Apparently, President Donald Trump was so impressed with France's display of militarism during its Bastille Day parade in July that he wants to replicate the military parade here in the United States.
While speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, Trump gushed hard over seeing Frances military hit the open streets during the parade. He told reporters that he is looking into the possibility of having a parade down the streets of Washington on Independence Day to show the United States' “military strength.”
“I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen,” Trump told Macron, who sat next to him. “It was two hours on the button, and it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France.”
“To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump said.
Personally, when I think of military parades, countries like North Korea, Russia and China come to mind. The sight of seeing death machines roll down the street literally sends chills up my spine.
Jason Dits of AntiWar.com notes that, "despite spending more on their military than anyone else in the world, the US has rarely indulged in high-profile public military parades, instead favoring civilian parades with limited military participation. Indeed, historically the US has scorned the large military parades in nations like North Korea as signs of a childish nation obsessed with its own sense of military might."
If military parades like the one on Bastille Day in France start to happen in the US, it will signify the absolute end to the Republic. The founders will be rolling over in their grave as the standing army which they never wished to see is on public display in a glamorization of its ability to cause massive destruction to human life and infrastructure.
Military parades serve the purpose of propagandizing the public in believing that they are safer in their personal lives due to their government's massive spending on militarism. They also serve the purpose of normalizing militarism and make it more simple to incorporate policies which involve the military in the everyday lives of citizens.
If a country is willing to send its military down a domestic street in a parade, it is most certainly willing to send its military down the street to police.
Here is a video of the 2017 Bastille Day parade in France.
All I see is a bunch of ugly machines driving down the road. It is very ugly.
The United States' military spending and foreign policy is an enormous burden on the prosperity of the country and its citizens. The Senate has just passed a roughly $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act that will set forth the Pentagon's budget and major programs for the next fiscal year. This is an outrageous amount of money that is ultimately a giant misallocation of resources. As more money is funneled to the military and its contractors the less money there is in the pocket of the American people to spend on living and investments. What this proves is that the people of the US are losing to this massive militarism. And considering the fact that the US is consistantly dropping on major freedom indexs, there is no way to consider yourself a winner.
So, let's drop this dystopic idea of showcasing death and destruction and rather subscribe the idea of peace and prosperity.
Reject the militarism which is bankrupting the US.