“Democracy is government of the people, by the people, and for the people (Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address)
In early evening on the 4th of July in our nation’s capital, President Trump will speak to this nation from one of the enduring landmark symbols of American Democracy: The Lincoln Memorial. Yet it seems sadly un – American that a “VIP” ticket policy will allot reserved seats for family, friends, military, and official dignitaries in closest proximity to the stage. After all, wasn’t Washington D.C.’s Capital Mall designed for free public access for all? It also follows that “right wing” media outlets like “Fox” will heavily politicize coverage by scanning these staged proceedings, to create a false impression that President Trump’s booming popularity here bodes well for him for 2020 re-election. It seems also likely that any personal attacks of this President against his perceived enemies will similarly ignite misguided press attention in this rally stoked atmosphere and thus further widen the red vs. blue state divide in this country.
Is it right then that our nation should be subjected to such a reality show sham on these hallowed grounds on such a historic occasion? Surely, Americans could find better ways to show love of country and desire to relax in summer fun than watch a self serving speech or divisive campaign plea on the Fourth of July! I am reminded as well that deep-seated threats to American ideals of democracy, freedom, truth, and equality intensify as a deeply divided country suffers today because of the ill advised words/ actions of this Chief Executive.
I conclude this blog with a bit of sarcastic fun about this topic, as some timely tune titles “caught” my critical thinking attention from a recent Google search of “oldies” music genres. Each of these captions are compiled below in boldface parenthesis to correspond with key issue dealings of this current Presidential administration.
Russian Involvement in Our Elections (“LOOK WHAT YOU DONE FOR ME”)
Family Separation/Deportation Policies (“BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”)
Executive Relations With The Media (“BACK OFF BOOGALOO”)
Empowerment Of Women in America (“RUN FOR YOUR LIFE”)
Draining The Corrupt “Swamp” (“COULDN’T GET IT RIGHT”)
Limits of Presidential Powers (“JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING”)
Influence of Lobbyist/Corporate Power (“ASK ME WHAT YOU WANT”)
Engaging With Autocratic Foreign Powers (“I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG”)
The Politics Of Supreme Court Selections (“IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME”)
Balancing Science vs. Religious Outlooks (“LIVING THE LIE”)
Health Insurance For All (“HEART BREAK HOTEL”)
Improving Educational Standards (“DON’T ASK ME NO QUESTIONS”)
Civil Rights In The Modern Era (“WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?”)
As you glance at the photo below, please soul search deeply about the present state of our Presidency on America’s 243rd birthday of its Declaration of Independence.
Happy Independence Day to you and your loved ones!
From east coast to west coast, I wish you a wonderful 4th of July as well. We are all Americans no matter where we live.
I just got back to Paris from Milan and hadn’t had tome to look through my comments while away.
The Trump Jamboree on the Mall was as surreal as it was promised to be what with the heavy rain, bullet-proof glass barrier, the ramming of ramparts and taking of airports, and the “kidney” incident. Watching the politicization of the military was the saddest part of the entire affair. It is further erosion of our democratic traditions and principles.You have to think that the entire thing was planned and organized — to the degree that it was planned and organized — to allow for lots of B-roll film footage of Trump looking patriotic around the military trappings of fly-overs and tanks and our national monuments that can be used in 2020 campaign ads.
One way or another, it will be over within the next 18 months. It just can’t happen fast enough.
Thanks for the good read and the laugh about the song titles. Bridge over Troubled Waters, indeed!
Your Paris visit sounds like a desirable way to find refuge from the daily Trump chaos here. . My wife and I will spend the whole month of October there as well.
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Do you have a place to stay? We have an apartment we rent here. We’re here remodeling, but it won’t be done until September. If we all get lucky, it might work out. Let me know. We’re in Montmartre, the 18th. I think I wrote the 16th earlier.
Jack: Yes we have an Air B@B near the Marais district for the entire month of October. Am I reading correctly that you will still be there then? If so, my wife and I would love to meet you in person.