From my friend, Lee Arnold:
For decades the July 4th celebration in D.C. was a non-partisan event honoring our freedom and patriotism. Not a celebration of military might and WAR. Not a tax payer event, but something for all Americans. THEN CAME IL DUCE-BAG.
It’s unclear how much the “Salute to America” celebration will cost taxpayers, and the Department of the Interior declined a request from the Post to comment on the cost of the event. Whatever the price tag, it will come at the expense of America’s national parks, which are already severely underfunded.
Trump's idea of celebrating Independence Day is to force tanks, guns, and rockets into the holiday, making it look like a tinpot dictator's military observance of power and might.
This is not how America honors our independence from a represssive king.
Shame on Trump for spoiling and defiling an all-American holiday with symbols of war and destruction, all with the blessing of the GOP.
He has stolen a national holiday that in the past celebrated our independence - to one that glorifies war and killing - and his ego -- just another campaign rally to preach that gospel of hate and fear and division on the country's dime.
Hey Congress, you good with Trump letting the RNC hand out VIP tickets to a taxpayer-funded event as a reward for big campaign donors? Are we the country that lets a politician use the military as a fundraising prop for his reelection?
In the Age of Trump, yes we are.
This is Trump's vision for America: Concentration-style camps at the border.
How can America be proud on its birthday when America is doing this to human beings?
"In the wake of at least five children dying in US government custody, two nurses told BuzzFeed News immigration agents have delayed taking sick children in increasingly dire condition to a hospital near the border for treatment, putting the kids at risk of potentially severe health issues.
The two registered nurses, who have treated immigrant children at a hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, said young patients arriving in recent months are often in such poor health that they're "on the borderline" of medical staff needing to call a specialized rapid response team of doctors to prevent them from going into respiratory or cardiac arrest."