The president continues to defy critics and the critics deserve to be defied. The president is politicizing the 4th of July, critics howled. Worse than that, a talking head said a military parade with tanks would make us look more like the Soviet Union and North Korea.
One would think that the president requesting what turned out to be a very modest showcase of our military would the first step towards militarism—two stationary light tanks and a salute by a few Airforce jets. Not quite the anticipated endless row of heavy tanks, artillery, and missiles rumbling through the streets of Washington; and far from the “excess” and “divisiveness” expected from the liberal pundits.
To their deep disappointment, the president gave the nation a lesson in civility and patriotism. Far from the expected display of political theater and narcissistic self-adulation, the focus of his speech was the United States of America. In a reverent and almost solemn tone, the president recapped major events in our history and paid due respect and tribute to the men and women of the armed services that since the founding of the nation have protected our freedom—and still guarantee the freedom and security of many other nations throughout the world.
We should never be ashamed of our military, and we must not refrain from honoring their role in preserving our nation from the foes that seek our destruction…
We must never forget that had it not been for the role of our armed forces in World War II, we would be speaking German here and in Europe; and Fascism, not Democracy, would have been the post-war world order. Who can forget the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe and stave off control of Europe by Stalin and the Communist Soviet Union.
That same military occupied Japan in 1945, yet it helped a defeated enemy to become free and great again, and since then one of our great allies. It was that same military that liberated Iraq and Kuwait and provided the muscle that has defeated ISIS, a military continues to be a source of stability throughout the region and the world.
Unlike the Soviet tanks squashing the hope of freedom in Hungary in 1956 and in Prague in 1968, our tanks have been welcomed beacons of hope and freedom for millions of oppressed people throughout the world.
The president’s tribute was subdued, but his message was clear. We should never be ashamed of our military, and we must not refrain from honoring their role in preserving our nation from the foes that seek our destruction.
It is often the symbolic display of our military prowess that has kept many an enemy from treading on America.
Well done, Mr. President, mission accomplished.