Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Editorial credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

 

President Trump says he has an interest in a military parade in Washington D.C. sometime in the future.

Fox Business reported on it.

“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Trending: President Trump Puts Iran on Notice – ‘They will Pay a Price like Few Countries have ever Paid’

First, I don’t think it really serves any purpose. Those who love and respect the military already do, and show it as often as we can – and you’re not going to change the minds of leftists. Also, in my humble opinion – those who can’t fight, parade, those who can, don’t need to parade.

Personally I hated wearing my dress uniforms. Heck, I don’t care for wearing a civilian suit. Most of our military are lunch-pail, fatigue wearing fighting men and women. They are not accustomed to goose-stepping down some city street like so many dancing monkeys, on display for their civilian overlords.

Now granted, there have been no details as to how subdued or grandiose the President wishes this event to be, but this is Trump we’re talking about – the guy with gold fixtures in the bathroom of his private jet, so I’m guessing he would opt for the grandiose, with little thought of the price tag.

And on that, I’ve heard that the cost of such a parade could be at least $20 million, to far above that. I’m going to guess far above that.

“President George H. W. Bush’s military parade to commemorate the end of the Gulf War in June 1991 cost about $12 million, according to a C-Span report that year. That parade would have cost more than $21 million in 2018, after factoring for inflation.”

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

I’ll give that to them – celebrating the end of a war. We did it after World War I and WWII. Well worth it. I don’t think Reagan organized a parade after Granada though. Pity.

The idea of an American military parade came evidently from Trump’s attendance at the recent French military parade, where he was the guest of honor.

“The French march well. We fight well. Take your pick,” Lt. Col. Ralph Peters told FOX News. “If we really want to honor our troops and support them, pass the defense budget. Give them the tools and the funding they need.”

I have a friend that’s current active duty, and he asked, “What about security – terrorism during the event?” He has a great point, which I said I hadn’t even considered. Imagine the optics worldwide if a bomb goes off on the parade route. Big bad America can’t even protect itself.

Obviously this is crap, as we know how big and bad we are, while busy protecting practically everyone on the planet while they parade around, but perception is huge.

Bottom line is that the time and effort spent planning and executing such an event would be better served in mission training. And the enormous cost is just something I could never condone, particularly as we are at this very moment being further sold down the river by Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer.

I just received a Freedom Works alert informing me that the two have a plan to add an additional $400 billion in spending.

Let’s save the money we don’t even have and skip the parade.

We all know that the President reveres the military. Maybe he could better show it by attending a few military graduation ceremonies – and not just Academy, but BUD/S or Boot Camp graduations. Now that would be cool!

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

The Common Constitutionalist

Brent Smith, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a constitutional conservative who advocates for first principles – the founders' original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy and a martial arts expert. Smith considers himself just an average Joe with no formal journalism background – but rather than simply complain about the state of our nation, he took to the Internet to battle the left.

 

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

CONTACT US

Need help, have a question, or a comment? Send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Sending

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

Create Account

Send this to a friend