By Nathan Barton
It is interesting to hear all the screams from the Democrats, some Republicans, and other Regressives, Tranzis, neo-Liberals and the like complaining about The Donald’s “military” celebration of Independence Day, and condemning (and fearing) the bringing of main battle tanks, fighter aircraft, and other weapons of war to the heart of the District of Criminals.
None of them has specifically said it, but I wonder how many fear the fact that those M1A1’s have a clear field of fire (and MORE than enough range) to target both wings of the US Capitol building. Admittedly, a symbolic target at best on the 4th of July, since we know that 99% of both CongressCritters and Conscript Fathers (and Mothers) will be gone for the holiday – to raise more money to fight against the warmongering president, if nothing else, in their home states and districts.
As several of the talk shows have pointed out, with recordings and sometimes video (actually, motion pictures), that unlike the pathetic claims of these never-Trumpers and other screamers, military parades and the like have often been a feature of downtown Washington. The earliest I heard was the 12,000 troops and weapons in April of 1938, the 21st Anniversary of the US entering the “Great War” (World War I). With the salute taken by none other than the deified FDR. Other of these so-called liberals’ heroes, including both JFK and Obummer, also lauded and politicized special holidays with military displays and parades on the National Mall and elsewhere in DC.
If the complainers get their way, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Korean War Memorial, to name just two “glorifications” of military actions, including the (gasp!) public display of weapons (or replicas) will have to be moved to some dark corner of a museum. I realize that is unlikely, but look what has happened in the South to CSA statutes and memorials, thanks to the actions of SJW and other snowflakes.
These people want to deny history, of course. These sort of squawk is of a kind with other recent events:
- Painting over a mural of George Washington at a school
- Forcing a Ford dealer (by Ford) to stop offering a flag, Bible, and shotgun to buyers of new vehicles
- Nike removing the “Betsy Ross” 13-star flag from their Fourth of July special shoes.
- Charlottesville, VA, replacing Jefferson’s Birthday with a slave memorial day.
We could add dozens, but I want to concentrate on the military aspect.
The Fifty States – “America” – is and has always been a militarized society.
The original Americans – AmerInd – were virtually all warrior societies, in part because any tribe or clan which was NOT able to be successful in war was exterminated or assimilated by their more warlike neighbors and enemies. From the Iroquois League in the Northeast (at peace with each other to be able to wage war against other AmerInd nations) to the Inde (Apache) of the Southwestern deserts, from the Blackfeet to the Creek and Seminole, most tribes were organized for, and fought, wars frequently. Long before European settler arrived.
The first colonies were established by military personnel and units: the Spanish in Florida and the Southwest, the Virginia colony; or were established by groups who were already militarized – civilians who recognized their militia needs, such as the Puritans of New England. And again, were organized for, and fought in, wars frequently. Colonial military units fought in wars for more than a century before American Independence.
Since the 1770s, Americans – both Federal military and state and local organizations – have been engaged in combat about 95% of the time. And in those few times in-between, they organized and prepared and trained for war. Whether we call it “war” or do it legally or not. The enemies have been many: the AmerInd tribes, the French, the Spanish, the British, slaves, Mexicans, and more. Especially each other: from the pre-revolutionary rebellions to Shay’s Rebellion, the Whiskey Rebellion, the wars against the LDS (Mormons), and of course the War Between the States, right up to Ruby Ridge and the various riots. And right up to Portland, Oregon, last weekend!
We can trash-talk Germans and Russians and Latin American juntas all we want, but the Fifty States is still incredibly militaristic.