Friday, June 7, 2019

Politicizing The Fourth Of July

Friday, June 7, 2019
By Gary Bauer

A left-wing Washington Post columnist is REALLY upset with President Trump.   (Shocker, right?!) 
What's his offense this time?  The president plans to deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the July 4th celebrations.  According to this columnist, Trump's presence will be "a stain on the Lincoln Memorial."
I guess we should be at least a little happy that the left is now defending our monuments rather than encouraging the left-wing mobs trying to tear them down.
But how exactly will Trump "stain" the memorial?  The columnist is afraid that Trump will politicize a national symbol that should not be politicized. 
This is coming from the movement that has politicized EVERYTHING -- our national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, entertainment, sports (see below), the Boy Scouts, religious liberty, etc.
And what about the author's main point that we shouldn't permit the memorial to be politicized?  That must be news to George W. Bush, who kicked off four days of inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in 2001. 
It must really be a shock to Barack Obama who held a major inaugural event with Beyonce, Garth Brooks and Bruce Springsteen at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009.  In fact, they even made a movie about it.  
At that event, Obama declared, "You proved once more that people who love this country can change it."  Translation:  If you didn't vote for him, you don't love the country.  Wow!  I'm so glad Obama didn't politicize the Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial has been politicized by the left for decades.  It was the backdrop for multiple anti-war rallies when the country was divided over the Vietnam War.  Left-wing speakers routinely stood on the steps of the memorial and excoriated our soldiers as "baby killers" and "fascists." 
Richard Nixon was so upset by the demonstrations that he went down to the memorial at 4 AM on the morning of May 9, 1970, and debated them.
And does anyone remember when a few Catholic boys were having fun on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?  The left was so outraged by their MAGA hats that they tried to ruin their lives with a fake story that they harassed a Native American elder.
The left has no problem politicizing the memorial.  So what is this really all about? 
They are scared to death that Donald Trump will do exactly what he did yesterday at Normandy, only this time it will be in front of a national audience in prime time. 
They are terrified that Trump will talk to the country about America's greatness without the press offering incessant "fact checks" and twisting his remarks into a speech about "white supremacy." 
Trump unfiltered, making an unapologetically pro-American speech before the entire country, is what scares them so much.
End Of Day 6-7-2019 - Politicizing The Fourth Of July, Left-Wing Extremism, Chag Sameach