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We Should All Cringe With Embarrassment About Trump’s Banana-Republic July 4 Spectacle - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jul 03,2019
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Military police walk near Abrams tanks on a flat car in a rail yard, Monday, July 1, 2019, in Washington, ahead of a Fourth of July celebration that President Donald Trump says will include military hardware. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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BY ANDREW BEAUJON

WASHINGTON, DC. - So now he has tanks. And a VIP section. And the longest fireworks show in the US. Yep, Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” this July 4 should offer some pretty solid visuals for his fans.

You don’t have to be among the 96 percent of DC voters who aren’t among the president’s faithful to be furious about this grotesque display. Trump’s takeover of the Fourth of July doesn’t suck merely because it is instigated by someone whose policies and behavior are deeply unpopular here. It sucks because July Fourth is supposed to be a day when your views on marginal tax rates and the Paris treaty dissolve on contact with fireworks and cookouts. Making the day about imperial spectacle screws all of that up.

Military parades aren’t inherently evil—France and Canada both do them—but there’s a reason we almost never stage them anymore: In our national tradition, they’re supposed to be reserved for when we’ve won a significant military engagement. Kurt Cobain was alive when the last military parade rolled into DC to celebrate the conclusion of the first Gulf War, and the damage to DC’s streets and cultural treasures long outlasted the good vibes of George H.W. Bush palling around with Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf.

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