but I think such a display would be in very poor taste. We have had two black men murdered in the past month, simply for being black. One of those men was murdered by the police, the very people we are supposed to trust with our lives. We have more than a thousand people dying of a global pandemic every day, in large part because our nation was slow to respond and has put corporate profit over people’s lives. We are more divided than we have ever been in our history, with political parties threatening to kill one another, religions attempting to force their views on others, a Congress that has become dysfunctional, Supreme Court Justices who have traded their integrity for a pat on the back from Donald Trump, and the list goes on.
This summer is almost certain to be a violent one, with a race war in the making and Donald Trump pouring fuel on the fire with his ignominious tweets. The United States has failed miserably in its global role, leaving our allies hanging, trying to patch together agreements to make the world a safer place. The United States is led by a cruel, evil dictator who would sooner see every one of us dead than to ever act on the behalf of the people who pay his salary. The United States has denigrated many of those who live within its borders, given them reasons to fear for their very lives. Immigrant children have been separated from their parents, some likely forever, simply because of their ethnicity.
Now, you tell me what there is to celebrate? As today the ‘man’ in the Oval Office is threatening to fan the flames of the race war brewing in this country by threatening to send the National Guard to shoot protesters; as today the ‘man’ in the Oval Office and many of our elected legislators refuse to implement policies to protect the environment, to protect We the People. No, I don’t see a damn thing worth celebrating in this nation.
The sort of festivities Trump is asking of the Pentagon would be a slap in the face to most of us living here. It would ignore the grief and horrors we are enduring, in favour of honouring a person who has no honour, of honouring a country that is being destroyed from within. It would also have a hefty price tag. The United States government is bankrupt, with more than $25 trillion in debt and very little revenue at this time. HOW THE SAM HELL can we afford to spend millions on a damn circus show that benefits no one??? What about those who have been out of work for three months? What about those who are about to lose their homes, or those who cannot afford food or medicine? Would not that money, those millions of dollars, be better spent helping We the People survive the crisis that is happening in this country?
I do hope cooler heads in the Pentagon will prevail. I hope that there are those who have the cojones to stand up to Donald Trump and say “No”. Somehow, I have my doubts. Friends, Donald Trump is proposing to use our hard-earned tax dollars for an ego trip, for a overblown display to attempt to send a message that all is well in the United States. All is not well in the U.S. today, and in fact nothing … NOTHING is right in this country today. I, for one, will not be celebrating July 4th, aka Independence Day, this year. I hope to celebrate our Independence Day on November 4th when Donald Trump has been told to pack his bags and get the heck out … that will be the day we regain our voices and begin to attempt to heal this nation.