We'll take the military parade, spare the side of moral outrage

We'll take the military parade, spare the side of moral outrage
© Getty

The left is once again coming off the rails, this time over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE’s supposedly crazy idea to honor our military through a military parade. It’s no secret this president has great respect for our country’s service men and women. However, for Democrats it’s just another opportunity to protest the president for no other reason than they love a good protest, and it’s the president.

Their strategy isn’t very smart. At this point liberals have their resist button set on auto pilot, it gets triggered no matter what the president says or does.

It’s the only solution they seem to have to offer these days. On this, though, they’re playing a losing game.  

ADVERTISEMENT
If they look past their cloud of contempt, they may see that in the midst of their protests they are also protesting the very men and women who wear the uniform that protects them. They may want to hit the pause button on their rhetoric and decide if that’s really the message they want to be sending to our troops.

They’ve already done themselves a disservice by pouting like a bunch of spoiled toddlers who didn’t get their way at the State of the Union when veterans were honored. It’s a bad look on a 3-year-old who doesn’t get a cookie, and it’s downright ugly on elected officials who refuse to stand up in respect for our veterans.

Let it be noted that House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Calif.) could stand for more than eight hours lobbying for illegal immigrants, but couldn't stand for a few precious seconds to honor our veterans, or the American flag. Priorities.

Some of the backlash from the left in response to the military parade includes the promise by some to lay in the streets and block the parade, taking a page out of the playbook of the Chinese protesters in Tiananmen Square. Little problem: that brave Chinese man was trying to stop what would ultimately be a massacre; blocking this parade would simply be a tantrum.

Elected officials expressed their outrage as well. On Twitter, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said: “You know what would be more useful than asking the Pentagon to waste money on a big military parade? Basically anything.”

Among other things, in 2015 the government spent: $15 million to research golf equipment in space, $850,000 on a made-for-tv Cricket league in Afghanistan that almost nobody could watch because virtually nobody owns a TV, and $350,000 to study the video game Pong from 1972. Would he actually say all of these expenditures are more useful than honoring our military?

Referring to President Trump, Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDemocrats call on House committees to probe Epstein's 2008 'sweetheart deal,' suicide Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Epstein death sparks questions for federal government MORE (D-Calif.) said, “I mean, we have a Napoleon in the making here,” and Rep. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzOvernight Health Care: CDC warns against using e-cigs after vaping-related deaths | Minnesota reports fourth nationwide death tied to vaping | Top Dem demands FDA chief take action | Marianne Williamson under fire over controversial health remarks Minnesota reports fourth nationwide death tied to vaping Three people shot, one hit by car at Minnesota State Fair MORE (D-Minn) called it “the stupidest thing I've ever heard.”

It was no surprise that Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough thought it was a bad idea, going as far as calling it “deeply un-American.”

Cue Amy Poehler: Really?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) actually called for a military parade in 2014. Would these same Democrats have been just as outraged then?

Would it still have been un-American or would it have been considered patriotic? Would these same people dared to call President Obama Napoleon or would he have been praised?

The last military parade was in 1991 at the end of the Gulf War. Even then, under President George H.W. Bush, there wasn’t quite the outcry of opposition there is now.

Plans for a possible military parade are still up in the air. It would be wise to have such a parade take place on Memorial Day or Veterans Day and seek sponsorships to offset some of the cost.

As of December 2017, there were 1.3 million active duty service men and women in the U.S., with 44,000 troops stationed around the world. Many of these troops are men and women who are away from their spouses and children, and missing major milestones in their kids’ lives.

When they’re not deployed every few years they have to uproot families, relocate and get readjusted somewhere new. They don’t do it to get rich. They do it because they love their country.

We should think about all this as we sit in our safe spaces, protected by these very people. For once let’s make it about them and not us.

Let’s save our moral outrage and Twitter fire for the next thing that offends us. We can play martyr and lay in front of moving vehicles another day. Why don’t we try to keep ourselves standing for now.

Let’s make this one about people and not politics, and simply say thank you.

Lauren DeBellis Appell was deputy press secretary for Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) successful 2000 re-election campaign, as well as assistant communications director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee (2001-2003).