Move over China, Russia, and North Korea, there’s a new military parade in town.
Talk about distracting overcompensation.
Or is it guilt that someone else got killed or maimed in Viet Nam because he had to take the place of “Cadet Bone Spurs”?
Public displays of force with military officers showing-off weapons is the habit of fascist states.
In spite of Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempting to present the idea of a traditionally Communist and Fascist military parade as a mere suggestion of a way to celebrate the troops, on February 6,Trump gave orders to the Department of Defense to prepare for a military parade.
Obviously, Trump has found a new use for the troops. Beyond the photo ops and claiming that anyone who does not agree with him, takes a knee at a football game, or doesn’t clap at his State of the Union, he found a new way to prop up his fragile self-image.
The countries he wants to emulate were created by military coups, and they are military countries.
The United States is a civilian country that has a permanent military to protect it.
James Madison, one of those pesky Founding Fathers who, like Bible verses, are quoted or ignored according to the needs of the speaker, said:
“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
Elbridge Gerry, a delegate to the American Constitutional Convention, wrote that
“Standing armies in time of peace are inconsistent with the principles of republican Governments, dangerous to the liberties of a free people, and generally converted into destructive engines for establishing despotism.”
Samuel Adams wrote in 1768,
“Even when there is a necessity of the military power, within a land, a wise and prudent people will always have a watchful and jealous eye over it.”
The importance of having a civilian as the Commander in Chief of the military should not be ignored. That job is to remind and guarantee that we stay a civilian country and that the military is a part of it, but not the most important part.
This is not the case with fascist states with leaders who are authoritarian.
What message is Trump hoping to send to the world and the citizens of the United States?
With this parade we will be becoming one of those states we have long opposed, and rather than a sign of respect to those in service, it will be abandoning those who in service defended us and continue to defend us against such states.