Is The Trump Military Parade A frightening Look At Fascism?
America doesn't have military parades, Mr. Trump!
The highly esteemed “journalists” at Fake News CNN have breathlessly reported that President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a parade honoring America’s servicemen and women in Washington, D.C. The celebration would be similar to France’s Bastille Day and is intended to show America’s appreciation for the men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom.
CNN, in a rare display of journalistic restraint, has referred to the celebration by the totally neutral term “military parade:”
President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade and the Pentagon is reviewing potential dates, Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said Tuesday.
The spokesman described the planning process as being in its “infancy.”
In response to the news, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump had asked the Defense Department to “explore” the idea.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” Sanders said.
Of course, the term “military parade” isn’t neutral at all. The loaded phrase conjures images of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist thugs marching through Baghdad, or Soviet tanks roaring in front of the Kremlin. Ask any average person what they think of when they hear “military parade” and I’ll guarantee they will conjure images of literal Nazis goose-stepping down the streets of Berlin in the 1930s.
In fact, CNN actually does make the connection between Trump’s planned celebration of America’s fighting force and a North Korean march planned for February 8th:
The news of Trump’s call for a military parade in the US comes as North Korea plans to show off dozens of long-range missiles during a February 8 parade, sources with deep knowledge of North Korea’s intentions told CNN last week.The parade is expected to include dozens of intercontinental-range Hwasong-15 missiles, which the North Koreans test-fired for the first time in late November, the sources said.The display of “hundreds” of missiles and rockets would be an attempt “to scare the hell out of the Americans,” one of the sources said.
Outside of France, authoritarian nations the world over have made massive displays of military power a mainstay of their public celebrations.
Greece, for example, holds two military parades during the year. The first on March 25th marks Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. The second on October 28th celebrates Greece’s refusal to surrender to the Axis powers during World War 2.
Australia, certainly not a fascist third world dictatorship, celebrates ANZAC Day to honor the men who died at Gallipoli during World War 1:
Here we see the Royal Green Jackets 1st Batallion putting on a little show in Westminster in merry old England:
My half hour of Internet sleuthing also managed to turn up a rather decent montage of recent military parades from around the world. Authoritarian states like China, Pakistan, and a rather impressive entry by North Korea are included. You’ll also find modern military parades from such places as Britain and South Korea:
That last video ends with a rather hurtful dig at the United States military. Of course, that’s only because America doesn’t have military parades. After all, CNN has politely and, most importantly, neutrally assured us that such celebrations are the provenance of lesser nations. We would never do something as gauche as putting on a military parade, right?
There was also a rather famous military parade through the streets of New York City back in 1946. I wonder what they could have been celebrating?
American fascism no doubt. At least, that’s what the enlightened minds at CNN probably believe.
I’d like to point out that the total time I spent researching this article, including getting a snack, a refill of soda, and a bathroom break during which I contemplated the various and sundry cobwebs in the corners of my ceiling was roughly 45 minutes. I do understand, however, that a CNN reporter’s time is precious. They can’t waste time on such mundane tasks as “research.” Not when there’s a narrative to maintain.
That is, after all, what all this boils down to. The narrative that CNN-and the Left as a whole-pushes daily is that Donald Trump is an unstable, frightfully powerful, ludicrously thin-skinned dunce. Trump is less a president than he is a buffoon who simply lurches from one self-created constitutional crisis to the next. Given the opportunity, Trump would seize control of the reigns of power, and frog march every liberal to FEMA gas chambers. The fact that Trump is planning a-gasp-military parade further cements that narrative.
I’m not surprised at this blatant, hamfisted attempt to once again label President Trump an evil Nazi fascist. That has, after all, been the Left’s playbook since Trump first entered the Republican primary two years ago. The Left can’t argue against Trump’s ideas because those ideas actually work. The Left also can’t bring their own ideas to the table because they don’t actually have any ideas. Thus once respectable media outlets such as CNN are reduced to writing breathless articles attaching a sinister meaning to something like honoring America’s armed forces with a parade.
The media has willingly reduced itself to peddling lies and deceit that wouldn’t pass muster on an erotic Naruto fanfiction website run by that creepy kid that always sat in the back of the class drawing on the desks in high school.
That’s a sad commentary in and of itself.