Why is a Military Parade Okay in 2014, “Militaristic” in 2018?
There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace. – Ronald Reagan
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, The New York Daily News ran the following story…
Soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars stood Sunday with Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for a ticker-tape parade along the historic Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the Big Apple should host a bells-and-whistles procession to honor vets of the two post-9/11 campaigns.
“With the war in Afghanistan winding down, now is the time to keep with longstanding American tradition and kick off a campaign for the first New York City welcome home parade for troops that served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Schumer said, flanked by vets of several wars on Broadway at the Bowling Green bull statue.
“With the completion of the Afghanistan combat mission expected at the end of this year, and with Iraq’s official end far behind us, it’s time for New York to stake its claim and for the Department of Defense to join in planning this welcome home celebration.”
Schumer said he secured Mayor de Blasio’s blessing Saturday.
“The brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation with courage and skill in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve a recognition for their sacrifice,” de Blasio said. “I stand with Senator Schumer in his call for a parade to honor our veteran heroes, and New York City would be proud to host this important event.”
Ever since President Trump announced his wish to have a Military Parade to honor our Best and Brightest, Modern American Liberals have been freaking out like the millennials who are staging wakes when their favorite fast food restaurant closes.
Now, to be fair, they are not alone.
There are those on the other side of the political aisle who object to this idea as well, stating that it is something that one would see under an authoritarian regime, and that it would be more prudent to spend the costs of such a parade on bettering Veterans’ Benefits and improving the care that Veterans receive at VA Hospitals.
Taken at face value, these are legitimate points.
However, the President’s wish is not without precedent.
According to Smithsonianmag.org,
Military parades outside of holidays such as Veterans Day, the Fourth of July or Memorial Day aren’t typical in this country in recent decades, but there is a history of them.
These parades date back to the early days of our nation and continued through the 20th Century, at the end of Word War II, at President John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration, and, most recently, in 1991, when 8,000 troops marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC, celebrating the end of the Persian Gulf War. The ceremony featured a fireworks show that evening, attended by 800,000 Americans.
As far as the objections being brought by the Far Left-controlled Democratic Party…
While Barack Hussein Obama was our Armed Forces Commander in-Chief (Thank God, he isn’t any more), the responsibility for everything that happened to the men and women serving in our armed forces, in which some part of our federal government is involved, both during and after their service, fell on his shoulders and his alone.
Through his treatment of our Heroes as “ancillary” servants to be used for social experimentation and budget cutting, when he wanted to use their money to further his socialization of America, Obama placed our Armed Forces in an untenable situation.
Distinguished American Veteran, Former United States Representative Lt. Col. Allen B. West once wrote the following, concerning Obama’s treatment of our Armed Forces:
Barack Hussein Obama cannot be seen as a Commander-in-Chief and I will never refer to him that way. His fundamental transformation of America means weakening our nation and leaving our Republic less secure. I can just imagine how appreciative and elated his Muslim Brotherhood friends are at this point, to include Turkey’s President Erdogan, as well as the mad mullahs in Iran.
I remember my ex-brother-in-law, Dave. My late step-sister met him at the USO in Memphis during the Vietnam War. David was a Polish Catholic from outside of Detroit, a Navy guy who received his training in the computers of the day, while in service to our country. When he got out, they got married and moved to Dearborn (now Dearbornistan), Michigan, where he got a job with Burroughs. I remember Dave, because he was always good to me, even though I was just a runt kid, 15 years younger than him. I remember him cleaning his service rifle, sitting on the living room floor of our house, and, making sure it was empty, allowing me to hold it. At the time, I thought that was the coolest thing I had ever done.
I also remember John. John was a friend of my sister’s, who stayed with us, because of problems at home. My parents were the ones whom all my sister’s friends would talk to when they had trouble at home. John was great guy, as well, who wound up enlisting and serving in that “crazy Asian War”, as Kenny Rogers and the late Mel Tillis once referred to it in song.
I have related before about my own Daddy and my Uncles, and their service in World War II. I have also had friends that served over the years, and one who is still serving in the Air National Guard.
All of these men were/are Patriots. They enlisted out of duty to God and Country.
Our Brightest and Best, who wear the uniform today, are no less dedicated. They deserve to be treated with respect, not as pawns in a game of political expediency, whose rules as followed by the Previous Presidential Administration. included social experimentation, political correctness, and blatant disrespect by the then-Commander-in-Chief himself.
The greatest American President in my lifetime, Ronald Reagan, once said,
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
Reagan was a realist. He realized that, as President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt once advised, the best way to keep America safe, is to “Speak softly and carry a big stick”.
We suffered for 8 long years under a president who spoke like a wuss and carried a feather pillow, a Mexican Flag, and a prayer rug.
And, you wonder why our Best and Brightest always erupt in appreciation for their Present Commander-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump?
They are simply happy that they once again have a Commander-in-Chief who appreciates them. And, one who actually has their back for a change.
As Americans, we should show them that we have their backs, as well.
While a small token at best, the parade which President Trump has proposed would be a step in that direction.
Until He Comes,