“If It Weren’t For Double Standards…” Dept: At this link is a round-up of quotes from top Democrats who are now blasting President Trump as a wannabe Hitler/Stalin/Kim Jong Un for proposing a military parade. Oh, not quotes of their attacks on Trump! If I did that, I’d just be like 95% of commentators in the media. No, these are quotes from the same Democrats, from before Trump’s presidency, when they thought a military parade was a peachy idea and were proposing it themselves. I’m also going to assume based on past performance that their current protests over the parade’s cost to taxpayers should not be taken seriously.
Frankly, I don’t know whether a military parade is a good idea or not, although I’m in favor of anything that helps honor our troops and reminds Americans of the sacrifices they make for us every day, something that too many people are inclined to forget. But I do lean toward it if for no other reason than it’s being mocked and attacked so strongly by the left and the media (but I repeat myself) that it must be a swell proposition.
A few other interesting historical sidelights to put the “Trump is a dictator” nonsense in perspective: Not only did many of Trump’s critics once approve of military parades (before Trump proposed one, of course), but so did other Presidents they claim to idolize, including FDR and JFK. In fact, the longest military parade of all time was launched by Theodore Roosevelt, who famously sent America’s “Great White Fleet” (16 battleships and other vessels painted white) on a two-year ‘round-the-world “goodwill tour.” It served the dual purpose of paying friendly visits to other nations and showing what would appear on their shores if they started any trouble. Like Trump’s proposed parade, any claim that it was a waste of money has to be balanced by the money saved from the wars it prevented by scaring the pants off people who decided not to start one.
Finally, two hilarious twists: Trump said he actually got the idea from the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, which means Democrats attacking it are actually attacking France, the nation so many of them think we should emulate. And just by floating the suggestion, Trump got Democrats to spend the past week publicly badmouthing the idea of honoring the military. The DC Council even threatened to block any military parade inside Washington, with the chairman calling it “contrary to democratic ideals” (capitalize the “d” in “Democratic,” and the campaign commercials write themselves).
If the Macy’s Parade ever includes a balloon honoring a cartoon character named “The King of Trolls,” it will have to resemble Trump for the way he trolls Democrats and makes it look easy to get them to sabotage themselves.