A White House official tells HuffPost that Trump’s Fourth of July “speech will not be political. It will be about celebrating our nation’s independence, our flag and our great military.”
Except, Democrats are not being welcomed to celebrate the flag and our men and women in khaki, and the Republican National Committee has been passing out tickets to major donors for special seating.
“This looks like it’s becoming much more of a Republican Party event — a political event about the president — than a national celebration of the Fourth of July, and it’s unfortunate to have the military smack dab in the middle of that,” says retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan. “It’s looking highly politicized by anybody’s yardstick,” he added.
For most of my life, I’ve been wary of the word “evil.” It’s too easily used by demagogues and war mongers, too incendiary in its weighted connotations, too loaded to allow much room for thoughtful pauses. We’re all against evil, so anyone pausing to give thought to whatever is being described as evil would make people who’d rather not think too much assume those who hesitate to give assent just might be pro-evil themselves. It’s the kind of word employed to bludgeon people, and it’s probably been used to foster at least as much evil as it’s ever opposed.