What in the world have the people in Washington been inhaling? Since when is it a problem for Americans to show off the technical abilities of our military? Seriously, every June Fleet Week happens in New York where the people get to see the Navy’s big ships. All over the heartland, the various state National Guards and personnel on military bases do air shows around the trio of summer national holidays.
President Trump mentions the possibility of a military parade, and the inhabitants of Capitol Hill suddenly want to hide it all.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) insisted, “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.” Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA) preened, “A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy.” Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) glibly observed, “Because authoritarian regimes like Russia and North Korea hold massive military parades does not mean that we must as well.”
Why not? This is one time humans could well learn from nature: if you’ve got the assets, show ’em off. Raise those tail feathers. It’s not like we haven’t done this before.
Contrary to fake news reports, the United States has held massive, flashy military parades since at least 1865. Subsequent public displays of military might, including tanks, missiles, and hundreds of thousands of troops occurred in 1919, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1961, and 1991.
Also contrary to mainstream media headlines, it wasn’t so long ago that military parades ranked among the few issues to draw bipartisan support. No less a Democrat than Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) vocally supported a military parade on American soil as recently as 2014. The camera-happy senator’s call to arms stirred even New York’s Bolshevik Mayor Bill De Blasio, who proclaimed, “The brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation with courage and skill in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve a recognition for their sacrifice. I stand with Sen. Schumer in his call for a parade to honor our veteran heroes, and New York City would be proud to host this important event.”
Well, look at that. A history lesson and yet one more example of Democrat hypocrisy all in a single anti-Trump sentiment.
Sorry, Y’all, but we the people really would like to see the flash and what all that money we keep putting into the Pentagon actually buys us.