In Defense of ‘Shocking’ Displays of Patriotism


PJ Media: America is in a constant state of uproar, but nothing seems to trigger some segments of the left so much as expressions of patriotism. President Trump wants tanks at his Fourth of July parade — how fascist! Nike wants to feature the Betsy Ross American flag on shoes — it’s tantamount to a swastika! NFL players are supposed to pledge allegiance to the flag — that’s racist! Trump says the word “nationalist” — that must be a dogwhistle to white supremacists!

Much of the outrage is fake, of course. Displays of military force like battleships, fighter jets, and — yes! — tanks either have been or currently are common in American cities and presidential marches. The Betsy Ross American flag is a historic symbol of America, and it was flown above Barack Obama at his inauguration. The pledge of allegiance is not racist. Nationalism is very different from the racialist white nationalist movement.

Yet beneath the faux outrage is a very real ideological threat that blinds Americans of good will to the essential good of the American experiment. more …

Opinion: Editor and I are in the Midwest visiting one of our sons and his wife for the holiday. We decided to take a break from our regular posting and contemplate God’s blessing of giving us the privilege of being a citizen of this great country.

  • Parade: 11:45 – 2 p.m. Constitution Avenue
  • Salute to America featuring President Trump: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Blue Angels flyover)
  • A ‘Capital Fourth’: 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • West Potomac Park fireworks: 9:07 – 9:42 p.m.

Have a happy Independence Day!