President Trump has called on the Pentagon to provide a military parade on the 4th of July in Washington!
I find no fault in this presidential request, and I hope it becomes a recurring event.
Naturally, the brass disagrees. They say things like “We don’t need a parade to show how powerful we are!” and “We show our military strength around the world every day of the year!”
The military brass, the media, Trump’s progressive and reactionary opposition forces on the left and the right all disagree with me and Mr. Trump.
We don’t need no stinkin’ parade, they say! But of course, we do need one, a great big one that gets bigger every year. Bigger, shinier, louder, longer, slower and with mucho patriotic music.
But, they say, it will cost millions of dollars, money that might be better spent promoting US order and political desires around the world!
Look, when you are already borrowing an extra trillion a year just for government operations, why not show it off? Isn’t anyone proud of the military and what it does? At least an army and navy are actually mentioned in the Constitution. Come on, people!
Trump likes the idea of being proud of the military, of making people proud of their country and what it stands for, and he thinks a grand military parade, including tanks and missile displays, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, robots and drones, will help show people what they have invested in, or at least paid for several times over, keeping millions of otherwise productive people off the streets and away from their entrepreneurial and market-driven callings.
We must insist on many, many floats as well! Floats with black site mockups and civilian soldiers for hire! Over half of the parade will need to be…