One person's thoughts may change the world
Parading your military was once a wonderful thing. It displayed the strength or perceived strength of a country, and its leadership. The old Soviet Union’s May day parade gave United States analysts opportunity to look at some of the hardware they would show off, along with the thousands of troops walking in lock step. There was a lot of flag waving, paying respect to Lenin, there great leader. Colorful and awe inspiring. The real point of military marches in the streets was a message to your enemies; “Don’t mess with us, we have a lot of stuff”, to you’re constitutes; “Look at all the wonderful toys your taxes allow us to purchase”, and to those who want to challenge the government internally; “look at the power I have and you better not challenge me”. In the 20th century, this was the modus operandi of most dictators.
Hitler loved the spectacle of goose stepping troops. So did Mussolini, so did Stalin, so did the Soviet Politburo, so did the Japanese, So did Saddam, all of these countries or leaders showed off their military hardware. Anwar Sadat, leader of Egypt was assassinated at a military parade celebration of the crossing of the Suez Canal during the Yon Kippur war.
The twentieth century of war celebration in the United States has been celebratory with several obvious omissions: No troops bearing arms, and very little military hardware. Because of how the United States has fought wars in the twentieth century, those wars were likely overseas, and when fighting was over, these troops came home to happy and war weary civilians, elated to see them back home: WWI, WWII. Veterans of the Korean war did not get one in New York until 1991. The infamous Vietnam war was not given a parade because it was considered a loss. They have had their own celebrations, but, nothing government sponsored. The Gulf war was a real exception, troops in full uniform, with their rifles along with military hardware. The unspoken rule that has been followed in the United States was similar to the Romans; The roman army was only allowed to wear their breastplate and helmet when marching in the streets of Rome, it was a sign that the military is subject to civilian leadership, not the other way around. Here is how the theory goes: Generals come back to with their troops, and give the civilian leadership their proper respect. A general in full military gear along with their soldiers could be perceived as too powerful for the civilian leadership, or leader. Generals win an are hero’s of battles, but still answer to the civilian leadership.
#45 wants to march soldiers with weapons through the streets of Washington DC for only one purpose, to fill is already over bloated ego. He saw the French Bastille Day military parade and was so impressed that he wants one too, only bigger, with more shiny objects. The bastille day parade includes many different soldiers throughout the world, emphasizing: ” We are only stronger together” garnering invitations of many troops of the world to march with them.
The U.S. military has lost over 20 trillion dollars, and are going through their first audit starting in 2017. Before we go spending millions to feed #45 ego, let’s get that money back first. By the way, there are parades of troops on Memorial day as well as Veteran’s day. What will we call this parade? Perhaps it should be called “the biggest prettiest parade with a huge big button”.
#45 wants a flashy military parade. Will a uniform with fake medals and saluting as the troops go by be next?