How the NYT Celebrates 4th

We get no break from the hate America crowd even on the 4th of July.
Here’s the New York Times attempting to make that point:

There “facts” are not backed up, to begin with. Looks like they relied on liberal polls and analyses for “facts.” Whenever you use movie clips and cartoons to illustrate your point, that might suggest it is subjective, not factual.
Is it a bad thing that people spend a lot of health care? Or does it mean that we have so many more remedies for patients that we can achieve survival rates much better than other countries? Why do so many Canadians reject their system and travel here for medical treatment?

Bottom question to ask yourself is if it’s really that bad why are people risking their lives to come here?

Shame on the New York Times for such dissembling. They should be ashamed, but truth has not been a barrier for their reporters and opinion writers.

However, they weren’t done. Today they published this op-ed. It’s headlined “Let Trump Have His Birthday Party for America

And let us all ignore it.” The writer is Alex Kingsbury:

resident Trump’s Fourth of July extravaganza has already achieved what was surely one of its central aims: irritating his opponents.

That helps explain the mainlining of partisan politics into a traditionally apolitical celebration of the nation’s founding. And why taxpayers are footing the bill for a military review inspired by a French parade that caught the president’s fancy. And why the military, one of the nation’s most trusted nonpartisan institutions, has been cast as the Greek chorus for Mr. Trump’s performance.

Yet for all the norm-shattering brazenness, there’s a good argument for checking the outrage and letting the show, complete with flyovers and armored vehicles, buckle under the weight of its own absurdities and contradictions.

Consider the incongruity of a president surrounding himself with military leaders and their hardware while his most recent global power moves include boldly walking into North Korea with his hand extended (two years after threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on the country) and wisely calling off airstrikes against Iran.

And there’s little to add to the fact that the 60-ton (stationary) tanks that he’s called for at the event would rupture the roads had they been driven down the streets of the capital. (Where’s Infrastructure Week when you need it?)

Undeterred, Mr. Trump has thrown himself into the planning of the event with the sort of gusto that he can’t seem to muster for briefing papers longer than a single page — and certainly with more gusto than he mustered for his own military service.

And while Mr. Trump promised reporters in the Oval Office on Monday “brand-new Sherman tanks,” it was probably just a slip of the tongue. The model of tank that helped liberate Europe from the Nazis hasn’t seen service in the United States military since the Korean War. Still, it would be interesting to include the vehicles, named after William Tecumseh Sherman, the general who led the brutal march through Georgia to help smother the slave states’ war of insurrection.

A memorial to the man who ordered General Sherman to wage a war without mercy, Abraham Lincoln, will be the backdrop for the president’s nationally televised address on Thursday at the Independence Day observance, christened a “Salute to America.” It will be interesting to see if any Confederate battle flags are in the audience, as is common at Trump rallies.

This is all on brand for him: co-opting the honorable traditions of the armed forces for political pageantry. But the president’s political opponents would be wise to keep their powder dry.

After all, the men and women in uniform are bound to follow orders, even if that means piloting a jet over the Lincoln Memorial just to tousle the commander in chief’s coiffure.

The answer to political spectacle is to not give it too much weight.

The power of America’s national monuments is that they are shared projects that outlast temporal politics. They are the sum of many acts and the products of political disagreements. They are a common heritage that no political movement, whether honorable or noxious, holds a monopoly on forever.

“HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th,” Mr. Trump tweeted in February. “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Mr. Trump has many foes and many supporters, just as President Lincoln had in his time. The convictions of any given moment are for scales of history to weigh.

And after Mr. Trump’s guests leave the National Mall, it will be cleared and readied for the next chapter of history to be written there.

“It is important that we celebrate our armed forces, but the Fourth of July should be reserved to celebrate the software of our democratic ideals and freedoms, not the hardware of the world’s finest military,” George Little, a former Pentagon and C.I.A. spokesman, told the website Task & Purpose this week.

Maybe. But America has the capacity for both.

So fear not the flyover. The contrails of the warplanes will fade with the wind. President Trump can have his star-spangled show and preach to his choir.

The rest of us have the hard-won freedom to change the channel if we wish.


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