Pretty idiotic. If you saw it, you already know that. If you don’t, enjoy the embed below.
President Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” celebration would be, we were told, a militaristic, partisan sham that would threaten everyone and serve no purpose but to glorify Trump himself. It would be an in-your-face propping up of right-wing jingoism and Trump’s tyrannical instincts.
Where should we start in listing off all of Trump’s evil right-wing rhetoric? The celebration of women’s suffrage? The salute to Harriet Tubman? The honoring of Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr.?
I don’t know if Barack Obama ever hailed as many civil rights heroes as Trump did yesterday. It was really something:
The coverage from Reuters was really something, dripping as it was with implication that the whole thing would be a shameful politicization of a day associated with national unity, even as they had to admit an advanced release of the program suggested no partisanship whatsoever.
And there wasn’t. Trump honored a long list of Americans, but few of them had anything to do with politics. He honored servicemen, past military leaders, ordinary citizens who stepped in to help veterans . . . it’s hard to imagine how anyone with breath would have a problem with this event.
Maybe listening to the Marine anthem is not your bag, but this was a celebration of America’s traditions, not of any particular president, party or ideology.
Unless, of course, you embrace a philosophy that reflexively dislikes America. Maybe you read Vice and you identify with articles like “How to Celebrate the 4th of July When America is a Constant Disappointment.” I do hope you find happiness in your life. Somehow.
But the theme of this event was the greatness of America in general, not the greatness of Republicans or the greatness of Trump. If you didn’t like that theme, or you refused to show up because Trump was the primary speaker, fine. That’s your choice. This event posed no threat to you and extracted no price from you.
It was a really cool celebration of some of the bravest and most honorable of Americans, and of the work they’ve done to preserve our freedom and our viability as a nation. Anyone who loves this country should have enjoyed that.
I guess some people don’t.
Author: Dan Calabrese
Source: Western Journal: So, Trump’s Fourth of July event? How idiotic must the left and the media feel today?