|The only sort of parade Cheeto ever ought to have, the only sort of image that does the monstrous blowhard's body and soul justice.|
If decent people--Democrats if you will--show up to protest the mere fact of the ludicrous military parade in honor of a five-time draft dodger who has yet to visit a single serving armed forces unit in the field, it will look as if we are protesting the armed forces. Granted, Democrats don't like deploying armed forces needlessly, as Republicans are wont to do.
But nor do we dislike the military; indeed, we understand the need, some of us volunteer, many have gone when drafted, and we certainly support caring for the men and women who serve while they serve, after they serve and especially if they are wounded on our behalf. Decent people support the military even if they serve in an unjust war started by an immoral president, or even an unwise war begun by moral but deluded presidents. The current usurper of the title is more likely to be the first than the second; indeed, he seems merely to be awaiting instructions from Moscow.
But back to the military parade.
On the other hand, if we show up and do not protest, then The Magnificent Orange Crap Factory will think he is being feted for his astonishing conduct in office so far. Please note: I used the word astonishing, which may imply unbelievable bad or unbelievably good. In this case, you know which one to choose.
If we show up with protest signs, it must be clear that it is not the armed services to which we object. But how do we make that clear to thousands of military personnel with their minds on marching or driving machinery?
Or we don't show up, making it look as if the nation really does not appreciate its service men and women.
We are, to put it mildly, between a rock and a hard place. And it is not--believe me, bigly--within the scope of the tiny operating system of The Magnificent Orange Crap Machine to come up with a plan that, no matter how you work it, puts decent people in an untenable position vis a vis the military.
When I realized the rat hole the rat had created for us--his enemies, as he would have it and, yes, as it actually is--I also realized that The Magnificent Orange Crap Machine was not the author of this.
Nor was it his viewing of the French military parade when he visited Emmanuel Macron that led to his demand for a military parade.
It was Putin.
It could have been no one else. The shifty-eyed, megalomaniac runt has all the time in the world to plan the destruction of the US, and he has all the help in the world with The Magnificent Orange Crap Machine being so substandard, and all of the machine's operators--the Republican Senate, etc.-- colluding with Putin, either sub rosa or in plain sight.
It is an impossible situation. For those who permitted this travesty of democracy for this demonic excuse for a president, a man whose bloated carcass is so unlike those of serving military personnel as to suggest he is of a different species, I have nothing but contempt. They needed to stand up to the Flabovian Bloviator, and refuse to parade the US military as if they were a high school marching band that just bagged third place in the state competition. They needed to avoid giving the greedy toddler in the White House (temporarily) any more pandering to his grandiosity, any more excuses for his tantrums, any more events for his deceit. There is no doubt he will claim, whatever it ends up being, that it is the biggest, greatest, most magnificent military parade in the history of the world and that it is for him, ALL FOR HIM, because he is the smartest, the best, the most beloved leader in history as well.
I can say only this, in an attempt to be able to digest my dinner tonight: Pride goeth before a fall.
And The Magnificent Orange Crap Machine is nothing if not prideful. Whatever else it does, this parade will prove it--with, one hopes, a resounding crash within the sullied walls of the White House following close behind.
Copyright 2018, Laura Harrison McBride