- Editor’s note: Merriam-Websters deification of “fascism” – a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
“Trump’s July Fourth Tank Display Is a Glaring Sign of Fascism”
“Let’s see how many boxes have been checked so far: Is the right to vote being dismantled? Check. Does one political party control virtually the entire government, including the highest court? Check. Are the concentration camps up and running? Check. Are there threats of violent retribution against those who speak out against all this? Check. Are many mainstream media outlets willing accomplices? Check.
“What are we forgetting? Oh, right, a gaudy display of military might on the front lawn of the nation.”
“I am running out of ways to say it: This is fascism, and it is staring us dead in the face. We can make fun of it as we please, because sometimes humor is the only refuge, but [July 4 was] the moment future students of history point to one day and say, ‘It was right there, how did they miss it?'” by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout.
“Col. Jack Jacobs America isn’t a tank country. Trump’s misguided ‘Salute to America’ tried to make it one.”
“Trump doesn’t seem very invested in keeping military and state separate. And his ridiculous Fourth of July event made that very clear indeed.”
“There are “tank countries” — countries where armored military vehicles and other machines of war are displayed visibly and constantly. These are countries such as Russia, China and North Korea, for example, countries where the military is displayed as much as a threat to citizens as they are a message to outsiders.
“But the United States is a not a tank country. We have lots and lots of tanks, of course, but one aspect of our strength is that we do not, and do not have to, display it,” by Col. Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and NBC/MSNBC military analyst NBC News Hot Take.
“Report: $2.5 million in funds to fix national parks diverted to Trump July 4th event”
“The money will reportedly come from entrance and recreation fees meant to improve parks nationwide,” by TEGNA, King 5 TV News, Seattle.