Defiling the sacred with the profane

Tom Camfield
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Posted 6/26/19

DONALD TRUMP DOES NOT DESERVE FIREWORKS, and whatever display is set off on the Fourth of July, wherever, is not a tribute to him.

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Defiling the sacred with the profane

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DONALD TRUMP DOES NOT DESERVE FIREWORKS, and whatever display is set off on the Fourth of July, wherever, is not a tribute to him.

On the American flag, “the star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial,” I read on the Internet. So I redesigned Old Glory above as I figured “We don’t need no stinkin’ stars” Donald might envision it in his egocentric mind—as he attempts to upstage Abraham Lincoln on the Fourth of July.

As Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential hopeful, commented on Donald’s Independence Day agenda, “I think the president needs to realize it’s America’s birthday and not his birthday.”

If Depraved Donald actually quotes or even paraphrases the closing lines from the Gettysburg Address—about “a new birth of freedom” and “government of the people, by the people and for the people” July 4 during his hijacking of the Lincoln Memorial for personal purposes—he could well be burned in effigy. That’s still perfectly legal under the law. When someone burns an effigy of a President, he/she is not threatening him with harm. He/she is making a statement, expressing an opinion. It’s a form of Freedom of Speech.

Trump already, by the way, appropriated that of, by and for the people bit in his recent supposed “campaign-kickoff” pep rally down in Texas.

I’ll bet even money that if Donald’s speech-writers don’t plagiarize Lincoln, he will go off script anyway to make the words his own. He’s addicted to narcissism. I’ll bow to the Vegas odds on whether he will further degrade the day by tossing off gratuitous insults against a few of his critics. He’s not above urinating all over a long-standing celebration consecrating the freedom to which we were endowed by the courage and resolution of our nation’s founders.

He has moved the usual fireworks display on the national mall to, of all places, the Lincoln Memorial, and inserted into the program a major address by “your favorite president, me!” What could be more ridiculous than Donald Trump trying to ally his massive ego with the character and humility of Abraham Lincoln.

Petula Dvorak of the New York Times summed up well Trump’s planned unseemly stain on the Lincoln Memorial, “the place of reckoning for our great nation’s original sin—the practice of slavery and the segregation and racism that still rock this country today,” His speech, she said, will be “an affront to President Abraham Lincoln’s spare brilliance, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s thundering oratory and Marian Anderson’s unforgettable contralto.”

This date itself has long marked the emancipation of early America from dictatorial rule. But one-man rule is something Donald actually seems to admire in what for all practical purposes are big-time autocracies—such as Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Presidents in years past were not a dominant presence crammed into this national salute to freedom. Today, Donald in his usual schoolyard-bully mode, has just barged in yelling “Mine, mine; this is all about me!” He is changing things into just another MAGA rally. And he’ll probably make the day more about military might than the birth of independence.

They wouldn’t have wanted you in the room, or even on the premises, on July 4, 1776, Donald, when they signed the Declaration of Independence, or in 1789, when the Bill of Rights was passed. And in 2016, a majority of American voters were screwed over by the Electoral College. Had the popular vote prevailed to place Hillary Clinton in office, the entire world would be a far better place in which to live right now.

Celebration of Independence Day would best be served by the absence of Donald Trump.

And one more thought here: We have a president obsessively opposed to putting abolitionist heroine Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill—a black (gasp!) woman (gasp!) in place of slave-owning former president Andrew Jackson. Jackson, a president idolized by Donald, who himself remains fastened on racism and misogyny.

The Tubman recognition project, symbol of a progressive social conscience, was under way before Donald took office. It is now being subjected to serious stalling tactics by his administration.

As Donald struts around on the world stage bragging about the prowess of “his” military, he’s obviously not driven by the type of patriotism I grew up with over the past 90 years.

(Note: the title to this blog was taken from a remark by Maureen Dowd, New York Times.)


DID YOU KNOW? The U.S., under Trump’s administration, ranks 48th out of 180 countries for press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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"On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event."

I recently watched a DVD I have on World War II based on Herman Wouks book "The Winds of War" made in the 1980s. As I watched footage of Adolph Hitlers, speeches to the German People, I noticed the resemblance to Donald Trumps campaign speeches. It was a chilling effect. Patriotism has nothing to do with nationalism. We either learn from history or keep on repeating the stupidity that happened in the past. My question is why is Donald Trump still in office? Have we learned nothing from the past? Tanks at a Fourth of July parade, a show of force, Trump has no idea of what the word Patriotism means. Please do not watch this man parade his reluctant troops and armament on a day which is meant to celebrate our Independence.

Tuesday, July 2
Tom Camfield

Three of the country's first five presidents, three central individuals among our Founding Fathers—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe—died on the 4th of July. However, they will be among those from whom the spotlight will be pulled away to focus on the self-anointed magnificence of Donald J. Trump on Independence Day Thursday.

Donald's latest remarks make it pretty clear how he views the 4th of July and how he is reshaping the celebration of independence he has commandeered for personal political gain. Of course, for starters Donald is drunk on power on all fronts since taking office. Thursday is not Veterans Day, Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day—and in the past has been a non-partisan tribute to our nation's Declaration of Independence. Donald is making it Trump 'Day. All about HIS world's greatest military force, about how HE is protecting us all from various enemies (some of whom he actually seems to be creating in the regular course of things).

So we will have 60-ton tanks, s logistic nightmare in these days of more sophisticated warfare. They are manufactured in a plant he recently bailed out in Ohio. which could be a key swing state in the next election. And the aerial flyover will include, ridiculously, his personal Air Force One plane.

It's no wonder so many people choose to sit in protest during the National Anthem these days.

I find it disgusting anyone expects the nation's homeless and hungry, let alone the rest of us, to thrill over martial music, fireworks and the sight of a 60-ton death-dealing tank.

Tuesday, July 2
Justin Hale

" Patriotism has nothing to do with nationalism". Actually they are pretty much synonymous.

"My question is why is Donald Trump still in office? ". You ask a question like that and then you claim that President Trump has no idea what patriotism means?. You remind me of the Trump hating losers who say "not my President" and think they are true patriots.

Tuesday, July 2
Marge Samuelson

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war. So now do you understand the difference Justin? I think the comparison of Trump & Hitler is appropriate. You can preach all you want about supporting the president, but I will never support such a person. And I am an American Patriot, not a nationalist.

Wednesday, July 3
Justin Hale

Those who don't get their way at the polls, and then spend the next four years btching and moaning about our duly elected POTUS, comparing him to Hitler and saying "not my President" is hardly what I consider a patriot.

Wednesday, July 3
Tom Camfield

My patriotism was a latent thing probably until I became a Boy Scout at the beginning of 1941, with World War II then already in progress and Pearl Harbor coming on Dec. 7. I later served in uniform under the flag during the Korean War.

The jackass we have as president right now is not "patriotic." He is a self-serving, money-grubbing, egomaniacal narcissist. He panders to brutality. He's a con-man who honed his craft throughout his life. He doesn't care about the people he claims to represent—me, my neighbor, the veteran sleeping in the fringe of the nearby woodlands, the single mother with hungry childen, the struggling victims of a rip-off Wall Street.

Some real patriots will be found among those contending for the Democratic nomination and other critics of Donald Trump right now. Those are not "patriots" in the U. S. Senate, led by smarmy Mitch McConnell, blocking any legislation to improve the lives of the lot of us.

Wednesday, July 3
Justin Hale

I eliminated 10 democrats from my pool of possibles when they all gave their support for medical coverage for illegals.

We don't agree on what constitutes a "patriot".

Thursday, July 4
Marge Samuelson

Your right Justin, we do not help immigrants. They are not our responsibility. Although we are a country of immigrants. Luckily our immigrants were white.

Thursday, July 4
Justin Hale

My family has sponsored/taken-in immigrants from Poland and Viet-Nam. I honor and welcome every Legal immigrant. Can you not discern the difference between "legal" and "illegal"?.

Thursday, July 4
Tom Camfield

I don't accept "my country right or wrong" as a simplistic definition of patriotism. Or some simple slogan such as "America first." Or parades of military might and stirring marches by John Philip Sousa. Or physically hugging the flag as a photo-op.

And I find nothing the least bit patriotic about denying health care to the children of aliens seeking asylum and citizenship. Our current treatment of aliens at the border is just one more extreme in the solidifying of a class society that already is lending a shabby look to our flag.

Thursday, July 4
Justin Hale

I just watched the Presidents speech, it was IMHO a mediocre speech. In the days leading up to the speech I heard one hater on NPR saying it was unpatriotic for Trump to have this speech, and other commentators on NPR insisting that the event was purely a political rally. Seemed to me it was pretty much a salute to our armed forces and their families, with a few fly-by's. Oh, the Horror.

"And I find nothing the least bit patriotic about denying health care to the children of aliens seeking asylum and citizenship.".... And I see nothing patriotic in expecting the taxpayers to extend medical coverage to those who break our immigration laws, especially when there are Citizens and Veterans going without.

Thursday, July 4
Tom Camfield

Seemed weirdly uncivilized to have that great Fourth of Trump celebration at the same time as the horror going on with children at the border.

Sunday, July 7