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Parade Politics

As a rule, the greater a nation is, the humbler it can afford to be. The less it has to flex its muscles and preen its feathers. Same with an individual.

President Trump belittles people, literally. He calls them “Little Marco” and “Liddle’ Bob Corker” (no, I can’t explain the apostrophe either) and “Little Adam Schiff.” It’s perfectly possible to knock Rubio, Corker, and Schiff — and knock them hard — without calling them “little.” Without referring to their physical stature.

Most parents wouldn’t allow their children to do this. Should the president do it? Doesn’t he set an example, for good or ill?

President Trump saw a military parade in France on Bastille Day. Then he wanted one of his own. Usually, Republicans and conservatives don’t take their cues from France, but these are unusual times.

I like it when other countries aspire to be like America. I don’t think we need to aspire to be like other countries (no offense to anyone).

North Korea has just had a big military parade, showing off their stuff. That’s what they do. We Americans don’t have to brag that our nuclear button is bigger than theirs. Everyone knows it.

There is a Republican John Kennedy — I mean, a literal John Kennedy, the junior senator from Louisiana. He said, “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud.” He also said, “America is the most powerful country in all of human history — you don’t need to show it off.”

(We can leave discussion of Rome and so on for another time.)

Another senator, Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), said, “I don’t mind having a parade honoring the service and sacrifice of our military members. I’m not looking for a Soviet-style hardware display. That’s not who we are, it’s kind of cheesy, and I think it shows weakness, quite frankly.”

That sounds about right to me. I wonder where Graham’s friend John McCain stands on this. He has a little standing, doesn’t he?

I fear the Parade has already become a wedge issue, like the NFL: with red-blooded God-fearing Americans on one side and quiche-eatin’ weenies on the other (though quiche is French and France is in).

And if we do have a parade, will it be an annual event? Will it be simply a Trump-centric event, to expire with his presidency? What are the plans?

No doubt, this parade will come off, at least once. The energy is with it. To oppose it is now stigmatizing. So, I say, let there be a feeling of honest patriotism, rather than jingoism. And let the music be good! Sousa’s Washington Post March?

Talk about something to confuse Left and Right …

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