Happy 4th of July! A Salute to Trump’s AmericaJuly 4, 2019
Trump’s Salute to Himself
“Trump’s militarized Mall has the feeling of Red Square and Pyongyang—and France’s Bastille Day which Trump seems to be trying to replicate his trip to Paris two summers ago. The “supreme leader” wannabe of the United States will preside over jet fly-overs, including one from the Air Force One fleet, and tanks, admittedly, not many of them because the crumbling roads of the nation’s capital cannot withstand the weight of the huge military equipment.”
The event is the latest expression of the 45th president’s creeping ubiquity.
Every Dictator Loves a Parade
‘Relax and speak to America’: US soldiers in Trump’s military parade are handed instructions on what not to say
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“Thus, by the turn of the century, military parades had cycled through a variety of purposes. At times they were expressions of support for existing political authorities and at times they were oppositional. At times they served to unify and at times they served to divide. At times they were used by elites to elicit public support from the masses and at times they were used by the masses to challenge the legitimacy of the elites. There is a certain irony in the fact that Federalists like Washington and Adams, champions of the military parade, found their own authority challenged by political opponents using this very ritual as their tactic. In this way, the history of military parades in the 18th century is a microcosm of the history of the country as a whole. Symbols and rituals are appropriated by new groups to serve their own purposes and in the process contest and reshape their meaning.”
Is Trump a Nazi?
Salute to Trump’s Concentration Camps
The Nazi genocide gives us a frame of reference to understand modern atrocities.
“But an analogy is not an assertion that two things are the same. It’s an observation that they have meaningful similarities and that understanding one can tell us something useful about the other.”
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“This Fourth of July, don’t celebrate a nation that’s perfect already. Celebrate a nation where movements have spent more than two centuries struggling and fighting and striving to create an ever more perfect union.”