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Privatize Trump’s Patriotic Parade

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Angry arguments greeted the President’s proposal for a grand parade celebrating America’s military might, but the administration could still turn the controversy into a big win. Justification for the parade involves rallying public enthusiasm for our unmatched military, while the argument against it cites a waste of money at a time of swelling deficits.

But if the President led a national campaign for private funding of the new parade, he could address the objections to his plan. Major corporations—not just the defense industry—should rush forward to donate millions to honor the armed forces that make their success possible. Private citizens joining the effort would also gain stakes in the patriotic message.

Inaugural celebrations greeting each new presidency are, for the most part, privately funded. Why not a major military festival? This approach reinforces a crucial conservative message: government funds should never be assigned to finance functions the private sector could handle just as effectively.

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  1. Pleeeze  •  Feb 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    What is the American precedent for a soviet style (yet privately staged) military parade. Vulgar

    • Ty  •  Feb 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      It is vulgar. From what I've read the military personnel tasked to march and stand attention in one of these parades despise the pomp and annoyance, and it's loved by conservatives. Conservatives love outward symbols of national loyalty and strength, and in their near infinite insecurity, seeing such displays of weaponry fills them with warmth and for some brief moments – they feel a bit of reprieve of their near constant fear.

      Conservative id: We Have Big guns !!! – lots missiles – big bombs go bang bang !!!!

      So when conservatives see a parade of weaponry, that hole of fear inside them is filled with a sense that they are protected.

      Liberals of course need much less of this, we are not that shallow and brittle as people. But I caution my fellow liberals to not show too many displays of disgust at this kind of vulgar insecure show. Conservatives will use the fact that we are not as mentally crippled and broken like they are, the fact that we do not need to see waves of guns and missiles float by to feel safe as a sign that we are some sort of fifth column within the nation that is not really supportive of the military and other institutions. This is of course a lie, liberals are fine with a military for defense, they just want more sparing use overseas, but in the interest of not giving these frightened little toddlers something to get outraged over and drive ever more wedges across the nation, I say let the babies have their bottle.

      Liberal : You go ahead conservatives, stand on the sidelines and watch those tanks and missiles and feel pride and safety!

      Liberal (inside monologue) : What a bunch of insecure little clowns, there needs to be another name for this variation on stolen valor

      • Rizzo  •  Feb 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

        Is this just more tripe that you learned from BoingoBoingo.
        You need to step out of your tribal hole, and inhale a big, deep breath of reality.

      • Ty needs counseling  •  Feb 24, 2018 at 11:53 pm

        More keyboard vomit and bigotry on display. Tell me where you live and I will recommend a good counselor for you. Hateful, ignorant, and bigoted is no way to live a life.

  2. Pleeeze  •  Feb 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday “liked” two posts on Twitter pushing conspiracy theories about one student survivor and his father, a former FBI agent. 

    This is today’s GOP

    • Ty needs counseling  •  Feb 24, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      Well then kick back and enjoy the show. If "this is today's GOP" then the future must be bright for the democrat party, right? ha ha ha.

  3. Rizzo  •  Feb 21, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Michael Moore attends Russia-sponsored anti-Trump rally

    This is today's Democrat Party

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