Friday, July 5, 2019

July 4, 2019: To Freedom

Carrying the Betsy Ross flag
Today, July 4, 2019, we attended the Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC. Overall a very happy and positive feeling. Some video:
Photos are available at Flickr. My favorite--
Go Q!

Some photos from the parade:

Hoke County High School Mighty Marching Bucks
Sikhs of America
Greater Washington DC Chinese-American Society
As an observation, today it was like the normal (meaning non-extremist) people had taken over DC, and it was so refreshing, as the reality is not at all what you see on TV.

Thankfully the violent people were kept out by the police and TSA, who were working closely together to keep everyone safe.
TSA checkpoint
From what I could tell, the Trump opponents who were there today seemed like a small minority of "sour grapes."

They seem mostly Caucasian from what I can tell, too: Minorities appear to love him. (One man was selling "Don't F*ck With The USA" T-shirts.) Another break in the narrative.

An additional point. It felt to me like the people who came to DC today were not just a little patriotic - they were really committed. They were literally wearing the flag. Wearing clothes, pants, hats with literal flags on them. This is a wellspring of love, not hate, and it runs so deep.
Every variation of our national colors was the theme of the day.
Great dress.
Great shirt.
It was like we were shouting with joy just to be there, and to be alive, and not afraid of the extremists who seem to appear at every turn, and whose mouths seem to fill every microphoneyet not to actually reflect the views of the mainstream at all. 

It was a great feeling of relief.
We took some time to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Thank you to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Some people do hold deeply principled disagreements with the Administration, of course. However, it seems to me that many of them are simply disagreeing with the image they see on TV, which is totally distorted.

I couldn't tell what these people were about, but diversity of opinion is crucial to who we are, so long as it's peaceful.
Thank God for the First Amendment.
On the train today, one woman had a sign, "respect all humans" - well if you're watching the mainstream news what would you think? (Actually nothing, today; they boycotted the parade.)

Unfortunately it seems to me that the Deep State (DS) plays both sides of this equation. 

What is the DS? To me, the term includes the "administrative state," the "shadow government," "rogue intelligence," the "military-industrial complex," and so on - it does not include government and law enforcement agencies simply doing their jobs according to the law.

Remember when the FBI infiltrated the Black Liberation Movement in the mid-20th century or in more recent years, when they have been accused of manipulating vulnerable subjects into planning radical Islamic terror attacks, then arresting them. Thus the popularity of this meme:

I believe the DS is creating a narrative around white nationalism (recall when the FBI said it "lost its files" on the white nationalist website Stormfront and got caught trolling 8chan to "redirect" suspicions away from the CIA and Mossad and toward Russia.) 

This is not to say that white nationalists or radical Islamic terrorists are not a domestic terror threat, because they clearly are; only that the DS has a way of weaponizing, amplifying and distorting reality for their own aims.

Look as well at the list of hidden radical leftist financial support provided to various organizations by George Soros, who seeks both to destablize countries and to profit off of their destabilization

Look at how Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016 made a concerted effort to tie then-candidate Trump to the "KKK" and "racism," knowing it was a lie. (Recall the reality in contrast, when Jesse Jackson expressed his appreciation to Trump for a "lifetime of service to the African-American community.")

Whoever the DS is, it is pathetic; it cannot allow the people to be happy at all.That was part of why I wanted to go to the parade today, to show what the reality is. Whatever it is, no spin.

In that vein, let me share that I did see at least twice that Trump supporters went over to people carrying protest signs or those (stupid) Trump balloons - they wanted to talk and share their point of view. 

We are a smart group of people, inclined to unity, open to dialogue, and that is precisely why the radical Left is so keen to censor.

In fact, I think, the articulate nature of Trump supporters is precisely what so enrages the elite intellectual class, which ironically calls itself the "Democrats." They are so used to thinking of themselves as the know-it-alls; populism is a direct threat to their influence; yes, their privilege.

Even so, it is unfathomable to me how anyone could light a Secret Service agent on fire as tragically happened today, with a burning American flag, in front of the White House. Sending two to the hospital
But what do you expect when Members of Congress are calling Federal law enforcement "radicalized, criminal," as Rep. Ayanna Pressley did:
"ICE & CBP - radicalized, criminal agencies - are destroying families &  killing innocent children. It is absolutely unconscionable to even consider giving one more dollar to support agencies that openly commit human rights abuses. #NotOneDollar #DefundHate"
What do you expect when Members of Congress say that a Federal law enforcement agency is "rogue" and should be "eliminated," as Rep. Ilhan Omar stated?

Our President was protected tonight. Thank God. 
The Hill and Yahoo! News carried some of the quotes from his speech.
  • "That same American Spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you."
  • "As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great history and as long as we never stop fighting for a better future, then there will be nothing that America cannot do."
  • "It is the spirit, daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world." 
  • "Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now."
President Trump has a great love of the military and shard that love tonight as well:
  • "Today, we come together as one nation with this very special salute to America. We celebrate our history, our people and the heroes who proudly defend our flag — the brave men and women of the United States military!"
  • "The future of American freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it. Now is the chance to join our military and make a truly great statement in life, and you should do it."
Some members of the National Guard. 
Military vehicle
The turnout was phenomenal, as the President shared:

In an especially exciting moment in the speech, the President shared: "Someday soon we will plant the American flag on Mars." (Image from NASA; more here.)

Perhaps the President's most important statement of all:  "Loyalty and love built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world."
Free photo via Pixabay.
It was a day of excitement, followed of course by the traditional fireworks.

What is the significance of this day? We decided that enough was enough.

We are done with them.

We were done then.

And we are done, again, now.

Let us join together and celebrate our freedom.
To peace. Free photo via Pixabay.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. Public domain. All opinions are the author's own.