President Trump has called on the Pentagon to provide a military parade on the 4th of July in Washington!
I find no fault in this presidential request, and I hope it becomes a recurring event.
Naturally, the brass disagrees. They say things like "We don't need a parade to show how powerful we are!" and "We show our military strength around the world every day of the year!"
The military brass, the media, Trump's progressive and reactionary opposition forces on the left and the right all disagree with me and Mr. Trump.
We don't need no stinkin' parade, they say! But of course, we do need one, a great big one that gets bigger every year. Bigger, shinier, louder, longer, slower and with mucho patriotic music.
But, they say, it will cost millions of dollars, money that might be better spent promoting US order and political desires around the world!
Look, when you are already borrowing an extra trillion a year just for government operations, why not show it off? Isn't anyone proud of the military and what it does? At least an army and navy are actually mentioned in the Constitution. Come on, people!
Trump likes the idea of being proud of the military, of making people proud of their country and what it stands for, and he thinks a grand military parade, including tanks and missile displays, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, robots and drones, will help show people what they have invested in, or at least paid for several times over, keeping millions of otherwise productive people off the streets and away from their entrepreneurial and market-driven callings.
We must insist on many, many floats as well! Floats with black site mockups and civilian soldiers for hire! Over half of the parade will need to be civilian contractors, who bring technology, contracting officers, lobbyists, former soldiers, and second career military men and women back at the trough … er, table, and without whom we would not have the military we owe on today!
A special float should be dedicated to the US Constitution, as an artifact that all military men and women have sworn to uphold. It's probably quite heavy, so I'm totally fine if the float is on an 18-wheeled trailer, with soldiers and sailors simply appearing to be carrying it.
There should be a marching group with green eyeshades, some recognition of the yeoman's work to ensure an actual audit of the whole Pentagon system that appears to be started and might even be completed someday. This effort to find the trillions that have been misplaced, lost, stolen or otherwise dissipated by the Pentagon in the past few decades is so important. I think hiding painted rocks with clues throughout the parade route would be a nice touch for the children!
There is much that can be accomplished by a parade, and I think being able to talk about it, as it is planned and as it evolves over time, will be very healthy for American society.